Town Meeting

March 28, 2008 at 11:33 am | Posted in Emmitsburg | Leave a comment

Minutes
Town Meeting
Emmitsburg Town Office
January 7, 2008

Present:  Mayor James Hoover; Commissioners Clifford Sweeney, Glenn Blanchard, Joyce Rosensteel, and Denise Etris. Also present were Donna DesPres and Dave Haller, Town Manager.

Absent:  Christopher Staiger with prior notice

Call to Order  In the absence of Board President Christopher Staiger, Glenn Blanchard was appointed President pro tempore.  The January 7, 2008 Town Meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

The Minutes of the December 17 Town Meeting were before the Council for approval. In order to clarify a motion, the Mayor requested that these be resubmitted for approval at the January 23 meeting. Unanimous consent.

Commissioner Comments

The Commissioners highlighted their attendance at recent events to include the Vigilant Hose Company annual dinner.  Thanks were given to the fire company and to the Emmitsburg Dispatch for the article on Frank Carter.

Administrative Business

Recent break-ins were mentioned and Mayor Hoover added that he had met with the Sheriff’s department a month ago regarding minor thefts.

Reports:

Treasurer’s Report – Commissioner Joyce Rosensteel. See attached report, Exhibit A.

Committee reports – Commissioner Blanchard reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission continue progress on the comp plan and that Mr. Haller is scheduled to make a presentation at the next meeting. Commissioner Clifford Sweeney reported that no one attended the Streets Committee meeting, members are seriously needed.

Agenda Items

MSM – Power Partnership

Brooke Donovan, assistant director of campus activities, described to the Board and audience the upcoming free (canned-good donation requested) 6 events offered in “bringing the community together through culture and fun”. This is a joint effort to recognize

Community needs: building partnership, personal conversation, group investment.

The Mayor commended Mt. St. Mary’s in their concern to provide opportunities for community events bringing the Mount and Town together. He stated that the Mount is a tremendous resource for the community and hopes to make this an annual event plus there will be coordination of additional projects.

Pay Scale Review

Mayor Hoover proposed a change in the pay scale to add a grade 12 for town manager. Upon survey and review of area towns with similar population and number of personnel, he proposed a base step beginning salary of 63,700 with a maximum step 12 salary of $80,764.

He explained that when the pay scale was introduced in 1999, the town manager position was seen as an executive position and left out of the scale being subject to Board action for salary change. He stated that this provides the position itself as subject to the same criteria as the balance of the staff and that it’s an important position to the town to protect. Commissioner discussion supported this action as fair and equitable.

Motion: To approve adding a grade 12 to the salary structure as presented by the Mayor.
Motion by Commissioner Rosensteel, second by Commissioner Etris

Vote:
4-0 in favor

Motion: To approve a rating of grade 12, step 8 for the current town manager effective July 1, 2008.
Motion by Commissioner Sweeney, second by Commissioner Rosensteel

Vote:
4-0 in favor

Hr Consultant Contract Review

In follow-up to the trial 90-day acceptance of the human resources consultant contract approved by the Board, Mayor Hoover asked for continuation of the contract. He and Town Clerk Donna DesPres outlined accomplishments of the consultant during this 90 day period.

Motion: To continue the Human Resources contract with Krauer Consulting
Motion by Commissioner Rosensteel, second by Commissioner Sweeney

Vote:
4-0 in favor

Set Agenda Items for next Meeting

  • Planner appointment
  • Water management update
  • FY 2007 audit presentation

Upon request by Commissioner Sweeney, Mr. Haller updated the Board that water consumption is now coming into line with normal consumption, that it has dropped to within 4000 gpd of the same time last year which equals 16 taps which happens to be the amount of houses built since last year. Also, the lake is now only 2 feet below the spillway, wells are down an average of only 2 feet per shaft and that the aquifers are recharging as winter is a time for regeneration.

