MEETING MINUTES OF THE
PLUM CREEK MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY
A regular meeting of the Board of The Plum Creek Municipal Authority was held on November 16, 2010 at the Plum Creek Municipal Authority Business Office Building, South Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Board members present at the meeting were Jim Ridderhoff, Tom Nagle, and Jerry Weiss. Also in attendance were Dave Bright (PCMA Engineer), Mike Stewart (American Water Service), and PCMA attorney Joe Zerbe.
Jim Ridderhoff called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
The minutes of the prior meeting were reviewed and accepted by motion of Jerry Weiss, seconded by Tom Nagle, carried by all.
The Treasurer's reports for September 2010 and October 2010 were reviewed and accepted by motion of Jerry Weiss, seconded by Tom Nagle, carried by all.
Mike Stewart reviewed his written report relating to managerial matters (submitted to the Board prior to the meeting) which addressed water and sewage operations. In water matters, he reported that:
In sewage matters:
- Breiner Contracting assisted in repairing two leaks.
- The booster station and pipe yard have been cleaned and reorganized.
- The well houses have been cleaned and splash plates have been installed on the interior walls by the day tanks and where chemicals are stored.
Mike added that he submitted paperwork to the DEP to change the Authority’s name on the water and wastewater reports that are filed. He also said that Shawn will be learning how to do leak detection to help track down leaks in the water system.
- The white Mack had the primary shut off repaired by Rick Seiler.
- Both pump trucks are operational.
- The positioner for the inlet metering valve at the wastewater treatment plant was serviced by Moyer Electronics. Moyer Electronics is checking on price and availability for this component. Since this is a critical component for the plant, and the existing part is more than 10 years old, it may be time to start stocking a spare.
- Dave Myers replaced the contacts in the motor control panel for the microscreen filter system.
In engineering matters, Dave noted that water production has risen about 20% in the last six months which calculates at a little over 30 gallons a minute. Because storage tank maintenance is a concern and was mentioned at the last meeting, Dave said he could have someone come, at no cost to the Authority, to look at the water storage tanks and give some recommendations as to whether they need attention now or if it can wait until a later time. His contact person will get in touch with Mike.
In legal matters, Joe Zerbe said he mailed a letter to Direct Energy regarding dropping the Authority unexpectedly from the energy program for no reason but he had not received a reply. He said he would send a follow-up letter. Jim suggested signing up with another company, but Joe suggested we wait to see if we get an answer from the second letter.
Upon motion by Tom Nagle, seconded by Jerry Weiss, and carried by all, the Board approved Revision 3 of the PCMA’s Water Rates, Rules and Regulations, which includes a section addressing the new residential sprinkler systems (RSS) regulations. Jim noted that the cost of the PCMA’s water permit will increase because of the RSS requirements, as the water permit fee is comprised of the $1,000 tapping fee plus the actual cost of the meters and accessories that are purchased through the Authority.
Upon motion by Jim Ridderhoff, seconded by Jerry Weiss, and carried by all, the Budget for 2011 was approved.
Upon motion by Jim Ridderhoff, seconded by Jerry Weiss, and carried by all, the following rate increases will go into effect April 1, 2011:
- Base-Rate Fee per Quarter (9,000 gallons allowance) - $65.00, up from $60.00.
- Over-Base Usage - $5.00 per 1,000 gallons over the base allowance of 9,000 gallons, up from $4.50 per 1,000 gallons.
Upon motion by Jim Ridderhoff, seconded by Jerry Weiss, and carried by all, the At 7:12 p.m. the Board went into Executive Session at 7:12 p.m. to discuss employee salaries for 2011, and returned to regular session at 7:25 p.m.
- Septic Tank Empty (Pump) & Inspect - $200.00, up from $175.00.
- Holding Tank Empty (Pump) - $73.00, up from $70.00.
- Holding Tank Test - $68.00, up from $65.00.
There being no further business, Jerry Weiss motioned for adjournment, and Jim Ridderhoff seconded the motion, carried by all. The meeting was adjourned by Jim Ridderhoff at 7:27 p.m.
Meeting minutes were taken, prepared, and submitted by Jennifer Hoy.