Water Commissioners – May 14 2015 – minutes


The monthly meeting of the Board of Water Commissioners was held at Freedom Hall at 5:00 p.m. Commissioner Barnicle and Commissioner Campbell were present as well as Superintendent Chris Wiseman. Commissioner Kiely was not in attendance.

The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m.

The 04/16/15 minutes were approved.

All warrants were signed.

Mr. Wiseman reviewed the water quality testing results. Previous routine samples that indicated high levels of manganese were resampled as directed by MassDEP and were returned with no detections. By-Product testing was also conducted during this quarter and all results are well below required limits. There have been no coliform detections and no increase in chlorine treatment. The flushing program is underway, but progressing slowly due to deficiencies in manpower.

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

April 2014 Pumpage 11,143,000
April 2015 Pumpage 10,796,000

There were no new services and no replacement services completed in April.

The Main Street Water Main Extension project is well underway with 1,300 feet of new main installed, filled and pressure tested.

Mr. Wiseman advised the board that Patrick O’Neale of the engineering firm Tata & Howard will be available to review the Total Coliform Report with the Commissioners at a future meeting. This will likely be scheduled for July.

The language for the Articles for the upcoming annual meeting was reviewed.

The 2015 Lien List for accounts that are more than 365 days past due was reviewed and approved by the commissioners. Letters will be mailed May 20th.

The Water Department will be working with Tata & Howard to renew our permit and raise the withdrawal limits. The response is due to MassDEP by July 15th.

Mr. Wiseman continues to work on obtaining information on the Plymouth County Bid Package for the purchase of a new vehicle in Fiscal Year 2016.

Dan Gallagher of Open Cape was not able to attend this meeting as scheduled. The commissioners will continue to explore other Fiber Optic options.

The commissioners will discuss beginning the RFP process for installing a solar array and will ask vendors to present options after the annual meeting.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Freedom Hall.

The meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Theodore Barnicle, Comissioner

Cc: Prudential Committee

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