Public Comments – none

Adjournment With no further Business, the January 7, 2008 Town Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Date Approved: January 23, 2008


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December Managers Reprot

February 2, 2008 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Emmitsburg, Hold that line!, Laying it the line ;-), One-liner | 1 Comment

Town Manager’s ReportDecember  2007

Prepared by David Haller

Streets:

  • Staff  plowed snow and treated streets

  • Staff has repaired a number of street lights

  • Staff inspected all street lights on Ramblewood Drive

Water:

  • Rainbow Lake is now 2.0 feet below the spillway and our five wells appear to be recovering

  • The roughing filters are now being backwashed three times per day and the DE filters are being done once per week

  • The existing water use restrictions which prohibit all outdoor water use are showing showing some results, daily consumption has dropped over the last two months

  • Water production and consumption.  We produced and purchased an average of 342,790 gpd.  We consumed an average of 295,877 gpd (up 21,809 gpd or 87 taps over November 2007)  

    • The difference is “Backwash Water” …(13.7%).   We purchased 515,800 gals. of water from MSM this month.

    • 52.7%      of this water came from wells 

    •  4.8%      of this water came from Mt. St. Mary’s

    • 42.5%      of this water came from Rainbow Lake 

Wastewater:

  • Staff shut-down the overland treatment system in mid December for the season

  • We received about 5.1 inches of precipitation this month (the average is 3.3 inches)

    • We have a deficit of 2.3″ of  precipitation over the last six months.  The average precipitation for the period from July 1 thru  December 31 is 22.1″ and we have received 19.8″ for that period. 

  • Wastewater Treatment:

    • We treated an average of 682,000 gpd (consumed 295,877 gpd) which means that 43.4% of the wastewater treated this month was “wild water”.   

    • We experienced no spills of untreated sewerage during the month of December

    • We exceeded the plant’s design capacity seven days during the month of December

    12/2        935,000 gpd    12/9  892,000 gpd    12/15  1,285.000 gpd             

    12/16   2,169,000 gpd    12/17 860,000 gpd   12/30   1,183,000 gpd

    12/31   1,062,000 gpd      

Trash: 

  • Trash pickup will remain Monday and Thursday for the Month of January, 2008

Parks:

  • Staff made all standard checks and emptied trash cans

  • Staff supervised the installation of the concrete slab for the new pavilion at the swimming pool

Meetings Attended:

  • 12/04 meeting with the Town’s After School Program staff to review and discuss program operations

  • 12/05 meeting with Mayor Hoover, Commissioner Blanchard and Chris Jakubiak to review and discuss the Planning Commission’s Comp Plan update efforts and needs

  • 12/14 meeting Frederick County Planning Staff to review new water allocation plan requirements

  • 12/19 meeting with land owner to discuss his commercial subdivision and related issues

  • 12/20 met with staff and design engineers to review East Lincoln Ave. water and sanitary sewer rehab project

 

Emmitsburg November Managers report

December 24, 2007 at 4:01 pm | Posted in Emmitsburg | Leave a comment

Report:

Town Manager’s ReportNovember  2007

Prepared by David Haller

Streets:

  • Staff  installed swags on Main St. and decorated the town square for Christmas

  • Staff has repaired a number of street lights

  • Staff painted yellow curbs & striped a number of streets

  • Staff installed crusher run along the edges of Bunker Hill Drive’s new paving

  • Staff installed and decorated the Town Christmas tree

Water:

  • Rainbow Lake is now 3.1 feet below the spillway (down 0.4 feet from last month)  and our five wells have dropped a total of thirty-nine (39) feet – an average of 7.8 feet each (which is up 4.4 feet from last month) from July 23, 2007 until December 10, 2007

  • The roughing filters are now being backwashed three times per day and the DE filters are being done once per week

  • The recently instituted water use restrictions which prohibit all outdoor water use are starting to show some results, daily consumption has dropped by 44,372 gpd over the last two months

  • Water production and consumption.  We produced and purchased an average of 3346,068.  We consumed an average of 274,068 gpd (down 2,049 gpd)  

    • The difference is “Backwash Water” …(20.8%).   We purchased 736,400 gals. of water from MSM this month.

