CRANE LAKE WATER & SANITARY DISTRICT (CLWSD)
April 24, 2004 – 1:00 P.M.
CRANE LAKE CHAPEL FELLOWSHIP HALL
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Michael White at 1:10 P.M.
Members present: Managers Bud Bystrom, Deena Congdon, Darrell Scott, Rob Scott and Michael White.
Members Absent: None.
Also present: John Jamnick and Jim Pucel of RLK-Kuusisto, Scott Harder of Environmental Financial Services, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and ten members of the community.
Chairman M. White began the meeting by introducing John Jamnick and Jim Pucel of RLK-Kuusisto, the Board of Managers, and Scott Harder of the Environmental Financial Group. He then turned the meeting over to Scott Harder.
Mr. Harder explained that many elements of the Financial Plan are already in place and what remains is to raise money each year for operation and maintenance of the system, pay the debt, and provide a reserve for emergency expense. The guiding principle of the Plan is to be fair and flexible. It will be critical to watch the system operation over the years to keep the rates fair and equitable.
Mr. Harder went on to explain the expected annual special assessment revenue, the annual revenue requirements, and monthly user charges. A sample bill for a Class I residential user would be approximately $87.50 per month. These charges would change as flow records accumulate and the District gains operating experience. The four user classes were explained and hookup fees were suggested.
Mr. Harder had additional recommendations, which were; to establish provisional customer classes, establish penalties for tampering with grinder stations, charge interest for delinquent payments, put delinquent payments on taxes, adopt user charges by ordinance, and setup sub-ledgers for assessments and customer accounts.
Some of the questions following Mr. Harder’s presentation addressed the class determinations, the houseboat-gray water issue, the concern that the individual residents were subsidizing the businesses, ESA holding tanks possibly reducing the cost to WSA properties by sharing the expense. It was suggested that a tourist tax be implemented to share the expenses.
Questions directed to John Jamnick and Jim Pucel addressed the construction schedule for grinder pump placement and staking of properties prior to grinder pump placement.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:35 P.M.
NEXT MEETING: REGULAR MEETING ON MAY 5, 2004, 7:30PM, CRANE LAKE FELLOWSHIP HALL