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Town of Pittsford
Se
wer Board Minutes 3/24/04
 

Thomas “Hank” Pelkey opened the meeting at 7:01 P.M.  The Board members present were: Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Dave Markowski, Joe Gagnon, and Larry Pomainville.  Allen Hitchcock was absent.  Also present were Michael Balch, Helen McKinlay, Joe Aja, Tom Carrara, Roy Newton, Tom Hooker, Butch Shaw and Paula Bizon Recording Secretary. 

MINUTES

The Sewer Board minutes of 3/17/04 were reviewed, discussed and approved.

ORDERS

The orders dated 3/24/04 were reviewed, discussed and approved.

OTHER BUSINESS

VT Police Academy

J. Aja addressed the Board and presented some history on the needs of the Police Academy to hook onto the Town’s sewer system.  Originally the best solution appeared to be putting in a pump station on the Academy’s property.  In 1991 it was recommended that the homes along Furnace Road could be hooked onto the pumping station line.  However, the Academy did not think this was the best solution since residents would not have access to servicing personnel on a regular basis.  In 2003 the Academy went out to bid on the project.  Only one bidder responded because of the late date of the bid cycle. Therefore, the Academy went out to bid again and 2 companies bid on the project, Markowski Excavating and Champlain Construction. Both bids came in beyond the funding available.  The Academy now needs to determine which way to go with the project.  The Academy wants to avoid being responsible for a pumping station.  The Academy has limited funding available.  At this point, because of the cost of the project, J.Aja stated that the Academy would possibly go forward with their own on-site system and not hook onto the Town’s system.  J. Aja noted that the Academy is not requesting the fees returned that they have already paid to the Town as a customer of the Town’s sewer system.  The Board discussed the engineers’ design and proposals.  J. Aja and the Board discussed what was requested from the engineers and their proposal.  The Board stated that the Academy should have presented their position to the Town prior to going to design. Further discussion on the project was presented.  The Board stated that this project was gone into with a “good faith” agreement that the Academy would hook onto the Town’s sewer system.  The Town has since obligated additional funding with this “good faith” agreement.  J. Aja stated that the Academy might not pull out of the Town’s project; however alternatives are being researched.  The Board asked J. Aja what he is requesting at this time.  J. Aja stated that he is requesting input from the Town on how to proceed.  The Board stated that the Town would like the project to move forward with at least the residents on Furnace Rd. hooked on and later add additional residents from Randall Park and two or three other properties if possible.  R. Newton stated that it was his understanding that the State recommends that residents be on public sewer system where at all possible.  It was R. Newton’s recommendation to do whatever possible to seek additional funds to make the project go forward.  The Board will research the necessary background information and contact J. Aja with recommendations.  J. Aja departed at 7:38 P.M. 

Without any further business, the Board adjourned at 7:38 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted:

Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chair

Larry Pomainville, Vice-Chair

Dave Markowski, Selectman

W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman

Allan Hitchcock, Selectman, ABSENT

Paula Bizon, Recording Secretary     

 



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