Division 5 Vacancy

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The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is seeking an individual to fill the Division 5 Director position.  Division 5 covers most of Calimesa, Live Oak Canyon, San Timoteo Canyon, and most of Beaumont between Brookside and Oak Valley Parkway, east of Oak View Drive.  It includes The Fairways, Tournament Hills, Oak Valley Greens, Fore Seasons, Solera, Stetson, and Cherry Valley Lakes.

The vacancy is due to the recent passing of Ted Haring.  Haring had been the Division 5 director since December 2008.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest that includes the individual’s interest, qualifications, background, and information regarding residence (in order to verify that the candidate resides in Division 5).  Letters must be submitted via US Mail or personally delivered to the Agency at 1210 Beaumont Avenue, Beaumont, 92223 no later than 5:00 pm Monday, December 8.

Interested individuals may visit the Agency offices between 7:30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday to view a detailed map of the Division 5 boundaries or to ask questions regarding the position.  A map may also be found on the Agency web site,www.sgpwa.com.

SGPWA District Map_D5 VacancyThe Board of Directors will meet in December to interview candidates and to select an applicant at a regularly scheduled or special Board meeting.  The entire selection process will be open to the public.  The successful candidate will be sworn in at the meeting at which he/she is selected, and will serve the remainder of Director Harings’s term, which expires in December 2016.  The successful candidate will be eligible to run for election to a full four-year term in November 2016.

The Agency’s Board holds meetings the first and third Mondays of each month at 1:30 pm.  Engineering workshops are held the second Monday of each month, and Finance and Budget workshops the fourth Monday of each month, both at 1:30 pm.

Members of the Board receive a stipend of $243.11 per day of service up to a maximum of five days per month.

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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is one of 29 State Water Project contractors whose mission is to import supplemental water, to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within its service area extending from Calimesa to Cabazon in western Riverside County, California.

For more information, please contact General Manager Jeff Davis at 951/845-2577 or jdavis@sgpwa.com.

Board Member Receives Recognition in Special District Governance

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Recognition in Special District GovernanceBeaumont, CA (November 4, 2014) – Mary Ann Melleby, member of the board of directors of the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency in Beaumont, recently received the designation of “Recognition in Special District Governance” through the Special District Leadership Foundation.

To receive the designation, special district board members and trustees must complete two distinct parts: 1) Special District Leadership Academy’s four core courses:  governance foundations, setting direction/community leadership, the board’s role in human resources and the board’s role in finance and fiscal accountability and 2) 10 additional hours of continuing education completed within two  years and obtained from the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) or any other state-wide association specializing in local government.

Ms. Melleby completed the first portion of the program a year ago and recently completed the 10 hours of continuing education.

The Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) is an independent, non-profit organization formed in 1999 to provide educational opportunities to special district officials and employees to enhance service to the public.   Its mission is to promote and recognize excellence in governance and management of California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs. The SDLF and its activities are supported by the California Special Districts Association and the Special District Risk Management Authority.

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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is one of 29 State Water Project contractors whose mission is to import supplemental water, to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within its service area extending from Calimesa to Cabazon in western Riverside County, California.

For more information, please contact General Manager Jeff Davis at 951/845-2577 or jdavis@sgpwa.com.

Agency Endorses Water Bond for November 2014 Ballot

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Beaumont – The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency Board of Directors, at its September 15 meeting, voted unanimously to adopt a formal position in support of the $7.545 billion water bond measure set for the November ballot.

prop-1-california-2014Titled the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, the bond will appear as Proposition 1 on the ballot.  The Agency Board voted to support the measure, saying it contains much-needed funding for new surface and groundwater storage projects, regional water reliability, sustainable groundwater management and cleanup, water recycling, water conservation, watershed protection, and safe drinking water, particularly for disadvantaged communities.  “This is the first water bond to appear on the ballot since 2006.  We are in the third year of a drought, both the state and our region need more storage, and this region needs financial support for water conservation and water recycling projects, so there is a lot to like in this bond issue” said Board President John Jeter.

The bond measure was approved in a bipartisan vote by the Legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown on August 13.  It is considered a critical element of the state’s comprehensive water plan.  A diverse array of interest groups supports the measure, including organizations representing water, agriculture, the conservation community, labor, and business.  The measure is supported unanimously by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA).

