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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 08/19/2015

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 08/20/2015 12:05pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


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

Mr. Regan called the meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:35 pm in the Conference Room of the Town Office Building.

Motion: move that the minutes of the July 15, 2015 meeting be accepted as corrected. Regan, Pattee. Approved. Unanimous.

Correction: page 2, under Financial Status, change the sentence “Board of Finance advance to for fiscal 14-15, $237,350 was received”, delete “to”.

Motion: move that the minutes of the July 29, 2015 Special Meeting be approved as corrected. Regan, Miller. Approved. 3-0-2. Mr. Pattee and Mr. Eubanks abstained as they were not present at the meeting.

Correction: The second motion (to approve partial payment) should read as follows: Motion: to authorize payment to Carmine’s Plumbing for down payment in amount of $3,216 for air conditioning replacement as discussed. Motion by Regan, seconded by Fisher. Approved. Unanimous.

First Selectman Pemberton provided the Commission with an update on the Town of Redding’s foreclosure filing on the property. The foreclosure includes numerous defendants. The filing return date of August 4, 2015 has been continued until October. Currently approximately $2.8 million is due in unpaid taxes, and the WPCC hold lien rights totaling about $3.12. The court docket number is DBD-CV15-6017778-5.

Mrs. Pemberton will keep the WPCC updated on further action on the matter.

A written report was submitted.

Mr. Ciccone provided an overview of the written monthly report.

  • Two corrections to last month’s report were noted: the UV lamps were replaced at the 12,000 hour mark, not 2,000 hour, and the amount of zinc was 0.020kg/d, not 0.091kg/d
  • Average daily flow is about 62,000 gpd.
  • 13,000 gallons of thickened waste activated sludge was hauled off for disposal
  • Quarterly/annual required state testing was done and all results passed.

Drum screeners #1 & #2 were inspected. Screener #1 has a seal that needs to be replaced. Mr. Cicerone provided the Preliminary Inspection & Repair Report from Municipal Maintenance Co. The screeners are the first point of entry for influent and should prevent rags, etc. from entering the system. Currently, Mr. Cicerone added that only Screener #2 is being used because of the condition of Screener #1. The recommendation from Municipal Maintenance Co. was to change out the rear and lower basket bearing assemblies, as well as changing the rubber seal to the brush seal since the unit with the brush seal is performing better. Due to the amount of work and time involved with prepping the unit for repairs, a recommended replacement parts list from Lakeside Equipment for the lower end should be purchased and the parts exchanged at this time. A quote for labor and materials will be submitted soon.

Grease: the presence of grease has diminished somewhat. Commission members were in agreement that a notice be sent to all food service customers reminding them of the requirement to submit copies of receipts for grease trap pumping to Ms. Stauffer. Mr. Regan will work with Ms. Stauffer on the notification.

Letter to customers regarding proper use of system: Mr. Regan and Ms. Stauffer will prepare a letter to be sent to all customers with the next billing statements. The letter will remind customer of what materials should not be disposed of in the sewer system.

A/C unit: Mr. Cicerone and Mr. Miller reported the installation of the new A/C unit by Carmines Plumbing went smoothly.

Noise complaint: Mr. Cicerone reported on one noise complaint from a resident of Old Mill Road. The resident was given a tour of the facility and Mr. Cicerone pinpointed the “hum” noise to a blower that cycles on/off as needed. A potential solution to minimize the “hum” would be the installation of an intake silencer. Mr. Cicerone noted that two silencers would be required and the cost could be substantial. He is getting estimates for the units. In addition, it was suggested that a noise engineer be engaged to monitor the frequency levels and to determine what is actually needed. Mr. Cicerone has contacted John Oatley of Veolia to see if in-house assistance if available.

Four properties were due for their one-year review:
28 Main Street, average usage over the past year is 78 gpd, approved allocation is 400 gpd
12 Old Mill Road, average usage over the past year is 330 gpd, approved allocation is 500 gpd
58 Redding Road, average usage over the past year is 214 gpd, approved allocation is 1400 gpd
19 Main Street, average usage over the past year is 270 gpd, approved allocation is 3000 gpd

Following discussion, there was agreement that the approved allocation for 58 Redding Road (Black Cat Grill) and 19 Main Street should be reduced to 500 gpd. When the use of the properties increases or changes, the customer would need to seek approval and the allocation could be increase. These two customers will be notified of the reduction. These two properties (58 Redding Road and 19 Main Street) will be scheduled for another review in one year. Commission members asked that the other properties with approved allocations be reviewed for usage levels at the next commission meeting.

The available balance in the Usage account as of August 19, 2015 is $84,200.46. The last billing was done in July and most of the payments have been collected.

Open invoices were reviewed.

  1. Frontier, $182.03
  2. Aquarion (plant water usage), $270.81
  3. Eversource (CL&P), $1,613.10
  4. Transcanada, $3,191.3
  5. Deluca Hardware, $47.97
  6. Veolia reimbursables for June, $7,050.04 subject to review by Mr. Regan
  7. Veolia monthly services for July 2015, $26,746.29

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

Invoices not approved: Veolia monthly invoice for August 2015, $26,746.29. An invoice from Aquarion for $47.73 is pending further clarification of the charge.

  • The total now due from GSTD is $1,730,086.36

Mr. Miller stated that the new A/C unit warranty information was being processed by Carmine Plumbing. The Town of Redding is listed as the owner of the unit. Commission members were in agreement that the cost of the unit, $6,432.00, should be paid out of the Assessment Account/Capital Account.

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

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm
Submitted by Mary Maday