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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 10/18/2017

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 10/25/2017 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL COMMISSION
Regular Meeting
October 18, 2017

Present: Richard Regan, Amy Atamian, David Pattee, Todd Eubanks, and Jim Miller. Geno Burke, Matthew Bernardini of Veolia Water

Todd Eubanks called the meeting at 7:32pm in the Hearing Room of the Town Hall Building.

ITEM 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES of September 20, 2017 Meeting
MOTION: Approve minutes, commission asks for correction to
-Spelling of “Gino” to “Geno”
-Spelling of “Patee” to “Pattee”
-Spelling of “Bush” to “Busch”
-Under Veolia presentation, add in present “information” and the issues to the power company.
D. Pattee (motion), T. Eubanks (second), unanimous.

ITEM 2: REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER PLANT MANAGERS
Veolia reported:

OPERATIONAL AND MAINTENANCE
-Weekly Power Washing of the On-Line Primary Drum Screener continues.
-Internal wasting totaled 24,344 gallons
-6,238 gallons of waste sludge was hauled off site for disposal.
-Kaeser Compressor performed an hours service on the blowers and compressors.
-Pump station floats failed

REGULATORY AND COMPLIANCE
-There were no permit violations for Redding in the month of September 2017
-The plant is staying within the allowable effluent total phosphorus pounds per day.

OTHER UPDATES
– G. Burke reports Veolia still seeing the mop strings constantly. Mop strings are being caught.
-G. Burke reported a “running” time service was completed on the compressors. Hoses were in poor condition and were replaced.
-G. Burke reported an issue with the pump station which was repaired and is up and running with no issues.
-G. Burke explained the membrane dip is scheduled for November, 13-17th. G. Burke reports this is a good time to complete the dip, as completing the procedure too early in the season will result in having to complete an additional dip. Commission agrees this schedule is satisfactory.
-R. Regan states that the commission would like to invite M. Busch to visit during the membrane dip project. Commission agrees to keep conversation open between Veolia and M. Busch.
-Veolia agrees to extend invitation to M. Busch via email.
-R. Regan asked Veolia how they feel the membranes are operating. G. Burke stated he feels no change has been noticed.
-R. Regan explained the presentation that was made to the Board of Finance regarding the Capital Management project. The Board of Finance was open and supported the project, but was asking questions about the viability of the membranes. R. Regan commended J. Miller on his presentation to the Board.
-G. Burke states the data that Veolia is receiving from the plant is the same as the data received prior to the June issue.
-R. Regan states the commission is requesting from Veolia, a detailed report about the condition, viability, and observations of the membranes during the membrane dip cleaning.
-G. Burke stated Veolia is happy to accommodate commission members visiting the plant during the shut down for observation/question purposes. Arrangements will be made via email.
-M. Bernardini states the pump station floats failed. The repairs were made as necessary.
-M. Bernardini suggested installing a Mission Control Unit to improve flexibility/analytics of the station. He estimated the cost to be no more than $3700.
-M. Bernardini stated one of the plant water pumps is failing and the second pump is following suit, but the motors are in fact working fine. M. Bernardini offered solutions to rectify this (relying on second pump or replacing both to meet modern technology and efficiency standards)
-M. Bernardini estimated the cost to replace the first pump is $9000.
-Veolia explained an issue that occurred with the loss of a pump. Veolia doesn’t know why the pump stopped or the sequence of events that occurred. Steps have been taken to rectify this issue.
-Pure Power is going to replace five outside lights, two GFI’s, one breaker, and rewire the new pump that will be installed.
-M. Bernardini stated that J. Oatley recommends servicing all the breakers of the plant in the future. The breakers can be sent out to be serviced/fixed and then reused. Commission agreed that refurbishing would be the most cost effective. Pure Power would be able to complete this service.
-M. Bernardini stated the power survey has been taking place for two weeks.

MOTION: Commission will authorize Veolia to replace failed plant water pump (upgraded version) not to exceed $9000 and purchasing/installing of mission control system not to exceed $3700. T. Eubanks (motion), R. Regan (second), Unanimous

(8:42pm) Veolia Leaves

ITEM 3: DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON INVOICES AND FINANCIAL STATUS

MOTION: Commission will approve all invoices contingent upon having sufficient funds from sewage usage payments (Aquarion Monthly $166.33, Veolia July $58,186.11, Veolia September $27,181.42, Veolia Meter Readings $465.85, Eversource $2,148.27, Frontier $291.60, Hocon Gas $15.00, Transcanada $3,892.89), R. Reagan (motion),T. Eubanks (second). Unanimous

ITEM 4: COMMISSION MEMBER COMMENTS
-D. Pattee asked J. Miller for an update on the Layne situation. J. Miller updated the following (discussion followed)
– The letter to Layne was received on October 2, 2017. The commission’s claim was denied. The reasoning was (according to Layne) the commission didn’t back up their software and the commission failed to follow clean up and operational procedures.
-J. Miller stated he felt that the response from Layne was self-serving. The commission agreed.

ITEM 5: PUBLIC COMMENT
NONE

ITEM 6: ADJOURNMENT
MOTION: T. Eubanks (motion), R. Reagan (second). No Discussion. Unanimous

9:13pm

Submitted by Kim Keil