“The ongoing drought has underscored the fact that we need a comprehensive, statewide water plan to create a more resilient water system and meet legislatively mandated co-equal goals of improved water supply reliability and ecosystem health”, General Manager Jeff Davis said.  “If approved by voters, Proposition 1 will advance such a plan by funding programs and projects throughout the state  to help combat drought and other challenges and secure the future for our children and grandchildren.”

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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is one of 29 State Water Project contractors whose mission is to import supplemental water, to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within its service area extending from Calimesa to Cabazon in western Riverside County, California.

For more information, please contact General Manager Jeff Davis at 951/845-2577 or jdavis@sgpwa.com.

Water Agency Urges Heightened Water Conservation

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Recognizing that 2013-14 is among the driest periods in state history, the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is urging residents of the Pass region to heighten their ongoing water conservation efforts.  At its April 21 meeting, the board of directors adopted a resolution thanking local residents for their ongoing water efficiency efforts and asking that they be re-doubled wherever possible in response to the ongoing drought.

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California is in the third year of a drought.

California is in the third year of a drought.  Last year was one of the driest on record and this year is expected to be one of the ten driest years on record.  The State Water Project, of which the Agency is one of 29 Contractors, has a historically low allocation of just 5 percent of its water supply.  As a result, the Pass Agency will receive just 865 acre-feet of its contractual 17,300 acre-feet.  An acre-foot of water is enough to serve two families for a year.

“Polls show that virtually all Californians are aware of the drought and are taking steps to conserve water this year,” said President John Jeter.  “The Governor and water agencies throughout the state have done a good job publicizing the magnitude of the problem.  We know that residents here are already conserving; we want to make sure that, if the drought continues into a fourth year, there will be enough water to go around.”

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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is one of 29 State Water Project contractors whose mission is to import supplemental water, to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within its service area extending from Calimesa to Cabazon in western Riverside County, California.

For more information, please contact General Manager Jeff Davis at 951/845-2577 or jdavis@sgpwa.com.

Experienced Water Leader Tapped for Regional Leadership Position

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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency Director Mary Ann Melleby to join 
Association of California Water Agencies Board of Directors in January

Beaumont, CA (October 24, 2013) — Mary Ann Melleby, a member of the board of directors of the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency in Beaumont, was recently elected to the board of directors for Region 9 of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country.  Melleby’s one year term begins January 2014.

“I look forward to serving on ACWA’s Region 9 board to support the mission and goals of ACWA and to be involved in the effort to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest of Region 9 water agencies,” said Melleby.

Mary Ann Melleby SGPWA BODMelleby has served as a member of ACWA’s statewide communications committee since 2012 and is the liaison to Region 9.   She was appointed to the board of directors of the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency to fill a vacant at-large position in April 2011, and in November 2012 she was elected to a four-year term of office.

ACWA’s nearly 440 public agency members are collectively responsible for 90 percent of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California.  The agency’s mission is “to assist its members in promoting the development, management and reasonable beneficial use of good quality water at the lowest practical cost in an environmentally balanced manner.”

Association of California Water AgenciesACWA’s membership is organized into 10 regions based upon number of agencies, geography and the interests of each region.  Region 9 is comprised of 49 ACWA-member public water agencies within San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties.  The region, which covers roughly 32,000 square miles, is home to a population of just over 4.2 million.

The role of ACWA Region 9 is “to support ACWA goals through grassroots efforts by conducting outreach, communication, and education through briefings, events and tours.”

Melleby joins other Region 9 board of directors members, including:   Harvey Ryan, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, chair; Craig Ewing, Desert Water Agency, vice chair; and board members Joe Kuebler, Eastern Municipal Water District; Ed Pack, Coachella Valley Water District; Kathy Tiegs, Cucamonga Valley Water District; and Jim Ventura, Mojave Water Agency.

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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is one of 29 State Water Project contractors whose mission is to import supplemental water, to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within its service area extending from Calimesa to Cabazon in western Riverside County, California.

For more information, please contact General Manager Jeff Davis at 951/845-2577 or jdavis@sgpwa.com.

