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Minutes of Utilities Task Force, 06/04/2015

AGENDA: Utilities Task Force

RECEIVED 06/16/2015 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Present: Donald Cullman, Wes Higgins, Leon Karvelis, Henry Polio

Absent: Susan Clark

Also present J Miller, J Pemberton

The meeting convened at 2.05 pm on June 4th, 2015 at Town Hall Conference Room

Election of Officers
Motion: to elect Leon Karvelis as chairman, Wes Higgins as secretary. Polio. Cullman. Approved. Unanimous.
Motion: Designate the first Thursday of each month as the date for its regular meetings. Karvelis. Polio. Approved. Unanimous

Retention of Records
Leon indicated to the group that all Meeting agendas, notes, exhibits, data, and other materials will be collected and maintained at Town Hall in keeping with the practices of Town committees.

Scope of Activities and Objectives
Leon explained the Board of Selectmen had determined the need for this group to make a study of the efficacy of bringing natural gas distribution to the Georgetown area.  There already exists a ‘sleeve’ off of the main pipeline under route 7 that connects along route 107 to Georgetown.  Meadow Ridge receives gas service from an alternate route provided by Southern Ct Gas Company. The Task Force is expected to examine the issues and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen within the next twelve months. The Task Force may be charged over time by the Board of Selectmen with additional topics to study related to utility service for Redding residents  (e.g. high speed fiber optic service).

Leon sketched out possible actions of the group that might include inviting speakers from the utility companies, examination of current and pending regulatory and legislative documents, conduct surveys of potential gas customers, collect maps of existing pipelines and company service areas, determine utility company revenue requirements and resident conversion costs, investigate public safety concerns, contacting town officials in nearby communities to understand their negotiations with their gas provider, and field visits to view the site(s).

Public Comment
James A. Miller a member of the Redding Water Pollution Control Commission spoke during the public comment period. He indicated that the water treatment facility in Georgetown sources about 25% of its energy from propane so that a natural gas connection, while useful, would not provide a substantial savings.   Fuel cell technology, however, would be of great value should it become available. Julia Pemberton commented that she had received several calls regarding fuel cell technology recently and would provide those contacts to the group.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting. Polio. Cullman. Approved. Unanimous.
The meeting was adjourned at 2.49 pm.

Submitted by Wes Higgins