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Nosara Beach Water Board Election Sets Course for Future
By Fritz Elmendorf

Rick Walker was re-elected President of the Water Board (ASADA) of the beach areas of Nosara, following a decision by potential challenger Olivier von der Weid to seek the office of Secretary instead.

The slate of officers was elected without challenge at the May 26 meeting. The new officers are Vice President Peter Burke, Secretary Oliver von der Weid, Treasurer John Ermatinger, Fiscal Heide Cronqwist, and Vocals Chiqui Yaniz, Don Savage and Gale Ottley.

Von der Weid was originally a candidate for president in the election first scheduled last Feb. 11. Due to legal problems with chartering documents that were discovered at that time, the election was postponed. In a statement to VON, von der Weid said, “I never intended to create a conflict when I first decided to run for president. What I intended then and still now is to bring some of my personal and professional experience to the board of our ASADA. So discussing with Rick and other members of the board, it made more sense to all work together and agree on a list of candidate for each position on the new board.”

Water bills, septic inspections and new tank in EE section
Walker said it would take another six weeks following the election to apply to the government agency ARESEP for approval of its previous rate schedule. The local ASADA previously had approval for a higher rate schedule, which Walker said is necessary to meet the Board’s monthly expenses of $21,600. That approval lapsed last year due to a regulatory change.

The Board has asked customers to continue to voluntarily pay their water bills at the old rate, because the lower rate that is now in effect would only raise $8,200 in monthly revenue. The large majority of users have complied.

The membership also approved a resolution that authorizes the Board to charge a $100 fee for new connections for a septic inspection, to ensure that new projects have septic systems that meet the legal standards of Costa Rica. While the fee had been assessed previously, lawyers determined that a vote by the membership was necessary.

In his ‘State of the ASADA’ remarks, Walker said that the new 350 cubic meter water storage tank in the EE section that went online earlier this year had prevented water rationing that would have otherwise occurred due to the last season’s dry conditions.

“I’m surprised we did as well,” he said, since the system’s wells were drying up during the dry season. He said once the ASADA’s financial base is restored, the Board intends to drill a deep well into an abundant water source identified in a hydrological study commissioned last year.

Money also needs to be spent on replacing underground water pipes, some of which are 25 years old, he said.


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