2010-2011 Cost-of-Services Study

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 Click here to download a PDF of the study.

Click here to read the appendix containing the final Cost of Services Study rate tables. 

Click here to view the Cost of Services Study agenda item summary from the November 14, 2011, regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. Click here to view General Manager Jim Abercrombie's PowerPoint (pdf) presentation. 

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation given at the October 24, 2011, Cost of Services Study Community Meeting in Cameron Park. 

Click here to view the Cost of Services Study agenda item summary from the October 11, 2011, regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. Click here to view General Manager Jim Abercrombie's PowerPoint (pdf) presentation 

Click here to view the Cost of Services Study agenda item summary from the September 26, 2011, regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. Click here to view General Manager Jim Abercrombie's PowerPoint (pdf) presentation. 

Click here for the meeting agenda and packet for the Cost of Services study workshop at the August 23 special Board meeting. 

Click here to view the PowerPoint (pdf) presentation given at the the August 23, 2011 public workshop. 

Click here for the EID news release that summarizes the June 13, 2011 regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. During the meeting, EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported on the May 25 meeting of the Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel. 

Click here to view the PowerPoint (pdf) presentation given at the the June 13, 2011 public workshop. 

Click here for the EID news release that summarizes the May 24, 2011 regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. During the meeting, EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported on the May 6 meeting of the Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel. Click here to view Abercrombie's Powerpoint (pdf) presentation. 

Click here for the EID news release that summarizes the April 25, 2011 regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. During the meeting, EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported on the April 6 meeting of the Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel. Click here to view Abercrombie's Powerpoint (pdf) presentation. 

Click here for the EID news release that summarizes the March 14, 2011 regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. During the meeting, EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported on the January 14 meeting of the Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel. Click here to view Abercrombie's Powerpoint (pdf) presentation. 

Click here for the EID news release that summarizes the January 24, 2011 regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. During the meeting, EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported on the January 14 meeting of the Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel. Click here to view Abercrombie's Powerpoint (pdf) presentation. 

Click here for the EID news release that summarizes the December 13, 2010 regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. During the meeting, EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported on the November 19 meeting of the Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel. Click here to view Abercrombie's PowerPoint (pdf) presentation. 

Click here for the EID news release that summarizes the November 8, 2010 regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. During the meeting, EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported on the October 22 meeting of the Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel. Click here to view Abercrombie’s PowerPoint (pdf) presentation. 

Click here for the EID news release that summarizes the October 12, 2010 regular public meeting of the EID Board of Directors. During the meeting, EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported on the September 28 meeting of the Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel. Click here to view Abercrombie’s PowerPoint (pdf) presentation. 

Click here for the EID news release that summarizes the September 1, 2010 special meeting of the EID Board. During the meeting, the Board unanimously adopted 12 principles, recommended by the Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel, to guide the study and rate-setting into the future. The 12 principles are found at the end of the news release. Click here to view the PowerPoint (pdf) presentation given by EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie at the September 1 meeting.

Background

In a February 4, 2010 resolution, the EID Board of Directors committed to a number of actions aimed at stabilizing the District’s finances into the future. The actions included a cost-of-services study, which was suggested by participants during public hearings on rate changes in January.

The resolution stated that the study should be conducted by an independent expert, completed by the end of 2010, and advised by a community-based panel.

In late July, the Board authorized a contract with HDR, a consulting firm based in Folsom, to conduct the study. Click here to learn more about this company.

The advisory panel has been convened (see below), and work on the study is underway. EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie will provide regular progress reports to the Board of Directors at their public meetings as the study moves forward. The reports and any action the Board may take will be summarized on this webpage.

EID customers and other members of the public are welcome to attend the Board meetings and comment on the study. Click here for the Board meeting schedule through the end of the year.

Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel

Community-Based Members

Kim Beal, Cameron Park. Kim, a resident of El Dorado County since 1966, is Government Affairs Director for the Realtors Association in El Dorado County. She holds a B.S. in business and has worked in real estate for 32 years. Kim is President of the Governing Board for the El Dorado Business Alliance and a member of the Board of Directors for Marshall Medical. She earlier served as a member of EID’s Facility Capacity Charges Advisory Committee.

