Utilities Commission, Town Agendas & Minutes, 2018|



Mayor Cerino called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were Council members David Foster, Linda C. Kuiper, Rev. Ellsworth Tolliver 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 6, 2018. Mr. Stetson moved to approve the minutes of August 6, 2018 as submitted, was seconded by Rev. Tolliver and carried unanimously.

Mayor Cerino stated that operating funds on hand is $1,771,515.93 with designated capital funds set aside for capital projects at $802,000.00.

Mayor Cerino asked for a motion to pay the bills.  Mr. Stetson moved to pay bills as submitted, was seconded by Rev. Tolliver and carried unanimously.

Mr. Sipes stated that Well #2 at the water plant was offline. He said that he tried to have Earth Data pull the pump out of the well with no luck, and the Utilities Crew tried to remove it as well.  He said that the entire pitless adaptor at the top of the well had to be pulled off in order to remove the pump.  In the process, a leak in the discharge line was uncovered.  He said that the discharge line ran into the back of the water plant, and possibly under the plant, but they were trying to trace it from there with test holes.  Mr. Sipes stated that he was beginning to think that the line is attached to the slab of the building and said that it would be reroute the line outside.  When it was finished a new mapping of the well system would be put on file.

Mr. Sipes stated that he ordered four (4) new air valves for the wastewater treatment plant and the Council should see a larger expense in the bills for that purchase, anywhere between $2,000.00 and $2,500.00.

Mr. Sipes stated that he installed the new computer and software for the GIS mapping at the waste water treatment plant. Earth Data has begun marking the lines in Town and will start to import the sewer layer to the new system and then integrating the water layer.

Mr. Sipes stated that he called MDE regarding the signage that was on the old Admiral Cleaners building and said that despite how the sign read, there was no cleanup planned for the site. He presented the Council with a synopsis of where was drilled and lab results on what was found.  Mr. Sipes stated that test borings went between 20’ to 22’ and the aquifer it somewhere between 45’ and 80’ deep.  He said that PCE is heavier than water so the borings would only show what was entrained in the soil.  He said that MDE advised him that no cleanup was planned.  Mr. Sipes stated that the contamination was found in shallow areas and the well drilling may cause contamination to spread.

There being no further business, questions or comments Mr. Foster moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:41 p.m. was seconded by Ms. Kuiper and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                 Approved by:

Jennifer Mulligan                                            Chris Cerino

Town Clerk                                                     Mayor

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