Chairman Ron Kaufman called the meeting to order at in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th St.Mercer Island, WA.
Ron Kaufman, Bob Burd, John Ewald, David Landes, Robert Sexton, Ron Rosie.
The Minutes of the May 28th, 2002 were approved with the following changes.
1.Item 2Final Payment on Water Revenue Bond
Utility Board member Ron Rosie moved that the Board recommend that the City pay off the Water Revenue Bond.Robert Sexton seconded the motion.The Motion passed unanimously.This recommendation needs to be delivered to Council as soon as possible.
2.Item 3General Revenue Policy for Utility Systems
It appears that a rate increase is only going to be needed for the Water Utility.
3.Item 4Overview of the Water and Sewer Utility System Expenditures.
General discussion took place and it was decided to continue the discussion of the hiring of an additional employee at later Utility Board meetings.The Water Fund budget will be revised to reflect the additional employee.
Item 1Update on Cascade Water Alliance
At the request of Councilmember Jahncke a Representative from Cascade Water Alliance will plan to attend the next Utility Board Meeting to update the Board on future plans for the Cascade Water Alliance.
Item 2Water Rates
Finance Director Joanne Sylvis informed the Board that Seattle Public Utility has submitted a proposed water rate increase of 22% effective 09/15/02.An additional 8% increase is proposed for January 2004.
Item 3Overview of the Water Utility Capital Improvement Program
Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher presented the Water Utility Capital Improvement program and proposed budget.Mr. Boettcher emphasized the need to work towards a CIP program aimed at long term routine maintenance and repair instead of reacting only to emergencies and new water service installations.It is important to keep focused on a routine maintenance program to prevent the emergency situations.Mr. Boettcher also discussed the telemetry project that is proposed for both the Water and the Sewer utilities.The money for the telemetry project would come out of the reserves of both utilities.
Item 4Overview of the Sanitary Sewer Utility Capital Improvement Program.
City Engineer Patrick Yamashita presented the Sewer Utility Capital Improvement program and proposed budget.Mr. Yamashita again emphasized long term on-going maintenance and repair to keep the sewer utility in good condition.
Item 5Overview of the Storm and Surface Water Utility Capital Improvement Program.
AssistantCity Engineer Anne Tonella-Howe presented the Storm and Surface Water Utility Capital Improvement program and proposed budget.The Storm and Surface Water Utility is a fairly new Utility and the main areas to budget for are Watercourse Projects, Small Basin Improvements and Neighborhood Stormwater Improvements.Because of the difficulty in obtaining permits to perform the large basin projects, there will be a review in the next two years of the basins that need the most improvements to determine whether it will be more effective in the future to do “smaller” repairs that do not require a permit.
Item 6Utility Board meetings for 2002.
Chairman Kaufman proposed the next Utility Board meeting would be held on
Tuesday July 16TH at to discuss utility rates and revenues.