Title: Letter of Cooperative Funding Request for Conservation Projects dated 9/30/97
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Title: Letter of Cooperative Funding Request for Conservation Projects dated 9/30/97
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Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Letter of Cooperative Funding Request for Conservation Projects dated 9/30/97 (JDV Box 108)
General Note: Box 16, Folder 12 ( SWFWMS And Tampa Bay - 1997 ), Item 11
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Southwest Florida

Water Management District
2379 Broad Street Brooksvllle. Florida 34609-6899 1-800-423-1476 (Florida Only)
or (352) 796-7211 SUNCOM 628-4150 T.D.D. Number Only (Florida Only): 1.800-231-6103
Internet address: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/swfwmd


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7601 Highway 301 North
Tompao. Flord 33637-6759
1-8-836-0797 or (813) 985-7481
SUNCOM 578-2070


170 Century Boulevard
ortow. Flaida 33830-7700
1-800-492-7862 or (941) 534-1448
SUNCOM 572-620


115 Corpration Way
Venice. Florida 34292-3524
1-800-320-3503 or (941) 486-1212
SUNCOM 5264900


2303 Highway 44 West
inveress. Rordao 34453-3801
(352) 637-1360


Roy G. Harrel, Jr.
Chairman. St. Petersburg
Joe L Davis, Jr.
Vice Chairman. Wauchula
Curls L taw
Secretary, Land 0' Lakes
Sally Thompson
Treasurer. Tampa
James L Alen
Bushnell
Ramon F. Campo
Brandon
Rebecca M. Eger
Sarosota
John P. Horlee, IV
Bradenton
Ronald C. Johnson
Lake Wales
James E. Martin
St. Petersburg
Brenda Menendez
Tampa
E. D. "Sonny" Vergara
Executive Director
Edward B. Helvenston
General Counsel I


September 30, 1997


Mr. Jerry L. Maxwell, General Manager
West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority
2355 Landmark Drive, Suite 211
Clearwater, Florida 34221


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Subject: Cooperative Funding Request for Conservation Projects

Dear Jerry:

With reference to your letter of September 23, 1997, the District concurs that demand management is a
significant component of the solution to Northern Tampa Bay's water supply problems. Both District
and Basin Boards have committed substantial funding to such projects in the past and, as you point
out, the District's proposed Partnership Plan specifically recognizes the importance of conservation
by proposing a $90 million cooperative funding assistance program over the next ten years. This
proposal, however, is only part of a comprehensive assistance program the District has placed on the
table. To truly bring about a long term solution to the water supply problems of Northern Tampa Bay,
the other components of the plan will also need to be implemented.


It would be my suggestion, therefore, that further discussions regarding the extent to which the District
will participate in the Authority's Demand Management Implementation Plan be pursued in context
with the other components of the Partnership Plan as soon as possible. Toward this end, and
consistent with discussions of the Governing Board at its September 23 meeting, I suggest the
Authority and District begin aggressive negotiations on an agreement that will place all the resources
proposed in the Partnership Plan on the table. Upon entering such an agreement, not only will the
Authority be able to begin implementation of an effective conservation program, but an aggressive
effort to implement new alternative sources of water can also be initiated and relief for the stressed
areas in the vicinity of existing wellfields can begin in earnest.

District staff is ready to begin such negotiations and looks forward to meeting with you at your
earliest convenience.

Sincer y


nioD. "Sohy" Vergara
Executive Director

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cc: Governing Board Members
The Honorable Ed Turanchik, Chairman, WCRWSA
The Honorable Dave Fischer, Mayor, City of St. Petersburg
The Honorable Dick Greco, Mayor, City of Tampa
Dan Kelman, Hillsborough County
Fred Marquis, City of St. Petersburg
John Gallagher, Pasco County
Gerald Seeber, City of New Port Richey
Jake Var, Esquire


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Mr. Sonny Vergara
Executive Director
Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street (U.S. 41 South)
Brooksville, FL 34609-6899

Re: Partnership Plan Discussions

Dear Mr4m

The proposed Partnership Plan between the Authority and the District highlights many issues
we all agree should be undertaken to some extent. The demand management component appears
to be one agreed upon and necessary ingredient. The Authority identifies aggressive demand
management as a major component of its Master Water Plan. At our last partnership plan
meeting Roy Harrel, as chairman of SWFWMD, noted that $90 million of conservation dollars
could be available to quantifiably affect the demand side of water use. We all believe that this
type of commitment to demand management will help secure savings the region desires.

Sonny, regional implementation of demand management is needed to secure savings we often
discuss but with no meaningful way to implement or to measure cost-effective conservation
programming. The Authority is moving forward with Demand Management Implementation
Plan (DMIP) scope and fee negotiation with consultants to secure demand management savings
we presented to your Board in July. We are proposing to take this scope and fee to our October
Board meeting. Since the District has expressed interest in how the DMIP is developed, it
would be in all parties best interest if the District provide guidance on their ability to co-fund
this project and, as an outcome of this project; portions of the to be approved Implementation
Plan. If favorable, the Authority would like to work with the District and our membership on
developing and implementing this scope.

We are on a fast track to initiate this project. The District's ability to support these activities as
stated in the Partnership Plan discussions is necessary for your inclusion in our scope
development and implementation process. Please consider this proposal and provide minimally
some verbal indication by late September of your willingness to support this important regional
project. Staff can then work out details of our cooperative relationship on a time specific basis.


