• Water Committee Members

    The City Council formed an ad hoc Water Resource Subcommittee on January 14 with the purpose of exploring options for alternative water sources for the city of Pacific Grove as well as determining their feasibility. Mayor Dan Cort and Council Member Deborah Lindsay are part of the committee, along with six members of the community, one of whom is an alternate.
    The subcommittee has a termination date of December 31, 2009. The following people were approved at the March 4, 2009 City Council meeting:

    Michael Bekker has worked for the Cannery Row Company for 10 years. He is past president of the Monterey County Hospitality Association and has been a member of that organization for 20 years. He states that he has operated four hotels, a conference center, and several bed and breakfast establishments on the Monterey Peninsula. He is on the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and chairs the Food Safety Advisory Council for the County of Monterey. He is directly responsible for the Fairway Shopping Center and the American Tin Cannery, and says he has retrofitted two hotels to reduce water usage.

    Annette Chaplin is a professional urban planner with a masters degree in urban planning. She has worked in land use and public service planning and policy for her entire career. She says that she became increasingly aware of the fragile nature of our water systems and supplies system problems while working on the Monterey County General Plan. “I continue to be concerned by the lack of back-up systems and the need to also address storm water run-off issues,” she says. She has been working on a white paper to address how a sustainable water supply might be developed for Pacific Grove, and has researched historical uses of ponds, water catchment and reservoirs. She says that she has begun to research available new technology related to catchment, storage, graywater systems and conservation.

    Bob Davis, a former City councilmember and planning commissioner, has joined the committee. He was chairperson of the Joint City Council/Planning Commission Water Issues Committee from 1995 to 2003, dealing with many of the alternative water source issues that the current committee will doubtless be considering. He was also a member of an ad hoc water committee that made recommendations concerning a limited number of potential alternative water strategies.

    Regina Doyle currently represents Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Carmel Woods on the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. She is a self-employed consultant in health education materials development and program planning and management. She has more than 20 years experience in the field of health education, public outreach, communication and basic education in developing countries. She is a product of Pacific Grove schools, beginning with Robert Down School and continuing through PG High School. She has a Masters in Education in Developing Countries.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 20, 2009

    Topics: Front PG News


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