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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission – Special Meeting, 08/07/2013

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission – Special Meeting

RECEIVED 08/12/2013 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Present: T. Eubanks, J. Miller, D. Pattee, R. Regan, D. Robinson

Also present:  Mark Batorski, Margie Gallegos & Scott Towler (Veolia) and one member of the public

Chairman Regan called the SPECIAL meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:30 pm in the Hearing Room the Redding Town Hall.

Discussion of membrane replacement and possible action on vendor/purchase for membrane replacement

Scott Towler reported on the plant activities since the last meeting.  Margie Gallegos was able to negotiate a better cost for the hauling of wastewater from the plant.  The new cost, effective July 1, 2013, is .0672, much lower than the cost of .1225.  The plant operator is continuing to truck wastewater offsite.

Noise complaint.  A complaint of noise at 7 am from the trucks/vacuum system for the removal of the wastewater was received.  Veolia has addressed the complaint and will have a pump on site for use rather than the vacuum system.  Mr. Pattee reminded the commission members that the Redding Zoning regulations allow construction noise beginning at 7 am.

Mark Batorski reported that following discussions with GE/Zenon, the “set” points were adjusted and this may reduce the quantity of wastewater that needs to be hauled out.  In addition, a larger vacuum pump was installed at the plant to improve productivity.

Mr. Towler announced that the plant Manager, Roger Gervais, has retired.  Mark Batorski is now the Grade 4 operator of the plant. Veolia is currently interviewing candidates for the Grade 3 position.  Veolia has contacted DEEP regarding this change.

Commission members discussed the membrane replacement proposals from GE/Zenon and Layne.  In addition to the costs proposed for each, the quality of the product, the material of the membrane, the hoist issues and conversion aspects were discussed.  The Board of Finance, at their last meeting, approved the request for funding of the replacement of the membrane system for up to $350,000.  The Board of Finance indicated that if additional funding was needed to go with another option, the WPCC should request it.  The Layne proposal cost if $392,000 and the GE/Zenon proposal is $320,000 plus hoist adjustment costs.

Following a long discussion, the following motion was made.

Motion: move that the Redding Water Pollution Control Commission approve the proposal from Layne Christenson for the replacement of the membrane system at the Georgetown plant at a cost of $392,000, subject to Board of Finance authorization for an additional $50,000 of funding by Wednesday, August 14, 2013.  Regan, Miller.  Approved. 4-0-1. Mr. Eubanks recused himself from the vote by abstaining.

Another special meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2013 to further review the proposals and make a decision regarding replacement of the membranes.


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

The meeting adjourned at 9:16 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary