Call To Order:
Robert Sexton 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.
Board Members Robert Sexton, Chairman, David Laub, Vice Chairman, John Ewald and Joel Massman were present. Council Liaison Bruce Bassett and Board Members Callie Ridolfi, Ben Levie and Gregory Babinski were absent.
Staff Members Terry Smith, Francie Lake, Rona Lin, Anne Tonella-Howe, Jennifer Franklin and Terry Winkel were present.
The Minutes of the January 13, 2009 meeting were approved.
Well Project Design Review
Rona introduced Greg Hill and Rich Hefti, Roth Hill Engineering, who gave a brief presentation of the near complete Well Design Plans and an overview of the well operation (see Attachments A-E). Manual override options have been included. Training of City staff and City volunteers to be scheduled. An operations manual is to be prepared by Roth Hill. Rona advised that the Well design should be complete within 4-5 weeks.
Lake Line Problem
Terry Smith advised the Board of a sanitary sewer Lake Line backup at/near 5021 84th Ave. SE and distributed a map of the area (Exhibit A). Discussion followed. The Board was in agreement with staff’s decision to include an educational piece in the MI Quarterly regarding what goes down the drain and offered to contact City service organizations to help get the word out. Terry advised a letter is being sent to all residents attached to the Lake Line advising them to install backwater valves.
Terry Smith expressed concern about the lack of cleanout/access points on the Lake Line and advised the Board that a change order is in the discussion process for the current Lake Line project. The Board suggested creating a CIP for the installation of future clean out/access points where needed.
Seattle Public Utility Supply Line
Terry Smith briefly reviewed the memorandum and diagrams submitted (Attachment G) to inform the Board of possible future decisions/needs.
- Sanitary Sewer Lake Line Project:
Anne advised that the Lake Line Bid was awarded to Manson Construction, for the marine-side of the project with the construction of the main line to begin in July, and Stellar J for the pump station, with the construction to begin in late March. She also advised all temporary easements needed have been obtained except 7; the Board offered to help contact home owners. City Council will set the project budget ($24 million) at their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on March 17.
- 2009 Water System Improvement Project:
Bids have been received for the 72nd Ave. SE Water Improvement Project which is scheduled to begin in mid-March.
The Board briefly discussed the recent Superior Court judgment on fire hydrant claims with the City of Seattle. Staff advised the Board they have just begun to research the outcome of this ruling
Francie Lake informed the Board of the need to adjust sewer rates for multi-family customers (Exhibit B). Discussion followed. David Laub made a motion to change the sanitary sewer rate for multi-family residential, for both METRO and City charges, from the average winter water usage to actual usage, to bring the rates in alignment with the commercial class, per the instructions from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division. John Ewald seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 10, 2009.
Adjournment: 8:45 p.m.