November 2001

A regular meeting of the Board of The Lake Wynonah Municipal Authority was held on November 20, 2001 at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, Wayne Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Board members present at the meeting were Jim Ridderhoff, Walter Jaros, Tom Nagle, Joe Chicora, and Dennis Scharadin. Also in attendance were Jim Goodman (LWMA Attorney), Dave Bright (LWMA Engineer), Mike Stewart (AmericanAnglian), and Tom Zenker (South Manheim Township Supervisor).

The meeting was called to order by Jim Ridderhoff at 6:02 p.m.

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

The Treasurer's reports for September and October 2001 were reviewed and accepted by motion of Tom Nagle, seconded by Dennis Scharadin, 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. He also told the Board that hydrant flushing had not yet been completed as detailed in his report. Flushing had to be temporarily stopped because a leak had occurred and it had to be located. He said the leak hasn't yet been found, but the area it's located in has been identified. As far as flushing operations go, Mike estimates two more days to complete the flushing. He also told Joe that he may experience a bit of air in his lines due to a problem with Well #1.

Joe asked Mike if thrust blocks were being used when hydrants are repaired and Mike told him they were.

Mike also reported that the air compressor on the new (red) Mack had failed and the truck is at the garage for repair. Dennis asked about the problem with oil leaking during pumps and Mike told him that the problem had been addressed on both trucks by changing to a synthetic oil and by cleaning the trucks more often. Mike said if problems arise again concerning oil leakage, he will look into add-ons that can be installed on the trucks to eliminate leakage by catching all condensed oil droplets.

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

Jim Goodman told the Board that the Shaner's attorney is suing Wayne Township for refusing to grant a hearing regarding their septic pump. The Shaner's attorney told Jim Goodman that his clients will have their tank inspected and pumped within a week or so, and they will contact Mike when they're ready. The LWMA will have to take a wait-and-see attitude as far as whether or not the pumping and inspection will actually materialize. Jim Goodman said that if the Shaner's continue with a lawsuit against the LWMA, he feels the transcript from a previous hearing relating to the LWMA and the Shaners should be obtained. In that situation, the Shaners filed for petition to stop the LWMA from terminating their water service for failure to have their septic pumped and inspected (among other things). The Shaners' request was denied. Jim added that there was nothing to report concerning the Rumrill case.

Tom Nagle reported on his dealings with the county regarding the LWMA's properties being taxed. After gathering and preparing all materials and photographs needed to submit with the appeal forms (one per property), he met with the appropriate officials to state the LWMA's case. Upon completion of the meeting, the LWMA was relieved of all property taxation and the ruling was made retroactive. As a result of searching for all the information necessary to complete the appeal, Tom discovered that the LWMA does not have the original deeds for every property it owns. He plans to prepare a file on each property and will obtain copies of all missing deeds. Additionally, Tom said he will soon start preparing an Operations Manual for the plant and will work on developing a labeling system for all equipment, etc. owned by the Authority.

Upon motion by Tom Nagle, seconded by Joe Chicora, carried by all, the accounting firm of Jones & Co. was re-engaged for the 2001 audit.

Upon motion by Dennis Scharadin, seconded by Tom Nagle, carried by all, Jen was given permission to close the business office the day after Thanksgiving (along with Thanksgiving Day) and the Board made this a permanent, yearly closing.

The Board Members acknowledged receipt of a preliminary Budget for the year 2002. Jim Ridderhoff asked that all Board Members submit proposed changes by the end of the year in order to have time to incorporate them into the final accounting for review at the January 2002 Board meeting.

Joe Chicora was concerned with wellhead and water storage tank security and asked Mike how easily someone could tamper with them. Mike said Wells 3 and 6 are not secure, but the rest of the wells are. Also, Mike said the storage tanks are securely locked and access requires climbing a tower to get to the padlocks. Joe told Mike to look at options to keep wellheads out of site and to make all of them more secure than they now are. Mike said there has been some vandalism in the past, primarily at Well 3.

Tom Zenker addressed the Board briefly concerning what is referred to as The Bear Creek Project. The project involves a citizen of South Manheim Township who plans on taking surface water for resale. Tom said that the person in question does not yet have DEP approval for his project and that South Manheim Township is not concerned at this time. He also commended the Board on the fine job it's doing to better the community of Lake Wynonah.

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 7:13 p.m.

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

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