Board of Selectmen
September 17, 2007
Community Hall Annex
Present: Donald R. D’Auteuil - Chairman, Douglas C. Briggs, Leroy Clark, Joseph Becker, Sheila Dibb and Nancy Macaruso, Secretary.
Ms. Dibb set up the points of discussion on a white board (attached) and would like to begin with the I & I. Mr. Briggs would like to put together a mission statement as a top priority. Mr. Becker would like to begin with the 2003 I & I Report and asked Mr. Christianson what work had been completed thus far to which Mr. Christianson replied that in 2005-06: joints have been sealed on 19,000 feet of sewers, over 700 feet of pipeline has been installed, excavated four locations, 2,100 service connections have been grouted, and approximately 150,000 gallons per day of peak infiltration has been removed. Area 1A and 3 were completed last year and sub area 1 was completed this past spring. Mr. Christianson stated that approximately $350,000 would be needed to complete Year 1 & 2
work and $91,000 more to complete Year 3 investigation.
Mr. Christianson handed out the new I & I Report along with the summary, conclusions and recommendations. Lengthy discussion on borrowing/surcharges. Mr. Becker clarified that borrowed money has been used on subbed-out work, not wages/supplies, etc. which is in the sewer budget. Mr. Becker also stated that initially the cost will be high to the users with the eventual hope of seeing savings in the near future. Mr. Becker would like to research the borrowing and Mr. D’Auteuil asked Mr. Christianson to begin the process.
The DPW Superintendent informed the Board that the use of residential sump pumps definitely increases I & I. He would like to have a letter/insert included in the water bills informing all users about illegally using private inflow and giving them options on how to correct the situation. He stated that two ways to correct the problem are the use of storm drains and dry wells. He further stated that cash incentives to correct problems have been effective in other towns. Mr. Becker feels the letter/insert should also include the policy. Mr. Christianson will draft the insert and bring it before the Board for approval. Ms. Dibb brought up the Rutland Heights Hospital to which Chairman D’Auteuil stated that the line has been capped. Mr. Christianson stated that last
week the MWRA calibrated all the sewer flow meters in all three sewer stations. MWRA is working with DCAM to determine if there are any environmental hazards with completely plugging the line.
A meeting will be posted for October 15th at 6 p.m. to discuss the mission statement.
Mr. Becker made a motion to offer an opinion to hold any future sewer applications until conversation takes place with the State. Mr. Clark seconded. Lengthy discussion. Mr. Becker aye, the rest of the Board nay. Motion failed. Mr. Becker would like to contact Representative Evangelidis and Senator Brewer for help in getting a meeting with the DCR Commissioner. The Board discussed the possibilities of a sewer moratorium. Mr. Christianson stated that he probably would not sign any sewer applications permits that come before him until the whole situation is resolved because he felt that he was being “being put out on a limb”.
Mr. Briggs made a motion to set up a public hearing on a sewer moratorium for October 15th at 7 pm. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote 4 to 1 with Mr. D’Auteuil opposing.
Mr. Briggs moved to adjourn. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen
1. Mission Statement
2. DCR-Worcester Contract (allotment)
3. I & I
d. % of correction goal
e. Rutland Heights Hospital
4. Ownership of Trunk Line
5. Sewer Regs
a. implementation/approval deadlines
6. Sewer Districting
a. CMRP Build-out Analysis