    • 49.9%      of this water came from wells 

    •   7.1%      of this water came from Mt. St. Mary’s

    • 43.0%      of this water came from Rainbow Lake 

Wastewater:

  • We have experienced another sewer back-up at MH-94 in Emmit Gardens, this back-up was again due to a grease buildup in that sewer main.  Staff hopes to bring you a draft ordinance which will address our grease trap problem within the next three months

  • We received about 2.6 inches of precipitation this month (the average is 3.8 inches)

    • We have a deficit of 6.2″ of  precipitation over the last six months.  The average precipitation for the period from June 1 thru  November 30 is 23.1″ and we have received 16.9″ for that period. 

  • Wastewater Treatment:

    • We treated an average of 352,000 gpd (consumed 278,068 gpd) which means that 0.0% of the wastewater treated this month was “wild water”.   

    • We experienced no spills of untreated sewerage during the month of November

    • We exceeded the plant’s design capacity one day during the month of November

Trash: 

  • Trash pickup will remain Monday and Thursday for the Month of December, 2007

Parks:

  • Staff installed a new picnic table and grill in Community Park

  • Staff supervised the installation of additional new fencing at the Little League field in Memorial Park

  • Staff performed some additional repairs at the swimming pool

  • Staff removed a picnic table from the swimming pool which was thrown into the pool by vandals

Meetings Attended:

  • 11/05 with a citizen related to meetings with developers and park benches

  • 11/05 with CASS to discuss transportation needs in our community

  • 11/06 meeting with MSM to discuss our water contract

  • 11/07 Emergency Management task force meeting

  • 11/08 meeting with MSM and PNC Bank to discuss and review possible bonding issue

  • 11/09 MDE water & sewer rate setting seminar

  • 11/13 meeting with property owner to discuss possible land uses and regulations

  • 11/14 meeting with DNR to discuss and review reforestation requirements related projects

  • 11/20 budget and audit review meeting

  • 11/29 meeting with After-School Program staff to review program needs and operation

  • 11/29 MML legislative update and dinner meeting

 

 

List of prior months’ Town Manager’s reports

 


 

Emmitsburg Town Manager May 2007 Report

July 1, 2007 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Emmitsburg, Hold that line!, Laying it the line ;-), Lineup, One-liner, water line | Leave a comment

Here is the May 2007 Town Managers Report.Town Manager’s ReportMay 2007Prepared by David HallerStreets:Staff installed the ‘welcome to Emmitsburg’ signsStaff has repaired a number of street lightsStaff installed speed bumps on Lincoln Avenue and North AvenueStaff coordinated several street paving projectsStaff repaired and cold patched a few sidewalks on Main StreetWater:Rainbow Lake is maintaining at the spillway and all wells are holding up wellThe roughing filters are now being backwashed twice everyday and the DE filters are being done once every weekStaff has recently flushed the raw line from Rainbow Lake to the Water Treatment PlantWater production and consumption. We produced and purchased an average of 336,537 gpd. We consumed an average of 303,816 gpd.The difference is “Backwash Water” …(9.7%). We purchased 240,800 gals. of water from MSM this month.48.2% of this water came from wells0.2.4% of this water came from Mt. St. Mary’s49.4% of this water came from Rainbow LakeWastewater:Mason Dixon Farms has started pumping and aerator maintenance has been performed on Lagoon No. 3We received about 1.4 inches of precipitation this month (the average is 4,5 inches)We have a deficit of 3.7″ of precipitation over the last six months. The average precipitation for the period from December 1 thru May 31 is 22.2″ and we have received 18.5″ for that period.There was an error in last month’s precipitation computation which indicated that we had exceeded the six month average by 3.5% when we exceeded by only 0.8″. It is also important to know that this six month average does not include Nov. 2006, a month in which we exceeded the monthly average precipitation by 1.4″Wastewater Treatment:We treated an average of 286,000 gpd (consumed 303,816 gpd) which means that 0.0% of the wastewater treated this month was “wild water”. This also indicat4es that approximately 67% of the 26,424 gpd increase in consumption this month went to outdoor useWe experienced no spills of untreated sewerage during the month of MayWe did not exceed the plant’s design capacity during the month of MayTrash:Trash pickup will remain Monday and Thursday for the Month of June, 2007Parks:Staff worked on the ball fields in Memorial ParkStaff coordinated and worked with S&W Construction on the replacement of the roofs on the Bathrooms and pavilion in Memorial ParkStaff coordinated the pouring of the concrete for the new bandstand in Community ParkStaff did some painting at the Community swimming poolMeetings Attended:05/05 With Hess Enterprises related to possible rezoning request at hotel site05/07 With sewer plant design engineers related to possible treatment methods05/09 With staff to review water capacity numbers05/10 With Dan Reaver related to his proposed commercial subdivision05/15 With Planning consultant to create water capacity section of Comp Plan update05/16 Water & Sewer Master Plan seminar-Hagerstown05/17 With Mayor and Representatives of MSM to discuss growth limits delineation05/24 Municipal/BOCC Water & Sewer Master Plan update05/24 MML POS funding meeting (Got $70,000 of POS money

