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05-03-1999L 3 LOWER RIO GRANDE WATER USERS ORGANIZATION MINUTES May 3,1999 The Lower Rio Grande Water Users Organization met at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 1999, at 200 N. Church St., Las Cruces, NM. LRGWUO Board Members Present: Chairperson Ruben Smith, City of Las Cruces Gary Esslinger, EBID Gilbert Bartlett, Village of Hatch Cesario Alvillar, Town of Mesilla Dr. Tom Bahr, Director, WRRI, NMSU Pat Banegas, Anthony NM LRGWUO Board Members Absent: Joseph Cervantes, Dona Ana County Commissioner Others Present: Naren N. Gunaji, ISC Jesus Nava, City of Las Cruces Robert Monday, City of Las Cruces Dr. Jorge Garcia, City of Las Cruces Ken Needham, Parson's Engineering Len Stokes, PES Albert Racelis, Dona Ana County Chairperson Smith called the meeting to order at 3:34 p.m. 1) Approval of Minutes for March 23,1999 The motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes for the March 23,1999 meeting. The minutes were approved as presented. 2) Presentation by City Utilities Staff and Len Stokes, Consultant Mr. Monday opened the briefing by outlining the parameters by which the City utilities operates. Dr. Garcia followed with an overview of projected surface water treatment plans for the City of Las Cruces. 1 L' �01 LRGWUO Minutes May 3,1999 Page 2 of 4 Dr. Garcia fielded questions. Mr. Stokes followed with information on surface water acquisitions, assets and funding possibilities for local entities attached to LRGWUO. 3) Proposed Amendment to Joint Powers Agreement Mr. Smith distributed copies of the proposed resolution to amend the Joint Powers Agreement. Ms Driggers advised the Organization that the Department of Finance must also approve the amendment. Discussion followed. The motion was made and seconded to approve the resolution subject to approval by the Department of Finance. The motion carried. Mr. Smith advised Mr. De La O he would be notified as soon as the resolution was approved by the Department of Finance. 4) Consideration of Resolutions Mr. Racelis distributed copies of a proposed resolution titled: REQUEST TO THE NEW MEXICO/TEXAS WATER COMMISSION TO RECONSIDER THE LEASBURG SURFACE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY SITE, BEEP THE SOUTH PLANNING AREA SIT AND THE CANUTILLO SELECTION OPTION OPEN AND ALLOCATE FUNDS FOR FEASIBILITY, ORGANIZATIONAL, AND MANAGEMENT LEVEL SERVICES AND FINANCIAL STUDIES. Mr. Racelis outlined his interpretation of the resolution. Discussion followed. Mr. Smith assigned 99 -01 to the resolution. Mr. Bartlett moved to approve Resolution 99 -01. Mr. Alvillar seconded the motion. Dr. Bahr moved to delete number three, "Reallocate funds from existing and future Congressional project appropriations which cover management, organization, level of service and participation, cost of services and financial considerations for water supply related utilities in Dona Ana County." from the second page as well as the "and" at the end of number two. Mr. Alvillar seconded the motion. The motion carried. 2 C, J LRGWUO Minutes May 3,1999 Page 3 of 4 Dr. Bahr moved to amend the fourth whereas to read "WHEREAS, the LRGWUO requests the Leasburg site be considered for inclusion in the amended phase I selection and NEPA process; and" Mr. Esslinger seconded the motion. The motion carried. Mr. Esslinger moved to delete "WHEREAS, information such as ownership, management, operations, level of participation, organization structure and cost to water recipients is needed for the New Mexico community of water users and the LRGWUO to make prudent decisions which will have a significant impact upon their operations, as well as the economy and culture of Dona Ana County." as well as removing the "and" from the previous section and changing the semicolon to a period. Dr Bahr seconded the motion. The motion carried. Mr. Esslinger moved to remove the words "and allocate funds for feasibility, organizational, management level of service and financial studies" from the title of Resolution 99 -01 and add a period to the end of the title. Mr. Alvillar seconded the motion. The motion carried. Dr. Bahr moved to delete "Whereas, the Alliance of Water and Wastewater Providers membership within the Central Planning Area have determined that the Leasburg location for the water treatment plant site might be more advantageous for the entire Central Planning Area than the currently selected site; and" from the resolution. Mr. Alvillar seconded the motion. The motion carried. Mr. Smith stated that all members in favor of approving Resolution 99 -01 as amended should signify by saying aye. The motion carried. Mr. Smith asked that an amended copy of the resolution be prepared for signature. 5) Other Items of Interest Dr. Bahr gave a brief overview of a hearing he recently attended given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The hearing was to garner input regarding the designation of critical habitat for the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow, an endangered species. Dr. Bahr proposed sending a letter from the LRGWUO to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging them to prepare a full environment impact statement prior to designating a critical habitat for the Silvery Minnow, the result of which is likely to have far - reaching social and economic impact on the State of New Mexico. Discussion followed. LRGWUO Minutes May 3,1999 Page 4 of 4 Mr. Alvillar moved to send the letter as presented by Dr. Bahr. Mr. Bartlett seconded the motion. The motion carried. As there was no further business or discussion, the motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. Mayor Smith adjourned the meeting at 5:10 p.m. APPROVAL: Ruben Smith, LRGWUO Chairperson Transcribed by: Faith Anne Hignight City of Las Cruces Utilities Division 4