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Cost-of-Services Study Outcomes Presented to Board
Workshop Held on June 13
Contact: Mary Lynn Carlton, (530) 642-4103, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Placerville, Calif. — The EID Board of Directors held a cost-of-services study workshop on Monday, June 13, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the District’s headquarters building at 2890 Mosquito Road in Placerville. The purpose of the public workshop was to review the findings from the recently concluded cost-of-services study.
EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie presented the findings with Greg Clumpner, the project manager from HDR who led the process. To kick off the workshop, Abercrombie provided an overview of the District’s success in meeting its commitments over the last year in order to reduce costs and lessen the rate impacts on customers. He then presented the methodology of developing a model the committee used to develop the rate recommendations. “The process began with the committee creating principles for guiding the rate-setting process,” said Abercrombie. “We found the principles to be very useful to us as we worked through the process.”
The District’s revenue requirements, property tax allocations, debt service and overhead allocations, and debt service goals were all discussed since these elements are critical components of the rate design analysis. Abercrombie presented various scenarios of how a customer’s water, sewer and recycled rates might be affected by the proposed rate increases. Abercrombie discussed how some customers could see reductions in sewer rates while some could see increases in water rates, depending on the type of account they had. “The process was really good,” said Tom Heflin, a public member of the cost-of-service advisory panel. “The General Manager and staff did an outstanding job in trying to educate the advisory panel members about this very technical subject.”
Abercrombie stressed that no actions would be taken until the public has an opportunity to weigh in on the subject. Additionally, the Board requested that a follow up public Board workshop take place to provide more data on the findings. Once that meeting occurs, the public outreach meetings will be set.
Additional details regarding the dates and times of the next public Board workshop and the public outreach meetings will be announced in the near future on the District’s website at www.eid.org.
Information such as PowerPoint presentations, board reports, and news releases on this topic are also provided on the District’s website. “Should the EID Board decide to implement any rate changes, those changes most likely would not go into effect until early 2012, and after the proper notification process has taken place,” said Abercrombie.
In other business, the Board—
- Heard a redistricting process update from General Counsel Tom Cumpston. Cumpston reported that EID is halfway through with its public outreach effort, having held meetings in El Dorado Hills and Camino earlier this month. Two remaining meetings are scheduled for July in Cameron Park and Placerville. Cumpston plans to present the Redistricting Advisory Committee’s final boundary options at the Board’s August 22 meeting.
- Approved the purchase of four portable generators and two sets of power cables from Leete Generator Corporation in the amount of $198,312 and funding for other related project costs in the amount of $10,130, for a total amount of $208,442. The new portable generators will enable the District to better handle more power outages and potential permanent generator failures at several sewer lift stations, which will help to reduce occurrences of sanitary sewer overflows.
- Approved the award of a time and materials professional services agreement for the design of the Spillway 47C project in the amount of $189,698 to Carlton Engineering, Inc. and funding for other related project costs in the amount of $135,000, for a total amount of $324,698. Spillway 47C was found to have a deteriorated structure and eroded spill channel. Spillways along the El Dorado Canal are necessary in order to maintain safe and reliable water supply and power generation. According to the FERC license requirements, the improvements to Spillway 47C will be completed by 2012.
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