Utilities Commission, Town Agendas & Minutes, 2022|

CHESTERTOWN UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING

MARCH 4, 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 February 5, 2024.  Councilman O’Brien made a motion to approve the minutes of the Utilities Commission meeting of February 5, 2024, as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.

Mayor Foster stated that the operating funds on hand were $2,373,517.07. He asked for a motion to pay the bills. Councilwoman Efland made a motion to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman O’Brien and passed unanimously.

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

Mr. Sipes reported that a new security system has been installed at the waste water treatment plant that has better quality video. 

Mr. Sipes reported that the crew replaced more service lines than usual. They have replaced four (4)  water and two (2) sewer lines.

Mr. Sipes reported that well number 5 at the water treatment plant needs a new pump and motor and will also get a new pitless adapter that will move everything below grade instead of pipe coming out of the ground, bent over and going back into the ground.

Mr. Sipes reported that the shafts on the three (3) large pumps at the main pump station at Radcliffe were out of balance and have been repaired.  He noted that the motors are at grade on the 1st floor and the pumps are 3 stories down with an extended shaft that goes the entire distance. A company came in and found that all three (3) were out of balance and repaired them.  The repairs cost $4500 per pump.

Mr. Sipes reported that the second clarifier has been replaced at the wastewater treatment plant.

Mr. Sipes reported that he will have to reapply and reissue the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the water treatment plant upgrade. The EPA and MDE reported that the plant did not meet the requirements. 

Mr. Herz asked about installing a spigot at Memorial Park. Mr. Sipes stated there was a sprinkler system at Memorial Park and could use that line and install a yard hydrant.

Mr. Sipes gave an update on the hospital contamination on Brown Street.  He stated that in the past year, there have been low levels of TPH DRO (total petroleum hydrocarbons and Diesel range organics) detected south of Brown Street. He noted it has taken two (2) years to reach these levels. The levels detected have not triggered a response from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). He noted that the town is not at risk. The levels would have to travel another 1000 feet to get to the water plant. He noted he would give updates and any necessary action plan at a public meeting if needed.

Mr. O’Brien proposed a public restroom site. Mr. Sipes agreed that the location could be an option with the adjacent sewer line on Cannon Street.

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 6:22 p.m. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                                         Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                                   David Foster, Mayor

 

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