1. Call to Order. The workshop session of the Council of the City of Rogers was called to order by Mayor Grimm on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rogers Community Room, 21201 Memorial Drive, Rogers, MN, 55374.
Council present: Jason Grimm, Jay Bunting, and Rob Bell.
Council excused: Jamie Davis and Steve Rauenhorst.
Staff present: Darlene Kolles, Utility Billing Clerk, John Seifert, Public Works Supt.; Judy Splett, Deputy Clerk; Steve Stahmer, City Administrator; Bret Weiss, City Engineer; and Lisa Wieland, Finance Director.
2. Presentation Ehlers & Associates.
Finance Director Wieland gave a brief background and introduced Jeanne Vogt and Rebecca Kurtz of Ehlers & Associates.
Jeanne Vogt reviewed the following with Council:
• Goals of the utility rate study
• Background information on the enterprise funds
• Water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer systems including rate structures and rate options
• Comparison with other cities
• Projections for water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer utilities
• Capital improvement plans for water, sewer and storm sewer utilities
• Proposed residential rate tier options
• Suggested recommendations
The Council discussed:
• Rate study includes planning for the merger with Hassan Township
• Increases to the basic meter charge, water rates for residential users, and implementing a 3
tier residential system
• Councilmember Bunting stated that implementing the 3 tier residential system will place the
burden onto commercial users who are struggling as much as residential users
• Background was provided by Public Works. Supt. on reasons for the commercial rate
• Councilmember Bunting suggested that the City provide a 2 tier system for commercial users
– hard time justifying the increase for commercial
• Summer is the biggest problem with water usage with irrigation systems for homes and
• Changes made to the commercial rates will impact residential rates
• Councilmember Bell suggested checking with other cities that have implemented a tier
system to see what the impact was to residents in dollars and usage
• Billing quarter vs. bi-monthly – bimonthly and monthly billing gives the residents a chance to
review their bills and see that they are using too much adjust their usage
The consensus of the Council is to revise the proposed rate study to include a commercial 2 tier system for their review.
Motion by Bell, seconded by Bunting to adjourn at 6:55 p.m. Motion carried 3-0.