Thursday, March 23, 2017

AWA office will close on Tuesday, March 28 for employee funeral

SUTTER CREEK, CA - The Amador Water Agency customer service office will close at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28, so that AWA employees can attend funeral services for a long time employee. Regular office hours, 8 am – 4:30 pm, will resume on Wednesday, March 29.

Customers who wish to make payments after 10:30 am on Tuesday may leave payment in the Drop Box near the AWA office entrance or take advantage of AWA Online Payment programs at www.amadorwater.org.

In the event of a water or wastewater emergency while the office is closed, on-call field staff will be available. Call 209-223-3018 and someone will answer and arrange for service.



Monday, March 20, 2017

AWA water project in Buckhorn will upgrade water treatment, conserve water

SUTTER CREEK, CA - A project that will make important improvements to water treatment for the Upcountry water system broke ground this month.

The Buckhorn Disinfection Byproducts/Backwash Disposal Project at the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant is designed to upgrade water treatment processes to meet new, more stringent state requirements.

The project also includes a backwash recycling plant that will conserve up to 14 million gallons of water per year by filtering and recycling water used to clean the treatment plant filters -- water that historically was disposed of by spraying on the Mace Meadows Golf Course.
The project is fully funded by a $2,190,800.00 grant from the State Water Resources Control Board that will not need to be paid back.

"AWA has worked hard for this 100 percent grant,” said Rich Farrington, AWA Dist. 3 Director. “The new recycling filter will improve water quality for the Upcountry and save millions of gallons of valuable water every year."

Construction has begun on underground facilities for the recycling plant and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Vinciguerra Construction of Jackson is the contractor for the project.

AWA Board of Directors gathered to break ground on a project at the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant that will improve water quality for the Upcountry water system and conserve up to 14 million gallons of water per year. Left to right: AWA Directors Paul Molinelli, Jr., Robert Manassero, Rich Farrington, Art Toy, and Gary Thomas; AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

AWA responds to storm damage on multiple fronts.

SUTTER CREEK - The recent onslaught of winter storms are keeping Amador Water Agency staff working long hours, keeping water and wastewater systems working throughout the county. High winds, landslides, power outages and muddy water runoff have challenged the Agency to keep clean water flowing to customers and wastewater systems intact.

Earlier this month, the Agency Canal Crew discovered a landslide along the Amador Canal that left only a thin wall of earth containing the canal water for a stretch of about 100 feet.

The landslide occurred in steep terrain near Irishtown Road and Highway 88. To prevent further slippage and damage to the area below the canal, Agency crews covered the entíre embankment area with plastic sheeting to protect the canal through the next round of storms. The water level in the canal has been lowered to relieve pressure on the compromised canal wall.

Recent heavy rains caused a landslide along the Amador Canal near Irishtown Rd. and Highway 88.
The Amador Canal is an open ditch running from Lake Tabeaud to Lower Ridge Road that provides water to about 100 Amador Water Agency raw water customers, primarily for agricultural purposes. So far, service to these customers has not been affected by the landslide.

AWA engineers and staff are monitoring the site closely and working on plans to get necessary equipment into the area and stabilize the slope to prevent further damage and potential interruption of service.

Further Upcountry, high levels of rainfall and runoff caused land slippage affecting portions of PG&E’s Tiger Creek Road. The Agency's Gravity Supply Line (GSL) runs under Tiger Creek Road where some of these failures have occurred and PG&E requested the Agency stop using the GSL as a precautionary measure while road repairs are underway.

The GSL carries Mokelumne River water to the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant for the Upcountry water system. AWA powered up two standby pump stations to temporarily replace the gravity-fed GSL during the PG&E work. However, AWA staff have had to manually operate the raw water pump stations when power outages shut down remote communication with the pumps.

In Ione, an AWA pump station near the Preston Avenue bridge was left hanging in mid-air after flood waters in Sutter Creek eroded the property under the pump station building. AWA crews worked three days to disconnect the pump station from the main water distribution system, re-route the water main and remove the building.

An AWA pump station near the Preston Avenue bridge was left hanging in Ione
after flood waters in Sutter Creek eroded the property under the pump station building.
Extremely muddy water coming into AWA water treatment plants at Buckhorn and Ione have created extra work for operators to ensure proper filtering of the water coming from the river. Excessive runoff at Mace Meadows Golf Course twice flooded an irrigation pump station used for recycling water and overtopped a 36-inch culvert pipe designed to divert water away the AWA water treatment recycling pond located on the golf course. Mace Meadows employees were able to prevent the excess water in the pond from spilling over the dam.

