UTILITY COMMITTEE

 

MINUTES


August 28, 2012  –  River Valley Room

 

 

PRESENT

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson, *S. Mandel

*Mayor S. Mandel is a Committee Member pursuant to section 150(2), Procedures and Committees Bylaw 12300

ABSENT

None

ALSO IN ATTENDANCE

B. Anderson
M. Nathoo, Deputy City Clerk
N. Rajan, Office of the City Clerk

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ITEM

                                                                                                         PAGE

DECISION

 

1.          CALL TO ORDER AND RELATED BUSINESS                            2

1.1        Call to Order                                                                                          2

1.2        Adoption of Agenda                                                                            2

1.3        Adoption of Minutes                                                                           2

1.4        Protocol Items                                                                                      2

2.          ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND RELATED BUSINESS             2

2.1        Select Items for Debate                                                                      3

2.2        Requests to Speak                                                                              3

2.3        Requests for Specific Time on Agenda                                         3

3.          COUNCILLOR INQUIRIES                                                                 3

4.          REPORTS TO BE DEALT WITH AT A FUTURE MEETING      3

5.          STATUS REPORT                                                                               3

6.          REPORTS                                                                                              3

6.1        2011 Drainage Utility Rate Structure Study -

             Options for Calculating Drainage Utility Rates                            3

6.2        Waste Management Research and Development

             Services - Approval of Professional Services

             Agreement                                                                                             4

6.3        July 2012 Flooding Update                                                               4

6.4        Drainage Services Property Purchase Opportunity                  5

7.          RESPONSES TO COUNCILLOR INQUIRIES                                5

8.          PRIVATE REPORTS                                                                           5

8.1        Drainage Services Property Purchase Opportunity

             Details                                                                                                     5

8.2        Leveraging Edmonton's Waste Management Leadership       6

9.          NOTICES OF MOTION AND MOTIONS WITHOUT CUSTOMARY

             NOTICE                                                                                                   6

10.        ADJOURNMENT                                                                                  6

 

 

 

 

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DECISION SUMMARY

ITEM

 

DECISION

1.

CALL TO ORDER AND RELATED BUSINESS

 

Call to Order

 

 

 

Councillor D. Iveson called the meeting to order at
9:35 a.m.

 

 

Adoption of Agenda

 

 

Moved E. Gibbons:

 

 

 

That the August 28, 2012, Utility Committee meeting agenda be adopted with the following changes:

Addition:

8.2  Leveraging Edmonton's Waste Management Leadership - Verbal report - Private

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson, S. Mandel

 

1.3

Adoption of Minutes

 

 

Moved E. Gibbons:

 

 

 

That the June 19, 2012, Utility Committee meeting minutes be adopted.

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson, S. Mandel

 

1.4

Protocol Items

 

 

 

There were no protocol items.

 

2.

ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND RELATED BUSINESS

2.1

Select Items for Debate

 

 

 

The following items were selected for debate: 6.1, 6.3, 6.4, 8.1 and 8.2.

 

 

 

 

 

2.2

Requests to Speak

 

 

 

There were no requests to speak.

 

 

 

 

 

2.3

Requests for Specific Time on Agenda

 

 

Moved E. Gibbons:

 

 

 

That the following item be made time specific as the first item of business:

6.3   July 2012 Flooding Update

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson, S. Mandel

 

3.

COUNCILLOR INQUIRIES

 

 

There were no Councillor Inquiries.

 

 

 

 

 

4.

REPORTS TO BE DEALT WITH AT A FUTURE MEETING - NONE

5.

STATUS REPORT – NONE

6.

REPORTS

6.1

2011 Drainage Utility Rate Structure Study - Options for Calculating Drainage Utility Rates

 

 

 

C. Ward, Financial Services and Utilities, made a presentation and answered the Committee's questions. 
L. Rosen, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, answered the Committee's questions. J. Beckett, Utilities Advisor, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved E. Gibbons:

 

 

 

That Utility Committee recommend to City Council:

1.  That the rate structure as outlined in Attachment 1 of the Financial Services and Utilities report 2012IS2687rev, with the exception of seasonal pricing, be approved.

2.  That the City portion of seasonal pricing be suspended from 2013 to 2016.

3.  That Administration be directed to work with EPCOR to come back in 2016 with options for both the City portion and the EPCOR portion for seasonal pricing models, building upon the options set out in the Financial Services and Utilities report 2012IS2687rev.

4.  That Administration be directed to implement the framework set out in Attachment 5 of the Financial Services and Utilities report 2012IS2687rev "Framework to Address Cross Subsidy Between User Classes."

 

 

 

Members of the Committee requested the motion be split for voting purposes.

