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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Call To Order:


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


Staff Members Glenn Boettcher, Francie Lake, Patrick Yamashita, Fred Gu, Anne Tonella-Howe and Terry Winkel were present.




The Minutes of the June 17, 2008 meeting were approved with the following correction: “While their terms as Board members…advised the Mayor of their willingness to remain on the Board.”





Regular Business:


Storm Water Budget and Rates


Francie briefly explained the two-year budget process with regard to rates, i.e. rates are calculated for both years but second year rates can be adjusted if needed.  Exhibit A (attached) was distributed to the Board and she and Glenn explained the expenditure requests in the Operating Budget. 


Patrick reviewed the Comprehensive Stormwater Plan process and Fee-in-Lieu policy.  He advised that a legal ruling has still not been finalized regarding the use of funds collected from projects in one basin for projects in another basin.  David expressed the Board’s desire that staff continue to pursue this question.


Francie advised the Board that an 8.5% rate increase is needed to accomplish the utility’s capital program in the next biennium. Bruce suggested a higher rate increase could be considered for 2010, as the rate increases of other utilities will be less and to help offset the projected CIP costs in future years. Discussion followed. 


David Laub made a motion to recommend to the City Council that the Storm Water rates be increased by 8.5% in 2009 and 10% in 2010, with the understanding that the Board will revisit the 2010 rate adjustment recommendation in the fall of 2009.  Gregory Babinski seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


Project Updates


-          The Final Design for the Well Project will be brought to the Board at its October meeting.

-          Bidding for the Sewer Lake Line project is on schedule for fall.

-          The Storm Drainage Basin 29 project is 75% complete.

-          A draft of the proposed new solid waste contract has been prepared.  David and Glenn meet with representatives of Allied Waste.  They also discussed a new recycling concept regarding rewarding residents for recycling by providing credit that can be used at local businesses or by giving back to local schools, charities, etc.




-          Callie asked what the SPU Issues are that are referenced on the 2008 Utility work Plan.  Glenn advised SPU is researching the need to replace the supply line on SE 40th.

-          Bruce asked about fluoridating City water; Glenn advised he would ask Terry Smith to contact him.


Next Meeting:  

The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, September 9, 2008.  


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