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November 20, 2014 Minutes

 

The Telford Borough Authority Meeting held this date was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Timothy Hagey, with the following members in attendance: Abe Diehl, David Musselman, Robert Nice, and John Harrell. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Solicitor Patrick Hitchens, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Finance Director Craig Davies, and Utility Billing Clerk Diane Windfelder.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of October 16, 2014 Authority meetings were approved unanimously (5-0) by a Nice / Musselman motion.

 

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

 

There were no comments from the audience.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

 

1.         Budget Presentation:    

 

Manager Mark Fournier gave an overview of the 2015 Budget, which includes raising the water and sewer rates. After extensive discussion, it was the consensus of the Authority to have the finance director make changes to the Capital portion of the Budget and present it the board in December for adoption.

 

 

2.         TMDL Update

 

Manager Mark D Fournier reported that he received an email late this afternoon and presented to the Authority for their review. He indicated that it was a report completed by Kleinfelder that showed high levels of background total phosphorus in the Indian Creek. This also correlated to excessive algae growth in the creek, however, it concluded that the algae growth is due to canopy cover rather than total phosphorus concentration. He also indicated that the phosphorus concentration is higher in the creek over the last several months than the amount coming out of our wastewater treatment facility. Mr. Fournier indicated we are still waiting to hear from EPA/DEP on settlement discussions.

 

 

3.         Almont Area Update:

 

Engineer Patrick DiGangi highlighted on recent meeting attended by John Harrell, Mark D. Fournier, Sellersville Borough Manager David Rivet, North Penn Water Authority representatives Anthony Belitto, Dan Preston, West Rockhill Township representative including supervisor Donald Duvall, and Solicitor Mary Eberle. This meeting was to discuss future water and sewer service to the Almont Region. West Rockhill Township representatives indicated they were fully aware of all service territories and did not wish to dispute those territories signed with each Authority. They also indicated that competition to serve this area among Authorities was good as it drives the cost to their residents down. We indicated that was not the case as we do not profit from this service as we always strive to keep our capital and operating costs as low as possible.

 

Engineer Patrick DiGangi then highlighted that this service may happen sooner than later by showing a sketch plan prepared by WB Homes for 40 apartments / townhouses in the Lawn Avenue / Ridge Road area. This development would be located within our service territory and is being pursued by WB Homes. Thus, bringing water and sewer service to this region more quickly.

 

4.         Salford Township Sewer Service Discussion:

 

Manager Mark D. Fournier explained a phone call received by Salford Township requesting that Telford meet with their engineer, Bill Dingman to discuss discharging sewage directly into the Telford system / plant without going through Franconia Township Sewer Authority system. Engineer Patrick DiGangi indicated we met with Mr. Dingman and gave him maps showing possible connections to the lines going both to PWTA and to the Telford WWTF. Board Member Robert Nice indicated that they had an agreement with Franconia Sewer Authority and Manager Mark D. Fournier indicated we were aware of that and obviously we were concerned about this. Salford Township Engineer will perform his cost evaluation and report back to their supervisors for their consideration.

 

 

 

REPORTS:

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

 

WATER DEPARTMENT REPORT:  We received a written report for the file.

 

COLLECTION REPORT: We received a written report for the file.

 

WASTEWATER TREATMENT REPORT: We received a written report for the file.

 

PTWA REPORT: We received a written report for the file.

 

SOLICITOR’S REPORT: We received a written report for the file.

 

ENGINEER’S REPORT: We received a written report for the file.

 

MANAGER’S REPORT: We received a written report for the file.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of September in the amount of $309,071.72 were approved unanimously (5-0) by a Harrell / Musselman motion.

 

Signing of the checks was approved unanimously (5-0) by a Harrell / Musselman motion.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm by a Nice / Diehl motion.

                                                                     

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell

Secretary

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