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May 18, 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, Attorney James Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Chris Gibbons from Concord Public Financing and Bill Richter from Reed Smith LLP. Abram Diehl was absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the April 20, 2017 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

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


1.         North Penn Water Authority Interconnection

Manager Mark Fournier reported that North Penn Water Authority approached TBA about a month ago to discuss the possibility of a new emergency interconnection at Telford’s WWTF. NPWA would pay for the installation, and would own and maintain the interconnection. TBA would remove the WWTF sign that is currently located in the easement area, and would dedicate that easement to NPWA. We then would erect a new sign adjacent to the interconnection.

Board Member John Harrell asked what the cost would be to TBA for this project, and if we have room in this year’s budget to cover any costs to TBA. Public Works Director Gary Yoder stated that the cost to TBA would be approximately $2,000 for a new sign, and will be worked into next year’s budget, since NPWA won’t begin the project until the fall.

A Harrell/Nice motion carried (4-0) authorizing the new emergency interconnection with North Penn Water Authority at the Telford WWTF property entrance along Telford Pike.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

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

Mr. Yoder reported that he obtained three quotes for proposed upgrade and repair work on the North Storage Tank. A Nice/Harrell motion carried unanimously (4-0) awarding the work to the lowest bidder, Job Site Resources LLC, in the amount of $28,450. The price includes the installation of a stainless safety cable on the interior of the tank as well as exterior railing and ladder work.

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

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

Mr. Fournier reported that Franc Environmental is continuing to haul sludge from the WWTF. He, Dan Wurst and Pat DiGangi met with the company who will be supplying TBA with the equipment for the centrifuge project, and they saw a demonstration of the comminutor. A discussion took place at that meeting about the location of the comminutor; the grinder pump will be installed in the centrifuge room.

Mr. Fournier informed the Board that TBA acquired a minimally-used pump from Chalfont-New Britain Township Joint Sewage Authority, at no cost to TBA. The Authority was getting rid of the pump during a recent equipment upgrade.

Centrifuge Financing Discussion

Christopher Gibbons from Concord Public Financing informed the Authority Board that TBA received seven proposals from four different banks in response to the loan proposal that Concord sent out. The First National Bank & Trust Company of Newtown had the lowest rate proposal of 2% for 5 years.

Mr. Gibbons gave an overview of the debt service, and stated that it is well below the amount that Telford Borough Council approved the backing for. Mr. Fournier added that it is a good proposal, and recommended that the Board proceed with The First National Bank & Trust Company of Newtown. Attorney William Richter added that the proposed Resolution the Board received in their packets would authorize the loan transaction.

A Harrell/Nice motion carried unanimously (4-0) passing the Resolution that will authorize the issuance and sale of the Authority’s guaranteed water and sewer revenue note, series of 2017, in a principal amount not to exceed $1,374,500, with The First National Bank & Trust Company of Newtown.

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

SOLICITOR’S REPORT: We did not receive a written report for the file.

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

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that the centrifuge project is on schedule. It will go out to bid on May 29th, the bid opening will be at Borough Hall on June 13th and the bid will be awarded at the June 15th Authority meeting.

Mr. DiGangi informed the Board that he should have a draft of the 2016 CCR to Mr. Fournier tomorrow for his review and comment.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that he met with a developer and representatives of North Penn Water Authority to discuss service in the Almont region. TBA and NPWA reassured the developer that both entities are here to work with him.


Mr. Fournier and Mr. Yoder reported that while the Public Works crew has been working on Highland Drive, they found that some homes have Orangeburg pipe, which is a very old style of pipe. The homeowners have been notified that there could be potential I&I issues with this pipe. After some discussion, it was the consensus of the Authority Board that the staff will monitor these homes as we TV our sewer system throughout the year.


The Authority Board entered into an Executive Session at 7:15 pm to discuss a matter of real estate.

The Executive Session was closed at 7:22 pm. No action was taken.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of April in the amount of $331,988.71 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 7:24 pm by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell



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