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Boards, Commissions and Subcommittees

Board of Public Utilities
The BPU has general policy authority and direction over the management and operation of the City's water and sewer utilities.  The Board also directs other utility operations managed by the City and utilities owned or operated by the City.

Technical Advisory Subregional Committee

The Santa Rosa Subregional Wastewater Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was formed to present, review, and resolve mutual problems related to the Subregional System and to advise the Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities and the governing bodies of the user agencies. The Subregional Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is comprised of one staff member from the City of Santa Rosa, the City of Rohnert Park, the City of Cotati, the City of Sebastopol and the South Park County Sanitation District. 

On April 3, 1975 a Master Agreement between the Cities of Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol and the South Park Sanitation District for construction, operation and maintenance, financing and use of the Santa Rosa Subregional Sewerage System was signed.  On December 1, 1994 the City of Cotati was added as a subregional partner. 

The TAC meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Laguna Treatment Plant, 4300 Llano Road, Santa Rosa, California.  Exception: April meeting will be held Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.

Water Conservation Subcommittee
This subcommittee provides guidance on the implementation of the City’s Water Conservation Program, reviews and approves the goals and projects of the Water Conservation Program, develops and recommends water management policies and regulations, evaluates new water saving technologies and promotes public education regarding water conservation.  The subcommittee generally meets on a quarterly basis and consists of three members from the Board and city staff from the City Manager’s office, the Administrative Services Department and the Utilities Department. Currently, Boardmembers *Meechan, Lowry and Swinth serve on the subcommittee.

Contract Review Subcommittee
This subcommittee reviews and makes recommendations to the full BPU on new and ongoing consultant contracts, including but not limited to, the Geysers Recharge Project and Incremental Recycled Water Program (IRWP).  The subcommittee reviews contracts that are considered to be complex and require additional review so a recommendation can be given to the full Board. Currently, Boardmembers *Galvin, Carney and Swinth serve on the subcommittee. 

Budget Review Subcommittee
This subcommittee meets to review budget and other financial matters as desired by the Chair and staff.  Currently, *Vice Chair Gale and Boardmembers Galvin and Meechan serve on the subcommittee.

City Council/BPU Liaison Subcommittee
This subcommitee's members are Mayor Ernesto Olivares, Councilmember Susan Gorin, Councilmember Marsha Vas Dupre, BPU Chair *Dick Dowd, Boardmember Dan Galvin and Boardmember Wally Lowry.

*Subcommittee Chair