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May 24, 2018 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, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, James Jacquette from Timoney Knox and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl was absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the April 19, 2018 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Nice motion.

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


1.     Centrifuge Project Update:

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that TBA is no longer having sludge hauled from the WWTF; the centrifuge is up and operational. There are some punchlist items that need to be addressed, and some issues with the polymer system programming that are currently being addressed.

Mr. DiGangi informed the Board that there is additional work that needs to be done on this project which is associated with the dumpster and level lodor, including a cover extension for $938, a gasket for $1,500, a dumpster plate for $1,500 and a portable gantry hoist system for $5,429.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that TBA is trying to optimize the equipment with our labor on these items to save money. He added that we are at a sludge production rate of 21%, and we were at 17-18% with the belt filter press.

A Harrell/Musselman motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the expenditure of $9,367 for the additional items on the Centrifuge Project.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Mr. Fournier reported that TBA will be over budget in the Solid & Liquid Waste Disposal category under Sewer Plant, due to the Centrifuge Project taking longer than anticipated.

Mr. Fournier also informed the Board that the chiller units at the PWTA plant need to be repaired, and the repair will cost approximately $40,000.

Board Member Robert Nice asked why the wages for the Water Department are already at 45% of the budgeted wages for 2018. Mr. Fournier reported that the Department is currently flushing TBA’s water system, the waterline installation project was recently completed on East Broad Street, and a fire hydrant was replaced on Third Street.

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

Mr. Yoder reported that the next phase of the SCADA is up and running and that he can give the Board a demonstration if they would like to see it.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that Mr. Harris is getting ready to mow easements.

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

Mr. Fournier informed the Board that we had an SSO event at the WWTF on April 16th. He added that there has been significant blood waste flowing into our WWTF from Franconia Township. We have spoken with the Franconia Sewer Authority on this matter.

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.

Mr. DiGangi reported that a pre-construction meeting was held for the Frankenfield project, which involves two sanitary sewer connections on Clymer Avenue in West Rockhill Township.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that the Lutheran Community at Telford is looking to submit plans to build 104 units and they hope to start construction later this year.


Board Member John Harrell referenced a request that was made at a prior Authority meeting about the staff presenting a 5-year plan to the Board that would include what the next big TBA projects would be. He asked Mr. Fournier to bring this information back to the Board prior to the development of next year’s budget.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of April in the amount of $545,840.45 was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Nice motion.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 6:44 pm by a Nice/Musselman motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell



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