Utilities Commission, Town Agendas & Minutes, 2022|

CHESTERTOWN UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING

JUNE 3, 2024

Mayor Foster called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. In attendance were Councilmembers Tim O’Brien, Jose Medrano and Meghan Efland, 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 May 6, 2024.  Councilman Herz made a motion to approve the minutes of the Utilities Commission meeting of May 6, 2024, as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.

Mayor Foster stated that the operating funds on hand were $706,660.41. He asked for a motion to pay the bills. Councilwoman Efland made a motion to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman Medrano and passed unanimously.

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

Mr. Sipes reported that the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Water treatment plant upgrade would be advertised in the paper this week and has been distributed to several engineering companies.

Mr. Sipes reported that the Lagoon farm rent would be coming up for renewal. He asked when Shore Rivers and the Natural Land Project contract would take effect in 2025. Mr. O’Brien confirmed not until February 2025.

Mr. Sipes reported that well #5 at the water treatment plant was back online. The pump had failed and was replaced, and a pitiless adapter had been installed.

Mr. Sipes noted that the Trojan bill for $5000 was for the UV system.

Mr. Sipes reported that he had received a load of aluminum chloride. He has looked into less expensive options but has found that other options are more costly.

Mr. Sipes reported that he gave the lagoon solar system presentation to Mr. Forlini, Esquire, and noted that he felt the town should not proceed with this project.  He noted that this company does not actually install the equipment but locks in a 7-year agreement for $5000-7000 and shops around and sell the project to another company to install the solar.

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, Councilwoman Efland motioned to adjourn the meeting at 6:06 p.m. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and passed unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                                         Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                                   David Foster, Mayor

 

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