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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Call To Order:

Chairman Ron Kaufman called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board on July 13th, 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers @ City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St., Mercer Island, WA.


In Attendance:

Ron Kaufman, Chairman, John Ewald, Vice Chairman, Robert Sexton, Ron Rosie, & Joel Massmann


Council Liaison:

El Jahncke


Staff Present:

Joanne Sylvis, Glenn Boettcher, Anne Tonella-Howe, Rona Lin, Patrick Yamashita, Francie Lake, Suzanne Riddell, Walt Mauldin, Terry Winkel



The Minutes of the June 29, 2004, meeting were approved



Tracey Dunlap, FCS Group and Scott McCarty, City of Puyallup



Regular Business:


Emergency Medical Service Rate Methodology


The Consultants presented the revised Ambulance Rate Evaluation (Attachment A) as requested at the 6/29 meeting.  Discussion followed.  The Board asked that the 4th bullet on page 4 be changed to read “Remaining EMS costs are funded by County tax levy.” and that the Annual Rate/EU for Public/Other be shown in the Charts on pages 10 and 11.  The Board recommended that:

  • Private Schools be included in the Business classification
  • The Schools classification be called Public Schools
  • Covenant Shores be shown as one Residential Board & Care property and one 24-Hour Care Nursing Home property in the chart on page 14
  • No additional classes/classifications be created/added
  • Call quantities be reviewed annually
  • For their first year of service, new Residential Board and Care and 24-Hour Nursing Home facilities will pay a monthly rate based on the class average in effect at the time they begin service.
  • Staff will revise the language of the Resolution to be consistent with the Board recommendations and changes in the classifications. 
  • Charge Care Service Class based on Rate per Call and charge all the other classifications based on Calls per Unit. Separate classes are established for the Residential Board and Care and 24-Hour Nursing Home in recognition of the different demands placed on the system by those classes.  However, there is also a wide range of demands among the individual customers within those classes.  To recognize the wide variability within these classes, an alternate rate structure based on the prior year’s call history is recommended as a means of promoting equity within the classes. 
  • City staff to review customer notification requirements with City Attorney


Motion by Robert Sexton that the revenue goal of $220,000, set in 1998 be adjusted to reflect increases in cost in salaries and benefits up to 2004 to provide the same service, seconded by John Ewald.  Motion approved unanimously.


Motion by Ron Rosie that the revenue goal be reviewed and adjusted annually by an inflation factor to reflect the increases in salaries and benefits, seconded by Joel Massmann.  Motion approved unanimously.


The Board discussed various methods of handling the inflation of costs, but left it to staff to determine a reasonable method, such as CPI or actual contractual increases.


Sewer Budget Review


The Board reviewed the 2005/2006 Sewer Utility draft budget.  Discussion followed.  Ron Rosie made a motion to recommend a rate increase of 9% in 2005 and in 2006 to affect both the volume charge and the billing charge.  The motion was seconded by Robert Sexton and approved unanimously. 



Upcoming Meetings:

GIS presentation to be scheduled at another date/time. 



Off Agenda Items:

John advised that the Lake Tapps project was faced with a delay because the Puyallup Tribe had given notice of intent to sue Puget Sound Energy.


Ron advised that Deb Symmonds had offered to coordinate with Seattle Public Utilities to provide an annual update on regional water supply matters.  The Board was interested in having such updates.


Ron & Glenn met with Rabanco & proposed billing format changes that will be adopted by Rabanco.



The meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.


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