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Minutes of Water Pollution Control Commission, 04/16/2014

AGENDA: Water Pollution Control Commision

RECEIVED 04/17/2014 4:45pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


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

Also present: Mark Batorski & George Ciccone (Veolia) and Rahul R. Shah (CL&P)

Chairman Regan called the regular meeting of the WPCC to order at 7:57 pm at the Georgetown Wastewater Treatment Plant office. Commission members toured the facility prior to the meeting.


Motion: move that the minutes of the March 19, 2014 meetings be accepted as submitted. Miller, Atamian.  Approved. Unanimous.


Ms. Atamian introduced Rahul R. Shah, Associate Energy Engineer Conservation and Load Management with CL&P. Mr. Shah toured the plant with Mr. Batorski and reviewed the equipment and energy needs.  He noted that most equipment is fairly new and has the VFD (variable frequency drive) which is a great energy saver.  He will need to do further research on the UV energy needs to determine potential savings.  He explained the CL&P program for municipalities and the benefits/savings that could be achieved. He will submit a report to Mr. Batorski with any recommendations for changes that could be made now, or in the future, that could result in savings.


A written report was submitted. Mr. Batorski highlighted the report and provided additional information.

  • Two sludge removals and two wastings were done in the past month.  Mr. Batorski estimates the frequency of sludge removals and wastings will continue at twice a month.  The sludge removal removes the solids and the wastings are done to control the biology of the system.
  • All UV’s & sleeves were changed.  One UV bank is running with full compliance.
  • Safety inspection by Veolia’s Northeast Region Health and Safety Manager: the annual inspection went well and the report indicated the overall facility is in really good shape.
  • 58,000 gpd was the average flow.
  • Computer programming and cleaning instructions were finalized by NIC working with Layne on April 2, 2014.  The maintenance cleaning is on an automated cycle.

With the finalization of the computer programming issues, the installation of the new membrane project was considered complete.  The final payment to Layne was discussed.  A final invoice is being generated by Veolia that will reflect the charges for NIC services, the other charges and the splitting of the cost of the forklift.


Mr. Batorski reported the Veolia department that handles the meter installations has been given the information for the replacement/repair of the meters for the Black Cat Grill, TDBank, and Landmark School.  The work should be completed by the next meeting.


Layne Invoice, final payment:  the final invoice to Layne will be paid as soon as the final numbers are available from Veolia for the services of NIC, the splitting of the forklift costs and some other expenses related to the installation of the new membranes.

Motion: move that the Water Pollution Control Commission authorize a final payment to Layne when the final expenses become available, and the payment is from the funds allocated by the Board of Finance for the membrane replacement project ($350,000 plus $50,000).   Regan, Atamian.  Approved. Unanimous.

The available balance in the Usage account as of April 14, 2014 is $50,425.51

Open invoices were reviewed.

1 AT&T, est. $235. 00

2 CL&P,  $2,689.57

3 Transcanada, $3,988.16

4  Deluca Hardware, $99.00

5 Veolia monthly services for March 2014, for  $26,394.02

6 Veolia Reimbursement for January, $3,034.53

7 Veolia Reimbursement for February, $8,141.08

TOTAL, $44,581.36

Motion: move to approve payment of invoices listed above, subject to review of the reimbursables by Mr. Regan. Regan, Pattee. Approved. Unanimous.

Invoices not approved: Veolia monthly invoice for April,  $26,394.02

The current balance in the Sewer Assessment Account is $23,664.32.

Board of Finance loans to WPCC as of April 14, 2014 is $1,225,713.75.  This new balance reflects an additional loan of $50,000 approved on March 24, 2014.

The draft Loan Agreement “Loan Agreement Between Water Pollution Control Commission and Town of Redding” was reviewed.  Members discussed some concerns about the content of the draft agreement.  No action was taken.


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

The meeting adjourned at 9:25 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Maday, Recording Secretary