MEETING MINUTES OF THE
LAKE WYNONAH MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY
A regular meeting of the Board of The Lake Wynonah Municipal Authority was held on September 17, 2002 at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, Wayne Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Board members present at the meeting were Walter Jaros, Jim Ridderhoff, Tom Nagle, and Dennis Scharadin. Also in attendance were Jim Goodman (LWMA Attorney), Dave Bright (LWMA Engineer), Mike Stewart (AmericanAnglian), and property owners John Rees, Rosemary Gary, and Keith & Sharon Koch.
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 Walter Jaros, seconded by Dennis Scharadin, carried by all.
The Treasurer's reports for July and August 2002 were reviewed and accepted by motion of Dennis Scharadin, seconded by Tom Nagle, carried by all.
The bids received for the new LWMA office building were opened and Tom Nagle read the results:
$139,000 Associated Construction
$142,890 Spotts Bros. Construction
$148,495 Miller Bros. Construction
$153,878 Bognet, Inc.
The Board members said they 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. Mike noted that additional leaks in the water system were detected since preparing his report and that plant personnel will go back over areas already searched. He said he would probably not need to call in Dave Bonkovich for leak detection, but asked the Board for permission to do so if needed. The Board agreed.
Keith Koch addressed the Board about a burned-out pump in his septic system. He told the Board that he felt that the Authority's pumpout of his septic tank was the cause of the pump failure. He submitted a wire he removed from his dosing tank after the pump was replaced and pointed out bare spots on the wire where he believed the line was suctioned up into the pump hose. He also showed the Board pictures of the dosing tank. The Board members spoke with him at length and told him that they will review the situation to determine whether or not the pumping could have caused the wire to be mangled and the pump to burn out, and said they will have an answer by Friday.
Rosemary Gary commended the Authority for its Sewage Management Program and suggested that an article be included in the Wynonah Journal once a year to inform new homeowners about it. Also, she felt that the residents in Lake Wynonah didn't realize how serious the water drought situation is. She asked if the LWMA's wells were affected. Mike said the water levels in the wells are good, but that plant personnel are searching for leaks to reduce consumption. He said the water table dropped a bit but not considerably. Rosemary asked if the Faraway water project is affecting the LWMA's wells and Mike told her that the water withdrawal site is too far away to affect the wells.
Mike told the Board that the LWPOA might be installing a coffer dam that will run near the LWMA's 8" water line. The problem is that the exact location of the line is not known. He said it would be disastrous if the water line is ruptured and suggested having a qualified company to locate exactly where the water line is located. Someone added that the Bureau of Dams Safety might have maps of the LWPOA's dam.
Dave Bright said that there is a leak detection firm in Harrisburg that might be able to detect the line. Also, he suggested that Dave Bonkovich might have the equipment to do it. He also recommended talking to the LWPOA Board to determine if a coffer dam is really necessary. Mike said that, unless the LWMA's water main is located accurately, there's a good possibility that the line may be broken. He said if the line is broken and has to be repaired, the lake would have to be lowered drastically in order to repair it. The Board also suggested talking to the LWPOA's engineers and to the person in charge of lakes and dams. Walter Jaros said he would call LWPOA Board members to talk to them personally about the possible project.
Dave Bright commented on the high water production. Also, in addition to his other input regarding the coffer dam, Dave said that other work related to the dam project may require that the area be dry.
Jim Goodman recapped the Rumrill water rates decision (which favored the Authority). He sent the opinion of the court to the attorneys of other property owners who threatened injunctions pursuant to the outcome of the case. Jim also told the Board that the appeal for the sewage part of the Rumrill's position (a separate litigation) had elapsed and he asked the Board if it wanted to pursue it. The Board members did not want to pursue it. Dennis asked how the current decision regarding the water rates would affect the former Lechanic decision. Jim told him that the LWMA cannot collect monies from the Lechanics prior decision, but the new decision gives the LWMA the authority to charge from that point on. The Board agreed to let the current delinquent water fees collection efforts conclude and then proceed with the Lechanic situation. Jim will send notification to Mr. Lechanic that his water meter must be made accessible and inspected for accuracy, and he will include the new decision of the court.
The Board discussed the hiring of a new employee to replace Bill Korn. Tom asked Jen to get updated job descriptions to Dennis (Jen to submit office descriptions and Mike to submit field personnel descriptions). Also, Walter asked for a copy of the employee manual.
There being no further business, Walter Jaros motioned for adjournment, Tom Nagle seconded the motion, carried by all. The meeting was adjourned by Jim Ridderhoff at 7:50 p.m.
Meeting minutes were taken, prepared, and submitted by Jennifer Hoy.