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Friday, February 21, 2014

GALETON BOROUGH AUTHORITY REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 11,2014

GALETON BOROUGH AUTHORITY REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 11,2014

MEMBERS PRESENT: Tony Adami - Chairman; Joe Cimino; Tony Cimino; Trixie Blass

NOT PRESENT: Ben Hoppe - Vice Chairman

OTHERS PRESENT: Joe Petrencsik - Mayor; Mike Messino - Council Member; Alison Leach; Dustin Shepler - Student journalist; Mike Plummer

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

Pledge to the flag.

Minutes of the January meeting were presented for approval. Joe motioned to approve the minutes as presented. Trixie seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.

CITIZENS
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WATER REPORT

Joe informed the board that he met with Chris Boll of Harger Construction and Martin Perry or Panelogic at the Wetmore for training on the new system. He stated that the Level Troll is calibrated and the training went well.
There seems to be an issue with the batteries for the meters. The project called for 6 volt batteries but it seems the manufacturer recommends 12 to 24 volts for optimum performance. After a brief discussion, the board asked that the engineer be contacted regarding the batteries.
Joe stated that he is still experiencing problems with pressure in the new system. Unfortunately because of the extreme weather conditions, it is difficult to make any assessments as to what the problem is. The board recommended that he speak with the engineer on the 17th prior to the special meeting that is scheduled.
The board was informed that the crew has been extremely busy with frozen meters and water pipes. The extreme weather has created an exceptionally deep frost line below the ground’s surface. Property owners need to be reminded that they are responsible for maintaining and protecting the water meters. Those who need meters replaced due to negligence will be charged for the new meter. There was a brief discussion on the property owners’ responsibilities regarding their water and sewer lines. It was agreed that most are mis-informed as to where their responsibility begins and ends. Efforts to educate will be made.

SEWER REPORT

Joe reported that the crew has been working on replacement/repairs at the sewer plant. There have been some complications but they are moving forward.

OLD BUSINESS

Trixie presented a letter from Michael Plummer stating his proposal and interest as Authority Solicitor at a rate of $125/hour. Tony C. motioned that the board accept Mr. Plummer’s proposal. Joe seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried. Mr. Plummer stated that he wanted all to be aware that he plans to continue to be present at the meetings as a citizen. The Authority will be invoiced only when legal requests have been made and NOT for his presence at the meetings.

The secretary also presented Resolution 1 of 2014 for adoption, approving Tony Adami, Anthony Cimino and Trixie Blass to execute signatures for routine business at Northwest Savings Bank. Joe motioned to adopt the resolution as presented. Trixie seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.

Tony Adami provided a copy of his draft letter in support of allowing watershed officials to review all gas/oil drilling applications that are located in a water source area. All agreed that the letter was concise and should be mailed. Mike Messino asked to present the letter to council first so that they might be included in the support.

Mike Messino also proposed that the delinquents that are considered to be “uncollectible” be abated. More discussion led to possibly removing them from the billing software so that more money isn’t wasted on mailing monthly bills but that the accounts be kept on file, accumulating charges as is the current policy with liens placed, so that it can be collected in the event that a property sells. After a lengthy discussion, the Authority recommends that the accounts NOT be abated but that a different solution is found. The accounts being discussed are vacant properties that continue to accumulate sewer fees according to current billing policies and procedures. This would ultimately be a council decision but the Authority asks to be kept informed.

NEW BUSINESS
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ADJOURNMENT

Joe motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:56 p.m. Tony A. seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried. The meeting was adjourned until the next meeting, a special meeting, to be held Monday, February 17th at 4:30 p.m. in the Borough Office.

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