Naperville Public Utilities Advisory Board discusses DuPage Water Commission rate decrease
Naperville Public Utilities Advisory Board met Thursday, May 19.
Here is the agenda as provided by Naperville:
PUBLIC UTILITIES ADVISORY BOARD
MINUTES OF MAY 19, 2016
Municipal Center – NEU Conference Room
400 South Eagle Street, Naperville, IL 60540
Call to Order
A. Roll Call
Present: Warren Green, Chair; John Krummen, Lewis Dibert, John Nania (arrived 5:20 p.m.)
Absent: Anders Gilchrist
Staff Present: Mark Curran, Jim Holzapfel, Olga Geynisman, Lucy Hynes, Amy Ries, Bernie Saban, Maher Diab
B. Minutes The minutes of March 16, 2016 were approved
Motion by: John Nania
Second by: Lewis Dibert APPROVED
C. New Business Recognition of Former Board Membe
Gerry O’Connor was presented with a plaque for his service on the board from May 31, 2012 – March 1, 2016.
Water CIP Validation Study Update
It was decided not to do an independent validation at this time. Finance will look at all city departments, and study a holistic approach to sustain replacement value city-wide. Current CIP spending is approximately $8.5 million based on the depreciation rate in 2010. Last year depreciation was $10-$10.5 million due to growth period 40-50 years ago. Mortality schedule for assets needs to be adjusted to take the growth period of the City into account.
Water Cost-of-Service Rate and Fee Study Update
Proposals were reviewed and it was decided to interview four firms via telephone. Interesting items noted by the firms were nationwide trends of decreasing consumption and shifting costs to fixed customer changes. Discussed possible reasons for this decrease in consumption.
Status of Springbrook Water Reclamation Center Permit Update
Meeting scheduled with IEPA; also need to meet with NGO’s regarding a water quality based limit and extending special condition language. Discussed making improvements to the river in exchange for a longer implementation period. Staff expected a P-limit of 1.0 mg/L interim, 3-5 year implementation period. Staff expects to receive the draft permit in next couple of months. Improvements to meet the 1.0 mg/L limit are currently estimated at $50 million. Stream improvements in exchange for a 10-11 year implementation period are currently estimated at $4 million. The LDRWC would collect dues to fund the work and partner with Will County Forest Preserve to remove low flow dam to improve downstream condition.
USEPA Inspection Results
Issued summons in March 2015 in response to a resident complaint. The alleged claim was improper action and maintenance of sewer system after April 2013 flood. Provided all maintenance and operation information for last five years. USEPA conducted an on-site inspection of the system on December 14, 2015. Report from USEPA noted six items to continue including one new item, hydraulic model of sanitary sewer system. No problems or areas of concern were mentioned in the report. Investigation has been closed.
DuPage Water Commission Rate Decrease
On May 1, 2016 the DuPage Water Commission is going to decrease rates by 1%, which translates into a $0.40 reduction in the average monthly residential utility bill. Recommended to Council to delay implementation of the new wholesale rate pending completion of the City’s rate study. This will result in approximately $200,000 in additional revenue.
Electric Purchased Power Adjustment
Discussed several Purchased Power Adjustment options; a 6 month rolling average was chosen. It appears that the first 6 months will be credits. Staff expects a 0.00351 cents/KWH credit in May. The PPA is working as expected.
ComEd Purchased Electricity Charges for June 2016-May 2017
Low natural gas rates have driven electric rates down. ComEd rates for residential customers will be 15% lower, but only for electric supply portion of bill. After the ComEd supply cost reduction in June 2016, Naperville residential rates will be 4% higher than ComEd for a typical customer. In January 2017, Naperville rates will be 5% higher than ComEd after adjustments are made to both Naperville and ComEd delivery rates. In-depth discussion was held on IMEA resources and costs.
$40 million revenue, $30 million expenses. Repayment of water loan was discussed. Board wanted quarterly payments rather than biannual payments, Jim approves of biannual. Jim and Mark agree to talk to Rachel and report back.
Declining water usage (-5% usage for first quarter) resulted in revenue down about 3%. Expect an increase in revenue during summer months.
Remaining Meeting Dates 2016
July 21, 2016- Discuss budget process and timing. Water budget and rate study- items to be discussed will be brought forward.
September 15, 2016
November 21, 2016
Roy Mann (2309 Nottingham Dr. Naperville): Questioning why January 21st minutes are not available online. Also questioning why draft minutes were not posted for March meeting.
Smart meter ambassador training. Status on pilot program. Designing portal in house will be ready by end of the year. Working on security prior to release.
Street light out next to his house. Reported on April 9th, called, short on parts, need LED lights. Lucy will follow up.
No questions on additional items.
Street light replacement status-86% of lights replaced.
Discussed PAS event and plans to open to public. Discussed finding different venue.
D. Adjournment Public Utilities Advisory Board motioned to adjourn – 6:58pm
Motion by: John Nania
Second by: Lewis Dibert APPROVED
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400 South Eagle Street
Naperville, IL - 60540