Wednesday September 9, 2020 @ 6:00 P.M.

Town Clerk’s Office


Members Present: Brooks Sturtevant, Marshall Ploof, Mike Lawyer, and Sara Rainville, secretary.


Guests: Dave Bennion & Peter Magnant-Selectboard and John Kiernan & Bill Norland Otter Creek Engineering.


Meeting called to order at 6:03 p.m. by Mike Lawyer. Pledge of allegiance was recited.


Agenda Amendments:

Move Water System Project Update and Alternative/Additional Water Sources to after Pubic Comments. All members in favor.


Public Comment:



Water System Project Update:

John Kiernan & Bill Norland from Otter Creek Engineering were welcomed to the meeting.  Change orders and the timeline of the project contract were discussed.  Mike updated everyone on the current tank levels and the fluctuations that he has been seeing. The board discussed the tank work that still needs to be done; they would like to wait til fall or even spring to have it completed. John reviewed his punch list with the board; John will send the list to the contractor, Ron Desroches.


Alternate/Additional Water Sources:

John introduced Bill who is a hydrogeolist to discuss possible locations and options for additional water sources in Town. The board reviewed the maps that Bill provided, they showed local well information and land/earth formations. Discussion was had on drilling test pits and the need to pump test on local wells at the same time. Further discussion was had on the possible location & depth of a new well, it was suggested that a new well be 300-600’ deep, having it so deep would also allow for additional water storage and not having it in close proximity to the existing spring source. The regulation of emergency/back up sources was discussed versus a whole new water source.  The board asked Bill to investigate the possibility of a source on the Town land behind the Highway garage.  Otter Creek will get a proposal to the board. John & Bill were thanked and exited the meeting.


Approve Minutes:

Motion made by Marshall/Brooks to approve minutes from August 12, 2020; vote taken, all in favor, motion passed.


Treasurer’s Report:

Sara presented the water commissioners with a trial balance report for FY21; checking account balance $128,876.79.


A warrant with supporting invoices totaling $3,619.78 for bills was submitted for review and signatures by the members.


Water Operator:

          -all leaks & repairs that the board is aware of have been fixed.

-hydrant painting-some have been done but not all.

          -bad sample 8/31/20, new samples to be submitted by 9/11/20.

-Jeremy has master maps; Brooks will speak to him about returning them to the Town Clerk’s Office.

-Monthly Operator report needs to be completed by 9/10/20 and submitted to the State; Brooks will speak to Jeremy about stopping into the Town Clerk’s Thursday to complete.


Other Business & Mail:

A local business approached Mike about drilling a well and disconnecting from the Village water system. The board would like Sara to contact VLCT about it and the protocols to follow.


The next monthly Water Department meeting will be on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.


Motion made by Brooks/Marshall to adjourn the meeting by, all in favor, motion passed.  Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.



Sara Rainville

September 10, 2020

These minutes are not official until approved at the Water Commissions next regular meeting.

These minutes were approved on October 14, 2020.