Regular City Council Meeting Agenda
City Council Chambers & Zoom
January 24, 2023 - 6:00 p.m.
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The Public Works Department has budgeted for the purchase of a service truck for the water department. The purchase would be for a cab and chassis through National Auto Fleet Group under the Sourcewell Contract 091521-NAF.
The Cheney Planning Commission held an open public record hearing on January 9, 2023. The Planning Commission recommended approval subject to some additional conditions to address drainage, drainage maintenance, and soils/slopes. The staff report has been amended to include those conditions of approval on page 14 of the report.
In 2022, the City contracted with FCS to conduct an electrical and water rate study. FCS’s study presented multiple rate structure options. Upon evaluation of those options, City Council chose to adopt option 3 for the electrical rate structure and option 1 for the water rate structure for a period of 5 years. Annual electrical and water rate adjustments consistent with the FCS rate structure for years 2023 through 2028 will be reviewed by City Council and confirmed through annual resolutions.
Hough C. / Pearce PLLC and Emmanuel Lutheran Church are requesting to vacate the alleyway in Bock 31 of the Reservoir Park Addition for the purpose of adjoining properties and intentions of expanding the existing medical facility. Pursuant to RCW 35.79.010, the City may schedule a hearing on the vacation through the passage of a resolution. The hearing date set forth in the resolution can be no sooner than twenty days nor any later than sixty days from the date the resolution is passed. Resolution F-121 sets a hearing date for February 14, 2023.
On July 23, 2019 the City entered into a professional services agreement with Esvelt Environmental Engineering for design of the City of Cheney Purple Pipe to Parks and Playfields. Amendment One modified the services to include Construction Engineering Services.
City Council approved the 2022 Well One Rehabilitation Project on October 11, 2022 (Resolution F-85). The pump was removed, inspected, and recommendation was made to purchase a new pump bowl assembly in the amount of $ 16,585.00 plus applicable tax. Staff is requesting an additional $ 14,700.00 to cover the purchase of the new pump bowl assembly.
The attached utility charges and fees schedule will update the Electric Rates and Water Rates to the recommendation from the Electric and Water Cost of Service Rate Study performed by FCS Group.
Council will consider F-120 on January 24, 2023 to approve or deny the FCS multi-year rate schedule. If approved, this resolution will be considered the same night.
The City Council will continue to study the rates and revenues received during the budget cycle of future years and will set by resolution future scheduled rate increases.
Also included in the electric rate schedule are some non-rate increases: Meter Tampering, Disconnect/reconnect at the pole, after hours reconnect at the pole, pole attachment fees.
This rate increase is for electric and water only, sewer and solid waste rates remain the same. The effective date of the resolution is immediate, but the City has chosen a later effective date to provide a longer period for public notification. The first bill to include the new rates will be from meter read date range mid-March to mid-April with bills being issued April 28, 2023.