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July 30, 2008 Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Meeting of July 30, 2008

Members Present:        Paul Anderson, Tom Davis and Jim Barton (Alternate)

Members Absent: Mark Livings, Dave Tyler and Ed Farrell (Alternate)

Others Present: WPCA Superintendent Kevin Leslie, WPCA Attorney Hal Cummings, and Recording Secretary Laura Michael

Time and Place
Paul Anderson, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:27 p.m. at the East Windsor Water Pollution Control Authority Administration Bldg., 192 South Water St., East Windsor, CT.  

I.  Designate Alternate to Sit for Absent Member
Jim Barton was designated as a voting member for this meeting.

II. Acceptance of Minutes of June 25, 2008

Motion:         To accept the minutes of June 25, 2008.
Passed unanimously

III. Payment of Bills

Motion: To authorize the payment of the July 30, 2008 bill sheet in the amount of $25,993.39.
        Discussion:  Mr. Leslie asked if there were any questions; there was nothing out the ordinary on the bill sheet.  There weren’t any questions.
        Passed unanimously

        Motion: To suspend the regular meeting for the purpose of holding the public hearing scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
                Passed unanimously

IV. Public Hearing Scheduled at 7:30 p.m.

       Motion:         To open the public hearing Tartsinis/EHS Dental LLC, 44 South Main St #14-15 through Mansions at Canyon Ridge LLC, 9 Canyon Ridge Dr.
                Passed unanimously

                There was no one present for Tartsinis/EHS Dental, 44 South Main St #14-15.  Mr. Leslie explained that this is a change of use with no additional flow and there is no additional FCC.

        There was no one present for Newberry Village LLC, 65 Mourning Dove Trail.  Mr. Leslie explained that this is a new active adult single family and one-half of the FCC has been paid.

        There was no one present for Central Truck Sales & Service Inc., 272 South Main St.  Mr. Leslie explained that this is an existing building and none of the FCC has been paid.

        There was no one present for Mansions at Canyon Ridge LLC, 9 Canyon Ridge Drive.  Mr. Leslie explained that this is a new 10 unit apartment building and none of the FCC has been paid.

        Motion: To close the public hearing for Tartsinis/EHS Dental LLC, 44 South Main St #14-15 through Mansions at Canyon Ridge LLC, 9 Canyon Ridge Drive.
        Passed unanimously

Motion: To resume the regular meeting.
        Passed unanimously

V. Election of Officers

Motion: To keep the current slate of officers.
        Passed unanimously

Motion: To close nominations.
        Passed unanimously
VI. Visitors
David Olender, 1 Shoham Rd
Mr. Olender called the WPCA office this afternoon to say he couldn’t attend the meeting.

Peter Kalnenieks, 34 Depot St
Mr. Kalnenieks was not present.

RotoMetrics/Preston Engravers, 9 Thompson Rd
Mr. Leslie explained that the company is located out of state and could not attend the meeting                        but sent a letter.  They are objecting to their sewer use bill.  Their building is currently unoccupied and is for sale.  Mr. Leslie had explained that the current sewer use bills are calculated from the previous year’s water records. The WPCA receives the water records from The CT Water Company in February for the previous 12 months to calculate the July bills.  This building had been occupied until December 2007.  If the building continues to be unoccupied, the next sewer use bill should be minimal.  Mr. Anderson explained that there is a process that is followed and the best information that is available is used.  Attorney Cummings stated that the sewer user charge schedule is published and a public hearing is held; that is the time to file an appeal.  This is after the fact.  Mr. Anderson stated that the WPCA doesn’t make exceptions unless there are extenuating circumstances and data to back it up.  Mr. Leslie was authorized to respond to the letter from RotoMetrics.

Grover Spradley, South Water St
Mr. Spradley explained that he owns 82-84 South Water St and 86-88 South Water St.  He lives in 88 South Water St.; 86 South Water St has not been used in 15 years. 82 South Water St has been vacant for 4 years; 84 South Water St has been vacant for 10-12 years.  The roof on 82-84 has collapsed and the house is uninhabitable.  These houses have been for sale for over a year.  Mr. Spradley would like to pay for one sewer use bill not four.  Mr. Anderson explained that the residential building with four dwelling units in the mind of the Town.  He explained that we have to bill according to land records.  Attorney Cummings stated that the homeowner could go to the Assessor and have the 2 family declared a single family, but with new zoning regulations he may not be possible for it be turned back into a 2 family as it is probably grandfathered.  This is a business decision the homeowner would need to make.  Mr. Spradley thanked the Board and left the meeting at this time.

