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Annual Report of the State of the Havre de Grace Water/Sewer Fund 9

Date:  February  19, 2019 TO: Mayor William Martin; Council President David Glenn; Council Members Jim Ringsaker, David Martin, Jason Robertson, Casandra Tomarchio and Carolyn Zinner FROM: Havre de Grace Water/Sewer Commission SUBJECT:  Annual Report of the State of the Havre de Grace Water/Sewer Fund 9 REFERENCE:  City Code Chapter 25 Article XI, Section 25-69B Included… Read more »

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Council Liaison: David Martin 

Current Members

Dan Wusinich 6/20/2016 6/20/2019
Harry Miller 11/20/2018 11/20/2021
Tracy Conaway, City Finance Department
William Russell, Citizen 11/20/2018 11/20/0221
Garrett Lyttle 1/17/2018 1/17/2021
Fred Cullum 11/20/2018 11/20/2021

§ 25-64. Creation.

The Water/Sewer Commission (hereinafter referred to as the “Commission”) is hereby established.

§ 25-65. Purpose.

The purpose of the Commission is to provide the Mayor and City
Council with recommendations regarding:
A. Strategic direction of this enterprise fund;
B. Capital project and rate structure coordination;
C. Budgeting considerations and timing of implementation;
D. Establishing and monitoring operational goals and objectives; and
E. Rates and charges related to ordinances which apply to users and potential users of the public water/sewer system.
F. Review all requests made to the City for reduction or waiver of any capital cost recovery fees and make a recommendation to the Mayor and City Council concerning same. [Added 10-19-2009 by Ord. No. 910]

§ 25-66. Organization and members.

A. The Commission shall consist of 10 members, of whom eight shall be voting members and two shall be nonvoting members (all of whom, hereinafter, may be referred to as a “member” or the “members”). [Amended 11-3-2014 by Ord. No. 961] B. The Commission shall include: [Amended 10-19-2009 by Ord. No. 910] (1) Five members of the public who are customers of the water and sewer system, at least four of whom shall be citizens of the City of Havre de Grace (hereinafter referred to as the “City”). These members shall each have voting privileges and shall possess or have demonstrated specific knowledge, or professional or academic training in fields such as engineering, water/sewer system operations, management, business or other related fields. At least two of the citizen members should have professional or academic credentials in one or more of the above-listed fields. [Amended 11-3-2014 by Ord. No. 961] (2) Two members of the City staff, one being the Director of the Department of Public Works or the Director’s designee and one being the Director of the Department of Finance or the Director’s designee. These members shall have voting privileges.
(3) One member of the City Council who shall have voting privileges and shall be a member of the City Council’s
Department of Public Works Committee.
(4) Two non-voting members, one being the Director of
Administration or the Director’s designee, and one additional City Councilperson. These members shall have no voting privileges, except as described below, but may, otherwise, participate fully in the business of the Commission.
C. Reports from other City departments. [Added 11-3-2014 by Ord. No. 961] (1) The Director of the Department of Planning shall provide to the Commission a quarterly report on the number of building permits issued that required a new connection to the water and/or sewer service and at any time provide information at the request of the Commission that could assist the Commission’s efforts to project any increase or decrease in the demand on the water/sewer service.
(2) The Director of the Department of Economic Development shall provide to the Commission a quarterly report concerning any current or prospective business or other use that could increase or decrease the demand on the water and/ or sewer service.
§ 25-67. Officers; proceedings; quorum.
A. The Commission shall be chaired by the nonvoting City Council member, who shall be responsible for the convening of each meeting. In the absence of the Commission Chairperson, the Director of Administration or his/her designee shall act as the
Chairperson. In the event of a tie vote on issues before the Commission, the Chairperson shall have the right, but not the requirement, to cast a vote. [Amended 11-3-2014 by Ord. No. 961] B. The Commission shall adopt its own rules of procedure and keep a record of the proceedings.
C. A quorum at any meeting shall be a minimum of five voting members, at least three of whom shall be citizen members. The presence of the Chairperson does not count in the determination of a quorum. At the time of appointment, the Mayor shall designate which of the Council members shall serve as the Commission Chairperson. [Amended 10-19-2009 by Ord. No.
910; 11-3-2014 by Ord. No. 961]

§ 25-68. Appointment of members; terms and replacement.

A. Citizen members. The Mayor, with the advice and consent of the City Council, shall appoint all citizen members pursuant to the qualifications listed for such members. The initial appointment for these members shall be in the form of staggered terms in that one shall be appointed to a term of three years, one appointed for a term of two years and one appointed for a term of one year. After the initial appointment of the Commission, members shall serve three-year terms, with the capacity for reappointment. When a citizen member cannot complete his term or is removed from membership by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council whenever, in their judgment, the best interests of the Commission will be served thereby, the Mayor shall, with the advice and consent of the City Council, appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of that member’s term.
B. Staff members. These members shall be appointed by the Mayor as described in § 25-66 and shall serve until a replacement member is selected by the Mayor.
C. Council members. These members shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall serve in accordance with their terms as members of the City Council or until a replacement member is selected by the Mayor. At the time of appointment, the Mayor shall designate which of the Council members shall serve as the Commission Chairperson. [Amended 11-3-2014 by Ord. No. 961] Meeting and report schedule. [Amended 10-19-2009 by Ord. No. 910; 11-3-2014 by Ord. No. 961] A. The Commission shall establish a regular meeting schedule and shall meet bimonthly at a minimum. Additional meetings shall be held as needed. A secretary shall be appointed each calendar year by the Commission membership. All minutes of the meetings shall be maintained by the Commission Secretary, and once approved and adopted by the Commission membership, a copy shall be provided to the Director of Administration for the City files, and a copy shall also be placed in a designated book in the City Council office.
B. At the first regularly scheduled City Council meeting held in February of each year, the Commission shall deliver to the Mayor and City Council a written and oral report on the state of the Water and Sewer Fund, following a review of the final audit of the previous fiscal year. This report shall also provide the Commission’s recommendations for the next fiscal year concerning the following items:
(1) Recommended changes to the City water and sewer rate and/ or fee schedule.
(2) Capital projects both new and ongoing.
(3) Other recommended operational changes that could improve the overall operation and cost effectiveness of the water and/ or sewer plants and systems.
C. As deemed necessary to accomplish the stated purpose of this article, meetings beyond those specified above may be called.