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muc meeting minutes

May 25th, 2011

Municipal Utilities Commission


May 25th, 2011

The Municipal Utilities Commission met on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at the Council Chambers, 305 Gay St., Cambridge, Md.  Mayor Victoria Stanley-Jackson convened the meeting at approximately 5:00 pm.


Present:            Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley

                         Andy Pasden-MUC Commissioner

                         Norma Alschbach-MUC Commissioner

                        Glenn Ford-MUC Commissioner

                        Rex Marshall-MUC Commissioner

                        Gary Newcomb-MUC Manager

                        Kevin Johnson-Asst. Superintendent

                        Greg LeBlanc-DPW Asst. Engineer



Mayor Jackson-Stanley asked for approval of expenses for the Month of April 2011.

Mr. Newcomb said Ck#21397 to Brohawn & Brooks for $3,585.00 was for replacement of the entrance door at 105 Brohawn Ave and six window replacements in that building.

Commissioner Alschbach asked was this for vandalism?

Mr. Newcomb said no, this was budgeted to replace old metal windows.

Everything else is the normal expenditure. 

Commissioner Pasden made a motion to approve the expenditures as presented in the amount of $166, 370.54, seconded by Commissioners Ford, passed.


Minutes for the April 28th 2011 meeting were submitted for approval.  Mayor Jackson-Stanley thanked Commissioner Marshall for carrying on in her absence. 

Mr. Newcomb said he wanted to address one item on page two.  It states " with the exception of this tank, we have committed over $65,000 a year for the maintenance of all the other tanks".  The $65,000 was the corrected amount but at the meeting he stated  $135,000.   On page 3 "we would be looking at over $135,000 of our budget..." is correct but at the meeting he stated over $200,000.

Mayor Jackson-Stanley stated it was corrected before we got to it.

Mr. Newcomb said yes.

Motion to approve the minutes of April 28th, 2011 as corrected by Mr. Newcomb and presented, was made by Commissioner Alschbach, seconded by Commissioner Marshall.

Budget FY-12 - Mayor Stanley

Mr. Newcomb submitted a revised budget with no incremental increases for employees for the Commission to approve.

Commissioner Pasden said he needed it to be on record of how he feels about the fact that MUC employees will not be receiving any raises in the upcoming year. What we are talking about is within grade raises. Within grade raises are in effect an implied contract with the employees.  If their performance is satisfactory, they have satisfied their end of    the implied contract and have earned the raise.  It seems to him that on our part, our rational for turning down the raises, is a lack of funds. The MUC does have the funds and is technically independent of the City.  He wanted it on record that he is dissatisfied with the decision to deny MUC employees their within grade raises.

Commissioner Marshall said he would like to go on record that he agrees with Mr. Pasden.

Commissioner Ford also agreed with Mr. Pasden.

Commissioner Alschbach said she is on the fence.  She understands the City's problems with money and if what Commissioner Pasden said is correct and it is an agreement that the employees have taken on, then she would also agree with him.

Mr. Pasden said he fully appreciated the situation the Mayor was in, he just wanted it to go on record of where he was coming from.

Mayor Jackson-Stanley said she does what is good for the City as a whole. She told the Commission she appreciates the commitment they have made to put it on the record of how they feel.  You understand why we are making this decision and you just don't agree with it.

She asked it that was correct?

They agreed.

Mr. Pasden made a motion to approve the revised budget presented by Mr. Newcomb.

This was seconded by Ms. Alschbach, all approved. Passed.

Leak -Rt.50  near Crusader Rd.

Mr. Newcomb said each member has pictures of the leak. He showed the picture of the bell joint clamp that was put on years ago and a picture of the repair after the work was complete.  Everything went well, no surprises, minor leak, bad location.

Mayor Jackson-Stanley asked how much traffic was disrupted.

Mr. Newcomb said one lane was maintained, the state hwy did provide traffic control for us.  This was a big help.  Everything was as we anticipated.

Mayor Jackson-Stanley said good work as usual.

Enernoc Energy

Mr. Newcomb said as we talked before, it sounds really good, we did get another check in the mail for $1796.96  for Jan., Feb., & March.  Just today they ran a test notification.

So far we have received $7,000 and had to drop the load 1 time for two hours.

Well #4-Nathan's Ave

Mr. Newcomb stated we are getting real close to being finished.  The only thing left is electrical.  Travers Electric has the contract with unitech.  He should be finished up shortly. The power company has to sink a pole.  He got notice he got the contract after we were informed the other company went out of business. We will be sending a check out to Unitech Drilling for $82,000 and received an invoice today for $6800. Once these are paid we will have the electrical of $12,500 left.

Ms. Alschbach asked if there would be any protection?

Mr. Newcomb said in another week or two it will be fenced in.


Mr. Newcomb said he has had no word back from Utility Services since the previous meeting with the changes and recommendations from Mr. Collison.

He did meet with a representative from Johnson Control about the unaccountable water issue and water audit.  In reviewing our numbers, their recommendation is meter replacement.  They would like us to deal with them and change all the meters in the City.

We would be paying them back over a period of time.  In the previous meter change over we spent over $600,000. They would pull test meters and find out accuracies.  Most of our meters would register 97% giving the customer 100%. 

Mayor Jackson-Stanley said that seems like a lot of money.

Mr. Newcomb said we have changed meters at one time and in the next couple of years will look into changing  the first meters we put.

Mayor Jackson Stanley asked how much is a meter?

Mr. Newcomb said $314 per meter for residential. 

Superintendent's Report 

Mr. Newcomb briefly went over the street openings stating the broken hydrant was not reported to the Police.  No one to bill the repairs to.

The replacement of services on Maces lane and the Rt. 50 leak covers the street openings.

There were two new services at Longboat.

April pumpage was 55,301.000, billed 46,549,000, with unaccountable at 16%.

Very close compared to April 2010.

 Mr. Newcomb went over the general ledger under sales we should be at 83%.  Thanks to Mushroom Canning we are exceeded our projected amount.    Overall our revenues are what were expected.

Expenditures are under budget with the exception of the retirement expense.  On page 5 the meter installation looks like we are over budget however, we have sold a little over $2,000 in meters. 

Revenues for the current year look good and expenditures are being maintained within budget.

Mayor Jackson-Stanley asked for any questions?

Ms. Alschbach asked what would they call the road to connect Jenkins Creek to Washington St.?

Mr. Newcomb said the West side By-pass.

Ms. Alschbach asked when that would open.

Mayor Jackson-Stanley said the state would take care of that.   There were three developments that were contributing to the cost.

Mr. Newcomb said two went belly up. Waterford and another.

Ms. Alschbach stated they have had traffic counters on Washington St.  Who is doing that?

Mayor said the State.

With no further business, motion to adjourn was made by Ms. Alschbach, seconded by Mr. Marshall at approximately 7:50pm.

Respectively submitted.

Jane Dorman