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Lockport Township Water Board Meeting Minutes

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP WATER BOARD MEETING

OCTOBER 18, 2016

 

Purpose of the meeting:  Regular meeting of the Lockport Township Water Board.

 

Members Present:

                David Cooper, Chairman

                Wayne Timm, Lockport Township Rep

                Lorrie Witt, Board Member

                Paul Miller, Board Member

                Pat Burke, McLellan and Strohm, Accountant

                Scott King, System Operator

                Rhonda Wright, Secretary

 

Members Absent:

                None

*Jim Tolfree has resigned from the Board*

 

Call to order:

The October 18, 2016 meeting was called to order by Chairman David Cooper at 7:00 p.m.

 

Agenda Approval:

Lorrie Witt made a motion to add to the agenda naming David Cooper to the position of Board Chairman.  Wayne Timm seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.

 

Lorrie Witt made a motion to add to the agenda prior to the visitor’s comments a discussion of implementing Roberts Rules of Order.  Wayne Timm seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.

 

Lorrie Witt made a motion to approve the agenda as amended.  Wayne Timm seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.

 

Lorrie Witt made a motion to name David Cooper to the position of Board Chairman.  Paul Miller seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.

 

Meeting Minutes:

Wayne Timm made a motion to accept the 10/4/2016 meeting minutes as written.  Paul Miller seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.

 

Accountant’s report:

Since this meeting is not the usual monthly business meeting, no Accountant’s reports were made. 

 

System Operator’s report:

Scott King reported the system is running satisfactorily at this time.  Well number two will come on two or three times then malfunction, but the operator has been manually turning on the pump.  The flushing of hydrants and pump cleanup is moving along.  He has received 16 Miss Dig requests in the last two weeks for marking water lines.

 

Old Business:

  1. Pat Burke provided information regarding potential water bill credits in response to the boil water notices. She based her calculations on one week, two and one half week and three-week usage amounts.  Based on this information it was determined a credit would be based on 17.86% of usage amount. 

 

Lorrie Witt made a motion to use the chart Pat Burke completed.  Wayne Timm seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.

  1. For the hiring of a second operator the Water Board makes a recommendation to the Township Board who will make the decision to hire. David Cooper recommended Greg Millard.  Greg Millard holds his S4 license and works for the Village of Mendon. 

 

Lorrie Witt made a motion to recommend to the Township Board the hiring of Greg Millard as the second operator.  Paul Miller seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.

  1. Katelyn with the DEQ states the Water Board does not need a separate bank account for the capital improvement project plan. 
  2. David Cooper is currently working on quotes for radio and cellular backup systems. Wayne Timm talked with Amy Roth, City of Three Rivers, and she indicated the City did away with their radio back up system.  Further information will follow. 
  3. Currently 133 people have signed up for the Water Department Blog. Some people who have signed up are not Water Department customers and in some instances, more than one person in a household has signed up.  The Blog address is lockporttwpwaterdept@wordpress.com

 

New Business:

  1. Wayne Timm indicated he has gotten a cell phone for the operator to use.
  2. Pat Burke will forward Miss Dig e mails to the operator’s cell phone. Discussion was made to continue to have Pat Burke receive the Miss Dig e mails and forward them to Scott King so that there are two records of the request and so that when she posts the response to Miss Dig we will have printed documentation of responses.  Lorrie Witt asked Pat Burke if she thought another office person should be hired to help out with any increase in duties.  Pat Burke indicated not at this time.  While her office is busy during tax season, with the need for security measures to be in place for another hire she feels there is not a need for any additional staff. 
  3. Pat Burke has received a thumb drive from JPR that she has not yet opened. It is believed the drive contains records and reports.  David Cooper requested she open and review content.  Scott King is currently making new forms that are needed for operation. 
  4. During the time of a water boil, Jennifer with JPR would call one customer who is on dialysis. Pat Burke suggested a phone list be made to contact schools, nursing homes, Frankie’s restaurant and any other customers deemed in need. 

 

David Cooper and Scott King would like a listing of all water department customers who have hooked up to the system.  Since not every property has hooked up to the system, this would make it easier to locate which ones have should there be a problem.  Pat Burke will provide the list.

  1. Mark Major, acting Township Supervisor, would like to put on hold any recommendation for a new board member until after the November election. 
  2. Pat Burke received an e mail requesting information from the water department. This was discussed and the board did not object to the request. 
  3. The phone number on the water department answering machine will be changed from Wayne Timm to Scott King. The dialer also needs to be changed to notify Scott King when system goes down. 

 

Joe Nowicki requested he be contacted should a water boil advisory be made so he can update the Township website.  He would also request that News 3 be contacted via phone and not e mail.  There is an emergency contact list to notify news sources and other places that need to be notified. 

 

Roberts Rules of Order:

Lorrie Witt indicated that at all future meetings a visitor wanting to comment must state their name and address and their comments will be limited to two minutes. 

 

Visitor’s Comments:

There were no comments.

