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MINUTES <br /> OF THE WORK SESSION <br /> OF THE EDINA CITY COUNCIL, <br /> HELD MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2007 <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M. in the Community Room of <br /> Edina City Hall. Answering rollcall were: Members Bennett, Housh, Masica, Swenson <br /> and Mayor Hovland. Staff present included: Gordon Hughes, City Manager, Heather <br /> Worthington, Assistant City Manager, Wayne Houle, City Engineer, Roger Glanzer, <br /> Superintendent of Utilities, John Wallin, Finance Director, Eric Roggeman, Assistant <br /> Finance Director, Ceil Smith, Assistant to the City Manager, Jennifer Bennerotte, <br /> Marketing & Communications Director, and Debra Mangen, City Clerk. <br /> Mayor Hovland noted the purpose of the work session was to review the rate studies <br /> done by Ehlers & Associates for the City of Edina's Water, Sewer, and Storm Sewer <br /> systems. Engineer Houle introduced Jessica Cook of Ehlers and Associates to review <br /> the studies. Using a power point slide show, Ms. Cook reviewed the rate study <br /> outlining the goals of the utility systems; the fund operations, fund capacities, use of <br /> debt, proposed capital improvements, proposed rates and rate structure. <br /> The Council and staff discussed potential capital projects, bonds and rates that would <br /> be needed to sustain the necessary capital improvements, proposed rates and potential <br /> use of a tiered system for water billing. Concerns were expressed about residential <br /> customers possibly subsidizing commercial and industrial irrigation, methodology of <br /> educating customers, the connection issues, and affordability of utilities. Staff was <br /> directed to review the proposed tiers, utility rates, and commercial/industrial <br /> connection charge, and to come back with recommendations. <br /> Mayor Hovland adjourned the meeting at 6:40 p.m. <br /> Respectfully submitted, <br /> Debra Mange A, Ci Jerk <br />