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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

GALETON BOROUGH AUTHORITY REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 7, 2017

MEMBERS PRESENT: Tony Adami - Chairman; George Bowen - Vice Chairman; BJ Lowther, Joe Cimino
OTHERS PRESENT: Mike Plummer - Solicitor; Rob Pflug - Intergovernmental council member; Trixie Blass - Secretary

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Pledge to the flag.

BJ motioned to approve the January minutes as presented. George seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.

CITIZENS PARTICIPATION

A combined sewer customer had asked the secretary to report to the board his position on the proposed rates for customers with combined residential and commercial sewers which the secretary did.

WATER REPORT

Joe stated that due to recent electrical surges and outages, he experienced problems at the booster station with the 3 phase electrical as well as having to have one of the pumps repaired. Phase protectors are being purchased and installed to prevent this from happening. Each time a pump needs repair due to problems with electricity the cost is approximately $900.

He also reported that DEP visited recently for a full inspection of the water plant/system and that it went very well overall.

Joe said he has discussed the meters for the weirs with LDG. The meters that are currently in place have been tested and seem to be working. Issues regarding providing power to the meters and resetting them for accurate measuring are being discussed.

SEWER

Joe reported that the pump house at the WWTP needs the roof replaced as it leaks. The board recommended getting quotes on replacement with a tin roof.

Also, the SCADA system at the plant is obsolete and needs updated. He believes that Tom has asked for a quote from Martz Technologies, the same company that installed the system at the water plant.

OLD BUSINESS

Rob Pflug asked for a report on the # of meters that need repaired or replaced.

BJ requested additional formatting to the budget for easier access of information.

Tony questioned progress of Income Surveys. Secretary reported that they will be completed in the next week or so.

The board approved of the rate structure for combined sewers as presented to them, based on averages and asked Rob to make the recommendation to council.

The board also discussed delinquent accounts, policies and procedures and the Operations and Management agreement.
NEW BUSINESS

It was brought to the board’s attention that council intends to apply for funding for various street projects, one of which will be First Street, and asked the board to consider replacement/repairs to water and sewer lines to coincide with the paving projects. The board is not comfortable committing to such a costly project at this time but will reconsider if it is discovered that there may be funding available for this type of project.

ADJOURN

George motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m. Joe seconded the motion. All voted aye and the meeting was adjourned until the next regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Borough office.

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