Utilities Commission, Town Agendas & Minutes, 2022|

CHESTERTOWN UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING

APRIL 1, 2024

 

Mayor Foster called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. In attendance were Councilmembers Tim O’Brien, Tom Herz, and Jose Medrano. Also in attendance, Bob Sipes (Utilities Manager), Larry DiRe (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 March 4, 2024.  Councilman Herz made a motion to approve the minutes of the Utilities Commission meeting of March 4, 2024, as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilman Medrano and passed unanimously.

Mayor Foster stated that the operating funds on hand were $538,205.22. He asked for a motion to pay the bills. Councilman O’Brien made a motion to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and passed unanimously.

Mayor Foster called on Mr. Sipes for his Utilities Commission report. 

Mr. Sipes reported that the company contracted to replace the PLCs (programmable logic controller) at the wastewater treatment plant took money upfront but had not performed the work. He stated he had been refunded the money and the company recommended Keystone Engineering, the same crew designing the water treatment plant upgrade, to replace the PLCs. He noted that he will be getting bids from other companies.

Mr. Sipes reported that they put cold patch on High Street in front of the library. He noted that the experiment with the millings was not successful. The millings came out of the hole at about the same rate that stone typically does. However, the millings do make great top compaction material but does not bind like stone.

Mr. Herz stated that residents have complained that the dust from the millings has been coating the houses. Mr. Sipe stated that he had not received any calls or was aware of any complaints.

Mr. Sipes noted the lagoon was getting hard to handle with the recent rain events. The lagoon was pretty full but not at crisis level yet. He stated that he would be putting in plans to begin allowing gravity flow from the primary lagoon into the treatment plant at a controlled rate to allow the water to go through the treatment processes.

Utility Budget Review

Mr. Sipes reviewed the following budget items:

  • Small pump station behind Dominos was designed for a large house and needs to be replaced and upgraded. The pumps designed for it are no longer available. He noted that it would cost about $93,000 for a complete replacement.
  • Radcliffe pump station once had a comminutor that was removed about 25 years ago and never replaced. The comminutor shreds material in wastewater to make it finer to keep from clogging the pump. A replacement would cost around $105,000.
  • The mower at the lagoon, used to cut the entire lagoon site, is 16 years old. The maintenance costs are getting high and should be replaced.
  • Would provide quotes for the PLC at a later date and give recommendations.

Mr. DiRe noted that the town would be putting in for CDBG later this spring for three (3) projects for which a utility project is one of the three (3).

Mr. O’Brien asked about the water and sewer being provided by the town to the Quaker Neck area and asked to revisit the contract to adjust the rates.

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 6:26 p.m. The motion was seconded by Councilman O’Brien and passed unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                                         Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                                   David Foster, Mayor

 

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