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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 03/06/2019

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commission

RECEIVED 03/13/2019 12:04pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019
7:30PM
TOWN HALL CONFERENCE ROOM

Filed Subject to Approval

PRESENT:
Rich Regan, Chair
Dave Pattee
Amy Atamian
Jim Miller
Kirby Klump
Todd Eubanks

ALSO PRESENT:
Eugene Burke, Carlos Paiva, John Oatley, Matt Bernardini, and Matt Johnson from Veolia Water; Katherine Stauffer, WPCC Administrator

Chair Regan called the meeting to order at 7:35PM.

ITEM 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM JANUARY 16, 2019 MEETING

Mr. Miller stated that on pages 2 and 3, any time the word “DLCs” is used, this should be replaced with “PLCs”.

Mr. Pattee asked Ms. Stauffer and Mr. Smith to provide the WPCC with a copy of the published minutes before the meetings. Mr. Smith said this will be done moving forward.

Mr. Miller said on Page 4, third paragraph, fourth sentence, the word “NA” should be added after “Veolia Water”.

MOTION:
Mr. Pattee approved the minutes of the January 16, 2019 meeting with the inclusion of the edits. Ms. Atamian seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carries.

ITEM 2: REPORT FROM VEOLIA WATER PLANT MANAGERS

Eugene Burke demonstrated how the new iPads operated.

Operational and Maintenance Information:
– Weekly Power Washing of the on-line primary drum screener completed.
– 32,320 gallons of sludge from the holding tank was removed for off-site disposal.
– Pupper Septic removed 12,000 gallons from aeration.

Regulatory & Compliance Information:
-There were no violations of the permit in the month of January 2019.

Alarms:
– A pump failed in the pump station. This pump was not the correct pump for the function of the pump station. The power cord was short and appeared to be spliced. This has been corrected.
– A compressor was unable to build pressure due to a dried-out and cracked hose.
– In the Influent building the heating unit failed. The contactor failed on the unit, burning out the element and then the motor. The material and labor costs are estimated to be $7,000. The room is explosion-proof, increasing the replacement cost for the heating unit.

Discussion followed concerning the heating unit in the Influent building.

CBYD:
– There were three Call Before You Digs (CBYDs) in the month of January. None of them required mark out.

Other Topics:

Mr. Burke said the Effluent Auto-Sampler has a battery issue. This will be inspected soon.

Mr. Burke said the backup level sensor for aeration has been installed.

Mr. Burke said there is no older Veolia Water site to sell the Analog PLCs to.

Mr. Burke said an air leak was discovered.

Mr. Bernardini explained what happened with the air leak. He said that some gaskets needed to be replaced in the vacuums. He said that there are some valve issues and that these will need to be replaced. Mr. Pattee asked what kind of valves need to be replaced. Mr. Bernardini said that the valves that need to be replaced are hand butterfly valves. He said these would be vacuum rated.

Discussion followed concerning the valve replacement.

Mr. Oatley said that after today’s cleaning, the plant is at full capacity with 60% membrane functionality. Mr. Bernardini said that when the air leaks are fixed, the membranes will be far more efficient and functional.

Mr. Burke said that Jim Benjamin, Michael Bush’s replacement at Layne, has been a great resource for the plant, especially with products that help the plant function.

Chair Regan asked about the Influent Building Heating Unit replacement. Mr. Bernardini said the unit being replaced is built to spec. He said that only a couple of companies manufacture these heating units due to them being explosion proof. He said that it is being sold at cost. He also said that it takes up to four weeks to get the unit to the plant due to it being built to spec.

Mr. Oatley suggested that Veolia have a temporary plan to heat the Influent Building until a decision can be made on purchasing a new heating unit.

Mr. Miller asked if the butterfly valves will be replaced. Mr. Bernardini said that the manual valves will be ready in the next two weeks, but the automatic valves are more complicated. Ms. Atamian asked Mr. Bernardini to provide the board with pricing once it has been researched.

ITEM 3: MODERNIZATION PROJECT UPDATE

Mr. Johnson said the SCADA and PLC systems were finished in January. He said NIC is coming to inspect the plant, and everything should be completed in the next few weeks.

Mr. Johnson said the only issue is the Power Filter. He said that the engineer and manufacturer are disagreeing on what kind of filter should be installed.

Discussion followed concerning the Power Filter.

Mr. Miller said that the contract must be completed before the final payment to Cal First happens.

Mr. Bernardini said he would catalogue the analog Direct Logic Controller parts so that the WPCC can decide what to do with them.

Mr. Miller asked if there are spare parts available for the PLCs. Mr. Johnson said that the PLC parts are readily available, and that if a part is not immediately available, it will not take long to obtain one.

Mr. Johnson said the office computer has been updated to run the Windows 10 operating system.

Mr. Bernardini said he will share options for temporary heating in the Influent Room.

Ms. Stauffer said that Edgerton has done all maintenance on the HVAC system. She said that a motor and fan need to be replaced. Ms. Stauffer said she’ll call Edgerton in the morning to ask for more specific information concerning the motor and fan.

ITEM 4: 18 MAIN STREET METER REIMBURSEMENT COLLECTION

Ms. Stauffer has been in contact with the Town’s Attorney about 18 Main Street. She said that if the WPCC wants the $1,029.45 for the meter replacement, the WPCC must to take the owners to Small Claims Court.

Ms. Stauffer said she will get an itemized list of materials to replace the meter.

Mr. Eubanks said chasing down $1,029.45 is a waste of time and money. Mr. Miller says the Board is setting precedent by the decisions it makes. He said that the Town should pursue this collection to ensure future collections are not ignored by ratepayers.

Mr. Miller asked Ms. Stauffer to compose a letter to the owners of 18 Main St describing the intention of the WPCC to move this to Small Claims court if payment is not received. Ms. Stauffer and Mr. Eubanks will work together to compose this letter.

Veolia Water left at 8:52PM.

ITEM 5: DISCUSSION ON ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Chair Regan said he has been on the Board since 1999. Mr. Pattee said he has been on the board since 1991. Chair Regan stated that officers need to be elected every two years. Chair Regan stated that he has been the Chair of the WPCC on and off since 2007. He is opening up the position of Chairman to the rest of the Board.

Discussion followed concerning who could fill the officer positions. The Board decided to discuss this in further detail at the next meeting.

ITEM 6: DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON INVOICES AND FINANCIAL STATUS

Ms. Stauffer said that Eversource both supplies and delivers electricity to the plant. She said EDF Energy no longer supplies electricity. She stated that this was a town-wide change.

Ms. Stauffer said that the amount of Hocon Gas deliveries increased compared to past billings. Chair Regan asked Ms. Stauffer to look into why the bills are so high and why frequency increased.

Ms. Stauffer ordered new envelopes to send sewer bills in from New Fairfield Press.

MOTION:
Mr. Eubanks made a motion to request a transfer from the BOF for $80,000 and to pay all bills except Veolia Reimbursable for January 2019 and Veolia Monthly for February 2019 subject to the receipt of funds. Ms. Atamian seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.

The bills to be paid are as follows:
Aquarion Monthly, $424.30
Edgerton HVAC, $1340.00
Eversource, $10,094.29
Frontier, $293.63
Hocon Gas, $2,208.15
Hocon Gas, $962.78
Hocon Gas, $882.15
Hocon Industrial Gas, $15.00
Keough’s Hardware, $18.96
New Fairfield Press, $118.00
Oak Ridge Hauling, $160.37
Veolia Monthly – January 2019, $28,245.42
Veolia CBYD – January 2019, $45.00
Veolia Reimbursable – December 2018, $4,450.07

ITEM 7: COMMISSION MEMBER COMMENTS

Mr. Pattee asked Ms. Stauffer to find out how many apartments were approved to be built at 8 Main St. He said that there are serious renovations happening there and that may affect their usage rates.

ITEM 8: PUBLIC COMMENT

Chair Regan opened the floor to public comment. No members of the public were present for public comment.

MOTION:
Mr. Pattee motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:20PM. Ms. Atamian seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous, and the motion carried.

Submitted by,
Zachary Smith