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Pittsford Water Board Meeting
September 5, 2007

Thomas "Hank" Pelkey opened the meeting at 7:00PM.  Water Board members present were:   Thomas "Hank" Pelkey, Allen Hitchcock, David Markowski, Thomas Hooker, and Joseph Gagnon.  Also present were Kathleen Ramsay, Linda Drummond, Lee Kahrs, and Charles "Butch" Shaw.


H. Pelkey read the following letter dated September 5, 2007:  "Board of Selectman, Town of Pittsford, Gentlemen:  Due to health concerns and other commitments I regretfully resign as a member of the Pittsford Water/Sewer Board, effective today.  Sincerely, Hank Pelkey"



The minutes of August 15, 2007 were approved.




Florence Well Update

Trace levels of perchlorate were found in the Florence Well.  The levels are well below the reason of concern.  The information was sent to all Florence users and State Water Supply Division in regards to water test results.


Long Land Plan - Report on Contact with USDA re: Grant Funding for Water System Improvements

Grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program is available for water system upgrades.  Grants of up to 45% are available, but vary depending on a community's income level, current user rates and the cost of the project.  Pittsford's medium household qualifies the Town for long term loan financing with subsidized rates and grant eligibility up to 45% of project costs.  K. Ramsay and USDA will work through different scenarios for the Town to get the maximum done for the grant funding available.

Discussion was held in regards to comparing Pittsford's water rates and the rest of the state.  Pittsford is running $200/$225 per user per year compared to $400 per user per year.

Community Development Block Grant funding for water system upgrades is also a possibility, but a strong lineage to the development and/or retention of affordable housing must be made in order to be competitive in this program (90% of CDBG funding is spent on affordable housing programs).  Per capita benefit component which the Town might qualify for some benefits.

Allen Hitchcock suggested that the Town needs to go beyond the immediate problems of Route 7 and need to plan out maybe fifty years on both the water and sewer systems and their need for repair.  A. Hitchcock recommended looking at the possibility of the need for future development in Town and long range predications of population changes.   The Town water system is over 100 years old and may not meet the future demands. The new water and sewer board should be charged with developing work plan for repairs that are long range beyond the Route 7 upgrade project.  Discussion was held on the different possibilities for the water and sewer boards to consider in regards to the Route 7 water and sewer upgrades.  Planning in advance for the future demands on the systems will insure meeting the demands for new facilities.


Discussion of Process & Timeline for Appointment of Water & Sewer Board.  Note Receipt of Applications for Appointment.

Each Select Board member will bring a name of a candidate to the Water and Sewer Board for consideration at its next regular meeting.  Applications from Jim McRae and Sally Eugair, who previously submitted applications for the Water and Sewer Board, will be considered by the Board at that time.  When the Water & Sewer Boards were dissolved last year, and the Select Board assumed the duties of Water & Sewer Commissioners, the Select Board planned to establish a new Water & Sewer Board, consisting of two representatives of the Select Board:  two Pittsford water 7 sewer system users; and one Florence water system user.

T. Hooker made a motion for David Markowski to be the interim chair for the Water & Sewer Board.  A. Hitchcock seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.


With no further business, the Water Board adjourned at 7:15PM.

Recording Secretary                                              

Linda Drummond   

Thomas "Hank" Pelkey, Chair 

Allen Hitchcock, Vice-Chair

W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman

David Markowski, Selectman

Thomas Hooker, Selectman


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