WATER POLLUTION CONTROL COMMISSION
October 17, 2017
Present: Dave Pattee, Amy Atamian, Jim Miller, Rich Regan, Todd Eubanks, and Kirby Klump; Eugene Burke, Matt Bernadini, John, and Carlos of Veolia Water; Katherine Stauffer; Al Marsili, 12 Old Mill Road
Chair Regan called the meeting to order at 7:34PM in the Hearing Room of the Town Hall Building.
ITEM 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
Mr. Patee made a motion to approve the minutes from September 19, 2018. Mr. Miller seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.
ITEM 2: REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER PLANT MANAGERS
Eugene Burke and Matt Bernardini informed the WPCC about the plant operation.
Operational and Maintenance:
– Weekly power washing of the on-line primary drum screener.
– Internal wasting totaled 58,587 gallons.
– HI Stone removed 6,538 gallons of waste for off-site disposal.
– Weekly UV lamps and sensor cleaning completed.
– OSHA mandated hoist inspection completed.
Regulatory & Compliance:
– There were no permit violations for Redding in the month of September 2018.
Carlos and John worked together 20 years ago. One of the superintendents retired in September, so Carlos has stepped in. Carlos has run several membrane plants in the region.
Carlos previously worked for Whitewater and Applied Water.
ITEM 3: MODERNIZATION PROJECT UPDATE
John informed the board that there was a kick-off meeting to work on the SCADA system.
Mr. Miller told Veolia that Cal First, the bank leasing the plant modernization project, wants to speak with the WPCC directly. They would like to have the plant modernization project’s specifics elaborated.
Mr. Burke and Mr. Bernadini will go to a meeting with NIC to dry-run the computer software that will run the plant.
Ms. Stauffer said she could send a letter to all the neighbors of the plant informing them of the work that will be done during the plant shutdown.
SCADA for the panels has been built and is ready to be tested.
Mr. Pattee asked Mr. Bernadini if the update includes the option for manual control. Mr. Bernadini explained that physical switches, Hand or Auto (HOA), will not be present in the new system. The integrity of the membranes comes before the ability of the user to manually switch on and off features of the system. Non-Membrane components of the plant have HOA.
John informed the board that they will be adding an additional pressure controller.
Mr. Bernardini told the board that a typical flow day would require nine trucks to process if the plant had to shut down.
Chair Regan asked Veolia what they are most concerned about with the plant shutdown.
The new SCADA system will result in many efficiency and functionality upgrades, including the UV system.
Ms. Atamian asked about the Harmonic Diffuser.
Mr. Klump asked Veolia about their confidence in the security of the system. Mr. Bernadini answered by saying that Veolia has access and can allow outside parties to access it with limitations. The Virtual Private Network currently installed is Dcian. New system will have 2-step verification along with a VPN.
Mr. Miller asked the 140 lines of code. John said the difference between Layne’s code and NIC is what NIC added to Layne’s program.
Veolia left the meeting at 8:30PM.
ITEM 4: APPROVAL OF 2019 MEETING DATES
Mr. Eubanks made a motion to approve the meeting dates. The scheduled dates for 2019 are as follows:
January 16, 2019
February 20, 2019
March 20, 2019
April 17, 2019
May 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
July 17, 2019
August 21, 2019
September 18, 2019
October 16, 2019
November 20, 2019
December 18, 2019
Mr. Pattee seconded the motion. The votes were 5 yes votes (Pattee, Regan, Eubanks, Atamian, and Klump) and 1 abstention (Mr. Miller). The motion carried.
ITEM 5: 12 OLD MILL ROAD APARTMENT APPROVAL
Al Marsili wants to create an apartment in the two bedrooms that are upstairs.
There is an Aquarion meter on the building, as well as an old Veolia meter.
The board asked Katherine to determine the current allocation for 12 Old Mill Road and what a future allocation could be. The entire building is allocated 557 gallons per day.
The Board suggested an allocation 750 gallons per day.
Chair Regan made a motion to change the daily flow allocation to 12 Old Mill Road to 750 gallons per day and to be reviewed in one year’s time (10/17/2018). Mr. Pattee seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.
ITEM 6: RFP REVIEW – AIR VENT REPLACEMENT
Edgerton and Hoffman Energy both bid on this project. Ms. Stauffer informed the board that Carmine’s Heating and Cooling does not bid on project’s like this.
Mr. Miller suggested that this topic be tabled to the next meeting while another vendor bid comes in.
ITEM 7: DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON INVOICES AND FINANCIAL STATUS
As of 10/17/2018, The balance in the Sewer Usage Account is -$28,547.34.
The Elan Credit Card charge of $62 is for the P.O. box that the WPCC uses.
The Fairfield County Tax Collector’s Association has an event concerning Freedom of Information Act. Ms. Stauffer asked the board if they wanted to come. The board suggested that Ms. Stauffer attend the meeting as their representative.
The Safeguard Business Systems charge is for the checks the WPCC uses to pay its bills.
Chair Regan made a motion to authorize an expense of $40 for Katherine Stauffer to attend the Fairfield County Tax Collector’s Association meeting on the Freedom of Information Act. Mr. Pattee seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.
Chair Regan made a motion to pay all the bills except the Veolia monthly October and the Veolia Reimburables September 2018, subject to review of the August 2018 reimbursables, and subject to receipt of funds. The invoices to be paid are as follows:
Abel Womack, $145.00
Aquarion Meter Readings, $70.52
Aquarion Monthly, $252.49
EDF Energy Services, $4,427.08
Elan (Town Credit Card Charge for P.O. Box), $62.00
Fairfield County Tax Collectors Association, $40.00
Hocon Gas, $15.00
Safeguard Business Systems (Checks), $292.13
Veolia Meter Readings, $473.76
Veolia Monthly September, $27,678.05
Mr. Pattee seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.
ITEM 8: COMMISSION MEMBER COMMENTS
Meadow Ridge had a letter sent to them to inform them of their violation and their responsibility to report to the State of Connecticut DEEP.
Chair Regan asked if there were any updates on the GLDC. Mr. Pattee said that the foreclosure is continuing, but there is disagreement amongst the various parties.
ITEM 9: PUBLIC COMMENT
There were no members of the public present for the public comment.
ITEM 10: ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Miller made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Chair Regan seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05PM.