Trischa Clark is a new director at Fern Valley Water District. Photo by Marshall Smith;
Trischa Clark took her seat as the newest director on the Fern Valley Water District (FVWD) board at the Friday, Dec. 16 meeting. “I’d just like to say that I’m happy to be on the board,” said Clark.

At the same meeting, the board chose Charlie Wix as the next FVWD president, replacing the retired Ron Korman. Robert Krieger was elected vice president and Jim Rees is the new Secretary.

District Secretary Jessica Priefer (right) presents retired Board President Ron Korman a gift to commemorate his many years of service to the district. Photo by Marshall Smith
Korman attended the meeting and was presented a gift, a commemorative plaque, by District Secretary Jessica Priefer, who was also confirmed by the board for another year in her position.

In other business, the board took several financial actions. The larger was approval of the final invoice from El-Co Contractors for pipeline replacement. The request was for almost $268,000, about $17,500 more than the total approved contract of $463,000. General Manager Steve Erler said the additional amount (for an asphalt patch for a new sewer lateral, removal of several large boulders, removal of soil due to high water table and other sundries) was a reasonable request. That addition brought the amount paid to El-Co to $480,424, an amount the board approved by vote.

The board also approved an out of court settlement of $2,553 to district property owner Ray Brown for a driveway repair that Brown alleged the district improperly performed.

The board also received and approved the annual audit, copies of which are available at the district office.

Erler, in his general manager’s report, noted that November water production is less than the October’s (3.1 million gallons compared to 3.7 million gallons in October) but slightly more than November 2010 production. Average demand in the district is also down slightly from a year ago, and significantly less than the peak production years of 2006 through 2008. Wells remain 1 to 3 feet higher than same time last year. Treated water storage is at 83 percent of capacity and raw water storage is at 98 percent.