Board Meeting: August 29, 2022 ~4:00 P.M
PERSONS PRESENT: Gary Winchester (via bluejeans), Eric Wilmarth, Lisa Woodruff, Harry Johnston, Nancy Martin, Barry Mansell, Becky Dabbs, Tom Heard, David Kubala, Dwayne Fowler, Darrell Caudill, Wesley Banks, Jennifer Arp, Corey Ghorley, Beth Jones, Clint Blackwell, Bryan Watkins, Mark Cochran, Keith Allen, Dustin Barrett, Joey Buice, Greg Long, Melissa Darvish, Ryan Sarks, Mike Venters, Garry Hensley, Eric Wright, Gaye Blackwell, Jeff Hooper, and Kim Goldener.
Eric Wilmarth, Vice Chair, called the meeting to order.
1. AN INVOCATION WAS GIVEN BY BARRY MANSELL, FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
2. COREY GHORLEY REQUESTED APPROVAL OF A LOW BID RECEIVED FROM HEAVY CONSTRUCTORS, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,900,000.00 FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLATE SETTLER (PHASE 2) AT THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT. Mr. Ghorley noted this scope of work is listed as Item #4 under Asset Replacement on the Authority’s current CIP list. Mr. Ghorley noted that a construction budget of $3,227,853.00 was approved June 2022.
MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO APPROVE THE LOW BID RECEIVED FROM HEAVY CONSTRUCTORS, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,900,000.00 FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLATE SETTLER (PHASE 2) AT THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT. All members voted for the motion.
3. DAVID KUBALA REFERENCED CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM STEVE LAWRENCE, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF JASPER. In this correspondence, Mayor Lawrence noted that the City of Jasper is petitioning to reserve capacity per the CCWSA’s Capacity Policy dated 2/23/09. The City requests to be granted the capacity of 200,00 gallons per day at $2.50 per gallon. The City is prepared to pay $500,000 for the reservation of this capacity. The City would like to continue to use the CCWSA’s 4” meter positioned along Waleska Highway that the City is currently using to purchase water from to be pumped into the City’s 4” PVC main where Cherokee County borders the City of Jasper’s service area (MAP ATTACHED).
Staff recommends approval of this request.
MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY HARRY JOHNSTON TO APPROVE THE CITY OF JASPER’S REQUEST TO RESERVE 200,000 GALLONS PER DAY OF POTABLE WATER CAPACITY AT A COST OF $2.50 PER GALLON, UPON PAYMENT BY CITY OF JASPER TO CCWSA IN THE AMOUNT OF $500,000. PER THE CITY OF JASPER’S REQUEST, THE LOCATION OF THE CONNECTION FOR THE CAPACITY WILL BE ALLOCATED TO THE 4” METER LOCATED ALONG WALESKA HIGHWAY. A FLOW RATE OF 142.68 GALLONS PER MINUTE EQUALS 205,463 GALLONS PER DAY, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE JASPER’S CURRENT EXISTING CAPACITY ALLOCATION OF 5,463 GALLONS PER DAY. DUE TO HYDRAULIC CONSTRAINTS, THE FLOW RATE CANNOT EXCEED 190 GALLONS PER MINUTE WITHOUT ADDITIONAL SYSTEM UPGRADES. MINUTES OF THE APPROVAL OF THIS VOTE WILL BE SENT TO THE CITY OF JASPER. All members voted for the motion.
4. MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY BECKY DABBS TO APPROVE THE 7/25/22 BOARD MEETING MINUTES AS PRESENTED. Members Mansell, Dabbs, Martin, and Woodruff voted for the motion. Member Johnston abstained from voting. Motion passed.
5. MOTION BY LISA WOODRUFF AND SECOND BY BARRY MANSELL TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023 AS PRESENTED. THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR THE FY 2023 BUDGET WILL BE ATTACHED TO THE MINUTES OF THIS MEETING. All members voted for the motion.
6. BETH JONES PRESENTED THE FINANCE REPORT. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating revenues are approximately $5,705,707.00 above budget projections for the period ending 6/30/22. Mrs. Jones reported that total operating expenses are approximately $1,903,983.00 below budget projections for the same period. Mrs. Jones reported year-to-date net income of $13,047,921.00 for the period ending 6/30/22.
7. CLINT BLACKWELL PRESENTED THE WATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Blackwell reported an average daily treatment of 21.411 MGD for the month of July 2022 at the Etowah River Water Treatment Facility. Mr. Blackwell reported that the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is currently at full pool at 1189.2 ft. Mr. Blackwell reported a cumulative rainfall total of 56.37” for the past twelve months.
8. MIKE VENTERS PRESENTED THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 2.5 MGD at the Rose Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as a total reuse monthly flow of 2.1 MG. Mr. Venters reported an average daily treatment of 4.9 MGD at the Fitzgerald Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, and an average daily treatment of 0.260 MGD at the Riverbend Wastewater Treatment Facility.
9. JENNIFER ARP PRESENTED THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT. Mrs. Arp noted that a wastewater spill occurred on Dogwood Lane (Owl Creek) during this reporting period. Mrs. Arp reported that approximately 4,250 gallons were spilled due to an unknown blockage. Authority crews jetted the line to correct the problem.
Mrs. Arp also noted that a wastewater spill occurred on Badger Creek during this reporting period. Mrs. Arp reported that approximately 18,360 gallons were spilled due to a grease blockage. Authority crews jetted the line and removed gravel and grease to correct the problem.
10. DWAYNE FOWLER PRESENTED THE CONSTRUCTION REPORT.
11. TOM HEARD PRESENTED THE GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT. Mr. Heard referenced notice from Cherokee County in which the County questioned if CCWSA desires for the County to apply for grants. Mr. Heard advised that, in his opinion, CCWSA does not have any pending projects that would qualify.
12. MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY HARRY JOHNSTON TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSION REGARDING A REAL ESTATE ITEM. All members voted for the motion.
MOTION BY NANCY MARTIN AND SECOND BY HARRY JOHNSTON TO EXIT EXECUTIVE SESSION AND ENTER REGULAR SESSION. All members voted for the motion.
13. MOTION BY BARRY MANSELL AND SECOND BY NANCY MARTIN TO ADJOURN. All members voted for the motion.