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Utility Board - Minutes     
Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Call To Order:

Chairman Ron Kaufman called the meeting to order at 7:03PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th St. Mercer Island, WA.



In Attendance:

Ron Kaufman, Bob Burd, John Ewald, David Landes, Robert Sexton, Ron Rosie.



Council Liaison:

El Jahncke








The Minutes of the May 28th, 2002 were approved with the following changes. 

1.       Item 2   Final 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 3   General Revenue Policy for Utility Systems

It appears that a rate increase is only going to be needed for the Water Utility.

3.       Item 4   Overview 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. 



Regular Business:


Item 1   Update 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 2   Water 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 3   Overview 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 4   Overview 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 5   Overview of the Storm and Surface Water Utility Capital Improvement Program.


Assistant City 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 6   Utility Board meetings for 2002.


Chairman Kaufman proposed the next Utility Board meeting would be held on

Tuesday July 16TH at 6:00 PM to discuss utility rates and revenues.



Utility Board adjourned at 8:55 PM.


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