Surveillance cameras sought for treatment plant
The New Shoreham Sewer District is looking for a surveillance system to place at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. At the most recent joint meeting with the Water District Committee, held on Monday, Aug. 19, both committees received an update from former police chief Bill McCombe on what equipment might be suitable for the project. McCombe is also co-chair of emergency management for the town.
After hearing from McCombe, the committees unanimously voted to approve spending up to $4,000 for the surveillance equipment. The equipment can be used to track “not just theft or vandalism but also for safety issues,” said McCombe.
The attorney for the Water and Sewer Committees, Blake Filippi, said he would have a draft RFP for the two groups to review by next month’s meeting, which would then be sent to companies with the appropriate experience. Sewer District Committee Chair Pete McNerney said he would like to get the RFPs sent out as soon as possible. “I would have liked this equipment yesterday,” he said.
Filippi also said he would have an updated draft of an RFP to send out to companies that may be interested in managing the small parking lot the Sewer District owns and operates near Harbor Church. The district currently issues passes that are good for one year. Sewer Superintendent Chris Blane told the committee at its last meeting that his department did not have the staff to monitor the site and were looking to outside operators to do so.
Filippi said that he would recommend extending the term of the contract called for in the draft of the RFP (which would be sent to any prospective operator) from one year to as many as three. Filippi also said it was his opinion that the “only way you can make it [the parking lot] profitable is to have hourly parking.”
McNerney reported on the finances for the Sewer District for the month of July. The district earned $269,189 in user fees, up from $232,774 for July of 2012. The budget was projected at $266,408.
“We’re on budget or a little ahead of schedule,” said McNerney.
Water Superintendent John Breunig reported the earnings for his department for July. User fees were $111,339 for July, compared with $106,935 for July of 2012. Expenses for the month were $35,324, representing 5 percent of the budget. Breunig also reported that precipitation for the month was 1.66 inches (up from 1.64 inches last year) and that Sands Pond level was about a little under a foot lower than this time last year.