REGION H WATER PLANNING GROUP MEETING
OCTOBER 7, 1998
CITY HALL, CONROE, TEXAS
MEMBERS PRESENT: James Adams, Chairman, Roosevelt Alexander, Frederick Perrenot, James Murray, John Bartos, Mary Ann Gonzalez, Michael Sullivan, Mark Evans, Tom Manison, Carolyn Johnson, Steve Tyler, Cynthia Schmidt, Jack Searcy, Jr., Harold Wallace, Ernest Rebuck, Robert Bruner, Tom Ray, Ron Neighbors, David Jenkins, Marvin Marcell.
PRESIDING: James Adams, Chairman
Alternates: Jim Sims for Danny Vance, John Willy for Jack Harris, Jace Houston for William Teer, Jimmie Schindewolf for Honorable Robert Eckels, and Mark Lowry for James Morrison.
APPROVE MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 2, 1998 MEETING:
Chairman Adams called for comments regarding revision to minutes of September 2 meeting. Judge Evans motioned to accept. Seconded by James Murray. Motion carried.
DISCUSS AND CONSIDER INSURANCE COVERAGE:
Issue: Are the activities of this planning group included as part of the duties of the membersí positions and thereby covered by insurance under the liability umbrella of the agencies involved? An opinion was rendered by the Office of the Attorney General that these groups have governmental immunity; however, we are subject to liability. Total cost for insurance is approximately $1,200 to $1,500. The proposal to the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) is that the members personally buy the insurance under one memberís name with the other members as co-insurers, if the SJRA cannot provide insurance.
Jimmie Schindewolf asked if that would cover alternates, to which Chairman Adams replied it would; and that permanent alternates would need to participate in the cost. Chairman Adams noted the Lower Colorado River Group has already purchased the insurance through member funding.
Chairman Adams tabled a vote until November 4 meeting.
UPDATE ON GRANT APPLICATION AND AUTHORIZE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO NEGOTIATE, ACCEPT, AND EXECUTE GRANT CONTRACT WITH TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD:
Group packet contained a printout of the summary of all proposals showing what the different regional planning groups requested. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is presently negotiating with the groups. They removed the contingency portion ($250,000.00) from the Region H grant application. In October the TWDB will approve the negotiated contract amounts, then in January will execute the contracts for the grants, funding 100 percent of the engineering study costs with the regions paying the administrative costs.
STATUS OF LOCAL FUNDING:
A question was raised concerning if funding requests took into account population. Chairman Adams noted that they did.
Packet contained a table showing contributions to date.
Contributions are being held by some funding subcommittees. Chairman Adams requested moneys be sent to be placed in an interest-bearing account called the San Jacinto River Authority Region H Water Planning Fund.
John Bartos announced that there would be a $1,000.00 contribution from the Galveston Bay Foundation.
The funding committee will meet and report back at the next meeting with their recommendations for updating contributors regarding the TWDB changes in the grant funding formula.
Marvin Marcell was added to the funding committee.
Brown & Root commented that the level of grant funding for Region H public participation was low compared to other regional planning groups.
PRESENTATION BY FREDERICK PERRENOT OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON:
Mr. Perrenot made a presentation summarizing the City of Houstonís past and present efforts to provide drinking water to their residents and many of the communities in the eight counties surrounding Harris County.
There was a general question and answer session centered around Mr. Perrenotís presentation.
A recommendation was made to include on next monthís agenda an item dealing with legislative affairs.
Robert Naremore, from the audience, asked of the 531 million gallons a day used August 5th, how much was surface water.
Frederick Perrenot answered that on a normal day the City pumps as much surface water as possible. During peak hours the pumpage of groundwater is increased to keep up with demand.
Robert Naremore asked if the City would try to mix ground with surface water and whether there was a plan to do that.
Frederick Perrenot stated there was no plan, but if a plan was put together it should not allow some to stay 100 percent on groundwater.
November 4, 1998
Conroe City Hall, 6th Floor