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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Call To Order:

Chairman Ron Kaufman called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board on June 29th, 7:07 p.m. in the Council Chambers @ City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St., Mercer Island, WA.



In Attendance:

Ron Kaufman, Chairman, John Ewald, Vice Chairman, Robert Sexton, Benjamin Levie & Joel Massmann



Council Liaison:

El Jahncke



Staff Present:

Joanne Sylvis, Walt Mauldin, Francie Lake, Suzanne Riddell




The Minutes of the June 15th, 2004 meeting were approved with the following corrections:

Page 1: “Chairman Ron Kaufman called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board on June 15TH.







Regular Business:

·         Ambulance Rate Evaluation Preliminary Results
Peter Moy and Tracey Dunlap, FCS Group, presented the Ambulance Rate Evaluation Preliminary Results (Attachment A). Ron Kaufman reminded the Board their responsibility is to reallocate existing revenue for Emergency Medical Service.  Discussion followed.  The Board requested the Consultants evaluate calls taken at 24-hour nursing facilities verses residential board and care facilities and re-classify calls taken at private schools, previously recorded in the commercial class, with those taken in the School class.  The Board asked that Attachment A be updated and distributed at the next meeting for further review and recommended that the General Fund not fund the School classification.


·         Water Budget
Joanne Sylvis distributed copies of the revised Exhibit 4, as requested at the June 15th meeting (Attachment C Note A) with a decrease in operating expenses of only $ 30,000; Glenn Boettcher, Maintenance Director, recommended that $ 20,000 be kept in reserve for Hazard Mitigation. The revised exhibit also reflected the Fiscal Policy Reserves shown for all years (Attachment C Note B).  Ron Kaufman emphasized that the rate change will affect the meter charge and the volume charge. 



Upcoming Meetings

July 13        Continue evaluation of the Ambulance Utility Rate

                  Sewer Utility Budget


July 20        Sewer Utility Budget (2nd meeting, if needed)

                  GIS presentation by Mike Onzay


Off Agenda Items:

Ron Kaufman advised the Board he had evaluated the current rate and new rate increase implemented by Eastside Deposal and had found the calculations to be correct.


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