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August 16, 2018 Minutes

The Telford Borough Authority Meeting held this date was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Vice-Chairman John Harrell, with the following members in attendance: 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 and Timothy Hagey were absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the July 19, 2018 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (3-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.



1.     Centrifuge Project Update

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that we are still waiting for minor items to be completed by the install contractor. The programming issue remains outstanding, but in the meantime, it was tweaked and things are running fine, just not to what they should be. TBA is holding over $50,000 until this issue is fully resolved.

2.     Adoption of Revised TBA Specifications

Manager Mark Fournier informed the Board that there are 2 proposed revisions to TBA’s Specifications for Additions & Extensions to the Sanitary Sewer and Water Systems:

A new manhole liner material, OBIC Armor 1000F Aromatic Polyurea Coating System by OBIC, LLC, will replace one of the two options that can be used for lining manholes,since one of them is no longer available. The other available option is Raven 405 Epoxy Coating System by Raven Lining Systems.

In addition, the details related to residential fire and domestic service and residential fire and domestic fire installation have been revised.

A Nice/Musselman motion carried unanimously (3-0) approving the revision to the Specifications for Additions and Extensions to the Sanitary Sewer and Water Systems dated July 27, 2018.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Mr. Fournier reported that there are a few categories under the Wells & Standpipes section of the budget that are currently over budget: Section 06-447-313, Engineering Services, is over budget by $8,328.36, due to an unexpected permitting change by DEP and the paperwork that had to be completed by the Engineer. Section 06-447-372, Fixed Equipment Repair, is over budget by $4,335.20, due to a lightning strike at Well 1 that required repairs totaling $6,695.40 this month. Section 06-447-740, Machinery & Equipment Purchase, is over budget by $2,316.25; the scale at Well 1 was hit by the same lightning strike.

Finance Director Craig Davies then reviewed a spreadsheet that was distributed to the Board that reflects the Capital Budget Projections for the year 2018.

Despite TBA not receiving 26 tapping fees from Lutheran Community at Telford this year, TBA is projected to finish the year $42,411 ahead than what was budgeted for Water Capital Revenues. We are also expected to spend only $135,199 of the projected $144,763 in Sewer Capital Expenditures.

Board Member John Harrell commented that he thinks this is a very worthwhile snapshot to see, and asked if it is something that could be done on a quarterly basis. Board Member Robert Nice agreed that this is a helpful tool and expressed interest in seeing this quarterly. Mr. Davies stated that he can definitely show these Capital Budget Projections on a quarterly basis.

Mr. Harrell informed the staff that he would like to see a snapshot look of what the 2019 budget will look like at September’s meeting. Mr. Fournier gave an overview of the process that has been followed each year to prepare the budget; Mr. Harrell stated that the Board wants to be able to work with the staff on getting done what needs to be done. Further discussion ensued and Mr. Davies clarified the specifics of what the Board would like to see at September’s meeting.

Mr. Harrell also stated that the Board would like the staff to present the five-year planning tool at the September meeting, which was previously discussed at the June 19th meeting. Mr. Nice asked if it would be fair to say that Capital is depreciated, and Mr. Davies confirmed that yes, Capital is currently depreciated by 60% and will be 70% in the 2019 Budget.

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

Mr. Harrell asked if the work on installing sewer cleanouts on each sewer lateral currently being done on Third Street is prep work for next year’s paving project. Public Works Director Gary Yoder confirmed that it is, but we hope to get the paving done this year.

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

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

Mr. Harrell asked if there were any SSOs at the WWTF after the recent rain events, and Mr. Fournier confirmed that there was one.

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 from Timoney Knox reported that Mr. Nice delivered the signed payment agreement tonight from Franconia Sewer Authority. Mr. Nice informed the Board that he abstained from voting at the Franconia Board of Supervisors meeting for this Agreement, so he will abstain from voting tonight. Since Mr. Hagey is not present, and Mr. Nice will be abstaining from this vote, the Board will wait until there is a quorum and will vote on this at the September meeting.

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

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


Mr. Fournier presented a utility plan prepared by Mease Engineering detailing water and sanitary sewer service connections for a proposed single-family home to be located at 168 Chestnut Lane in Sellersville (the Powell property). The project is located near the intersection of School House Road and Keystone Drive and the connections will be provided off of Chestnut Lane in the Coventry Meadows development. Water and sewer systems are owned and operated by TBA and wastewater treatment will be provided by PWTA.

A Musselman/Nice motion carried unanimously (3-0) authorizing Mr. Hagey to sign the appropriate Agreements when they are prepared for this project.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of July in the amount of $411,236.61 was approved unanimously (3-0) by a Harrell/Nice motion.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 6:56 pm by a Musselman/Nice motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell



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