Part 1 of Motion, put:

That Utility Committee recommend to City Council:

1.  That the rate structure as outlined in Attachment 1 of the Financial Services and Utilities report 2012IS2687rev, with the exception of seasonal pricing, be approved.

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson, S. Mandel

 

 

 

Part 2 of Motion, put:

That Utility Committee recommend to City Council:

2.  That the City portion of seasonal pricing be suspended from 2013 to 2016.

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, S. Mandel

 

 

Opposed:

 

 

 

B. Henderson

 

 

 

Part 3 of Motion, put:

That Utility Committee recommend to City Council:

3.  That Administration be directed to work with EPCOR to come back in 2016 with options for both the City portion and the EPCOR portion for seasonal pricing models, building upon the options set out in the Financial Services and Utilities report 2012IS2687rev.

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson, S. Mandel

 

 

 

Part 4 of Motion, put:

That Utility Committee recommend to City Council:

4.  That Administration be directed to implement the framework set out in Attachment 5 of the Financial Services and Utilities report 2012IS2687rev "Framework to Address Cross Subsidy Between User Classes."

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson, S. Mandel

 

 

Summary of Committee’s decision on Item 6.1

 

 

 

That Utility Committee recommend to City Council:

1.  That the rate structure as outlined in Attachment 1 of the Financial Services and Utilities report 2012IS2687rev, with the exception of seasonal pricing, be approved.

2.  That the City portion of seasonal pricing be suspended from 2013 to 2016.

3.  That Administration be directed to work with EPCOR to come back in 2016 with options for both the City portion and the EPCOR portion for seasonal pricing models, building upon the options set out in the Financial Services and Utilities report 2012IS2687rev.

4.  That Administration be directed to implement the framework set out in Attachment 5 of the Financial Services and Utilities report 2012IS2687rev "Framework to Address Cross Subsidy Between User Classes."

 

6.2

Waste Management Research and Development Services - Approval of Professional Services Agreement

 

 

Moved B. Henderson:

 

 

 

That an agreement with the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence for Waste Management Research and Development Services in the amount of $900,000 for up to three years be approved, and that the agreement be in a form acceptable to the City Manager.

 

Financial Svcs. and Utilities 

City Manager

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson, S. Mandel

 

6.3

July 2012 Flooding Update

 

 

 

C. Ward, Financial Services and Utilities, made a presentation and answered the Committee's questions. D. Marshall, Corporate Services (Law); D. Melmoth, Financial Services and Utilities; and L. Rosen, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved S. Mandel:

 

 

 

Progress Update on the 2012 Flooding Issues

That Administration prepare a report for Committee with an update on progress towards resolving flooding issues and alternatives to consider for future flood prevention and relief for residents affected by the July 2012 storm events, and return to Committee in the first quarter of 2013.

 

Financial Svcs. and Utilities

 

Due Date:  1st Quarter 2013

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson, S. Mandel

 

6.4

Drainage Services Property Purchase Opportunity

 

 

 

C. Ward, Financial Services and Utilities, and L. Rosen, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer; and M. Hall, Sustainable Development, answered the Committee's questions. J. Beckett, Utilities Advisor, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved A. Sohi:

 

 

 

That the August 28, 2012, Financial Services and Utilities report 2012DS0867, be received for information.

 

Financial Svcs. and Utilities

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson

 

7.

RESPONSES TO COUNCILLOR INQUIRIES - NONE

8.

PRIVATE REPORTS

8.1

Drainage Services Property Purchase Opportunity Details

 

 

 

The Committee met in private at 12 noon, pursuant to sections 23 and 24 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The Committee met in public at 12:20 p.m.

 

 

Moved B. Henderson:

 

 

 

Drainage Services Property Purchase Opportunity Details – Additional Information

That the August 28, 2012, Financial Services and Utilities report 2012DS0645 be referred back to Administration to analyze the proposed purchase and provide options that retain the Drainage Branch administrative offices in the downtown area.

 

Sustainable Dev.

 

Due Date: Nov. 1, 2012

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson

 

8.2

Leveraging Edmonton's Waste Management Leadership

 

 

 

The Committee met in private at 1:38 p.m. pursuant to sections 24 and 25 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The Committee met in public at 1:54 p.m.

 

 

Moved E. Gibbons:

 

 

 

That the verbal report on Leveraging Edmonton’s Waste Management Leadership, be received for information.

 

Financial Svcs. and Utilities

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, E. Gibbons, A. Sohi, B. Henderson

 

9.

NOTICES OF MOTION AND MOTIONS WITHOUT CUSTOMARY NOTICE

 

 

Councillor D. Iveson asked whether there were any Notices of Motions.  There were none.

 

10.

ADJOURNMENT

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 1:55 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chair                                                                          City Clerk