Albert Hazbun, El Dorado Hills. Albert’s long career includes more than 50 years of experience in managing the design and construction of heavy industrial and civil infrastructure projects on five continents. He introduced recycled water to the Serrano Project in El Dorado Hills and has served on several EID advisory committees related to water, wastewater, and recycled water. Albert is a graduate (engineering) of the American University in Beirut. He has lived in El Dorado County since 1987.

Tom Heflin, Camino. Tom, a life-time resident of El Dorado County, holds a Ph.D. in finance and business economics and is Professor Emeritus at Sacramento State University. He previously served on the county’s Agricultural and Economic Development commissions and on state committees related to insurance rate-setting. Tom is currently the Supervisor District III representative on the county Planning Commission and runs a small business with his wife in Camino.

Doug Leisz, Placerville. A professional forester and UC Berkeley graduate, Doug rose to the rank of Associate Chief during his 32-year career with the U.S. Forest Service. He then formed a consulting business until 2008. He is a former Vice President of the county Agricultural Water Quality Management Corporation and is active in water issues such as the county’s small hydro study and EID’s Irrigation Management Services program. Doug manages a wine vineyard and tree farm that he established 26 years ago.

Greg Prada, Cameron Park. Greg formerly led financial turnarounds for two specialty health services companies, where he was the Chief Operating Officer, and a manufacturing division, where he was the Chief Financial Officer. He also led the initial public offering for a health services company with three business segments, where he was the Chief Executive Officer. Greg holds a B.A. in business from the University of Washington. He moved to El Dorado County from the Bay area in 2006.

EID Staff

Jim Abercrombie, Placerville. Jim, who facilitates the Cost-of-Services Study Advisory Panel, was chosen as EID’s General Manager in 2009. His more than 30 years of management experience include 11 years as Amador Water Agency’s General Manager and 11 years as PG&E’s El Dorado District Manager. A registered civil engineer, Jim also earned an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.

Mark Price, Rancho Murieta. Mark is the District’s Finance Director and has worked at EID since 2005. His 30-year career as a certified public accountant includes positions as Assistant General Manager for Finance and Administration at Stockton East Water District and as Accounting Services Manager for a large sewer and surface water management district in the Portland, Oregon area. His early career, as a partner in a Sacramento accounting firm, included audits of special districts (water and sewer) and small cities. He has a B.S. in business administration with concentrations in accounting and information systems.

Mary Lynn Carlton, Placerville. Mary Lynn originally joined EID in August 2005 as Public Information and Outreach Manager and later as Assistant Director of Human Resources, working for the District for 2.5 years. She rejoined EID in the fall of 2010 as Director of Communications and Community Relations. Mary Lynn has over 30 years of experience working in the communications, human resources, and safety fields for private as well as public sector employers. She has served on several boards, including El Dorado Community Foundation, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Posse, and American Leadership Forum. She holds a B.S. in physical education, health and safety and an M.S. in safety management from West Virginia University. Mary Lynn and her husband, Gary, reside in the Placerville area and have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Dana Strahan, Garden Valley. Dana, EID’s Water Operations Manager, holds state-issued T5 and D5 water operator certifications. This means he can operate or supervise the operation of any water treatment plant or water distribution system—regardless of capacity, size, or complexity—in California. During his 28-year career in public service, Dana has worked for the City of Orange, Placer County Water Agency, and the City of Folsom. He has an A.A. in business administration.

Elizabeth Wells, Placerville. A registered civil engineer with 13 years of engineering experience, Elizabeth has been Engineering Manager of EID’s wastewater and recycled water systems since late 2004. She previously worked for a local engineering firm, where she designed water and wastewater infrastructure and treatment facilities and provided construction management services. Elizabeth is a board member of WateReuse, a statewide association of recycled water interests. She holds a B.S. in engineering from UC Davis.