July 2002

A regular meeting of the Board of The Lake Wynonah Municipal Authority was held on July 16, 2002 at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, Wayne Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Board members present at the meeting were Joe Chicora, Walter Jaros, Tom Nagle, and Dennis Scharadin. Also in attendance were Jim Goodman (LWMA Attorney), Dave Bright (LWMA Engineer), Mike Stewart (AmericanAnglian), a representative from Purcell Construction Company, a representative from Richard E. Angelo, Inc., Tom Zenker (South Manheim Township Supervisor), and property owner John Rees.

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

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

The Treasurer's reports for May and June 2002 were reviewed and accepted by motion of Tom Nagle, seconded by Dennis Scharadin, carried by all.

The bids received for the new LWMA office building were opened and Joe Chicora read the results:

$135,000 Richard E. Angelo
$167,100 Associated Construction
$175,081 C. H. Klinger
$185,215 Bognet Inc.
$194,224 Miller Bros. Construction
$205,900 Purcell Construction

Joe said the Board would review the bids and notify the participants as soon as possible.

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. Because the LWMA has its own leak detection equipment, Walter asked if Dave Bonkovich would be needed anymore for leak detection and Mike told him he would not. Dennis asked about the hydrant markings on the road and Mike said we could do it after the POA has finished paving. There are about 150 hydrants to be marked with stencil paint.

At this point, Joe Chicora excused himself to attend another meeting and Walter Jaros assumed the Chair.

Dennis asked Mike about the tipping fee for landfills and Mike told him that the LWMA deposits its sludge at the Cressona Sewer Authority rather than a landfill. Mike said the LWMA will continue to take its sludge to the Cressona Authority as long as it allows the LWMA to do so.

Also, Dennis asked about the Federal Bioterrorism Preparedness Bill that Congress passed earlier this year which requires water utilities to prepare vulnerability assessments to identify how they might be attacked by terrorists, and ways to remedy potential problem areas. Mike said that assessment for the water system has been completed but he has to check to see if anything more had to be done for sewage operations. Mike added that Tom Shirk from the PA DEP inspected the LWMA's facilities and found everything in order.

Dave Bright told the Board that he had nothing to report.

Jim Goodman told the Board that he received Judge Stine's decision (dated July 10) in the Rumrill case which challenged the LWMA's water rates. Judge Stine ruled in favor of the LWMA, but Jim said that there is a 30-day period in which an appeal can be filed. Jim said he would review the Lechanic litigation, which challenged the LWMA's water rates structure, and if the current decision is not appealed, he will determine how Judge Stine's ruling might affect the Lechanic case.

Tom Nagle told the Board that someone had donated a plain-paper fax machine to the LWMA but if it doesn't work, Tom suggested that the LWMA purchase a new one to replace the thermal fax machine now in use. The Board agreed.

There being no further business, Dennis Scharadin motioned for adjournment, Tom Nagle seconded the motion, carried by all. The meeting was adjourned by Walter Jaros at 6:50 p.m.

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

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