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October 19, 2017 Minutes

The Telford Borough Authority Meeting held this date was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by Secretary/Treasurer John Harrell, with the following members in attendance: David Musselman and Robert Nice. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, James Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl and Timothy Hagey were absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the September 21, 2017 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (3-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.

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


1.         Centrifuge Project Update

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that the contractor began the demolition of the equipment at our WWTF. The belt filter press has been disassembled and hauled away. There may be someone interested in purchasing certain newer used parts, and other parts may go onto Municibid. The retaining wall was moved back to where it should be for site work. Cut sheets have been coming in, and our WQM permit has been secured.

Mr. DiGangi informed the Board that we are expecting delivery of the centrifuge in mid-January, and it should be operational by the beginning of March. 15 days of training on the new equipment have been built into the contract.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that revenues from sewer connection fees and customer connection fees will be a little lighter than what we budgeted for in 2017, since the Carillon Hill II development and the anticipated Lutheran Home expansion did not happen. TBA did, however, receive a check for $50,400 from Hilltown Township Water & Sewer Authority for the purchase of 14 of TBA’s EDUs from PWTA.

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

Public Works Director Gary Yoder shared pictures with the Board of the streambank stabilization work that the Public Works crew did at the creek between Reliance Road & Central Avenue along our sanitary sewer easement.

Board Member John Harrell asked if the work on Northview Avenue is complete. Mr. Yoder informed the Board that the contractor needs to finish installing the top hat liners in the sewer laterals, and should be able to do 2-3 laterals a day to finish this project.

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

Mr. Yoder reported that Warren Harris is still looking at a new style of I-Tracker (data logger) to keep track of the flow in our sewer line. We are currently looking at one that hangs inside the manholes, which would be better from a safety standpoint, since the older models required staff to enter the monitored manhole to secure the data download.

Mr. Yoder also reported that they’ve tested 4 different SCADA units and investigated a half dozen vendors, and they are currently narrowing it down.

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.


Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of September in the amount of $285,089.50 was approved unanimously (3-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.

Board Member Robert Nice inquired about the $5,500 invoice from Perkasie Regional Authority. Mr. Fournier explained that the bill is for the TV-ing and flushing/cleaning of TBA’s sanitary sewer system, and we have approximately ¼ of our sanitary sewer system done each year.

Signing of the checks was approved unanimously (3-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 pm by a Musselman/Nice motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell



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