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December 19, 2019 Minutes

The Telford Borough Authority Meeting held this date was called to order at 5:00 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, Solicitor Jim Jacquette, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl was absent.

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

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: There were no comments from the audience.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1.         Hilltown Township Water & Sewer Authority Request to Purchase EDUs

The Board reviewed a request from Hilltown Township Water & Sewer Authority (HTWSA) to PWTA to purchase 50 EDUs. A Musselman/Nice motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the sale of 50 EDUs to HTWSA at a price of $3,600 per EDU.

            REPORTS:

TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Lutheran Home expansion has not started yet, so TBA has not taken in any revenue for that project; site work should begin in February or March.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that there is currently a water main break at Church Road & 3rd Street in the Borough.

Board Member Robert Nice stated that Franconia Township is looking at the costs for a leaf collection program, and asked if staff could provide some cost information to him for the Borough’s leaf collection.

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

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

Mr. Fournier reported that TBA is waiting for Eastern Environmental to complete the replacement of the clarifier. It is ready and assembled; we are just waiting for the work to be scheduled, which should be sometime in the new year.

Mr. Fournier also informed the Board that there were a few issues with the centrifuge where the sludge was backing up on the end of the centrifuge, but those issues have been worked on and resolved.

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

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

Mr. DiGangi reported that the VFDs have now been shipped for the Well #1 Electrical Rehab Project, and the well shutdown has been re-scheduled to the week of January 20th.

Mr. DiGangi also informed the Board that the Arlington Square project is now complete, and the as-builts have been prepared, so at this time, he is recommending that TBA execute the Grant & Bill of Sale. A Harrell/Musselman motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the signature of the Grant & Bill of Sale.

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

Chairman Timothy Hagey asked Mr. Fournier how the pre-construction meeting went for the Borough Hall Renovation Project. Mr. Fournier reported that the meeting went well, and the asbestos remediation work has begun. Mr. Hagey also asked about the status of the new BBQ restaurant at 114 West Broad Street. Mr. Fournier informed him that the contractor dug the footers there today.

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

Solicitor James Jacquette reported that he did not receive a response from Wawa, and the letter was received at both locations that he sent it to; he received the Return Receipt cards back for both Certified letters. Mr. Jacquette added that he will continue to send out one letter a month to the different customers on the list that was discussed, and the next letter will be sent to Indian Ridge Provisions.

Discussion ensued about the TMDL matter and the Hall & Associates e-mail that Mr. Fournier forwarded to the Board earlier this afternoon. It was the consensus of the Board that Robert Nice may share the Board’s thoughts with Franconia Township, and Mr. Hagey added that TBA will provide feedback to John Hall after the January meeting.

Mr. Harrell asked Mr. Fournier to submit information earlier to the Board in the future, so it will allow them more time to process it. He further requested that, when Mr. Fournier sends information to Mr. Hagey, to please send it to him as well.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of November in the amount of $491,174.14 was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Nice motion.

Board Member Robert Nice asked for clarification on the expenditure to Martz Technologies, Inc. for $705.00. Mr. Fournier explained that this bill is for 2 months of SCADA system monitoring.

Signing of the checks was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

PENDING ITEMS: There are no pending items at this time.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:54 pm by a Musselman/Nice motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell

Secretary

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