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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 10/16/2013

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 10/21/2013 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Minutes

Present: A. Atamian, T. Flagg, J. Miller, D. Pattee, R. Regan

Also present: Mark Batorski, Margie Gallegos &Scott Towler (Veolia) and T. Lepoutre

Chairman Regan called the regular meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:40 pm in the Hearing Room the Redding Town Hall.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion: move that the minutes of the September 18, 2013 meetings be accepted as submitted. Regan, Flagg.  Approved. Unanimous.

REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER

A written report was submitted.  Mr. Towler reported the new membrane system has been online since October 2, 2013 and is functioning well.

  • Veolia staff received the OEM manual from Layne.
  • Remote dial-up system problems are being addressed.
  • Punchlist is being created for Layne to address.
  • SCADA issues are being addressed.
  • A discussion of the use of PAC or Alum on the membranes followed.  Commission members were concerned about the impact of either product on the function of the membranes.  Mr. Batorski noted that the amount of PAC being used has been reduced. Commission members agreed that there should be a review of the permit to determine the phosphorus level that is allowed.
  • UV Lights for disinfection:  The commission was in agreement that the UV lights should be on year-round rather than turned off October 1 as permitted by the State.  The continual use of the UV lights is to reduce the bacteria inflow to the Norwalk River.  Mr. Pattee agreed that this is the right thing to do.  Mr. Batorski plans to reduce the use of the UV lights to reduce costs and still maintain bacteria control at an appropriate level.
  • CBYD:  a CBYD call came in for a property on Highland Avenue for work being done by the Redding Highway Department.  Veolia Water UGAM group marked out the sewer main location. In the process, it was found that UGAM did not have the proper map for what properties should be included. Mr. Miller followed up and provided the UGAM with the proper map.  He is also handling the update and renewal of the CBYD agreement

DISCUSSION OF DISPOSAL OF OLD MEMBRANES AND EQUIPMENT`

Mr. Miller reported that he contacted the Redding Transfer Station regarding the disposal of the old membranes and associated materials.  Larry Kulowiec (Transfer Station Coordinator) has agreed to handle the metal materials from the system. He believes the sale of the metals will be beneficial.  Mr. Towler has discussed the disposal with Mr. Kulowiec and will follow-up on the arrangements.  Veolia staff will disassemble the membranes from the metal structure. The actual membranes will be cut up and disposed of properly.  The metals will be handled through the Transfer Station.  Ms. Atamian and Mr. Regan suggested that some of the membrane material be retained for future forensic examination/review.

REVIEW OF METERS

A listing of meters that could not be read or with meter issues was provided.  These included:

  • 58 Redding Road, Black Cat, meter not yet hooked up
  • 6 Portland Avenue, Georgetown Firehouse, could not locate meter
  • 18 Main Street, house on the hill, no readings for long time
  • 20 Portland Avenue, Landmark Academy, readings have been same, might be malfunctioning meter
  • 73 Redding Road, Georgetown Professional Center, could not locate the meter

Mr. Batorski will follow up on these issues.

Mrs. Lepoutre provided a listing of the properties that have changed to Aquarion water, but still have meters on their properties.  She was asked to prepare a letter to these property owners requesting that the meters be returned to the WPCC.

FINANCIAL STATUS AND APPROVAL OF INVOICES

The balance in the Usage account as of October 16, 2013 is $73,554.48.

The October billing for usage was $95,548.

Open invoices were reviewed.

  1.  AT&T, 10/16/13, estimate of $400 (bill not yet received)
  2.  CL&P, 10/16/13, $2,113.43
  3.  Transcanada, 10/9/2013,$3,209.87
  4.  Hocon Propane, 10/10/13, $169.01
  5.  Redding Town Clerk, 9/24/13, $30.00
  6.  Veolia monthly services for September 2013, for  $26,107.35
  7.  Veolia Reimbursables for August, 9/26/13, $ 5,559.31
  8.  Veolia Reimbursable for Hauling August, 9/26/13, $75,358.63

TOTAL, $ 112,947.60

Motion: move to approve payment of invoices listed above. Regan, Miller. Approved. Unanimous.

The invoice from Veolia for September hauling for $112,411.78 was discussed.   The commission members were in agreement that this invoice should be paid as soon as funds are available.

Motion: move that the Water Pollution Control Commission authorize Chairman Regan to approve payment of the Veolia invoice for hauling for September for $112,411.78 following review of the invoice documentation.  Pattee, Flagg.  Approved. Unanimous.

Invoices not approved:

  • Veolia monthly invoice for October $26,107.35

The amount due from GLDC, as of October 1, 2013, $1,210,522.18

The current balance in the Assessment Account is $23,650.31.

The loan amount recently approved by the Board of Finance was reviewed.

July 22, 2013 meeting:  approved $350,000 for new membranes

August 20, 2013 meeting:        approved $50,000, additional for cost of membranes and

approved $50,000 for hauling expenses

September 23, 2013 meeting:  approved $190,000 to cover hauling costs,

approved $50,000 for operational costs

Total:   $690,000

To date, only $550,000 has been transferred to the WPCC account.  Ms. Lepoutre will request the transfer of the remaining $140,000.

ADJOURNMENT

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

The meeting adjourned at 9:27 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary