Utilities Commission Meeting Minutes – June 6, 2017

UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING

JUNE 6, 2017

Mayor Cerino called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m. In attendance were Council members Liz Gross, and Mauritz Stetson, Bob Sipes (Utilities Manager), Jennifer Mulligan (Town Clerk), and guests.

Mayor Cerino asked if there were any additions or corrections to the Utilities Commission meeting minutes of May 1, 2017. Mr. Stetson moved to approve the minutes as presented, was seconded by Ms. Gross and carried unanimously.

Mayor Cerino stated that operating funds on hand is $1,047,430.10 and an additional $589,000.00 was set aside in capital funds for a total of $1,636,430.10.

Mayor Cerino asked for a motion to pay the bills.  Ms. Gross moved to pay the bills as submitted, was seconded by Mr. Stetson and carried unanimously.

Mr. Sipes stated that there was a blockage on the low pressure force main along Rt. 291 feeding to the Kent County Public Works building and David A. Bramble. He said that a non-functional valve was gutted and the line was put back together without the valve.

Mr. Sipes stated that water service was replaced on the 100 block of Washington Avenue at night, noting that he worked with a private contractor to finish the job. Mr. Sipes stated that a leak on the 200 block of South Water Street was repaired and as soon as the ground compacts it would be blacktopped.

Mr. Sipes stated that a 2” fire line was run to the old police station to provide service for a sprinkler system as part of an agreement made when the building was sold.

Ms. Gross asked for a status update on the hospital oil spill monitoring. Mr. Sipes stated that monthly reports are being received and the only troublesome thing that he has seen are the constant detects in monitoring well #20.  Mr. Sipes said that until the remediation at the hospital was performed there was only one detect ever in that well but since the remediation there are petroleum detects at every sampling event.  There were no detects in the sentinel wells.

Mr. Sipes stated that Ivy Sol was still being detected in the wells 8 months after it was used, although it was supposed to be out of the water completely within a 30 day timeframe.

Mr. Gross asked for an update on the one day event of questionable results at the waste water treatment plant. Mr. Sipes stated that he still did not know what caused that anomaly where total phosphorus for that day was over 3 (when a normal reading is .2).  Suspended solids were also elevated that day.  He said that the total phosphorous average was brought down by other samples during the month and did not increase the overall average by more than a fraction of a point.  He did not expect a violation.  All numbers were on track and all samples other than that one day were normal.

There being no further business, Ms. Gross moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:41 p.m. was seconded by Mr. Stetson and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                 Approved by:

Jennifer Mulligan                                            Chris Cerino

Town Clerk                                                     Mayor

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