BY COUNCILOR STOVER:
RESOLVED, that Midwest Region Gas Task Force Association be and hereby is awarded a contract for membership for year 2005 for the utility operation division in accordance with the fee of $20,582.56, payable out of Gas Fund 520, Department/Agency 500, Organization 1960, Object 5433.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution will authorize the membership fee for year 2005 to Midwest Region Gas Task Force Association in the amount of $20,582.56 to be paid from Gas Fund 520. Primarily the fee is for legal services relating to the intervention in the northern natural gas rate case being heard by the federal energy regulatory commission as filed on May 1, 2003. The membership consists of 20 utilities that do not have in-house legal staff, who do not have expertise in FERC filings, that have hired an attorney with expertise in FERC hearings, to gather data and verify all claims by NNG. The initial filing could raise the demand charges to the city of Duluth by about 30 percent (on a current $5.5 million annual billing). During the 1998 NNG rate case, the city of Duluth hired a Minneapolis law firm to intervene on the city’s behalf for similar dollar amounts, but with less than satisfactory results. Requisition No. 05-0231