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October 18, 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: David Musselman and Robert Nice. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Water Department Foreman Todd Mathe, Jim Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl and John Harrell were absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the September 20, 2018 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (3-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.



1.     Centrifuge Project Update

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that we are still on schedule for the new programming to be installed next week. The punchlist items are now completed for the install contract.

2.     M.L. Homes, LLC - 1030 Orchard Road - Mandatory Reimbursement

Manager Mark Fournier distributed a packet of information pertaining to a reimbursement request from M.L. Homes, LLC. M.L. Homes paid fees to TBA in 2016 for a sanitary sewer extension when they built a new home at 1030 Orchard Road. Per the Municipal Authorities Act, “Where a property owner constructs or causes to be constructed at his expense any extension of a sewer or water system of an authority, the authority shall provide for the reimbursement to the property owner when the owner of another property not in the development for which the extension was constructed connects a service line directly to the extension within ten years of the date of the dedication of the extension to the authority. Reimbursement shall be equal to the distribution or collection part of each tapping fee collected as a result of subsequent connections. An authority may deduct from each reimbursement payment an amount equal to 5% of it for administrative expenses and services rendered in calculating, collecting, monitoring and disbursing the reimbursement payments to the property owner.”

A home located at 1032 Orchard Road recently connected to the same sanitary sewer extension and therefore, per the Municipal Authorities Act, M.L. Homes will receive a reimbursement of $3,165.40 (sewer connection fee of $3,332.00 minus 5%). A Musselman/Nice motion carried unanimously (3-0) authorizing the reimbursement of $3,165.40 to M.L. Homes, LLC.

3.     A Nice/Musselman motion carried unanimously (3-0) awarding the sale of the 1989 Dump Truck to John Hayduk in the amount of $6,000.

4.     WWTF Electrical Issue

Mr. Fournier gave an overview of some electrical issues that have been occurring at the WWTF, including the electrical panels and the SCADA system. A Musselman/Nice motion carried unanimously (3-0) authorizing the electrical repairs at the WWTF, including a $21,111.00 contract for Swartley Bros. Engineers, Inc. for all labor and tools to perform wire replacements to the Blower and Screening Building and a $4,785.00 contract for the excavation of the trench to install all electrical conduits.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Mr. Fournier presented a summary showing the grand totals for each year of the ten-year plan, which was requested at last month’s meeting. Mr. Hagey inquired about the amount designated for the tapping fees each year, and Mr. Fournier explained that they took an average of tapping fees from recent years to establish this amount.

WATER DEPARTMENT REPORT: We received the Water Usage/Loss Report for May 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that Blooming Glen Contractors recently installed new base units for the pumps at the north lift station.

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

A discussion was held regarding the Franconia Act 537 Special Study and the critical timing of the Allentown Road Pump Station Diversion.

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.

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


Mr. Fournier reported that he received a call from Jenifer Fields from EPA requesting a meeting to discuss possible settlement options for the current TMDL litigation. TBA staff will work with John Hall on coordinating this meeting with EPA. Mr. Hall, Mr. Fournier, Mr. Jacquette, Mr. DiGangi and Chairman Hagey will attend on behalf of TBA.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of September in the amount of $290,277.10 was approved unanimously (3-0) by a Musselman/Nice motion.

Mr. Hagey asked for clarification of Martz Technologies. Mr. Mathe explained that they are the company TBA uses for our SCADA system.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 6:46 pm by a Nice/Musselman motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Assistant Secretary


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