Utilities Commission, Town Agendas & Minutes, 2022|

CHESTERTOWN UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING

MAY 6, 2024

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. Also in attendance were 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 April 1, 2024.  Councilwoman Efland made a motion to approve the minutes of the Utilities Commission meeting of April 1, 2024, as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and passed unanimously.

Mayor Foster stated that the operating funds on hand were $731,444.91. 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. Sipes for his Utilities Commission report. 

Mr. Sipe reported that at the wastewater treatment plant, a line had been installed to allow water from pond one (1) to be moved to the plant. The gravity flow is only 10 gallons per minute (gpm) instead of 100 gpm he was hoping for. The installed pipe is 2 inches on an 18-inch line that runs about 50 feet from pond one (1) to pond two (2). He noted a two (2) foot elevation difference that the pipe runs over and feels there is friction lose due to this elevation difference. He stated he would either put a pump on it or a bigger line. 

Mr. Sipes reported that the UV bulbs at the wastewater plant were being replace.  He noted that these bulbs cost $300 each and are replaced every 1 to 2 years. There are enough bulbs for this installation but would need to be reordered before next year.

Mr. Sipes reported that one of his employees quit and stated they would not be filling the position right-away to allow for a cushion in the budget.

PRESENTATION

Ned Horneffer, Vice President of Development for Third Pillar Solar, presented the advantages of having floating solar on the town lagoons. Third Pillar Solar specializes in owning and operating floating solar farms. Floating solar is widely recognized as the third pillar in the photovoltaic (PV) solar market after ground-mounted and rooftop systems. There are many benefits from installing floating solar on existing bodies of water such as reservoirs, wastewater plants, and quarries.

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 6:16 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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