For immediate release: 1/27/17
Gene Mancebo, General Manager
Amador Water Agency, 209-223-3018
PHOTO ATTACHED: Paul Molinelli, Jr. was appointed to the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors representing District 1 (Jackson area), effective Feb. 1, 2017. He will complete the term left open by the resignation of Paul Molinelli, Sr.
(Sutter Creek) Amador Water Agency Directors Thursday appointed Paul Molinelli, Jr. to the District 1 seat left vacant by the resignation of Paul Molinelli, Sr. Molinelli, Jr. is partner, vice president and chief operating officer of ACES Waste Services.
Paul Molinelli, Sr. in December announced his plans to resign from the AWA Board, effective Jan. 31, 2017. His current term expires in December, 2018.
An ad hoc committee of AWA directors interviewed a field of five applicants for the position. The committee of Art Toy (District 5) and Rich Farrington (District 3) recommended candidate Molinelli for his experience in customer service, in managing a county-wide organization, and for his familiarity with many of the regulatory requirements similar to those of the Agency. The Board approved the committee’s recommendation 4-0, with Paul Molinelli, Sr. recused. Molinelli, Jr. will resign from the Jackson Planning Commission and Amador County Business Council Board before taking office on Feb. 1, 2017. He will be sworn in at the regular AWA Board meeting on Feb. 9.
In other AWA news:
- The Board awarded a $2.19 million contract to Vinciguerra Construction of Jackson for improvements to the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant. Board members said they were happy to be able to award the job to a local contractor (the lowest qualified bidder). The Buckhorn Disinfection Byproducts/Backwash Disposal Project is designed to improve the water quality for the Upcountry water system, and conserve up to 14 million gallons of water per year. The project will be fully-funded by a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board and will not need to be paid back. Construction will begin once weather permits.
- The Board authorized a loan from the Amador County Water Development Fund to pay for an Environmental Impact Study needed to complete an application to the state for additional water rights for Upcountry water users. The application asks to transfer 1050 acre-feet of Mokelumne River water per year from Jackson Valley Irrigation District to the Amador Water Agency. The transfer will occur gradually as it is needed for Upcountry users. If approved by the state, the transfer will double the amount of water that can be stored for the Upcountry system from one year to the next and help Amador County prepare for future droughts and climate change. The Amador County Board of Supervisors approved loaning the funds from the Water Development Fund for the EIR to AWA by a vote of 5-0.
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