Town of Lyons, Walworth County, Wisconsin : Meeting Minutes
February 2, 2009 Special Joint Meeting
Special Joint Meeting
Lyons Town Board, Lyons Sanitary District II, and Country Estates
February 2, 2009
Present: Town Board Supervisors Jim Shimeck and Bill Henningfield,
Clerk Karla Hill, Lyons
Sanitary II Commissioners Brian Simon and Joe Ehlen, Sanitary II
engineer, Jim Smith, C.E.S.D.
Commissioners Jim Miller, Robert Phillips, and Ron Belle, C.E.S.D.
Engineer, Brandon Foss and
C.E.S.D. Engineering Technician, Dean Logterman. Superintendent for
Sanitary II, Kris Gauger and
Secretary for C.E.S.D., Cindy Ganka were also present in the audience.
Approximately 19 additional
residents were also present. Also present was Richard Blackburn,
commissioner appointment to be
considered at this meeting.
Meeting was called to order at 6:30pm, notice was read by William
Motion was made by Shimeck to approve the appointment of Richard
Blackburn as Sanitary District II
commissioner, seconded by Henningfield, Carried.
1.) USDA Grant & Loan Updates –January 12th conference with USDA rep
was cancelled due to
illness. C.E.S.D. is applying for a grant and 40-year loan
combination. % of grant funds would
be based on C.E.S.D. ability to pay.
2.) Hydrogen Sulfide Issue – Current readings show Hydrogen Sulfide
levels at 1.2. Acceptable
level would be.2, so the problem is not solved. C.E.S.D. supplied
records from their operator,
Pat Prahl, as to amounts of Bioxide being used. All agreed that
Bioxide levels should be kept
at 13 and should not be altered until another test was completed.
Sanitary II reiterated the
importance of keeping Bioxide treatment at a constant level and that
adjustments should only
be made after qtrly tests were fully analyzed.
3.) Sampling/Metering Station – Brandon Foss led the discussion about
possible placement of the
station. There was much discussion about placement in the railroad
right of way at the west
side of Church Street. There is some concern as to whether setbacks,
etc. applied by
Walworth County would make an above ground station feasible. It was
decided that Brandon
Foss would complete an application to the DNR for permit of an above
ground structure in the
railroad right of way.
4.) Wastewater Treatment Plant Update – Jim Smith gave out a time line
of the plant expansion
(attached). Cost is estimated between 3.8 and 4.2 million dollars.
5.) Discussion of Updated User Charges- Norma Miller was given the
floor to ask questions of the
Sanitary Districts in regards to the two raises of sewer charges in
2008. Rates were 6.02/1000
gal in august of 2006. May of 2008 rates were raised to what Lyons II
was paying, 8.04/1000
gal to comply with contract signed between districts on March 10,
2008. April of 2009 rates
were again raised in both districts to 9.85/1000gal to accommodate the
engineering phase of
the new wastewater treatment plant. Sanitary II estimates the rates
may change several more
times in the upcoming year based on bid price and final construction
costs of the new plant.
The question of whether C.E.S.D. was being charged the same sewage
treatment rate as
Sanitary II customers was again discussed. Jim Smith had a visual
(attached) that explained the upcoming rate and comparison between the
two districts. The
presentation attempted to show that the same rate was being applied
per each 1000 gallons of
sewage treated for both districts. Jim Smith also presented a pie
chart showing C.E.S.D.
residents that only 33% of their total billing goes to Lyons Sanitary
II for treatment. The
remaining 67% is spent in house to run their own collection system,
repairs. The point was made that although making repairs that reduce I
& I would reduce costs
for C.E.S.D., the cost of treating I & I was already calculated into
the relatively small portion
(33%) that residents pay to Lyons Sanitary II.
6.) PSC Complaint/Official Acceptance of User Rate Methodology –
Lyons Sanitary II attorney
and Kris Gauger, along with 2 board members from C.E.S.D. were present
at the initial
hearing for the PSC complaint. There are no plans to withdraw the
complaint. There was
some discussion about future hearings and possible costs to the
Kevin Brierly spoke from the floor about his desire to see all parties
work together to help Country
Estates homeowners resolve CESD financial problems.
Jimmy Bentivenga addressed the fact that 2 commissioners from CESD had
attended the PSC
hearing without notice that a quorum may be present.
The next joint meeting was scheduled for March 16th at 6:30pm. Brandon
Foss hopes to have heard
something on his application to the DNR by this date. Other issues as
they arise may be scheduled
Jim Shimeck made a motion to adjourn the Special Meeting, at 8:25pm,
seconded by Bill
Henningfield, motion carried.
Karla Hill, Clerk
April 8, 2013 Town Board
March 18, 2013 CESD March Mtg
March 16, 2013 Sanitary District II
March 16, 2013 Sanitary District II
March 11, 2013 Town Board
February 11, 2013 Town Board
February 11, 2013 CESD February Monthly Meeting @ 3:00 p.m.
February 9, 2013 Sanitary District II
February 6, 2013 Plan Commission
February 1, 2013 Sanitary District II