Valley Forge Sewer Authority

Meeting Minutes

March 11, 2019

The Valley Forge Sewer Authority monthly meeting was held on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 7:00 pm.  In attendance: Board members: Norman Vutz, Charles Melle, David Greer, David Demey and Samuel Cupp Staff: Leonard Pinchok and Martin Goldberg, Consultant: Ed DiMond


Lloyd Knauer, Rick Taylor, Eric Stoltz and Michael Berish, the plant union steward, were also in attendance.


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


Public Comment

No public comments were made.


Meeting Minutes

The February 2019 meeting minutes were presented.  Mr. Vutz made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Mr. Cupp seconded and the Board unanimously approved.



Operations Report


Mr. Goldberg reported that the Authority was in compliance with all permit requirements for the month of February and there were no odor complaints. 


Mr. Goldberg noted that they have been experiencing issues with the new Centrifuge No. 3  and the lime addition system associated with it.  Union representative Mr. Berish, joined the discussion and added that the employees working in this area have expressed their concern for their health and some have experienced respiratory symptoms. He also added that this problem has existed for many years. Mr. Goldberg indicated that No. 3 Centrifuge has been shut down and will remain so until an evaluation and appropriate action is taken and the air in the working area is determined to be safe for employees. He also indicated that an industrial hygienist is being contracted by the Authority to measure the breathing air quality at the plant under various operating conditions, and also to make recommendations to the Authority on the lime addition system to minimize employee exposure to lime dust. After an extended discussion amongst the union representative, Board, and staff regarding the problem, it was agreed that the Authority would take action to solve this problem and will not restart No. 3 centrifuge until it could be done so safely with all in agreement. The staff will keep the employees and board apprised as to the progress being made.


Financial Report

Mr. Pinchok reviewed the statement of operations and budget to actual summary with the Board.  He reported that both Fund 10 and Fund 20 have surpluses at this time. 

The following expenses were then presented for payment:  the Imprest fund in the amount of $202, the credit card expenses in the amount of $2,623 and the A/P Invoices in the amount of $230,545 and the Petty cash in the amount of $24.  Mr. Melle made a motion to approve these expenses.  Mr. Cupp seconded and the Board unanimously approved. 


The regular requisitions were then presented in the amount of $42,861.  Mr. Demey made a motion to pay these expenses.  Mr. Cupp seconded and the Board unanimously approved. 


New Business

Joint Board Meeting

Mr. Vutz reported that it was an interesting meeting and informed the other Board members that Tredyffrin Township had requested a credit pertaining to Tredyffrin’s participation in the design of the expansion prior to their dropping out of participation in the expansion.  Mr. Pinchok reported that the staff is currently evaluating and will provide the Board with their findings.


The Joint Board reviewed and discussed the reports that calculate excess capacity allocations and the costs associated with them and were in general agreement with what was presented.


Mr. Pinchok also reported that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pertaining to the unallocated capacity associated with the plant expansion will be presented to both the Joint Board and VFSA Board members for their review when the final draft is completed.



Mr. Melle inquired on the committee meeting date options available.  Mr. Pinchok reported the he will provide availability dates to the Board members.  He requested the Board members provide feedback so that he can schedule dates for said meetings.


Old Business

2017 Engineers Report

The Board members did not have any further questions regarding the 2017 engineers report.  Mr. Vutz made a motion to approve the report as presented.  Mr. Demey seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved.


East Pikeland Projects

Mr. Goldberg reported that after the Joint Board Meeting, Kim Moretti, East Pikeland Supervisor, notified the Authority that township approval had now been given to move forward with connecting the Ott property to the VFSA sewer system.

Staff Assignments



Mr. Vutz adjourned the regular monthly meeting at 8:17pm and the Board immediately entered into Executive Session.


Executive Session

The board went into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.  The Executive Session ended at 9:00pm.


The regular meeting adjourned at 9:01pm.