Metro – May 3, 2017


 The El Rancho Florida Metropolitan District held their regular monthly meeting on May 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM.   The following Board members attended the meeting:

Robin Boucher – Vice President
David Shipps – Treasurer
Mike Arries – Secretary
Jim Belcher- Director

Also, present for the meeting were: Robert Ludwig & Tom Riley – water operators; Rex Emenegger – grader operator and Marsha Moreland – administrator.  The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM.



Robert said they would be ordering meters from USA BLUEBOOK for approximately $62/meter or 10 meters at $620.

That should replace those that need replacing now and a few extra for inventory.  The water loss is at 18%, but the tank holds 60,000 gallons and there are about 8-9 unreadable meters.  Tom will start reading the tank levels monthly as well.  Hydrants are scheduled to be flushed this month.

Bruce Honisch will run numbers for the grant application.  Robert will be doing the ‘Eligibility Survey’ for 2017 in June.

Bonds Construction will be out on the 15th of May. And the roads on the 19th will have Mag applied by Desert Mountain.  There is approximately $116,000 left in the road improvement budget.  Robin is estimating $90,000 roughly for completed road improvements.  That includes the gravel, prep, labor & mag solution applied.

Testing is confusion on all parts by the State and the forms that are used.  Chlorine demand has gone up a little from the spring runoff.  No e-coli registered from testing.  Turbidity is point 1 going out and point 3 coming.  The system is producing good, clean water.  Wright Water Engineering could come out 1 time and do ground water monitoring for standing data.

It is planned to have the tank inspected this summer and cleaned if necessary.

Rex asked about the 4 curb stops that are still above the road level.  There is $1,000 in the budget to get them lowered.  Rex will take care of it.

Lead & Copper testing/samples are drawn in July.

It was agreed that the District needs to work on ‘cost sharing’ program for the homeowner’s service line replacement.

Robert and Marsha will work on a 3-5-7 financial plan.  The BOD, Robert and Marsha will be having a work session for formulating a plan before the new budget year for 2018 is completed.


  • Accounts Payable were reviewed and approved.
  • Accounts Receivable were discussed and shut offs will be done on 2 accounts.


Not much to report this month.  Weed spraying along the roadsides will be done by Rex.  The ditches and culvert ends should get special attention.


Unit I and Unit II were sprayed by Robin Boucher and Jim Belcher.  They indicated a big reduction of weeds over last year.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:06 PM.

Mike Arries, Secretary