There were five major topics touched on in this agenda: A settlement agreement with Comcast; the City Manager’s purchasing authority; replacing the City’s bucket truck; a consultant contract; and a brainstorming session about what to do with a piece of city-owned property.
From 2011 to 2017, Comcast failed to collect franchise fees owed to the City on various billing items. Peggy Lauerman, Director of Finance & Administration, explained. Comcast has been found to owe $92,607.17 in underpayment, and $5,000 towards the audit that revealed the discrepancy. The contract between Comcast and the City stipulates that the company may pass along those costs to their current subscribers, at up to 6.99% of charges. The staff’s recommendation was to accept the settlement agreement for the full amount owed.
Council Members were surprisingly reluctant to allow a corporation to pay a $100k debt, but the objections were rooted in a sense of fair play, and other important Mill Creek values. Of universal, major concern, the passing along of the costs to current customers, who may not have been paying bills at the time the undercharges occured. The second objection, first raised by Councilmember Cavaleri, was that accepting the settlement would lead to an outcome very similar to a utility tax, notoriously unwanted by Mill Creek citizens. Eventually, the matter was tabled for further reflection.
The acting City Manager, Bob Stowe, brought up increasing the CM’s purchasing authority, the amount they can approve without a Council vote, from $50,000 to $100,000. The council expressed that, despite their trust in Mr.… Read More “Mill Creek City Council Meeting, 4/9/19”