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Tuesday, October 11, 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, Vice Chairman John Ewald and Board Members Robert Sexton, David Laub, Ben Levie, Joel Massmann and David Landes were present. 

Council Liaison El Jahncke was absent.

 

Staff Present:

Staff Members Glenn Boettcher, Chip Corder, Francie Lake, Patrick Yamashita, Katie Knight, Terry Smith and Terry Winkel were present.

 

Minutes:

The Minutes of the August 16, 2005, meeting were approved.

 

Appearances:

Steve Swenson & Mike Giseburt from R. W. Beck

 

 

Regular Business:

 

 

Eastside Disposal Rates

Ron recommended that the Board accept the rate adjustment correction as requested by Eastside.  Discussion followed. The Board asked Glenn to direct Eastside to send a letter to all Island residents explaining the second rate adjustment and to research options for auditing solid waste rates in the future. 

 

Basin Review Draft Policies

 

Patrick gave a brief background of Storm Water drainage basin policies and practices.  A Power Point presentation was made by Patrick, Steve Swenson & Mike Giseburt.  Discussion followed.  The Board reviewed proposed CIP prioritization criteria.  Katie Knight, Assistant City Attorney, spoke to the City’s obligations and legal responsibilities.  Patrick was asked to make the following changes to Attachments A and B and resubmit the attachments for review at the next scheduled meeting on November 15th.

 

  • Delete "City Council Interest Level" and "Listed  Project" from the list of criteria
  • Tie "Risk to Property" to "Flow and/or Size of Drainage Area"
  • Combine "Rate of Degradation" and "Project Urgency"
  • For "Neighborhood Advocacy/Complaints", revise Severity levels as follows: 1 or 2 complaints (Low); 3-4 or 5 complaints (Medium); more than 4 or more than 5 complaints (High)
  • For "Cost Effectiveness", quantify in some way (a ratio, for example) the relationship between cost and avoided cost
  • For "Reduction in maintenance and operation costs", quantify small, moderate and significant reduction in costs
  • For "Overall Project Cost", revise medium severity to say that cost is comparable to other similarly ranked projects
  • In the CIP Prioritization Process, change the second step to ask if the redirect water flow is causing damage.  Also add a step to ask if redesign of the project is possible.  

Water Utility Rates

 

Chip and Francie reviewed the proposed 2006 Water Utility Rate scenarios.  Chip recommended that the Board approve Scenario B which proposes equal rate increases of 6.5% each year from 2006 through 2008.  Discussion followed. David Laub asked that the Fiscal Policy and working capitals information be made available to the Board for further review at a later date.

 

David Laub made a motion to accept the Water Utility Rate Scenario B.  John Ewald seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  

Off Agenda Items

 

·         Francie submitted the 2005 Sewer Rate Study Scenario B showing the combined effect of the City’s proposed 9% rate increase and the rate increases proposed by Metro for 2006 through 2010 per the Board’s request at the August 16th meeting.

 

Next Meeting and Work Plan

 

Basin Review Policies Part II will be discussed at the November 15th meeting.

 

The next scheduled meeting is November 15th.

 

Adjournment:   10:20 p.m.

 

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