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MINUTES <br /> OF THE WORK SESSION OF THE <br /> EDINA CITY COUNCIL <br /> HELD AT CITY HALL <br /> DECEMBER 1, 2009 <br /> 5:00 P.M. <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room of City Hall. <br /> Answering rollcall were Members Bennett, Brindle, Swenson and Mayor Hovland. Member Housh <br /> entered the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Staff present included: Gordon Hughes, City Manager; Heather <br /> Worthington, Assistant City Manager; John Wallin, Finance Director; Eric Roggeman, Assistant <br /> Finance Director; Roger Glanzer, Assistant Director of Public Works; Wayne Houle, City <br /> Engineer/Public Works Director; and Debra Mangen, City Clerk. Consultant Mark Ruff, Ehlers & <br /> Associates was also in attendance. <br /> Mayor Hovland stated the purpose of the meeting was to receive information about the utility rate <br /> study and possible changes to the methodology of utility fee calculations. <br /> Mark Ruff, Ehlers & Associates, reviewed the Water, Sanitary and Storm Sewer Utility Rate Study <br /> prepared by City Staff and Ehlers. He noted as stated by the Executive Summary that the utility funds <br /> have had stable cash balances over the past several years. The need for capital improvement <br /> projects may necessitate the use of bonded indebtedness to support the capital improvements. Mr. <br /> Ruff also noted that Metropolitan Council might increase sanitary sewer rates in the next several <br /> years to compensate for a lack of revenue from hook-up fees. The City of Edina would likely need to <br /> increase their fees to keep pace with the Met Council rates. <br /> The Council discussed the tiered (conservation) water rates and the fixed charges associated with the <br /> water utility. Staff and Mr. Ruff answered questions of the Council. Manager Hughes advised the <br /> Council he would engage Ehlers and Associate to complete further study of the tiered rates and fixed <br /> charges with a report to Council in early January. <br /> The Council also reviewed proposed changes to City Code Sections 1100 and 1120 amending utility <br /> fee calculation methodology. Staff will prepare the ordinance to be considered at the December 15, <br /> 2009 meeting. <br /> There being no further business, Mayor Hovland adjourned the meeting at 6:55 p.m. <br /> Respectfully submitted, <br /> Debra A.P' gen, City Clerk <br /> Minutes approved by Edina City Council, December 1, 2009 <br /> James B. Hovland, Mayor <br />