CHESTERTOWN UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
JULY 3, 2023
Mayor Foster called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. In attendance were Councilmembers Tim O’Brien, Tom Herz, Jose Medrano and Meghan Efland, W. S. Ingersoll (Town Manager), Lynda Thomas (Town Clerk) and guests.
Mayor Foster asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the Utilities Commission meeting of June 5, 2023. Councilman O’Brien made a motion to approve the minutes of the Utilities Commission meeting of June 5, 2023, as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.
Mayor Foster stated that the operating funds on hand were $2,386,750.72. He asked for a motion to pay the bills. Councilwoman Efland made a motion to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and passed unanimously.
Mayor Foster called on Mr. Bob Sipes for his Utilities Commission report.
Mr. Sipes reviewed high ticket items listed in the budget report.
- $26,448 was spent on the motor for well # 1 at the water treatment plant, that went bad and had to be replaced.
- The pump at the 291-pump station had to be pulled and was sent to the shop for repairs. The shop reported the repairs would cost more than the pump. A new pump was ordered for $21,262.
- An initial payment of $6121, for equipment cost, was sent to Lywood, the electricians working on the PLCs at the water treatment plant to get the process started.
Mr. Sipes reported that the lateral machine still has not arrived. He contacted Vermeer and was told the machine was still on the assembly line. He noted that since the machine was getting additional equipment added, this could be delaying shipment.
Mr. Sipes reported that the consumer confidence report has been updated. It ran in the June 29 Kent News and has been posted to the town website.
Mr. Sipes reported that he has received preliminary approval for the grant that he applied for, for the Richard Drive building/plant. Final approval will not be announced until 2024. He noted that the town may have to cover some of the admin costs for the design portion.
Mr. Sipes said that was all he had to report. Mayor Foster asked if there were any other questions for Mr. Sipes. There being no further business, Councilman Herz motioned to adjourn the meeting at 6:12 p.m. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.
Submitted by: Approved by:
Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk David Foster, Mayor