WATER POLLUTION CONTROL COMMISSION
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16. 2019
TOWN HALL CONFERENCE ROOM
Filed Subject to Approval
Rich Regan, Chair
Eugene Burke and Carlos Paiva, Veolia Water
Chair Regan called the meeting to order at 7:30PM in the Conference Room of the Town Hall Building.
ITEM 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM DECEMBER 19, 2018 MEETING
Mr. Miller said to edit the last sentence of the third paragraph on page 2. He said to change, “He said the Mr. Johnson will be back next week to follow through with this upgrade,” to, “He said that Mr. Johnson will be back next week to follow through with this upgrade”.
Mr. Miller said to the last sentence of the third paragraph on page 3. He said to change, “Ms. Stauffer said she will start working the letter tomorrow”, to, “Ms. Stauffer said she will start working on the letter tomorrow.”
Mr. Miller said to edit the first paragraph of page 5. He said to change, “Mr. Miller asked Ms. Stauffer to contact Veolia about Oak Ridge and ask the Town of Redding about moving onto their contract”, to, “Mr. Miller asked Ms. Stauffer to Contact Veolia about Oak Ridge and ask about making the Town of Redding contract holder”.
Ms. Atamian made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 19, 2018 meeting as amended. Chair Regan seconded the motion. There were five yes votes (Regan, Miller, Pattee, Atamian, and Klump) and one abstention (Eubanks). The motion passed.
ITEM 2: REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER PLANT MANAGERS
Eugene Burke and Carlos Paiva informed the WPCC about the plant operation.
Operational and Maintenance:
– Weekly power washing of the on-line primary drum screener.
– Internal wasting totaled 10,802 gallons.
– 8,434 gallons of waste sludge were removed for off-site disposal.
– Compressor service was completed.
– An air compressor failed prior to the compressor service. A switch was replaced.
– A blower kicked out and went back online. There was nothing wrong with it.
– A propane tank on the site was filled. Propane usage is being monitored closely.
Regulatory & Compliance:
– There were no permit violations for Redding in the month of December 2018.
– The plant completed 16 years without any loss time incidents or safety hazards.
– No CBYD for the month of December.
ITEM 3: MODERNIZATION PROJECT UPDATE AND SCHEDULE
NIC has visited the plant to address some items that are out of the established parameters. The plant has been operating at a normal level.
Mr. Bernardini is going to make the tablets operational. Mr. Burke showed the commission a tablet that will be used for the plant.
Mr. Burke said the modernization project is ahead of schedule.
Mr. Burke said that a complete membrane cleaning is scheduled after NIC is finished with their work at the plant.
Mr. Miller asked about the office computer. Mr. Burke said this will be completed soon.
He said that Matt Johnson is handling this project.
Mr. Miller asked Mr. Burke about the scheduled completion of the project. He asked why April is the completion date. Mr. Burke said that he based this date on the schedule that was given to the Commission. Mr. Miller asked Mr. Burke to ask Mr. Oatley and Mr. Johnson to confirm when the project will be completed. He said that there is a final invoice to be paid upon completion of the project.
Chair Regan asked Mr. Burke if Veolia has a to-do list that is being checked off as the project moves forward, ensuring that everything is completed. Mr. Burke said that Veolia has been careful to ensure each step of the process is being addressed.
Ms. Atamian asked if the screens on the new operating system are different from the old system. Mr. Burke said that the new system has all the same functionality with less distractions.
Mr. Miller asked Mr. Burke if there are any replacement parts for the digital DLCs at the plant. Mr. Burke said he is not aware of any replacement parts but can find that out.
Mr. Miller asked Mr. Burke if NIC has cleaned up the analog DLC equipment. Mr. Burke said that Veolia is waiting on NIC to complete their work before this is dealt with.
Chair Regan asked about selling the analog DLC equipment. Mr. Burke discussed the possible options regarding the aftermarket and selling the parts. Mr. Miller asked Mr. Burke to have an inventory of the analog DLC parts ready for the next WPCC meeting.
Mr. Pattee asked Mr. Burke about the blower failure. Mr. Burke explained that the blower shut off, and no alarm went off when it happened. It was fixed quickly. He also discussed what happened with the air compressor.
Mr. Pattee asked Mr. Burke about the email that was sent to the Commission about the change in permits. Mr. Burke said the email was for industrial users and does not affect the WPCC or the plant.
Ms. Atamian asked Mr. Burke how the Redding Brewing Company has affected the plant. She asked about pH changes. Mr. Burke said any pH changes that are detected are usually affected by cleaning products used at Meadow Ridge.
Chair Regan asked about the average flow for the last month. Mr. Burke said the average daily flow was 43,000 gallons. Mr. Burke discussed how data is being captured currently.
Veolia left at 8:03PM.
ITEM 4: DISCUSSION OF 18 MAIN STREET METER REPLACEMENT REIMBURSEMENT
Mr. Smith informed the Commission that Ms. Stauffer will invoice the owners of the 18 Main Street residence for the remote reading device. Town of Redding regulations require homeowners to pay for the replacement of meters and other devices related to sewer usage.
ITEM 5: DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON INVOICES AND FINANCIAL STATUS
Ms. Atamian made a motion to approve all invoices, except Veolia Monthly-January, subject to the availability of funds. Mr. Eubanks seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.
Invoices to be paid:
Aquarion Monthly: $440.54
Aquarion Meter Readings: $68.80
Call Before You Dig: $64.60
Edgerton HVAC: $2,849.50
Hocon Gas: $1,434.51
Hocon Industrial Gas: $15.00
State of CT Boiler Inspection: $160.00
Veolia CBYD – August 2018: $15.00
Veolia Meter Readings: $473.16
Veolia Reimbursable – November 2018: $8,036.12
Veolia Monthly – December: $29,380.16
ITEM 6: COMMISSION MEMBER COMMENTS
Chair Regan asked the Commission about the interior grease trap email that Doug Hartline sent the commission. The Commission discussed how grease traps work and if the owner of the Cookie Place should resubmit their grease trap proposal. Chair Regan said he will be in contact with Mr. Hartline about this topic.
Mr. Miller asked to be on the agenda of the BOF meeting on Monday, January 28, 2019. He said he will discuss the modernization project. He stated his difficulties obtaining information about the project. He said that Nancy Darnell of Cal First National Bank contacted him about the project due to their difficulty contacting Veolia Water. Discussion followed about the project.
Ms. Atamian asked the Commission about the Harmonic Distortion project. Mr. Miller said he will have the third bid for this project soon. He explained that this latest bid is the most affordable and would make it easy for the BOF to approve.
ITEM 7: PUBLIC COMMENT
The floor was opened to public comment. There were no members of the public present for public comment.
ITEM 8: ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Miller motioned to adjourn. Mr. Eubanks seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion passed.