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July 16, 2020 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, Water Department Foreman Todd Mathe, Solicitor Jim Jacquette, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl was absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the June 18, 2020 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

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

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1.     Sale of Used Authority Dump Truck

A Harrell/Nice motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the sale of the 2002 Volvo Dump Truck to Souderton Borough for the amount of $43,300.00.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that he and Finance Director Craig Davies met with Public Works Director Gary Yoder to review the Authority’s current financial position. After some discussion, it was the consensus of the Board for the Authority to proceed with all budgeted projects and purchases for 2020, with the exception of the proposed Third Street water line installation project, which will be deferred to next year.

The Board then discussed the current water/sewer bill delinquency situation. It was the consensus of the Board that staff should mail out a reminder letter to customers with past due accounts advising them that they need to contact the office to make payment as soon as possible or set up a payment arrangement. Further, a Nice/Musselman motion carried unanimously (4-0) authorizing the staff to resume regular TBA billing procedures for the August, 2020 billing.

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

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

Mr. Fournier reported that SWERP completed 2,525 ft. of sewer relining on Branch, Colonial, Franconia & Ridge Avenues. He also reported that the electrical work at the South Lift Station is underway.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that Alfa Laval came to the WWTF to do an inspection and the 4,000-hour complete service as recommended by the manufacturer. It has been completed and they also worked on the programming issues that persisted, which were resolved.

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 received a telephone call from Fresco’s attorney in response to the letter he sent to Fresco regarding their excess usage. Mr. Jacquette also provided the Board with an update on the TMDL case.

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

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that CKS submitted the forms to DEP for the Uninterrupted System Service Plan for TBA’s water system, and which makes TBA compliant. This means that TBA’s system can sustain itself if it loses power.

Mr. DiGangi further reported that he looked into possible grants for the West Broad Street Water & Sewer Line Replacement project, and found that grant availability is cyclical, so the time to apply will be next year, unless funds unexpectedly become available this year.

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

OTHER BUSINESS:

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of June in the amount of $212,573.97 was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion.

Mr. Hagey asked for clarification on the North Penn Water Authority expenditure, and Mr. Fournier explained that it pertains to laboratory testing.

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

PENDING ITEMS:

  • Solicitor to provide draft agreements to the Board for Indian Ridge Provisions and Fresco.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:18 pm by a Nice/Musselman motion. A tour of Well #1 was given after the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell

Secretary

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