March 2016 General Membership Meeting Agenda



MARCH 17, 2016 — 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM




Call to order                                                              Member and guest introductions

Quorum call                                                              Verification of membership

Approve Agenda                                                     Vote to approve Agenda

Secretary’s Report    Willy LaRue will present the Minutes for the December 16, 2015 General Membership Meeting.  Vote to approve the Minutes.

Treasurer’s Report    John Lovie will present the Treasurer’s Report.  Vote to approve the Treasurer’s Report.

“Pass the word!”:  1. WIWSA presentation to Sound Waters, plan to do annually

                                    2. Notice of April 16th  training class; availability of Water Bible

                                    3. PSE offer of presentation re: emergency generators, etc. 

Theme of this meeting:    Responsibilities of Water Boards

First Guest Speaker: “The State’s Perspective” Ms. Virpi Salo-Zieman, Office of Drinking Water NW Regional Engineer

Second Guest Speaker: “The Satellite Management Agency’s Perspective” Mr. Clive Defty, King Water Company

Third Guest Speaker: “The Small Water System Board Perspective” Jim Patton, Chairman for Water System Operations, West Beach Road Association

Floor open for general discussion


WIWSA President’s Message March 2016


March, 2016

I believe that everyone who attended our December Quarterly Members’ Meeting (which was also our annual meeting) agreed that the tryout of the “World Café” was a success.  For more than an hour all of our board members, our Group A and Group B membership representatives and two members of the State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water sat in “conversation circles” to voice their concerns about the condition of small ground water systems here on Whidbey Island.  We were able to capture the sense of those concerns and that information will morph into the themes for our four meetings this year.

Top among the concerns was the burden of responsibilities on the backs of the small water system boards that administer the purveyance of water to their customer neighbors.  Webster informs us that the word “purvey” means to “furnish or supply (especially food or provisions).”   In actuality, our local water system boards sell the product of fresh drinking water and therefore product liability is as much a tyrant for them as it is for the makers of cars, airplanes and Coca Cola.  If our membership is to be above reproach in purveying water Group A and Group B board members must understand the rules for clean and healthy water production and distribution and, so, we will focus on those rules as the theme for our first quarterly members’ meeting this year … scheduled for 6:00 pm on March 17th at the Race Road Fire Station.  I look forward to learning a lot at this meeting!

Warm regards, Jim Patton

Who’s in Charge of Your Drinking Water?


If you live in Island County, chances are that you are! The majority of water systems in Island County are community owned and are accountable to their members through a council, commission, or board.

Could Flint, Michigan happen here? What are the threats to our drinking water? Attend our local drinking water forum to voice your questions and concerns and find out how you can help safeguard your water supply. Meet your State, County, and municipal drinking water staff. Join small group discussions to identify common concerns and find out how to participate.

This session is supported by the Whidbey Institute and Thriving Communities Bioregional Conference being held the following 3 days with a focus on Water and Community. This is a public forum and open to all. March 16, 2016 at Thomas Berry Hall at the Whidbey Institute. Time  7 PM to 8:30.


Helen Price-Johnson, Island County Commissioner, District 1
Keith Higman, Director, Island County Public Health Department
Jennifer Kropack, Regional Planner, Washington State DOH Office of Drinking Water
Randi Perry, Utilities Manager, City of Langley
John Lovie, Sun-Vista/Sunlight Beach HOA