Approved February 12, 2001

 

 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE

TOWN OF MENASHA UTILITY DISTRICT

Municipal Complex - Assembly Room

Monday, January 22, 2001

 

MINUTES

 

 

The agenda was posted at the Municipal Complex, Fire Station 40, Town of Menasha Utility District, Appleton Public Library, Menasha Public Library, and Neenah Public Library and is available on the Town of Menasha Website at town-menasha.com.

 

I.   CALL TO ORDER, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND ROLL CALL

President Arden Tews called the Regular Meeting of Utility District Commissioners to order at 4:45 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Utility District Secretary, Carlene Sprague, noted the roll as follows:

 

PRESENT:

Arden Tews, President                        Jerry Jurgensen, Commissioner #3

Bob Sprague, Commissioner #2                        Russ Handevidt, Commissioner #4

Carlene Sprague, Util. Dist. Secretary                        Brad Werner, Town Engineer                                

Carl Sutter, Town Engineer                        Patrick DeGrave, Administrator

Myra Piergrossi, Dir. of Finance                        George Dearborn, Dir. of Com. Dev.

Jeff Roth, Utility District Water Supt.                        Paula Pagel, Util Dist Office Manager

Steve Laabs, Util. Dist. Wastewater Supt.              

 

 

 

EXCUSED:

Jeanne Krueger, Commissioner #1

 

ALSO PRESENT:

            John Andres, representing Virchow Krause

Kim Jennings, representing Virchow Krause

 

II.            PUBLIC DISCUSSION-NON-AGENDIZED UTILITY DISTRICT RELATED MATTERS
 
III.                DISCUSSION ITEMS

A.                 Virchow Krause – Set Sewer Rates

John Andres, representing Virchow Krause, stated that at the last meeting, the Utility District Commission approved the application for the new water rates, which are regulated by the Public Service Commission.

 

The purpose of this discussion is regarding the adjustment of the Utility District sewer rates, which require approval of the Utility District Commission.

 

The existing sewer rates are:

1)     a volume rate plus tax levies

2)     a different volume rate for those outside taxing jurisdictions

 

He asked for direction regarding how to shift the tax levy.

 

Chairman Tews – We are asking for guidance regarding this issue from Virchow Krause.  What percentage did we take off last year?

 

Dir. of Finance, Myra Piergrossi, stated the 1999 mill rate amount was approximately $l.56 and $.76 for Town Residents.  This is a 25% increase in water.

 

Supervisor Sprague asked what a 45% increase would be on a bill?

 

John Andres stated that for an average customer, a 45% increase, with 18,000 gallons of usage, would increase the current $26.00.  This would be approximately a $12.00 increase per quarter for sewer only.

 

Supervisor Handevidt estimated the dollar amount to be approximately from $26.00 up to $37.70.

 

Administrator DeGrave – It still leaves us with a very reasonable cost for sewer.

 

John Andres asked for the Commission’s consensus regarding whether they would prefer a “phase in” process over three (3) years, versus a one-time increase.

You currently have a difference for sewer lateral of $.07 per thousand gallons included in the volume rate for lateral repair costs to residential customers.  We would offer an alternative to charge quarterly, a fixed cost that does not vary by volume.

 

 

Steve Laabs, Wastewater Superintendent, recommended keeping the charge on the bill.

 

It was the consensus of the Commission to change the lateral repair component from a volume charge to a quarterly fixed charge.

 

IV.       OLD BUSINESS

 

V.        NEW BUSINESS
A.            010122-1:UD  Expenditures

MOTION:  Commissioner Sprague, second Commissioner Jurgensen to adopt the resolution and approve the expenditures as submitted with the exception of (none).  Motion carried unanimously with Commissioner Krueger excused.

 

B.                010122-2:UD  Authorize Installation of Cellular Antenna on Water Tower

MOTION:  Commissioner Sprague, second Commissioner Handevidt to adopt the resolution and authorization the negotiation of the lease of water tower space on two Town of Menasha Towers with Telecorp PCS and that the Town of Menasha Chairperson and Clerk are authorized to sign the lease following successful negotiation as submitted.  Motion carried unanimously with Commissioner Krueger excused.

 

VI.            ORDINANCES

 

VII.             RESIGNATIONS/ APPOINTMENTS

A.            010122-1:UD APPT  Appoint Commissioner to Neenah Menasha Sewerage Commission

MOTION: Commissioner Sprague, second Commissioner Jurgensen to approve the appointment of Russ Handevidt to the Neenah-Menasha Sewage Commission effective February 27, 2001 as submitted. Motion carried unanimously with Commissioner Krueger excused.

 

VIII.            APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A.     Regular Utility District Meeting –  January 8, 2001

MOTION: Commissioner Sprague, second Commissioner Jurgensen to adopt the resolution and approve the minutes as submitted. Motion carried with President Tews abstaining due to un-attendance of the Jan. 8th, 2001 Meeting, and Commissioner Krueger excused.

 
VIII.           CORRESPONDENCE

A.                 Water Billing Summary – December 2000

B.                Sewer Billing Summary – December 2000

MOTION:  Commissioner Sprague, second Commissioner Jurgensen to adopt and approve the correspondence as submitted. Motion carried unanimously with Commissioner Krueger excused.

 

X.            REPORTS

            A.  Town Administrator - None

             

B. Engineer – Town Engineer, Carl Sutter, reports that work is continuing on the Gateway Meadows project.

 

Town Engineer, Brad Werner, reported on the completion of the Hwy. 114 project.

 

            C.  Water Superintendent - None

 

            D.  Wastewater Superintendent - None

 

E.     Commissioners

Ø      Commissioner Krueger - Excused

Ø      Commissioner Sprague – None

Ø      Commissioner Jurgensen – None

Ø      Commissioner Handevidt  - none

 

F.     Commission President Tews - None

 

G.    Dir. Of Community Development

Dir. George Dearborn reported on a request for sewer service by the Clayton Group LLC.

 

XI.              MOTIONS BY COMMISSIONERS
 
XII.            ANNOUNCEMENTS – Same as agenda.
 
XIII.            ADJOURNMENT

 

At 5:07 p.m., MOTION: Commissioner Sprague, second Commissioner Handevidt to adjourn the Regular Meeting of the Utility District of Commissioners.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Carlene L. Sprague

Utility District Secretary