February 2015 Minutes

FEBRUARY 5, 2015

PRESENT: Officers – Ed Albrecht, Jennifer Bercy, Joy Gelb, Karmen Brower
Directors – Richard Woolard, Aaron Scott, Katie Whitman, Emma Wilby, Brett Gever, Rita Gever, Stephen Holzer, Keith Zajic.
Honored Guests: Bert Rosario, Jack Hendershot
Guest Speaker Jay Lewitt, Director, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.

  1. Meeting called to order at 7:05 PM.
  2. A motion to approve the minutes was proposed by Rita Gever, seconded by Joy Gelb, and passed unanimously.
  3. Mr Lewitt explained he owns a promotional business, but has always had an interest in foreign affairs, and other governmental matters. He was associated with the Herschel Day School that failed to build a facility in Agoura Hills. When he was asked to run for the water district board, he researched water, and learned just how important water is.
    Mr. Lewitt knocked on over 3,000 doors finding most people thought water rates were too high. He said he’d vote for higher rates because a stable supply of water was too important to allow election politics to interfere with good policy. He won by 57%.
    He explained that he wants to craft sound water policy because water comes from over 400 miles away. There are many demands on the available water as it comes to us, and then goes on south. Hence, everyone needs to conserve in every way possible. One of the most effective methods of conservation is native plantings in yards. The use billing system is another because it rewards those who conserves, and costs much more to those who don’t. There are also a number of new regulations that will impact water availability and cost as the years roll on.
    Mr. Lewitt wants to be available to rate payers, and to do his very best to keep water flowing at the most economical fashion possible.
  4. Officer Reports
    1. President Albrecht reported that the board is working toward reaching out to the community.
    2. Vice President Bercy suggested that meeting reminders go out at least 2 days in advance. She also wants to improve the contacts with all residents, but especially those whose e-mail addresses we have.
    3. Treasurer Gelb reported on the financial condition. The director/officer insurance is to be renewed to February 10, 2016. We have 13 paid members at the moment. Two are awaiting processing.
    4. Secretary Brower suggested that we begin planning now for the candidate forums GMHA sponsors, especially since this year there are two important offices up for election – City Council and LVUSD board.
      Where and when the meeting(s) should be held was discussed by the group.

      1. Joy Gelb ultimately made a motion to use our usual meeting room for the school board forum in September on our scheduled date. Steve Holzer seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
      2. Joy Gelb moved that the city council forum be in October at our regularly scheduled meeting time and place. Steve Holzer seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
  5. City Council Reports – none. Jennifer Bercy did report on the time and place of the state of the city event, and invited all to attend.
    1. Mayor Pro Tem Lucy Martin arrived late. She announced the some funds are available for the improvement of Wild Walnut Park. The Parks, Recreation, and Education Commission will take up the discussion at the next meeting on March 9th. We should provide input. There are proposals for new equipment, especially for 5-12 year olds that would blend with the landscape.
  6. Realtor Report – none, but Aaron Scott provided the written monthly historical report before he had to leave the meeting.
  7. Spotlight on member – none
  8. Commission Reports
    1. Public Safety – There was a meeting for healthy families in October. Parents are having parties with children present where alcohol and drugs are provided and/or used. Children are consequently at risk. The Public Safety Commission is now having workshops in the multi-purpose room of the library beginning March 4th in order to provide parents tools to combat the risks to children in those circumstances.
      CERT training will begin on Saturday, March 3 in Agoura Hills.
    2. Park, Recreation, and Education Commission announced that there will be no commissioner changes until November’s election. There will be a meeting on March 9. February 26th will be the forum on solar energy, its costs and benefits.
  9. New Business – none
  10. Old Business – New Directions For Youth handles our graffiti removal. Joy wants authorization to send the organization $400 for this year’s contribution for service. Jennifer Bercy moved, Joy seconded the motion to provide the $400, and the motion carried unanimously.
  11. Public Comment – none
  12. Adjournment was at 9:02 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Karmen Brower, Secretary

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