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December 17, 2015 Minutes

The Telford Borough Authority Meeting held this date was called to order at 7:19 p.m. by Vice- Chairman Abram Diehl, with the following members in attendance: John Harrell, David Musselman and Robert Nice. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Finance Director Craig Davies, Solicitor Mark Weand, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Chairman Timothy Hagey was absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the November 19, 2015 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Musselman motion, with the following addition: At the conclusion of the meeting, the board held a celebration. The board celebrated Abe Diehl’s receipt of PMAA’s Sahli Extended Service Award for more than 30 years of community service.

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

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1.         2016 Budget

Manager Mark Fournier informed the Board that tonight they received revised 2016 Budget pages that reflect a proposed $0.70 sewer rate increase. David Musselman  asked what the increase would mean to the average homeowner, and Finance Director Craig Davies stated that it would be an increase of approximately $60-75 per year, per average household. Mr. Fournier indicated a typical increase in the past several years would be about $0.25 or $0.30. He added that this increase may receive a bit of public comment, since it is more than a normal increase. Mr. Nice asked what percentage increase is the proposed increase, and Mr. Fournier indicated that it is a 9.6% increase.

A Nice/Jarrell motion carried unanimously (4-0) adopting the 2016 Budget with a $0.70 sewer rate increase, which will be effective November 1, 2015.

2.         2016 Rate Resolution

A Nice/Musselman motion carried unanimously (4-0) adopting the 2016 Rate Resolution.

REPORTS:

TREASURER’S REPORT: Accepted as presented.

WATER DEPARTMENT REPORT: We received a written report for the file.

Authority Board Member John Harrell inquired about the GIS mapping system that has been mentioned in the Water Department reports. Public Works Director Gary Yoder explained that the GIS system is a large database of detailed information on new houses, developments, new services, etc., and has proven to be a very valuable tool to the Borough and the Authority. Warren Harris and Todd Mathe work together to keep the GIS system as up to date as possible.

Manager Mark Fournier informed the Board that Bob Kratz was awarded the A.E. “Bud” Fricker Memorial Individual Service Award from EPWPCOA. This award is given for outstanding service to the Association and the water pollution control field.

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 Bill McCue passed the exam for his water distribution system operator’s license.

PTWA REPORT: We received a written report for the file.

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

Solicitor Mark Weand reported that TBA has not yet received a response from EPA to our revised counter-proposal.

Mr. Weand referenced a copy of a letter that Representative Kate Harper sent to John Quigley, the Secretary for PA DEP, expressing their concerns about the current TMDL stream protocol.

After a brief discussion, Authority Board Member Robert Nice stated that he would share a copy of the letter with Representative Robert Godshall and ask him to send a letter to Secretary Quigley, as well.

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

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 $ 240,251.16 was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Nice motion.

Signing of the checks was approved unanimously (4-0) by a Harrell/Nice motion.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

The Authority Board entered into Executive Session at 7:55 pm to discuss a matter of personnel.

The Authority Board closed the Executive Session at 7:57 pm.

A Harrell/Musselman motion carried unanimously (4-0) to award all employees working on behalf of the Authority a $100.00 Christmas bonus.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:58 pm by a Harrell/Diehl motion.

Respectfully submitted,

John Harrell

Secretary

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