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.


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.


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.


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.

Markleeville Water Company Board Meetings to be Held Virtually Until Further Notice

Alpine County’s Public Health Director has said: “There should be no gatherings of any kind.”

In keeping with this directive, MWC Board meetings will be in the form of a telephone conference call until further notice. Qualified Persons may call in to attend. Please e-mail us at  markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com for information on how to call in.

Everyone calling in must identify themselves and we will restrict comments to the public comment period of the meeting or to specific agenda items on which action may be taken.

Agendas and other important documents can be found on, and downloaded from, our Important Documents page.

Like the Board of Supervisors meetings, attendees comments will be limited to three (3) minutes, including any Q&A.

The number of connections is limited. We apologize if this excludes any Qualified Person; we are making the best of a difficult situation. 

Be safe and thank you for your understanding.

Markleeville Water Company’s April 20th Board Meeting has been Canceled

We’re canceling this Saturday’s board meeting so we can spend time with our families, travel, etc.

Our next scheduled meeting is May 18th. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP via email to markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com.

Happy Easter from your MWC Board!

white petaled flower bouquet on white surface
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February 16th Board Meeting was Canceled Due to Power and Weather Issues

We know most of you were there. We wanted to post something, though, in case anyone was wondering and to make it official.

Due to the power outage the day prior, the shear amount of snow everywhere and the treacherous travel, we did cancel the meeting.

Our next meeting is Saturday, March 16th. Members are welcome!

If you’d like to attend, ust shoot us an RSVP email at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com.

Chalet Schwartz’s Icicle Garden on Hot Springs Road

We hope you all got through that crazy weekend safely and wish you ongoing success in your snow removal efforts!

Markleeville Water Company’s December 15th Board Meeting has been Canceled

We’re canceling this Saturday’s board meeting so some of us can spend time with our families, travel, etc.

Happy holidays from the MWC Board! Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Markleeville Water Company’s September 15th Board Meeting has been Canceled

Due to some board members being unavailable, we’ve canceled our September meeting.

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Our next meeting is October 20th. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com.