Meeting Minutes

Minutes for the January 1999 Meeting

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January 11, 1999
7:00 p.m.
Basement of the United Church of Underhill


Harold Sargent.        Marc Maheux            Michael H. Quaid, P.E.

Peter Mitchell         CLERK PRESENT

Kenneth Crimmins       Katharine Koniuto

President Harold Sargent called the meeting to order at. 7:08 p.m.

1. Review & Approval of Previous Minutes. The proposed December 7, 1998 minutes were reviewed and unanimously approved‑

2. Review & Approval of Financial Statements, The December 1998 financial statement was reviewed and unanimously accepted.

3. Mike Ouaid of Foothills Water District regarding affiliation with Champlain Water District, Michael H. Quaid, operator of the Foothills Water District and an engineer with Griffin international, Inc. met with the board to discuss the possibility of hooking up with the Champlain Water District so that we would have an alternate source of water in the event of an extended power failure, etc. He suggested that the Foothills, Jericho East and Jericho-Underhill Water Districts might consider a joint venture to lessen the costs for all three districts. Foothills has 70 customers and Jericho East has 68 customers. He had done some private investigating and estimated that about 5,000 ft. of pipe would be needed to connect the three districts to CWD at about $60/ft, for a total estimated cost of $300,000. The Board discussed the positive and negative aspects of the affiliation. No action was taken at this time,

4. Operator's Report.

a. Water use. 50,512 gpd.

b. Operators' Reports.

1.  The owner was out on Maple Ridge on Sunday, January 3. After receiving a signal from the pager, Marc turned the pumps off and turned them back on again after the power was restored.

2.  The Board held a discussion of the various pager codes and their-meaning.

3. Harold replaced a meter that had frozen at 1 River Road on January 5th

c. Other. Collection issues were discussed.

5. Customer concerns.

Grace Brunelle of Raceway Road called Harold chlorine taste in her water. She also reported that people at Browns River Middle School had noted a strong chlorine taste January 4th. 

6.  Old Business,

a. Electric heater thermostat - Marc. Marc installed an additional thermostat (donated by Harold) in the storage tank vault area on Dec. 16,1998.

b. Report on painting pipes in the Control Building - Harold. Debbie Fowler is doing the painting and is about 2/3 done at this time,

c. Radios or telephones for field communication - Ken.

Marc reported that Cell One has a system that would be appropriate for district use. The clerk reported that Costco also has a couple different systems we might look into. Ken will follow up on this project.

 d.Report on gate wheel - Harold.

 Harold purchased and mounted a wheel for the access road gate. When it becomes warmer weather, Harold will install 4 U bolts on the gate frame and Marc will spot weld the joints.

 g.Report on emergency power - Harold.

 No action taken. Harold is still trying to reach Southworth-Milton,inc,


1.  A discussion was held regarding asking specific customers to run their water to prevent freeze-up, The Board directed Harold to monitor conditions and send out "run water letters" at such time as he and Marc deem it necessary.

 2.  The District received a letter from Doug Richmond as a follow-up to his inquiry into the use of pesticides and the charges for water. He included responses he had received from Senators Leahy and Jeffords and the State of Vermont. Congressman Sanders' office did not respond. He felt that the Board had been most helpful in answering his questions accurately.


7. New Business.


a.One day course in August on Drinking Water Microbiology. No action was taken at this time.


b.Annual Dues due to N.E.W.W,A, ($20.)

 The Board unanimously approved paying the annual membership for Harold.

 c.Telephone call from Shawn Fielder of Rural Water Association regarding "Across the Fence." They are interested in our system because we are a ground water system. A seven minute segment will be taped on March 4th interviewing Harold and Marc. It will be aired early in May during Drinking Water Week.

 d.Report on repair of curb stop at 347 Vermont Route 15. Harold and Jim Durbrow did this work on December 11th. A representative of the State Highway Dept, was present during the work and approved of the procedures used,.

 e.Reflector posts placed. Harold installed reflectors on posts at the main valve and curb stop at 11 Barrett Lane and the blow-off at the end of Liberty Lane.


1.  A motion was passed (Peter Mitchell abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.) authorizing the treasurer to make a. donation of $140.00 to the United Church of Underhill for the use of their meeting room for this year.

2.  The Board approved putting a note on the January bills recommending that able-bodied customers keep the hydrants on their property clear of snow.


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


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


Respectfully Submitted,


Katharine Koninto, Clerk/Treasurer




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