Marked Agenda
Commissioners' Work Session
Thursday, November 5, 1998
1:30 p.m.
Room 201S, Building E, Park 35, Austin

NEW BUSINESS

This meeting is a work session for discussion between commissioners and staff. No public testimony or comment will be accepted except by invitation of the commission.

  1. Consideration of activities associated with State Implementation Plans and the proposed Regional Clean Air Strategy. Herb Williams (OPRD/APRD) presented this item. No action was taken.

  2. Consideration of issues related to water and wastewater regionalization. Ken Petersen (OWRM), Sylvia Amaya (OPRD/ESAG), Wendy Rozacky (OPRD/ESAG), and Sabelyn Pussman (OCE/ENF) presented this item. Staff identified and requested guidance from the Commissioners for several issues dealing with analyzing and implementing water and wastewater regionalization options.

  3. Consideration of the agency's legislative proposals and other related issues to be addressed during the 76th Texas legislative session. The commission may also meet in closed meeting to receive legal advice regarding these matters, or any of the above matters, as authorized by Section 551.071 of the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of the Government Code. Any commission action, decision, or vote on these matters will be made in open meeting in accordance with Section 551.102 of the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of the Government Code. Glenn Shankle (EXEC/DEPDIR) presented three options for consideration relating to state funding of TNRCC water programs. The options were: appropriate additional General Revenue; increase existing public water system fee and use some petroleum produce fee returns; and increase the existing public water system fee. Staff was directed to continue to educate individuals on what we are asking for and why we are asking. Additionally, to avoid any appearance of advocacy, staff was directed to present the three options to the Legislative Work Group and to provide a briefing on the work groupís position at a future work session. No further refinement or development of options is appropriate.

  4. Planning for the next Commissionersí Work Session. The next Commissionersí Work Session, previously scheduled for November 19, is now rescheduled for November 24. The discussion of issues related to Alternative Dispute Resolution and Default Orders, previously unscheduled, is now scheduled for November 24. There will be a combined work session between TNRCC and Public Utilities Commission on January 14, 1999.