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February 21, 2019 Minutes

The Telford Borough Authority Meeting held this date was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Timothy Hagey, with the following members in attendance: David Musselman and Robert Nice. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Solicitor Jim Jacquette, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Recording Secretary Megan McShane. Abram Diehl and John Harrell were absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the January 17, 2019 Authority meeting were approved unanimously (3-0) by a Musselman/Nice motion.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

            1.         A Nice/Musselman motion carried unanimously (3-0) to pass a resolution designating Univest National Bank & Trust Company, QNB Bank and Penn Community Bank as depositories for Authority funds and authorizing the Authority Manager to invest the Authority funds in investments authorized by the Municipal Authorities Act.

            2.         A Musselman/Nice motion carried unanimously (3-0) authorizing the sale of the 2004 Chevrolet Blazer to Brian Kobistek in the amount of $3,300.00.

3.         Manager Mark Fournier informed the Board that he recently met with Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Joe Guagno from Instrumentation, Control & Energy Engineering, LLC, Gary Yoder and Todd Mathe to discuss Well #s 1, 3 and 5. Site visits were made to each well and Mr. Guagno prepared detailed cost estimates for electrical upgrades at each well, which were reviewed with the Board. The projected costs for each well are as follows: Well 1 – $52,325, Well 3 – $48,250 and Well 5 – $39,015.  Mr. Fournier reported that $30,000 was budgeted this year for well expenses. Since Well 1 is our oldest well, and in the worst condition, Mr. Fournier stated that the staff will go as far as we can with upgrades for Well 1 with the $30,000 that is budgeted. Board Member Robert Nice asked if there is a contingency in capital to allow all of the repairs to be completed for Well 1, since it is probably more efficient to do it right and get it all done at once. Chairman Timothy Hagey agreed.  It was the consensus of the Board to give the staff the green light to move forward with the design, preparation of a bid packet and bid process for the repair work at Well 1.

Mr. Fournier included an e-mail in the packet that pertained to a more extensive electrical upgrade at Well 5. The e-mail contains communication between Mr. Guagno and CKS about this upgrade, and the suggestion from Mr. DiGangi that TBA not pursue it, given that the cost would be $250,000.

4.         Mr. Fournier informed the Board that there are fence improvements at the WWTF included in this year’s budget. Trees recently came down on the back corner of the fence and took out 2 sections of it. Mr. Fournier distributed some pictures to show the Board the size of some of the trees that surround the WWTF, which range between 80’ and 90’ high and 5’ to 6’ around.  Mr. Fournier stated that TBA will need to talk to Franconia Township, as some of these trees are on the property line that belongs to Franconia Township. The canopies of some of the trees are hanging over their property.  Mr. Fournier added that tree removal at the WWTF was not budgeted for this year. The property and trees were recently surveyed which helped to identify the trees that belong to TBA and which ones belong to Franconia Township. Mr. Fournier proposes that TBA begin the process of looking into the best option for removing the trees, which has the potential to cost $20,000. It was the consensus that TBA not proceed with any fence repairs at the WWTF until after the tree situation is addressed.

REPORTS:

TREASURER’S REPORT: The Treasurer’s Reports for both December, 2018 and January, 2019 were accepted as presented.

Mr. Fournier reported that there were a few areas where TBA was over budget for 2018; Workers Comp Insurance was over budget by $6,207.00, some additional monies were used to pave the road where a water main break was repaired on Church Avenue, and there were some unexpected engineering costs at the end of the year pertaining to the wells that we didn’t anticipate. Despite these expenses, TBA still finished 2018 approximately $300,000 to the good.

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

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

WASTEWATER TREATMENT REPORT: We received a written report for the file.

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

SOLICITOR’S REPORT: We did not receive a written report for the file.

Solicitor Jim Jacquette reported that he is currently working on the water/sewer agreement for 114 West Broad Street.

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

Mr. DiGangi reported that he is currently working on Chapter 94 Reports, and that flows were up at the Telford WWTF last year.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that we are still waiting to hear from EPA and DEP regarding the TMDL matter.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Payment of the bills and requisitions for the month of December in the amount of $285,102.03 and for the month of January in the amount of $1,080,396.05 was approved unanimously (3-0) by a Musselman/Nice motion.

Mr. Nice asked for clarification on the Fulton Bank expenditure. Mr. Fournier explained that is payment for the bond re-financing. Mr. Hagey clarified that it is a loan payment, not a bond payment, and asked that the terminology be corrected in the report moving forward.

Board Member David Musselman asked for clarification on the Nucitrus expenditure. Megan McShane explained that this payment is for the hosting of the TBA website.

Signing of the checks was approved by a Musselman/Nice motion.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:46 pm by a Nice/Musselman motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Assistant Secretary

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