Emmitsburg Budget FY-06-07-08

June 21, 2007 at 5:48 am | Posted in Emmitsburg, Hold that line!, Laying it the line ;-) | Leave a comment

This email that follows was sent to Emmitsburg Commissioners and to Newspaper Reporters January 3rd, 2007. The Audit report March 19th 2007, for the FY ending June 30, 2006 had a surplus of over $100,000 which went into this years 07 budget as “found money” which the Town Govt. could spend at will without having to do budget transfers or Commissioner oversight.
That $100,000 plus unspent money amounted to almost a 7 cent surplus in the property tax rate of 36 cents as each 1 cent amounted to about $14,000 revenue in FY 2006. Or the town could have operated on 29 cents tax rate to have provided the services that they did supply.

In the Budget Message for FY 2008 there is no estimate of the amount of unspent surplus factored into the 08 budget.

Now each of the past 3 fiscal years there has been an increase in the sum of money that town residents pay for the priviledge of living in Emmitsburg. A 13 cent increase for the Emergency Service Fund, a 3 cent increase FY 2007 (via the increase of 3 cents over the constant yield rate) and the proposed FY 2008 3 cent increase (via the increase of 3 cents over the constant yield rate) Meaning the town gets more total money with out raising the tax rate.
Yet my propery tax bill for Emmitsburg rental properties is larger each and every year which means every one in town including low income residents (which we are trying to help afford a home) pays more rent which is driving long term residents out of town or even out of state.

It borders on the obscene that the Town of Emmitsburg cannot , in light of tremendous FY 2006 and Fy 2007 surplus, cannot operate on the same amount of money raised by the property tax each year. With huge surplus’s left over at the end of each FY the tax money extracted could actually be decreased to help keep citizens able to afford to live in Emmitsburg.
As the town keeps receiving more revenue , the “Affordable Housing” initative is further damaged. Rental property investors have to receive a reasonable return on their equity and they are in competition with other areas as to affordable housing so they may have to sell out and relocate or not even enter the Emmitsburg market in the first place if they cannot raise the rent to cover each increase in the tax bill on a given rental property.

Now I respectfully ask the Town Staff to tighten up on spending. The residents of the town have to adjust to changing income cash flow, so should the Town as it is not a god given right that tax revenue must go up just because Staff says it is so.
The town spends money like a drunken sailor. A christmas party which no one needs, a $25,000 playground that no one uses, no bid contracts which enriches the contractor, free water and sewer for emergency services, forgiveness for building fees, mowing the grass too often, donating to charity’s, etc. Its easy to tighten up if, if the commissioners have the fortitude to cut and slash and readjust.

From: ojmartin@gmail.com
Subject: Emmitsburg Budgets 2006, 2007, 2008
Date: January 3, 2007 7:13:11 AM EST
To: hooverje@msn.com, cvstaiger@verizon.net
Cc: richard_fulton@emmitsburgspirit.com, imjmezo@yahoo.com, jrada@thedispatch.us

The accountants report is now available for the Emmitsburg FY 2006 budget year that ended June 30, 2006.

Now (early 2007) is a good time to get the numbers from the accountant as to the amount of

surplus from FY2006 in the General Fund and the Enterprise Fund.

She should make a report in public as she did last year. What recommendations will she make about the budget process?

These funds must be separately broken out to see how much carryover funds are available this year (FY2007) to add to the rainy day funds for the two major accounts (General fund and Enterprise fund) or what ever is decided on how to spend the funds.

As part of the budget process there should be an estimate made as to the surplus projected in the budget on June 30 2007 so that can be incorporated in the 2008 budget.

Also the preliminary deliberations for budget for 2008 which starts July 1. 2007 is to be announced in a January 2007 meeting by the Mayor and Staff per request by council at a previous meeting.

PS; The City of Frederick has their report already available (by the same accounting firm as Emmitsburg) and they had a $3M surplus for last fiscal year which they placed in their “rainy day fund”

Google Reader catches “Emmitburg” in Cleveland Plain Dealer

June 4, 2007 at 7:51 am | Posted in borderlines, Emmitsburg, Laying it the line ;-), One-liner, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As a further example of using RSS feeds in reader.google.com here is a story that just came in from a subscription on the word “emmitsburg”

“Floyd Lee encouraged youngsters by telling them about his growing up in a poor family and working his way out of poverty through education.

“It all began in Emmitsburg, Md., in a segregated Catholic school,” Lee wrote in a printed program celebrating his retirement in 1995. “There were 12 black students from first to eighth grade in the same classroom.”

He and his five siblings were raised by their mother and maternal grandfather on a farm in Emmitsburg. Lee’s father was absent for the most part, wandering in and out of their lives.

The kids walked along the railroad tracks, looking for pieces of coal to heat their home. They often ate meals at a Sisters of Charity convent.”
For the whole story go to link:

How to use Google Reader

June 4, 2007 at 6:25 am | Posted in Emmitsburg, Frederick, Laying it the line ;-), Mac Hints | Leave a comment

Did you know that its possible to track over 600 websites for new information by simply signing up for a free google account with google
reader.google.com? If you already have a google account such as mail.google.com or any other google service you are ready to go as one google signup is all you need for all google services.

http://www.google.com/reader/view/

Google Reader is by far the biggest and fastest growing RSS subscription service.

If you have broadband, here is a link to a site that has a video of Robert Scoble using google reader to monitor over 600 web sites for new information and the video will help you understand what its all about.

Link: http://www.idratherbewriting.com/2007/06/04/scoble-video-tracking-rss-feeds/

Did you know that the Frederick County Govt website has an RSS subscription service?

Did you know the News Post has RSS for their forums and for all their news stories?

Did you know you can read the FNP before it hits your doorstep by using RSS feeds (subscriptions) on their site? And its free and without advertisements!

Did you know that you can make your own RSS subscription by using Google news and search for a word or phrase that you are interested in.

For example you could put the words “kai hagen” or “Jan gardner” in google news ( just an example Kai 😉
Go to http://news.google.com/ and type the words kai hagen,
click “search news” and then right click on “RSS” on the lower left side of the page and choose “copy link” and add (paste) that resulting link to google reader subscription box. Click on the word “add”. Every new hit on the phrase “kai hagen” or “jan gardner” would be delivered to you automatically in reader without going to google to search.

Below is the resulting “kai hagen” RSS feed to subscribe to in google reader: On the google reader page, just click “add subscription” and then copy and paste the link below in the subscription box, click on “add” and you have your first subscription!!

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=kai+hagen&ie=UTF-8&output=rss

I use the words Thurmont, Emmitsburg, Taneytown, Gettysburg, Brunswick, Frederick city, Frederick county, as news terms in Google News and copy and paste the resulting RSS link into google reader subscription box and I get a “river of news” about all mentions of those towns anywhere in the world!

The best use of google reader personally is using the RSS feeds of blogs (weB logs) to monitor for new posts (articles) on that blog without having to go to that blog site each time I want to check. The blog is checked automatically for me.
Here is an example of a blog to monitor

http://frederickmarylandonline.com/

Google Reader just try it! Its easy.

For more information my email contactify account is:

http://contactify.com/10012

Why I Blog

June 3, 2007 at 6:03 am | Posted in Emmitsburg, Laying it the line ;-), Lineup, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

One of the most prolific bloggers is The Anchoress. Here’s a take on why she blogs:
quote:

My blog is my little world of freedom in which I indulge my own leanings. On my blog I blog about the things that interest me at the particular moment that I am sitting down and writing – whatever grabs my passion, so to speak – and when I write, I hope it is interesting to others as well, but I am writing for myself. I never allow others to dictate to me what I will write, or when. When people ask me why I’m not writing about this scandal or that headline-grabbing bit, or the latest missing blonde girl getting saturation coverage on FOX, the answer is always the same – I write what interests me. Unquote.

Here is an example of Ann Althouse. She blogs a several times a day about what interests her at that particular time. See here

Rick Lee blogs about his photography, usually one or a few pictures of what he did or has done. Rick Lee of “On Location with Rick Lee” has Thursday night as “Because Thursday is Grocery Night” with closeup pictures of vegetables.
My google trends indicate I read Robert Scoble more than any other blog. He writes about the internet and does a video interview for online viewing with movers and shakers and startups on the internet.

Look at my blogroll for other bloggers who I read regularly. My categories gives a hint at the topics I cover.

I blog Sunday Morning Hymn, Apple Inc, Emmitburg water lines, Emmitsburg Govt and what ever else 😉 that interests me. I may be on three blogrolls and 10 readers a day but the idea is to make, what was originally a two word description of a blog, weBlog or blog for short, a diary of random thoughts either private or public.

Drought here drought there, drought everywhere

June 1, 2007 at 11:32 am | Posted in borderlines, Emmitsburg, Laying it the line ;-), One-liner, water line | Leave a comment

Here is the latest compilation of water shortage related links.

