2016 November Utilities Minutes

Utility Meeting Minutes

November 21, 2016

The meeting was called to order by Utilities Commission Chair Cindy Endicott at 6:00 p.m.  Present for the meeting were, Commission members Jayme Heim and Pegra Cobb, Councilors Greg Andrews and John Goman, Clerk Joan Jauss and Joe Jurewicz from MSA.  Also in attendance: John Werner, Suzanne Herstad, Bob Quade, and Darrel Johnson.

A motion to approve the October 17, 2016 utility meeting minutes was made by Jayme with a second by Pegra.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried.

Business from the floor:  None

Correspondence:  None

Water Tower Painting:  John W. asked where we are on the painting agreement, Joe stated they are waiting for the signed documents from the City.  Joan informed everyone the documents are executed and were mailed to MSA on November 15.  John W. asked that Joe keep us informed as to where we will be on their 2017 schedule.

WLSSD Master Comprehensive Plan:  Joan shared the City received a copy of WLSSD’s updated master comprehensive plan.  It is being passed around to each of the Councilors to read.  Our area is still the same, and there is growth forecasted in the new plan for the City.  John W. shared it is an interesting read. 

WLSSD Proposed I & I Ordinance:  Joan shared that the City will be getting a letter from WLSSD noting each City is going to have to come up with a plan for inspecting all the laterals. For laterals under 10 years we will not have to inspect, they can be signed off on.  The WLSSD Board will accept televising, air, or smoke testing.   The plan still needs to be approved by the WLSSD board but Jim Aird, from the WLSSD Board, verbally shared this information at the RSTP meeting.  There will be more public hearings and information coming.

Water/Sewer Ordinance: Joan talked with Mike Couri, City Attorney, and his is going to review the existing ordinances to remove the paragraphs that will be covered in the new connection ordinance.   Mike is also going to work on a rough draft of the new connection ordinance, once received Joan will share with the Commission to review.  Joan also shared that she came up with a WCAF, which is a water capacity allocation fee, this is to start saving for replacing the water tower.  The fee is $1,167, which would be charged to any new water connections.

Miscellaneous:  Greg asked if the lock on the Kolstad pump house has been changed, Joan noted yes, Council and staff are the only ones that have keys. Cindy asked if televising was done on 3rd Ave. S.  It was noted yes and repairs have been completed on the issues that were found.  Cindy also asked if the Ridgeview road condensation problem had been resolved, Greg noted yes.  Joan asked if the Commission would like to cancel the Dec. meeting due to the holidays.  Everyone agreed to cancel.

Having nothing further to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Jayme with a second by Pegra.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried.