Water Commissioners Meeting Minutes of 3/15/12


The monthly meeting of the Board of Water Commissioners was held at the office at 5 PM with all members present. Superintendent Chris Wiseman was also present.

The February minutes were approved.

The warrants were signed.

Coliform testing results for February were “0.”  MTBE results were “0” at all stations.

The following information was included in the Superintendent’s report:


February Pumpage           2012 –   6,204,000     2011 –  7,644,000

…………Work is nearing completion on the pump and motor problem at Station #5.

…………The leak detection program has been completed.  A total of three leaks were found and repaired.

…………Mr. Wiseman and Horsley & Witten rep. Tom Lee toured the Stratford Ponds treatment facility.

…………Merithew Co. conducted tank inspections on 3/9/12. Status reports are forthcoming.

The roadway paving bid opening was held with nine bidders participating in the opening.  The Lawrence Lynch Co. was low bidder with a bid of $208,259.50.  Chairman Rick Kiely signed the Letter of Intent to Award.

Weston & Sampson’s engineering design agreement for security improvements to the department’s facilities was reviewed.   Mr. Barnicle made a motion to authorize Bruce Adams, from Weston & Sampson, to prepare the engineering bid documents. Mr. Kiely seconded the motion and it was so voted. Chairman, Rick Kiely signed the agreement.

The agreement from Tata & Howard to prepare and file the Water Management Act Permit Amendment was discussed.  Mr. Barnicle made a motion to enter into the agreement as we are working under an interim permit at the present time.  Mr. Calise seconded the motion and it was so voted.  Chairman,

Rick Kiely signed the agreement.

Mr. Kiely informed the Board that he had reviewed and signed The “Memo of Understanding” agreement on the 671 Main Street Project. He noted that this agreement does not affect our easement rights in any way.

Discussion continued on the need for updates to the current personnel policy. A proposal from Warren Rutherford’s firm “The Executive Suite” was reviewed. Mr. Barnicle made a motion to accept Mr. Rutherford’s proposal.  Mr. Calise seconded the motion and it was so voted.

No action was taken on the subject of Open Cape and their proposal to install fiber optics in Cotuit.  Mr. Kiely will speak with the Fire Chief about his position on the subject.

The 2013 budget and five-year capital improvement program were discussed.

Mr. Kiely informed the Board that, sometime in the near future, the Town of Barnstable will propose to install solar panels on an 11-acre piece of land next to the Mosswood Cemetary. The Board agreed that they will never be in favor of anything that involves construction within a Zone II area.

The meeting adjourned at 7:04 pm..

Respectfully submitted,


Frederick Kiely, Chairman

cc: Prudential Committee