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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Call To Order:

Chairman Ron Kaufman called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board on March 15th, 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, David Landes, Robert Sexton, Ben Levie


Council Liaison:          

El Jahncke


Staff Present:

Joanne Sylvis, Glenn Boettcher, Anne Tonella-Howe, Francie Lake, Rona Lin, Patrick Yamashita, Terry Winkel, Mike Elde, Pete Meyer



The Minutes of the November 30, 2004, meeting were approved with the following correction under Regular Business:  Guillemette advised the Board that SPU is not Ö at this time and that Cascade is still reviewing the Lake Tapps proposal.



Steve Friedman, Amy Kennedy of Island House, addressed the Board regarding EMS rates and his concern with a user tax to facilities that would be passed on to all users versus direct user fees.  Ron stated that the Board has planned to revisit these rates in 2005.  Robert re-iterated that this is a utility charge, not a tax, and stated that the City may not be able to charge a user fee because EMS response is a public service.  Steve asked to be advised of any future EMS Rate review.



Regular Business:


Sewer Lake Line Project Mitigation Approach


Anne informed the Board that the Final Environmental Impact Statement has been issued and that the City is now in the 15-day appeal process.


Chris Cziesla and Andrew Wones, from Jones & Stokes, along with Jeff Lykken, from Tetra Tech presented the Mitigation Approach for the Sewer Replacement Project (attachment A).  Jeff advised the Board that their endorsement of the proposed mitigation approach is needed.  He stated that while mitigation options are required and must be submitted as part of the permit application, mitigation is a negotiation process.  And that this approach offers the maximum number of reasonable mitigation options.


The Board expressed concern with private property owner participation being offered as a mitigation option and possible liability.  Robert and John suggested this option be assigned to Tier 3 and that mitigation options for public property be elevated to Tier 2.  Ron suggested that the mitigation option for private property, where bulkheads are breached to provide side sewer service connection, stay in Tier 2.  Ron also requested some verbiage changes. The Board was advised that no detailed cost analysis has been done yet for the proposed mitigation options.  Jeff and Chris stated they would make the changes as requested and the Mitigation Approach would be presented to the City Council at their study session on 4/18.



Upcoming Meetings


Next meeting - May 10, 2005 Ė Comprehensive Basin Review, Patrick Yamashita, and Conservation Update, Glenn Boettcher


Off Agenda Items:

         Glenn distributed copies of SPUís Message on the Water Supply dated 3/14, SPUís Water Shortage Contingency Plan, a form letter (dated March 23, 2001) from the Mayor to Island Residents regarding water shortages and the Cityís drought response policies (Attachments B, C, D & E).  The Board asked Joanne to submit revenue projections based on a 20% water conservancy effort.

         Joanne announced to the Board that she is retiring in June and that Glenn will be the Staff liaison.

         Ron informed the Board that he had toured the Utility House and had noted the repair items and cost.  He stated the budgeted $ would not be sufficient to bring the house up to Code; Glenn agreed.  The consensus of the Board was to level the residence and provide for minimal landscape maintenance.

         Ron reminded the Board that new officers need to be elected at the next meeting.

         John stated he felt El Jahncke was a good fit as City Council liaison to the Utility Board.


The meeting adjourned at 10 p.m.


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