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March 8, 2019 - Meeting MinutesMINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE RATE COMMISSION OF THE METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SEWER DISTRICT The Members of the Rate Commission of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District met on March 8, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. for a work session at the District's Administrative Offices at 2350 Market Street, Room 109, in St. Louis, Missouri. Commissioners Bresnan, Brockmann, Croyle, Hawes, Mahfood, Palans, Schoedel, Stein, Toenjes, and Ziegler were present in person. Commissioners Beckmann, Bowdry, and Goss were present by telephone conference. Commissioners Mahanta and Ratzki were absent. Also present were Pamela Lemoine of Black & Veatch, Rate Consultant to the Rate Commission; and Lisa O. Stump and Brian J. Malone of Lashly & Baer, P.C., Counsel for the Rate Commission. Agenda Item 1— Call to Order Chairman Mr. Toenjes called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. Secretary Schoedel called the roll and declared that a quorum was present. The meeting was called to order. Agenda Item 2 — Approval of Minutes Ms. Stump presented the Commission with draft minutes from the Rate Commission's meeting on March 4, 2019. Commissioner Brockmann moved to edit two sentences under Agenda Item 5 to change "Mr. Hoelscher stated that the ash can be marketable, ..." to "Mr. Hoelscher stated that, in the future, the ash can be marketable, ..." and to change "earliest" to "latest" in the last sentence under Item 5. Commissioner Brockmann made a motion to amend the minutes accordingly and to approve the minutes as amended. Commissioner Stein seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken. All Commissioners present voted Aye. No Commissioners voted Nay. No abstentions. The minutes from the March 4, 2019 meeting were approved as amended and signed by Secretary Schoedel. Agenda Item 3 — Election of Officers Ms. Stump explained that under the Operational Rules, the terms of the Rate Commission's officers expired in February of odd -numbered years. New elections were necessary for Chair, Vice -Chair and Secretary, with terms for each office expiring in February of 2021. The floor was opened for nominations for Chair. Commissioner Brockmann nominated Mr. Toenjes for Chair. Commissioner Stein seconded the nomination. No other nominations were offered and Mr. Toenjes was elected Chair by acclamation. The floor was opened for nominations for Vice -Chair. Commissioner Brockmann nominated Mr. Hawes for Vice -Chair. Commissioner Mahfood seconded the nomination. No other nominations were offered and Mr. Hawes was elected Vice -Chair by acclamation. The floor was opened for nominations for Secretary. Commissioner Brockmann nominated Mr. Schoedel for Secretary. Commissioner Mahfood seconded the nomination. No other nominations were offered and Mr. Schoedel was elected Secretary by acclamation. 1 item 4 — Resolution to Approve the Adoption of a Procedural Schedule and Notice of Publication Ms. Stump presented a Resolution to approve a Procedural Schedule and a Notice of Publication of the Rate Commission's proceedings. Commissioner Brockmann proposed to amend Section 18(e) of the Procedural Schedule to change "ordering that certain evidence be accepted into evidence..." to "ordering that certain information be accepted into evidence...." Commissioner Stein moved to adopt the Resolution with Commissioner Brockmann's proposed edit to the Procedural Schedule. Commissioner Brockmann seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken. All Commissioners present voted Aye. No Commissioners voted Nay. No abstentions. The Resolution adopting a Procedural Schedule and Notice of Publication was approved. Item 5 — Wastewater Proceedings A discussion was held among the Rate Commissioners with Ms. Lemoine regarding appropriate topics for discovery requests, the role of the Rate Consultant, and areas on which the Rate Commissioners would like the Rate Consultant to focus in the Rate Change Proposal. The Commissioners determined that it would be appropriate to conduct another work session on Friday, March 22, 2019, to review additional data received through the discovery process. Item 6 — Other Business There was no other business. Item 7 — Adjournment A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Brockmann. Commissioner Ziegler seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken. All Commissioners present voted Aye. No Commissioners voted Nay. No abstentions. There being no further business to come before the meeting, on motion duly made, seconded and carried by unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned at 10:20 a.m. The Rate Commission will reconvene for a work session at 9:00 a.m. on March 22, 2019. BY: 2 kakviL )ftlitAtiK MARK SCHOEDEL Secretary of the Rate Commission of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District