741 Colonel Ledyard Highway  
Ledyard, Connecticut 06339  
TOWN OF LEDYARD  
Water Pollution Control Authority  
Meeting Minutes  
Chairman  
Ed Lynch  
Regular Meeting  
Tuesday, August 22, 2023  
7:00 PM  
Council Chambers - Hybrid  
I.  
CALL TO ORDER  
Chairman Lynch called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.  
II.  
ROLL CALL  
Board Member Monir Tewfik  
Board Member Terry Jones  
Present  
Board Member Stanley Juber  
Board Member Edmond Lynch  
Alternate Member James A. Ball  
Alternate Member Jeremy Norris  
Board Member Sharon Wadecki  
Alternate Member Tony Capon  
Excused  
Jim Ball was present via Zoom.  
Also in attendance:  
Bill Saums, Town Councilor  
Mauricio Duarte, GU General Foreman Water Operations  
III.  
APPOINTMENT OF ALTERNATES  
Jeremy Norris was appointed as a voting member.  
IV.  
V.  
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE  
RESIDENTS & PROPERTY OWNERS COMMENTS  
None present.  
VI.  
1.  
APPROVAL OF MINUTES  
Motion to ACCEPT Regular Meeting Minutes from July 25, 2023, as written.  
APPROVED AND SO DECLARED  
Edmond Lynch  
RESULT:  
MOVER:  
Stanley Juber  
SECONDER:  
6
2
Tewfik Jones Juber Lynch Ball Norris  
Wadecki Capon  
AYE  
EXCUSED  
VII. COMMUNICATIONS AND CORRESPONDENCE  
Operations Report.  
1.  
Groton Utilities reported routine flushing of specific hydrants and blowoffs to lower water age  
in both the Ledyard Center and Gales Ferry systems, in efforts to maintain the lowest THM  
levels possible in both systems. In addition, GU is blending raw water sources to lower THMs  
leaving the water treatment plant. Initially GU planned to blend both Smith Lake and Production  
Well #3 water into the Poquonnock Reservoir intake, but GU was only able to use Smith Lake  
water, due to higher than usual caustic demand to achieve pH target in the finished water. PW#3  
would have increased pH demand even further, which would have been unsustainable.  
Chairman Lynch said there were very few shut offs. Mr. Duarte added that there have been new  
service connections.  
Two meter vaults were pumped.  
DISCUSSED  
RESULT:  
Service Correspondence.  
None.  
2.  
3.  
4.  
5.  
Aged Reports/Finance.  
No comments.  
Year to Date Water/Sewer Report.  
No comments.  
PSR - Steve Banks.  
Steve Banks, WPCA Supervisor reported that the plant is still waiting on the motor starter from  
Smith & Loveless for pump # 2 on new pump station. Installation will begin once the unit is  
received. No delivery date yet. In the meantime, a lot of stress is being put on the remaining  
pump.  
DISCUSSED  
VIII. OLD BUSINESS  
RESULT:  
Ledyard Center Trail and Sewer Line Project status proceeding to a spring construction start  
1.  
continued.  
Nothing to report. Still waiting on the DOT.  
DISCUSSED  
RESULT:  
Cost of Service quote review and discussion.  
2.  
Chairman Lynch reported that the Finance Committee granted a bid waiver to Utility Financial  
Solutions, LLC (UFS) 185 Sunset Meadow Court, Michigan, in the amount of $13,000.00 to  
conduct a Water Services Study regarding Financial Projection, Cost of Services and Rate  
Design. He added that technically a waiver wasn't needed since the total cost is under  
$15,000.00. There was some debate on whether it is considered a bid or a quote. A vote to  
approve the waiver is on the Town Council's agenda for August 23, 2023. Chairman Lynch said  
although a vote from the Finance Committee and/or the Town Council isn't required as a  
courtesy the WPCA should make the Town Council aware of standalone bids or quotes.  
The WPCA would use the Capital account to fund the study.  
Chairman Lynch stated because the Cost-of-Service Study would require a significant time  
commitment from the Town’s Finance Department it was decided to push the Study into  
September as to avoid impact to the Town's Annual audit work.  
DISCUSSED  
RESULT:  
Rules and Regulation review and possible changes continued.  
Mr. Jones suggested a couple of editorial corrections:  
3.  
Item #2 - change to: "and the leak is outside the sewer system, such as an outside faucet, then the  
Commissioners may waive the sewer cost".  
Item #4, a - change to add: "(if requested by the customer)" after "meter has been checked".  
Mr. Duarte commented that usually when a customer has a high bill the first thing they do is  
request a meter check.  
Chairman Lynch asked the Authority where the policy should be placed. The Authority decided  
that it should be in the handbook. Tina Daniels, GU Customer Service General Manager  
volunteered to incorporate the changes into the handbook.  
The WPCA Commissioners voted to approve the new incorporate revision 01A, including Mr.  
Jones suggestions.  
Motion to APPROVE the WPCA Relief Policy including revision 01A.  
APPROVED AND SO DECLARED  
Edmond Lynch  
RESULT:  
MOVER:  
Stanley Juber  
SECONDER:  
6
2
Tewfik Jones Juber Lynch Ball Norris  
Wadecki Capon  
AYE  
EXCUSED  
Inspection of the Holmberg Tank quote.  
4.  
Discussion and possible vote to approve and award a contract to one of the companies who  
submitted a quote for inspection of the Holmberg tank.  
Chairman Lynch asked if any additional quotes for the Holmberg tank were received. Mr. Duarte  
said he has received one and is expecting a second one within a day.  
DISCUSSED  
RESULT:  
Any Other Old Business to come before the Authority.  
None.  
5.  
IX.  
1.  
NEW BUSINESS  
Motion to ACCEPT Utility Financial Solutions’ proposal to provide water cost of service for  
Ledyard WPCA on behalf of Groton Utilities at a cost of $13,000.00.  
*Tabled from the August 22, 2023, meeting.  
TABLED  
RESULT:  
Any Other New Business to come before the Authority.  
None.  
2.  
X.  
ADJOURNMENT  
Motion to ADJOURN the Regular Meeting at 7:46 p.m.  
APPROVED AND SO DECLARED  
Edmond Lynch  
RESULT:  
MOVER:  
Stanley Juber  
SECONDER:  
6
2
Tewfik Jones Juber Lynch Ball Norris  
Wadecki Capon  
AYE  
EXCUSED  
DISCLAIMER: Although we try to be timely and accurate these are not official records of the  
Town.