May 2019

A regular meeting of the Board of The Plum Creek Municipal Authority was held on May 21, 2019, at the Plum Creek Municipal Authority Business Office Building, South Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Board members present at the meeting were Jim Ridderhoff, Jerry Weiss, and Corby Lewis. Also, property owner David Mengel.

Jim Ridderhoff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

The minutes for the April 2019 meeting were accepted by motion of Jerry Weiss, seconded by Corby Lewis, carried by all.

The Treasurer's report for April 2019 was reviewed and accepted by motion of Corby Lewis, seconded by Jerry Weiss, carried by all.

In engineering matters, Dave Bright (SSM), who did not attend, talked to Jim Ridderhoff before the meeting. Dave said the report he is working on, for the sewage, will be ready in June.

Mike Kreiser (SES) gave the manager’s report:

  • The F250 White Utility Truck had a tune-up and the transmission shifter linkage was replaced.
  • The Ford Ranger had the rear differential replaced.
  • All vehicles are now operational.
  • We have been working on various projects around the ground and keeping the grounds clean. Some of the projects consist of making new shelves, and various painting/upkeep around the grounds.
  • We plan on locating and marking water main valves boxes and curb stop boxes. If needed, schedule a repair or replacement of the broken curb or valve box.
  • New Regulation requires a comprehensive monitoring plan due in August. It should not affect PCMA a whole lot. If all the wells went to the Storage Tank first, then it would affect PCMA, but each well goes into the distribution. So, there should not be any additional cost.
In water operations, Mike reported that:
  • Normal operations continue.
  • All wells are operational. Currently running one well at approximately 70gpm.
  • Dave Bonkovich found a 150K water leak at 1476 Bearcat Cove and a service line leak at 962 Wynonah Drive. Both leaks were repaired. An Emergency Boil Water Notice was issued. The water was tested by Suburban Water Testing and the Boil Water Notice was removed 5/18/19.
  • Water leaks were repaired earlier at 2280 Tonto Drive, 2139 Montana Drive, 2072 Mustang Cove, and 304/305 Sioux Drive.
  • Kohl Bros. replaced the well pump in Well# 6.
  • Booster Station is at 14.1 PSI, as of May 21, 2019.
  • Booster Station: All pumps operational and rotating on monthly basis.
In sewage operations, Mike reported that:
  • Normal operations continue.
  • Plant is operating very good.
  • Both EQ tanks have a large amount of sediment in both tanks. Recommends having both tanks cleaned out.
  • Approximately 19 septic pumps are in the backlog.
Jim Ridderhoff said that the Board is working on preparing and presenting a contract to Mike Kreiser – Select Environmental Solutions.

In legal matters, Joe Zerbe said he looked over the contract (that PCMA has with Mike Kreiser -SES) and gave the Board a draft to look over. Routine matters were addressed such as filing and satisfying liens.

The Board acknowledged receipt of the 2018 Audit Report prepared by Jones & Co. No irregularities were found during the audit.

Nancy said we did not receive any sealed bids, in the mail, for the 1975 White Pump Truck and the 2002 F250 Pickup Truck. We did send out specs for the vehicles and one person who received the specs called the office on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and said they did not realize the bids had to be in on May 21, 2019. They asked if the bids could be emailed along with a photocopy of the money orders for the 10% bid amount…. we said yes. This was the only bid we received and no one else asked to email a bid to us.

Upon motion by Jerry Weiss, seconded by Corby Lewis, and carried by all, the Board accepted the bid of $511.00 for the 2002 F250 Blue Pickup Truck by Baran Brothers, 5534 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043 with the condition that we receive the deposit.

Upon motion by Jerry Weiss, seconded by Corby Lewis, and carried by all, the Board accepted the bid of $1,111.00 for the 1975 Mack White Pump Truck by Baran Brothers, 5534 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043 with the condition that we receive the deposit.

The Board reviewed a letter received from a property owner asking for a credit of their over-base usage due to a leak. The Board decided, in fairness to all other property owners who pay over-base fees regardless of the amount, that they cannot adjust the amount owed. A letter will be sent to the property owner.

There being no further business, Corby Lewis motioned for adjournment, Jerry Weiss seconded the motion, carried by all. Jim Ridderhoff adjourned the meeting at 6:19 p.m.

Meeting minutes were taken, prepared, and submitted by Nancy Wesner.

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