muc meeting minutes
April 26th, 2012
Municipal Utilities Commission
April 26th, 2012
The Municipal Utilities Commission met on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at the Council Chambers, 305 Gay St., Cambridge, Md. Mayor Jackson-Stanley convened the meeting at approximately 6:30pm.
Present: Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley
Andy Pasden-MUC Commissioner
Norma Alschbach-MUC Commissioner
Joe Brooks-MUC Commissioner
Glenn Ford-MUC Commissioner
Gary Newcomb-MUC Manager
Sylvester Molock-MUC Superintendent
Greg LeBlanc-DPW Asst. Engineer
Mayor Jackson-Stanley welcomed the newest member of the Commission, Mr. Joe Brooks.
Mayor Jackson-Stanley asked for approval of expenses for the month of March 2012 in the amount of $86,891.17.
Motion to approve the expenses was made by Ms Alschbach, seconded by Mr. Pasden. Passed.
Motion to approve the minutes for the March 22nd, 2012 meeting was made by Mr. Pasden, seconded by Mr. Ford. Approved.
Station 7-Well #4
Mr. Newcomb went over the report from Earth Data. He explained that we have sent soil samples to Houston Texas to determine exactly what type of soil and this could determine where the problem exists.
A video would show if the screen is exactly where it needs to be. If the screen is in clay, there are means to fix it according to Mr. Williams of Earth Data.
Mr. Newcomb said he still feels Uni-tech has the responsibility here.
The contract with Uni-tech states that the well is to be 70% efficient.
Uni-Tech has agreed to pull the pump out at no charge. They are open for discussion after the video.
Earth Data feels this can be corrected and is in agreement that Uni-Tech needs to step up to the plate and do something. He is at a loss of why the specific capacity has changed so much.
Mr. Newcomb said he would like approval once Uni-tech pulls the pump out to proceed to do the video and this expense would have to come from the reserve fund. We are looking at $3,000 to $5,000 for the video.
Motion to use money from the reserve fund, not to exceed $10,000, to do the video survey as recommended by Earth Data was made by Ms. Alschbach, seconded by Mr. Pasden. Passed.
Long Wharf Water Line for Lighthouse
Mr. Newcomb said he was hoping to have an agreement from Mr. Collison. He talked with Ms. Noller and Mr. Wright of the Lighthouse committee and they were very thankful to the Commission for what we are doing to help with their project. This will also help the City in adding fire protection to that area. Mr. Newcomb said it is good to have an agreement to make sure we get reimbursed. Mayor Jackson-Stanley said she would get in contact with him to move things along.
Mr. Newcomb submitted his FY-13 budget as discussed at the previous meeting and showed a comparison with a 10% increase for the water/sewer bill. The FY-13 budget shows no increase in salaries, no change in the maintenance section, the increase for the physical plant is due to the materials to start the installation of the water line in the Oak Hill area. Mr. Newcomb stated the MUC can only recommend an increase, but it would be up to City Council to approve or disapprove. At the workshop meeting he attended, it is his opinion, they did not want any increase at this time. If this is the case, the $40,000 allocated for dirt removal may have to be set aside. We need to reduce this budget by $140,000. The second item would have to be the Oak Hill area for $55,000. Truck 48 would have to wait to be replaced. He also stated his revenue projections may be a little optimistic. Also reducing an employee in the office would be cutting another $48,000 in the office.
Mr. Newcomb said he recommends the MUC submit this budget with an increase of 10%.
Motion to accept the budget as submitted with the 10% increase of water rate was made by Mr. Pasden, seconded by Mr. Brooks. Passed.
Station 3 - Tank Renovation
Mr. Newcomb brought pictures of the completed tank of the Washington St. station.
Mr. Newcomb briefly went over the pumpage with an unaccountable water of 10%.
Mr. Newcomb discussed the street openings.
Mr. Newcomb went over the general ledger in detail for the benefit of our new Commissioner Mr. Brooks for understanding of the MUC accountings.
Motion to adjourn the meeting at approximately 8:15pm was made by Mr. Pasden,
Seconded by Ms. Alshbach. Adjourned.