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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 06/17/2020

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 07/13/2020 8:30am
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL COMMISSION
Regular Meeting
Virtual Zoom Meeting
June 17, 2020

Present: Amy Atamian, Todd Eubanks, Rich Regan, Dave Pattee, Kirby Klump.
Also Present: Eugene Burke and Carlos Pavia of Veolia, Venessa McPherson, Michele Sinatra and Harry Freeman from Educational Playcare

Amy Atamian called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM

ITEM 1: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE MAY 20, 2020 MEETING.

MOTION: Approve minutes from the May 20, 2020 Meeting. K. Klump, motion. T. Eubanks, second. Passed unanimously

ITEM 2: REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER PLANT MANAGERS

Health and Safety

Veolia Water monthly safety training topics conducted in May 2020:

  • Walking – Working Surfaces – What Employees Need to Know
  • The project has completed 19 years with no safety incidents.

Noteworthy Operational Information / Maintenance and PM

  • Weekly power washing of the on-line primary drum screener
  • Wasted 21,141 gallons of sludge from the recycle wet well to the GBT
  • 10,282 gallons of waste was removed for off-site disposal
  • Membrane tank levels fluctuating
    • Something caused the membrane tanks to lose volume and then switches to fill up very quickly. It is causing the membrane tanks to be lower in volume than they should be. Whether it was a power surge or something else; Veolia is working with Layne and NIC to figure out what is causing this. Mr. Burke assured the commission that the membranes are not compromised, it is just a glitch in the program.
    • McPherson asked if the solutions used to clean the membranes could have caused this problem. Mr. Burke stated that this would not be the case. Veolia follows the Layne cleaning protocols and the last cleaning went very well.
    • Pattee asked why there wasd a power surge and what is being done about that. Mr. Burke stated that he is working with John Oatley and Matt Johnson of Veolia and they would be sending a report in the next couple of days.
    • Atamian asked if the people working on the power study could come in for the next meeting to speak about putting a solid plan into place.

Regulatory & Compliance

  • There were no permit violations for Redding in the month of May 2020

Alarms 

  • None
CBYD
  • 5-20-2020: 52 Old Georgetown Rd – No mark out required
  • 5-20-2020: 115 Redding Rd – No mark out required
Mr. Pattee asked why there have been multiple CBYD’s at the same place for the second month in a row. Mr. Burke stated that they have been called out multiple times to mark out this area. zxs

Points for Discussion

  • Drum screener repair – parts should arrive Thursday 6-11 or Friday 6-12. The company that makes the parts is based out of the Midwest, and due to COVID19 there has been a delay in shipments. Mr. Burke has requested that Municipal Maintenance include an additional grease fitting, so this issue does not occur again.
  • Recirculation pump may have an obstruction in the impeller – There is something that got inside and jammed the propeller. Mr. Burke has called a contractor to come out and assess what has going on. He does not believe that the motors have burned out but it must be something lodged inside of the impeller. Mr. Burke hopes to have an answer as to whats going on in the next few days.
  • Odor control fan failure – One of the motors failed. There are not currently any odor issues with one fan out of commission. It will be $2,700 to fix. Since both fans are over 14 years old, Mr. Eubanks asked if it may be smart to replace both. Mr. Burke stated that it is not needed right now.
  • UV Sensor failure and purchase of new unit – The unit currently in place is older. There is a new unit at the plant that had failed and the sensor for that can be purchased at a discounted price of around $680. This is not a priority.
  • Raw sewage pump repair and purchase of a new replacement – There was a raw sewage pump failure. A contractor came out to look at what happened and while they were at the plant, the other pump completely failed. Once the pumps were removed and inspected, both motors were in bad shape and there were multiple mechanical issues with both of them. Both pumps that failed had a life span of 8-10 years; they were 14 years old and well beyond repair. The cost of a new pump is $,730 each. Mr. Burke suggested that one be purchased now, and the other be purchased after the start of the new fiscal year.
  • Atamian stated that these repairs are the reason it is imperative to have a list of capital items that include their life spans and cost to replace.

Ms. Atamian asked Mr. Burke about the COVID-19 protocols that he was supposed to send. He said he will send it tomorrow.

Mr. Pattee asked about the PAC levels being below permitted amount. He asked if the PAC would still be below the permitted amount if there was an increased flow, or if the plant were running at capacity. Mr. Burke stated that he is confident that if the plant were running at capacity, they would still be meeting the permitted amount of PAC used at the plant.

Ms. Atamian asked Mr. Burke if he got a better price on the raw sewage pump replacement that was discussed at last months meeting. Mr. Burke stated that he had not done that and had thought the board was going to decide on whether or not they would be making then purchase. Ms. McPherson asked where this falls in the order of criticality to be fixed. Mr. Burke stated that it should probably be purchased now so that it can be at the plant ready to go when the pump fails.

ITEM 3: MICHELE SINATRA, NANCY WALSH, AND HARRY FREEMAN FROM EDUCATIONAL PLAYCARE – TENANTS OF 20 PORTLAND AVE TO PRESENT ANTICIPATED USAGE.

Mr. Freeman is the Director of Development for Educational Playcare. They are looking to open a new facility at 20 Portland Ave, the old Landmark Academy. Mr. Freeman stated that there will be around 180 students at the facility per day along with a limited service commercial kitchen. The total estimated flow is 2,340 GPD. They hope to open in September.

Motion: Approve the usage of 2,490 GPD for Educational Playcare at 20 Portland Ave. TO BE REVIEWED IN 1 YEAR. D. Pattee, motion. T. Eubanks, second. Passed unanimously.

ITEM 4: DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON INVOICES AND FINANCIAL STATUS

Motion: Request remaining balance of $99,125 from the Board of Finance. T. Eubanks, motion. D. Pattee, second. Passed unanimously.

Motion: Pay all bills totaling $66,205.34. D. Pattee, motion. T. Eubanks, second. Passed unanimously.

 Aquarion Monthly: $343.59

  1. Edgerton Inc. – Boiler Issue: $2,630.33
  2. Eversource: $5,413.94
  3. Frontier: $298.27
  4. Hocon Gas: $15.00
  5. Oak Ridge Hauling: $160.37
  6. Veolia Monthly May 2020: $28,671.92
  7. Veolia Monthly June 2020: $28,671.92

ITEM 5: COMMISSION MEMBER COMMENTS
NONE

ITEM 6: PUBLIC COMMENT
NONE

ITEM 7: ADJOURNMENT
Motion to adjourn: T. Eubanks, motion. D. Pattee, second.

Meeting adjourned at 9:17PM

Submitted by Katherine Stauffer