y water restrictions – Wilmington Morning Star
– New Hanover issues mandatory water restrictionsWilmington Morning Star, NC – 3 hours agoCounty officials said that if the new measures don’t result in a 20 percent reduction in water usage, further re
7:13 PM
Google Search: water restrictions
Northeast Water Restrictions to be Re-Evaluated – WLTX.com
– Northeast Water Restrictions to be Re-EvaluatedWLTX.com, SC – 2 hours ago(Columbia) – Columbia Mayor Bob Coble said he’ll meet with city officials Friday to determine whether current Northeast wat
5:50 PM
Google Search: water drought
Drought could pose problems for TVA reservoir system – WATE.com
– Drought could pose problems for TVA reservoir systemWATE.com, TN – 16 minutes agoIn the midst of the current drought, it’s time to start letting that water back out. Although Cherokee and Douglas
5:11 PM
water sewer rates
Water, sewer rates on the rise – Lititz Record Express
– Water, sewer rates on the riseLititz Record Express, PA – 1 hour agoHe wanted to stress to the community that Lititz holds the distinction of having some of the lowest water and sewer rates in the co
4:55 PM
“water saving”
Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot Water – Infolink Architecture & Building
– Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot WaterInfolink Architecture & Building, Australia – 11 hours ago… of electricity and water, as well as blackouts, are expected to drive Australi
4:12 PM
Google Search: water restrictions
New Hanover issues mandatory water restrictions – Wilmington Morning Star
– New Hanover issues mandatory water restrictionsWilmington Morning Star, NC – 7 minutes agoCounty officials said that if the new measures don’t result in a 20 percent reduction in water usage, further
2:50 PM
Google Search: water drought
Phoenix Avoids Drastic Drought Steps – KTAR.com
– Phoenix Avoids Drastic Drought StepsKTAR.com, AZ – 20 minutes agoPhoenix-area water providers have long avoided mixing drought and conservation messages, insisting their water supplies offer ample pro
2:11 PM
water sewer rates
Sims lauds County Council for adopting stable sewer rate and fees … – King County (press release)
– Sims lauds County Council for adopting stable sewer rate and fees …King County (press release), WA – May 30, 2007″I appreciate Executive Sims’ leadership finding ways to keep rates stable w
1:55 PM
“water saving”
BRRI water saving technology can save Tk 3.0b annually – Financial Express.bd
– BRRI water saving technology can save Tk 3.0b annuallyFinancial Express.bd, Bangladesh – 4 hours agoWater saving technology developed by the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) can save Tk 3.0 b
1:55 PM
“water saving”
Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot Water – Infolink Architecture & Building
– Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot WaterInfolink Architecture & Building, Australia – 8 hours ago… of electricity and water, as well as blackouts, are expected to drive Australia
1:12 PM
Google Search: water restrictions
Water restrictions set – Main Street Newspapers
– 13wmazWater restrictions setMain Street Newspapers, GA – 8 hours agoLevel 1 stipulates odd-even outdoor watering restrictions; Level 2 further restricts the hours during which outdoor watering is perm
12:24 PM
Google Search: water rates drought saving
Charges over 140 litres – Courier Mail
– Charges over 140 litresCourier Mail, Australia – 8 hours ago”The drought has meant that we have to do it because we have to deliver all these important water supply projects.” For all users,
11:50 AM
Google Search: water drought
Drought dangers – Jacksonville News
– Jacksonville NewsDrought dangersJacksonville News, AL – 7 hours agoThe drought is causing concern at the Calhoun County Water Authority. Water flow from the Webster’s Chapel spring is nearly cut in ha
11:50 AM
Google Search: water drought
South Florida battles 18-month drought – York Dispatch
– South Florida battles 18-month droughtYork Dispatch, PA – 10 hours ago”We can make drought-tolerant and water-efficient plants, and we can put the right plants in the right place, but we have yet
11:50 AM
Google Search: water drought
Plants gasping for water – Cincinnati Enquirer
– News & ObserverPlants gasping for waterCincinnati Enquirer, OH – 8 hours agoAll of Kentucky is in either mild or moderate drought, according to the University of Kentucky Agricultural Weather Cent
10:55 AM
“water saving”
Going Green: Eco-friendly a flush away at GCS – Gaylord Herald Times
– Going Green: Eco-friendly a flush away at GCSGaylord Herald Times, MI – 7 hours agoGAYLORD — The sound of going green at Gaylord High School is the sound of silence — as in environmentally friendly, w
10:12 AM
Google Search: water restrictions
Cary Enforces Water Restrictions – abc11tv.com
– WRAL.comCary Enforces Water Restrictionsabc11tv.com, NC – 10 hours agoTown officials say people aren’t following mandatory year round water restrictions and officials may be forced to take further
8:50 AM
Google Search: water drought
South Florida battles 18-month drought – York Dispatch
– South Florida battles 18-month droughtYork Dispatch, PA – 1 hour ago”We can make drought-tolerant and water-efficient plants, and we can put the right plants in the right place, but we have yet t
8:50 AM
Google Search: water drought
Go against instincts, water less, don’t fertilize lawns – Gwinnett Daily Post
– Go against instincts, water less, don’t fertilize lawnsGwinnett Daily Post, GA – 1 hour agoAlthough Georgia summers are notoriously dry and unforgiving, it’s been years since Sam Thompson has
8:50 AM
Google Search: water drought
Be careful watering during drought – Macon Telegraph
– Be careful watering during droughtMacon Telegraph, GA – 5 hours agoRemember that drought tolerant grasses survive dry weather by turning brown and going dormant. If you cannot water the lawn regularly
8:11 AM
water sewer rates
Water rates up 10.2% in initial budget – Port Huron Times Herald
– Water rates up 10.2% in initial budgetPort Huron Times Herald, MI – 10 hours agoEarlier this year, a consulting firm said Port Huron would need to raise water and sewer rates by 106% in the next five
7:55 AM
“water saving”
Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot Water – Infolink Architecture & Building
– Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot WaterInfolink Architecture & Building, Australia – 5 hours ago… of electricity and water, as well as blackouts, are expected to drive Australia
7:55 AM
“water saving”
Giant borers ready for duty – Courier Mail
– Courier MailGiant borers ready for dutyCourier Mail, Australia – 6 hours agoThey said 80000 households had bought 107600 water-saving products – rainwater tanks, dual-flush toilets, front-loading wash
7:12 AM
Google Search: water restrictions
Plano backs off plans to soften water restrictions – Dallas Morning News (subscription)
– Plano backs off plans to soften water restrictionsDallas Morning News (subscription), TX – 15 hours agoDistrict officials have said they don’t want to relax water restrictions until Chapman fills
5:50 AM
Google Search: water drought
Arizona water providers’ drought plans vary – AZ Central.com
– AZFamily (subscription)Arizona water providers’ drought plans varyAZ Central.com, AZ – 13 hours agoJanet Napolitano’s Drought Task Force included in its recommendations a requirement that Ariz
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Google Search: water drought
Drought leaves a bad taste – Sarasota Herald-Tribune
– Drought leaves a bad tasteSarasota Herald-Tribune, FL – 12 hours agoA 16-month drought has left resources at such low levels that utilities in Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota counties are pulling wate
5:50 AM
Google Search: water drought
Drought raises concern over possible water restrictions – News 14 Carolina
– News 14 CarolinaDrought raises concern over possible water restrictionsNews 14 Carolina, NC – 20 hours agoUnion, Johnston, and Mecklenburg counties are all under mandatory water restrictions as a resu
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Emmitsburg Town Managers Report April 2007 Commentary

