GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
(Official Annual Meeting)
DECEMBER 7, 2016 — 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
AT RACE ROAD FIRE STATION, COUPEVILLE, WA.
Call to order Member and guest introductions
Quorum call Verification of membership
Approve Agenda Motion to approve the Agenda
Secretary’s Report Randi Perry will present the Minutes for the September 30, 2016 General Membership Meeting. Motion to approve the Minutes
Treasurer’s Report John Lovie will present the Treasurer’s Report. Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report.
Review and Approve Budget for 2017 Jim Patton will present the draft budget for 2016. Motion to approve the Budget
Nomination and election of Directors Nominations and motion to elect Directors (2 positions)
ABC’s of the Small Water System Management Program
Representatives from the State Office of Drinking Water will explain the purpose of the SWSMP and clarify to whom it applies. Jim Patton and John Lovie will cover the required elements of the plans that need to be written by Group A water systems to comply with the program. Examples will be shown and all will be available to answer questions.
Floor open for general discussion
We are approaching our last Quarterly Member’s Meeting for this year, scheduled for 6:00 pm, December 7, 2016 at the Race Road Fire Station. This meeting will double as our Annual meeting and we will attend to “housekeeping” chores like electing directors, reporting on our finances and presenting our budget for 2017 to be voted on by our members. As usual, we will move through all of this smartly to save time for our “main event.”
In our three previous members’ meetings this year we covered issues like the responsibilities of water boards, the ownership of water in Washington State and treatment for contaminants in our local ground water. Feedback from our members reassures us that we have been providing the kind of information that they need – but we have also learned that they want more emphasis on the basics of operating and maintaining their Group A and Group B water systems. The State Office of Drinking Water (ODW) has developed a Small Water Systems Management Program (WAC 246-290-105) that is a comprehensive guide to collecting and assembling all the data needed to understand and organize any small water system.
At first reading, the SWSMP described in the Washington Administrative Code appears intimidating (if not overwhelming!) and we want to present it to our members in the most “used-friendly” manner possible. Representatives of the ODW will be on hand at this meeting to help us to do that. As usual, we will provide the coffee and goodies!
I am looking forward to seeing you!
Warm regards, Jim Patton, President
Navy to Hold Public Meetings on Drinking Water Sampling
“NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – Navy officials from NAS Whidbey Island and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest will hold three open house public meetings Nov. 21 and 22 in Oak Harbor and Coupeville to discuss the current Navy project to test drinking water in wells in the vicinity of Ault Field and OLF Coupeville.
The first meeting will be held in Oak Harbor on Monday, November 21 at the Oak Harbor Elementary School located at 151 Southeast Midway Blvd. from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be two meetings at the Camp Casey Conference Center at 1276 Engle Road in Coupeville on November 22. The first meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the second from 5 to 9 p.m. Public is encouraged to attend any time during the open house period.
Early this year, the EPA issues a health advisory for two perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The Navy issued policy to take a proactive nationwide approach to ensure no one is exposed to drinking water at levels greater than the EPA health advisory levels. NAS Whidbey Island has identified known or suspected locations where fire-fighting foam containing PFAS were released from firefighting training and emergency response activities. Residents in the vicinity of NASWI Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field, and other interested parties, are invited to attend these open house public meetings to learn about the Navy’s plans to test drinking water from wells near these two sites.
If the Navy discovers drinking water in wells within the designated sampling areas exceeding the EPA lifetime health advisory levels for PFOS and PFOA, the Navy will provide residents alternate water for drinking and cooking until a permanent solution can be implemented.
Navy officials in the Northwest will continue to work closely with local communities, water authorities, regional and local health agencies, Federal and State Environmental Protection Agencies, and Congressional and State officials and share additional information as it becomes available throughout the testing process.”
From NAS Whidbey Public Affairs Office