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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 9

Meeting Date: May 27, 2003

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution clarifying Ordinance No. 729 that implemented the tiered water rate structure and water rates for Fiscal Years 2002/03 to 2006/07

Submitted by: Pam Ehler, Director of Finance & Information Systems
Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a resolution clarifying Ordinance No. 729 that implemented the tiered water rate structure and water rates for Fiscal Years 2002/03 to 2006/07.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On November 26, 2002 the City Council introduced with the first reading Ordinance No. 729 approving a tiered water rate and rate structure for Fiscal Years 2002/03 to 2006/07. On December 10, 2002, City Council waived the second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 729 implementing the new tiered water rate structure and water rates for Fiscal Years 2002/03 to 2006/07.

BACKGROUND
When staff and the firm of Berryman and Henigar were preparing the water rate study in fall of 2002, it was intended that the water used in public facilities was to be considered a tier 1 water use. As public facilities and landscape/open space areas are offered and available as a “public good” for the community as a whole, use of water as a tier 1 rate is an appropriate category of use.

When the report was finalized and presented to City Council in its final form, there was no clarification of this intent. As staff was preparing the landscape and public facility budgets for fiscal years 2003/05, it was determined that clarification was necessary. The purpose of this resolution is to clarify the use of water in public facilities (e.g., City Hall, Community Center, landscape use in parks, medians, open space, Lighting and Landscape Districts) as a tier 1 water rate use.

This clarification is important as all landscape and public facility water uses in fiscal year 2002/03 reflect water rate usage at tier 1. The tier 1 water rate is also the rate that is used in the Engineer’s Report for the fiscal year 2003/04 for the Citywide Lighting and Landscape District’s and the Citywide Park Tax.

One of the tasks asked of Berryman and Henigar was to develop a tier rate structure that would promote water conservation and help reduce peak water usage. The City has taken a lead in promoting water conservation by changing the standard specification to a central irrigation controller (CIC) on all new public landscape projects. A CIC monitors irrigation cycles and if the system detects a higher flow rate (broken line/head), it shuts the water off and produces a work order for repair. This is greatly reducing the water use that increases when a line or sprinkler breaks.

The City has also completed a water audit on all landscape areas, which is being used to calibrate more efficient watering run times and has identified which older irrigation systems need renovation and repairs. In addition, the City also uses non-peak times for the watering of landscape areas to reduce the draw of water during peak time periods.

FISCAL IMPACT
Approval of this clarification fall within the approved budget for fiscal year 2002/03 and the proposed budget for 2003/04.

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD CLARIFYING ORDINANCE NO. 729 THAT IMPLEMENTED THE TIERED WATER RATE STRUCTURE AND WATER RATES FOR FISCAL YEARS 2002/03 TO 2006/07

WHEREAS, City Council introduced the first reading of Ordinance No. 729 adopting monthly user charges for water service on November 26, 2002, and

WHEREAS, City Council approved Ordinance No. 729 adopting monthly user charges for water service on December 10, 2002, and

WHEREAS, the Water Enterprise Rate Study established a new monthly water rate and tiered water rate structure to address the needs of the citizens for sanitary and effective water service, and

WHEREAS, public facilities and landscape areas provide for the public benefit and use of all citizens, and

WHEREAS, public facilities and landscape areas require the use of a sanitary and effective water service; and
WHEREAS, one of the objectives of the water rate study was to develop a tiered rate structure that would promote water conservation and help reduce peak water usage, and

WHEREAS, public facilities and landscape areas utilize conservation efforts through central irrigation control systems and water audits, and

WHEREAS, public landscape areas utilize water use during non-peak hours, and
WHEREAS, it is the intent of Ordinance No. 729 to clarify the use of water for public facilities and public landscape areas as a tier 1 water rate,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the City Council of the City of Brentwood approves a resolution clarifying Ordinance No. 729 that allows for the use of water for public facilities and public landscape areas as a tier 1 water rate.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on May 27, 2003 by the following vote:

AYES:
NOES:
ABSENT:
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Brian Swisher, Mayor

ATTEST:

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Karen Diaz, CMC
City Clerk

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