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Water and Sewer Advisory Committee - 3/14/18 minutes
Meeting date:   March 14, 2018   6:00 pm - 6:55 pm

Attendees:  Mick Jarvi, Rob Middlemiss-Brown, Bob and Ann Strykowski, Chuck Bennetts, JT Reno & Eric Smith

Action items: This board is to review Water Ordinance page 3, Article 2, Section 2.1, a,b,c,d and reply back to Rob by April 11 with our interpretation.

                          Next meeting April 18 6:00 pm

Agenda items from February meeting:

- still waiting on spreadsheet from Chris Holmes with estimated costs for major system components (need for Capital Improvement Plan)

- Vacant user issue - need to reply to user letter.  This board is to review Water Ordinance page 3, Article 2, Section 2.1, a,b,c,d and reply back to Rob by April 11 with our interpretation.

New Agenda Items:

Discussion of results from 2017 DEQ UP Water/Sewer Rates Survey.   Sherman Township one of lowest combined rates in Houghton & Keweenaw Counties.   Rob will share the results with the Township Board at next meeting.  Also discussed including the table in next water bill for users.

Cleaning wipe issue has reappeared in septic tanks, worse than ever.  Will include another "do not flush" reminder in next billing statement.   Need to check with Chris Holmes and Tony Burcar as to whether any other nearby systems use this same FAST system, and if remedies for wipes have been implemented.  Chuck discussed that a simple screen should work to catch the wipes.

Well Update - funding has been approved, will go through local bank.  Bids should go out by end of this month.

Multiple Water connections - The Water Ordinance requires a sewer hookup for every water connection.  There is a property in town (2 lots side by side) with 2 water connections and only one sewer connection.  In order to fairly enforce the ordinance, this board recommended that a letter be sent to that owner notifying them of their options:

   1. Disconnect second (barn) connection and run connection to barn from house

    2. Add sewer connection for second water connection
Water Shutoff Map - summer project to add curb stops to the Google Maps Sherman Township Main Shutoffs Map and add notes to indicate type of tool required for each shutoff

Next meeting April 18 6:00 pm
 
 
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