Call To Order:
Robert Sexton called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board at 7:00 p.m. in the Farside Room at City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St., Mercer Island, WA.
Board Members Robert Sexton, Chairman, David Laub Vice Chairman, Gregory Babinski, John Ewald, Callie Ridolfi, Ben Levie and Council Liaison Bruce Bassett were present.
Staff Members Glenn Boettcher, Chip Corder, Chris Tubbs and Terry Winkel were present.
The Minutes of the February 12, 2008 meeting were approved as written.
Don Frey, Steve Difabion and Nels Johnson, Allied Waste
Jay Rogers, FCS Consultant
EMS Cost of Service
Chip introduce Jay Rogers, a consultant with FCS Group, and advised the Board that any new rates established will become effective 1/1/09, that the “commercial” rate is now based on square feet and that this study was scheduled to be done again in two years. Chip asked the Board to consider whether the new rates should recoup the actual cost of four fire fighters or if they should be adjusted for inflation only. Jay Rogers gave a Power Point presentation (Exhibit A).
Robert Sexton and David Laub reminded staff and the Board that originally the EMS fee was established to cover the costs of providing an additional aid unit and expressed concern with asking residents to pay a utility fee whether they used the utility or not. Discussion followed.
Chip advised that staff is looking for a rate recommendation from the Board to take to City Council in the fall and that he will come back to the Board in July with the final EMS rate identified in the FCS study adjusted for inflation only.
Solid Waste Service Levels
Glenn advised the Board that solid waste service levels have changed to include vegetative food waste with yard waste recycling and the ‘co-mingling’ of glass with other recyclables at no additional cost. The results of the recent Island-wide budget survey indicate that no significant change in solid waste service levels is desired by a majority of Mercer Island residents. He also advised that King County is the solid waste planning authority for cities and is responsible for setting regional recycling goals and that the State has set mandatory requirements for electronic recycling. Discussion followed.
The Board asked that Glenn review the cost of electronics recycling and be prepared to advise the Board at the May 6 meeting. The Board acknowledged it will need to determine whether to extend the existing Solid Waste contract with Allied Waste or begin the formal RFP process in the near future. The Board again stated the need for a solid waste & recycling education program for the community.
The Board asked that their thanks be extended to Anne Tonella-Howe for the opportunity to tour the Lake Line project area.
The Board asked for an opportunity to tour the Allied Waste facility; this was tentatively scheduled for early summer 2008.
The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, April 8, 2008.