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muc meeting minutes

March 22, 2012

Municipal Utilities Commission


March 22, 2012


The Municipal Utilities Commission met on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at the Council Chambers, 305 Gay St., Cambridge, Md.  Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley convened the meeting at approximately 6:30pm.

 Present:            Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley

                        Andy Pasden-MUC Commissioner

                        Norma Alschbach-MUC Commissioner

                        Glenn Ford-MUC Commissioner

                        Gary Newcomb-MUC Manager

                        Kevin Johnson-MUC Asst. Superintendent



Mr. Newcomb submitted the expenses for January in the amount of $166,140.06 for approval. 

Motion to approve January 2012 expenses as submitted was made by Mr. Pasden, seconded by Ms. Alschbach. Passed.

February Expenses in the amount of $193,933.30 were submitted for approval.

Motion to approve February 2012 expenses was made by Ms. Alschbach, seconded by Mr. Pasden.   Approved.


Motion to approve the minutes of the January 26th, 2012 meeting was made by Mr. Pasden, seconded by Ms. Alschbach.  Approved.

Station 7 - Well # 4

Mr. Newcomb said we are still having issues with the well.  We have contacted Earth Data, a company we contracted with to do the permits and look at the initial contract .

After discussion with Mr. Mark Williams, we have come to the conclusion we need to gather information, have someone other than MUC or Unitech  to evaluate the condition of the well..  He gave them the results he received by email of the NTU testes results.

The state requires to always have a NTU of  less than five.  The email showed a high of 204 and low of 33.5.  Our other wells show 1 or 2 at the most with no issues.  The longer the well ran, the NTU did come down. When we were at the best, it was 7, 8 , in that range. It is still at 33.5

Mr. Newcomb said the specific capacity had also dropped which is a concern.  This means gallons per minute per foot of draw down.  We like to see numbers of 3 or better.

The numbers we were getting was 1.86 which was giving 350 gals. Per min.  After the original test, this was used to determine what the pump setting was to be.  With this well we did have to use a greater pump setting. The deeper the setting the more power it takes to raise the water from that point. From a 50 HP we ended up having to have a 70 HP motor.  At this we were having 250 gals a minute with a suitable draw down for the setting.  We definitely have some issues. We still don't know what has happened.

Mr. Newcomb handed out information he received from Unitech drilling yesterday and it is a step in the right direction.  Unitech is prepared to come down and pull the pump and and prepare for the survey at their expense. 

Mayor Jackson Stanley said what we know is that we have a well that is not working.

Mr. Newcomb said sometimes, wells need to be redeveloped.  In his time with the City, he has known of one. It was older and just lost its capacity.

If  we don't find the source as stated in Mr. Williams letter, then we may have no choice but to redevelop.  Part of the contract for develop was $30,000.  Mr. Newcomb said he still thinks it is Unitech's responsibility.

Mr. Newcomb said we need to have Mr. Williams recommend that we video it and take Unitech up on their offer to do this at no charge and remove the pump and put the camera down.  Let Mr. Williams from Earth Data do the formal report of the results..

Mr. Pasden asked if we should put Mr. Collision, our attorney on notice and keep him informed in case we need him?

Mr. Newcomb said yes.

Proposed Budget FY-13

Mr. Newcomb submitted a budget showing a total operating expense of $1,877,065 with no salary increase and has a projected revenue of $1,809,000  for a deficit of $68,065 from the BRI Fund.

Mr. Newcomb said if we have to back out items to cover the deficit, it would be an excavator, Glasgow St. painting and the new generator.  These would total 70,000 which could back out.  If the City would give employee increments, that would also change our budget.  Last year the increments would have amounted to less than $25,000. We may have to look at something else.

Mr. Pasden said as he presented last year and will do again this year, he fully supports a raise for these employees.

Mayor Jackson-Stanley said she understands and it did not fall on deaf ears.

Mr. Pasden said we are asking employees to take a $230,00 project and turn it in to a $55,000 project.  Just like they did last year to a much greater extent.

Mayor Jackson-Stanley said she does not disagree with him. 

The budget would also include a 10% increase in the water rate.

Mr. Newcomb said he will keep the budget as is unless he get a directive from the City  and wait to get a full board approval.

Fire Protection-Long Wharf (Lighthouse Project)

The light house committee asked what help they could get to help reduce the cost of the fire protection at Long Wharf. During the Marina expansion a few years ago there was talk about needed additional fire protection. The committee does need a sprinkler system to the Light House. It is State regulation and law. Their estimate to extend the line to where they could extend out to the lighthouse was $40,000. The Fire Company says they need a fire hydrant down there. The estimate does not include the fire hydrant. There is currently a 2" line (not sufficient for hydrant and fire protection).

Mr. Newcomb said they are asking if the MUC could help reduce their cost.

Mr. Newcomb said he got a price on directional drilling  of 600' of   ATPE 6" pipe fused joint with an opening. This plus the cost of the fire hydrant  and the T and the valve to connect to the water line in the street.  Direction drilling was $16,500.  The cost of material for hydrant, T and Valves will be in the neighborhood of $4500. (Just material).

Their request is for anything we could do to provide fire protection and adequate service to the marina.

Mr. Newcomb told the lighthouse committee that he would present to this board, they pay the cost of the directional drilling and MUC to provide the cost of the material for the hydrant and we make the tap for this City Hydrant and adequate fire protection at Long Wharf.

Mr. Pasden asked what is the bottom line cost to the MUC?

Mr. Newcomb said approximately $4500 plus the cost of some labor.

After discussion Mr. Pasden made a motion to that MUC supply some labor cost to extend the fire protection to Long Wharf and have the Lighthouse committee pay the costs of material.

Seconded by Ms. Alschbach.  Passed.  All present approved.

Superintendent's Report

Mr. Newcomb said pumpage for January was extremely low.  Unaccountable was 9%.

He briefly went over the billing amounts.

February pumpage was a little low and unaccountable was 5%.

New Services were very few.

Leaks were minimal with only one cracked line in January.

Mr. Pasden asked if we would get reimbursed for the hit hydrants.

Mr. Newcomb said yes for  High  & Gay St. The Walmart one was hit by a Tractor & Trailer. This is the second time it was hit.  Walmart has agreed to pay the relocation of this hydrant.  The first hit cost $150.00.  The contract will move the hydrant.

Mr. Newcomb said they could review the general ledger accts.  He wanted to mention the BRI fund has $690,000 + and we have to maintain just under  $36,000 in case someone comes forward with their bonds.

Utility Service is getting started on the Washington St Tank.

Mayor Jackson-Stanley said she has a big THANK YOU for Mr. Newcomb and the MUC Staff for the work done on Maces Lane from DPW.  Great Teamwork.

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:50pm by Mr. Pasden, Seconded by Mr. Ford. 


 Respectively Submitted.

Jane Dorman