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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 01/16/2013

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 01/21/2013 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


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

Also present: R. Gervais (Veolia Water)

Chairman Regan called the regular meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:35 pm in the Hearing Room the Redding Town Hall


Motion: move that the minutes of the December 19, 2012 meeting be accepted as corrected.  Regan, Flagg . Approved, 4-0-1.  Mr. Miller abstained.

Correction: page 1, item 7, last word should be present; page 2, delete Reconvene and following sentence.


Operations:  Mr. Gervais highlighted his written report.

  • Dryer unit: Kaeser was called in to repair the dryer unit.
  • Membrane control: a valve was malfunctioning; this was fixed, and may have been the result of the dryer unit being down.
  • Low flow on December 18, water was added to the back pulse tank to allow for proper operating level.
  • Screening system plugged with incoming grease, this was cleared.
  • Scada system: Arron Associates was called to troubleshoot influent pumps.
  • Power outage on December 23; Mr. Gervais reset the plant blower for the membranes.
  • Grease: a grease problem on the screw conveyor was cleared; Mr. Gervais spoke with Health Officer Doug Hartline and he will look into the grease issue.  While there is some grease in the pump station, Mr. Gervais did not believe this warranted a pumping at this time.
  • PAC usage: Mr. Gervais reported the PAC product, a replacement for Alum, has been ordered but not delivered as yet.  Some alum is still being used at the plant.  Commission members expressed disappointment that alum was still in use.  Mr. Gervais is noted that there are issues of where the PAC will be stored, the storage container, the existing alum supply and disposal.  Commission members asked that Mr. Gervais check on the delivery of the PAC, resolve the storage issues, and get the product in use as soon as possible.  Mr. Regan will initiate a conference call with Mr. Gervais and John Oatley on Thursday, January 17, 2013 to resolve the issues.

Storm costs:  Ms. Lepoutre has assembled and submitted all costs associated with Superstorm Sandy to the town’s Director of Finance.

Bracket to hold membranes update:  Mr. Gervais noted that Zenon did not have anything available that would work.

Safety railing update: Mr. Gervais submitted a quote a Safety Rail 2000 Guardrail system from Blue Water Manufacturing, with a cost of $3,958 (delivery included in pricing).  He described how the railing would function.  The railing would meet all OSHA regulations.  Commission members will make a decision when additional quotes are received.


Mr. Miller recapped the work and research he did on the CBYD process.  The private collection lines, Meadow Ridge (Redding Life Care) and the Woods Way subdivision, are within the CBYD district.  WPCC members had agreed that the WPCC could provide CBYD mark-out service for any construction activities along those sewer lines, but would seek reimbursement for any services.  This would relieve the two organizations from contacting CBYD and establishing their own contract for mark-outs. Mr. Miller proposed contacting Woods Way management association and the management of Meadow Ridge regarding the issue.  Discussion followed.  No action was taken at this time, but there will be further discussion at the next meeting.

The invoices from Veolia for CBYD services, July through December were reviewed.  There was a question regarding the July & August invoices since a location on Giles Hill Road was included.  Giles Hill Road is not within the CBYD zone for Redding.


The balance in the Usage account as of January 17, 2013, was $30,910.65. The quarterly billing went out at the end of December, some payments have been received, and the balance not received as yet is $76,163.72.  The balance in the Assessment account as of January 1, 2013 is $23,629.49.

Open invoices were reviewed.

  1.  Ace Deluca Hardware, dated 12/30/12, $129.03
  2.  CL&P, 1/8/13, #51524634029, $2,739.41
  3.  Transcanada, 1/10/13, #496038, $4,938.74
  4.  Aquarion, 1/15/13, #90054975 & 90054974, total of $21.93
  5.  Hocon, 12/31/12, $401201, $287.69
  6.  Mary Maday, October, November & December mtg, $270
  7.  State of CT, for inspections of boilers, 12/114/12, $160.00
  8.  Veolia monthly services for December 2012, for  $25,673.46
  9.  Veolia CBYD invoices May, June, July & August, $8,940.00 (pending confirmation/information on calls regarding Giles Hill location)
  10. Veolia CBYD invoice for November,12/6/12, #223027, $615.00

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

Invoices not approved:

  1.  CBYD, 1/10/13, for $647.00:  Mr. Miller will do further research on the invoice.
  2.  Veolia Reimburseables for October and November:  Mr. Regan will clarify the invoices with Ms. Lepoutre.
  3.  Veolia monthly invoice for January, $26,107.35

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

The amount due from GLDC, as of January 1, 2013, $994,747.18


Discussion was tabled to a future meeting.


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

The meeting adjourned at 9:40 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary