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Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Call To Order:

Chairman Ron Kaufman called the meeting to order at 6:07 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th St. Mercer Island, WA.



In Attendance:

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



Council Liaison:

El Jahncke




Joanne Sylvis, Glenn Boettcher, Francie Lake, Patrick Yamashita, Doug Sternback, Shaunie Cochran, Anne Tonnella-Howe, and Suzanne Riddell




Jeanette Hahn FCS Group




The Minutes of June 19th, 2002 were approved.



Regular Business:

Item 1   Eastside Disposal Rate Increase

Eastside Disposal increased their rates as of June 14th, 2002.  The increase amounted to 3.1%.  Glen Boettcher explained the background for the increase, reporting that Rabanco uses the April CPI to set the amount.  Ron Kaufman requested that a copy of Appendix C and D, explaining the new rates, should be attached to the minutes.


Item 2   2003 Utility Rates

Finance Director Joanne Sylvis emphasized to the Utility Board there will be no need for a rate increase for the Sewer Utility and the Storm Water Utility. However Ms. Sylvis explained the need for a rate increase for the Water Utility. Ms. Sylvis introduced Jeanette Hahn with FCS Group.  Ms. Hahn presented four proposed rate increases for the Utility Board’s consideration.


Scenario A did not increase water rates for 2003 or 2004, but instead used reserves to pay for increased expenses.  Scenario B proposed a 16.4% rate increase for 2003 to ramp up to the annual $ 500,000 spending target.  Scenario C proposed an annual increase of 5.25% starting in 2003 with a concurrent draw-down of surplus reserves.  Scenario D, while structured like Scenario C, front-loaded the increases to 10% and 6% respectively for 2003 and 2004 to slow the draw-down of reserves. 


Ron Rosie moved, to recommend to the Council approval of rate Scenario D plus funding for one additional staff FTE in the water utility.  Subsequent retention of the additional FTE will be evaluated at the end of the biennium.  John Ewald seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.   


Item 3   Future recommendation for mailings

Ron Kaufman recommended we add to a future bill an explanation of how to convert water use from cubic feet to gallons. The purpose is to give customers a better understanding of how much water they use each day. 



Utility Board adjourned at 9:52 PM


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