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
Water Board Examines Industrial Water Pollution Guidelines and Considers Green Space Water Retention Projects
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - November 2, 2017
The Industrial Waste and Water Pollution Committee Report
Storm Water Management Committee Report
Other Items of Interest:
Observer - Pat Lind. Meeting Length: 95 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - October 19, 2017
The Board voted to oppose proposed State Legislation to create single member districts for the commissioners. All nine elected at large board members were present for this vote. Commissioner Walsh abstained from voting. The remaining eight commissioners voted for the resolution to oppose Illinois HB 4075.
Pertinent points made in defense of their position:
Observer - Diane Edmundson [by video] Meeting Length: 90 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - September 14, 2017
Other Comments or Observations:
Observer - Diane Hodges Meeting Length: 2 hours 15 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - August 31, 2017
An RFP was advertised on April 5, 2017 for updating the investment policy and asset selection, allocation, and evaluation strategies. Also portfolio analysis and other support services. Investment Consultant services to cover a period beginning September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2022 in an amount not to exceed $275,000. The committee recommends that a service agreement be awarded to Marquette Associates, Inc. Deferred to afternoon session.
The board approved authority to advertise a contract for a Covered Composting System at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, estimated cost $22,453,250 to $27,180,250. The covered composting system will help to eliminate odors generated by open composting.
Observers: Pat Graunke, Nancy Mitzen Meeting Length 90 minutes
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting - June 15, 2017
Significant Decisions Made:
Observer - Syvia Tillman Meeting Length: One hour fifteen minutes
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