March 2003

A regular meeting of the Board of The Lake Wynonah Municipal Authority was held on March 18, 2003 at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, Wayne Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

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

The meeting was called to order by Jim Ridderhoff at 6:03 p.m.

The minutes of the prior meeting were reviewed and accepted by motion of Tom Nagle, seconded by Walter Jaros, carried by all.

The Treasurer's reports for January and February 2003 were reviewed and accepted by motion of Tom Nagle, seconded by Walter Jaros, 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. The written report is attached to the office copy of these minutes. Walter asked why Dave Bright was called in for leak detection when the LWMA has its own leak detection equipment. Mike said it was necessary due to high water production, and the equipment was failing due to a faulty equipment cable. Also, electrical interference caused erratic readings. Mike said there has been three times as many leaks as last year with many occurring immediately after other leaks were detected in particular areas. Walter asked if any leaks were found in resident's homes and Mike told him none were, at least no homes had water pouring out this year.

Walter asked if any new information had been received regarding the equalization tanks. Mike said that requests for information had been made, but response has not been good - at least not yet. Dave Bright submitted a report on equalization tanks at the prior meeting which Jen will get to Walter.

Tom Zenker said that he noticed a red marking on the street near his house and asked Mike what it was for. Mike said it was to indicate a leak at the neighbor's house and that the water had been turned off until the leak is repaired.

Dave Bright said he spoke with a representative from the Delaware River Basin Commission regarding increasing water withdrawal allocations due to leaks, but it was unlikely that an increase allowance would be approved. Dave said the best course of action would be to keep in touch with the DRBC regarding higher allocation if it was needed in the future and, most likely, the DRBC would work with the LWMA if an allocation problem occurred. Dave said the LWMA's current allocation permit expires in four to five years.

In legal matters, Joe Zerbe brought the Board up to date on the Shaner litigation and said that Mike was scheduled to be deposed on Friday at 1:00 p.m. in Joe's law office. He also told the Board that Jim Caravan (Wayne Township attorney) contacted him because the Shaners had sued Wayne Township. The Shaners had asked Wayne Township for a hearing pertaining to having their septic tank pumped and inspected according to regulations, but Wayne Township declined to hear them because the Shaners did not make the request within the 30-day time period to do so. Jim Caravan told Joe Zerbe that he would most likely recommend that Wayne Township have the hearing.

Tom Nagle submitted a to-date cost summary for the new office building which is attached to the office copy of these minutes.

Jen suggested posting the LWMA's meeting minutes on its website and asked the Board for comments. Joe Zerbe said the meetings were publicly conducted and that he saw no reason not to publish the minutes on the website. The Board agreed and Jen said she would get them up as soon as possible.

Upon motion of Tom Nagle, seconded by Walter Jaros, and carried by all, a new Corporate Resolution was adopted. The Resolution assigned authorization to three Board members to purchase, assign, or transfer stocks, bonds, and other securities on behalf of the Authority as necessary. A copy is attached to the office copy of these minutes.

Tom Zenker asked if the outdoor lighting was working at the sewage treatment plant because the American flag needs to be illuminated. Tom Nagle said the exterior lights of the new office building are on at night.

Tom Nagle also talked to the Board about setting up an alarm system with automatic dial-out features for the new office building and added that it would probably cost in the neighborhood of $400. The Board agreed he should follow up on obtaining security. Walter asked if the sewage treatment plant was vulnerable and Mike told him that someone could get in very easily but it's too expensive, given the type of security needed, to secure it more than it already is.

There being no further business, Dennis Scharadin motioned for adjournment, Tom Nagle seconded the motion, carried by all. The meeting was adjourned by Jim Ridderhoff at 6.59 p.m.

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

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