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Sparks City Council Sewer Rate Study Workshop 10/8/2018

Item Number: 1

Title: Presentation of the results of the 2018 Utility Rate Study, discussion and possible direction on proposed sanitary sewer and storm drain rate increases to fund future operational and capital improvements costs.
Petitioner/Presenter: John A. Martini, P.E., Community Services Director/Andrew Hummel, P.E., Utility Manager
Recommendation: N/A.
Financial Impact: None at this time.
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
    
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

Staff will present to the City Council a review of the current Sewer and Storm Drain user rates and connection fees, a review of the findings from the 2018 Utility Rate Study, a review of current and future cash flow models for fiscal years 2019 -2023 and proposed utility user rate and connection fee increase scenarios to fund current and future operational and capital improvement needs.



Background:

In 2015 the City Council approved a contract with Atkins to prepare an update to the City’s 2004 Sanitary Sewer Model.  The model incorporated existing and future land uses for estimation of current and future sanitary sewer flows in the existing collection system as well as current and future Sanitary Sewer flows to the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF).  The results of the model identified current service levels within the collection system, future capital improvement projects for the collection system to accommodate future growth and estimates of future sewer flows to TMWRF.  The results of the model were presented to the City Council at a workshop in January of 2017.  Upon receiving the presentation, the City Council provided direction to the City Manager to initiate a utility rate study to provide for the future needs of the sanitary sewer collection system and for future treatment capacity at TMWRF.

In 2017 the City Council approved a contract with Farr West Engineering to prepare an analysis of the City of Sparks utility rates.  The local economic climate as well as operating and capital needs have changed significantly through the recession and subsequent current growth pattern, prompting a review of the City of Sparks utility rates to ensure adequate, appropriate levels of service and cost recovery.  Farr West Engineering and staff have completed the study; staff has reviewed the model assumptions and have prepared several fiscal scenarios to be presented for the City Council’s consideration.



Analysis:

N/A



Alternatives:

The City Council may direct the City Manager to provide additional information or to prepare amendments to the Sparks Municipal Code to modify current utility user rates and connection fees for Sanitary Sewer and Storm Drain Utilities.



Recommended Motion:

N/A



Attached Files:
     Rate Study Workshop 10.08.2018.pdf
     Dist at Mtg Scenario 3a.pdf
     Dist at Mtg Rate Study Background-jam v2.pdf
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