Water Commissioners – Oct 15 2015 – minutes


The monthly meeting of the Board of Water Commissioners was held at Freedom Hall at 6:00 p.m. All commissioners were present as well as Superintendent Chris Wiseman.

Russ Kleekamp from the engineering firm of GHD was also present.

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.

The 09/17/15 minutes were approved. All warrants were signed.

Mr. Wiseman reviewed the water quality testing results for the month of September. Manganese testing will be completed next week, and we will do one more round of regularly scheduled quarterly by-product testing. We are awaiting confirmation from MassDEP that we can move to an annual testing each November.

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

September 2014 Pumpage 31,714,000
September 2015 Pumpage 32,799,000

On the largest day in September we pumped 1,438,000 gallons of water, as it was another dry month with only 5.25 inches of rain, most of which fell in 1 day.

The operators have been busy with seasonal turn off requests.

There were 3 new service installations completed in September and one emergency leak repair.

Mr. Wiseman informed the board that he has communicated the lease negotiation terms to AT&T at the board’s request, and has not yet received acceptance of these terms.

The district is still waiting on a notification of acceptance for the Hazardous Mitigation Grant as written by GZA.

The new superintendent vehicle is tentatively scheduled for delivery in late November or early December.

Russ Kleekamp notified the board that the Notice to Proceed had been issued to Biszko and the paperwork and project schedule were underway. They expect to begin site work in early November and plan to demolish the existing West Street Tank this fall. The projected timeline includes building the new tank in the spring of 2016. If time allows they will paint in the spring, if not, it will be completed in the fall of 2016 and the Main Street Tank will then be demolished. A Notice of Demolition has been issued to all cell carriers who currently lease space on the tank. All carriers are asking about future RFP’s and plans to proceed. Mr. Kleekamp and Mr. Wiseman will follow up with legal counsel and finance/bond council regarding any regulations or restrictions for the new site and follow up with the board at the next meeting.

Commissioner Mastro reintroduced the Forestry Management Stewardship Program which was originally raised at the July 2015 meeting. Funding started in September, and Mr. Mastro would like to have a representative come to the December meeting to talk about the program.

Commissioner Campbell will be attending the Policy Advisory Committee meeting which will take place on Friday, October 16th at 5:30pm at the Cotuit Library.

The Board made a motion to close the office on Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday. The motion was unanimously approved.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Freedom Hall. Only two commissioners will be present.

The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Theodore Barnicle, Chairman

Cc: Prudential Committee

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