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June 22, 2018
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Welcome Reception for New Board Members and New General Manager – July 18, 2018, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Prior to the start of the July 18th Board of Director’s Meeting, Zone 7 staff will hold an informal reception to welcome the new incoming Board of Directors, Dennis Gambs and Olivia Sanwong, as well as the new General Manager, Valerie Pryor. Dennis Gambs and Olivia Sanwong were recently elected to the Board and will officially begin their tenure on the Board at the July Regular Board Meeting. Gambs is a civil engineer who worked for Zone 7 for 34 years until retiring in 2015. Sanwong is an analyst at Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. who serves on Pleasanton's City Economic Vitality Committee. Current Directors Dick Quigley, Sandy Figuers, Sarah Palmer, Angela Ramirez Holmes, and Bill Stevens will continue to serve on the Board.

The new General Manager, Valerie Pryor, was selected to replace former General Manager Jill Duerig, who retired in March of 2018. Pryor comes to Zone 7 with 15 years’ experience at the Santa Clarita Valley Water District (formerly Castaic Lake Water Agency) where she served as the Assistant General Manager.

The welcome reception will be held prior to the start of the regular Board of Directors meeting on July 18, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore.

Development of Impact Fee Study and Financing Strategy for the SMMP Amendment Moving Forward

Based on the recommendation from staff, the Board authorized moving forward with a contract with HDR to complete the Development Impact Fee Study and initial financing strategy for the Stream Management Master Plan Amendment. An updated Development Impact Fee (DIF) Study is necessary to evaluate the changes in projects and program costs proposed as part of the SMMP Amendment and update to the Flood DIF. After a competitive process, HDR was selected as the best-qualified firm to complete the DIF study and initial financing strategy for the SMMP Amendment. Work on the DIF is expected to begin immediately and will include interviews with Zone 7 staff, review of the SMMP Amendment and previous SMMP and DIF Study documents to determine the appropriate fee methodology to apply in the new DIF Study and the nexus for development’s fair share of the project costs. A financing strategy will also be prepared to provide funding options for the revised SMMP project list that includes both development’s impacts and existing needs. The analysis is anticipated to be completed at the end of 2018 and will be vetted with staff and stakeholders. Multiple public meetings/outreach presentations are planned with the local cities, Home Builders Association, Zone 7’s Finance Committee, and Zone 7’s Board.

Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wed., July 18, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

Public Workshop

What: Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant Upgrades and Ozonation Project
Date: Tues., June 26, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: 8750 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore  

Remembering Former General Manager, Mun Mar

The Zone 7 Board and staff recognized Former General Manager Mun Mar with a special commendation at Wednesday night’s meeting. Mar served with the Agency for 32 years and was the first General Manager. Mar’s forethought for long-term water supply in the Valley endures today as a legacy through his vision of a “Chain of Lakes” created from former gravel quarries between Livermore and Pleasanton. Mr. Mar led the fledgling agency during the inception of the State Water Project and the first imported water along the South Bay Aqueduct in the 1960s. He brought Zone 7 out of an over-drafted groundwater basin and through the drought of the 1970s. He was personable to staff and always willing to share his knowledge. Most recently, he shared that knowledge with Zone 7 staff for the compilation of the 60th Anniversary history booklet.

Mar passed away May 6, 2018, and will be missed by the community and Zone 7 staff.

Conservation

The Tri-Valley Water-Wise Gardening website provides water-efficiency tips for landscaping and gardening based on climate and other factors specific to our region. To learn more, visit http://www.trivalleywaterwise.com/.

Check the websites of your local retailer:
- City of Pleasanton
- City of Livermore
- California Water Service Co. - Livermore
- Dublin San Ramon Services District

For rebate information, click here.