Tax Rate to be Maintained

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The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency Board of Directors voted on August 5 to maintain the Agency’s property tax rate at eighteen and a half cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the third year in a row.  The tax rate means that the owner of a $200,000 home would pay $370 per year in property taxes to the Agency.

CA State Water ProjectThe tax funds the Agency’s share of debt service, operation, and maintenance of the State Water Project.  The Agency is currently partnering with the California Department of Water Resources and the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (Valley District) to construct phase 2 of the East Branch Extension, the pipeline that delivers water from the State Water Project in San Bernardino to the Agency’s service area in the San Gorgonio Pass.

“Thanks to our pro-active steps in urging the Department of Water Resources to sell bonds now, when interest rates are at historic lows, we can keep our annual debt service costs down and should not have to raise our rate for the next several years” said President John Jeter of Banning.  The Agency Board has raised its tax rate once since 2000.  “Our share of Phase 2 of the East Branch Extension will cost our region $80 million, but it is an investment in our future.  Without it, we would not be able to import all of our water in wet years.  Currently we can only import about 11,000 acre-feet of water a year, out of our total allotment of 17,300 acre-feet.”

The Agency also passed its debt service budget for the year, a balanced budget of approximately $17 million that will be sent to Sacramento to pay for the Agency’s share of the State Water Project.

The East Branch Extension Phase 2 is a $200 million pipeline, pump station, and reservoir in the Mentone area that will enable the Agency to import more water in wet years to help carry the region through dry years.  The Valley District is funding the rest of the cost to help it meet future demands in the Redlands/Yucaipa area.

The State Water Project was authorized by California Voters in 1960 through the Burns-Porter Act.  The Act required that no State general funds be used to pay for the construction, operation, or maintenance of the State Water Project.  Each of the 29 water agencies throughout the State that contract for this water must pay their share of the total cost each year through property taxes or water rates.

An acre-foot of water is approximately 326,000 gallons, or enough to meet the needs of two families for a year.

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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is one of 29 State Water Project contractors whose mission is to import supplemental water, to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within its service area extending from Calimesa to Cabazon in western Riverside County, California.

For more information, please contact General Manager Jeff Davis at 951/845-2577 or jdavis@sgpwa.com.

Elected Officers for the Next Two Years

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The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency, located in Beaumont, elected its officers for the next two years at its January 7 Board meeting.  John Jeter was re-elected President for his fifth two-year term.  Bill Dickson was re-elected Vice President, while Mary Ann Melleby was re-elected Treasurer.  Jeter has been on the Board since 2001.  Dickson was first elected in 2008, while Melleby was appointed to a vacancy in 2011.

Four members of the Board stood for re-election in November, and all four were re-elected.  This is in marked contrast to four years ago, when four new members were elected.   Those re-elected were Bill Dickson, Ron Duncan, Ted Haring, all of whom ran without opposition, and Mary Ann Melleby.  Dickson and Haring were first elected in 2008.  Duncan and Melleby were appointed to vacancies within the past two years.

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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is one of 29 State Water Project contractors whose mission is to import supplemental water, to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within its service area extending from Calimesa to Cabazon in western Riverside County, California.

For more information, please contact General Manager Jeff Davis at 951/845-2577 or jdavis@sgpwa.com.

Pass Water Agency Has a New Board Member

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Ron Duncan SGPWA BODThe San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency’s newest board member has taken his seat at the board table.  Ron Duncan of Banning was sworn in last month as the new director for Division 1.  Duncan, owner of Lithopass Printing, was one of three candidates interviewed by the board at its April 16 meeting.

John Jeter, board President, stated “Ron is a successful business owner in Banning and an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and other community activities.  He was the perfect choice for this board.”

Division 1 includes Twin Pines, Poppet Flat, Cabazon, the Banning Bench, and portions of the City of Banning.

Duncan will stand for election to a full four-year term in November.

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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is one of 29 State Water Project contractors whose mission is to import supplemental water, to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within its service area extending from Calimesa to Cabazon in western Riverside County, California.

For more information, please contact General Manager Jeff Davis at 951/845-2577 or jdavis@sgpwa.com.