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Lockport Water Board Meeting Minutes 11/01/2016

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP WATER BOARD MEETING

NOVEMBER 1, 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

 

Call to order:

The November 1, 2016 meeting was called to order by Chairman David Cooper at 7:01 p.m.

 

Agenda Approval:

The agenda was not formally approved at this meeting.

 

Meeting Minutes:

Wayne Timm made a motion to accept the 10/18/2016 meeting minutes as written.  Paul Miller seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.

 

Accountant’s report:

  1. Accounts Payable:  The monthly listing of bills was provided with a correction of $9,100 to McLellan and Stohm.  The correct accounts payable amount should be $13,922.32.  The amount listed for Frontier is an estimate since the meeting is on the first day of the month and a bill has not been generated.  Payroll will be generated in the next few days.  The amount to Scott King is mileage reimbursement.  The Capital One billing is postage for current water billings and mailing of shut off notices. 
  2. Accounts Receivable:  The accounts receivable aging report was presented and discussed.  Seventy customers have been issued shut off notices, which is higher than normal.  One customer who paid an odd amount has been advised to pay the fees to bring account current and to stop any further fees from being charged.  Pat Burke did advise one customer to e mail her request to have the account shut off fee waived, however she has not received the e mail. One property has been placed on the current year tax roll and another will be next year.  Both properties are bank owned.  Scott King and David Cooper were scheduled to meet with a customer at 5:30 tonight, however the customer was not home.  Scott King will call to re-schedule a meeting. 
  3. Financial Reports:   No financial report was available for this meeting because McLellan and Strohm’s offices were without power during the area wide power outage.
  4. The check issued to the City of Three Rivers may have been lost in the mail so Pat Burke will re-issue another.  JPR has not cashed the check from last month. 
  5. Miss Dig:  There were 16 Miss Dig requests resulting in 11 hours of operator’s time marking areas. 
  6. Correspondence:  Pat Burke received a letter from Miss Dig indicating customers are using the wrong phone number.  The correct numbers are 811 or 800-482-7171. 

 

Pat Burke received a letter from the Township Attorney regarding the operator being an employee vs an independent contractor.  It has been determined that it is better to have as an employee.

 

Pat Burke questioned whether she should forward notices of upcoming workshops to Scott or if he receives them at his position with Constantine Water.  He does receive the notices and would advise if he would like to attend any workshops.  

 

Lorrie Witt made a motion to pay outstanding bills in the amount of $13,922.32.  Paul Miller seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed. 

 

System Operator’s report:

Scott King reported the system is running satisfactorily at this time.  He reported 3,247,000 gallons of water was pumped and all 186 hydrants have been flushed.  One hydrant on Wilbur Road does need to replaced and that all the hydrants need to painted next summer. 

 

David Cooper made a motion to replace the Wilbur Road hydrant.  Wayne Timm seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed. 

 

A switch has been replaced in the pump of Well 2.  Wayne does not feel this was a fix.  A low-level alarm was sounded on Sunday morning; however, this did not result in any problems.

 

David Cooper has updated the emergency contingency plan phone listing.  He is also trying to find a second chlorine supplier. In speaking with Katelyn from the DEQ, it was determined that the $25,000 funds already spent does count toward the Capital Improvement Fund and the future $30,000 will also count.   

 

David Cooper made a motion to recommend hiring Scott King as an employee to the Township Board.  Lorrie Witt seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed. 

 

Old Business:

  1. Currently 142 people have signed up for the Water Department Blog. The Blog address is lockporttwpwaterdept.wordpress.com
  2. Pat Burke and Scott King did open the thumb drive from JPR, although some items could not be viewed. It did contain a lot of information that appeared to be old.  Pat Burke will keep in a secure location if needed in the future.
  3. The recommendation to the Township Board for a new member has been tabled until the next meeting.
  4. The phone message has been updated with new emergency contact numbers.
  5. Pat Burke will be ordering new invoices changing JPR to Scott King as operator. She will also add the correct telephone numbers for Miss Dig.
  6. Paul Miller has contacted Public Image for pricing on shirts and coats. Pricing for safety yellow tee shirts will be $8.25 for Small – XLarge and $9.75 for XXLarge.  There is a $20 one time screen set up fee and a minimum order of 12 shirts.  Jackets would need to be supplied and a fee of $8.50 is for embroidery.  Lorrie Witt volunteered to look at cost to supply reflective vests. 