May 26, 2007 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Emmitsburg, Laying it the line ;-), water line | Leave a comment

NOTE: Comments and questions are in italics.

Town Manager’s Report
April 2007

Prepared by David Haller

Streets:

Staff repaired a number of street and stop signs

Staff has repaired a number of street lights

Staff installed a new bulletin board at 22 East Main Street

Staff cleaned East and West Main Street

Staff cold patched a few streets and pot holes

The Manager should elaborate where these actions were taken or what was accomplished.

Water:

The meters at the water treatment plant were calibrated and they checked-out fine and were accurate. Where is the data to support this? Where is the report and who did it and how much did it cost?

The roughing filters are now being backwashed twice everyday and the DE filters are being done once every week What is being done to reduce the amount of backwash water wasted?

The 500,000 gal. water storage tank was just inspected and is in good shape

Water production and consumption. We produced and purchased an average of 297,806 gpd. We consumed an average of 277,392 gpd.

The difference is “Backwash Water” …(6.9%). We purchased 38,000 gals. of water from MSM this month.

47.27 of this water came from wells

0.425% of this water came from Mt. St. Mary’s

52.303% of this water came from Rainbow Lake

Does well water get filtered by the DE filters? If no; then only 150,000 gallons are causing the waste of 20,000 gallons per day for backwash. Or about 12 per cent of all water produced is wasted on backwash.

Wastewater:

The flow meters at the pumping station and the wastewater treatment plant have been calibrated. Who says and where is the report.

We received about 3.8 inches of precipitation this month (the average is 3.8 inches)

We have exceeded the average precipitation by 3.5″ over the last six months. The average precipitation for the period from November 1 thru April 30 is 21.5″ and we have received 25.0″ for that period

Wastewater Treatment:

We treated an average of 544,000 gpd (consumed 277,392 gpd) which means that 49.0% of the wastewater treated this month was “wild water”
Not true; all 277,000 gallons does not go to the sewer plant due to water leakage of 20%

We experienced no spills of untreated sewerage during the month of April

We exceeded the plant’s design capacity on three days in the Month of April

04/14 934,000 gal.; 04/15 3,289,000 gal.; 04/16 1,053,000 gal;

Trash:

Trash pickup will remain Monday and Thursday for the Month of May, 2007, with the exception of Monday, May 28, 2007

Parks:

Staff worked on the ball fields in Community Park

Staff made standard checks of all parks —trash cans, bathrooms, etc.

Staff worked on the horseshoe pits in all parks

Staff did some painting on the pavilion in Community Park

Meetings Attended:

04/04 Budget meeting with the Mayor

04/05 South Seton Ave. project progress meeting

04/16 Staff Budget meeting

04/16 Meeting with MSM staff to answer some planning issues

04/20 FY2008 Budget meeting

04/23 Meeting with Sheriff and SHA – Commercial traffic

04/30 FY2008 Budget Meetin

Where is the summary of the meetings?

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