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December 7, 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, Jim Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Utility Billing Clerk Diane Windfelder. Abram Diehl was absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the November 16, 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:

1.2018 Rate Resolution:

After review and discussion, a Harrell/Musselman motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving the 2018 Rate Resolution with the following modifications that will be effective November 1, 2017:

                        Water Rate (quarterly) per 1,000 Gallons                        $          3.95

                        Sewer Rate (quarterly) per 1,000 Gallons                       $           7.40

                       

                        Service Charges (quarterly):

                        Water (water and sewer combined customers)                 $          60.00

                        Water (water only customers)                                         $          30.00

                        Sewer (all metered customers)                                        $          30.00

2. Call for Legislative Action – PMAA

Manager Mark D. Fournier reported that he received an email from John Brosius, PMAA representative, seeking assistance from its members to help defeat amendments to SB656. They are asking for our support by sending a letter in support of their position to various state representatives and the House leadership.

After a brief discussion, a Musselman / Nice motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the manager to write the letter in support and send it to the appropriate people.

3. Centrifuge Project Update:

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported work is progressing on this project at the WWTF. Mr. DiGangi reported that the demo has been completed and they will be completing the painting shortly. They currently are working on the prep work within the centrifuge room. Much of the outside work like the dumpster pad and paving has been completed. He also indicated that the equipment should be delivered the 3rd week of January.

REPORTS:

TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

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

Manager Mark D. Fournier reported that we will need to spend approximately $7,000.00 to rebuild our portable Godwin Pump. This pump is approximately 20 years old and hasn’t had any issues until now.

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

Manager Mark D. Fournier reported that when SWERP completed the lining of the South Lift Station they experienced some mechanical failures during that process. Consequently, that affected the quality of the coating of the wet well at the lift station. Recently, SWERP examined the South Lift Station and determined that the lining needed to be stripped and replaced free to TBA. In conjunction with our staff, this relining of the South Lift Station was performed.

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 Jim Jacquette will be working on the agreements for the Frankenfield, 306 Keystone Drive, and Senkow Properties shortly.

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

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that he would like to start getting bids together for the sludge hauling contract and liquid sludge hauling contract. He would like to have the bid opening on January 10th, so the board can award at the 18th of January meeting.

A Harrell / Musselman motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the engineer to move forward with the bids and advertise in the newspaper and on the Pennbid system.

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that he would like to resubmit a grant application for phase 3 on West Broad Street. He feels that if we scale down the scope of work that we could have a better result and receive this grant for 2018.

A Nice / Harrell motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the engineer to move forward with the grant application.

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

OTHER BUSINESS:

Manager Mark D. Fournier reported that the total costs of the centrifuge project at this point is approximately $237,000.00 to date and would like to submit a bill to Franconia Township for their portion of this cost which is approximately $75,000.00. After a lengthy discussion it was the consensus of the board to have Mr. Robert Nice go to his board and ask for a payment schedule and return at the next Authority Board meeting with a proposal from Franconia Township Sewer Authority outlining a schedule for repayment that they would be comfortable with.

Manager Mark D. Fournier asked Robert Nice why there is a for sale sign at the property that we are in negotiation with Franconia Township. Robert Nice indicated at their last meeting it was voted on to put a for sale sign on the property because they haven’t heard anything from us. Mr. Fournier indicated that he and the engineer had met with the township representative and we were awaiting response from the township on some zoning and planning issues.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of November in the amount of $359,858.58 was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 pm by a Harrell/Nice motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell

Secretary

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