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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 08/14/2013

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 08/15/2013 5:15pm

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

Also present: Mark Batorski & Margie Gallegos and one member of the public

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

Discussion of membrane replacement and possible action on vendor/purchase for membrane replacement

Mr. Regan reported that he conferred with Bill Alvarez, Chairman of the Board of Finance, regarding the need for additional funding to finalize the purchase of replacement membranes for the plant. Mr. Alvarez stated that the earliest he could call a special meeting of the Board of Finance was Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

Mark Batorski reported that the plant continues to function as best it can. He added that there have been three to four alarms during the nighttime hours. In addition, he has been at the plant addressing issues two to three times a week recently until after 1 o’clock. Mr. Batorski provided some photos of the actual vertical measurement of the current membranes. The current spacing would not allow membranes six inches taller than the existing ones without significant modification. Should the plant go with the GE/Zenon product, he would suggest that GE/Zenon verify that the plant modifications were possible.

Ms. Gallegos stated that the reduced hauling costs were extended for 4 to 6 weeks, not beyond that, and there were only 5 weeks remaining. She added that the additional charge for hauling for July (with the reduced rate) was $17,000.

Commission members discussed the need to finalize the purchase order process. Mr. Regan will notify

Layne of the Commission’s intent and request a formal purchase agreement so that a purchase order can be processed.   Mr. Miller will begin the purchase order process tomorrow with the town’s Finance Department. The funding of the purchase and signing of the purchase order is dependent on action of the Board of Finance.

Following a long discussion, the following motion was made.

Motion: move that the Redding Water Pollution Control Commission approve the proposal from Layne Christenson for the replacement of the membrane system at the Georgetown plant at a cost of $408,345 with the option of prepayment with a 4% discount reducing the purchase to $392,000. Approved. Unanimous.


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

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary

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