Board of Selectmen
September 13, 2010
Community Hall Annex
Present: Sheila H. Dibb, Chairman, Joseph R. Becker, Vice-Chairman, Leroy C. Clark, Cherilyn A. Bulger and Michael S. Pantos.
Hillary Lacirignola and Kent Nichols from Weston & Sampson did a powerpoint presentation concerning a water storage tank and a comprehensive wastewater management plan. Discussion on the location (Rice Hill) and style of the water storage tank as well as future demand. Other location options are town-owned property on Maple Avenue, Central Tree School, Rutland Heights (180 foot tower), town-owned property on Glenwood Road, and Pommogussett at Main Street (130 foot tower).
With the one existing tank, there is no emergency supply. It also cannot be drained, cleaned, inspected or maintained without having a second tank. $1.2 million for construction of a pre-stressed concrete one million gallon tank. The existing tank rehab would be approximately $200,000 with some contingency built in for construction and rough engineering costs. Hillary stated that we may not find out if we made the SRF list until probably February of 2011. The money would have to be borrowed. Mr. Becker would like to have solid numbers to bring to town meeting (engineering cost).
Kent Nichols did a presentation on the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan.
As of this date, the Town has an unsigned sewer use agreement – 40% of the population of Rutland does have sewer. Rough estimate $350,000 which is on the high side. Lengthy discussion.
Mr. Kellaher does not like what has been going on at the Upper Blackstone, costs will be going up and feels the Town could possibly sell some it its capacity. The biggest hurdle will be choosing the site. Hillary recommended staying the course with I & I removal, as it is helping greatly.
Sewer moratorium: Expires in two days on September 15, 2010 – has been in place since November, 2007. Mr. Kellaher feels it should be lifted, but could be reinstated some time in the future. DCR letter will be reviewed at Monday’s meeting. Mrs. Dibb stated that if it is lifted, there would probably be litigation from DCR and if we do not lift it, there could be potential litigation from the developers. Mr. Becker stated that litigation from the state will begin to get us some clear answers which at this time we do not have.
Mr. Clark moved to not extend the moratorium and let it expire on September 15, 2010. Mr. Pantos seconded. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Pantos moved to adjourn. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 9 pm.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen