UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Mayor Cerino called the meeting to order at 7:31 p.m. In attendance were Council members Liz Gross, Linda Kuiper, Samuel T. Shoge and Mauritz Stetson, Bob Sipes, Utilities Director, Jennifer Mulligan, Town Clerk, and guests.
Mayor Cerino asked if there were any additions or corrections to the Utilities Commission meeting minutes of August 17, 2015. 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 was $604,861.38 and there was $495,400.00 set aside in capital funds.
Mayor Cerino asked for a motion to pay the bills. Mr. Stetson moved to pay the bills as submitted, was seconded by Mr. Shoge and carried unanimously.
Mr. Sipes stated that the clarifiers at the Wastewater Treatment Plant were being repaired, although still operating, and that as soon as the parts were received the repairs would be completed.
Mr. Sipes stated that both generators recently purchased were installed and working.
Mr. Sipes stated that the Hospital was proceeding with the Action Plan and were working in Priority Zone 1. He said that eight (8) injections were taking place each week with two (2) injection and two (2) extraction events each week at two hundred eighty (280) gallons of Ivey-sol used per injection, for a total of approximately two thousand (2,000) gallons per week being injected and removed from the ground. To date, upon injection at one well, Ivey-sol was immediately being removed by a recovery well due to the preferential flow paths. Mr. Sipes stated that he ordered TPHDRO (the test used at the Hospital site for monitoring fuel oil) and he would run tests on the wells at the water plant as a precaution. Mr. Sipes stated that he was performing this testing so when he is asked if there is anything harmful in the water, he can say with certainty that there is not.
Mr. Sipes stated that he was advertising for a full-time utility worker. He said that the crew has been working shorthanded by one (1) employee for approximately eight (8) years and there was scheduled sick time coming up for an employee.
Mr. Sipes stated that there was a leak at Byford Court and Richard Drive and in order to fix it the resident had to temporarily move their rose garden. He said that he wanted to thank the resident for their cooperation in getting the leak fixed.
Mr. Sipes stated that there were problems with several sewer laterals in Town lately. He said that that they repaired a line on Mount Vernon Avenue and Rolling Road with two (2) pending, on Devon Drive and in the alley behind Greenwood Avenue.
Mr. Sipes stated that UV bulbs at the lagoon were due to be replaced and the Council would see a bill for over $8,000.00 for the replacement bulbs in with tonight’s bills for payment.
Ms. Gross asked if the solar power has been hooked up yet. Mr. Sipes stated that he did not know as Mr. Ingersoll was the person working on that project with Solar City.
Mr. Shoge asked about the collapsed sidewalk in Coventry II on Devon Drive. Mr. Sipes stated that the sidewalk collapsed because the base was not compacted correctly when the water and sewer lines were replaced, which left a void under the concrete. Mr. Sipes stated that the concrete crew was going to repair the sidewalk and bill the plumber who performed the repair, if the plumber did not handle it in a timely manner.
There being no further business, Mr. Stetson moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m., was seconded by Ms. Gross and carried unanimously.
Submitted by: Approved by:
Jennifer Mulligan Chris Cerino
Town Clerk Mayor