WATER POLLUTION CONTROL COMMISSION
December 20, 2017
Present: Richard Regan, Amy Atamian, David Pattee, Todd Eubanks, Jim Miller, and Katherine Stauffer. Geno Burke, Matthew Bernardini of Veolia Water
Richard Regan called the meeting at 7:37pm in the Hearing Room of the Town Hall Building.
ITEM 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES of November 15, 2017 Meeting with changes noted below:
-Add Katherine Stauffer to being present at the meeting
-Item 6 – change servable to serviceable
-Item 7 – change to “mission control station was installed at the pump station and was working perfectly.”
-Item 9 – change to “a drop in Alkalinity at the sewage treatment plant and is likely due to the Redding Beer Company property.”
MOTION: Approve minutes from November 15, 2017 meeting, D. Pattee (motion), A. Atamian (second), unanimous.
ITEM 2: REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER PLANT MANAGERS
OPERATIONAL AND MAINTENANCE
-Weekly Power Washing of the On-Line Primary Drum Screener continues.
-Internal wasting totaled 43,306 gallons
-37,250 gallons of waste sludge was hauled off site for disposal.
-Recovery dips for Membrane trains #1 & #2
REGULATORY AND COMPLIANCE
-There were no permit violations for Redding in the month of November 2017
-The plant is staying within the allowable effluent total phosphorus pounds per day.
– G. Burke reported that the increase in internal wasting and waste sludge numbers was due to the testing that took place in November.
-G. Burke reported a Call Before You Dig call (Installation in water line for the Black Cat Grill property)
-G. Burke explained that Katherine Stauffer and he visited the property at 18 Main Street and determined that a new meter needs to be installed. The previous meter was removed completely.
-J. Miller suggested that Katherine look into putting the property (18 Main Street) into collections for non-payment. In addition, commission requested that Katherine look into the last time payment was received.
-E. Burke reported, upon visiting The Redding Beer Company, that the company was doing extra cleanings in the basement area of the property, using an acidic solution. This accounts for the fluctuation in numbers in Nitrate and Alkalinity at the plant. E. Burke gave them suggestions on how to remedy this situation. The owner was open to suggestions.
-E. Burke opened discussion about the Layne report (handout). E. Burke made the following comments;
*Confirmed use of 2.32 mm screen size, which is within the recommended guidelines.
*The statement “The excess sludge buildup on the membranes is very likely due to improper or excessive dosing of phosphorous reduction chemicals” is more of an opinion, not a fact.
-J. Miller suggested that the Commission respond to the Layne letter (pending further discussion), not Veolia.
– M. Bernardini reported that the mission control is working perfectly.
-E. Burke reported talking to Doug Hartline. They are planning to go out to the field and pull manholes from different areas and look at the source of the improperly disposed items.
-M. Bernardini reported on the transformer issue. Matt confirmed that Eversource owns said transformer. Eversource placed a monitoring device on the transformer, which is currently still intact. Further discussion followed about Eversource ultimately fixing the transformer. Commission agreed that Matt Johnson should be involved in the discussion with Eversource.
(9:11pm) Veolia Leaves
ITEM 3: REVIEW OF 2018-2019 BUDGET DRAFT
MOTION: Commission approves the 2018-2019 Budget Draft of total expenditure of $641,550 with expected revenue from town transfer of $318,550 with noted changes (Contract services increased to $345,000, Lab Services increased to $22,000).
R. Regan (motion), D. Pattee (second). Unanimous.
ITEM 4: DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON INVOICES AND FINANCIAL STATUS
MOTION: Commission will approve all invoices (Aquarion Monthly $420.33, Eversource $2,596.87, Frontier $287.32, Hocon Gas $15.00, Transcanada $4,901.17, J. Mulvaney Plumbing $200.00, Veolia Monthly November $27,181.42, Veolia Reimbursable August $26,557.61)
J.Miller (motion), R. Reagan (second). Unanimous
ITEM 5: COMMISSION MEMBER COMMENTS
-J. Miller reported putting together a presentation with Julia Pemberton, for the public and Board of Finance on the improvements being made to the plant.
ITEM 6: PUBLIC COMMENT
ITEM 7: ADJOURNMENT
MOTION: J. Miller (motion), T. Eubanks (second). No Discussion. Unanimous
Submitted by Kim Keil