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Tuesday, August 16, 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:

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

Council Liaison El Jahncke was present.


Staff Present:

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



The Minutes of the July 12, 2005, meeting were approved.






Regular Business:


Storm Water Utility Rates

The Board reviewed the Storm Water Fund/2006 Rates as submitted by Francie Lake, Financial Operations Manager.  Discussion followed. The Board concurred with staff plans to implement the $.60 per month rate increase for 2006, as originally recommended by the Board on May 25, 2004.  Ron asked that the Street Fund loan of $200,000 be shown on a separate line from inter-fund transfers. Council is to be advised if it is determined that the Street Fund loan is not needed.


Sewer Utility Rates


The Board reviewed the Sewer Fund/2006 Rates as submitted by Francie Lake.  Francie informed the Board that the Cityís Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) loan application for the Sewer Lake Line Replacement Project had been approved for $7 million.  Discussion followed.  The Board concluded that the 9% rate increase for 2006 should be implemented, as originally recommended on July 13, 2004.  The Board asked that Francie add to the Sewer Rate Study an assessment of the combined effect of the Cityís proposed 9% rate increase and the rate increases proposed by Metro for 2006 through 2010 for review at the Boardís October 11th Meeting.  Francie reported that Metro is not increasing its rates for 2006.  Glenn advised the Board that their rate recommendations need to be finalized in time for the Councilís November 7 Meeting.



Off Agenda Items


         El Jahncke recommended that the Board obtain and review additional information regarding the benefits of adding food waste to yard waste collection as part of its evaluation of the proposed new levels of service for the curbside program.  Ben Levie stated that additional information is also needed regarding co-mingling glass with other recyclables.

         Glenn and Terry Smith attended a DOH workshop regarding new water system regulations; most donít apply directly to Mercer Island and those that do will not be difficult to comply with.

         Glenn advised that staff has been working with property owners on obtaining the needed easements for the Lake Line project and no major problems have been encountered to date.

         The Board discussed additional communication methods for advising citizens of the reasons for major utility capital improvement projects.


Next Meeting and Work Plan


Water Utility Rates and draft Basin Review Policies will be reviewed at the September 13th meeting.


Glenn will contact Jeff West, Rabanco/Allied Waste, and ask that he present his proposal for changes in solid waste collection service levels at the November 15th meeting.


The updated Work Plan is attached.


The next scheduled meeting is September 13th.



Adjournment:   9:00 p.m.


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