Meeting Minutes

Minutes for the July 1995 Meeting

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July 10, 1995
7:00 p.m.
Basement of the United Church of Underhill


Harold Sargent         Marc Maheux         None

Peter Mitchell        CLERK PRESENT

John Fowler             Katharine Koniuto


President Harold Sargent called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.


1. Review & Approval of Previous Minutes. The minutes were reviewed and approved unanimously approved unanimously.


2. Review & Approval of Financial Statement. The statement was reviewed and approved with the line beneath the Clerk/Treasurer's signature deleted.

3. Operator's Report.

  1. Water use.- 54,500 gal./day (average), up about 10,000 gpd. from winter.
  2. b.  Flushing. - Two lines remain to be flushed, Meadow Lane and Route 15 near Big John's. The Fire Department will be asked to flush the Route 15 line due to water flows.
  3. Back-up pumps - testing. - One of the two pumps has seized up. Since the electric company did not turn on the power at the time they promised, the testing is not yet complete. The feasibility of putting pumps in the two old wells for a separate backup system in case of an emergency was discussed. A motion was made to suspend the efforts to exercise the old pump and ask Harold Sargent to review the data on the two wells. The motion was carried unanimously.
  4. Other items.
  5. A discussion was held concerning the current drought. Areas discussed included the possible effects, well recovery times, warning systems, providing water for non-members who need it, etc.
  6. The first house in the Bolio development is having septic problems.
  7. The fluoride pump has been repaired.
  8. Marc expressed a concern about whether the water meter at the pump house is operating properly. He checked the strainer and found it reasonably clean. He will check into the price of a new one in case the Board wants to purchase a stand-by meter.
  9. Sections of the water district that need pipe replacement include the Maple Ridge Road area and the Poker Hill Road area.

4. Customer Concerns.

a. Two homes with Fe or Mn stains. Two homes in the Hartwick development (Valley's Edge) are experiencing a dark brown stain in their dishwashers. Harold left some Lime Away with the House No. 24 (Boardman) who will give some to House No. 8 (LaBonte). Harold will resample at these homes to gather further data regarding the type of iron or manganese (what valence).


5. Old Business.

  1. a.  Status of lawsuit. The suit was decided in favor of the water district. An appeal was not filed by the deadline of July 5, 1995.
  2. b.  Message to users regarding completion of project? Plaque? It was decided to wait until the Fe or Mn stain situation has been resolved (see Customer Concerns) before contacting Ted Tedford of THE MOUNTAIN VILLAGER regarding an article on the project. Putting a plaque on the control building was discussed. The board discussed what it might say and what size and material it should be. John Fowler will look into the types available and the cost.
  3. c.  Any word from the state on proper bill? No word as yet. Our letter was sent 4/24/95.
  4. d.  William Baldwin request for water. Mr. Baldwin informed Harold that he will petition to join the water district. He asked that Marc give him an estimate of what it would cost to install a service line to connect to the district. A discussion was held about combining this connection with the replacement of some old plastic pipe that serves the Derouchie residence. Test boring would need to be done due to the rock ledge in the Maple Ridge area. A motion was made to authorize Harold to contact an engineer to propose an engineering solution to serving these two properties in the Maple Ridge area including an estimated cost.
  5. e.  Fluoride testing. Helen Miller who lives on Route 15 in a central location of the water district is now doing the daily testing.
  6. f.  Other.
  7. Duane Austin of Brown's River Middle School hired Marc to check the school's hydrant (No. 6) in front of the school. The hydrant does not drain properly. The contractor who put it in, Wright & Morrissey is going to come and repair it.
  8. A discussion was held regarding whether or not Brown's River Middle School used J-U W.D. water for any cooling process. Harold will check into this.

6. New Business.

a. Summer work on Maple Ridge, Control Bldg. drain, Pump House No. 1.

1. Maple Ridge.(see Old Business #5d.)

2. Control Bldg. drain - Stones collected at the exit of the drain last winter and caused a blockage due to ice. The screen was thus removed. Peter will place the screen back on to see if stones are still being washed up against the screen.

3. The storage tank needs painting on its outside surface, but it has to be drained in order to prevent condensation complications.

4. Harold will contact Dave Keszey regarding the infrequency of receipt of grass cutting bills.

5. Peter Mitchell will contact Chuck Wiegand about cutting the tall grass at the well site.

b. Water availability - anticipated requests. The board discussed providing water for domestic purposes for people at a sanitary tap, not a hydrant. The board unanimously passed a motion to authorize Harold Sargent to handle all requests for water and to screen them to be sure that the amount of water requested is a quantity the wells can supply safely. It was suggested that the Fire Department be contacted for their possible involvement since they have a sanitary fill tap.

c. Other.

1. Owen should be reminded that the Fall reading of the water meters and readers must include the inside meters to verify the accuracy of the outside readers. The Board feels that he may begin as early as two weeks prior to the end of the quarter.

2. The subject of radon testing was discussed. The Board unanimously approved a motion to do radon testing if the expense was $25 or less.

8.    Bills to review & approve for payment. The bills were reviewed and approved for payment.

9.    Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 9:55p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Katharine A. Konuito



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