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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 06/19/2013

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 06/25/2013 10:31am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Present: A. Atamian, T. Eubanks, J. Miller, D. Pattee, R. Regan ( 8:16 pm), D. Robinson

Also present: Roger. Gervais, Mark Batorski, Jon Oatley & Scott Towler (Veolia Water) and T. Lepoutre

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


Motion: move that the minutes of the May 15, 2013 meeting be accepted as corrected. Miller, Pattee Approved. Unanimous.

Corrections: page 1, Approval of Minutes, the minutes of the April 17, 2013 was approved; page 2, the balance in the Assessment Account was $23,638.35.


Operations:  Mr. Gervais highlighted his written report.

  • Wastings:  37,496 gallons of sludge; none was shipped out during the month of May
  • Average daily flow 60,000 gpd, of which 48,600 gpd was discharged to the Norwalk River.
  • Polymer feeder problems caused a full teardown and cleaning of the unit and replacement of seals.
  • Periodic weekly maintenance cleans are used to keep the pressure range on membranes in check.
  • Spring cleanup has been difficult; the rain has created a jungle-like environment at the fence line.
  • DEEP inspection:  Craig Motasky conducted a plant tour and inspection for the CT DEEP. The inspection is the routine unannounced inspection. Mr. Gervais noted that Mr. Motasky seemed pleased with the conditions and operation of the plant and indicated no concerns.. DEEP does not issue a report at the time of visit or at a later date. Mr. Miller stressed the importance of documenting the records of these inspections and comments of the plant.
  • DSL problem:  a problem with the Scada system and the DSL communication occurred. The DSL was replaced on May 31, 2013. Commission members suggested contacting the cable companies to determine the cost of bringing cable internet service to the plant. Mr. Oatley will follow up.

Mr. Gervais reported that since the report was prepared the plant suffered the loss of the sump pump. This occurred during the recent heavy rain storm. Mr. Oatley provided a replacement pump at the time, and a new sump pump is on order. The cost of the pump is estimated at $1700. In addition, another smaller pump burned out. Commission members discussed the need to have an extra pump on hand for such emergencies. Mr. Oatley noted that the technical report and recommendations that Veolia is preparing will include information on pumps. Mr. Oatley expects that report to be finalized in the new week or so.

Mr. Oatley introduced Scott Towler the Veolia area manager for Pennsylvania, New Jersey & New York. Due to additional duties for Mr. Oatley, Mr. Towler will be working with him on the Georgetown plant.

Zenon Conference:  The one-day seminar for Zenon plant was attended by Commission member Amy Atamian. She reported on the presentation of information and the discussions at the meeting. She noted that the new, larger membranes may reduce energy costs and operate more efficiently. She provided the Veolia team with handouts and workbook that were distributed at the meeting.

Mr. Regan arrived (8:16 pm)

Mr. Oatley commented that CL&P has a grant program for energy savings changes.  Changing to the new more energy efficient membranes at the plant may qualify for some (40%) rebate money.  He will check further on the issue.

Hoist & Bracket to hold membranes update:  Mr. Oatley reported that this item is still under review, and recommendations will be provided in the technical report being prepared.

Mark Batorski attended a training session in Wallingford and discussed the Zenon system with the operators of Waters Edge Resort in Westbrook. That plant treats 40,000 gpd. The membranes have been replaced, after about five years of use. This short life may be attributable to the level of maintenance in the initial years of operation. The membranes in the Georgetown plant have been in use eight years.

Discussion of the replacement of the membranes followed. The Commission will discuss this further when the Veolia technical report is received. Given the age (eight years) and exposure of the membranes, it appears the membranes will need to be replaced sooner than later.


Motion: move to add to the agenda a request for permit from the owner of Black Cat Grill at 58 Redding Road. Regan, Pattee.  Approved. Unanimous.


