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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Call To Order:


Rob Sexton called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board at 7:07 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St., Mercer Island, WA.




Board Members Robert Sexton, Chairman, John Ewald, Callie Ridolfi, Ben Levie, Gregory Babinski, Joel Massman and Council Liaison Bruce Bassett were present.  Board Member David Laub was absent.


Staff Members Glenn Boettcher, Chip Corder and Terry Winkel were present.




The Minutes of the April 8, 2008 meeting were approved as written. 






Regular Business:


Solid Waste Service Levels


Glenn reminded the Board that the contract with Allied Waste is due to expire July 2009 and that a recommendation is needed from the Board regarding whether to extend the Allied Waste contract or begin an RFP process.  Glenn recapped the various King County Solid Waste Comp Plan recycling goals, “carbon trading,” and the State’s mandated electronics recycling program. 


Discussion followed.  The Board agreed to defer the pilot electronics recycling project in light of the new statewide electronics recycling program that takes effect in January of 2009.  The Board also expressed the need for flexibility in the City’s solid waste services contract in light of new/changing recycling options, re-iterated the importance of education about solid waste and recycling options for the residents of Mercer Island, and requested a rate comparison study focusing on other suburban cities.


Glenn will work with a consultant to prepare a rate comparison and service level study for presentation to the Board at its June meeting.




-          Chip Corder advised that the Finance Department would like to reschedule consideration of the Water Rate Block Structure Review Model until 2009 and present the utility portion of the Six Year CIP preview on June 17.  The Board agreed and asked for a status report on the current biennium’s utility capital projects. 

-          Chip reminded the Board that the EMS Rates were presented to the Board at the March 11 meeting.  However, an inflation factor needs to be added to these rates and this information will be presented at the October 14 meeting instead of the July 8 meeting.

-          An Allied representative invited the Utility Board to visit Allied Waste’s new facilities and advised that Allied Waste would like to make a presentation to the Board regarding current service levels. 

-          Glenn invited the Utility Board members to the Monday night City Council meeting for review of the Lake Line Project.


Next Meeting:  

The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, June 17, 2008.  


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