Report a Spill or Dumping

Zone 7 owns many flood control channels and creeks in the Cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, and in unincorporated areas of Eastern Alameda County. If you see a spill or dumping in any waterway, follow the directions below to report it:

1. If a spill is currently happening, call 911.

2. If the situation is not urgent, call: 

  • Zone 7 Administrative offices at (925) 454-5000 during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator at (925) 447-6704, ext. 1, during non-business hours

Storm Damage Repairs and Trail Closures Map Available Soon

In the coming days, Zone 7 will be posting an interactive map on the website to inform the public about current and ongoing work to flood control facilities. The map will provide the location and description of work being done as well as any related roadway or trail closures. Updates will be made as often as is necessary, up to twice weekly, during the construction season (summer) and will include before and after photos of the work. This “pilot” map will help Zone 7 understand how best to update and refine the map in the future. The map will be available on Zone 7’s website and a link to the map will be sent to the Zone 7 email list when it is available.

Zone 7 takes great pride in the flood protection work it completes each summer to prepare for the rainy season and is excited to share these projects with the community in a more accessible and transparent way.

Two-Year Budget Approved for Fiscal Years 2018-2020

The Board of Directors approved the staff recommended two-year budget for fiscal years (FY) 2018-2020 with a mid-cycle review for FY 2019-2020. Starting in 2016, Zone 7 transitioned annual budget approvals to two-year budgets to allow for greater certainty and efficiency from year-to-year in managing ongoing projects and maintenance.

The two-year budget contains a total appropriation of $342.6 million, with $199.8 million in the first year and $142.8 million in the second year. The budget reflects the Agency’s commitment to providing a reliable supply of high-quality water and an effective flood-control system to the Livermore-Amador Valley, as well as supports priorities and policies approved by the Board. The primary drivers of the two-year budget are the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), the Flood Protection CIP, and the Asset Management Plan (AMP). Together, these three planning documents outline the plans for capital projects, flood protection maintenance projects, and renewal and replacement projects necessary over a long-term planning horizon. The annual budgets associated with these are folded into the fiscal year budget. The budget also reflects the various financial issues and economic strains facing the Agency related to drought, mandated water conservation requirements, flood damage from the 2017 winter storms, increase in the California Department of Water Resources fixed cost charges, and debt financing for the ozonation projects at the Del Val Water Treatment Plan and the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant. Positive trends for the Agency include a broad, diverse and growing service area with strong income levels and steadily expanding commercial and residential development which has contributed greatly to increased connection fee revenues, rising population expectations, and moderate increases in property values. These positive trends all contribute to the Agency’s revenue projections.

Despite some positive economic trends, Zone 7 expects that expenses will somewhat exceed revenues and reserves will be needed to make up the balance. However, the reserve budget remains healthy and consistent with the Reserve Policy adopted by the Board in 2016 for most funds. The exception are the water enterprise funds which primarily receive revenues from water rates and whose reserve levels are currently below the board approved minimum. Details regarding the approved two-year budget are provided online.

Mission Statement:
Zone 7 Water Agency is committed to providing a reliable supply of high quality water
and an effective flood control system to the Livermore-Amador Valley. In fulfilling our present and future commitments to the community, we will develop and manage the water resources in a fiscally responsible, innovative, proactive, and environmentally sensitive way.

Vision Statement:
To be recognized as the platinum standard water and flood control district in which to live, work and do business by enhancing the quality of life, economic vitality and environmental health of the communities we serve.

Values:
OPEN AND TRANSPARENT -- The Board's meetings and communications shall be open and public, except when the Brown Act authorizes otherwise.
CUSTOMER SERVICE -- Our commitment to the community requires prompt, respectful and courteous relations with our customers, both internal and external, as well as pursuing community partnerships and collaboration with     other area public agencies when beneficial to the public.
INTEGRITY -- We practice the highest ethical standards and maintain open, honest communications at all levels of the organization at all times.
FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE -- We will operate in a productive, cost effective, transparent and efficient manner to ensure sound financial stability.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE -- In carrying out our mission, we are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the environment while complying with regulations.
INNOVATIVE/PROACTIVE -- We encourage innovation, creativity and ingenuity, seeking constant improvement and keeping up with the latest economical technologies and management practices.
SAFETY -- We are committed to public and employee safety to maintain a healthy work environment.  We work safely and provide safe products and services.
EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT -- We foster a respect for diversity, equality, a spirit of performance-based accountability and productivity along with personal and professional growth for all team members so as to achieve excellence through the collective energy that comes from a work environment where each employee can flourish and succeed to their highest potential.
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Contact Information:
Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551
925-454-5000
 
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