Sincerely,


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David Dracciano, Rcsour-c Conservation Coordinator


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Southwest Florida

Water Management District
2379 Broad Street Brooksville, Florida 34609-6899 1-800-423-1476 (Florlda Only)
or (352) 796-7211 SUNCOM 628-4150 T D.D. Number Only (Florida Only): 1-800-231-6103
Internet address: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/swfwmd


7601 Highway 301 North
Tompo. Lcndc336376759
1-80-88364797 or (813) 085-7481
SUNCOM 578-2070


170 Centurv Boulevord
Bartow. FlorrJ 33830-77rC
l-.00-O92-7862 or (941) 524- .448
SUNCOM 572-6200


115 CCorotion Way
Venice, Flonda 3292-3524
1 -O-320-3503 or (941) 4861212
SUNCOM 526-600


2303 Highway 44 West
hweness. Florda 3453-3809
(352) 637-1360


Roy G. Horrell,. Jr. September 26, 1997
Chairman St. Petersburg epte er ,
Joe L Davis. Jr.
Vice Chairman. Wauchula
Curtis L. Law
Secretary. Land O' Lakes
Sally Thompson
Treasurer, Tampa Members, Governing Board
James L Allen
Bushnell Southwest Florida Water Management District
Ramon F. Campo
Brandon
Reb"ca M. s Attn: Joe L. Davis, Jr., Vice-Chair
John P Harllee, IV Curtis L. Law, Secretary
Bradenton
Ronald C. Johnson Sally Thompson, Treasurer
Lake Wales
James E.ain James L. Allen
St. Petersburg Ramon F. Campo
Brenda Menendez
Tampa Rebecca M. Eger
E. D. "Sonny" Vergara John P. Harllee, IV
Executive Director R
Executive Director I Ronald C. Johnson
Edward B. Helvenston
General Counsel James E. Martin
Brenda Menendez

Subject: Governing Board Protocol

Dear Governing Board Members:

This year has been the most issue intensive and time consuming period
that I have ever experienced on the Governing Board. We have had to confront
(i) both the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director leaving at the
same time, (ii) the hiring of a new Executive Director, (iii) two changes on the
Board (my condolences to new Board members), (iv) the most intensive
legislative efforts affecting our millage, relationship with West Coast and
mandated minimum flows, (v) the Partnership Plan's formation with West Coast
and among ourselves, (vi) the SWUCA rule's adverse ruling, and the need to
determine alternatives, (vii) the St. Petersburg wellfield permit ruling, (viii) the
governance plan for West Coast that directly impacts on the District, and of
course, (ix) the mandated minimum flow and level rule, with the necessary
recovery plan. Those are the big issues, and there are still the many other issues
that must be addressed on a daily basis.

With those issues before us, there is undoubtedly pressure on each of us,
.\'iellce first to handle the issues and keep them straight, especially with differing
Through viewpoints of the public and ourselves, and second to advocate our positions
Q(uillit' among ourselves.
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Members, Governing Board
September 26, 1997
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To ensure that the Governing Board acts in harmony, we have always strived to adhere
to internal protocols and courtesies. I need to discuss two specific protocols because they have
not been adhered to this year since the transition from Pete Hubbell to Sonny Vergara as
Executive Director.

The first protocol is that the Governing Board directs the Executive Director, and the
Executive Director controls the staff and operations. This protocol means not only that
members of the Board not interfere with the responsibility or the authority of the Executive
Director, but also refrain from making statements to staff about the Executive Director, his
authority, or about the staff under him and their abilities. It is not fair to the Executive
Director, to his staff, or to us. We need to bring such issues to the Executive Director and, if
not satisfactorily resolved, then place it on the Board agenda.

The second protocol is that the Governing Board works as a group and not individually.
This insures that Board actions and policies (which is a collective decision) are collectively
followed. We must be very careful that actions by any one of us is not misconstrued to be the
position of the Governing Board unless the Governing Board has acted. For that reason, if the
Governing Board acts, it is incumbent on each of us to not take any action in contravention of
that position unless first brought back to the Governing Board and discussed among us. I do
not care to get into specifics, but I was concerned enough with this that after the Board vote on
September 23rd about the Partnership Plan, I raised, without objection by any of you, that no
one should be further involved with the Partnership Plan until we hear back from staff. Staff
was directed to negotiate a proper agreement and to report to us the progress each month, and
no one, including me, should interfere with or affect that process. If you disagree then I
would appreciate the courtesy of you taking no action until the next Governing Board meeting
where this can be discussed.

This letter could be summarized as "let us be kind." I would suggest that we have a
parliamentarian for that purpose. This person would ensure that we follow the above
protocols and other basic courtesies among ourselves and with staff. Unless I hear objection
from you at the next Governing Board meeting, I am asking that Joe Davis fill that function.
Since we are all in the sunshine, the only way he can do this is investigate with staff any
instances behind the scenes, and if warranted, raise them publicly. We are talking about future
happenings and not the past.

You will undoubtedly also see a memo from the Executive Director about comments
from the public about staff. I totally support his position, with the exception that he might
have to fight me for the microphone in addressing people with bad manners commenting on
staff.

The last item I would like to mention is the question of us issuing warning notices to
local governments about wellfields. I am asking that Sonny Vergara put this on our Board


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September 26, 1997
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agenda for next month. When this was raised to me about a month ago, I expressed my
feelings to Sonny that it would be inappropriate to issue warnings or to commence enforcement
proceedings during the next several months during which we will be in the process of
attempting to amicably resolve the many issues between the District and West Coast and its
member governments. To do otherwise at this particular time is not conducive to reaching an
agreement that will resolve these very issues. Regardless, it is fair comment and should be on
the Board agenda for discussion.

I hope that each of you react to this letter in the manner in which I sent it, namely that
we in good faith and good feelings address the many substantive issues before us and resolve
them judiciously, expeditiously and in the public interest.

Kindest regards.

Verytrul yours,



ov G. Har 11, Jr.


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