Village of Riverlea Committee on Infrastructure

Meeting minutes

July 6, 2020

The Riverlea Committee on Infrastructure met at 7:00 pm on Monday, July 6st.  The meeting was held on-line via Zoom due to the restrictions on public gatherings.  The meeting was posted and open to the public.  The following people were in attendance:  Marc Benevento (Chair), Dan Schlichting (Council member), Bill Charles (Street Commissioner), Greg Ross (volunteer), and Scott Flores (volunteer).  Eric MacGilvray (Mayor) and Jim Dippel and Josh Ford of Burgess and Niple attended as a guest of the Committee to share updates on infrastructure project work.

Meeting Agenda:

  1. Approval of minutes from the June meeting
  2. Sanitary sewer inspection
  3. Lift station improvement:  progress & next steps
  4. Infrastructure maintenance funding proposal for Council
  5. New Business

The meeting was called to order at 7:02.  The chairperson volunteered to take minutes.

1. Meeting minutes from the June 2020 meeting had been circulated ahead of time and were approved as written.

2.Jim Dippel reported that Flowline would resume sewer inspections in the Village this week. To date, approximately 4 hours of heavy cleaning have been required. It appears that most of the residue that has been removed is gravel that is likely to have entered when manholes were removed during construction.

3.Lift station updates: B&N has not been able to find a contractor willing to perform the cleaning and painting that was recommended.  Multiple contractors have been contacted, but there has been little interest, likely due to the small size of the job.

No progress has been made on identifying options for generator enclosures.  Greg Ross volunteered to assist if Bill requests assistance identifying options.

4.Maintenance funding proposal for Council:  The Committee discussed including scheduled maintenance items in the levy and leaving large, one-         time repairs, such as the potential lift station replacement, out of the infrastructure levy. Regular inspection and cleaning of the storm and sanitary sewers should be included, but one-time repairs, if and when necessary, would be funded from another source.  An infrastructure levy of 1- 2 mills would be adequate to fund the street and sewer maintenance items. The Committee voted and unanimously supported recommending to Council an infrastructure levy of up to 2 mils for long-term inspection and maintenance of the sewers and streets.

5. New business:  no new business was discussed and the meeting was adjourned.