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Utility Advisory Board Meeting Minutes for February 28, 2017





The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m. by Chairperson Renzaglia.  Members present:  Reynold Renzaglia, Harvey Hellyer, and Bruce Peterson. Members Absent: Joe Matanich and Susan Tuomela.  Others present:  Tim Satrang, Public Works Director, Joe Prebeg, Council Liaison, and Lisa Stevens, Accounting Technician.


It was moved by Bruce Peterson and supported by Harvey to approve the minutes of the January 31, 2017 meeting. The motion carried unanimously.


No one was present at the public forum.


The Director of Public Works reported 1 incident of a broken waterline across from the park in South Grove. While repairing the break, a service line was hit which also needed repairing. The break was likely due to the frost shifting the ground.


Renny inquired about the waste water treatment budget. He would like to know where our expenses are going to exceed the budget this year as the Board needs to look at balancing that. Tim mentioned that the waste water is very expensive to run as we are not a condensed area, more like a district. Trending data may help show where we can cut expenses.


Tim discussed that there are monies available for some compliance issues that may arise. Once we are told to start meeting new standards we have to get on a Project Priority List and come up with a facility plan. Discussion with Craig and the new waste water treatment operator will be taking place in the coming weeks to come up with this plan. The plant itself is running well but not designed to be in compliance with the changing standards.


Minnesota Energy is requesting authorization to invest in our community by providing natural gas and extend the agreement for 22 more years. It was moved by Renny to make a recommendation to the Council to repeal ordinance 34A and replace with the new ordinance granting MN Energy the rights to provide natural gas to the city and supported by Harvey. The motion was unanimously carried.


The next meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.


At 4:25 p.m., it was moved by Harvey and supported by Peterson to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Stevens

Accounting Technician

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