Valley Forge Sewer Authority

Meeting Minutes

April 9, 2018


The Valley Forge Sewer Authority monthly meeting was held on Monday, April 9, 2018, at 7:00 pm.  The following people attended the meeting:  Board members: Norman Vutz, Charles Melle, David Demey, David Greer and William LaPorte. Staff: Leonard Pinchok and Martin Goldberg; Solicitor: James Sargent; Consultant: Ed DiMond.


Lloyd Knauer, Rick Taylor and Dennis Roy, an East Pikeland resident, were also in attendance.


Mr. Melle called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. 


Public Comment

The Board held a moment of silence in honor of Michael Rodgers, a longtime chairperson of the Board, who passed away over the weekend.


Meeting Minutes

The February 2018 meeting minutes were presented.  Mr. Demey made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved the minutes.



Operations Report

Mr. Goldberg reported that the Authority was in compliance with all permit requirements for the month of March and that there were no odor complaints for the month.  He reported that the bio-solids transportation and disposal contract was due to expire and that bids should go out by May 2018.  The staff is currently working with Buchart-Horn on drafting the bidding documents. 


Financial Report

Mr. Pinchok reviewed the financial statements with the Board.  He noted that approval was received from the Board to pay last month’s expenses.  For the February expenses, Mr. Greer made the motion to pay, Mr. Vutz seconded and the Board unanimously approved the payments.  Mr. Pinchok reported that both Fund 10 and Fund 20 were both showing surpluses at this time. He then presented the following March expenses for approval: the Imprest Fund in the amount of $1,002, the credit card expenses in the amount of $2,336 and the A/P Invoices in the amount of $193,301.  Mr. Demey made a motion to pay these expenses.  Mr. Vutz seconded and the Board unanimously approved. 


Mr. Pinchok then presented the regular requisitions in the amount of $57,000 and the Treatment Plant Expansion/Upgrade requisitions in the amount of $77,966 for payment.  Mr. Greer made a motion to pay these expenses.  Mr. Demey seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved.


New Business


Mr. Pinchok reported that the auditors would be at the Authority all week to conduct the 2017 audit. 


He also reported that there had been an employee request for the use of a hand-held metal detector on the Authority property.  The Board instructed the staff that more research would be needed to understand what’s involved before making a decision.


Old Business

East Pikeland Projects

Mr. Goldberg reported that there had been no new activity since the last meeting.


Plant Expansion & Upgrade Project

Mr. Goldberg reported that the litigation/mediation would be discussed in Executive Session following the regular monthly meeting.


VCTS (Valley Creek Trunk Sewer)

Mr. Pinchok reviewed an email from Mr. Goldfield with the Board and stated that there was no additional new activity to report.



Mr. Melle inquired about training for the Board regarding Human Resources issues.


Staff Assignments

  1. Research metal detector issue.


Mr. Melle adjourned the regular monthly meeting at 7:30pm and the Board immediately entered into Executive Session.


Executive Session

The Board entered into Executive Session at 7:35pm. The Board discussed legal matters with council in the Executive Session. The executive session ended at 9:45pm.


The regular board meeting was adjourned at 9:50pm.