Joint sewer board elects 2020 officers

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board recently elected a new slate of 2020 board officers, headed by John Rizzo as chairman.

Rizzo follows former Chairman Wrandy Siarkowski to head the volunteer board, which oversees operation of the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility in Johnstown.

Rizzo heads a slate of newly elected officers that include Vice Chairwoman Bobbi Trudel and Secretary Christopher Vose.

Siarkowski also reported he was recently reappointed to the sewer board by the Gloversville Common Council. His reappointment is for a three-year term, expiring Dec. 31, 2022.

New Chairman Rizzo also made his committee appointments at the board’s recent meeting at the facility. Rizzo will serve as chairman of the Budget/Purchase/Audit/Personnel Committee. Siarkowski will serve as chairman of the Industrial Compliance/Operations/Preventative Maintenance Committee.

In other business:

∫ Plant Manager Wallace Arnold reported BCI Construction did not meet a deadline to complete required work by Dec. 12 for the UV/Disinfection Project. The company’s contracts were forwarded to the sewer board’s legal counsel for “review and further action,” facility officials reported.

∫ Arnold also reported Adirondack Mechanical Corp. completed installation of a natural gas boiler in the facility’s Recirculation Building, as part of the 2019 Capital Plan.

∫ Laboratory Director Mark Levendusky said a Semiannual Pretreatment Report will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency listing industrial compliance program activities for the second half of 2019. Two Orders On Consent were issued during 2019.

∫ Fiscal Officer Donna Renda reviewed a request for a sewer bill adjustment for excess water usage for property at 382 West Fulton St. Ext., Gloversville. The board approved a $13.74 credit because water didn’t enter the sewer system to be treated.

∫ The board approved the provisional appointment of WWTP Operator Robert Yaggle to become the facility’s lead WWTP operator, effective Monday, pending Civil Service approval.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.