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Minutes of Board of Finance – Special, 08/20/2013

AGENDA: Board of Finance – Special

RECEIVED 08/21/2013 4:22pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Present: Alvarez (Chairman), DeSalvo, Dolan, Mazzucco, Yonkers

Also present:   Finance Director Gniadek and four members of the public

Chairman Alvarez called the Special Meeting on August 20, 2013 meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL additional loan request from WPCC

The Board of Finance approved a loan amount for the membrane replacement program of an amount not to exceed $350,000 at their meeting on July 22, 2013.  The Water Pollution Control Commission is now requesting an additional $50,000 as a result of a decision to use a different vendor for the replacement membranes.

Rich Regan, Chairman of the WPCC, stated that the Commission has met weekly to review the proposals from two vendors, GE/Zenon and Layne Christenson.  After review, the WPCC was in agreement to accept the proposal from Layne Christenson, primarily because of the membrane material, a Teflon type product.   The cost of the Layne product is higher than the originally approved $350,000.  The cost for the replacement by Layne is $392,000.  As a result, Mr. Regan stated that an additional $50,000 would be needed.

Mr. Regan stressed the importance of getting the replacement membranes installed as quickly as possible.  Currently the plant operator is having wastewater hauled from the plant, at a cost of about $7,000 a week.  The current membrane system is not able to handle the quantity of wastewater, functioning at 20% of the rated capacity.  The new system is expected to be manufactured and installed in six weeks.

Because of the added expense of hauling the wastewater, Mr. Alvarez suggested the Board of Finance consider increasing the amount of the loan at this time to cover those added costs. Mr. Regan agreed with the suggestions, the cost for the hauling for July was $17,000.  The plant operator, Veolia Water NA, has negotiated a reduced price for hauling, but that reduction is only effective for an additional four weeks. The wastewater will continue to be hauled away until the new membrane system is installed.  In addition, all wastewater will need to be hauled away during the installation of the membranes.

Motion: move that the Redding Board of Finance approve an additional loan to the WPCC, beyond the original loan of $350,000, on the basis that they have in the past, an additional amount not to exceed $50,000 for the acquisition and installation of the Layne Christenson membrane system as presented, and an additional amount not to exceed $50,000 to cover the expenses of hauling wastewater while WPCC awaits the installation of the new membrane system.  Mazzucco, Dolan. Approved. Unanimous.


Motion: move that the Redding Board of Finance meeting be adjourned. Mazzucco, DeSalvo. Approved. Unanimous.

The meeting adjourned at 6:58 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary