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Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Call To Order:

Chairman Ron Kaufman called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th St. Mercer Island, WA.



In Attendance:

Ron Kaufman, Robert Sexton, John Ewald, Benjamin Levie, Ron Rosie, David Landes.



Council Liaison:

El Jahncke








The Minutes of the April 9th, 2002 were approved with the following change.


1.   Council Liaison El Jahncke was not in attendance at the April 9, 2002 meeting.



Regular Business:


Item 1   Introduction of New Board Members

 Chairman Ron Kaufman introduced new Utility Board Members David Landes and John Ewald and welcomed them to the Utility Board.


Item 2   Final Payment on Water Revenue Bond

Finance Director Joanne Sylvis presented a proposal to retire a 1976 Water Utility Revenue Bond. The Utility Board Members discussed and agreed it should be paid off.  Utility Board member Ron Rosie moved that the City pay off the Water Revenue Bond. Robert Sexton seconded the motion. The Motion passed unanimously. 

Item 3   General Revenue Policy for Utility Systems

Ms. Sylvis briefly explained that the general budgeted net revenue for each Utility Fund is planned at $500,000 per year.  That net revenue supports a capital program of $1,000,000 for a biennium.  Further discussion on revenue requirements for each utility will be discussed at future Utility Board Meetings.  It appears that a rate increase is only going to be needed for the Water Utility. 


Item 4   Overview of the Water and Sewer Utility System Expenditures

Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher presented the operations and maintenance draft budgets for the City’s water, sewer and stormwater utilities for the coming biennium. During this presentation staff and board members discussed a proposal to add one new water utility employee. General discussion took place and it was decided to continue the discussion of the hiring of an additional employee at a later Utility Board meetings. 


Item 5   Correction to the Budget

Ms. Sylvis pointed out that a correction should be made to the proposed budget. The charge for the State Auditors office should be reallocated between all three Utilities instead of just between Water and Sewer. 


Item 6   Utility Board meetings for 2002.

Chairman Kaufman proposed the next Utility Board meetings would be held on Wednesday June 19th and Tuesday July 16th. The Capital Improvement Projects will be presented at the June meeting, followed by the revenue and rate needs of the utilities at the July meeting.



Utility Board adjourned at 9:48 pm.


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