Mace Meadows Golf Course staff installed a pump to remove water that flooded
a golf course irrigation pump station (at left in photo).
Run-off from the golf course can end up in an AWA wastewater pond used for irrigation
and Mace Meadows and AWA staff must monitor run-off on the course closely to prevent the pond from overflowing.
Winter storms also create problems for the many wastewater systems operated by AWA throughout the county. Rain and runoff have brought wastewater ponds at Lake Camanche Village and Gayla Manor to maximum capacity. This has forced the Agency to execute contingency plans to ensure that no dam breach occurs, including removing wastewater by truck and spray irrigation of treated wastewater during storms.

“We believe these storms have exceeded the 100-year events that the facilities are designed to contain,” said AWA Operations Manager Damon Wyckoff.

“Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency in the region due to the recent storms, and emergency grant funding for repairs will be available for damage from the January storms. We are currently awaiting an emergency declaration for the February storms,” Wyckoff said.
AWA staff is closely tracking costs and documenting damage and repairs to substantiate the need for state emergency funds.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

AWA crews respond to storm damage to water facilities in Ione

AWA crews worked Friday night to disconnect a pump station from the main water distribution system in Ione after flood waters in Sutter Creek eroded the property under the pump station building. The pump station near the Preston Avenue bridge is used to boost water pressure in Ione during periods of very high water demand, and was disconnected to protect Ione’s water system in the event that creek flows further undermine the structure. Most water customers in Ione should not see any change in their service but a few areas in Ione may experience a slight reduction in water pressure.





Monday, February 13, 2017

AWA Directors vote to form a local Groundwater Sustainability Agency

The County of Amador and Jackson Valley Irrigation District to also vote to join AWA in a Joint Powers Agreement
SUTTER CREEK - After a public hearing Thursday, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors approved a resolution to form a local Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA), managed by a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with the County of Amador and Jackson Valley Irrigation District.

The state is requiring formation of locally-controlled GSAs to develop and implement sustainability plans for groundwater basins. The Cosumnes Subbasin of the San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Basin runs under an 81.7 square-mile area near the western border of Amador County, primarily west of Pardee Reservoir and State Hwy 104 (or only about 13.5 percent of the total area of the county).

“Previous groundwater level studies in those parts of western Amador County don’t indicate over-use of the groundwater there, but we need current data to prove that to the state water board,” said AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo. “The GSA will be able to apply for grant money for a comprehensive groundwater sustainability study and plan that will satisfy this new state requirement.”

If a local agency is not formed by June 30, 2017, state water officials could assume authority for Amador County’s GSA.

“This only affects a very small portion of the county,” said AWA Director Rich Farrington. “But we really have no choice but to form a GSA if we want local control over how groundwater is managed in Amador County.”

All three Amador County agencies must approve the JPA and will participate equally in the GSA.

Also at Thursday’s AWA Board meeting, Paul Molinelli, Jr. was sworn in to the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors, by Amador County Clerk Kim Grady.


Molinelli, Jr., was appointed to represent District 1 (Jackson area), after the resignation of AWA Director Paul Molinelli, to a term that expires in December, 2018. Molinelli, Jr. is partner, vice president and chief operating officer of ACES Waste Services.

PHOTO BELOW:  Paul Molinelli, Jr. was sworn in to the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors, by Amador County Clerk Kim Grady. Molinelli, Jr. was appointed to represent District 1 (Jackson area), after the resignation of AWA Director Paul Molinelli, Sr. His term expires in December, 2018.



Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) - Wed Feb 15

Amador County Recreation Agency
Board Meeting
810 Court Street Jackson, CA, Board of Supervisors
Chambers
February 15, 2017
1:30 p.m.

Mission Statement
“ACRA shall maximize recreational opportunities for all residents of Amador County through sustainable planning, financing, facilities, operations and programs.”

