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June 19, 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 and David Musselman. 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 and Robert Nice were absent.

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

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


1.     Audit Presentation

Greg Ede from Styer Associates reviewed the auditors’ report in its entirety for the Financial Statements ending on December 31, 2017. There was a clean opinion of the Audit and it was a strong year for the Authority.

A Harrell/Musselman motion carried unanimously (3-0) accepting the 2017 Audit.

2.     Centrifuge Project Update

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that Eastern Environmental is scheduled to do work associated with punchlist items. The issue with the polymer system has been resolved, and the completion certification was filed with DEP a month ago.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

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

Board Member John Harrell asked Public Works Director Gary Yoder for clarification on the color coding for fire hydrants in the TBA system. Mr. Yoder explained the color coding is as follows: blue indicates <1,500 gallons per minute (GPM), green indicates 1,000-1,499 GPM, orange indicates 500-999 GPM and red indicates >500 GPM. The majority of the hydrants in TBA’s system are blue.

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

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

Mr. Fournier reported that there were 2 violations for SSOs at the WWTF on May 27th.

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

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

James Jacquette reported that once we receive the final project cost for the Centrifuge project, he will work on finalizing the payment plan Agreement with Franconia Sewer Authority for their portion of this project.

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

Mr. DiGangi reported that some of the smaller projects are currently wrapping up: the connection of an existing home at the Senkow property to public sewer via grinder pump and force main, a new building with water & sanitary sewer service at A&T Subaru and a new water service installation at 306 Keystone Drive.

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

Manager Mark Fournier reported that there are a few small projects in the works: a residential connection to public water & sewer on Orchard Road, a residential connection to public water at County Line Road & Cathill Road, a residential connection on Schoolhouse Road to the public water & sewer that services Chestnut Lane, and one on Keystone Drive that will connect to the public water & sewer lines that service Coventry Meadows. The Frankenfield project should start this week, which involves the connection of a two-lot parcel in West Rockhill Township to public sewer via grinder pumps and force mains.


Mr. Fournier referenced the request that the Board made regarding the staff presenting a 5-year plan that would include the next big projects for TBA. Mr. Fournier asked for some clarification on the level of capital planning that the Board would be looking for.

Board Member John Harrell stated that he would have liked to see the Centrifuge project in the budget 5 years ago, and added that it shocked him when the sudden urgency of this project was brought to the Board’s attention. He added that Mr. Fournier should talk to the department heads about what they think they are going to need and what projects they think should be done in the next 5 to 10 years, and that this can be a planning tool for when budget time comes.

Chairman Timothy Hagey stated that the Board needs to see more details and planning specifically for the sewer side of things, including the WWTF. Mr. Fournier indicated he would need some engineering assistance in estimating some of these project costs.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of May in the amount of $629,103.81 was approved unanimously (3-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm by a Musselman/Harrell motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell



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