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UAB 021120 Minutes

Mountain Iron Utility Advisory Board

Minutes

11 February 2020

Meeting was called to order 4:02 p.m. by Chairperson Renzaglia

Members present:  Reynold Renzaglia, Sue Tuomela, Harvey Hellyer, Bret Renzaglia, Others present:  Joe Prebeg, Council Liaison, Tim Satrang, Public Works Director, Lisa Stevens, Accounting Technician.

Members absent:  Jacob Osell 

Moved by Harvey Hellyer and supported by Sue Tuomela to approve the Consent Agenda including the 28 January 2020 Minutes.  Motion carried unanimously

Communications: 

Public Forum:  None

Correspondence:    

Reports: 

              Electrical:

               2 February 2020 Garden Drive North cut out fuse blown.  Refused and held.  No obvious cause.

Water:

               31 January 2020 flared fitting came apart on a curb stop valve.  Spliced a piece of ¾ inch copper and re-flared 

Old Business:

Utility Rates:  Refuse

Satrang explained that the Saint Louis County Solid Waste Fee is being increased from $5.00/month to $5.83/month.  This fee is collected by the City on behalf of SLC from every property owner in the City.  Commercial Fees are based on the estimated market value of the property.  The Saint Louis County Service Fee goes to pay for administration, recycling, household hazardous waste and special waste.  This fee is controlled by the county without City input. 

He also explained Saint Louis County has increased its tipping fees from $50.00/ton to $60.00/ton for garbage dumped at the Regional Landfill.  This is a significant increase in one year.  This goes to operate the landfill itself along with the leachate treatment system. 

Satrang gave his thoughts of at one time he felt the garbage rates were set directly proportional to volume.  Somewhere over the years an adjustment must have been made by percentage which threw the proportions off.  The new adjusted rate Satrang is proposing would be based on a ten dollar base fee with a six dollar charge for every 30 gallons.  The new rate proposed would be $16.00 for a 30 gallon can, $22.00 for a 60 gallon can, $28.00 for a 90 gallon can, and $60.00 for a 300 gallon can.  With this proposal, some cuts would have to take place on collection and handling of recycling to come up with the necessary budget shortfalls. 

Much discussion took place on whether the increase proposed along with changes in operations would cover the shortfalls or whether the rate would have to be increased even more. 

  1. Hellyer made a motion to accept the proposal by Satrang to increase the 30 gallon rate to $16.00, the 60 gallon rate to $22.00, the 90 gallon to $28.00 and the 300 gallon to $60.00. S. Tuomela supported the motion.

Roll Call:  Hellyer yes;  Tuomela yes;  B. Renzaglia no; R. Renzaglia no—Motion failed.

  1. Renzaglia made a motion to increase to 30 gallon rates to $16.60, 60 gallon rates to $23.20, 90 gallon rates to $29.80, and 300 gallon rates to $60.00. Motion failed for lack of support.
  2. Hellyer made a motion to increase 30 gallon rates to $16.30, 60 gallon rates to $22.60, 90 gallon rates to $28.90, and 300 gallon rates to $60.00. R. Renzaglia supported the motion. After some discussion

               Roll Call:  Hellyer yes; B. Renzaglia no; Tuomela no; R. Renzaglia yes—Motion failed.

  1. Renzaglia made a motion to increase 30 gallon rates to $16.40, 60 gallon rates to $22.80, 90 gallon rates to $29.20, and 300 gallon rates to $60.00. R. Renzaglia supported the motion. After some discussion

               Roll Call:  Hellyer yes; B. Renzaglia yes; Tuomela yes; R. Renzaglia yes—Motion passed.

 Hellyer made a motion to have the proposed rate structure presented to the City Council at the next scheduled meeting. B. Renzaglia seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

New Business:

               KLM Water Tower Report

KLM has completed the report and put the engineering part ot the bid package together.  Benchmark is ready to seek permission to bid this project out.  Satrang explained the interior would have some extensive work done including stripping the existing coating, grinding old welds, new seals, work on the hatchway, ladder system, floor, etc. 

  1. Hellyer made a motion to recommend to the council to have Benchmark advertise for bids on the water tower project. Support by S. Toumela. Motion passed unanimously.   

   Next meeting set at 25 February 2020 at 4:30pm at the Community Center

Other Items of Concerns:

          Meeting Adjourned at 5:22 pm

               Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Stevens

Accounting Technician

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