Utilities Commission Meeting Minutes – October 2, 2017

UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING

OCTOBER 2, 2017

Mayor Cerino called the meeting to order at 7:31 p.m. In attendance were Council members Liz Gross, Linda C. Kuiper, Samuel T. Shoge 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 September 5, 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 $1,034,212.71 and an additional $650,000.00 was set aside in capital funds for a total of $1,684,212.71.

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

Mr. Sipes stated that every three (3) years the Utilities Department performs lead and copper sampling and said he wanted to thank the volunteers who participated and added that there were four (4) new this year.

Mr. Sipes stated that major tree trimming took place at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. They hired out the work because the limbs were over voltage lines. He said that the bill was approximately $4,000.00.

Mr. Sipes stated that when Delmarva Power was setting a pole at the intersection of Byford Drive and Campus Avenue, there was a report of the odor of petroleum emanating from the hole. He said that he collected soil samples of the fluid in the ground and sent it the lab.  Upon the report from the lab he may do core samplings in the area.

Ms. Gross asked how far the hole was from the well that was abandoned right after the hospital oil spill (Town Well #8). Mr. Sipes stated that it was approximately 150’ away.  Mr. Sipes stated that the hole was a boring for a new pole setting and was only about 8’ to 10’ deep.  Ms. Gross stated that the property owner where the hole was dug was told by Delmarva Power that it was creosote racking at the bottom of the old pole.  Mr. Sipes stated that the hole was new and did not have a pole, but if it was creosote he would find that out.

There being no further business, Ms. Gross moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:39 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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