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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 11/18/2015

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 11/23/2015 11:15am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


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

Mr. Eubanks called the meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:33 pm in the Hearing Room of the Town Office Building.

Motion: move that the minutes of the October 21, 2015 meeting be accepted as amended. Miller, Pattee. Approved. 5-0-1. Mr. Fisher abstained.

A written report was submitted. Mr. Ciccone provided an overview of the written monthly report.
There was one alarm during the month for an influent pump shutdown. Mr. Ciccone was able to do a remote reset. NIC was called to troubleshoot the issue. A PLC module and expansion unit failed, and this was replaced.

Mr. Miller noted that the recent repaving of Highland Avenue resulted in a manhole being paved over. He discussed the issue with Jeff Hanson, Redding’s Director of Public Works. Prior to the repaving, the utilities were notified, but the WPCC was not on Mr. Hanson’s list for notification. Mr. Hanson has agreed to correct the issue. Mr. Miller will ask Mr. Hanson to add the WPCC to his notification list along with the other underground utilities to avoid future problems.

Drum Screen Replacement: Mr. Ciccone reported that the quote for the replacement of the drum screen, $29,950, was inclusive, including all required rigging. Commission members discussed the need to move forward with the replacement. Ms. Atamian commented that the Capital Replacement Schedule includes the drum screen and the price is in line with the schedule. Commission members were in agreement that this item would be a capital replacement item, not an expense for the operating budget. The request will be submitted to the Board of Selectmen for consideration and recommendation to the Board of Finance for funding. The next Selectman’s meeting is Monday, Nov. 23, and Mr. Miller will request the item be added to the agenda.

 Mr. Miller reported he invited members of the Board of Finance to tour the plant. Mr. Alvarez, Mr. Mazzucco and Mrs. O’Donnell attended the tour. Mr. Miller commented that he hopes that seeing the plant, equipment and operation will be helpful in understanding the needs of the plant.

Motion: move that the Water Pollution Control Commission forward a request to the Board of Selectmen for consideration of a proposal for replacement of the drum screen unit, to be done as soon as possible, with a cost not to exceed $35,000. Eubanks, Pattee. Approved. Unanimous.

  • Phosphorus levels: Mr. Ciccone commented that the plant is set up for use of PAC to control the phosphorus levels, it has been used effectively in the past, & the equipment is in good shape. He was advised that the current supply of PAC (est.2 years old) could be less effective, but usable. The price of PAC has not changed; it is $3.14/gallon, with 1000 gallon delivery. Historically, there were two deliveries per year. Mr. Ciccone will begin to introduce PAC into the plant operation on a gradual basis. This will allow him to determine the effectiveness of adding PAC.
  • Permit: Mr. Ciccone added that the new permit is expected to be issued in the Spring.
  • Water Meters: Ms. Stauffer commented that there are some water meters showing no flow. She will prepare a list for Mr. Ciccone so that the meters at those locations can be checked.

Ms. Stauffer reported only one receipt for grease trap pumping had been received. Commission members expressed concern that the receipts for pumpings have not been submitted. Mr. Eubanks will work with Mr. Regan on a letter to be sent out to those establishments with grease traps. The letter will include the requirement to submit receipts and information on enforcement provisions.

The list of meeting dates for 2016 was reviewed. The dates will be submitted to the Town Clerk.

The available balance in the Usage account as of November 18, 2015 is $140,296.85.
Open invoices were reviewed.
1.  Aquarion meter readings, $49.45
2.  Aquarion monthly, $5.90
3.  Eversource (CL&P), $1,709.26
4.  Frontier, $197.87
5.  Transcanada, $3,189.27
6.  Hocon (propane), $1,188.00
7.  Veolia monthly services for October 2015, $26,746.29
8.  Veolia reimbursables for August, $10.628.29
9.  Veolia reimbursables for September, $7,348.50, subject to final review by Mr. Regan

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

  • Invoices not approved: Veolia monthly invoice for November 2015, $26,746.29 and October Veolia Reimbursables for $6.976.60
  • There was a transfer of $60,000 from the Town in September, the first transfer of the fiscal year. The total allocation in the 2014-15 budget is $249,850.
  • The total now due from GSTD is $1,806,739.36

Communications from DEEP: Paperwork for two DEEP issues must be signed by the WPCC Chair and submitted by the beginning of December. Mr. Eubanks will check with Mr. Regan on this issue.

Mr. Miller commented that since the CBYD contract is now with Veolia and the rate was lowered, the rate in the agreement with Meadow Ridge should also be reduced. The agreement is for Veolia to do the mark outs, bill the WPCC and in turn the WPCC will be reimbursed by Meadow Ridge. He added that a recent mark out was don on Highland Avenue. Mr. Miller has an amendment to the agreement with Meadow Ridge that will be signed by Mr. Regan and presented to Meadow Ridge administration. Mr. Miller plans to meet with the current Meadow Ridge administrator to explain the agreement and amendment. He requested that Jim Bacon join him at that meeting.

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

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm

Submitted by Mary Maday