UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
MARCH 7, 2022
Mayor Foster asked for a moment of silence for the people of Ukraine.
Mayor Foster called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were Council members Tim O’Brien, Tom Herz, Jose Medrano 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 minutes of the meeting of February 7, 2022. Ms. Efland moved to approve the minutes of the February 7, 2022 meeting as presented, was seconded by Mr. O’Brien and carried unanimously.
Mayor Foster stated that funds on hand for the Utilities Commission was $2,426,250.69 with designated capital funds set aside for capital projects in the amount of $1,249,923.68.
Mayor Foster asked for a motion to pay the bills. Mr. O’Brien moved to approve payment of the bills as submitted, was seconded by Ms. Efland and carried unanimously.
Mr. Sipes stated that he found that the sewer jetter did not have enough hose length to reach some manholes and he purchased additional hoses that added 500’ to the jetter.
Mr. Sipes stated that the Chemscan unit as the Wastewater Treatment Plant was having problems and he was having issues getting responses from the company they use for parts and he was looking for alternatives (like going to probes where he can gauge temperature adjustment). He said that the firm may be unreliable but the Chemscan unit was needed daily. He would continue to try to resolve the issue or look for alternatives.
Mr. Sipes stated that he replaced the bearings on a motor at the pump station.
Mr. Sipes stated that three (3) fire hydrants have been hit in the last month. One is completely broken, one has been repaired, and the third must dig up the third before he can determine the damage. He said that CPD has reports on costs so far, but he would not know the full cost of the damage until the last hydrant was removed. He said that was when he would file a claim.
Mr. O’Brien asked if funding was needed for a new Chemscan unit. Mr. Sipes stated that the last pump that he needed he was able to get from E-bay and that he installed it himself. He said that there were not that many parts out there and he was not the only person having this issue. Mr. Sipes stated that he had calls into two different companies to see if they could take over. He said that he could not estimate right now what the cost would be of new equipment but guessed it would be around $50,000.00.
There being no further business, Ms. Efland moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:17 p.m., was seconded by Mr. Medrano and carried unanimously.
Submitted by: Approved by:
Jennifer Mulligan David Foster
Town Clerk Mayor