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DANA POINT : Water District Names General Manager

The board of directors of the Capistrano Beach County Water District this week hired consultant Bill Meadows as its full-time general manager at a salary of $6,500 a month plus benefits.

Meadows, who has been acting manager since May, 1993, will also get the use of a district car, a 1989 Dodge. His term was made retroactive to May 1 and will last until the district merges with the Capistrano Beach Sanitary District on Jan. 1, 1995.

The board vote Wednesday night was 4 to 1, with director Ken Lawrence dissenting.

Director Jim Hayton said he voted for Meadows because of his “excellent performance” during the past year.

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“He’s done an awesome job,” Hayton said. “He is honest and forthright.”

Lawrence also praised the work Meadows had done but thought the salary was too high.

“I feel that $6,500 a month, plus another 20% to 25% in benefits, is a little more than the job is worth,” Lawrence said. “You’re approaching $100,000 a year, and I don’t think this small water district should take that much effort.”

The district serves about 8,000 customers in Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, Dana Point Harbor and a small portion of north San Clemente.

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