UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
APRIL 6, 2021
In the absence of Mayor Cerino, Mr. Foster moved for Rev. Tolliver to be Acting Mayor for the meeting, was seconded by Mr. Herz and carried unanimously.
Acting Mayor Tolliver called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m. In attendance were Council members David Foster, Thomas Herz and Meghan Efland, Bob Sipes (Utilities Manager), Bill Ingersoll (Town Manager), Kees de Mooy (Zoning Administrator), Jennifer Mulligan (Town Clerk) and guests.
Rev. Tolliver asked if there were any additions or corrections to the Utilities Commission meeting minutes of March 1, 2021. Mr. Herz moved to approve the minutes of March 1, 2021 as submitted, was seconded by Ms. Efland and carried unanimously.
Rev. Tolliver stated that cash on hands for the Utilities Commission was $2,186,466.98 with $1,113,123.68 set aside for capital projects.
Rev. Tolliver asked for a motion to pay the bills. Mr. Foster moved to pay bills as submitted, was seconded by Ms. Efland and carried unanimously.
Mr. Sipes stated that the Chemscan unit at the Wastewater treatment plant has been repaired and is now back online.
Mr. Sipes stated that he ordered and received the piping for the Mill Street extension by the Rail-Trail.
Mr. Sipes stated everyone in the Utilities Department who opted in for vaccinations is now fully vaccinated. He said that two (2) employees did not receive the vaccination.
Mr. Sipes stated that the valve boxes on Hadaway Drive were being worked on and then he would repair the street.
Mr. Sipes stated that he met with MDE regarding the renewal of the discharge permit for the wastewater treatment plant. No significant changes were made but there were some additional testing requirements for certain compounds. He said that these additional testing requirements were being collected Statewide for contamination data. Rev. Tolliver asked what contamination would be in the water. Mr. Sipes stated that household cleaners seem to be the compounds that they were looking for in Chestertown.
Rev. Tolliver asked if there was any other activity with MDE or the Hospital regarding the oil spill. Mr. Sipes stated that the Hospital requested permission from MDE to begin the shutdown. He said that there was a detect in a sentinel well but not for TPH/DRO. He said that he was closely monitoring the situation although the detect was not TPH/DRO, it was a chemical commonly found in heating fuel oil.
There being no further questions or comments, Ms. Efland moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:48 p.m., was seconded by Mr. Herz and carried unanimously.
Submitted by: Approved by: Jennifer Mulligan Chris Cerino
Town Clerk Mayor