January 29, 2009
The Board of Trustees of
the Boston Groundwater Trust held its meeting in the Conference Room of the
Azure Restaurant, located in the Lenox Hotel. The Executive Director posted
a meeting notice at City Hall in accordance with provision of the Commonwealths
Open Meeting Law. Mr. Mitchell called the meeting to order at 4:02 pm. The following
trustees were present, and the Chairman declared that there was a quorum:
Mr. Gary Saunders,
Boston Back Bay Association
Mr. Tim Mitchell, Neighborhood
Association of the Back Bay
Mr. Peter Sherin, Greater
Boston Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Galen Gilbert, Fenway
Community Development Corporation (CDC)
Mr. Jim Hunt, Mayors
Mr. Aaron Michlewitz,
North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council
Ms. Nancy Grilk, Mayors
Ms. Molly Sherden, Beacon
Hill Civic Association
Mr. Bill Linehan, City
Council District 2
Mr. Peter Shilland,
Ellis Neighborhood Association
Elliott Laffer, BGwT Executive
Director; Christian Simonelli, BGwT Technical Coordinator; Professor James Lambrechts,
Wentworth Institute of Technology; Anne M. Pistorio, North End Water Front Residents
Association (NEWRA) Groundwater Working Group; Paul Nelson, Resident North End:
Fulton Street; Mr. Gordon Richardson, City-wide Groundwater Emergency Task Force
(GET); Meg Mainzer-Cohen, President of Back Bay Association; Ms. Sigrid Haaland,
1. Adoption of the
minutes of the November 20, 2008 Meeting
Minutes were distributed
to board members for review. Discussion followed.
Mr. Hunt, Trustee, moved
to adopt the minutes. Ms. Sherden, Trustee, seconded the motion.
Voted: To accept
the minutes of the November 20, 2008 meeting.
2. New Trustee Introductions
Mr. Shilland, Trustee,
introduced himself to the board. He currently works for Camp Dresser McKee
and represents the Ellis Neighborhood Association. Discussion followed.
Mr. Linehan, Trustee,
introduced himself to the board. He is a City Councilor for District 2 and
was elected in 2007. He also has served as the Director of Operations for
the City of Boston's Parks Dept. and most recently as the Special Assistant
to the Chief Operating Officer of the City of Boston for the past six years.
3. Neighborhood Focus:
Mr. Mitchell, Trustee,
and Mr. Simonelli reviewed the current dynamics of the Back Bay. Topics reviewed
were pile cut-off elevations, assessed value of the buildings in the area,
deep infrastructure, observation well levels and coverage, and recharge. Discussion
4. Finance Report
Mr. Sherin, Trustee,
reviewed the BGwT Financial Report and Reconciliation Detail. Discussion
followed. Mr. Laffer noted that the funds are now 100% insured by the FDIC.
5. FY 2010 Budget
Mr. Laffer reviewed the
proposed FY 2010 budget. Discussion followed.
Mr. Hunt discussed the
current state of the Citys finances in these difficult economic times.
Discussion followed. He noted that the BGwT has done an excellent job running
an efficient and cost effective operation. Discussion followed.
Mr. Linehan noted that
the city council is projecting a 7% cut across the board from FY09 funding.
Discussion followed. Mr. Hunt suggested the BGwT run a FY 2010 budget scenario
with a 7% reduction from FY09 that does not tap into reserves. Discussion
Mr. Gilbert, Trustee,
questioned the frequency with which wells are read and whether or not the
BGwT should look at decreasing with which the wells are read. Mr. Laffer noted
that reading the wells is the top priority of the BGwT and that should be
the last thing the BGwT should look at trimming. Mr. Richardson agreed and
noted that city-wide GET would be opposed to reading the well network less
frequently. Discussion followed.
6. FY 2009 SEP-IRA
Mr. Laffer reviewed the
budget allowance in FY09 for the Trusts contribution to full time employees
SEP-IRA accounts, and that it reflected a contribution of 3% of calendar year
earnings as had been voted in the past. Discussion followed.
Mr. Hunt moved to adopt
the contribution of 3% of earnings. Ms. Sherden seconded the motion.
Voted: To approve
the annual 3% contribution to the Trust employees IRA-SEP.
7. City-State Groundwater
Working Group Update
Mr. Laffer reviewed the
topics covered at the latest meeting. Discussion followed. Refer to the attached [linked here]
Executive Directors Report: January 29, 2009, for a summary.
Mr. Gilbert questioned
where the BGwT is on obtaining information for the various pumps located throughout
the city, which are owned by the agencies represented at the working group.
Mr. Laffer said he has
asked and not yet received any information. He noted that he will continue
to look at it and give some thought as to how the BGwT can obtain that information.
8. Executive Directors
BGwT Executive Director
Mr. Elliott Laffer distributed his report. Discussion followed. Refer to the
attached [linked here] Executive Directors Report: January 29, 2009,
for a complete list of all activities.
9. Technical Coordinators
BGwT Technical Coordinator
Mr. Christian Simonelli presented his activities since last meeting. Discussion
followed. Refer to the attached [linked here] Technical Coordinators Well
Monitoring Update BGwT Meeting: January 29, 2009 for a complete
list of all activities.
The meeting adjourned
March 26, 2009 @ 4:00 pm at the Lenox Hotel.
by Christian Simonelli, BGwT Technical Coordinator, on 1/30/09.
Galen Gilbert, Secretary