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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP ANNUAL MEETING

December 12, 2019 — 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

SNO-ISLE COUPEVILE LIBRARY
788 NW Alexander Street, COUPEVILLE, WA

AGENDA

  • Call to order & Quorum call: Member and guest introductions
  • Approve Agenda: Members vote to approve the Agenda
  • Secretary’s Report: Randi Perry will present the Minutes for the September 19, 2019 General Membership Meeting. Vote to approve the Minutes.
  • Treasurer’s Report: Bethel Hart will present the Treasurer’s Report and Budget for 2020. Votes to approve the Treasurer’s Report and Budget.
  • Election of Director: Vote to re-elect Joe Grogan for 3-year ter
  • “Pass the word!”:
    1. Comments on AWWA one-day workshops on Whidbey Island; ideas for subject matter for the April workshop.
    2. Date and theme for next Quarterly Membership Meeting in March 2020 at Coupeville Library.
    3. WIWSA participation in Sound Waters University presentations on Saturday, February 1st at South Whidbey High School.
  • Theme of this meeting:Drafting your Small Water System Management Program” (required by WAC 246-290-105). Presentation by Ms. Katy Isaksen on composing Chapter Three: FINANCIAL CAPACITY.
  • Floor open for questions & answers and general discussion – all chapters & aspects of the SWSMP
  • Adjourn

WIWSA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE December 2019 THE HOME STRETCH!

At the beginning of this year, our WIWSA Board of Directors decided to do more than encourage our members to complete their Small Water Systems Management Programs (SWSMPs). We dedicated our June and September Quarterly Members’ Meetings to focus on the first two of the three components of the SWSMP: Chapter One, Managerial Capacity, and Chapter Two, Technical Capacity and we provided copies of the 82-page Guide for completing a SWSMP (DOH Document #331-134), along with suitable loose-leaf binders. The enthusiastic response from our members showed that we were on the right track.


Now, we are dedicating our December Quarterly Members’ Meeting (5:00 to 7:00 pm on December 12th at the Sno-Isle Library in Coupeville) to explaining the third component of the SWSMP, Chapter Three, Financial Capacity. Fortunately, we will enjoy the benefit of a presentation by a skilled practitioner in the business of financial services, Ms. Katy Isaksen. Katy Isaksen & Associates has been operating in the financial services sector in Seattle for 24 years and she has agreed to speak on the topics of asset replacement, budgets and rate setting as they are called out in Chapter Three and as they apply to the ownership and management of small water systems.


Also, if time permits, I will briefly discuss the State Law, RCW 64.38.065, as it applies to the Reserve Study and Account required by WAC 246-290-105 and described in the SWSMP Chapter 3.1 and 3.2.


We know that some of our members do not yet have copies of the Guide (or the binders) so we will have more to distribute at this meeting. We look forward to seeing you then!


Warm regards, Jim Patton, President WIWSA

WIWSA Emergency Preparedness Workshop – Coupeville

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2019 Emergency Prearedness Workshop in Coupeville WA

Friday October 25th starting at 8:00 AM

at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, Coupeville WA

A one-day presentation that provides a basic understanding of emergency preparedness, and the response of water and wastewater utilities in the event of emergencies and disasters. Asessing risks, planning, and preparedness will lead to utilities that function better in emergencies and are better able to maintain service and water quality.

Topics include:

  • Water utility emergencies
  • Emergency case studies
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Risk & resilience
  • Incident command system
  • Public outreach during emergencies
  • Business and operations continuity
  • Water/Wastewater Agency Response Networks (WARNs)
  • Tabletop & field exercises, other training
  • Facility security
  • Cybber security

    Instructors will be:

    Allen Fitz – Engineer

    Jeff Lundt P.E. – King County WTD

    0.7 CEUs Basic Waterworks presentation

    (Water & Wastewater CEUs APPROVED!)

    Cost is $25 for WIWSA members, $80 for AWWA, WEF & PNCWA members and $105 for non-members. If you, or your utility are WIWSA, AWWA, WEF or PNCWA members you qualify for the member rates. Lunch and refreshments are included. $20 surcharge for registering after Monday October 14th. Registration closes Friday October 18th.

    Chlorine Residual Testing and Lab Skills Workshop

    Attend these 3.5 hour workshops for chlorine residual testing.  Each class will provide drinking water operators with a better understanding of good lab skills and chlorine measurement techniques and why they matter.

    It will provide operators with hands on skills to answer the questions:

    • How do I know my instrument is working?
    • How do I know that the residual that I measure is real?
    • How good is my technique?

    http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=jub5msiab&oeidk=a07egefx7we6d6ab188

    General Membership Meeting

    September 19, 2019 — 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
    SNO-ISLE COUPEVILLE LIBRARY
    788 NW Alexander Street, COUPEVILLE, WA

    Agenda

    Call to order & Quorum call    Member and guest introductions

    Approve Agenda   Members vote to approve the Agenda

    Secretary’s Report:  Randi Perry will present the Minutes for the June 13, 2019 General Membership Meeting.  Members vote to approve the Minutes.

    Treasurer’s Report:    Bethel Hart will present the Treasurer’s Report. Members vote to approve the Treasurer’s Report.

    “Pass the word!”: 

    1. Plan for bringing AWWA one-day workshops to Whidbey Island, subject matter, date, location and fees for the second workshop;
    2. Whidbey Island Water Resources Committee – Charter and Mission of the WRAC and issues under consideration.
    3. Date and theme for remaining Quarterly Membership Meeting in December 2019 at Coupeville Library;

    Theme of this meeting:  Drafting your Small Water System Management Program (required by WAC 246-290-105).  Binders and copies of the official Guide (DOH Document #331-134) will be provided.  Presentations by our Board of Directors and guests on composing Chapter Two:  TECHNICAL CAPACITY

    Floor open for questions & answers and general discussion

    Adjourn

    WIWSA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE SEPTEMBER 2019

    Perhaps the most “onerous” task for the board of any Group A community water system is the preparation of the Small Water Systems Management Program that is required by the Washington Administrative Code (WAC 246-290-105).  In fact, there is nothing really complicated about putting together a SWSMP …. but it covers so many aspects of operating and maintaining a water system that board members feel swamped …… and that leads to putting off the task until the Office of Drinking Water conducts a Sanitary Survey and discovers that the required document isn’t complete or doesn’t exist at all.

    At the beginning of this year, our WIWSA Board of Directors decided to do more than encourage our members to complete their SWSMPs. We are using our quarterly members’ meetings to concentrate on each of the three components of the SWSMP: Chapter One, Managerial Capacity, Chapter Two, Technical Capacity, and Chapter Three, Financial Capacity.  We dedicated our June meeting to explaining each element in Chapter One and we provided copies of the 82-page Guide for completing a SWSMP (DOH Document #331-134), along with suitable loose-leaf binders.  The enthusiastic response from our members showed that we are on the right track.

    We are dedicating our next quarterly members’ meeting on September 19th (5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Sno-Isle Library in Coupeville) to explaining each element in Chapter Two, Technical Capacity.  Our board members will be joined by local technical experts in making presentations on: Source Water Adequacy, Water System Operations and Infrastructure Adequacy and we will provide a panel to answer questions.  We know that some of our members do not yet have copies of the Guide (or the binders) so we have ordered more to distribute at this meeting.

    Our meeting in June on Managerial Capacity lived up to expectations and we feel confident that this meeting on September 19th will be just as helpful and informative.

    Warm regards, Jim Patton, President WIWSA