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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commision, 06/18/2014

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commision

RECEIVED 06/19/2014 12:07pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Present: A. Atamian, T. Eubanks, J. Miller, D. Pattee, R. Regan (7:35 pm)

Also present: Mark Batorski & George Ciccone (Veolia), T. LePoutre

Vice Chairman Eubanks called the regular meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:31 pm in the Hearing Room of the Town Office Building.


Motion: move that the minutes of the May 1, 2014 meetings be accepted as submitted. Pattee, Atamian. Approved. Unanimous.

Mr. Regan arrived at 7:36 pm, during the discussion below.


A written report was submitted. Mr. Batorski highlighted the report and provided additional information.

  • Flow averaged 57,000 gpd;
  • Permeate pump #510 fail alarm: issues with the pump were resolved, the motor was rebuilt, and the pump was put back online.
  • Water in the conduit for the permeate pump was likely the cause of the failure. Veolia employees have begun an inspection of other permeate pump lines for condensation and water. All permeate pump lines are routed through the cement flooring and when warm wires run through cool floors, condensation is likely to occur.
  • Meter readings will be done on Thursday, June 19, 2014.
  • Problem meters:  all meters are now operational. The wiring was the primary problem with those showing no action. Repairs have been completed, all are operational.
  • Odor control:  the odor control systems will be turned off for the evening hours because of the noise issue. Mr. Regan noted that it is important to keep the noise level at a minimum during the summer months when neighbors have windows open.

Capital Planning: MS. Atamian is continuing work on compiling a Capital List for the plant. The Long Range Capital Planning Committee has requested the list for financial planning purposes.

Plant Tours: Georgetown Fire/EMS:  Mr. Batorski reported this has not been scheduled as yet.

Town Officials: Mr. Miller arranged for town officials to tour the plant and he complimented Mr. Batorski on the good job he did in explaining the workings and systems at the plant. Some members of the Conservation Commission, Planning Commission and Selectmen Thompson were present for the tour. Stuart Green reported back to the Conservation Commission that he was impressed with the cleanliness of the plant, the lack of odor and the impressive automation. Mr. Thompson also reported to the Board of Selectmen that the tour was very informative. Mr. Miller has offered to arrange tours of the plant if other town officials would like to visit.

Aquarion water usage during the conversion to the new membranes was discussed. Mr. Pattee will follow up on the issue with Mr. Batorski to determine why the usage was so high.


Owner Chris Forland was not present. No action taken.

Discussion and possible action on loan agreement between the WPCC and the Town of Redding

Commission members discussed the request; there was agreement not to take action at this time..


The available balance in the Usage account as of June 14, 2014 is $ 53,507.90

Open invoices were reviewed.

  1.  AT&T, $233.65
  2.  CL&P,  $2,302.70
  3.  Transcanada, estimate of $4,100.00
  4.  Veolia monthly services for May  2014, for  $26,394.02

Motion: move to approve payment of invoices listed above. Miller, Pattee. Approved. Unanimous.

Invoices not approved: Veolia monthly invoice for June, 2014  $26,394.02

Veolia invoice for Meter Reading, $450.81

Veolia invoice for March Reimbursables, $26,316.13

Veolia invoice for April Reimbursables, $20,576.09

The current balance in the Sewer Assessment Account is $23,670/14

Board of Finance loans to WPCC as of June 15, 2014 is $1,225,713.75.

Mr. Regan will check with Veolia on the billing for reading meters and Mr. Pattee will check with Veolia on the amount of the invoice for Aquarion water usage.


Commission members acknowledged the passing of Tom Flagg. Mr. Flagg was a member of the Water Pollution Control Commission, representing the Planning Commission, since January of 2009. His presence, his humor, and his contributions to the work of the WPCC will be missed by all.


Motion: move to adjourn the meeting. Pattee, Atamian. Approved. Unanimous.

The meeting adjourned at 8:52 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary