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City Council Meeting Item #D-2

From: domainremoved <Roxanne>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:12:03 -0700

Dear City Council Members,

I request that vote against authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement
with EKI to develop the 2015 UWMP as described in Agenda item # D-2, reading
through the staff report there are several areas that concern me. Below are a few:

1) Attachment A. EKI Scope of Services seems incomplete. The document there,
titled “3 SCOPE OF WORK AND SCHEDULE” seems to an excerpt of a larger
document, and in fact makes references to what appear to be other sections
of such document. I think before the Council agrees to authorize agreements
we should see the document in its entirety.
2) Concerning what is available of the document, EKI does not make a clear
distinction the City and the MPMWD using phrases like “Current water usage
suggest that the City is on track to meet is SB 7 targets.” Since the City of
Menlo Park is serviced by other water districts, and the UWMP will be
specific to just MPMWD, this type of statement can be confusing. Does it
refer to all the water districts that service Menlo Park or just the MPMWD?
3) EKI assumes it will only prepare one Administrative Draft UWMP rather than
two as requested in the City’s RFP. (Item Task 6 –prepare and submit on
administrative Draft UWMP). This does not seem wise to me for a myriad of
reasons. Were there any candidates who fulfilled the City’s RFP
requirements? Maybe Staff should look at them again.
4) Over all, the EKI document outlines a process is little Public input in
preparing the a Draft UWMP, is a little optimistic imagining that public
comments will be so limited that no changes to the Draft UWMP will be
required and a second public hearing will not even be needed.

Urban water suppliers are required by the Urban Water Manage Planning Act to
encourage active involvement of the community within the service area prior to and
during the preparation of the UWMP. The EKI proposal does not seem to reflect any
encouragement of active involvement of the community during the UWMP
preparation.

These water issues are so complex, there is an election that is putting quite a bit of
pressure on our entire community. It could be that Staff wants to hurry along with
something, intents well meaning of course. However, it falls on our elected to
officials to make sure our bureaucrats are not taking the wrong shortcuts.

Please consider voting against the Staff recommendation authorizing the City
Manager to Enter Into and Agreement with Erler & Kalinowski, Inc, to Develop the
2015 Urban Water Management Plan, at least for the time being.

Thank you
Roxie Rorapaugh
885 Sherman Ave
Menlo Park
Received on Tue Oct 07 2014 - 10:07:46 PDT

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