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November 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, Patrick Hitchens from Timoney Knox, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl was absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the October 19, 2017 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (4-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion, with the following correction: under the Centrifuge Project Update, it was the belt filter press that was disassembled, not the centrifuge.

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


1.         Budget Presentation

Manager Mark Fournier gave an overview of the proposed Authority Budget for 2018, which includes a $.05 water rate increase, a $.50 sewer rate increase, a $2.25 per quarter water service charge increase, and a $2.25 per quarter sewer service charge increase.

A lengthy discussion ensued about the proposed 2018 Budget. The staff was directed to revise the budget to include the Centrifuge project in the sewer operating portion of the budget.

A Harrell/Nice motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving the 2018 TBA Budget with the proposed rate and service charge increases, contingent upon the staff making the changes that were discussed.

2.         The date of the December Authority meeting will be Thursday, December 21, 2017.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Finance Director Craig Davies reported that TBA is on par for 2018 with revenues; he is very confident that we will end the year on target. Mr. Davies added that the Centrifuge project and the TMDL matter are currently the biggest expenses for TBA.

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

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

Mr. Fournier informed the Authority Board that he and Warren Harris met with the owners of Hilltown Plaza to discuss an erosion problem on top of a TBA sewer easement at that location that could potentially damage our sanitary sewer line.

Mr. Fournier also reported that SWERP is about halfway done the installation of the tophat liners on the Northview Avenue Sanitary Sewer Relining Project.

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

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

Mr. Fournier reported that there is a significant project proposed for 2019 at the PWTA plant, which would involve the replacement of the UV disinfection system.

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

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

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that Eastern Environmental poured concrete for the level loader pad at the WWTF, and they prepped the building for painting that will be done next week.

Mr. DiGangi then gave an overview of a proposed water installation project at 306 Keystone Drive in Hilltown Township. The project consists of connecting the existing Pennfield Precision building to public water service; they are currently being served by an existing private well and public sanitary sewer by TBA. The water service proposed consists of a 6” DIP line for fire suppression and a 2” copper line for domestic/potable water use. The water service will be connected to TBA’s 12” main in Keystone Drive.

There are currently 7 sewer EDUs at 306 Keystone Drive. The owner is willing to forfeit 4 sewer EDUs and will purchase 3 water EDUs.

A Harrell/Nice motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving the Water Installation Plans dated August 14, 2017 and last revised November 7, 2017, contingent upon the completion and execution of a Service Agreement, establishing the tapping fees and posting of the proper escrow securities.

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


Chairman Timothy Hagey stated that he would like to have a lengthy discussion about Wells 4 and 6 at a future meeting. It was established that this will be an agenda item for the February, 2018 meeting.

Board Member John Harrell requested that a map of TBA’s system be placed at the public works garage for point of reference at monthly Authority meetings.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of October in the amount of $482,002.39 was approved unanimously (3-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell



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