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April 18, 2019 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, Solicitor Jim Jacquette, John Evarts from CKS Engineers and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl was absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the March 21, 2019 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.



1.         WWTF Clarifier Update

            Manager Mark Fournier reported that the contractor worked on the clarifier for 3 days, and it was up and running as of Wednesday. Everything went smoothly and the installation was successful. The old unit was sent to Iron Horse, who will disassemble it and see if it can be repaired, or if it is beyond repair. We won’t know until it’s pulled apart if it can be rebuilt. Mr. Fournier asked the Board if they wanted to wait until budget time to put the cost of a second new clarifier in next year’s budget, or if another new one should be ordered now. He added that the second clarifier that we currently have is the same age as the one that recently stopped working and was replaced.

            It was the consensus of the Board that if the old unit cannot be rebuilt, another new one should be ordered, before next month’s Authority meeting.

            Board Member John Harrell brought up the subject of predictive maintenance and stated that the staff needs to understand what it is, and plan for it. Mr. Fournier indicated that would involve having the Engineer evaluate critical components and spending money to have him do so. After some discussion, Mr. Harrell stated that he expects to see the cost of a 3rd clarifier in the next 10-year-plan.

2.         Well #1 Update

The plans and specs are almost complete; the project will go out to bid in May and will be awarded in June.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Mr. Fournier reported that the Authority’s collections for the water/sewer bills are down to $3,713, most of which is penalties. All of the prior liens have been paid and cleared.

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

Public Works Director Gary Yoder reported that a simulated emergency response test was done with DEP two weeks ago and we passed. Mr. Yoder also reported that trees were cut down at the WWTF.

Chairman Timothy Hagey asked if the leak was found in TBA’s system. Mr. Yoder confirmed that the leak had been found on Melvin Road and followed the stone all the way down the creek to the lift station.

Mr. Harrell asked for clarification on testing for method 334.0, which was referenced in the Public Works Report. Mr. Yoder explained that it is testing for the calibration of the equipment at the wells.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that SWERP should be coming in 2-3 weeks to reline Third Street.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that the 2 new polymer units are working great.

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

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

Solicitor Jim Jacquette reported that the Agreements for 114 West Broad Street went out to the attorney for Hoff Properties. The Agreements for the Swaminarayan Community Center should go out next week. Mr. Jacquette also reviewed Addendum No. 10 to the Sewage Treatment Agreement between TBA and FSA and finds it acceptable for signature.

A Harrell/Musselman motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the signature of Addendum No. 10 to the Sewage Treatment Agreement between TBA and FSA.

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

John Evarts from CKS reported that there was a pre-construction meeting for the Powell project at 168 Chestnut Lane in Sellersville. This project involves the construction of a new single-family home that will be connected to TBA’s water and sewer system. The connection is scheduled for Monday, April 22nd.

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


Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of April in the amount of $325,673.05 was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Nice motion.

Mr. Hagey asked for clarification on the invoice from Siana, Bellwoar & McAndrew, LLP. Mr. Fournier explained that they are working in conjunction with Hall & Associates on the TMDL matter. They monitor the PA Court Docket and that collaboration was set up long ago by Hall & Associates and Mark Weand.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 6:54 pm by a Nice/Musselman motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell



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