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November 19, 2015 Minutes

The Telford Borough Authority Meeting held this date was called to order at 5:55 p.m. by Chairman Timothy Hagey, with the following members in attendance: Abram Diehl, John Harrell, David Musselman and Robert Nice. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Finance Director Craig Davies, Solicitor Mark Weand, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Recording Secretary Megan McShane.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the October 15, 2015 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (5-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: There were no comments from the audience.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1.         2016 Budget

Manager Mark Fournier gave an overview of the 2016 Budget, which included a summary of the proposed water and sewer expenditures and the water and sewer projects planned for 2016.

After a lengthy discussion, the Board directed Mr. Fournier and Finance Director Craig Davies to revise the budget by doing the following:

  • Remove unappropriated funds from the budget.
  • Remove funds for Capital equipment purchases from the Capital Reserve Fund, instead of removing them from the Operating Budget.
  • Remove the $100,000 transfer from Capital to Operating for the loan payment.
  • Show depreciation expense at a rate of 40% for all facilities.

The Budget will be considered for adoption at the December, 2015 meeting.

2.         TMDL Update

Solicitor Mark Weand reported that a copy of the recent submissions to DEP & EPA were distributed to the Board at tonight’s meeting.

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.

Solicitor Mark Weand reported that TBA submitted a revised counter-proposal to EPA.

Mr. Weand has started working on the Easement Agreements and Right-of-Way Agreements for the first phase of the construction at the Lutheran Community at Telford, and he has also begun preparing the Developer’s Agreement for the Phase 2 – Wellness Center Project at the Lutheran Community at Telford.

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

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that RGC, the contractor for the West Broad Street project, is finished with the first phase of the project, except for paving, which they will be back to do next spring.

Mr. DiGangi also informed the Board that there were 3 easements and a Grant & Bill of Sale prepared for the Woodspring Meadows project, which can be executed tonight.

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

OTHER BUSINESS:

A Harrell/Diehl motion carried unanimously (5-0) authorizing the signature of the Utility Easement Agreements and the Grant & Bill of Sale of Water & Wastewater Service Facilities for the Woodspring Meadows project.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of October in the amount of $ 449,487.81 was approved unanimously (5-0) by a Harrell/Nice motion.

Authority Board Member Robert Nice asked for clarification on the SWERP disbursement. Mr. Yoder explained that they did the sewer manhole lining on Third Street. Chairman Timothy Hagey asked if they would be doing anymore, and Mr. Fournier said that they would not be doing anymore this year.

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

At the conclusion of the meeting, the board held a celebration. The board celebrated Abe Diehl’s receipt of PMAA’s Sahli Extended Service Award for more than 30 years of community service!

The meeting was adjourned at 7:44 pm by a Harrell/Nice motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell

Secretary

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