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February 16, 2017 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: John Harrell, David Musselman and Robert Nice. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Solicitor Mark Weand and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl and Engineer Patrick DiGangi were absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the January 19, 2017 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (4-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.

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

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1.         A Musselman/Nice motion carried unanimously (4-0) to pass a resolution designating

Univest National Bank & Trust Company, QNB Bank and Penn Community Bank as depositories for Authority funds and authorizing the Authority Manager to invest the Authority funds in investments authorized by the Municipal Authorities Act.

2.         Fee Schedule Discussion

Manager Mark Fournier thoroughly reviewed each category of the TBA Fee Schedule with the Authority Board. Mr. Fournier explained that the schedule is modified when water and/or sewer rates change, and when the service charges change. Fees are delineated and specified within the Municipal Authorities Act. The Act does not specifically require an authority to charge fees, but tells you how to calculate them should your authority choose to implement such a fee schedule.

3.         A Harrell/Nice motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the sale of the 1991 GMC single-axle dump truck to Fred Potzer at Newville Borough in the amount of $8,100.

4.         WWTF Centrifuge Project Update

Mr. Fournier gave an overview of the cost analysis prepared by CKS Engineers for new equipment pricing for the WWTF, which would total $484,500, compared to the cost of purchasing the used centrifuge skid that Warminster Municipal Authority (WMA) is considering selling. The WMA skid was valued at $288,000 by independent vendor/supplier Ed Zalewski.

After a lengthy discussion, the Board tabled making a decision on the purchase of equipment for the WWTF, and requested that the staff provide more detailed cost information for both the new and used centrifuge equipment for the WWTF.

Since it was the consensus of the Board that TBA will need to do financing for the WWTF equipment purchase, whether it’s new or used equipment, a Harrell/Nice motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the staff to execute the engagement letter dated February 14, 2017 from Concord Public Finance to secure the best finance options for TBA.

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.

Mr. Fournier informed the Authority Board that he went with Dan Wurst and Patrick DiGangi to a wastewater treatment facility in Delran, NJ to take a look at their Level LODOR equipment. This equipment is being considered as part of the sludge handling upgrade project.

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

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

Solicitor Mark Weand gave an update on the Agreements he has been working on for the various development projects.

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

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

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mr. Fournier presented a set of plans for the proposed subdivision of an existing two-acre parcel owned by the Estate of Loyce Frankenfield in West Rockhill Township. The existing dwelling is currently served by private water and private sanitary sewer. Lot 1 will be approximately 0.71 acres and contains the existing dwelling and Lot 2 will be a new residential lot, approximately 1.08 acres. The existing septic field is proposed to be abandoned and both lots will be connected to public sewer via grinder pumps and 1 ¼” force mains, and the force mains will ultimately discharge to an existing manhole within Erin Drive. TBA owns and operates the sanitary sewer system in which the new force mains will discharge, and sanitary sewer treatment will be at PWTA’s plant. Lot 2 will be connected to public water owned by North Penn Water Authority.

A Harrell/Musselman motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving the proposed plans dated October 12, 2016, last revised December 1, 2016, contingent upon the developer addressing all of the comments in the CKS Engineers review letter dated January 19, 2017, and contingent upon the execution of the appropriate Agreements.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of January in the amount of $796,898.21 was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

Signing of the checks was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm by a Harrell/Nice motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Assistant Secretary

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