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September 24, 1974 -
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TO: DONALD R. FEASTER, Executive Director
THROUGH: E. D. VERGARA, Special Projects DirectorN
FROM: WILLIAM T. ALLEE, Administrative Assistant
RE: St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board
Meeting of September 13, 1974
1. Employee Policy Board approved personnel rules and regulations, re: annual
leave, sick leave, and holidays. These policies are essentially the same as
SWFWD's. Mr. Auth used ideas from C&SF's policies as well as ours. Two holi-
days are different: instead of Memorial Day and Veterans' Day, SJTJMD's policy
calls for a day at Easter and two at Christmas. Also, no provision was made for
administrative leave. In fact, sick leave was designated to be used for critical
illness of immediate family.
Mr. Auth's reason for requesting Board approval of these policies was that he
already had four employees "on board" and three more had been hired the day beforee
2. Establishment of Executive Committee Chairman wished to appoint a five member
committee to draft policies in three areas:
a. By-laws and conduct of official meetings and workshops
b. Working policy between Board and Executive Director for operations
c. General water management policies and goals
Since their overall policy had not been adopted yet the Chairman felt a repre-
sentative group should be appointed that the Executive Director could call for
guidance. He said that he did not want the responsibility of settiLig policy when
questions arise between meetings, Then controversy arose later regarding appoint-
ment of this committee the Chairman indicated that the Executive Director would
be on his own between meetings and should call as many Board members as required
to make his decisions.
One 3oard member (Mr. Dicks) felt it would not be desirable (maybe even illegal)
to appoint a five member comiittee, which would constitute a muor'm, to formulate
District policy. -tr,. Leffler indicated it may even be in violation of the SumLshi.:e
Finally, a motion passed authorizing~ the Chairman to appoint a three member policy
Sdrafting workshop' with ~al members to be i..ited.
3. Transfer of Basins 'This item was mainly as a result of an August 9 meeting with
C& SF regarding tr-ansfer of the Upper St. Johns EIasin. Oklawaha was included in
the item oaiy because it is a similar case in poiu.t, although no contact 1:as been
made with the 3asi- 3oard.
Dona'ld R. Feaster
September 2-, 1974- p. 2
An agree-ment t;ith CS; F consists o.i several points:
a. Districts have comsson objectives in the Basin and will work in
harmony to achieve them.,
b. St. Johns will ass-r~e responsibility for administering Chapter 373 by
July 1, 1975, except for regulatory authority which will be administered
jointly. SJX7D agrees to accept C&SF's permitting RWR's on an interim
basis until drafting own or permanently adopting C&SP's. Also, existing
permits will be recognized by the new District. Nc deadline was set for
final acceptance of regulatory authority by SJWMD.
c. Full cooperation and agreement on all authorized flood control projects
developed in the Basin until July 1, 1975.
d. Full cooperation in solving ad valorem taxation, legislation, and asso-
ciated problems that arise as a result of the transfer.
e. Agreed on a joint Board meeting and tour of the Basin on October 10 & 11
to deal with alternatives involved in transfer.
Chairman and Executive Director indicated this agreement may set precedent for
transfer of Oklawaha.
Board's position on Oklawaha is as stated in the law -* transfer July 1, 1975.
Recognizing Basin Board not in favor of a July 1 transfer, DNR should get to-
gether and resolve. In short, SJWMD Board feels it is DNR's responsibility to
work it out with SWFW5M and the Oklawaha Board. The SJWMD Board "wants DNR
guidance on all transfers." Mr. Leffler stated that SWFWMD had adopted R&R's
that do not call for implementation in Oklawaha and may have a different point
of view now.
At a recent meeting Harmon Shields established quarterly meetings with all Districts
plus others attending. Next one scheduled for November 5. He also stated at that
time that Oklawaha will transfer July 1, 1975. He is requesting legislation that
will assist the transfer, pertaining to taxes, etc.
Chairman mentioned another meeting DNR is coordinating for September 27 in Tampa.
All Executive Directors, staff members, legislative liaison and others to attend.
FYI, Mr. Auth had worked up percentages of land area and population (projected
1975) for each District.
SJyWMD 20% 22%7
C&SP 31X 42% .....
SFFWMD 15% 25%
SWHD 14% 27
NWflD 20%7 9%
He used these when Elton Revell visited to show that State grants are sometimes
not equitable. Not fair for all Districts to receive same.
Donald R. Feaster
September 24, 1974 p. 3
4. The Corps was holding a Public Hearing the following night on construction of the
Upper St. Johns Project. Mr. Auth wanted to attend and present a District state-
ment. lHe offered nine points for consideration of which the Board agreed to
include four in his statement.
a. To maintain Class I water quality in the valley.
b. To aim to prevent flooding in residential and agricultural areas in the
Vilmington and Washington areas of the valley.
c. Any project on the river should seriously consider redirection of those
freshwaters now diverted to Indian River back to St. Johns Basin as
rapidly and extensively as possible.
d. To provide a dam at Lake Washington to assure water supply for Melbourne.
The Board further authorized Mr. Auth to encourage the Corps to complete a de-
tailed design memorandum on modification and completion of existing and new works
associated with the upland detention system and to write an Environmental Impact
Statement on the operation of the system.
After discussing the remaining items with Dennis Auth, I left the meeting. The
Board was scheduled to consider adoption of a $1,072,629 FY 75-76 budget request
and an $80,000 USGS cooperative agreement proposal.
Also, before hiring, Dennis has been introducing applicants to a Personnel
Committee and/or the entire Board. Understand he obtained authorization to hire
and fire on his own now.