January 2003

A regular meeting of the Board of The Lake Wynonah Municipal Authority was held on January 21, 2003 at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, Wayne Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Board members present at the meeting were Joe Chicora, Jim Ridderhoff, Tom Nagle, and Dennis Scharadin. Also in attendance were Dave Bright (LWMA Engineer), Mike Stewart (American Water Service), Tom Zenker (South Manheim Township Supervisor), attorney Joe Zerbe, and property owners John Rees and Ron Larsen.

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

The minutes of the prior meeting were reviewed and accepted by motion of Joe Chicora, seconded by Dennis Scharadin, carried by all.

The Treasurer's reports for November and December were reviewed and accepted by motion of Joe Chicora, seconded by Tom Nagle, carried by all.

Reorganization was the first order of business. Upon motion by Tom Nagle, seconded by Dennis Scharadin, and carried by all, officer positions did not change. They are:

Jim Ridderhoff - Treasurer & Co-Chairman
Walter Jaros - Secretary & Co-Chairman
Joe Chicora - Co-Chairman

Mike Stewart reviewed his written report relating to managerial matters (submitted to the Board prior to the meeting) which addressed water and sewage operations. The written report is attached to the office copy of these minutes. In discussing the problem of frozen ground at the new office building site, Joe told Mike to put some calcium chloride on the ground, under the straw and black plastic, to enhance the thawing process for installation of the water and sewage lines. In regard to leak detection, Mike said plant personnel didn't have good results locating leaks until Dave Bonkovich was called in.

Dave Bright distributed a memo concerning equalization tank replacement at the sewage treatment plant which the Board said it would review. His report is attached to the office copy of these meeting minutes. Dave said he was also concerned about the high water usage. The LWMA has a 400,000-per-day (12,000,000 for 30 days) water withdrawal allocation. This amount was established in the 1980s. He also reminded Mike that the Act 339 application had to be submitted by the end of January.

Joe reminded the rest of the Board that it might be beneficial to consider pressure reduction on LWMA water lines, as it's currently higher than the DEP recommends in some places.

Tom said the taping and spackling was about to be started in the new office building and that things were being prepared for the installation of water and sewage lines. He said everything was going well, and added that there were a few mistakes that were caught and corrected right away. Mike said that Tom had caught far more errors than he was taking credit for. Joe asked about communications and told Jen to get three phone lines installed; one for the fax machine, one for the computer modem, and one for normal operations.

Upon motion by Tom Nagle, seconded by Joe Chicora, the engineering firm of Spotts, Stevens & McCoy was reappointed for the year 2003.

A letter of resignation from Jim Goodman was distributed to the Board prior to the meeting and Jim Ridderhoff read it publicly. After Jen had told him about the resignation, Jim Ridderhoff talked with Joe Zerbe (Derenzo & Zerbe Law Firm) about representation and he agreed to attend the meeting. Joe Zerbe talked to the Board about his background and experience representing municipal authorities and conveyed his willingness to fill the vacant position left by Jim Goodman. Once a few details had been discussed, the legal firm of Derenzo & Zerbe was appointed for the year 2003 upon motion by Tom Nagle, seconded by Joe Chicora, and carried by all.

The 2003 Budget was passed upon motion by Joe Chicora, seconded by Dennis Scharadin, carried by all with a notation introduced by Dennis Scharadin to take a closer look at the vehicle tires category when preparing the Budget for the year 2004.

It was noted that Tom Nagle was reappointed by the South Manheim Township Supervisors to another five-year term on the Board of the LWMA.

The Board recognized Ron Larsen who continued his accusations from the prior meeting regarding LWMA employees spying on him and trespassing on his property. He told the Board that he had proof that Mike had been on his property because he said Mike had to have been on his property to know about the stuff that he had stored there. Mike said that the stuff Ron was referring to could be seen by anyone from the road and he restated that he had not been on his property. Ron called Mike a "bold-faced liar" and ended by threatening to file a lawsuit concerning the $72.00 water availability fee.

There being no further business, Dennis Scharadin motioned for adjournment, Joe Chicora seconded the motion, carried by all. The meeting was adjourned by Jim Ridderhoff at 7:01 p.m.

Meeting minutes were taken, prepared, and submitted by Jennifer Hoy.

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