City of Maitland

Discussion Item

Interlocal Agreement with the City of Altamonte Springs for the Provision of Water Plant Operational Services


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Financial Impact

$179,000 from the Water Utility Budget

Meeting History

Feb 12, 2018 6:30 PM Media City Council Regular Meeting
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The City Manager stated this is an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Altamonte Springs and the City of Maitland. She noted that we have a revised contract from the City Attorney's office with changes, mostly related to liability and indemnification issues, highlighted in yellow.

Mrs. Tonya Elliott-Moore, Assistant Public Works Director, stated that the replacement of a Water Operator is a critical issue to the City of Maitland made evident by the November 2017 retirement of one of two city Water Operators, the inability to find a qualified replacement and the potential near future retirement of the remaining operator. She noted the renewal and replacement of the aging workforce, within the water production industry, is a pressing problem for the industry. She stated the Department of Environment Protection (DEP) requires cities to maintain two full-time operators to oversee the water production system. After a review of options for properly staffing its water production system, and a review of the City of Altamonte Springs water/wastewater operations to include their history of partnerships with local governments including the temporary assistance they have provided to Maitland water operations since November 2017, staff is recommending we enter into an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Altamonte Springs for Water Plant Operations. She outlined the cost and cost saving and noted, with the agreement in place, staff will be able to focus on the aging distribution system. She mentioned a water main break that occurred today (February 12, 2018) as an example of the aging system. She reviewed the recent changes to the Interlocal Agreement and noted attorneys for the City of Maitland and the City of Altamonte Springs worked together to finalize the agreement.

Mayor McDonald requested public comments. There being no one who wished to be heard, Mayor McDonald closed the public comment period.

Councilwoman Goff-Marcil noted that, within the Agreement, the word "and" following Maitland in 4.1 a) should be removed. Councilman Lowndes recommended the following sentence be added to 4.1 a): Should Altamonte Springs learn from any such regulatory agency of a Notice of Violation (NOV) or an intent to issue a NOV, or of a pending fine, penalty or injunction against Maitland, Altamonte Springs shall notify Maitland within 24 hours.

The City Manager, the City Attorney and the Assistant Public Works Director answered questions posed by Council; and, the Assistant Public Works Director clarified that the City of Altamonte Springs will be the entity that adds chemicals to the water production system while the City of Maitland will be the entity that makes repairs and performs maintenance activities to the system.

After discussion, a motion was made to authorize the Mayor to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Altamonte Springs and the City of Maitland for Water Plant Operations with recommended changes made by Councilwoman Goff-Marcil and Councilman Lowndes to 4.1 a).

MOVER:Joy M. Goff-Marcil, Vice Mayor
SECONDER:Mike Thomas, Councilman
AYES:Dale McDonald, Joy M. Goff-Marcil, John P. Lowndes, Bev Reponen, Mike Thomas