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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Call To Order:

Chairman Ron Kaufman called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board at 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, David Laub, Ben Levie, Joel Massmann, Vice-Chairman John Ewald, Councilmember El Jahncke and Chairman Ron Kaufman were present.  Board Member Robert Sexton was absent.


Staff Present:

Staff Members Glenn Boettcher, Francie Lake, and Terry Winkel were present.



The Minutes of the May 10, 2005, meeting were approved.



Jeff West, Rabanco



Regular Business:


Introduction of New Board Member

Ron Kaufman introduced David Laub, the newest member of the Utility Board, replacing Ron Rosie. 


Solid Waste Rates

The Board reviewed the Rate adjustment request from Jeff West, Rabanco General Manager.  Several changes were noted by Ron Kaufman.  John Ewald made a motion that the Utility Board accept the requested rate increase at it conforms to the terms of the City’s contract with Rabanco.  David Landes seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.


Curbside Collection Services


Ron introduced Jeff West.  Jeff advised the Board that Rabanco is interested in adding new curbside collection services and in extending the existing contract. Potential changes in services include co-mingling of all recyclables in one container and accepting all plastics #1 through #7.  There would be no additional charge to the customer for this service, but Rabanco would seek a contract extension.  Rabanco also proposed expanding yard waste to include other organics such as food waste.  The organics service would require that yard waste pick up be increased from bi-weekly to weekly, year-round, due to Seattle-King County Health Department regulations.  Jeff said this additional level of collection would require a rate increase.  He also advised the Board that King County’s hazardous waste charge will increase effective 1/1/06.  Discussion followed.  The Board asked that Jeff provide them with a comprehensive list of the proposed service changes, estimates of the effect on rates and a proposal for the contract extension, by early September.


Sewer Lake Line Funding Strategy


Glenn informed the Board that the City is working with Don Roecker, a consultant who specializes in securing federal grants for major sewer infrastructure projects.  He advised that City Council members and Utility Board members may be called upon to help “lobby” for grant funding in Washington D.C.  He also advised the Board that the Public Works Trust Fund loan application, for the construction of the Lake Line Project, has been submitted for consideration.


Off Agenda Items:

·         Ron reminded the Board that a special presentation will be made to Joanne Sylvis at Monday’s Council meeting and encouraged members to attend.

·         Ron advised the Board that the State Department of Health has adopted a Water-Use Efficiency Rule.  Glenn and Terry Smith will be attending an informational workshop with DOH later this month to learn more.


Next Meeting and Work Plan

The 2005 Work Plan was revised and presented to the Board.  A meeting was added for August 16th for review of the Sewer Utility Rates.  The Water Utility Rates will be reviewed at the September 13th meeting and the Basin Review Policies will be reviewed at the October 11th and November 15th meetings.  The remaining agenda items will be scheduled for later meetings. 


The next scheduled meeting is August 16th.



Adjournment:   9:00 p.m.


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