Call to Order – Chairman White called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Board members present were J. B. White, Robert Harris, Wesley Keber, Harvey Norris, & Burt Jones; representing the Jackson Progress Argus was Mike Davis. Authority staff members present were Marcie Seleb & Joyce Hosey.
Opening Prayer – Mr. Norris opened the meeting with a prayer.
Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting – Mr. Harris made a motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes from the January 17, 2012 meeting and approve the same. This was seconded by Mr. Norris and approved unanimously.
2011 Water Audit -Ms. Seleb advised the Board about the standardized water loss audit to be done annually required by the GA Water Stewardship Act of 2010. The audit is due by March 1, 2012 for all systems serving a population of 10,000 plus. Ms. Seleb has just completed the audit for the combined systems of the Authority, Jackson, and Jenkinsburg.
The Department of Resources is expected to adopt rules this winter that will include minimum standards and best management practices for the following:
• monitoring and improving water efficiency & effectiveness
• improving water conservation
• implementing water loss control programs
The water audit tries to identify exactly where losses occur and how they can be lessened by looking at a number of factors outside of the overall loss. This process assumes there is a certain unavoidable loss to be expected and the Authority is very close to the minimum unavoidable number.
The calculated Infrastructure Leakage Index was 1.17 with a data validity score of 80 out of 100. Ms. Seleb advised the Board that it wouldn’t be prudent to invest anymore than is required in improving these numbers as there is not much return on the investment.
The Board was pleased with the water audit and congratulated Ms. Seleb on doing such a fine job.
A copy of this water audit is attached and made a part of these minutes.
Update on Construction Projects and Grants
- Hwy. 16 Sewer – The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has not given Jones General Contracting permission to get back to work on the project. There has still been no agreement with Great American Travel Center and the EIP grant will likely be de-obligated.
- Hwy. 36 Sewer – Due to wet weather, Jones General Contracting has done no testing or cleanup in the past thirty days. The Corps of Engineers is requiring the Authority to purchase 4.4 Wetland credits. (See below.)
- Burford Ground Storage Tank Rehab – The project is well underway with structural steel installed and interior sandblasting ongoing.
- Crew – The crew continues to repair service lines and mains as needed, flushing dead end lines, tagging hydrants, and assisting with LAS maintenance.
Operations Report – Water billing for January 2012 was up 5% from December at $205,663, and down 2% from January 2010 with a total customer base of 5,249 and an active customer base of 4,643. Sewer billing for January 2012 was down 1% from December at $36,406, and up 16% from January 2011 with a total customer base of 129 and an active customer base of 122.
The average daily finished water pumped in January 2012 to the Authority, Jackson and Jenkinsburg from the Burford and Stewart plants was 2.0 MGD, with a maximum of 2.2 MGD. The rolling 12-month average loss was 11.3% with the current monthly average loss of 6.3%. The total amount of finished water pumped in January 2012 per plant was: Burford – 56 MG; Stewart – 6 MG. The average wastewater influent at the Bucksnort Ranch LAS was .173 with an average daily effluent of .187/.550 MGD and a maximum 7-day effluent of .217/.550 MGD.
Hwy. 36 Sewer Wetland Mitigation – Ms. Seleb advised the Board that the Authority has had to purchase 4.4 wetland credits for the Hwy. 36 Sewer Project. She advised that none were available in the Upper Ocmulgee region, but she was able to go through Oconee River banks with a total purchase price of $24,520. Woodward and Curran was able to handle this for the Authority at a cost of $750.
A motion was made by Mr. Harris to accept the procurement of the Wetland credits. This was seconded by Mr. Jones and approved unanimously.
Financial Report – Ms. Seleb went over the financial summary for Water & Sewer Operations and SPLOST through January 2012. Finances are within budget thus far for FY 2012. Copies of these financial summaries are attached and made a part of these minutes.
Review Bills Paid – Board members reviewed check registers and credit card statements for the month of January 2012. Copies of these check registers and credit card statements are attached and made a part of these minutes.
Adjourn – A motion was made by Mr. Keber to adjourn meeting at 6:05 p.m. This was seconded by Mr. Jones and approved unanimously.