COUNTY METROPOLITAN WASTEWATER
DISTRICT BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING
Commissioners' Conference Room
Hilary Loud presided with Committee Members Bill Dwyer, Bill Fleenor, Bobby
Green, Sr., Alice Kaseberg and Peter Sorenson present.
Doug Keeler, Tony McCown and Faye Stewart were excused.
County Administrator Jeff Spartz, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and
Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
Call to Order.
Chair Hilary Loud called the meeting to order.
Budget Committee Business
Introduction of Service District Budget Committee Members
Election of Chair & Vice-Chair
to nominate Alice Kaseberg as Chair.
MOVED, Green SECONDED.
to nominate Hilary Loud as Vice Chair.
MOVED, Green SECONDED.
Approval of Minutes: June 20, 2007, Noon
to approve the Minutes of June 20, 2007 with the correction of the spelling of
MOVED, Green SECONDED.
Presentation of the 2008-2009 Budget.
Garnick, Budget/Financial Planning Manager, explained that the district has
fulfilled its original purpose to act as the funding agent for selling bonds to
finance a portion of the original wastewater treatment system.
He indicated that the bonds have all been paid off.
He added that what is left is cash that has come in from taxes.
He said as additional tax revenue has come into the district, they try to
make payments to the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission and that was
how it was handled in the past.
noted that they have approximately $27,9000 and a portion goes into indirect
where they charge to cover the cost of publication, his time and lunches.
He said the money currently available would go into Materials and
Services because the Board has asked staff to look at the possibility of what to
do with the district in the future. He
indicated staff has come back and talked about dissolving the district and
possibly doing something different, but there has not yet been specific
direction. He added they are coming
back to the Board before the end of June to report back.
He said they are putting the money into spending authority in the event
they have to pay a fee. He reported
that the way the statute reads is if they were to dissolve
the district, they donít have an easy fix.
He said they would have to hold an election of the voters in the district
boundaries and the cost to hold an
election could be $25,000 to $30,000.
He said they would have to file for a dissolution that could cost $25,000
with Land Management but they donítí have the money to do that.
He said staff will be recommending the Board through the Legislative
Committee seek a legislative remedy that would allow for a simpler
process that does not require an election.
thought they shouldnít do anything but meet once a year.
indicated a wastewater issue within the district is the pollution from the
County Fairgrounds into Amazon Creek. He
asked if the district could use any of its assets to help alleviate the problem.
said the district doesnít have much in the way of assets.
She said what the district has is whatever delinquent taxes are paid on
the old roles. She indicated it
would take a vote of the people, as they never got a permanent tax rate.
asked if they amend the agreement to charge fees if they could use the money to
deal with the wastewater problems. He
wanted to create revenue to help segregate the rain water from the water that
falls on the pavement at the fairgrounds.
said at this point the district has no operational plan or activity.
She added that a County service district for wastewater services could
deal with wastewater problems but it would mean completely reconstituting what
agreement they have with the two cities for the formation of the Metropolitan
didnít want to spend the $27,000. He
thought they should talk about what the district could do with its existing
authority. He said since they do
have wastewater problems at the fair and since it already exists and costs more
to dissolve it, they would be better off to keep it alive.
He asked if they could impose a fee on the district users to solve the
wastewater problem at the fair. He
thought it could be a useful function of the district.
thought the concept was interesting but he thought there could be
resistance from the cities. He said if they could define what the problem was and the
cost to cure it, they could show the benefits. He stated that there is no risk
to the district.
thought an argument that could be a benefit to the cities would be the concept
that much of the stormwater and wastewater commingling takes place upstream from
the fairgrounds. He said the infrastructure of the pipes is failing and it is
allowing the commingling of the waters that is overcapacity at the treatment
plant. He asked at what point in
time the infrastructure would be replaced upstream from the fairgrounds.
commented that they would have to quantify what it would take to cure it and how
the benefit would be to the people who live in the district.
He thought they could have an argument for a small fee.
said the collection system is a city problem.
She said the City of Springfield does the collection system for
Springfield and the City of Eugene owns, operates and manages the collection
piece for the City of Eugene. She
said the district and the commission control a regional treatment plant.
She said the underlying basis for which the district was formed and the
commission operates is to manage the regional treatment piece so problems in
collection are city problems. She
said it would take significant cooperation with the City of Eugene for the
fairgrounds to manage it as an issue. She
didnít know whether the district would be an appropriate funding mechanism for
the problem, but they would need to find the solution.
thought there was a direct linkage between the size of the treatment plant and
the amount of the wastewater going into it.
He said if there was too much going in, they would have to increase the
treatment plant to accommodate it. He
thought it would be less expensive to fix the pipes than right size the
thought they should move ahead with staff work on this. He asked what staff time
they could put on this to answer the questions about examples of tangible
present day problems that the district could help solve.
He thought it could be a demonstration project of segregating rain water
from wastewater, thereby lowering the cost to the commission and to the cities.
He thought if it worked there, then it could work with other large
dischargers like shopping centers. He
asked what they needed to do operationally so they could talk about the staff
work that has been done and to see what options are available so they move
responded that he and Andy Clark, Assistant County Counsel, will report back to
the Board about initial direction. He
said the city, through Angel Jones, sent a letter asking why Lane County
continues to annex to the service district when there is no benefit to the
people doing that. He added that
the City of Eugene has a separate process and they donít have public hearings.
He said they have an IGA with Springfield and they will continue to do
annexations. He said they could
discuss this further when they come back to the Board.
asked if they should allocate money for consultation or research within the
explained that the money was already budgeted through materials and services.
thought it would be looked upon as threatening. He said it would be the membership of the district
questioning whether or not there is a better way to segregate wastewater from
storm water and how to direct the storm water away from the treatment plant.
said the district has a purpose and over time, there are new ideas and that the
district might have a purpose for solving particular problems.
He commented that a high percentage of Lane County is in the district.
He thought the MWSC would have statistics on what is the total discharge
within Lane County and what percentage is the commissionís responsibility.
He thought it could lead to other relationships with public or private
commented that if MWMC stands to save operating costs and they could show how
they could make a return above their cost of funds by investing in diversion
projects, MWMC might be interested.
opened the Public Hearing. There
being no one signed up to speak, she closed the Public Hearing.
Deliberations and Action
Action Requested: Approve FY 2008-2009 Metropolitan Wastewater Service
District Budget and Levying of Taxes in the Amount of $ _________.
to approve FY 2008-2009 Metropolitan Wastewater Service District Budget and
Levying of Taxes in the amount of $0.
MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.
withdrew the motion.
to table the motion to 12:28 p.m.
MOVED, Fleenor SECONDED.
Adjourned 12:30 p.m.