Upcoming Board Meeting To Include Discussion of Water-Use Guidelines

Our next meeting is Saturday, April 16th, at 8:30 a.m., and it will be held at the Markleeville Library AND via Zoom.

Please RSVP by emailing us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com.

While we will be discussing water conservation measures moving forward we want to remind you that last year’s landscape watering guidelines, as part of the Fire Related Mandatory Conservation Plan, remain in effect.

Thanks for your continued conservation efforts!

We look forward to seeing you either in-person or via Zoom in a couple weeks!

Board of Directors Meetings to Take Place Virtually Until Further Notice

This morning we posted that Saturday’s meeting will take place at the Alpine Co. Library at 270 Laramie Street in Markleeville at 8:30 a.m., HOWEVER, that is NO LONGER the case.

Per Alpine Co. Public Health (just a little bit after we posted up this morning’s heads up) public meetings are no longer allowed due to the surge in Covid cases within the county.

Here’s this weekend’s agenda, but again, attendance will only be by Zoom; there will be no one meeting at the library.

Qualified Persons may attend any MWC meeting but the meetings will now be via Zoom until further notice.

Please RSVP by emailing us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com.

Calling All Members – Volunteer Your Time & Expertise!

Happy New Year Markleeville Waterville Company Members and Friends!

We hope you had a great Christmas holiday and that you and yours are happy, healthy and safe.

As we kick off the new year we wanted to let everyone know that your participation and experience is ALWAYS welcome.

At our last meeting, at which by the way Becky Thornburg was elected as vice-president of the Board (congrats and thank you Becky!), we discussed MWC’s need for continued volunteerism.

Many of you helped out during our wateshed restoration and for that we are grateful. We wanted to mention, though, that continued help and participation is welcome and needed.

Perhaps you have expertise in areas such as engineering, plumbing, heavy equipment, electrical, construction, communication, or something else that could be of benefit to MWC or Alpine Co.?

If you’d like to help out, or just learn more about your water company, join us at one of our meetings.

All meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and while they are not open to the entire public, they are open to all members and those with a membership interest (for more on those terms, check out our bylaws on our Important Documents page).

The regular board meetings take place on the first month of the quarter (i.e. Jan., April, July and October), and are held BOTH in-person and via Zoom.

Our special call meetings, held on the second and third months of the quarters, are held via Zoom only, and are typically shorter than the regular board meetings.

If you’d like to participate, email us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com and we’ll send you the meeting details.

Please join us at an upcoming meeting. We’d love to see you!

P.s. Even if you can’t join us at a meeting, your input is always appreciated.

The October Board Meeting Has Been Canceled

Because we held our annual meeting earlier this month we will not hold our October board meeting on October 16th.

Big thanks, by the way, to those of you who participated in the annual meeting at the Markleeville Library Park on October 2nd.

Our next board meeting will be held on November 20th, at Station 92, on Hot Springs Road.

All Members and Qualified Persons are welcome to attend.

We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Meetings and a Handy Table for Watering Days

Our next board meeting will take place in-person on Saturday, September 18th, at Station 92 (799 Hot Springs Rd., Markeeville) at 8:30 a.m.

Members and Qualified Persons are welcome to attend! Masks are required.

We’ve tentatively rescheduled our Annual Meeting for Saturday, October 2nd.

Location and time TBD so please stay tuned.

We’ve received some requests for clarification on watering days since some months have five (5) weeks in them. Please refer to this table:

View this post for more information.

Upcoming Board Meeting This Saturday – at the Fire Station

We’ll be meeting in-person this Saturday, August, 21, 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m., at Station 92, 799 Hot Springs Road, in Markleeville.

On the agenda are many items, including the election of one (1) director, with substantial time set aside for the following:

  • Operations Report
  • Systems Condition Report (clean-up, MWC’s plant infrastructure, collection gallery status, and more)
  • Status of MWC’s insurance claim
  • Status of the CA Dept. of Emergency Services claim
  • NRCS Emergency Watershed Restoration Program
  • Water-use restrictions

That’s not a complete list, by the way. Go to our Important Documents Page, and scroll down to “Board Meeting Agendas (current year),” to view the entire agenda.

We’ve got a lot to cover and members and qualified persons are strongly encouraged to attend.

Masks are required.

We hope to see you Saturday and please feel free to spread the word.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule – Including the Annual Meeting. Members Encouraged to Attend!

Hello MWC Members!

As many of you know, over the last many months, your Board of Directors and Team has been meeting virtually (via Zoom).

At this point, mostly because it’s so convenient, we plan to continue to do so. 

We welcome your participation at any of the meetings, especially the annual meeting in August, where YOUR INPUT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT.

HERE’S THE SCHEDULE:

There will be a special meeting, this Tuesday night, June 8th, at 5 p.m., so the Board can approve a resolution required by the state in order to move forward with our construction grant.

Saturday, June 19th will be our last regular board meeting of the quarter. That meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. 

The July meeting will take place on the 10th of the month (instead of the usual 3rd Saturday) in deference to the Deathride. That meeting also begins at 8:30 a.m.

ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual Meeting will take place on August 7th at Turtle Rock Park, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Please note: this location is not yet confirmed so please be on the lookout for a future announcement.

We’ve got several years of minutes to approve, and it will be your chance to hear the latest news on our planning grant, and our future construction grant.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, we’ll be able to have a candid conversation about the current and future state of our water needs. IT’S VITAL that you attend the annual meeting.

MOVING FORWARD

In September, we’ll get back to our normal meeting cadence (i.e. the 3rd Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m.).

MEMBERS CAN ATTEND ANY OF THE VIRTUAL MEETINGS by emailing us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com for instructions and login information. 

Stay safe and thank you for being a MWC Member!

Schedule of MWC’s Upcoming Meetings

As you may know, we are mixing things up a bit with our meeting schedule to give folks who may not be able, or want to attend a Saturday meeting, a chance to join a meeting during the week.

We have held two weeknight meetings over the last several months and we’ve had just a couple members join those. Thank you, by the way, to those of you who did attend. We appreciate the input and support!

Since member attendance was somewhat sparse, however, we thought we’d offer a weekday meeting next.

  • Our next meeting (special call) will take place on Thursday, February 18th, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Our March meeting (also a special call meeting) will be Saturday, March 20th, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Our regular quarterly board meeting will be held on Saturday, April 17th, 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m. This meeting typically lasts 2 hours.

Agendas and minutes are available on our Important Documents page.

Corporation members are welcome to attend these meetings. Just email us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com for the meeting/call-in information, or if you have any questions.

Our Next Board Meeting Will Be Held Saturday, January 16th, 2021

Our last two (2) meetings were “special call” meetings and were held on Thursday, November 17th and Friday, December 19th, 2020.

Documents related to these meetings can be found on our “Important Documents” page.

Our next quarterly board meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom (as usual lately), on Saturday, January 16th, 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Members are welcome to attend and can request the Zoom meeting information by emailing us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com.

We hope you had a nice holiday and are safe and healthy.

Here’s looking forward to putting 2020 behind us. Have a Happy New Year and we’ll see you all next year!

Updates from the Water Company’s First Virtual Meeting

The Board held its first meeting (via Zoom) under the Covid-19 restrictions and it was a success! A couple directors joined via their computer and others joined via phone. Buck McLelland, our Plant Operator, and two corporation members, Becky and Fritz Thornburg, were also in virtual attendance, as was our former President, Steve Martin.

Per our blog post of last week, we will continue to hold these meetings virtually until further notice.

Operational Meetings

Speaking of meetings…At Buck’s suggestion we have decided to hold ½ hour bi-weekly operational meetings so that we can quickly discuss current water systems operations, business operations, and website and communications. It will also allow us to stay in sync with the latest news and best practices as things develop during the Covid-19 pandemic. The first of these will be held on April 1st at 6:30 p.m. You can find the latest agenda, including how to RSVP for any of these meetings, on our Important Documents page.

Safety Measures

Buck and Kris brought us up to speed on what they are doing to maximize safety and minimize contact as it relates to the Covid-19. They are no longer working at the plant, or anywhere else, together so that if one of them gets sick, the other won’t be compromised. They are in direct contact via phone, daily, as they have been for years.

Additionally, the board discussed contingency plans if both of them were down and not able to travel for any reason. Steve Martin, our former president, has the necessary experience to take over and can do so under Buck’s direction. Other board members can also step in, with direction from Buck via phone or facetime, for example, as the plant and our systems are set up accordingly.

Updated FAQs

We’ve recently this FAQ (and answer) to our FAQ page:

What do I do if I need to make payment arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic?

If you are under financial hardship due to the pandemic, please contact our secretary, Joanne Oehlerking at 530-694-2924. It should be noted that Markleeville Water Company is considered a critical infrastructure utility and as such needs income in order to continue to operate and supply clean, potable water to our corporation members.

You’ll also find a few others, including one that answers the question: Who do I contact if I have a water emergency?

Updated Important Documents

We’ve added the agenda from Saturday’s meeting, as well the operations report; the approved minutes from last month’s meeting and the agenda for our first operational meeting. On this page, you’ll also find our Schedule of Rates & Fees and a 3-year waiver for testing of organic synthetic materials that we rec’d late last year. Kudos to Director Hartnett for his hard work and persistence in getting that waiver, by the way – not having to do that testing so often will save us money and give Kris a little more time back in his day.

Grant Update

Lastly, we want to let you know that our planning grant initiative is moving along nicely. We’ve had lengthy, detailed discussions on timing, cost and possible options. Some options will likely increase members’ rates but it’s too soon to tell for sure how much. We are VERY cognizant of the impact increased rates could have and will not make any such decisions without members’ input. We are discussing how and when we could host a meeting for members to bring you up to speed and get your feedback. It’s likely that the Covid-19 pandemic would have an impact on that meeting; right now it’s too early to tell. Once we have some certainty, however, we’ll post something on the website, and email and mail notice to all members.

Be Safe and Stay Healthy!

We wish you and your families well during this difficult time and urge you to follow all guidelines issued by the county and state. Urge your family and friends to do the same, too.

If we all stick together and do it for each other then we’ll get through this.