VRSD has a contract with the city-and at one time leased city owned equipment-for sewer line maintenance related operations that ends in April.
Most of the listed committees and commissions Santa Paula council members serve on are without compensation, but one exception is the Ventura Regional Sanitation District board whose members are among the highest compensated in the county at about $200 a meeting. The agency has two full board meetings a month and several subcommittees that also meet.
The agency, which operates a sludge heat processing operation at the landfill, showed in its 2013 budget summary that more than $100,000 was allocated to cover fees and expenses for its nine-member board for that fiscal year.
The VRSD was the only change in appointments for the coming year.
Appointed were: Santa Paula Unified School District, members Ralph Fernandez and Gonzales; Vice Mayor Jim Tovias is the liaison to the Economic Development Advisory Committee; Cook is the member and Tovias the alternate liaison to Recreation Commission; Fish Ladder Authority member is Councilman Martin Hernandez; Santa Paula Basin Pumpers’ Association will be represented by Cook with Interim Public Works Director Brian Yanez and Cook is the member and Fernandez the alternate to the Ventura County Energy Alliance.
Tovias, an insurance agency owner, was appointed as the liaison to the Economic Development Advisory Committee and to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority; City Manager Jaime Fontes is the alternate. The authority pays members $100 a session plus expenses.
County standing committees will have Hernandez representing the city on the Animal Regulations Commission, which compensates members $50 a meeting. The Association of Ventura County Cities (City Selection Committee) always has the presiding mayor and vice mayor as member and alternate respectively. Tovias is the member and Gonzales the alternate for the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County.
Hernandez will serve as the member of the Santa Clara Valley Neighborhoods for Learning and Tovias is the member and Cook the alternate to the Ventura Council of Governments (VCOG).
Hernandez will serve the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Advisory Committee and Tovias is the alternate.
Fernandez remains the member and Tovias the alternate to the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) VISTA Committee that oversees public transit service on Highway 126. Fernandez remains the member-and is now chairman-of VCTC, which such as VRSD pays members compensation for meetings and other expenses including conferences.
There is only one state standing committee, and the presiding mayor and city manager are joint action members of the California League of Cities Liaison for State Senator and Assemblymember.