Agenda Items:
1. Call to Order​Roll Call: Dan Epperson, Lynn Morgan, Michael Vasquez, Peter Amoruso, Rose Oneto, Wayne Garibaldi, Linda Rianda, Jane Norcross

2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Meeting Agenda ​Approval
Approval of agenda for this date and all off-agenda items must be approved by the Board as per government code 549854.2
4. Public matters not on the agenda. Discussion items only, no action will be taken Any person may address the Board at this time on any subject within the jurisdiction of ACRA. Please note – there is a five (5) minute limit.
5. Presentations & Introductions:
6. Closed Session:
None
7. Consent Agenda ​
a. Review of Minutes of General Meeting on January 11, 2017
8. Public Hearing
None​​
9. Discussion Items
a. Financial Reports​
Discussion, Possible Action
b. City Managers’ Nexus Request​ ​
Discussion, Possible Action
c. Joint Powers Authority​
Discussion, Possible Action
10. Executive Director Report
Activities Calendar
11. Board Member Reports
12. Future Agenda Items ​
JPA and Membership Payments
Special District Status
13. Adjourn for Workshop

Staff Contact: Carolyn Fregulia
Amador County Recreation Agency
10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek CA
PHONE: (209) 223-6349 FAX: (209) 257-1409
Next Meeting: March 8, 2017 @ 1:30 p.m.

Posted: Amador County Unified School District, 217 Rex Ave., Jackson, Amador City Hall, Jackson City Hall 33 Broadway, Jackson, Sutter Creek City Hall, Main Street Sutter Creek, Plymouth City Hall, Main Street Plymouth, Ione City Hall, Main Street Ione, Amador County Government Center, 810 Court Street Jackson, 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek;
Attachments area

Amador Technical Advisory Committee

AMADOR COUNTY TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642
(209) 223-6380

AGENDA
DATE: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
PLACE: Conference Room “A,” County Administration Center,
810 Court St., Jackson, CA
TIME: 2:00 p.m.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you are a disabled person and you need a disability-related modification or accommodation to participate in this meeting, please contact the Planning Department at (209) 223-6380 or (209) 257-5002 (fax). Requests must be made as early as possible and at least one-full business day before the start of the meeting.

Off-agenda items must be approved by the Technical Advisory Committee pursuant to Section 54954.2(b) of the Government Code.

A. Correspondence.
B. Public matters and persons wishing to address the Committee regarding non-agenda items.

Item 1 - Request by Frederick Holley & Maud Gleason for a variance from County Code Section 19.24.040 which requires a 25-foot front yard building setback, in order to allow construction of an attached garage within 5 feet of the front property/right-of way line. The proposed garage would be located approximately 20 feet from the edge of pavement of Dangberg Drive. Located at 33930 Dangberg Drive, Kirkwood, (Lot 74, Kirkwood Meadows Unit 1), approximately 1⁄4 mile west of the intersection with Fremont Road. NOTE: This variance, if granted, will also require the abandonment of the 25’ public utility easement located along the front lot line as noted on the subdivision map and an encroachment permit for that portion of the driveway proposed to be located within the road right-of-way.

The TAC members will prepare recommendations for the Planning Commission. At this time, staff anticipates the project will be categorically exempt from CEQA and a Notice of Exemption will be filed.

Item 2 - Request by Greenrock Ranch Lands, LLC for Tentative Parcel Map #2862, proposing the division of 2,204 ± acres into 8 parcels ranging from 65± acres to 778±, acres. Located southwest of the Ione City Limits, immediately south of Five Mile Drive and north of Jackson Valley Road (APNs 005-090-009, 005-100-010, 005-120-008, 005-120-010, 005-130-052, 005-140-008, 005-150-011, 005-150-012, 005-180-019, and 005-190-020).

The TAC members will review the project for completeness.

Item 3 - Request by The Reed Leasing Group, LLC for Tentative Parcel Map 2864 proposing the division of 241± acres into two parcels of 130+ acres and 111+ acres. Located on both sides of SR88, approximately one-half mile west of the intersection of SR88 and Martin Lane (APNs 005-240-001 and 005-190-005).

The TAC members will review the project for completeness.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Paul Molinelli, Sr. retires from AWA Board of Directors

(Sutter Creek)   Paul Molinelli, Sr. was recognized by his fellow Amador Water Agency Directors and AWA staff with a resolution commending him for his six years of service to AWA.

Molinelli resigned mid-term from the AWA Board at the end of January, citing time constraints and the demands of his position as president of ACES Waste Services. Molinelli served on the Board representing the Jackson area’s District 1 from January, 2010 through January 31, 2016.

After interviewing five applicants, AWA Directors appointed Paul Molinelli, Jr. to serve out Molinelli, Sr.’s remaining term, which expires in December, 2018.

PHOTO:
L-R: AWA Directors Art Toy, Rich Farrington, Robert Manassero, Gary Thomas, and Paul Molinelli, Sr.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Winter snows create challenges for AWA meter-readers

(Sutter Creek) Recent snows are preventing the Amador Water Agency from reading water meters in the high country of Amador County, and affected customers may receive a water bill reflecting estimated use.

Deep snow and plowed roads have buried water meters, making them inaccessible to AWA field staff. Some side streets don’t get plowed at all, so AWA meter-readers can’t get in until the snow melts.
The snowpack is good news for the season’s water supply but does create extra work and challenging conditions for AWA staff.

“We make a real effort to get a current reading from all 7,000 AWA water meters every month,” said AWA meter-reader Susan Shafer. “But sometimes in the winter, we do have to estimate the amount of water used by upcountry customers,” she says.

“These upcountry side streets don’t get plowed and the meters can be buried under several feet of snow. So we have to use an average for each customer at that time of year, and adjust it as needed after the snow melts,” said Shafer.

Customers with questions about their water bills, or problems with their water service should call AWA customer service, 209-223-3018, 8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. For after-hours emergencies, please leave a message with the answering service for field technicians available 24/7.

PHOTOS:
AWA water customers are spread out over the entire county, from the Camanche area to above Mace Meadows, Rabb Park and Ridgeway Pines. Recent winter storms bring challenges to AWA meter-readers who must get to all 7000 meters each month.

AWA’s meter-reader Susan Schafer stops her truck where snow plows have buried the neighborhood water meters.

Can you find the water meter in [the photo below]? Look closely – the meter lies buried where AWA meter-reader Susan Schafer has circled in red ink. AWA will estimate this residence’s water use based on an average of past use, and then adjust it as needed after the snow melts.




Friday, January 27, 2017

Paul Molinelli, Jr. appointed to fill vacant AWA seat

(Sutter Creek)  Amador Water Agency Directors Thursday appointed Paul Molinelli, Jr. to the District 1 seat left vacant by the resignation of Paul Molinelli, Sr.  Molinelli, Jr. is partner, vice president and chief operating officer of ACES Waste Services.
Paul Molinelli, Sr. in December announced his plans to resign from the AWA Board, effective Jan. 31, 2017. His current term expires in December, 2018.
An ad hoc committee of AWA directors interviewed a field of five applicants for the position. The committee of Art Toy (District 5) and Rich Farrington (District 3) recommended candidate Molinelli for his experience in customer service, in managing a county-wide organization, and for his familiarity with many of the regulatory requirements similar to those of the Agency. The Board approved the committee’s recommendation 4-0, with Paul Molinelli, Sr. recused.
Molinelli, Jr. will resign from the Jackson Planning Commission and Amador County Business Council Board before taking office on Feb. 1, 2017. He will be sworn in at the regular AWA Board meeting on Feb. 9.
In other AWA news:
·         The Board awarded a $2.19 million contract to Vinciguerra Construction of Jackson for improvements to the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant. Board members said they were happy to be able to award the job to a local contractor (the lowest qualified bidder). The Buckhorn Disinfection Byproducts/Backwash Disposal Project is designed to improve the water quality for the Upcountry water system, and conserve up to 14 million gallons of water per year. The project will be fully-funded by a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board and will not need to be paid back. Construction will begin once weather permits.
·         The Board authorized a loan from the Amador County Water Development Fund to pay for an Environmental Impact Study needed to complete an application to the state for additional water rights for Upcountry water users. The application asks to transfer 1050 acre-feet of Mokelumne River water per year from Jackson Valley Irrigation District to the Amador Water Agency. The transfer will occur gradually as it is needed for Upcountry users.  If approved by the state, the transfer will double the amount of water that can be stored for the Upcountry system from one year to the next and help Amador County prepare for future droughts and climate change. The Amador County Board of Supervisors approved loaning the funds from the Water Development Fund for the EIR to AWA by a vote of 5-0.

PHOTO:  Paul Molinelli, Jr. was appointed to the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors representing District 1 (Jackson area), effective Feb. 1, 2017. He will complete the term left open by the resignation of Paul Molinelli, Sr.