CCWD ready to set division boundaries

February 24, 2003 12:00 am

By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

After four board discussions on the topic, Calaveras County Water District directors are scheduled to finalize new boundaries for the district's five divisions.

If adopted, the divisions will be more equitably balanced by population and the district's customers.

The board will also consider rescinding a 60-day guarantee for new quotes for service. CCWD Finance Director Julie McManus said the 60-day guarantee policy was established when the district was increasing fees annually, with the frequent result that customers were quoted one fee and then charged another as rates went up. The 60-day guarantee was meant to be fair to developers as fees escalated.

In a memo to the board, McManus, explained that in January 2001, standard fees were established in all service areas. The rate of $5,500 per single family home has remained in place since then.

She told the board that now, if fees are to be raised, the district will be alerting people about what to expect.

The board will also hear an update on the Forest Meadows Wastewater Master Plan. Steve Hutchings, acting district engineer, has reported that certain components of the wastewater system are at capacity, and improvements are needed for additional connections.

In a memo to the board, he said a plan is being proposed for new facilities that will incrementally increase capacity as sewage flow increases.

The board will also consider using budget surpluses to establish a $200,000 vehicle replacement reserve fund, a $490,000 water reserve fund and a $110,000 wastewater reserve fund.

Alan Turner, general council and assistant general manager for the district, said CCWD experienced budget surpluses from better-than-planned investment returns and property tax collections by the county.

In a memo to the board, Turner said CCWD estimates a budget surplus of about $600,000 in the water fund and $200,000 in the wastewater fund. He is urging the board to use these funds to help replace aging vehicles and establish reserve water and wastewater reserve funds.