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January 17, 2019 Minutes

The Telford Borough Authority Meeting held this date was called to order at 7:02 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, Solicitor Jim Jacquette, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Timothy Hagey and Abram Diehl were absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the December 5, 2018 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (3-0) by a Musselman/Nice motion.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1.     Well #7 Update

Public Works Director Gary Yoder reported that we have ordered a new pump for Well #7, since the motor seized recently and there were some fractures found on the bowl assembly when A.C. Schultes came out to inspect the issue. The pump and other parts should hopefully arrive next week and will be installed the following week. The repair will cost $12,000, and Engineer Patrick DiGangi confirmed that this is an appropriate charge for the work.

REPORTS:

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

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

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

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the flows were up at the WWTF in December because of all of the rain that we’ve had. Mr. Fournier also reported that TBA received the application for final payment from Sherwood Logan on the centrifuge project. This final payment will be $55,000. Mr. Fournier added that there is a one-year maintenance bond on the equipment.

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 Hoff Properties received land development approval from Telford Borough Council for a project at 114 West Broad Street. This project includes the renovation of an existing two-story 6,485 s.f. brick building to a two-story, 2,053 s.f. restaurant building where Smoke Factory BBQ will locate their business. 7 off-street parking spaces will also be added.

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

Mr. Fournier gave an overview of the e-mail from John Hall pertaining to next steps in the TMDL matter.

Mr. Fournier then distributed a copy of a sewage facilities plan for a proposed new 26,950 sq. ft. building at 330 Progress Drive, where there is an existing building that used to house Active Brass Foundry. The new building will connect to TBA’s public water and sewer. TBA expects to receive plans for this project shortly.

Mr. Fournier reported that he followed up with George Witmayer at Franconia Sewer Authority regarding their I&I. FSA currently has $15,500 budgeted for TV-ing and flushing their system for 2019, but there are currently no monies budgeted for manhole rehab or lining for this year. TBA spends $125,000 per year on I&I.

Vice-Chairman John Harrell stated that he would like TBA to fix our overflows at the WWTF, and asked how TBA could help FSA fix that. Discussion ensued, and Mr. Harrell asked Mr. Fournier and Board Member Robert Nice if they could go back to FSA and start a dialogue with them about using funds to work on I&I rather than automatically having to pay a penalty when FSA has an overflow to TBA’s WWTF.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Signing of the checks was approved by a Nice/Musselman motion.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:41 pm by a Nice/Musselman motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell

Secretary

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