 

 

 

Adjournment:

Wayne Timm made a motion to adjourn meeting at 7:35 p.m.  Paul Miller seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Rhonda Wright

Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes Approved: 11-01-2016

 

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Lockport Township Water Department Blog

The Lockport Township Water Department has created a new blog!  This form of  communication  will send out the latest update of the water system by way of an email alert to your computer or smart phone. Please take a moment and  sign up for the electronic notifications.

All you need to do is sign up at the link below by adding your email address.

http://lockporttwpwaterdept.wordpress.com/

 

By | September 30th, 2016|General Information|Comments Off on Lockport Township Water Department Blog

Lockport Township Water Meetings

The Lockport Township Water Department will be holding meetings twice a month. This will begin starting in September 2016.  The Board will meet the First and Third Tuesday of the month , 7 p.m. at the Lockport Township Hall.

All are welcome to attend.

By | September 14th, 2016|General Information, Latest Township News|Comments Off on Lockport Township Water Meetings

2015 Lockport Township Water Quality Report

(The water quality report for 2015 is available for review by clicking on the link below to print a copy.)

2015 Lockport CCR water    ( please note that you may need to click on link again to open)

 

2015 Water Quality Report for Lockport Township This report covers the drinking water quality for the Lockport Township Water System, for the calendar year 2015. This information provides a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided to you in 2015. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards. Your water comes from 2 groundwater wells. The State performed an assessment of our source water and can provide you with a report. A source water assessment has been done and the report is available upon request by contacting the Lockport Township Water Department at (269) 273-8593. The susceptibility determination is high.

 Contaminants and their presence in water: Drinking Water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426- 4791).

 Vulnerability of sub-populations: Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

 Sources of Drinking Water: The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. Our water comes from wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

 Susceptibility of wells: Well #2 has a high susceptibility and Well #3 has a moderate susceptibility. This is due to the agricultural activity within and surrounding Lockport and Park Townships, Part 201 Contamination sites, and the Dacthal and Nitrate detects previously found in sampling. The current ground water flow for Lockport Township water supply runs North to South.

 Contaminants that may be present in source water include: Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife. Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming. Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture and residential uses. Radioactive contaminants, which are naturally occurring. Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff and septic systems. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which provide the same protection for public health. 2 Water Quality Data The table below lists all the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the 2015 calendar year. The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done January 1 – December 31, 2015. The State allows us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. All of the data is representative of the water quality, but some are more than one year old.

Terms and abbreviations used below:

 Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below, which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

 Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

 Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

 N/A: Not applicable ND: not detectable at testing limit PPB: parts per billion or micrograms per liter PPM: parts per million or milligrams per liter pCi/L: picocuries per liter (a measure of radiation).

 Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow. Regulated Contaminant MCL MCLG Range Our Water Sample Date (If not in ’99) Violation Yes / No Typical Source of Contaminant Nitrite (ppm) 1.0 1.0 ND ND 2015 No Run off fertilizer, Natural deposits,Leaching from septic tanks Nitrate (ppm) 10 10 3.2 – 6.8 6.0 ppm 2015 No Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits Fluoride (ppm) 4 4 ND ND 2015 No Erosion of natural deposits. Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories. Barium (mg/L) 2 2 0.3 mg/L 2011 No Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits. Analyte Method Reg Limit Range Result Units Combined Radium Calc. 5* N/A 1.05±0.60 pCI/L No Unregulated Contaminant ** MCL MCLG Range Our Water Sample Date (If not in ’99 Violation Yes / No Typical Source of Contaminant Sodium (ppm) NA NA 8-11 11 ppm 2015 No Erosion of natural deposits Dacthal DCPA, Mono & Di-acid Degradation (Dacthal) 0.070 ND ND 2013 No Residential and agricultural herbicide use 3 Contaminant Subject to AL Action Level MCLG 90% of Samples < This Level Number of Samples Above AL Lead (ppb) 15 0 4 ppb 2015 0 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits Copper (ppb) 1300 1300 300 ppb 2015 0 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives ** Unregulated contaminant monitoring helps EPA to determine where certain contaminants occur and whether it needs to regulate those contaminants. *** Detection Limit (DL) shall be that concentration which can be counted with a precision of plus or minus 100% at the 95% confidence level. Microbial Contaminants MCL MCLG Number of Detections Violation Y / N Typical Source of Contaminant Total Coliform Bacteria No more than 1 positive sample per month 0 0 N Naturally present in the environment Nitrate: Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than six months of age. High nitrate levels in drinking water can cause blue baby syndrome. Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural activity. If you are caring for an infant, you should ask for advice from your health care provider. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing.

Lockport Township is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have you water tested.

Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Is our water system meeting other rules that govern our operations?

The State and EPA require us to test our water on a regular basis to ensure its safety. We completed all the monitoring and reporting requirements for 2015. We are committed to providing you reliable and healthy water. We are pleased to provide you with this information to keep you fully informed about your water.

