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Town of Pittsford
wer Board Minutes 3/31/04

Thomas “Hank” Pelkey opened the meeting at 8:03 P.M.  The Board members present were: Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Dave Markowski, Allen Hitchcock, and Larry Pomainville.  Joseph Gagnon was absent. Also present were Michael Balch and Paula Bizon Recording Secretary.


The Sewer Board minutes of 3/24/04 were reviewed and discussed.  The following corrections were made: under VT Police Academy – In 2003 one bid was received not two.  The academy stated that at this time they would go forward possibly with their own “on-site system,” not pumping station.  Under the additional hook ups after Randall Park there would need to be added “two or three other properties.” 


The orders dated 3/31/04 were reviewed, discussed and approved.


USDA Update

M. Balch informed the Board that H. McKinlay has contacted Naomi Hatch, USDA, with the information on the sewer project as to what is needed at this point to finalize the project.  N. Hatch stated that there would be a return of funds from the sewer grant contingency fund.  They will be working together and the Board will be kept informed.

Sewer Grate Replacement

M. Balch informed the Board on the update of the grate replacement project.  M. Balch recommended that the grates be replaced due to the liability of the Town if an employee gets hurt.  The Board questioned the aluminum grate material that would be used, as to the best type of material.  M. Balch stated that this is a movable product and except for one area they should hold up fairly well. 

Sludge Removal

M. Balch informed the Board that he has researched the bagging system as opposed to trucking the sludge.  M. Balch has researched the alternatives of sludge removal and their associated costs.  M. Balch stated the only viable conclusion would be to pump the sludge and ship it as slurry.  The Board reviewed the layout of the plant and possible alternatives to hold the sludge and ready it for trucking.  The Board will tour the plant and review the space available.  The Board will also view the pump capacity and the possibility of recycling.  The Board will research the possibility of selling the bagging system and recovering expenses.  The Board discussed the need to research funding to cover the plants additional costs.  M. Balch will research the cash flow from the Sewer and Water departments on how the funds are received and allocated.

M. Balch informed the Board that he has contacted G. Kupferer regarding the number of unused allocations that remain at Pittsford Commons.  He will also put together a bid proposal, secure an engineer and contact a sludge pumping facility at the sewer plant. 

VT Police Academy

The Board discussed the content of the draft letter that will be sent to J. Aja on the Town’s position based on the March 24th meeting.  H. Pelkey will draft the letter.

Pittsford Commons Allocations

The Board directed M. Balch to research the Town’s commitment to the number of sewer allocations at the Pittsford Commons.

Without any further business, the Board adjourned at 8:44 P.M.

Respectfully submitted:

Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chair

Larry Pomainville, Vice-Chair

Dave Markowski, Selectman

W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman

Allan Hitchcock, Selectman

Paula Bizon, Recording Secretary     


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