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Following the January 16 resignation of Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency Director William Pecsi, the SCV Water Board of Directors will weigh options to replace him or not when they meet Tuesday, February 6.

Among the meeting’s other agenda items, the Board will consider choosing to appoint a replacement to fill the vacant seat; call an election to fill the vacant seat; or, eliminate the position and consequently reduce the number of directors on the Board from 15 to 14.

The latter option would be pursuant to SB 634, which created the new water agency on January 1, 2018 and requires the Board to reduce its membership from the initial 15 members to nine members by January 1, 2023.

Pecsi represented Division 2, and after his resignation, the division still has four directors to represent it.

If the Board decides to appoint a successor, call an election, or take no action and allow the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to appoint a successor, there would be costs estimated to be in the $50,000 to $100,000 range.

If the Board takes action to eliminate the vacant seat, there would be savings associated with having one fewer Board member and there would be no costs associated with an election in 2018.

Tuesday’s meeting will take place at the Rio Vista Water Treatment Plant boardroom, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita 91350.

Documents will be available for public view in the Discovery Room at 6 p.m., and the Board’s open session will follow at 6:30.

Read Tuesday’s complete meeting agenda [here].

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  1. jim says:

    Yesu Christo! I just scrolled through the official notes of the last meeting (link in the article) and as an ignorant peon who just pays the bills here in the Sclarita Valley I’m dumbfounded.

    Granted, out here in the fields that is not unusual. Still, it sure looks like $58 million in debt just got spread across the entire valley, through a new legal entity that didn’t exist a year ago and that frees Valencia Water Company and (it’s owner of 100% stock) the former Castaic Lake Water Agency (now SCV Water) from worrying about that giant bag of debt. Of course, now that the former Newhall County Water District is part of SCVWater, the debt entered into when CLWA “bought” Valencia Water Company is now slathered over citizens who never had a voice in the acquiring of that debt.

    And that doesn’t even begin to discuss what the costs of the new Upper Santa Clara Valley Joint Powers Authority are going to do to all us chickens.

    Is anybody paying attention to this? Anyone?

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