Minutes of Water Commissioners 8/22/13 Meeting



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 July minutes were approved.

The warrants were signed.

There were no coliform bacteria detects for the month. The Lead and Copper testing program was conducted successfully.

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


July Pumpage                2013 – 34,655,000         2012 –  36,019,000

……………There were five service installations in the Cotuit Meadows subdivision.

……………T-Mobile is moving forward with their cellular modifications project at the Main Street tank.

……………Tata & Howard’s contract for the engineering portion of the water main installation on Main Street has been signed by Mr. Wiseman. This main installation will be done in conjunction with the Town’s Main Street rehabilitation project.

……………The road has been cleared in preparation for the new monitoring well installation near Station #5.

Discussion continued on Open Cape fiber Optics in conjunction with the installation of our new security system.  The revised contract will be sent to Attorney Mann for review. The Board asked to have Sean O’Brien, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Barnstable County, attend the September meeting for further discussion on Open Cape’s role. The Board asked Mr. Wiseman to contact Weston & Sampson for an estimate to complete the security system upgrade using the fiber optics option.

The inspection report on the West Street tank was reviewed. Mr. Wiseman was asked to obtain prices for the painting project that will take place in FY 2015.

The contract with Tata & Howard to conduct a water audit was signed.  The Board approved this contract at the June meeting.

The Board agreed to hold their meetings at Freedom Hall beginning with their September meeting which will be held on Thursday, the 26th.

Discussion was held on the structural analysis that will be performed on the Main Street tank, during the time that the chemical cleaning is done in September. Mr. Barnicle made a motion to enter into an agreement with Haley & Ward to conduct a structural analysis on the Main Street tank.  The motion was seconded the it was voted unanimously. The Board signed the contract.

The 2013 lien warrant was signed.

Discussion was held on the misinformation that is circulating about the quality of our drinking water following the MCL violation notices that were published in the Cape Cod Times.  Mr. Wiseman was asked to draft an paragraph explaining the EPA and DEP guidelines under which the Department operates.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, 2013.

The meeting adjourned at 7:05 pm..


Respectfully submitted,

Frederick Kiely, Chairman

cc: Prudential Committee