James Giorgio
        Jay Ussery from JR Russo was representing Mr. Giorgio/GIII Holdings.  He presented the Board with plans for 3 lots on the west side of Winkler Rd that Mr. Giorgio recently purchased.  Mr. Ussery explained that the water line was supposed to run down the center of the road but is on the side.  The water line is where the sewer line needed to go. They would like to run a sewer line down the street and tie into the existing line.  Since there is one developer for both projects, there would be no problems with hold harmless agreements, maintenance agreements and easements.  Mr. Ussery explained that there is a similar situation with the Meadow Farms project on Depot St.  Mr. Anderson pointed out that this is a discussion item.  Mr. Davis is okay with the idea as long as it is gravity sewer and there is no pump station.  Attorney Landolina will draft easements and agreements.  Attorney Cummings doesn’t see any legal issues; it is within the sewer service area.  Mr. Ussery thanked the Board and left the meeting at this time.

Attorney Wayne Gerlt, Griffin Rd
        Attorney Gerlt explained that he was present at the last meeting and was back to discuss 130’ of sewer line from East Windsor to South Windsor. Part of the parcel they are interested in sewering is in South Windsor and part is in East Windsor. He has new plans that change the sewer easement to the side of the road not in the Town right of way.  He explained that South Windsor will not allow the connection without East Windsor’s approval.  Mr. Anderson stated that this property is outside the existing sewer service area and is also outside on the new, nearly complete sewer service map.  The WPCA regulations will not allow connections outside of the sewer service area.  Attorney Cummings suggested running this by Bill Hogan, CT DEP, if East Windsor is not giving permission to sewer in a non sewer service area; not seeking an amendment, then is East Windsor upholding its plan?  Mr. Barton questioned why we have a sewer service area, this is an area that East Windsor doesn’t want serviced.  Mr. Anderson questioned if someone down the road wants to connect. Mr. Leslie felt East Windsor would lose control of the sewers in Town. Mr. Davis asked how long the border is, how many parcels border South Windsor.  Attorney Cummings suggested checking the assessor’s records to see how many lots are available to be sewered by South Windsor.  Attorney Cummings stated that he would be reluctant to do this if Bill Hogan doesn’t recommend it.  Attorney Cummings asked Attorney Gerlt to include him in a conference call to Bill Hogan.  Attorney Gerlt thanked the Board and left the meeting at this time.

VII. Receipt of Applications
NRT Realty, LLC, Bridge St
        Mr. Leslie stated that plans had been submitted and they are waiting for Town Engineer Len Norton’s memo.  Mr. Anderson felt the application could be received at this time.

        Motion: To receive the application of NRT Realty, LLC, Bridge St.
                        Passed unanimously

VIII. Approval of Applications – there were no applications to be approved

        IX. Legal
FCC Regulations
        Attorney Cummings said that this is a work in progress.

Pump Station Agreement – SJK Properties, Quarry Meadows
        There was nothing to report.

Rya Corporation
        There was nothing to report.

        X. Action on Facility Connection Charges

Motion: To impose the Facility Connection Charges as published for Tartsinis/EHS Dental Care LLC, 44 South Main St #14-15 through Mansions at Canyon Ridge LLC, 9 Canyon Ridge Drive.
        Passed unanimously

        XI. Unfinished Business
Newberry Rd Assessments
                        Mr. Leslie distributed information on the assessments.  The average assessment at 50% recovery is $5,900.
        Prospect Hill Rd Assessments
        Mr. Leslie went over the information for the Prospect Hill Road Assessments.  He subtracted the unusable part of the project.  The information shows recovery of 22% of the project cost, approximately $140,000.  There was a lengthy conversation concerning the amount of the project to recover.  Mr. Leslie asked the Board Members to think about how much of the project cost they would like to recover.  Mr. Anderson asked the dwelling units be checked and then he would be ok with it.  Mr. Barton doesn’t know if the benefit assessment is in line with the benefit supplied but he’s ok with it.  Mr. Davis is ok with it.  Mr. Leslie will check the dwelling units and draft the regulations.  
Modification of Sewer Service Area
        Mr. Leslie reported that they are working on the adjustments.

        XII. New Business
        Superintendent’s Report
        Mr. Leslie explained that he and Chief Operator Ed Alibozek met with First Selectman Denise Menard about using the money for the pump station study for the pump station control upgrades rather than the study.  The cost of the upgrades is slightly lower than the cost of the study.  Mr. Leslie is scheduled to speak to the Board of Finance about this at their next meeting.

        XIII. Adjournment

Motion: To adjourn the meeting at 9:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Laura Michael   
Recording Secretary