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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 02/20/2013

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 02/22/2013 11:15am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


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

Also present: R. Gervais & Jon Oatley (Veolia Water)

Chairman Regan called the regular meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:34 pm in the Hearing Room the Redding Town Hall


Motion: move that the minutes of the January 16, 2013 meeting be accepted as corrected. Pattee, Atamian. . Approved, 4-0-1. Mr. Robinson abstained.

Corrections:  two typos were noted


Operations:  Mr. Gervais highlighted his written report.

  • Wastings:  23,180 gallons of sludge, of which 13, 000 gallons were thickened sludge, shipped to Naugatuck facility for final disposal.
  • Average daily flow: 53,900
  • PACL for phosphorus removal (instead of Alum) was started with no issues at this time.
  • Maintenance:  57 Preventative work orders were completed during the month.
  • Flow valve 540 issue: valve was clogged, was disassembled and cleaned.
  • Discharge line to EQ tank was frozen due to cold temperatures. Staff installed a heating element and covered it with black rubber.
  • Water line: a pinhole was found in the water line above the back pulse line. A repair on the plastic piping was completed.
  • Safety Training:  Monthly training was performed. The plant was recognized for completing 10 years without an injury.

Safety railing update: Mr. Oatley is exploring other sources for pricing on a safety railing. Currently staff is exercising caution and using safety gear when needed.

Bracket to hold membranes update:  Mr. Oatley reported that a new type of hoist with a low profile is available. This would function with the current membrane configuration and with the new style of Zenon membrane. The cost of the hoist is $6,000. The hoist dealer Mr. Oatley spoke with stated that the current electric hoist had a value of between $15,000 and $16,000 on the resale market. Mr. Oatley will continue to explore other options and suggested that a decision on the hoist change should be made in conjunction with the decision on membrane replacement. Currently the membranes are functioning at 70% with 50% of life expectancy.

Vacuum system:  Mr. Oatley recommended a backup or redundant system for the vacuum system and he will explore options for that.


Mr. Oatley reported very few calls for CBYD are coming in. Mr. Regan noted that the CBYD is now clearly defined, and added that the lines on private property (to the actual buildings/homes) are not known and those are the responsibility of the property owner.

Annual Renewal:  Mr. Miller stated that the annual renewal fee is based on the mileage, $4/mile/month, or $48 per year, plus number of anticipated calls, based on the previous year’s calls. At the end of the year, an adjustment is made to reflect actual calls, and a refund, if appropriate, is made. The fee for this year, due on May 15, 2013, is $648.

Private Line CBYD:  Mr. Miller suggested that representatives of WPCC have discussions with the management of Meadow Ridge Life Care and Woods Way Homeowner Association regarding CBYD calls on their private sewer collection lines. Discussion followed.

Motion: move that the  Redding Water Pollution Control Commission authorize James Miller and/or Richard Regan, on behalf of the Water Pollution Control Commission, to meet with the Meadow Ridge Executive Director and Head of Maintenance and the President of the Woods Way Homeowners Association to offer our CBYD mark-out services prior to any excavation or construction within the GIS zone and 100 foot buffer in their respective developments, with the proviso that Meadow Ridge and Woods Way would reimburse the Redding WPCC for the actual cost of any such mark-out service. Regan, Pattee. Approved. 4-0-1. Mr. Robinson abstained.


The balance in the Usage account as of February 20, 2013, was $43,212.83. The next billing is April 1, 2013. The balance in the Assessment account as of February 20, 2013 is $23,632.73.

Open invoices were reviewed.

  1.   Ace Deluca Hardware, dated 12/5/13, $236.15
  2.   CL&P, 2/5/13, #51524634029, $2,684.93
  3.   Transcanada, 2/11/13, #502543, $4,4,79.89
  4.   AT&T, 2/0/2013, $371.48
  5.   Little Blue Construction (snow plowing), 1/18/13, $807.50
  6.   Pullman & Comley, 1/15/13, $60.00
  7.   Veolia monthly services for January 2013, for  $26,107.35
  8.   Veolia Reimburseables for October and November, $10,980.99

Motion: move to approve payment of invoices  as listed above, pending receipt of funds. Regan, Pattee. Approved. Unanimous.

Invoices not approved:

  1.   Veolia Reimburseables for December and January, $36,050.33.
  2.   Veolia monthly invoice for February, $26,107.35

The amount of Board of Finance approved loans to WPCC is $285,713.75 to date.

The amount due from GLDC, as of February 1, 2013, $1,018,722.18


Mr. Regan will attend the Board of Finance meeting on Monday, February 25, 2013 and request an additional loan of $100,000.


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

The meeting adjourned at 9:37 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary