ROSAMOND – Approval of agreements regarding lighting, operations review, system evaluations and a temporary right of entry were the main business items at the Aug. 14 Rosamond Community Services District meeting.

Street lights in the Rosamond area will be replaced with LED fixtures in an effort to save money. The cost, which is under written by the California Public Utilities Commission, will be through a 20-year loan with Southern California Edison.

“There is a generated savings in the power consumption,” said Rosamond CSD General Manager Steve Perez. “And then more than that after payment of the loan.”

Board President Greg Wood said he is the one who approached SCE about the program in February and staff has been working on it since then.

“The nice thing about this is, yes we have to pay for the retrofit to the LED lights but there’s no upfront out of pocket cost for this agency,” said Wood. “It’s all paid for by Edison, and then over a 20-year period we pay it back to Edison. But, right from day one, this community will realize the savings in our energy bill for the street lights.”

Once the improvement loan is paid off, Rosamond will see a substantial benefit.

“I need to remind everybody that RCSD doesn’t maintain or work on or charge for the streetlights,” said Perez. “All the charges and maintenance direction of the facilities are done by Southern California Edison. So basically what we are is a collection agency that passes through the revenues to Southern California Edison.

“It’s my understanding and the revenues that are generated to pay the debt service are taken from the savings of the power consumption that otherwise would be out there. So it doesn’t seem like there would be any impact at all, because it’s already set.”

The motion to approve passed 4-0, with board Vice President Rick Webb absent.

Aqua Operations Inc. was approved to perform a review of the district’s wastewater treatment facility including monitoring data, plans, manuals, reports and staffing and a report with recommendations necessary to meet compliance with the updated waste discharge requirements. The cost for the review will not exceed $3,000, according to the agreement.

Another contract, in an amount not to exceed $10,000 was approved for Northern Digital Inc. for a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system evaluation at the treatment plant was also approved.

The high-level system evaluation includes:

1. Evaluation of the existing SCADA Master Control Station including HMI / SCADA Software, PC hardware, and any existing documentation that define the existing functionality.

2. Evaluation of the existing nine Remote Sites including PLC Hardware, Local OITs, Instrumentation, Control Panel Components, Communication paths to the SCADA Master Control Station, and existing control functionality of the various Remote Sites.

3. Evaluation of the existing Radio Telemetry System from the Remote Sites to the existing SCADA Master Control System located at the Water Treatment Plant including Radio Hardware, Antenna Towers, and Repeater Sites. Review any existing radio path studies.

4. Evaluation of the existing Wastewater Treatment Facility including PLC Hardware, Local OITs, Control Panel Components, and Communication paths to the SCADA Master Control Station.

5. Make Copies and perform a High-Level Review of all PLC / HMI / OIT Programs for the Remote Sites and the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

6. Meeting with RCSD’s project team to review the on-site findings and discuss NDI’s recommendations and plans for Scheduled SCADA Maintenance Services, Emergency On-Call SCADA Troubleshooting and Repair Services, SCADA System Upgrade, Report Generation and SCADA Documentation upgrade.

The final new business item was approval of a right of entry agreement for Southern California Gas Company. RCSD is the legal owner of a property in the unincorporated area of Kern County which carries a SoCalGas pipeline.

“It’s a temporary work site at the wastewater treatment plant, they have to pipeline repair,” said Perez.

Wood said he was surprised to learn that the original easement was granted in 1951.

“Folks don’t realize that that pipeline is going through our plant and down Challenger Way,” said Wood. “That is the main gas line that supplies all of Southern California. If they need to make repairs on that, it’s important. It will affect everybody in the community and everyone in Southern California.”

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