CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Tim O’Connell called the regular meeting of the Utility Board to order at 7:09 p.m. in the Luther Burbank Room 104 at Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA.
Present: Chair Tim O’Connell, Brian Thomas, Mary Grady, Kwan Wong and Council Liaison Lisa Anderl.
Absent: Vice Chair Tom DeBoer, Will Pokorny and Steve Milton
City Staff: Jason Kintner, Public Works Director and Asea Sandine, Recording Secretary were also present.
Board Member Wong moved to approve the minutes from the January 22, 2019 meeting. Board Member Thomas seconded the motion. The Board unanimously approved the minutes.
SOLID WASTE IMPLEMENTATION- RECOLOGY
Kintner introduced Recology staff Kevin Kelly, General Manager Elizabeth Szorad, Public Outreach Coordinator to the Board. He shared that Recology was here to outline the implementation plan for the new comprehensive contract for garbage, recyclables, and compostable collection services (effective October 1, 2019). Kelley reported Recology currently provides service for nine surrounding cities and operates two Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFS). He added that the new contract includes a new fleet of vehicles and carts.
Currently, Recology staff are working to verify existing service levels from the current hauler and working to finalize the collection schedule. Recology staff hope to have the collection schedule available to residents by the end of June. Szorad shared outreach is in full swing. Welcome postcards have gone out to residents, the Mercer Island Recology website is “live” and private road waivers are drafted. Recology has begun meeting with commercial facilities to address recycling, and will have a booth at the MI Farmers Market.
2019 WORK PLAN
Kintner reported staff have had to move meetings due to significant utility projects on horizon and getting consultants up to speed. Kintner shared availability for staff and the Board and suggested June 17th for the next meeting. The Board reached consensus to hold the next meeting on June 17th. The Board also discussed moving the start time to 6 or 6:30 PM and agreed to bring this item back as a formal agenda item in June.