Minutes of the March 12, 2019 - Special Session3/12/2019



The Council of the Town of Wolcott met Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 5:45pm in the Community Room of the Wolcott Town Hall for a Special Session primarily to discuss the probable need for wastewater improvements in coordination with White County. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Special Session, which was advertised to begin at 5:30 pm, did not convene until 5:45 pm.


Council President Michael J. Johnson opened the Special Session by asking all present to join in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. 


Council Members Present 

Council President Michael J. Johnson, Council Members Patrick M. Powell and Stephen B. Schemerhorn. 


Council Members Absent  

Council Members Fred A. Young and Richard A. Lynn 


In attendance were: Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt, Town Marshal James M. Herre, Water & Street Supt. Robert G. Thomas and Wastewater & Stormwater Supt. Chad W. Reynolds. Also present were: White County Commissioners John Heimlich, President, and Steve Burton, White County Economic Development Executive Director Randy Mitchell, Robert Bellucci of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., Jon and Karen Evans and Janelle Hofstetter.


Council President Michael J. Johnson thanked Mr. Heimlich, Mr. Burton and Mr. Mitchell for attending this Special Session.


Robert Bellucci of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. explained the proposed wastewater plant improvement through a power point presentation.  Mr. Bellucci stated that Commonwealth Engineers Inc. prepared a Utility Master Plan in 2015 for the Town of Wolcott, which recommended expansion of the wastewater treatment plant to provide a dedicated capacity of 200,000 gallons per day for the Mid America Commerce Plant; the total design capacity was 400,000 gallons per day. Currently, the town filters an approximate 150,000 gallons for its resident and commercial customers. In 2018, the White County Commissioners retained Commonwealth Engineers Inc. to update the 2018 master plan to provide a dedicated capacity of 400,000 gpd for the MACP; total capacity of 630,000gpd. Mr. Bellucci stated that improvements to the current wastewater plant will happen in its existing site, located in the eastern half of the plant site.


Mr. Bellucci stated proposed improvements will include but not limited to: new headworks facilities, new biological treatment facilities, new disinfection facilities, new sludge facilities, and a new lab/office building.  Also, there will be additional improvements equipment-wise. The proposed cost of the project is $8,485,000. White County Commissioners will support this project financially, paying an estimated $5,333,700; the Town of Wolcott will assume the estimated remaining cost of $3.151,000.  Mr. Bellucci stated that Vince Sommers of Commonwealth Engineers Inc. is ascertaining funding avenues for both agencies to reduce the cash-on-hand local shares, and will detail the proposed funding avenues in the near future.


Mr. Bellucci exhibited the plant design and the timetable of the improvements. The project will begin with preliminary documentations in March 2019 and construction be substantially completed by August 2021. 


Council Member Patrick M. Powell asked if the Town of Wolcott would have final approval of what company or business is allowed to connect to the Wolcott wastewater treatment plant. Mr. Bellucci stated that all of the incoming prospective companies? filtration process will have to abide by the Town?s wastewater treatment and pre-treatment ordinance. Randy Mitchell stated that all businesses will need to obtain a pre-treatment permit from IDEM before they can hook up to the town?s sewers.


Council Member Patrick M. Powell inquired if the Town of Wolcott can assume authority to enforce and charge fees. Mr. Bellucci stated that the Town creates it own ordinance and fee schedule. He stated that it is the solid intent of Commonwealth Engineers Inc. to protect the Town of Wolcott and White County with this improvement project, and to assist both agencies in all matters.


After further discussion, Council Member Stephen B. Schemerhorn moved to adjoin the Special Session; Council Member Patrick M. Powell seconded the motion; and the motion passed 3-0.

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