City Budget Work Session: Water & Sewer

Sheridan Public Utilities Director Dan Roberts gives a presentation to the Sheridan City Council during a Budget Work Session May 17th.
Sheridan Public Utilities Director Dan Roberts gives a presentation to the Sheridan City Council during a Budget Work Session May 17th.

The City of Sheridan Public Utilities Division, under the leadership of Dan Roberts, went before the Sheridan City Council during the first day of this week's City Budget Work Sessions Tuesday afternoon.

Council members present were Steve Brantz, Robert Webster, Ryan Mulholland, Alex Lee and Council President John Bigelow, sitting in for Mayor Kinskey. Also present was City Clerk Scott Badley and members of the various City Water and Sewer departments.

Roberts told the Council that the department's 2012 Budget Request includes asking for sixty-four full and part-time employees, with thirty-six in Water and Sewer and twenty-eight in Solid Waste.

He added that there is no proposed change from Fiscal Year 2011 to 2012. The total Fund Operating request is $5.2 million, with estimated revenues of $7.1 million.

Among the accomplishments for FY 2011, Roberts said that on the Water Supply & Treatment side of the department, 1.46 billion gallons of drinking water were produced, and they met or exceeded all water quality regulations, receiving an Award of Excellence for TCR perfect compliance.

On the Wastewater Treatment side, Roberts said that crews facilitated the repair of the north clarifier, and progress was made in the development of a pretreatment program and ordinance.

Roberts added that Wastewater Superintendent Doug Rideout's purposeful hiring of operators who are also mechanics has been very beneficial and cost-effective for the division.

Utilities Maintenance, Services and Administration also showed significant accomplishments in the last year in areas of line repairs and video monitoring, and a more efficient means of billing customers.

Capital Improvements have also been prioritized over the next ten years, with the highest priorities slated for 2012 and 2013. Roberts explains how they determined the prioritization of projects.

The Budget Work Session for Public Utilities is actually a two-parter, with another gathering scheduled for this afternoon. Roberts tells us the reason for the split meeting.

Expected to give the Water & Sewer Financial Model Review presentation today with Roberts are Jason Mumm and Fletcher Davis with Stepwise Utility Advisors, LLC of Englewood, Colorado.

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