Present: A. Atamian, T. Eubanks, T. Flagg, J. Miller, D. Pattee, R. Regan, D. Robinson
Also present: Roger. Gervais, Mark Batorski &Jon Oatley (Veolia), Christopher Savino (Layne Christensen), Gino Miselli (Minny Vinny’s), Larry D’Amico (19 Main Street),
and T. Lepoutre
Chairman Regan called the regular meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:34 pm in the Hearing Room the Redding Town Hall.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion: move that the minutes of the June 19, 2013 meeting be accepted as corrected. Miller, Pattee Approved. Unanimous.
Corrections: page 2, paragraph 3 & 4, the membranes have been in use almost six years; page 3, FEMA reimbursement clarification, Sewer Material account 92-5540 is the fuel account, and Sewer Contract, account 92-5255 is the sludge account.
Motion: move that the WPCC add an item to the agenda, Discussion and action on change for Minny Vinny’s, and scramble the agenda, moving the discussions for Fenders Café, Minny Vinny’s, 19 Main street, and review of financial status to follow approval of minutes. Robinson, Miller. Approved. Unanimous.
DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON 5 MAIN STREET, FENDER’S CAFÉ
No one was present for this item. Discussion and action tabled to the next meeting.
DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON CHANGE FOR MINNY VINNY’S DELI
Gino Marsili, owner of Minny Vinny’s Deli, stated that renovations are underway and the reopening of the restaurant will include evening hours and other changes. The restaurant will change from using primarily paper products for serving to full service dining with dishware and flatware. A dishwasher is being installed as a part of the renovations project. The number of seats in the restaurant remains at 20, but the operation hours will include dinner service. The current permit, issued in April of 2011, was for 400 gpd. The history of water usage was reviewed and he is well below the current 400 gpd. It is expected that the changes will not increase water usage beyond the permitted 400 gpd.
Motion: move that the WPCC renew the permit for Minny Vinny’s for 400 gpd with a review of usage in one year. Miller, Eubanks. Approved. Unanimous.
DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON 19 MAIN STREET
Larry D’Amico returned to the WPCC with more specific information on water usage for his restaurant, 19 Main Street. The number of seats has increased from 76 to 84, low flow fixtures are being installed in the bathrooms, and a low flow dishwasher will be installed. The Commission discussed a limit of 3,000 gpd at the prior meeting and all were in agreement with that limit.
Motion: move that the WPCC approve a permit for 19 Main Street LLC for 3,000 gpd, subject to the use of low flow fixtures and based on 84 seats, with a review in one year. Regan, Flagg. Approved. Unanimous.
FINANCIAL STATUS AND APPROVAL OF INVOICES
The balance in the Usage account as of July 17, 2013, $54,275.67. Ms. Lepoutre reported the July billing for usage totaled $81,299.40 and to date, only $9,320.93 had been received.
Open invoices were reviewed.
- AT&T, 7/9/2013, #396.70
- CL&P, 7/92013, 51524634029 for $2,225.34
- Ace Deluca Hardware, dated 6/30/13, $134.66
- Transcanada, 7/11/2013, $3,948.28
- Quality Data, 7/1/2013, annual computer service contract, $1,000.00
- Veolia monthly services for June 2013, for $26,107.35
- Veolia Reimburseables for May & June, $12,299.51(pending review)
- Town of Redding Town Clerk, 6/20/2013, for recording of liens, $100.00
- CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection, annual permit fee, $1,722.50
- Aquarion Water Company, 7/11/2013, $20.64
Motion: move to approve payment of invoices listed above. Regan, Robinson. Approved. Unanimous.
Invoices not approved:
- Veolia monthly invoice for July, $26,107.35
The amount due from GLDC, as of June 1, 2013, $1,138,597.18.
The current balance in the Assessment Account is $23,641.36
REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER
Operations: Mr. Gervais highlighted his written report.
- Wastings: 3,873 gallons of sludge; none was shipped out during the month of June
- Average effluent flow to plant was 46,400 gpd.
- 55,000 gallons of excess flow was shipped to the Naugatuck facility for disposal.
- Pump station developed a problem with pumps continually operating. Check valves were checked and they were not the problem. Traver was contacted and they verified a failed control board. A new control board was installed.
- Membrane basement sump pump failed, resulting in water in the basement. Traver confirmed the pump had seized and needed to be replaced. A new explosion proof (required) sump pump has been ordered. Veolia installed a temporary sump pump.
- Safety railing system has been ordered and should be installed in about 3 weeks.
- High temperatures in the plant (over 100 degrees) are causing some problems. Fans were purchased and two more additional fans are on order.
- The Zeon team visited the plant.
The Veolia Technical Direction group (TDG) prepared and submitted a report on membrane status and capabilities. Mr. Oatley noted that the cleaning of the membranes did increase their effectiveness, but that process seems to have been as much as can be done. The membranes are functioning at an ever-decreasing level. He is concerned that the effective life of the membranes is very close, and the Commission should consider replacement as soon as possible. Due to the long lead time for the replacement membranes, he presented information on the costs of trucking excess flow offsite. The plant did truck excess flow offsite in May (cost of $2,720), June (cost of $7,400), July (cost of $24,520).
Motion: move to add to the agenda, Presentation by representative of Layne Christenson, and discussion of their membrane product. Regan, Pattee. Approved. Unanimous.
Prior to the following discussions, Mr. Eubanks noted that he is an employee of GE Capital, a division of GE, and while he would participate in discussions of membrane replacement, he would recuse himself from any decision on the matter.
PRESENTATION BY CHRISTOPHER SAVINO OF LAYNE CHRISTENSON
Mr. Savino presented information on the Layne POREFLON membrane system for replacement of the existing membranes at the plant. The POREFLON membrane benefits include high flux rate, high tensile strength, outstanding chemical and temperature resistance, high porosity and high hydrophilicity. Mr. Savino visited the plant for an assessment of conditions of existing membranes and their function. He presented a proposal for replacement with their POREFLON product.
Discussion followed with further detail on the Teflon-type product and advantages of its use. Commission members were in agreement that requesting a specific quote for the replacement membranes with options. Mr. Oatley of Veolia was asked to work directly with Mr. Savino and his team on questions and clarification of information. Commission members asked for the information and quote as quickly as possible.
DISCUSSION OF NEW MEMBRANES AND REPORT FROM COMMISSIONER MILLER ON GE VISIT OF JUNE 25, 2013
Mr. Miller reported he met with GE representative Paul Koehler and Mr. Gervais at the plant. Mr. Koehler provided a Membrane Replacement & Upgrade Plan for consideration. Commission members discussed the information. Concern was expressed about the long lead time, potentially 4 months to get the product on site and installed.
Commission members discussed the two proposals. They authorized Mr. Oatley of Veolia to work with Mr. Savino on specifications of the Layne product and get some questions answered. Mr. Oatley and Mr. Batorski both felt that the cleaning of the existing membranes was maxed out. Previously, following a cleaning, there was recovery. Currently, following cleaning, there is no recovery. They were in agreement that the membranes should be replaced soon.
Mr. Regan has contacted the Redding Director of Finance and Chairman of the Board of Finance, and requested that he discuss the “membrane” issues at the Board of Finance meeting next Monday, July 22, 2013. The purchase of new membranes has a substantial cost and funding will need to be in place. If action on the replacement of the membranes is not taken, there will be a need to truck excess flows offsite and this is very costly. Other commission members will also attend the meeting.
Motion: move to adjourn the meeting. Pattee, Atamian. Approved. Unanimous.
The meeting adjourned at 10:44 pm
Mary Maday, Recording Secretary