The Burney Water Board passed the 2016-2017 budget at the Regular Board Meeting on August 18. The vote was unanimous.
The meeting was called to order at 6:32 p.m. Chairman Jim Hamlin and board members Tanya Taylor, Fred Ryness, Roger Borkey, and Britta Rogers were present. District Manager Willie Rodriguez and Pool Manager Stephanie McQuade also attended.
Some of the issues discussed in relation to the budget were increased workman’s compensation costs, auditing accounts, and upcoming wage increases due to the increase in the minimum wage in the state of California.
The board also voted unanimously to authorize the sale of older and out of use surplus equipment including a loader, some fleet vehicles, and used computers. The items will be offered for sale to the public through a bidding process and sold to the highest bidder. A list of the surplus items and the dates for the bidding process will be made available to the public through the Mountain Echo, Intermountain News, and other media outlets. Any items that receive no bids will be sold at auction.
Pool Manager Stephanie McQuade said that the pool will be acquiring new filters for the kiddie pool for next season. The security cameras at the pool were relocated and there have been no more unauthorized intrusions into the pool at night since last month.
During the recent heat wave, attendance at the pool has been high. A lot of students are coming after school to swim.
The pool will close for the year on September 2. There will however be a 2 week continuance to September 15 for an aerobics class and one other class if enough people sign up.
The District Manager reported that the district is in the process of renewing its permit. Permits are renewed every ten years. The district is responding to some questions from the State regarding waste discharge and water evaporation rates.
Sludge removal is in process and expected to be completed before the October 15 deadline.
The district is still planning to conduct a survey with Rural Communities Assistance Corporation to determine the average household income of the district.
Ideas for supplementing the water board’s budget with community fundraising in order to mitigate future rate hikes are beginning to be discussed by members of the community.
Fred Ryness requested that the formation of a Unified Community Services District for Burney be put on the agenda for discussion at the next Regular Board Meeting.
The next Regular Board Meeting was scheduled to be held at the Raymond Berry Community Pool at 6:30 p.m. on September 15.
The meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.