Call To Order:
Robert Sexton, Chairman, 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, Callie Ridolfi, and Joel Massman were present. Council Liaison Bruce Bassett was present. Board Member Ben Levie was absent.
Staff Members Francie Lake and Terry Winkel were present.
The Minutes of the May 12, 2009 meeting were approved with the following correction: Project Updates, 3rd bullet, “A tree canopy study is under way to encourage…”.
Sewer Connection Charges
Francie gave a brief history of the development of the sewer connection charge and advised that it is a one-time charge for connecting to the City’s existing sanitary sewer system which is required for all new users/buildings and when there is a major change/increase in an existing use. She reviewed current plant costs and projected costs as explained in the FCS Group report.
The Board expressed concern with the growth projected by FCS Group, the negative impact this fee could have on future growth and the need to ensure that new users pay a fee equivalent to what current users have paid. Discussion followed. The Board’s consensus was that the sanitary sewer connection charge be based on the following methodology: the estimated cost of plant at the end of the Lake Line project, less the outstanding debt at that time, less contributed capital, plus the interest to date on all plant in service at that time, divided by the number of estimated users at that time; to be reviewed by the Board thereafter on a bi-annual basis in connection with the budget process.
The Board requested that Francie ask the FSC Group to resubmit their report and spreadsheet at the regularly scheduled July meeting, based on the preceding methodology. Robert agreed to meet with Francie and the FCS Group to help accomplish this.
Robert asked if all property owners had signed off with regard to the Lake Line Project and encouraged all Board members to visit the new Pump Station construction site.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday, July 14, 2009.
Adjournment: 8:40 p.m.