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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Galeton Borough Authority Meeting Minutes of April 15, 2013

APRIL 15, 2013

MEMBERS PRESENT: Ben Hoppe - Chairman; Tony Cimino - Vice Chairman; Joe Cimino; Tony Adami; Trixie Blass - Secretary
OTHERS PRESENT: Mike Plummer, Alyson Leach, Kaitlyn Drake - Citizens; Tom Smith - Foreman

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

Pledge to the flag.

Minutes for the March meeting were presented for approval. Joe motioned to approve the minutes as presented. Tony C. seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.

Alyson Leach asked if the sewer line behind her home and the office could be checked to make sure it’s not leaking stating that ever since the project was completed it’s been very wet in that area with a foul odor. Tom stated that since the projects involved removing the storm water from the sewer lines there will be more wet areas in parts of town that were involved in the project but that they will check out the situation.

Mike Plummer questioned whether there had been any draw downs on the Interim Financing or any others from PENNVEST and was informed that there had not been on either.

Ben reviewed the engineer’s report with the board. A response letter was sent to the Redevelopment Authority for projects to be considered for 2013 Entitlement funds. The board agreed that a water meter replacement program would benefit the Authority in that it would provide better usage information for DEP reporting as well as more accurate reads for revenue.

There was also a brief discussion regarding the storage tank and the possibility of replacing that in the future.

Joe stated the Ultra Sonic meter that was purchased for the water plant on the recommendation of ICEA. The meter was not compatible with our system after installation. He said that the Montoursville Borough expressed interest in purchasing the meter. Joe recommended that the Authority offer the meter to them at a cost of $2200.00 since any warranty is expired and/or not eligible for the meter now. Trixie motioned to offer the meter to Montoursville Borough for $2200.00. Tony Cimino seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.

Joe reported that the master meter at the water treatment plant is 9 years old and the head assembly has already been replaced in about 2004. He recommends purchasing a new meter at the cost of approximately $2000.00 and sending the old one to be repaired and calibrated to have on hand for emergency. Tony Adami motioned to purchase a new master meter and to have the old one sent for repairs/calibration. Trixie seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.

Joe then stated that he received a proposal from ICEA Solutions to place meters in all of the filter beds to achieve flow proportion for the chlorine. After some discussion the board agreed that it would like to get another quote for the work before making a decision. It was recommended to get a quote from the company that is doing the meters for the Wetmore project.

Joe then informed the board that the Generations Hunting Club has decided not to pursue putting a pond on property located in the watershed.

There was a brief discussion regarding the application for the WWTP upgrade project to PENNVEST. New member, Tony Adami, was informed of what the upgrade would consist of with information of the energy savings as well as necessary replacement of various equipment. It is expected that PENNVEST will make a decision near the end of the month.

Joe said that he found life saving rings for placement at the WWTP tanks and will have them ordered.

The secretary informed the board that the attorney for the bankruptcy case that had been settled has asked to revisit the case as he wishes to decrease the amount paid to the Authority. The clients had already been ordered to make “immediate payment” by the bankruptcy judge after a settlement agreement had been reached between them and the Authority. After some discussion the board agreed that they do not wish to waste any more time and money on this bankruptcy case. A letter will be sent to the solicitor asking that he request payment be made immediately as was agreed and ordered.

The secretary notified the board that the Borough Solicitor had begun mailing out letters to those customers whose water/sewer accounts were in arrears and that she had received phone calls from some of the customers who are currently on payment agreements. Most were polite and questioning but others were, in fact, verbally abusive. The board told the secretary that she is to direct all customers to contact the solicitor at the number given on the letters as those accounts are now out of her hands and that she need not subject herself to those types of calls.

The secretary asked if all had reviewed the draft of the 2012 Audit and if there were any questions or comments. Joe motioned to approve the Audit as presented. Tony A. seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.

Conversation regarding new DEP laws for on-lot sewage systems resulted in the general consensus that since the Authority is a public system and is not involved with on-lot sewages, there was no need to send letters either opposing or supporting the regulations.

Joe motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m. Tony C. seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried. The meeting was adjourned until the next regular meeting scheduled for Monday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Borough office.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Good job Galeton ! I wish our council(Austin) would make public what happens at their meetings instead of all the behind closed door secrets and then telling the reporter what to put in the paper! Before you even say it going to the meetings is a joke! They decide everything behind closed doors!