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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 08/17/2016

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

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Minutes

Present: J. Miller, D. Pattee, R. Regan, A. Atamian, J. Fisher, T. Eubanks, R. Regan
Also present. Burke (Veolia), K. Stauffer
Mr. Regan called the meeting to order at 7:31 pm in the Hearing Room of the Town Office Building.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion: move that the minutes of the July 20, 2015 meeting be accepted as corrected. Regan Atamian. Approved. 6-0-1. Mr. Pattee abstained.

Corrections: page 1, Veolia Report, #2, the spare drum sleeve has arrived and is “in inventory”; page 1, under Meadow Ridge, line 3, “caused the manhole cover to be lifted off by the water pressure.”

REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER
The monthly written report was reviewed.
Discussion on the following:

  • Weekly power washings of the online primary drum screener are continuing. Mr. Burke commented on an increase in the amount of “wipes” that the screener is collecting. This continues to be a problem, and the system users should be warned again of that wipes of any kind should not be disposed of through the sewer system. The drum screener is capturing more material than previously and is being inspected and cleaned on a weekly basis.
  • Telephone service: Frontier has corrected a problem with incoming service by splitting the lines at the pole.
  • Kaeser Compressor performed blower and compressor service. The dryer unit for the air compressors was replaced.
  • Property Assessment: a representative from Vision Appraisal was on site to the do the reassessment evaluation that is being done in town.
  • Power loss, there was a power loss during a recent storm, the backup generator performed correctly.
  • Meadow Ridge collection line: the line from Meadow Ridge was inspected by Mr. Burke and Health Officer Doug Hartline.
  • Phosphorus data: Mr. Burke will have the data available for the next meeting.
  • Spare membranes: Mr. Burke has requested a quotation for a set of spare membranes, including the cost and delivery time frame.
  • PAC: the current supply of PAC at the plant is over three years old and Mr. Burke has been advised by the manufacturer and others that it would not be effective.  He is getting cost estimates for a new supply and is estimating the quantity that would be needed.  The current supply will be disposed of before the new supply is ordered.
  • Analyzer:  Mr. Burke is in the process of gathering data for the purchase of the analyzer.
  • Permit: the paperwork for the new permit has been submitted.
  • Water Meters:  Ms. Stauffer and Mr. Burke have concerns that some of the Veolia read meters may not be functioning correctly.  Mr. Burke will do a visual inspection of the meters at 25 & 27 Old Mill and 18 Main Street (this one needs a remote reader, meter in the house) before calling in a company to check the meters further. Ms. Stauffer will work with Mr. Burke on this issue.

REVIEW OF USAGE FOR ALL PROPERTIES
A listing of all properties with meters (Veolia read meters and Aquarion read meters) was reviewed.  Some of the accounts indicated problems, same reading for all quarters, extremely high or low quarter, etc.  Mr. Eubanks suggested the chart of properties be revamped to make analysis easier.  He suggested reordering or re-sorting the list by address, including the common name (for identification), etc.  Ms. Staffer will work on that for the next meeting.

FINANCIAL STATUS AND APPROVAL OF INVOICES
The available balance in the Usage account as of August 17, 2016 is $126,849.41.

Invoices were reviewed.

  1. Veolia CBYD, 8/16/16, $30.00
  2. Aquarion monthly, $163.00
  3. Eversource (CL&P),  2,290.05
  4. Frontier, $279.42
  5. Transcanada,  $3,903.98
  6. Katherine Stauffer (July mtg.) $90.00
  7. Veolia monthly services for July  2016, $26,850.50
  8. Veolia reimbursables for July, $3,040.39, subject to review by Mr. Regan

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

  • Invoices not approved: Veolia monthly invoice for August 2016, $26,850.50.
  • The total now due from GSTD is $2,040,528.26
  • The Town budget for 2016-17 included n allocation for WPCC of $252,450

OTHER BUSINESS
Ms. Stauffer had a call from a resident of Brookside Lane requesting that her property be connected to the sewer system in Georgetown.  Mr. Pattee noted that only property within the defined Georgetown Sewer District could be included.  He will check further to determine if the property at 23 Brookside Lane is within the District.

Mr. Eubanks questioned if there was any news of the GLDC foreclosure.  Mr. Miller commented that the judge had requested an additional two weeks for a decision, and that deadline is the end of this week. Commission members requested that First Selectman Pemberton attend the next commission meeting and provide a report on the proceedings.

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

The meeting adjourned at 8:53 pm
Submitted by Mary Maday

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