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Tuesday, December 13, 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, Council Liaison El Jahncke and Board Members, David Laub, Ben Levie, and Joel Massmann were present. 

Robert Sexton and David Landes were absent.


Staff Present:

Staff Members Glenn Boettcher, Patrick Yamashita, Anne Tonella-Howe, Rona Lin, Francie Lake, Terry Smith and Terry Winkel were present.



The Minutes of the November 15, 2005, meeting were approved with one correction.



Lara Kammereck, Project Manager for Roth Hill Engineering and Burt Clothier, Robinson Noble & Saltbush Inc (RNS), Project Sub-Consultants.



Regular Business:


Emergency Water Supply Feasibility

Lara Kammereck and Burt Clothier presented a brief overview of Phase 1 and discussed the Emergency Water Supply Feasibility Analysis Phase 1 draft report.  Discussion followed.  The Consultants advised that ground water could be considered a viable emergency water source.  Joel Massman asked staff to research the cost of withdrawing and treating water from Lake Washington as an emergency water source also.  The Consultants and staff advised that connecting the emergency water supply to the existing distribution system will be considered later in the feasibility study.  Ron recommended drilling and evaluating test wells at both well sites before drilling a production well.  Staff advised that SPU is considering a flexible pipe system that would provide a temporary supply line across the East Channel in a major emergency. 


Staff asked the Board to consider making a recommendation to City Council to approve an appropriation from the Water Fund to drill a test well at Site 1 in 2006. The estimated cost including contract management and contingency is approximately $220,000.  Francie advised that funding is available from working capital within the Water Fund. Staff said that accelerating the feasibility process will allow the Emergency Supply Project to be defined in time for inclusion in the 2007-2008 biennial Budget. 


Glenn advised the Board that a recommendation regarding the test well work would be presented to the City Council at a study session on Jan. 17, 2006.  David Laub moved to recommend that the City Council appropriate the funding necessary to proceed with 1st test well drilling and evaluation.  John Ewald seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.


Off Agenda Items


John Ewald asked about meeting with Walt Mauldin, Fire Division Commander, regarding pumping from Lake Washington for fire fighting during a major emergency. Glenn said he would arrange and advise the Board.


Next Meeting and Work Plan


The proposed work plan for the first half of 2006 was submitted to the Board and briefly discussed.  The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Jan.10, 2006. 


Adjournment:   9:35 p.m.


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