Friday December 19, 2014
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"What does that mean for us in PSWID? We need a master plan, all right, but it must not be one which allows the future population to exceed the available water supply."
Could not agree more :-)
The actions by the President make a mockery of the entire immigration system. Why would anyone bother to legally file numerous documents, be interviewed, undergo financial, criminal and physical check ups if instead they can just cross the border and not bother going back? Don't forget the 5 million have relatives ready to come on over and jump on the gravy train.
It's a slap in the face for people waiting to do the right thing by trying to apply to enter the USA and become legal resident aliens in their own right. Same people who have financial means and qualifications to be able to support themselves. Same people who have to follow a points system and are part of a restricted quota. Would seem that their chances of contributing to this country and enhancing their own lives diminish considerably.
Take a look at the immigration mess happening in other countries and hold on tight!! It will only get worse.
As I have said on here before the ladies working in the office do well. I won't be able to give you CH2M Hill salary information as that would be considered company confidential and not a matter of public record. For the most part I can respond to the questions asked next week, most likely in one posting.
As for the Master Plan the information is needed in order for PSWID board to prioritize issues and areas of weakness that should be addressed now and over the coming years. To do so the PSWID board needs to be able to set the budget for each fiscal year, hence the Master Plan Report. I don't see the existing board wanting to raise rates and taxes just because they can, rather that they are exercising fiscal responsibility and expecting the same from CH2M Hill. By doing so they are aiming to reduce waste and improve service.
I will see what I can come up with.
Thank you for the alert!
CH2M Hill Master Plan and Contract Renewal awarded November 14, 2013.
Information, discussion, action, work session to review CH2M Hill draft water master plan September 15, 2014. No final water master plan submitted yet.
Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District.
This is a direct quote from the draft minutes of November 20, 2014
"Tom Weeks commented that Gary and Brad could tell by the tone of the meeting
that the board was not happy with the conduct of the CH2M Hill employees in
the field and in their work."
The comment was addressed to CH2M Hill management who are seeking an increase in dollar amount to the existing contract for managing the water district. The previous board extended the contract with CH2M Hill and then five members of the board resigned the next morning.
It should be noted (in my opinion) that the current board is paying close attention as to how our money is being spent and as to the quality, efficiency and overall performance of how our water district is being managed.
The draft minutes of November 20, 2014 PSWID public meeting can be found
at http://www.pswid.org under Board Meeting Info.
Audio recording of meeting part one and two at http://www.waterforpinestrawberry.com under recordings.
According to PSWID website next scheduled meeting is December 18, 2014 which is of course open to the public.
To me the report does not make sense I believe in paying for what you use. If you care to be sensible as to the amount of water you use then your utility bill should reflect that. The same applies to electricity usage and anything else for that matter. People who reside within the Rim Country generally use a lot less water than other towns and cities in Arizona. We know if our own household wastes water, we will end up paying more. Conservation for many up here is second nature, and we don't need some new crackpot EPA sponsored report to change the ground rules of how we should pay for water.
Tom, per your request here is a link to their website and I hope it works on here!
Mission Statement:- We work to enhance the ability of governments and other organizations to provide environmental programs and services in fair, effective and financially sustainable ways.
"To improve the country's smallest water systems - those serving fewer than 10,000 people - the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $2M to the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill."
"A new series of educational videos produced by EFC with support from the Water Research Foundation, offers an engaging, accessible, and easily shareable resource on financial management topics designed specifically for water utility governing boards."
"The Environmental Finance Center and Ceres partnered to produce a new report that investigates water system revenue risk and considerations for market analysts.
"CERES - Igniting a Sustainable Global Economy.
At Ceres, our mission is to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy.
Changing capital market practices to incorporate long-term environmental and social risks instead of merely relying on short-term returns as a measure of economic health is a key component of our work.
To accomplish our goals, we work with leading companies, investors, public interest groups, policymakers and other economic players to advance sustainable solutions that will reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, protect natural resources like water supplies, ensure safe and just working conditions for employees and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels while transitioning to a clean energy economy."
Oh dear, I typed it in list form!
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