Chairman David Laub called the regular meeting of the Utility Board to order at 7:09 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA.
Chairman David Laub, Robert Sexton, Wendy Weiker, Kwan Wong, Tana Senn and Suresh Malhorta were present. City Staff Maintenance Director Glenn Boettcher, Water and Sewer Utilities Operation Manager Terry Smith, Deputy Finance Director Francie Lake and Recording Secretary Asea Sandine were also present. Absent: Glynda Steiner and Ben Levie
The minutes of February 12, 2013 were approved.
Boettcher advised that the discussion regarding Utilities Sustainability is on the 2013 Work Plan. He requested direction from the Board regarding what they would like to see covered in that discussion. Senn shared that since the new sustainability position will be partially funded by utilities she would like to see that position educate and disseminate information regarding the various sustainability topics related to utilities. The Board discussed a wide range of sustainability topics and concluded that the focus should be on one area related to sustainability for each utility. Staff suggested that the first discussion would be about stormwater and Mercer Islandís impact on water quality in Lake Washington. The Board also expressed interest in discussing how fats, oils and grease (FOG) affect the sewer system and how to reduce the problem through education, and how to create more opportunities for multi-family and commercial composting.
2013 Work Plan
Lake inquired if the Board had certain items they would like to see discussed at April 9 performance measure meeting. It was noted that Chip Corder will not be able to attend that meeting. Suresh advised he was the one who requested the discussion and he would not be able to attend the April 9th meeting. The Board agreed to cancel the April 9th meeting and requested in the future that the reports be distributed to the Board to coincide with the rates discussion.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Master Meter Discrepancy
Boettcher shared that negotiations continue with Seattle Public Utilities about the master meter that malfunctioned for an extended period. Staff is working on a final settlement agreement.
Next Meeting: The next scheduled meeting is May14, 2013.