Board of WaterWorks Minutes
July 25, 2017
Greg Volk, President
Michael S. Forbes, Vice President
Kenneth Gembala, Member
Stephen Z. Kil, Town Manager
1. CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. ROLL CALL:
In attendance were Greg Volk, Michal Forbes and Kenneth Gembala. Absent Steve Kil.
3. APPROVE OR AMEND THE MINUTES
Mr. Forbes entertained a motion to approve the June 27, 2017 meeting minutes. Mr. Gembala so moved. Seconded by Mr. Forbes. Mr. Volk abstained. Motion carried.
4. NEW BUSINESS
Presentation by Peerless Midwest and discussion regarding additional production wells and test well sites
Mr. Curtis Kent, Project Manager for Peerless Midwest, presented a summary report of the groundwater exploration in St. John. He stated that the growth of the residential market has occurred rapidly over the last five to ten years in St. John. Because of this growth St.John is under pressure to provide a safe and dependable water supply to facilitate the expansion of the community. The Town’s groundwater supply is presently supplied by four (4) active wells and an emergency back up well.
From 2013 through 2015 the average daily groundwater production from the four St. John wells was 1.56 million gallons per day (MGD). St. John has been purchasing water from the Town of Schererville through a cross connection between the two communities. In the meantime the Town has been exploring the area to install additional wells in order to increase their firm capacity.
To assist with exploration, fracture trace analysis (FTA) of the St. John area have occurred over the years. FTA’s are used to identify optimal drilling locations for new production wells. Of five potential sites only one has been granted preliminary approval by the landowner and IDEM for exploratory drilling. In order to pursue the other four (4) sites you need to get the property owner and IDEM’s approval. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Steve Kil, Town Manager.
5. REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE - Nothing to report.
6. PAYMENT OF BILLS
Mr. Volk entertained a motion to approve the Water Utility bills in the amount of $166,217.44. Seconded by Mr. Forbes. Mr. Gembala so moved. Motion carried.
For record purposes the $93,305.00 was approved at the June 27, 2017 meeting. (See meeting minutes) Peerless #11950.
Mr. Volk entertained a motion to approve the Water District bills in the amount of $17,638.86. Mr. Forbes so moved. Mr. Gembala seconded. Motion carried.
7. PUBLIC COMMENT No public.
Mr. Volk entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Gembala so moved. Mr. Forbes seconded. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.
Kathleen A. Falaschetti