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  ITEM 3.       
Meeting Date: 06/11/2019  
Submitted For: Craig Johnson
Department: Water Services  

Subject
AUTHORIZATION TO APPROVE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FOR ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIP IN THE ARIZONA MUNICIPAL WATER USERS ASSOCIATION
Presented by: Craig Johnson, P.E., Director, Water Services
Purpose and Recommended Action
This is a request for City Council to approve expenditure authority by the City Manager for organizational membership in the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) in an amount not to exceed $117,516 for Fiscal Year 2019-20.
Background
The mission of the Water Services Department is to provide safe and reliable water and wastewater services for City of Glendale residents and businesses. The water and wastewater treatment industry is heavily monitored by county, state, and federal agencies which have stringent regulations in place to ensure that safe and efficient water services are provided to the public. Rules and regulations are continually changing and being updated as environmental standards are revised. Organizational membership in AMWUA allows the City a proactive approach to upcoming issues for the water industry and the region, and develops policies to safeguard water supplies for the future. 
 
AMWUA advocates for its members at the Arizona Legislature, the Governor’s Office, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the Central Arizona Project and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. AMWUA also works collaboratively with other water stakeholders to devise practical solutions to water and wastewater problems to ensure sustainable growth for Arizona. Membership in AMWUA allows staff as well as Council to participate in and benefit from these joint efforts to enhance and conserve the Valley’s water supply. The City is represented on the AMWUA board by Councilmember Bart Turner.
Analysis
AMWUA fees are assessed to the members based on population and equally shared expenses. The members set the annual operating budget and fund reserve for AMWUA’s operations. The membership period is the fiscal year. The City pays half the annual membership fee in July and the other half in December.
Previous Related Council Action
On June 12, 2018, Council approved expenditure of funds for organization membership in AMWUA in an amount not to exceed $115,000 for FY2018-19.
 
On May 23, 2017, Council approved expenditure of funds for organization membership in AMWUA in an amount not to exceed $115,000 for FY2017-18.
 
On May 24, 2016, Council approved expenditure of funds for organization membership in AMWUA in an amount not to exceed $115,000 for FY2016-17.
Community Benefit/Public Involvement
Membership in AMWUA provides the City a proactive approach to upcoming issues for the water industry and the region, and develops policies to safeguard water supplies for the future.

Fiscal Impact
Fiscal Year: FY2019-20
Fiscal Year Amount Requested: $117,516
Budgeted Y/N?: Yes
Account: 60202711-520160
Transfer Required? Y/N: No
If Yes, what account will be used?:
Budget and Financial Impacts:
Funding is available in the FY2019-20 Water Services Department operating budget contingent upon Council approval of the budget.

    

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