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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commision, 05/21/2014

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commision

RECEIVED 05/22/2014 3:55pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Present: A. Atamian, J. Miller, D. Pattee, R. Regan, D. Robinson

Also present: Mark Batorski & George Ciccone (Veolia), T. LePoutre, First Selectman Pemberton and one member of the public

Chairman Regan called the regular meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:40 pm in the Hearing Room of the Town Office Building.


Motion: move that the minutes of the April 16, 2014 meetings be accepted as corrected. Pattee, Miller.  Approved. Unanimous.

Correction:  T. LePoutre was present for both the March & April meetings, but her name was not listed with those present.

Motion: move that the minutes of the May 5, 2014 Special Meeting be accepted as corrected.  Regan, Pattee.  Approved. 4-0-1. Mr. Miller abstained.

Correction: page 1, paragraph 1, line 4, typo, change They to Their


Motion: move that the WPCC add to the agenda the following items:

  1.   Discussion and possible action on revocation of usage allocation for D & B Wellness LLC at 12 Old Mill Road;
  2.   Discussion and possible action on loan agreement between the WPCC and the Town of Redding;
  3.   Discussion and possible action on providing a tour of the Georgetown plant for town officials, including the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance.

Motion by Miller, seconded by Regan.  Approved. Unanimous.


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

  • Mr. Batorski noted that the plant is functioning very well.
  • Flow averaged 57,000 gpd;
  • Level transmitters:  The plant has two, one for the aeration tank and one for the membrane tank.  Both of these are no longer manufactured and there are no spare parts shelved.  These are critical spares and need to be replaced with an up-to-date transmitter.
  • Emergency lighting:  Cintas was on site to test emergency lighting and install new batteries.  All emergency lights, fire extinguishers, and fire alarm panels are current and up to date.
  • Computer backup:  Bruce from NIC Systems has backed up all Windows XP.  SCADA and Wonderware are being uploaded to a second computer on site in case of power failure or surge causing failure.

Mr. Miller suggested that the Georgetown Fire Department & EMS personnel be invited to tour the plant so that they are familiar with the area in the event of an emergency.  Mrs. LePoutre will draft a letter to the Fire Chief and Mr. Batorski will make arrangements with the Fire Chief for a site visit.


Ms. Atamian reported that CL&P representative Rahul Shah and the CL&P team reviewed the energy consumption of the plant and determined that the current equipment was highly efficient, and they did not make any recommendations for change at this time. Ms. Atamian has requested documentation of usage history for the past few years for a study of the usage trend.

Mr. Batorski’s report also referred to energy saving steps that have been used at the plant.


Mr. Batorski reported that extra water meters and remote readers are on site.  He submitted a quote from a local plumber to install/repair the water meters at the Black Cat Grill and the Landmark Nursery School.  The cost ranges from $325 to $565, depending the amount of work required.

Motion: move that the WPCC accept the quote for water meter repair/replacement from J. Mullaney Plumbing, with an estimated cost of between $325 and $565, for the Black Cat Grill and Landmark Nursery School locations. Regan, Miller. Approved. Unanimous.


Chris Forland, new owner of 8 Main Street, the Georgetown Saloon, presented his plan for the use of the building.  The building will undergo extensive renovations to bring the building up to code, but the usage will remain primarily the same. The first floor will continue to have a 100-seat occupancy.  The second floor consists of three apartments with a total of eight bedrooms.  The second floor will be reconfigured to contain three apartments, but only six bedrooms.  Mr. Forland will use all low flow fixtures in the renovation. Commission members discussed the amount of water usage and requested that Mr. Forland provide additional detail on the anticipated water usage.  The Commission was in agreement to provide authorization at this time, with a specific allocation when at the next meeting when further detail is provided.

Motion: move that the WPCC approve the request for an allocation of water usage at 8 Main Street, with a specific allocation number to be determined at a subsequent meeting. Regan, Pattee.  Approved. Unanimous.

Discussion and possible action on revocation of usage allocation for D & B Wellness LLC at 12 Old Mill Road

D & B Wellness LLC was approved for a usage allocation at 12 Old Mill Road at the meeting on May 5, 2014. Since that time, the group did not follow through with an application to the Zoning Commission, and have found a new site in Bethel.

Motion: move that the WPCC revoke the allocation of water for D&B Wellness LC for 12 Old Main Road granted on May 5, 2014.  Miller, Atamian.  Approved. Unanimous.

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

Motion: move that the WPCC does not give authorization to the Chairman to sign the proposed loan agreement between the WPCC and the Town of Redding.  Miller, Pattee.  Approved. Unanimous.

Discussion and possible action on providing a tour of the Georgetown plant for town officials

Mr. Miller suggested that a tour of the plant facility be arranged for the members of the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance. Mr. Miller will draft a letter to those boards, as well as the Zoning, Conservation and Planning boards.  He will work out the specifics of date and time and communicate that the commission members.


The available balance in the Usage account as of May 15, 2014 is $ 87,123.21.

The balance reflects the reimbursement of $600.00 from Meadow Ridge for Call Before You Dig Services, an invoice that is scheduled to be paid by the WPCC.

The balance also reflects receipt of a check from Novella’s Scrapyard for $849.00 for the sale of scrap metal from the old membrane system.

Open invoices were reviewed.

  1.  AT&T, $232.95
  2.  CL&P,  $2,564.11
  3.  Transcanada, $4,067.01
  4.  Deluca Hardware, $53.88
  5.  Aquarion Water(readings), $15.48
  6.  Aquarion Water (readings), $4.30
  7.  Mary Maday, Jan. Feb. March, April, $360.00
  8.  Veolia monthly services for April  2014, for  $26,394.02
  9.  Veolia April CBYD (Meadow Ridge paid), $600.00

TOTAL, $34,321.75

Motion: move to approve payment of invoices listed above, subject to review of the Reimbursables by Mr. Regan. Pattee, Robinson. Approved. Unanimous.

Invoices not approved: Veolia monthly invoice for June 1, 2014  $26,394.02

Veolia invoice for Meter Reading, $450.81

Veolia invoice for March Reimbursables, $26,316.13

The current balance in the Sewer Assessment Account is $23,667.33.

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

The current GSTD balance due is $1,284,704.10

Mr. Regan will check with Veolia on the billing for meter readings and the amount of the invoice for Aquarion water usage.


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

The meeting adjourned at 9:22 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary