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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Call To Order:

Chairman Ron Kaufman called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board on October 12th, 7:05 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, Joel Massmann, David Landes, Benjamin Levie


Council Liaison:

El Jahncke


Staff Present:

Joanne Sylvis, Glenn Boettcher, Anne Tonella-Howe, Patrick Yamashita, Francie Lake, Suzanne Riddell, Terry Winkel, Terry Smith,



The Minutes of the July 13, 2004, meeting were approved



Jeff Lykken, Tetra Tech

Deborah Munkberg, Jones & Stokes

Karen Bryan



Regular Business:


Sewer Lake Line Replacement Project


Deborah Munkberg gave a brief overview of the SEPA process.  Jeff Lykken informed the Utility Board and the audience, which included 24 residents, that the Draft EIS for the Project was issued October 11 and that a 30-day public comment process was underway.  Jeff reviewed, via a Power Point Presentation, the EIS process, the proposed alternatives, the impacts of each, and potential mitigation measures.  Discussion followed.  Some corrections needed to the draft document were noted.


Jeff advised that after the public hearing process and public agency comment period, the Final EIS will be submitted to the Board, with the City’s preferred project alternative identified. Discussion followed.  The Board stressed to the audience the importance of commenting on the Draft EIS, in writing or at the public hearing with the Planning Commission on Nov. 3  Jeff advised that the permitting process with the federal agencies will be extensive and may be in review for as long as 8 months.  Ron Kaufman informed the audience that the Utility Board has recommended the dual pipe In-Lake project alternative.


In concluding the Draft EIS discussion, the Board discussed again the importance of public comments and possible ways to get more public involvement.  Karen Bryan stated some residents were unsure of what to include in their comments. The Board recommended they write about how the alternatives affect them. Karen advised the Board she will follow-up with any residents who do not submit comments and encourage them to do so.



Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 30th.


Off Agenda Items:

Joanne advised the Board that the recommended utility budgets were submitted to the City Council with one change (Exhibit B).


Any Board Members still interested in seeing a GIS presentation were asked to contact Mike Onzay.


Seattle Public Utilities is increasing the water rates to Mercer Island by 7% next year.


A representative from SPU is scheduled to make a presentation at the November meeting.


The recommended EMS Utility Rates were approved at the August 2nd Council Meeting.  However the Council requested that the Board study the rates further.


Ron expressed concern that Rabanco changed their method for calculating taxes on residential bills without prior notification to the City.  Glenn advised that he had asked Rabanco for clarification.  Rabanco has informed Glenn that they will submit their new rate adjustment format by the end of the year.


Glenn introduced Terry Smith, the new Utilities Operations Manager.



The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.


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