UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
AUGUST 2, 2021
Mayor Foster called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were Council members Samuel Shoge, Tom Herz, Ellsworth Tolliver and Meghan Efland, Bob Sipes (Utilities Manager), Jennifer Mulligan (Town Clerk) and guests.
Mayor Foster asked if there were any additions or corrections to the Utilities Commission meeting minutes of July 6, 2021. Ms. Efland moved to approve the minutes of the Utilities Commission minutes of July 6, 2021, as submitted, was seconded by Rev. Tolliver and carried unanimously.
Mayor Foster stated that cash on hands for the Utilities Commission was $2,367,353.38 with $1,113,123.68 set aside for capital projects.
Mayor Foster asked for a motion to pay the bills. Mr. Herz moved to pay bills as submitted, was seconded by Rev. Tolliver and carried unanimously.
Mr. Sipes stated that there were many large ticket items that were paid in this set of bills and anyone with questions could ask him directly.
Mr. Sipes stated that they were set up for second round of PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) replacements. There were more conversions that needed to be done in the future, but he said that were expected to be quicker this time around since the computer system was already set up and running.
Mr. Herz asked about the Queen Street correlators. Mr. Sipes stated that they were installed today, and he hoped that the correlators will locate the leak within 1” to 2”. He said that he will get first report tomorrow.
Mr. Herz stated that there was a leak on Brown Street and asked if he knew the source of the problem. Mr. Sipes stated that the leak was occurring on the bonnet, and he would open the street and correct the issue by replacing the bonnet with new bolts.
Mr. Sipes stated that screens were replaced on the flow meters at the wastewater treatment plant.
Mr. Sipes stated that the total phosphorous at the wastewater plant has had higher readings that normal and he was hoping it would be rectified soon, adding that he is adding aluminum chloride into the filters to try to knock out the phosphorous.
Mr. Sipes stated that Apex was working on comparing quarterly reports to get a read on what would be required for the study at the Hospital. Mr. Sipes stated that there is no other history of oil spills that would impact the hospital site other than the hospital itself.
There being no further questions or comments, Rev. Tolliver moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:05 p.m., was seconded by Mr. Herz and carried unanimously.
Submitted by: Approved by: Jennifer Mulligan Chris Cerino
Town Clerk Mayor