2019 wastewater customer budget workshops

Posted In: Wastewater & Water
Date: 6/6/2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Event Locations: League of Minnesota Cities Building, St. Croix Room
145 University Ave. W.
Saint Paul, MN 55103 | Google Map

A worker in a hard hat and bright vest in a road construction project.Metropolitan Council Environmental Services will host a workshop for local government customers. In addition to sharing preliminary 2020 rate information, staff with expertise in areas including the capital program, water quality assessment, asset management, inflow and infiltration, and more will be available to talk with local staff and elected officials.

The workshop is targeted to city elected officials, city managers and administrators, city clerks, public works directors, utility supervisors, city engineers, and other interested city staff.

Keeping our rate-setting transparent

“These annual workshops are part of our commitment to a high level of customer service,” explained Nora Slawik, Metropolitan Council Chair. “Our goal is to be transparent in our rate-setting, give our customers plenty of time to budget for 2020, and share information about the regional wastewater utility.”

“As a former local official, I appreciate how the Council engages customer cities and townships in the rate-setting process,” said Council Member Peter Lindstrom, who chairs the Council’s Environment Committee. “It is critical that we listen to our wastewater customers and understand their issues and concerns. I encourage local officials to attend one of these events.”

Council will issue preliminary rate calculations in early May

In early May, prior to the meetings, each city or township will receive a customized preliminary municipal wastewater charge calculation for 2020. This will include information on flow originating in and leaving a community, how the Council computes the flow attributable to each community, and a community map showing Environmental Services assets.

While the calculation is preliminary, it provides information that may be useful for developing local utility budgets. Environmental Services staff will be available at the event to answer questions about the calculations.

Workshop date

Thursday, June 6
1:30-3:00 p.m.
League of Minnesota Cities Building, St. Croix Room
145 University Ave. W.
Saint Paul, MN 55103 | Google Map

A person pointing to a spot on a map.Workshop includes time to meet with staff experts

Staff with expertise in a variety of areas will be available to speak with local government officials and staff. In addition, we will provide fact sheets on a variety of wastewater and water topics.

The agenda for the workshop:

  • Open house (30 minutes)
  • Presentation and questions (about 25 minutes):
    • Proposed 2020 budget and rates
    • Results of recent customer survey
    • New customer portal for community wastewater flows, rain data and I/I information
    • Key capital program projects
  • Additional open house time


Please contact Sara Running at sara.running@metc.state.mn.us or 651.602.1531

Find materials from previous customer budget workshops

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