POINT REYES STATION VILLAGE ASSOCIATION
MINUTES –NOV 13, 2020
Call to order 6:31 pm – Ken Levin
No Treasurer’s Report
Minutes of August 2020 & October 2020 Approved without objection.
Item 1: Jim Grossi, North Marin Water District – District 1 (our) Representative.
Born into ranching, became engineer, worked in West Marin for Stuber and Stroeh for years. Wants residents to know he is available to us. This year the salinity levels have been increasing exponentially. The fire department took extra water for the fire out here and NMWD is working with MCFD to find out how much they used and if they can use salt water or park water in the future. NMWD drilled another well on the Gallagher Ranch that seems like it will work. Now they have to obtain permits. Goal is to have two upper wells providing sufficient non-salinated water by next summer.
Ken: Reiterated the water district should provide safe drinking water to those who can’t afford to obtain it from other sources during periods of high salinity. Also, the district is selling our water for construction work; some of that income could be used to provide water to people who need it.
Jim Grossi: Promised to bring these issues up with NMWD immediately and find out how much water was used to fight fires.
Reps from PRSVA to attend next NMWD Board of Directors meeting.
Steve Antonaros: Water slimy to touch. Is there something to be done to protect water heaters?
Pam: The water is affecting glazes at local ceramic shop. Plus, it is unpalatable. Suggestion for a reverse osmosis system.
Bob Johnston: Why is district supplying three ranches?
Grossi: Right now system isn’t pumping water to ranches. It is trucked. Ranches don’t enjoy the same priority as municipal customers. NMWD is re-examining their West Marin service area boundary.
Item 2: Mark Switzer – Nominating committee, Mark, Rayychel, Melanie, Peggy, Cindy. Contacted existing officers to see if they were prepared to serve another term; sent email to membership; invited nominations; no other nominations received; met & formed slate; sent slate to membership. Slate 2021: President: Ken Levin, VP: Pam Bridges, Secretary: Peggy Day, Treasurer: Laura Arndt. Design Review Committee: Chair: Steve Antonaros, Members: Pam Bridges, Jon Fernandez, Roy Pitts, Mike McClaskey, Randall Fleming.
Motion: Mark: That the present slate of officers as well as Design Review nominees be elected. Chuck: Second. Motion passed with majority vote
Item 3: Point Reyes Station Community Plan Review Committee –Steve Antonaros: Discussed looking at the Community Plan (last edition: 2001) and seeing what needs updating. Suggests creating addenda section for additions, rather than editing existing text. This is something we will want to take up in the future.
Item 4: Design Review Committee – Steve Antonaros, Pam Bridges.
Rhonda: Check with CLAM for their statistics
Mark: The initial success of the community program stalled. For homeowners, providing handicapped access and eliminating barriers are issues and possible problems. The scope is a question and that would impact water consumption and septic load. Program more attractive in areas with sewers rather than septic systems. ABAG determines the number of low-income housing units unincorporated Marin must make available.
B: The Station House Café is moving to the site vacated by Osteria Stellina and plans to expand into the gift shop. Review with planning department because of changes, getting septic analyzed for capacity. Is there adequate parking? DR in conversation with owner, Sheryl Cahill.
C: Lighting Issue: complaints about new lights at school and the glare on nearby houses. Steve sent email to Superintendent Raines spelling out need for light shields. Not a big project. That’s been an issue. PRSVA should have relationship with school and district going forward.
Laura: We need to expand nighttime lighting analysis to all of downtown. Big lights on at Cowgirls, Wells Fargo, etc. The 2007 Countywide Plan has recommendations.
Lighting Committee volunteers: Rhonda, Peggy, Pam, Laura, Steve.
Announcements: Rhonda: We should invite members of Abriendos Caminos (Creating Pathways) to our meetings. They have funding for leadership development.