 

Wayne Timm made a motion to order three shirts for both Scott King and Greg Millard and an additional six shirts for future use.  Paul Miller seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed. 

  1. Lorrie Witt will be making picture identification badges. These will be used with a clip cord for easy use as identification.   

 

New Business:

  1. Pat Burke currently has a Capital One credit card for business use and asked if one should be obtained for Scott to use.  David Cooper said Scott does need a credit card. 
  2. Mark Major, Lockport Township acting Supervisor, informed the board that a possible $5,000 grant is available and suggested this be used for a security alarm system at the well houses. He advised that Doug Kuhlman can help with the grant paperwork and David Cooper volunteered to contact Doug.   

 

 

 

Visitor’s Comments:

There were no comments.

 

Adjournment:

Wayne Timm made a motion to adjourn meeting at 7:38 p.m.  Paul Miller seconded the motion.  All in favor, motion passed.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Rhonda Wright

Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes Approved: 11-15-2016

 

 

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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.

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Household Trash Burning

LEARN NOT TO BURN

A Guide for Reducing Trash Burning in Your Community

Learn Not to Burn HomeIntroductionExamples of Trash Burning Reduction Programs Trash Burning Laws in the Great Lakes States Model Ordinances Regulating Household Trash Burning Education and Outreach Materials The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Toolkit Solid Waste Management Infrastructures and Alternatives Acknowledgments Evaluation Form Disposal of household garbage by burning continues to be common practice in rural communities. This practice goes by many names, including backyard burning, burn barrels, and household garbage burning. But whatever name is used, the reality is that this practice is harmful to humans and our environment.Smoke from burning waste contains many pollutants that can impact Bernie the logothe health of people exposed to it, including hydrogen cyanide, sulfur dioxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, lead, mercury, dioxin and many others. These pollutants may damage the lungs, nervous system, kidneys and liver. Even healthy people may experience symptoms of burning eyes, headaches, nausea, fatigue or dizziness. Toxic chemicals from trash burning deposit into aquatic or terrestrial environment and contribute to pollution in the region’s rivers and lakes.Backyard burning also triggers numerous wildfires and can be nuisance to neighbors. This prevalence of garbage burning may affect states’ and municipalities’ ability to meet air quality standards. To order a CD version of this toolkit, visit our Products page. If you would like more information, please contact Erin Newman of U.S. EPA Region 5 at newman.erin@epa.gov. Additional information about backyard burning in the Great Lakes Region is available online at http://www.openburning.org. Evaluation form can be filled out electronically and emailed toLaura Kammin mailed to: Laura Kammin Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant 1101 W Peabody Dr Urbana, IL 61801

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Assessing Data and Property Tax Information

The  Assessor’s Office is pleased to announce that the Assessing Data and Tax information is now available on the internet. The information has been made available through a partnership with Lockport Township and BS&A Software.

This information will be free of charge for all property owners to view their own detailed information.

All property owners wishing to use this feature on the website will need to create an ” user account “.  at   http://LockportTwp.is.bsasoftware.com

Anyone wishing to view additional properties can do so for an additional fee of $2 per parcel. This can be set up from the BS&A website.

Also, St Joseph County has limited Assessing Data and Tax Information free on their website     http://stjosephcountymi.org/taxsearch/

If you have any other tax information questions you may contact:

Assessor……     Dale Hutson    @ 269-432-2834

Treasurer …….. Mike Friesner. @  269.467.9616  or fax  : 269.467.4346

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