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February 15, 2018 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, Jim Jacquette from Timoney Knox, John Evarts from CKS Engineers and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl and Timothy Hagey were absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the January 24, 2018 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (3-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.

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

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1.     2018 Sludge Hauling Project

Per the request of the Board at last month’s meeting, Engineer Patrick DiGangi prepared an e-mail that discussed the sludge hauling and disposal prices between TBA (aerobically digested) and Warminster (anaerobically digested). Manager Mark Fournier gave an overview of this e-mail.

After further discussion, a Musselman/Nice motion carried unanimously (3-0) awarding a two-year sludge hauling contract to Franc Environmental at a price of $82.35 per wet ton for dewatered sludge, $79.85 per 1,000 gallons of liquid sludge on an as-needed basis and $38.50 per 1,000 gallons of liquid sludge to be hauled to Pennridge WWTP on an as-needed basis.

2.     Centrifuge Project Update

John Evarts from CKS reported that the centrifuge, level lodor, conveyor polymer system and sewage grinder equipment have been delivered and are being installed. CKS is unsure at this point as to when the control panel will be delivered.

3.     Franconia Township Payment Schedule – Centrifuge Project

The Board discussed the draft agreement prepared by Franconia Sewer Authority (FSA) between TBA and FSA that will establish a payment plan for FSA’s portion of the centrifuge project. After a lengthy discussion, a Musselman/Harrell motion carried unanimously (2-0) authorizing Timoney Knox and FSA’s attorney to revise the agreement between TBA and FSA to establish a 5-year payment plan for FSA’s portion of the centrifuge project. Payments will be made on a semi-annual basis at an interest rate of 2.75%, which is the same interest rate for TBA’s loan on this project. A late fee of 10%, not 5% as proposed in the draft agreement, will be applied if any payments are late. The first payment will be due from FSA within 30 days once the final project cost is confirmed.

Board member Robert Nice abstained from the vote.

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.

Mr. Fournier reported that the emergency pump was re-built, and a training session was held by the representative from Godwin who brought it back.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that Eastern Environmental replaced the gear box on Oxidation Ditch #4, and Swartley Electric will be re-wiring the motor on Blower #3, which had to be replaced.

Mr. Fournier also informed the Board that Tom Grbas, a senior at Delaware Valley University, is currently doing an unpaid internship at our WWTF.

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

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

Jim Jacquette reported that the Agreements have been completed for the Loyce Frankenfield and 306 Keystone Drive projects, and that the Agreements for the Senkow property should be completed next week.

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 Deed of Easement from North Penn Water Authority for the meter pit at our interconnection point along Telford Pike at the entrance to our WWTF. A Nice/Musselman motion carried unanimously (3-0) authorizing the execution of this Deed of Easement.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of January in the amount of $1,372,933.56 was approved unanimously (3-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm by a Nice/Musselman motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell

Secretary

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