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 increase • 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 businesses • 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.
3. Adjourn. Motion by Bell, seconded by Bunting to adjourn at 6:55 p.m. Motion carried 3-0.
Respectfully submitted,Judy SplettDeputy Clerk