TOWN OF PITTSFORD
WATER AND SEWER COMMISSION
July 7, 2009
Water and Sewer Commission Members Present: Allen Hitchcock, John Lapre, Hope Rantanen, and Helen McKinlay. Others present: Chuck Charbonneau, John Haverstock, and Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary.
Allen Hitchcock, Vice Chairman called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.
The minutes of the April 21, 2009 meeting were signed. The minutes from the June 16, 2009 meeting were signed with no corrections.
Town Manager's Report:
J. Haverstock reported on the following:
Chuck Charbonneau stated that his sewer issue is resolved. Mr. Charbonneau wanted to thank the Commission for its assistance and praised Bruce Babcock for his involvement. Mr. Charbonneau indicated that the issue was at the connection into the Town sewer and that there was a lot of infiltration in this area. J. Haverstock indicated that Bruce Babcock presented a report, which was included in the packets. Mr. Charbonneau indicated that there were clean-outs installed at the time of the repair.
Update on Project Funding:
Mark Youngstrom stated that Rural Development has forwarded the information to Washington, DC for final approval and these are approved in "batches" and a final answer is expected soon.
The bids are anticipated to go out on or around July 14 with a possible bid opening date of August 17, 2009. This is all dependent on the final approval of the funding.
Discussion of Sludge Handling and Digester Covering:
Mike Smith is aware of Bob Berardo’s research and stated that he is not confident with the suggested approach because the existing 2" line from the digester into the facility to the truck has shown leaks in the past due to poor construction at the site. Mr. Smith recommended that pumps be placed in the digester tanks with a pipe bored through the digestor's walls, thus filling the truck. A. Hitchcock recommended that Mr. Smith be invited to the meeting of July 21, 2009. J. Haverstock will invite Mr. Smith.
The anticipated timeframe for smoke testing the sewer lines is a two-day period between late July and late August. Currently, there has been too much rain and ground water is a factor. Information about the upcoming smoke-testing will be included in the Summer Town Newsletter.
Water & Sewer
L. Lapre inquired the status of the easement with the Railroad. J. Haverstock indicated that he has been in communication with Mark Youngstrom concerning this. There was discussion that Peg Flory may need to be involved at a later date.
J. Lapre inquired when the billing would be increasing. J. Haverstock stated that the bills are about to go out for this cycle. The timing will be discussed again, prior to the next billing cycle. J. Lapre recommended a summary be included with the current billing to notify the users as to when increases may be expected. There was also a recommendation that this also be included in the next newsletter. J. Haverstock stated that it may be beneficial to wait until the construction begins before increasing the rates.
The meeting adjourned at 6:56 PM.
The next meeting will be held on July 21, 2009.
Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary
Allen Hitchcock, Vice Chair