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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 02/16/2022

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 02/24/2022 8:30am
Kimberly Keil - Redding Assistant Town Clerk

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL COMMISSION
Regular Meeting
Virtual Zoom Meeting
February 16, 2022

MINUTES
Present: Amy Atamian, Dave Pattee, Vanessa McPherson, Kirby Klump, Chuck Cilo.
Kirby Klump arrived at 7:55 PM
Also, Present: Jeremy Nixon and Scott McFarland of Veolia. Emmy Bumagat, WPCC Administrator.

Amy Atamian called the meeting to order at 7:36 PM

ITEM 1: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE JANUARY 18, 2022, MEETING.
 Page 3, bullet 1: correct typo from “male” to “make”
Page 3, add bullet: “Consider any other critical equipment to be added to the service contract”

ITEM 2: REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER PLANT MANAGERS
Health and Safety

Veolia Water monthly safety training topics conducted in January 2022 included:

*HazCom: OSHA Annual – SDS locations
*Emergency Preparedness & Response

Plant wide safety enhancements
This project has completed 21 years with no safety incidents.

Noteworthy Operational Information/Maintenance and PM
Wasted 22,671 gallons of sludge to the GBT

  • 6,500 gallons of waste sludge hauled for off-site disposal
  • Organic and inorganic CEB completed
  • Drum screen repair completed
    • Screening capture has improved
  • Compressor pressure switches replaced
    • No issue since replacement. The system is functioning as it should. However, with its age, staff is looking into lower cost alternatives for future replacement.

Regulatory and Compliance
There were no permit violations for Redding in the month of January 2022
Alarms

None

­­CBYD

53 Redding Rd – no mark out required

 Points for Discussion

  • Drum screen & grinder online
    • McFarland stated he would like to conduct a 6-month study on the rotating mechanisms in the drum screener to see if there is any premature wear from what debris. He suggested that inspections should be done semi-annually to keep the equipment tidy. There was some discussion on when this should be done.
  • Propane delivery contingencies
    • There was a delay in getting a propane delivery to the plant due to a lack of drivers on Hocon’s part. Automatic delivery has been set up for every 2 weeks.
  • Compressor system
    • Plant staff are in the beginning stages of gathering quotes for a new compressor system. Currently, the plant runs off Kaeser Compressors, which only takes Kaeser parts. The staff is looking into a less costly, more flexible compressor system.
  • Preparation for disinfection season
    • Preparation for the disinfection season begins well in advance to be sure all parts and materials are available and in working order.

OTHER DISCUSSION:

  • Bumagat is in the process of putting a landscape bid together for the upcoming season.
  • Pattee asked about the status of the television of the sewer lines. J. Nixon stated he was going to be reaching back out to the company come springtime.
    • Pattee asked if it would be at all possible for them to test the manhole covers and storm drains to see if anything is leaking in. J. Nixon will ask the vendor.
  • Discussion on the cracked pavement at Milestone and whether Meadow Ridge will have any financial responsibility in the repair.
  • Discussion on the recirculation pump repair.

Veolia left at 8:26 PM

ITEM 3: DISCUSSION AND ACTION OF INVOICES AND FINANCIAL STATUS
MOTION: Request $80,000 from the Board of Finance to cover financial deficit. V. McPherson, motion. K. Klump, second.

DISCUSSION: Large upcoming expenditures were discussed. Complete reimbursables with all backup are still missing from Veolia, along with months of O&M invoices.

AMMENDED MOTION: Increase request from BOF to $90,000 due to upcoming expenditures. D. Pattee, motion. A. Atamian, second.

MOTION: Approve all bills to be paid except Hoffman Landscaping, Veolia Monthly February, and Veolia Reimbursable December 2021 totaling $109,528.30. D. Pattee, motion. K. Klump, second.

Bills to be Pad:

  • Aquarion: $220.89
  • Airgas $15.50
  • Eversource: $6,602.17
  • Frontier: $310.29
  • Hocon: $2,074.49
  • Oak Ridge Hauling: $160.37
  • Veolia Monthly – November 2021: $30,665.11
  • Veolia Monthly – December 2021: $29,918.32
  • Veolia Monthly – January 2022: $29,918.32
  • TaxServ Capital Services: $258.10

Bills Not Being Paid:

  • Hoffman (snowplowing): $2,940.00 – pending further review with Town Highway Department to compare snow events.
  • Veolia Monthly – February 2022: $29,918.32
  • Veolia Reimbursable – December 2021: $8,906.42 – pending further review of backup and lack of invoices provided.

 

ITEM 4: COMMISSION MEMBER COMMENTS

  • Pattee asked about ongoing construction at Meadow Ridge for their new memory care facility. K. Klump stated they have informed the residents of a spring opening date.
  • McPherson stated that Redding Elementary School is doing a STEAM Fair, and Veolia is hosting a table with fun wastewater related for the children.

ITEM 5: PUBLIC COMMENT
NONE

ITEM 6: ADJOURNMENT

Motion to adjourn: D Pattee, motion. K. Klump, second.
Meeting adjourned at 8:57 PM
Submitted by Katherine Stauffer