LWV OBSERVER REPORT: Water and Sewer Commission, April 4

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BOARD: Water and Sewer Commission

DATE: April 4


COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Chair F. Carlton Siegel, Gregory Bates, Thomas Carroll and Thomas L. Murray.  Remote: Barton Hyte

STAFF PRESENT: Superintendent Amy McHugh and Office Manager Dianne Rodgers. Remote: Assistant Superintendent Bethany Spangler

Superintendent reports

Water: The annual statistical report submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection was reviewed.

Update on the Loring Avenue water main replacement: Water main installation near completion, pressure testing to take place this week. Large rocks will be gathered for possible use in town seawall restoration projects.
Sewer: Submitted annual collection report to meet co-permittee requirements was reviewed. It was noted that two of the sanitary sewer overflows were caused by grease. Discussion continued on the importance of more public education.
Administration: Mechanic pipefitter II position remains unfilled. Seven accounts are 270 days in arrears; notification of delinquency was completed. 

Votes taken

A motion was made and approved to make the Massachusetts Water Authority May 2023 loan installment payment.
Motions were made to approve the optional year extension of the following multi-year contracts:

  • Cold water smart meters and radio read modules for E.J. Prescott. Contract option for year three.
  • Preventative maintenance for generators, transfer switches and emergency generator rental for Scherbon Consolidated Inc., contract option year three.
  • Contract for on-call electrical services for Marblehead Water and Sewer Commission facilities for Jasco Electric Inc., contract option year 3.

Meter disposal and destruction

A motion was made and approved to declare 187 meters surplus and no longer needed. These meters have been in service for over 15 years.

Final budgets approved

Motions were made and approved for fiscal year 2024 final Water and Sewer budgets: Water Department salary, Water Department expense, Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, Sewer Department salary, Sewer Department expense and South Essex Sewerage District.

New hire

A motion made and approved to hire Andrew Bedrossian as Special Laborer I.

Next meeting

There was no public participation. Next meeting will be May 1, 6:30 p.m. before the Town Meeting.

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