WATER POLLUTION CONTROL COMMISSION
Virtual Zoom Meeting
May 20, 2020
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Present: Amy Atamian, Todd Eubanks, Rich Regan, Dave Pattee, Kirby Klump.
Also Present: Katherine Stauffer, WPCC Administrator, Eugene Burke and Carlos Pavia of Veolia, and Venessa McPherson.
Amy Atamian called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM
Amy Atamian introduced Vanesa McPherson who is interested in joining the Redding WPCC. She gave a summary of herself and has an extensive background in engineering and wastewater management.
ITEM 1: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 19, 2020 MEETING
Page 2, Second bullet, sub-point: Change “It is not emergent, but does need to be replaced” to “It is not an emergency, but it does need to be replaced.”
MOTION: Approve minutes from the April 15, 2020 Meeting. T. Eubanks, motion. K. Klump, second. Passed unanimously.
ITEM 2: REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER PLANT MANAGERS
Health and Safety
Veolia Water monthly safety training topics conducted in April 2020 included:
• Confined Spaces and Permit Spaces
Noteworthy Operational Information / Maintenance and PM
• Weekly power washing of the on-line primary drum screener.
o Parts for the offline drum screener to be repaired will not be in until June.
• Wasted 26,722 gallons of sludge from recycle wet well to the GBT
• Mulvaney Plumbing will be changing back flow preventer and lab sink faucet and supply hoses
• Egerton Plumbing & Heating on site for boiler issues.
o There is a relay that has gone bad and had to be ordered. Mr. Burke informed the commission that there is a problem diagnosing exactly what the issue is but will provide updates.
• UV system started 4-1-2020
o There is a problem with the sensor. It kept failing, but there was a spare in stock to use. Mr. Burke informed the commission that he will be getting a cost on a new one to prevent this from happening again.
o Mr. Pattee asked if this is a piece of equipment that is required to have by DEEP. Mr. Burke said yes, and although there have been no issues caused by it is failing, he needs to make sure something will not go wrong in the future.
• Organic and inorganic backwash cleaning on the membranes completed
• Abel Womack completed annual forklift service
Regulatory & Compliance
There were no permit violations for Redding in the month of April 2020.
• Pump station alarm – failed pump, reset, pump back in operation
o It could have gotten clogged, there has been no issue since.
• April 24, 2020 – 52 Old Georgetown Road – No mark out required
• April 2 & 24, 2020 – Woods Way – No mark out required
Points for Discussion
• Drum screener repair
• Aeration tank mixer
• Upcoming electrical and pump issues (recirculation – odor control – rsp)
o Odor control fan and a raw sewage pump keep tripping out. Mr. Burke is bringing in an electrician to figure out what the problem is.
• UV Sensor
• Pump purchase
o There is a faulty coupling on a transfer pump. There is an opportunity to purchase an entire transfer pump brand new for about $2,500 cheaper than normal. Some of the pumps around the plant are beginning to wear and Mr. Burke thinks it may be smart to have one on hand in case the entire pump fails. It was ordered for the plant as it was thought to be needed a while ago and it was not. The company that was going to do the work is now willing to sell it at cost. The original price is $17,500 and it would take about 3 months for it to arrive.
o Mr. Pattee stated that since there is still money available from the BOF, this may be an expense the commission can incur. Ms. Atamian stated that although this is true, the WPCC may still need to cover the cost of the investigation into the cracks in the membrane building.
o Ms. McPherson asked Mr. Burke if the plant has a way of prioritizing repairs. Mr. Burke stated that concerns within the plant are prioritized but until the electrical issues are diagnosed, they cannot tell what should take priority. Ms. Atamian asked Mr. Burke to provide a list of repairs that need to be taken care of to be discussed at next month’s meeting.
• COVID-19 plant update
o Veolia has been very on top of making sure plants are safe and clean. There is a procedure in place for PPE, disinfecting, and social distancing. Ms. Atamian asked Mr. Burke to send the commission a copy of the protocol.
Veolia left at 8:22PM
ITEM 3: DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON INVOICES AND FINANCIAL STATUS
MOTION: Pay all invoices (except Veolia Monthly – April 2020 $28,671.92), subject to fund availability, totaling $60,889.62. D. Pattee, motion, T. Eubanks second. Passed unanimously.
1. Aquarion Monthly: $467.95
2. Abel Womack – Planned Maintenance: $186.84
3. Eversource: $10,859.22
4. Frontier Communications: $316.65
5. Hocon Gas: $15.00
6. Jesse Turnier – Overpayment: $33.00
7. Little Blue Construction – 2019: $2,165.00
8. Oak Ridge Hauling: $160.37
9. Veolia CBYD – March 2020: $75.00
10. Veolia CBYD – April 2020: $45.00
11. Veolia Reimbursable – March 2020: $6,040.24
12. Veolia Reimbursable – April 2020: $5,683.51
13. Veolia Monthly – April 2020: $28,671.92
14. Veolia Meter Readings: $486.41
• Ms. Stauffer informed the commission that the small claims judgement against Jesse Turnier, owner of 18 Main St, has been satisfied and filed with the court.
• Little Blue Construction turned in a final invoice for last year’s snow plowing with revised dates and costs.
• Outstanding sewer use charges are $13,175.99
ITEM 4: COMMISSION MEMBER COMMENTS
Mr. Regan stated that a letter was sent to Jim Miller’s wife expressing the commission’s condolences for her loss.
ITEM 5: PUBLIC COMMENT
ITEM 6: ADJOURNMENT
MOTION: Motion to adjourn made by T. Eubanks. Seconded by D. Pattee.
Meeting adjourned at 8:46 PM
Submitted by Katherine Stauffer