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December 17, 2020 Minutes

The Telford Borough Authority Meeting held this date was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman John Harrell, with the following members in attendance: Dan Cole, 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. Board Member Eric Kratz was absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the November 19, 2020 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (4-0) by a Nice/Musselman motion.

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

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1.      2021 Rate Resolution

A Cole/Musselman motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving the 2021 Rate Resolution with the following modifications that will be effective November 1, 2020:

                Water Rate (quarterly) per 1,000 Gallons                        $   4.80

                Sewer Rate (quarterly) per 1,000 Gallons                        $   7.80

                Water Service Charges (quarterly)                                  $ 36.00

                Sewer Service Charges (quarterly)                                  $ 36.00

TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that our sewer revenues are up due to Franconia Sewer Authority’s Morwood Road project.

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.

Mr. Fournier informed the Board that the Telford Fire Company toured the WWTF.

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 gave a positive update on the progress of the payment plan and agreement with Indian Ridge Provisions. He also reported that a draft of a payment agreement with Fres-Co should be out next week. Mr. Jacquette then gave a brief update on the TMDL matter.

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

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that the design is progressing on the Well 3 Electrical Upgrade project and that a pre-bid meeting will be held in February. Mr. DiGangi also informed the Board that he is still working on the proposal for the completion of an assessment on TBA’s WWTF.

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

OTHER BUSINESS:

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of November in the amount of $567,581.64 was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Cole/Nice motion.

Signing of the check register was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Musselman/Cole motion.

PENDING ITEMS:

  • Mr. Jacquette to reach out to Steve Hann regarding TMDL negotiations.
  • The Board will continue its discussion about implementing rate structures.
  • CKS to submit a proposal for the completion of an assessment on TBA’s WWTF prior to next month’s meeting.
  • Mr. Fournier, Mr. Jacquette & Ms. McShane will work on a summary of a plan to put commercial customers on notice for the surcharge structure, if TBA implements one.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:33 pm by a Nice/Cole motion.

Respectfully submitted,

David Musselman

Secretary

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