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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 07/15/2015

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 07/16/2015 3:39pm

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Present: A. Atamian, J. Bacon, T. Eubanks, J. Fisher, J. Miller, D. Pattee, R. Regan (8:09 pm)
Also present. Ciccone & Burke, (Veolia), K. Stauffer

Mr. Eubanks called the meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:32 pm in the Hearing Room of the Town Office Building.

Motion: move that the minutes of the June 17, 2015 meeting be accepted as submitted. Bacon, Fisher. Approved. Unanimous.

Mr. Regan arrived at 8:09 pm, during the discussion below

A written report was submitted.
Mr. Ciccone provided an overview of the written monthly report.

  • Average daily flow is about 58,000 gpd.
  • Wasting for the month was 24,560 gallons
  • 6,500 gallons of thickened waste activated sludge was hauled off for disposal
  • The plan is running well and within permit limits
  • An increase in grease at the pump station was observed this month.
  • An increase in wipes and gloves has been observed at the plant

Discussion followed on the issue of the inappropriate materials that are being disposed of in the sewer system.  Mr. Ciccone noted the presence of dark blue latex-type gloves. Also observes was the presence of square wipe-type materials.  Commission members were in agreement that a letter should be sent to all users of the system, reminding them of what materials should not be disposed of in the system.  Mr. Eubanks and Mr. Regan will draft a letter that will include a listing of materials, as noted in the Regulations that should not be disposed of in the system.

Discussion of the grease issue followed.  The Town Health Officer’s report of grease trap inspections was reviewed.  Three of the restaurants had 12” or more of accumulated grease, and were requested to have the traps pumped. Commission members discussed the importance of proper maintenance of the grease traps and the problems the grease causes for the plant.  These establishments are also expected to submit copies of the pumping receipts.  Ms. Stauffer noted that she has not received any receipts in the last few months. Mr. Miller suggested that letter will be prepared by Mr. Regan, working with Health officer Hartline, to be sent to all the food establishments, reminding them of their obligation to be compliant with the grease trap cleaning schedule.

Mr. Ciccone reported the June 24 storm caused a power outage at the plant.  The plant continued to operate, but the Scada computer system suffered damage.  NIC was brought in to do reprogramming and license reinstallations.

Phosphorus levels are trending upward, and this could be a result of the presence of grease in the system.  This is being monitored.

The rooftop air conditioning unit on the building that houses the Scada system has failed.  Mr. Ciccone provided a quote from a vendor for $7,200 to replace the 1 ½ ton unit.  Commission members suggested additional quotes be obtained and provided names of additional vendors. Ms. Stauffer will check with the Town’s building supervisor for his suggestions.

The available balance in the Usage account as of July 15, 2015 is $38,934.53. The July quarterly billing has been sent out, for about $108,000.  No payments have been received as of now.

Open invoices were reviewed.

  1. Frontier, $225.00 (estimated amount)
  2. Aquarion (plant water usage), $167.85
  3. Aquarion, meter readings (for quarter), $83.85
  4. Eversource (CL&P), $1,767.25
  5. Transcanada, $3,652.90
  6. Redding Town Clerk (liens), $120
  7. Quality Data (annual computer software fee), $1,000
  8. Veolia (July meter readings), $451.19
  9. Veolia reimbursables for May, $6,085.43 subject to review by Mr. Regan
  10. Veolia monthly services for June 2015, $26,746.29

 Motion: move to approve payment of invoices listed above, subject to review of Reimbursables by Mr. Regan and subject to funds being available. Pattee, Eubanks Approved. Unanimous.

Invoices not approved: Veolia monthly invoice for July 2015, $26,746.29

  • Board of Finance advance to for fiscal 14-15, $237,350 was received.       The allocation for fiscal 15-16 is $249,850
  • The total now due from GSTD is $1,704,535.18

Mr. Bacon commented that he had two sets of regulations and asked which the official approved version was.  Mr. Pattee responded that the Regulations dated 2010 is the official set and they are on the Town website.

A discussion of the Georgetown development followed.  Mr. Miller suggested that First Selectman Pemberton be invited to attend the next meeting to provide an update on the project.

Mr. Miller asked Mr. Regan to confirm that the contract for Call Before You Dig had been finalized.


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

The meeting adjourned at 9:18 pm

Submitted by Mary Maday