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June 20, 2019 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, Solicitor Jim Jacquette, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl and Timothy Hagey were absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the May 16, 2019 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (3-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.



1.         Well #1 Update

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that the bid specifications for the Well #1 electrical upgrades project will appear on PennBid on Monday, June 24th. The bid opening will be on July 11th and the bid award will be at the July 18th Authority meeting. The cost of the project is estimated to be $52,000 for the equipment, conduit and control points; this well was previously set up to monitor, but now will be set up to operate. The project cost excludes the PLC upgrades (programming), which cost approximately $14,200.  Mr. DiGangi is working on getting a cost breakdown of that $14,200, but the staff thinks this price is appropriate.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Board Member Robert Nice asked why TBA hasn’t received any of the budgeted $625,000 in franchise fees yet. Mr. Fournier explained that the first semi-annual bills for 2019 are due by the end of June, so that will be reflected in next month’s financial report.

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

Public Works Director Gary Yoder informed the Board that there was another water main break on Third Street. This is the second break in 2 months on North Third Street, so we will be looking at replacing that main next year.

Mr. DiGangi asked if the South Tank evaluation went well, and Mr. Yoder confirmed that it did go well, and there were no issues.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that SWERP is done on North Third Street with lateral liner installation.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that a bearing recently went bad on the oxidation ditch and Eastern Environmental came out to replace it. In addition, Swartley Brothers came out and replaced four exhaust fan assemblies in the oxidation ditch VFD panels. Mr. Fournier added that the VFDs are close to 20-years-old.

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 he is working on the Grant & Bill of Sale for the Rockhill Mini Storage project. He also is currently working on the Escrow Agreement for 114 West Broad Street; the Development Agreement for that same project was found to be acceptable by the developer’s attorney.

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

Mr. DiGangi reported that the CCRs were delivered to the office and the staff is in the process of mailing them out.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that the Lutheran Home project is currently under review. The Lutheran Home is now asking how they can defer the purchase of some of the EDUs, instead of purchasing them all up front for the entire project. The project may be scaled back to include less units than originally planned.

Mr. Fournier then reviewed a report/list of large water and sewer customers in the TBA system that he and Diane Windfelder prepared. A lengthy discussion ensued. Mr. Harrell commented that this was excellent information and that they would like to see it more often. The Board directed the Solicitor and staff to start reviewing Agreements for the more recent customers on the list.

Mr. Fournier also provided an update on the TMDL matter.


A Nice/Musselman motion carried unanimously (3-0) appointing Timothy Hagey as the Voting Delegate for Telford Borough Authority for the PMAA Annual Conference in September.

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of May in the amount of $299,487.31 was approved unanimously (3-0) by a Musselman/Nice motion.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 7:34 pm by a Musselman/Nice motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell



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