AUGUST 17, 1998

Mayor Margo G. Bailey called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were Councilmembers Harrison C. Bristoll, Jr., Thomas A. Gross, Sr. and J. Brian Kirby, Medford Capel, Utilities Commission Manager, W. S. Ingersoll, Town Manager, Joan Merryman, Stenographer, and guests.

Mayor Bailey asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the previous meeting. Mr. Bristoll moved that the minutes of the meeting of July 20, 1998 be accepted as presented, was seconded by Mr. Gross and carried unanimously.

Mayor Bailey stated that the Utilities Commission has cash on hand and in banks on August 17, 1998 of $346,077.27.

Mayor Bailey called on Mr. Capel for his report. Mr. Capel stated that both of the new aerators had been installed at the water plant. He said this has cut the lime use by half to three-quarters from 200 plus pounds a day to between 90 and 120 lbs. a day. He said the tests for VOCs have not been over the maximum level of contaminants but he expects it to be even lower.

Mr. Capel said we had high coliform counts up as high as 220 at the lagoon last month but this month all tests have come back at less than 2. He said we have been making tests every day and every test has been down. He said we have a different sampler coming in and we do not know if that had any affect on the testing. He said the BODs are way down and we had a nondetectible suspended solids result.

Mayor Bailey said the new aerators are not only improving the water quality but saving money on chemicals. She said the Council should go by the water works and see how the aerators work. Mr. Capel said the diffusers break up the water so the air can get into it.

Mayor Bailey said if there were no further questions, she would take a motion to pay the bills. Mr. Bristoll moved that the bills be paid as presented, was seconded by Mr. Gross and carried unanimously.

Mr. Bristoll moved that the meeting be adjourned at 7:35 p.m., was seconded by Mr. Kirby and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:

Joan Merryman

Approved by:

Margo G. Bailey