APRIL 2016 -- Rescheduled to May 3, 2016
May 3rd. 2016
The Municipal Utilities Commission met in regular session on Tuesday May 3rd. 2016, at the Municipal Utilities Commission conference room at 410 Academy St., Cambridge, Md., Acting Mayor Donald Sydnor convened the meeting at approximately 12:00 pm.
Present: Acting Mayor Donald Sydnor
Glenn Ford-MUC Commissioner
Steve Williams-MUC Commissioner
Joe Brooks-MUC Commissioner
Andy Pasden-MUC Commissioner
Megan Nabb- Holotik-MUC Commissioner
Jane Dorman-MUC Water Resource Administrator
Ed Bramble-Asst. Superintendent-MUC
Swearing in of New Commissioner Ward 4 Megan Nabb- Holotik
Acting Mayor Donald Sydnor administered the swearing in of Commissioner Megan Nabb Holotik on April 28th. 2016. The Commission found pleasure in welcoming her to the Commission and looks forward to working with her in the future.
Expenditures for the month of March 2016 in the amount of $85,521.53 were submitted for approval.
Motion to approve the expenditures was made by Mr. Williams, seconded by Mr. Pasden.
Minutes for the MUC meeting of March 22nd. 2016 were submitted for approval.
Motion to approve minutes was made by Mr. Pasden, seconded by Mr. Ford.
Route 16 round about construction
Mr. Johnson informed the Commission that Municipal Utilities job portion of the water main has been bored under and pulled thru by Shore Trenching. They are presently waiting on Retallack to complete the hook-up.
Mr. Pasden showed concern over the pricing. Mr. Bramble confirmed it was a bid price of $50,000 and does not foresee any price change at this time.
Mr. Bramble said the State wants all of the infrastructure completed by June 1st. 2016
Proposed Buget FY-17
Motion was made by Mr. Pasden to accept the Proposed FY-17 Budget as submitted, seconded by Mr. Brooks.
Recommendation to increase revenue
Mrs. Dorman suggested several Fee increases in lieu of rate increases are as follows:
A. Turn-on after shutoff for delinquency: from $15.00 to $50.00.
B. Turn-on during nonbusiness hours: from $30.00 to $100.00.
C. Turn-off and turn-on for customer's convenience: from $5.00 to $15.00.
D. Turn-on charges for new customers and reactivation (installation of meters) prior service: from $25.00 to $50.00.
Mrs. Dorman informed the Commission that her suggestions are based on information she had collected from several surrounding areas and would increase revenue. The last increase of these items was 1992.
Mr. Bramble discussed the cross-connection process and how they would like to have (2) employee's certified to perform inspections and potentially gain revenue.
After further discussion a motion to move forward with the process of the fee increases to be forwarded to City Council for approval for July 1st.2016 and then to the City Attorney was made by Mr. Pasden, seconded by Mrs. Holotik.
FYI-Grant application submitted to MDE.
Mr. Bramble informed the Commission that Mrs. Dorman had found a grant which is an energy reduction grant thru MDE. It is a 100 percent grant and would pay up to one million dollars for the replacement of aging infrastructure. Mr. Bramble is requesting permission to move forward with the grant application process.
A motion was made by Mr. Brooks to move forward with the grant application thru MDE, seconded by Mr. Ford.
Mr. Bramble informed the Commission of the EPA changes on emissions and diesel which took our two generators out of the program as of 5-1-16. Nathans Ave. has since been put back in but Mr. Bramble is currently researching several options and what needs to be done to bring the Stone Boundary Station up to EPA standards. We will continue to use them for emergency backup. We just won't get money back for Stone Boundary in the demand and response program.
Report on maintenance inspection by A.C. Schultes
Mr. Bramble discussed the inspection completed under the Maintenance agreement with AC Schultes which correlates with the MDE grant MUC will make application. This also gives us a guideline of capital projects for the upcoming years moving forward and to budget accordingly.
Mr. Johnson reported on the pumpage and billing for the month of March, including nine street openings and one new service located at 543 Poplar Street.
With no further business, a motion was made to adjourn at approximately 1:00pm.