Elio Cavicchia, owner of 58 Redding Road, had appeared before the WPCC in January 2012 with a request for 1400 gpd for his new restaurant. The Commission requested that he return to the Commission with verification of water usage. Mr. Cavicchia provided updated information on the fixtures installed in the building and estimated water usage. He plans to open for business mid-July. The water meter was disconnected during the renovation of the building. Mr. Cavicchia will have his plumber re-install or activate the water meter and the scanner on the exterior of the building. He will notify Ms. Lepoutre when that is completed and Ms. Lepoutre will contact Mr. Gervais to check on the operation of the meter.

Motion:  move that the Water Pollution Control Commission approve a 1-year permit for 1400 gallons per day for the Black Cat Grill at 58 Redding Road, with a review after 1 year of operation. Regan, Miller. Approved. Unanimous.


Correspondence was received from Chris Lynch of Georgetown Special Taxing District regarding a water leak. Shortly after they switched from well water to Aquarion Water last fall, they discovered a major leak in the basement of one of the abandoned buildings on the site. The water drained into the dirt floor went unnoticed. GSTD appealed the water bill from Aquarion and their bill was adjusted (an estimated 50% reduction). GSTD has requested an adjustment from the WPCC for the October 1, 2012 bill. The October 2012 bill was for 88,264 gallons, their most recent bill (April 2013) was for 4,488 gallons.

The Commission members discussed the request. Because the water went into the earth and not into Treatment Plan there was agreement that an adjustment to the bill was warranted.

Motion: move that the WPCC agree to reduce the October 1, 2012 water usage billing for Georgetown Special Taxing District, due to an apparent leak into a dirt basement and not entering into the Treatment Plant, with a reduction to 4,488 gallons, consistent with the most current bill for usage. Regan, Pattee. Approved. Unanimous.


The owner of Fenders Café appeared before the WPCC in May, 2010 and was granted a 1-year permit for 690 gallons per day, with expiration in one year if the facility was not completed. He returned again in October 2011, and requested a renewal of the permit, and it was granted, again with an expiration in one year if the facility was not completed. Currently the owner is making progress on the business. Ms. Lepoutre has been unable to contact the owner, by email or phone, with notification that he must appear before the WPCC with another request for renewal of the permit. A letter to that effect will be provided to the Zoning Enforcement Officer, the Health Officer and the Building Inspector.


Mr. Miller reported the Letter of Agreement between the WPCC and Meadow Ridge management is now on file with the Town Clerk, with copies in the Tax Office and in Ms. LePoutre’s  files. Mr. Miller recommended not pursuing the issue with the Woods Way Condominium Association at this time.


The balance in the Usage account as of June19, 2013, $73,194.60.

Open invoices were reviewed.

  1.  AT&T, 6/17/013, $385.00 (an estimate)
  2.  CL&P, 6/7/2013, 51524634029 for $2,260.42
  3.  Ace Deluca Hardware, dated 5/30/13, $454.73
  4.  Transcanada, 6/2013, $4,600.00 (an estimate)
  5.  Pullman & Comley, 6/5/13, #270246, $60.00
  6.  Quality Data, 6/11/2013, printed invoices, $65.00
  7.  Veolia monthly services for May 2013, for  $26,107.35
  8.  Veolia Reimburseables for April, $9,032.94(pending review)

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

Invoices not approved:

  • Veolia monthly invoice for June, $26,107.35
  • CT Dept. of Energy (permit), due 8/1/13, $1,722.50

The amount of Board of Finance approved loans to WPCC, as of June, 2013 is $410,713.75 (this includes the $50,000 approved at the May 2013 Board of Finance meeting).

  • The amount due from GLDC, as of June 1, 2013, $1,114,622.18.
  • The current balance in the Assessment Account is $23,639.67

The FEMA reimbursement money for Storm Sandy has been received $18,870.47. These funds will be deposited and accounted for in the following accounts:

  • $2,575.34, which is 75% for Sewer Materials (92-5540)
  • $16,295.13, which is 75% for Sewer Contract (92-5255).

2013-14 Budget review:  the proposed budget was reviewed.

Motion: move that the WPCC approved the draft budget for fiscal year 2013-14 as discussed. Robinson, Miller. Approved. Unanimous.


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

The meeting adjourned at 10:01 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary