CHESTERTOWN UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
NOVEMBER 6, 2023
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, 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 October 2, 2023. Councilwoman Efland made a motion to approve the minutes of the Utilities Commission meeting of October 2, 2023, as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilman O’Brien and passed unanimously. (It was noted that Mayor Foster and Councilman Herz voted present since they were not present at the October 16, 2023, meeting)
Mayor Foster stated that the operating funds on hand were $2,815,025.52. He asked for a motion to pay the bills. Councilman O’Brien made a motion to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.
Mayor Foster called on Mr. Sipes for his Utilities Commission report.
Mr. Sipes reported that the blacktop road patching is complete. He asked if there were additional areas of concern, to contact him so he can get them addressed before the snow begins.
Mr. Sipes noted that the UV bulbs have been replaced at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Mr. Sipes reported that the Clarifier motor and driver at the Wastewater Treatment Plant were replaced. The other Clarifier has started to make noise. He will order the parts.
Mr. Sipes reported that Maryland Department of the Environment sent a new packet noting the requirements have changed slightly.
Mr. O’Brien asked about the maturity rate with Shore United. He is interested in finding out if they could pay a fee to get a higher rate.
Mr. Sipes asked if no trespassing signs could be placed in areas of the lagoon where people are accessing the treatment areas. He noted that Wastewater treatment ponds are harmful to pets. There was a consensus to move forward with posting no trespassing signs.
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 6:08 p.m. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.
Submitted by: Approved by:
Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk David Foster, Mayor