Water Reclamation District Lobbies for $34.7M Federal Grant for McCook Deep Tunnel Project
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - December 21, 2017
Items to Watch for at Upcoming Meetings:
Observer - Diane Edmundson Meeting Length - 90 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board - December 14, 2017
The Board, without discussion except for one item, approved a number of items which result in a 2018 budget of $1.15 billion. The final numbers cannot be known until the 2% increase approved for all non-represented employees, which appears to be approximately $2.4 million, has been added to the totals.
It was this salary increase (Item 4, File # 17-1314) that involved the only discussion. Commissioner Walsh said that a memo from the Director of Human Resources had been provided to the Commissioners that morning which recommended that no increase be given. After the meeting, Commissioner Shore shared the memo with this observer. Among other factors the Director cited were the above-market starting and average salaries of MWRD employees and the salary increases over the past 10 years (20%) as compared to the Consumer Price Index (12.7%). It was noted that benefit packages should also be considered, but there was no comparison of the MWRD benefits to those benefits provided by others. The memo stated that for each percentage increase in salaries for non-represented employees, the additional cost would be $1.2 million.
However, the new collective bargaining agreements provide for a 2% salary increase in 2018, and this appeared to convince at least some of the Commissioners to approve the 2% increase for non-represented employees. The vote was 6 “yes” (with Commissioner Morita absent for this vote) and 1 “present” (Commissioner Walsh).
The only other item that was not procedural in nature was Item 2, File #17-1312, which contained a number of changes to the Tentative Budget. Among other things, this amendment increased the total appropriation by $10.5 million, which includes
Observer - Priscilla Mims Meeting Length - 35 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - December 7, 2017
Commissioner Timothy Bradford, who died suddenly on December 1, was remembered fondly by his fellow Commissioners at the start of the Board meeting. His desk was draped in purple.
The MWRD Board holds an Annual Meeting each year at which the accomplishments of the past year are recounted. Today was a reconvening of the meeting that had been scheduled for December 5, that was not held due to lack of a quorum. President Spyropoulos’ written report is available HERE.
At the Board Meeting, topics of interest included:
At the Public Hearing on the 2018 Tentative Budget, there were 4 comments presented by:
:Observer - Priscilla Mims
Water District Board Approves New Management and Financial Plan for McCook Project
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - November 16, 2017
Significant Decisions Made:
Other Items of Interest:
Observer - Pat Lind Meeting Length - 90 minutes
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