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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Call To Order:


Rob Sexton called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board at 7:05 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St., Mercer Island, WA.




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


Staff Members Glenn Boettcher, Francie Lake, Patrick Yamashita, Rona Lin, Terry Smith, Anne Tonella-Howe and Terry Winkel were present.




The Minutes of the May 13, 2008 meeting were approved as written. 



Diane Yates, KC Intergovernmental Relations Liaison

Thea Severn, KC Transfer/Transport Operations Manager

Jeff Gaisford, KC Recycling & Environmental Services Manager


Regular Business:


Solid Waste Service Levels

Diane Yates, Thea Severn and Jeff Gaisford gave a PowerPoint presentation about the King County Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan (Exhibit A).  They advised the Board that waste prevention is the highest priority in the solid waste management hierarchy and that the life of the Cedar Hills Facility has been extended by nine years through recycling.  Jeff advised that Glenn is the City’s representative to the Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee (MSWMAC).  The Board was also advised that as of January 1, 2009 all television and computer manufacturers have to provide free recycling of their products in Washington State.  Diane advised that cities in the region will be given an opportunity to review a draft of the Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan at the end of 2008. 


The Board expressed its continuing interest in education awareness and asked staff to inquire about obtaining instructional stickers for residential recycling bins from Allied Waste.


Glenn shared with the Board the comments he had received from the City’s consultant regarding solid waste services.  He asked the Board for a decision with regard to negotiating with Allied Waste or preparing an RFP.  Discussion followed.  David Laub and Glenn were asked to form a Subcommittee to prepare a timeframe for negotiations with Allied and a list of recommended objectives.


Callie Ridolfi made a motion to negotiate renewal of the existing contract with Allied Waste using the negotiation timeframe and list of recommended objectives determined by the Subcommittee.  John Ewald seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


CIP Preview/Review


Patrick Yamashita gave an overview/update of recent Utility Capital Projects in a PowerPoint presentation (Exhibit B).  The Board reviewed the updated preliminary Six-Year Capital Plan for each utility (Exhibit C).  Francie Lake advised that more detailed information regarding utility rates would be available in September or October.




-          While their terms as Board Members expire in 2008, Joel Massman and Ben Levie have advised the Mayor of their willingness to remain on the Board. 

-          David Laub advised staff that his gas meter had failed recently and that other residents may experience the same and contact the City.

-          Bruce Bassett asked the Board if it would like to discuss utility performance measures. .  This item will be added to a future agenda.

-          The Board was reminded of the Allied Waste Facility tour scheduled on July 30 at 9 a.m.


Next Meeting:  

The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, August 12, 2008.  


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