Minutes of the Water Commission Meeting
May 27th, 2010
Attending: Kurt Grassett, Sean Kerwin and Linda Coughlan, Recording Secretary
4:00 P.M. – Kurt called the meeting to order. The minutes of the April 29th meeting were
approved as written.
Past Due Water Rent –
A certified letter had gone to one past due customer stating they had to pay or come in with a payment plan by May 5th to avoid shut off. The letter also stated that there would be no other notice given for shutoff if they failed to comply. Since there has been no response from the customer, it was decided to shut off the water on June 1st. A $100 reconnection fee will be added to the balance due.
DES Inspection –
Kurt said Bob Mann, the rep from DES, had stopped by to do the annual inspection of the water treatment system at Juggernaut. Kurt said everything was good and Mann will send out a letter with the inspection results.
Water Break –
Kurt gave an update on the water main break that had taken place at 22 Main. He said Mathewson had replaced the line to the house that was thought to be the broken line. Kurt said it turned out that line was not the line to the house. It was an abandoned old line that had not been abandoned properly by turning it off and taking the riser out. There was some confusion with the owner concerning whether she actually had water and it turned she did and the line to her house never blew. The customer now has a new water line but since the line to her home had been OK, she didn't feel that she should pick up the cost. It was agreed that the cost of $1,950 should be picked up by the commission.
Kurt brought up again, the fact that as the primary operator for the water system, he should resign from the Water Commission. He said his term is up in 2012, but they should start thinking about finding a replacement by the end of the fiscal year.
Charter for the Water Commission -
Kurt mentioned that research needs to be done to see how the Water Commission was set up originally in order to see if rates can be raised. He said the commission could have been set up as an enterprise fund or by a charter or village district. Sean said he would try to track down a charter at the State Archives in Concord. Kurt suggested meeting with Sean to check the records in the town archives first. He said they should look in town records in the years around 1906 – 1907.
Water Usage -
Kurt mentioned that water usage had gone up with the warm weather to 80,000 to 90,000 gallons a day.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:30 P.M.