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Utility Board - Minutes     
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Call To Order:


David Laub called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board at 7:10 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St., Mercer Island, WA.





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


Staff Members Glenn Boettcher and Terry Winkel were present.





The Minutes of the October 14, 2008 meeting were approved.








Regular Business:



2009 Work Plan


Stormwater Rate Review was added to the Work Plan for the meeting on August 11, Sewer Rate Review was added for the meeting on September 8 and Water Rate Review for the meeting on October 13 by Francie Lake. 


Other topics suggested for inclusion in the Work Plan included the Board’s role, if applicable, in PSE’s conservation efforts in the community, field tours of various CIP projects throughout the year, a GIS mapping presentation regarding tree canopy coverage on Mercer Island and an update of the Sewer Code.


Glenn advised he and Terry Smith are meeting with Seattle Public Utilities regarding the stability of the water supply line on SE 40th St.  He will have an update for the Board at the February 10th meeting, as well as an update regarding the appraisal of the Water Utility property on First Hill.


The Board asked that a formal update regarding the Sewer Lake Line Project be included in each regularly scheduled meeting this year. 


Project Updates


  • Sanitary Sewer Lake Line project - a pre-construction meeting was held last week, the formal notice to proceed was given and contracts were signed. 
  • Shoreline Restoration Project at Luther Burbank Park is almost complete.
  • 72nd Street project should be completed this spring.
  • 40th & ICW project underground utilities and asphalt work have been completed; traffic signals/supplies are currently on back order.





Glenn has discussed several issues recently with Allied Waste, including outfitting garbage trucks with snow plows during severe winter storms, automated garbage collection, recycling reward/incentive programs and drop-off services/locations during inclement weather.  He advised that legal review of the draft contract with Allied is almost complete.  The Board requested a copy of the draft via email for review prior to the next meeting.


Glenn advised that Fred Gu will serve as the City’s Resource Conservation Manager (RCM) and that Fred will be working closely with PSE during the next two years to make City facilities as energy efficient as possible.


The Board asked that the regular Utility Board Agenda packets be e-mailed to members instead of mailed.



Next Meeting:  


The regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday, February 10, 2009.  


Adjournment:          8:30 p.m.


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