Minutes of the Water Commission Meeting

November 15th, 2010


Attending: Jeff Wilder, Kurt Grassett, Sean Kerwin, Joel Chandler and Linda Coughlan, Recording Secretary


4:00 P.M. – Jeff called the meeting to order. The minutes of the October 13th meeting were accepted with one correction. The call list referred to was at the chlorinator not Juggernaut.


Appointment of Commissioner-

Jeff said the commissioners need to officially accept Kurt's resignation as a commissioner. The commissioners voted to accept Kurt's resignation. Jeff said they would also need to officially appoint Joel as Kurt's replacement. Kurt said Joel would be filling out the remainder of his term and then would need to be elected for the position. The Commissioner's voted unanimously to have Joel complete Kurt's term as commissioner. Kurt reminded Joel that he will need to be sworn in by the Town Clerk.


Service Disconnect Notice –

The commissioners reviewed the draft of the service disconnect notice. Jeff said he had made a few edits to the draft. It was noted that a copy of the notice should be mailed out to customers with their first past due statement. The commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the draft notice as edited.


DES Administrative Rules –

Kurt said he had spoken to Paul Suska from DES on the rewriting of the watershed rules. Suska had said that since the water shed is all in conservation land, it was better off dealing with town enforcement rather than the state. Kurt said he will work on the easement with Sy Belch from N.E. Forestry on putting together restrictions on refueling, storage of any contaminants and the requirement of having spill kits on site.


UV Disinfection –

Kurt said he had heard back from Ray Corbert of KB Partners. He said there are two companies interested in doing the UV project; one is Trojan's with an estimated cost of $26,000 and Sieman's whose cost was $80,000. Kurt said there is also another company from North Carolina interested. Kurt will send out water samples to two of the companies. Kurt explained for Joel's behalf that Hancock has the last unfiltered water source in the State and they are now requiring 2 systems. Kurt said there is the existing chlorine system and the only other option would be the UV disinfection system.


Water Flushing -

Kurt said the water flushing went well. Sean said he had been there for training and he thought everything seemed to run smoothly.


Monthly Reports –

The commissioners signed off on the monthly reports for September and October. Kurt said that nothing unusual had taken place in either month. There was a spike in turbidity when the Fire Department had done their training.


2011 Budget –

The commissioners reviewed the 2011 proposed budget that Kurt had prepared. He noted that the 2011 budget is down from 2010. Kurt said he had figured in the budget for 2 guys flushing the hydrants twice a year and he also tried to estimate the cost of water breaks that might occur. He said by this time next year there should be a solid figure for the UV system. Other issues that the commissioners thought they need to look at after the UV system was completed were: replacing gate valves on Depot Road and Antrim Road, look at the age and lining of piping, and getting the pressure up on Antrim Road (pump system).


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:50 P.M. The next meeting will be on December 8th at 4:00 P.M.


Respectfully submitted,


Linda Coughlan

Recording Secretary


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