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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Call To Order:

Chairman Ron Kaufman called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board on May 10th, 7:05 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St., Mercer Island, WA.


In Attendance:

Board Members David Landes, Ben Levie, Joel Massmann, Ron Rosie, Robert Sexton and Chairman Ron Kaufman were present.  Vice Chairman John Ewald and Councilmember El Jahncke were absent.


Staff Present:

Staff Members Joanne Sylvis, Glenn Boettcher, Anne Tonella-Howe, Patrick Yamashita, Terry Smith, and Terry Winkel were present.



The Minutes of the March 15, 2005, meeting were approved.



Mark Buscher & Mark Lampard, King County Wastewater Treatment Division





Election of Officers

Ron Kaufman clarified that new officers are to be elected at the first meeting held after June 1st to be consistent with the revised terms of service established by the City Council.  


Ron Rosie nominated Ron Kaufman for Utility Board Chairman. Robert Sexton seconded.  There being no other nominations, the Board unanimously elected Ron Kaufman for another term as Chairman.  Robert Sexton nominated John Ewald for Vice Chairman. David Landes seconded.  There being no other nominations, the Board unanimously elected John Ewald for another term as Vice Chairman. 



King County Infiltration & Inflow (I&I) Control Program

Ron Kaufman introduced Mark Buscher and Mark Lampard from King County.  Mark Buscher gave a brief overview of the County’s project and made a presentation to the Board (Attachment A).  He advised the Board that funding is provided through capital dollars and bond expenditures for public and private 1/1 reduction projects.  Robert Sexton asked about economic advantages to Cities that were able to reduce their I/I.  Mark Buscher stated that the County will be considering the economic impacts of reductions in I/I as well as increases in conveyance capacity.



Water Supply Update

Glenn reviewed the May 2 message from SPU regarding water supply.  He informed the Board that there are no plans at this time to move beyond the “advisory” stage of the SPU Water Storage Contingency Plan.  He stated that SPU and its various wholesale customers would make any needed water shortage policy decisions jointly and that would Staff would review any proposed measurers with the Board. Ron Kaufman asked about well development and was advised that Staff will be entering into a contract with a consultant to perform feasibility work within the next few weeks.



Off Agenda Items:

·         Anne updated the Board regarding the Lake Line Project.  She and Jeff Lykken presented Tier 1 & 2 mitigation options to state and federal permitting agencies on May 6th.  Staff chose not to include private property shoreline restoration as part of the mitigation plan; the agencies requested that any breached bulkheads be included in the plan.  The proposed Luther Burbank Park mitigation option was well received.  The overall comments of the agencies were positive.  Anne advised the Board that  current tasks include identifying side sewers locations. She said the JARPA application will be submitted in the first part of July.

·         The bids for the East Mercer Way Water Main Replacement Project have been received and will be presented to the City Council on May 16th; the low bid was below the engineer’s cost estimate.

·         The Public Works Trust Fund loan application for the Lake Line Project was submitted May 6. 

·         Ron Kaufman extended thanks and appreciation to Joanne Sylvis for her many years of service and assistance to the Utility Board.


Upcoming Meetings

Next scheduled meeting:  July 12, 2005.  Tentative topics:  Utility Rates.


Adjournment:   9:00 p.m.


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