Reynoldsville Water and Sewer Authority welcomes a new member

The Reynoldsville Water and Sewer Authority met on March 24 and welcomed new member Larry Baun. Baun, who was recently appointed by borough council, completes the five-member board.

In the water authority meeting, Robert Crosby reported that work on the carbon feeder continues. A malfunction with the feeder caused an odor in the water last month. Plans are to move it to a new location. The board deferred approving the money needed for a panelized building to house the feeder until its had a chance to review the plans.

In the sewer authority portion of the meeting. Crosby reported that the sledge press at the plant is off line due to technical issues and the authority is unable to de-water the sludge. Workers have tried different fixes to resolve the problem to no avail. Plans are to repair a sludge line on March 29. If that does not fix the problem, the board approved a motion to bring in a technician from the manufacturer the week of April 20.

Crosby said there’s normally 50,000 gallons of sludge at the plant, but that amount has grown to about 200,000 gallons at this time. When asked if the plant was in violation of any regulations, Crosby responded, “We’re borderline.”

In other action, the board received its first financial report thanks to the work of member Henry Deible, who was absent from the meeting.

“It’s nice to have concise information about where we stand,” board chairman Barry Fillman said.

After the board re-formed earlier this year it faced the problem of a lack of financial reports.

Fillman also said he was working with the Jefferson County Commissioners on applying for a Community Development Block Grant. He said he plans to follow through with the process.

“It’s in the community’s best interests,” he said.

The board also approved a motion to hire a full-time office manager. The authority advertised the position earlier and has received nine applications. An update on the process will be provided at the April work session.

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