We will be updating this report annually and will also keep you informed of any problems that may occur throughout the year as they happen.

Copies of this report can be obtained by calling the Lockport Township Water Department at 269-273-8593. For more information about your water or the contents of this report contact Scott King at 269-414-0071.

By | June 24th, 2016|General Information, Latest Township News|Comments Off on 2015 Lockport Township Water Quality Report

Monthly Board Meetings

Lockport Township Board meets Monthly on the second Monday of the Month at 7p.m.

At the Township Hall located at the corner of Holtom and South River Roads.

58982 Holtom Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093

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Sports Complex Information

To whom it may concern,

The subject of the property that the City of Three Rivers (hereinafter the “City”) has annexed for purposes of constructing a sports complex is currently being litigated in the Michigan Court of Appeals. There is an Order to Stay proceeding until the Court of Appeals renders its decision. In other words, the City cannot begin, among other things, construction of the sports complex until the Court of Appeals reaches a decision. As such, it is not proper for a Lockport Township Official to discuss or enter into preliminary negotiations a City of Three Rivers representative. The appropriate medium to enter into preliminary settlement discussions would be through our legal counsel: Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC. There have been circumstances of a City representative approaching a Lockport Township Board Member at his place of work to discuss a settlement agreement or enter into preliminary discussions of a settlement. Unfortunately, Lockport Township does not know if the City Council authorized this representative to discuss a possible resolution or enter into settlement discussions on behalf of the City. Lockport Township cannot decline to enter into formal preliminary discussions to settle this pending litigation because its legal counsel has not been approached or contacted by the City. To that end, the Lockport Township Officials will not be commenting about the status of an ongoing litigation. The City Attorney or Special Counsel handling this matter should contact Lockport Township’s legal counsel to discuss any preliminary settlement discussions if it is so inclined. While we cannot comment on the potential of any settlement, we stress that there has been no overture from the City Attorney or the City’s Special Counsel respecting any type of settlement offer and/or negotiation.  Furthermore, the Township was not advised of the City’s decision go to the State Boundary Commission until its officials read the same in the newspaper.   Please be advised that quotes received from city council members may not be based entirely on fact and the lack of comment from the Lockport Township Board has been based on advice of its counsel respecting this ongoing litigation. 

By | May 6th, 2016|General Information|Comments Off on Sports Complex Information

2016 Dump Passes Available

2016 Dump Passes

Dump passes are now available for Lockport Residents . The pass will be good  until December 31, 2016.

They are available by contacting :

Mark Major at  269-816-0904 (cell or text)

or

Joe Nowicki at 269-278-8138  (home)

Passes will also be  available at all monthly Township Board meetings. (Second Monday of the month)

If  you prefer, you may send  a  SASE (self- addressed stamped envelope) to

Mark Major

20593 Major Rd.

Centreville, MI  49032

Please have property parcel information available if needed to verify ownership.

By | April 12th, 2016|General Information, Latest Township News|Comments Off on 2016 Dump Passes Available

Assessing, Tax and Delinquent Tax info

Below is the website location for Assessing, Tax and Delinquent Tax info.

https://accessmygov.com/?uid=834

Instructions for this site:  Property owner – Create an account and receive a password to view your property info free.

Others – record viewing may cost $2/record

 

Free Info Searching for: Owners, Addresses, Sales, Assessed & Taxable Values, Property Descriptions & Maps may be viewed for free at: http://www.stjosephcountymi.org/taxsearch

 

 

By | August 10th, 2015|Area News, General Information|Comments Off on Assessing, Tax and Delinquent Tax info

Burn Permit information for City of Three Rivers Fire Department

City of Three Rivers Fire Department

333 W. Michigan Avenue

Three Rivers, MI 49093

Emergency call   911

269-278-3755

Fax: 269-278-6808

www.threeriversmi.org

 

April 1, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

 

Lockport Township Burn Permits Not Required

 

With the transition to fire protection coverage from the City of Three Rivers Fire Department, it will NO LONGER BE NECESSARY  for Lockport Township residents to call in for a burn permit. Since Lockport Township residents will no longer be charged for a fire response, the permit process is no longer necessary.

Please contact the Three Rivers Fire Department if you have any questions on what you are burning . They can help guide you to proper burning.

 

   Residents are reminded that Public Act 102 of 2012 was signed into law on April 19, 2012, prohibiting the open burning of household trash that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals or hazardous materials. The burning of these household trash items pose a danger to human health and the environment. The changes took effect on October 16 and contain penalty provisions, which may be enforced by local units of government, should a local ordinance not exist.

Residents are also reminded to be responsible with open burning of leaves and brush. Fires should be supervised until extinguished, and weather conditions should be taken into consideration before starting an open burn. Refrain from burning during dry conditions.

 

 

 

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Lockport Water Department

The Lockport Water Department holds monthly meetings on the FIRST Tuesday of the month, 7 pm, at the Lockport Township Hall.

By | June 6th, 2012|General Information|Comments Off on Lockport Water Department