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Utility Board - Minutes     
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Call To Order:


David Laub, Vice Chairman, called to order the regular meeting of the Utility Board at 7:03 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, Joel Massmann, Ben Levie and Glynda Steiner were present.  Council Liaison Bruce Bassett and Board Members Robert Sexton and Callie Ridolfi were absent.


Staff Members Glenn Boettcher, Francie Lake, Chip Corder, Anne Tonella-Howe, and Terry Winkel were present.




The Minutes of the September 8, 2009 meeting were approved.  




Sean Senescall and Angie Sanchez, FCS Group

Don Frey, Allied Waste


Regular Business:


Water Rate Analysis – Rate Design/Block Structure

Presentation by Sean Senescall, FCS Group, Exhibit A.  Francie advised the Board she needs a recommendation regarding the final rates to be presented to City Council. Discussion followed.  The Board chose not to make a recommendation regarding implementation of a Fire Protection Utility Tax.


John Ewald made a motion that the Board concur with Staff’s recommendations for an overall rate increase of 8.15%, to implement Rate Design Alternative 1: widen blocks to increase revenue stability (page 8 of Exhibit A) for the Single Family Rate Structure, to implement Rate Design Alternative 2: flat usage rate (page 11 of Exhibit A) for the Multi Family Rate Structure, and to hold the Public/Commercial & irrigation usage rates constant in 2010.  Joel Massmann seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


Sewer Rate Review

Chip advised the Board of the need to increase available dollars for capital work.  Glenn advised that the Maintenance Department Utility Team is performing a complete sanitary sewer system analysis, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.  Discussion followed.


Glynda made a motion that the Board recommend the sanitary sewer rate increase for 2010 of 9.75% recommended by Staff in Scenario B, page 3 of the Sewer Rate Review Memo dated 10/07/09.  John Ewald seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


Allied Contract Implementation

Don Frey, Allied Waste, submitted a Promotion and Education Outline for the Board’s review (Exhibit B).  Because several Board members were not in attendance, a subcommittee was formed (John, David and Glenn) to develop a plan of implementation for the new contract for review at the November 10 Utility Board Meeting.  Glenn advised that a preliminary draft of the King County Solid Waste Comp Plan would be available soon.


Project Updates

Anne advised that main line of the Sewer Lake Line Project will be installed by mid-November, that side sewer extension work is scheduled to begin in July of 2010, that the project is currently under budget, and that work on Pump Station 4 is under way. 


Glenn advised that the well project is currently on schedule with a completion date of February 2010 and that an operating plan is being developed by staff.


Anne advised that the 72nd Water Main and Basin 26 Projects are complete.




The Board asked that Terry Smith make a brief presentation regarding the sewer system analysis at the November meeting.


Next Meeting:  

The next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday, November 10, 2009.

Adjournment:           9:35 p.m.


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