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July 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, David Musselman and Robert Nice. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, WWTF Superintendent Daniel Wurst, WWTF Operator Bill McCue, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, James Jacquette from Timoney Knox and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl was absent.

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


WWTF Superintendent Daniel Wurst thanked the Board for coming down to the plant to see the new centrifuge, and added that they should come back anytime for a slower tour of the facility. Board member John Harrell thanked Mr. Wurst for hosting.


1.     Centrifuge Project Update

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that there are a few punchlist items that the contractor needs to address on the install contract and the equipment supplier contract. Mr. DiGangi informed the Board that there was a VFD failure earlier today; it is the 3rd one that has occurred so far. It is a quirky issue that is being looked into. Mr. DiGangi added that the WWTF staff has done a great job with the new equipment.

James Jacquette from Timoney Knox informed the Board that he revised the draft payment agreement with Franconia Sewer Authority, per the Board’s discussion at the February 15, 2018 meeting and after further review by Mr. Fournier and Finance Director Craig Davies. Mr. Fournier stated that there is one difference between this agreement and the previous draft that was presented at the February, 2018 meeting: the first payment will now be due on December 31, 2018 instead of within 30 days of the determination of the final project cost. The Board will vote on the final agreement once it has been agreed upon by FSA.

Board Member John Harrell remarked that everything looks great at the plant, and Chairman Timothy Hagey added that the difference at the plant is stark within the sludge processing room.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Mr. Fournier reported that revenue is on target for 2018, but is currently down a little on water connection fees and water customer facilities fees.

Mr. Fournier mentioned that there have been a few issues at the North Lift Station. There was $4,750 budgeted in 2018 for Account # 06-428-372, Fixed Equipment Repair, and there is currently $2,700 left in the account, due to a broken check valve that cost $2,600 and a seal problem in the bottom of the pit.

In the Wells & Standpipes section of the budget, Account # 06-447-313 (Engineering Services) is $2,671 over budget due to the submission of an application for a water allocation permit that DEP previously did not require. Account # 06-447-315 (Other Professional Services) is currently $2,400 over budget due to some electrical problems at Wells 1 and 3.

Mr. Fournier reported that we have not yet received the 26 budgeted tapping fees from the Lutheran Community at Telford; they have not submitted development plans for their next phase, which we expected in the spring.

Discussion ensued about the amount of revenues that TBA should be budgeting each year. Mr. Harrell asked Mr. Fournier to work with Finance Director Craig Davies to show what TBA’s position will be if the 26 projected tapping fees are removed from the budget. He asked that this be done for next month’s meeting.

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

Public Works Director Gary Yoder reported that there was a lightning strike at Well 1 at the end of June, and an insurance claim has been filed. Mr. Harrell thanked Mr. Yoder for the tour of Well 3. Mr. Yoder informed the Board that he could give them a more in depth tour of Wells 6 and 7 if anyone would be interested.

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

Mr. Hagey asked how the easement clearing is going this year. Mr. Yoder informed Mr. Hagey that it is going great, and that more people have been mowing the easement areas on their properties. Mr. Fournier added that TBA had to rent equipment to get to certain areas over creeks, etc.

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

Engineer Patrick DiGangi asked how the centrifuge first maintenance (greasing) went at the WWTF. Bill McCue stated that they used the new hoist and everything went well.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that PWTA renewed their $500K line of credit with Univest to carry out their projects.

Dan Wurst informed the Board that the chiller turned out to be cheaper than expected for the PWTA plant. He added that PWTA’s auditor is retiring.

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

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

Board Member Robert Nice commented that it seems like development has slowed down, and asked if that was accurate. Mr. Fournier replied that no, there are several small projects in the pipeline right now. Mr. DiGangi added that development is steady, but not like it was.

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


A discussion was held about the opportunity that has come up for TBA to work with North Penn Water Authority on shutting off TBA’s sewer customers (who have NPWA water) for non-payment. An arrangement will be worked out for NPWA to shut them off, and an agreement will be drawn up between NPWA and TBA for this matter.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of June in the amount of $242,369.44 was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

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

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

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell



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