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Facility has until July 31 for chemical test

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility now has until July 31 to deal with a state Order of Consent for a pilot study on a chemical the facility needs to mitigate odors.

The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board recently authorized board Chairman John Rizzo to approve a letter sent by the state Department of Environmental Conservation modifying the facility’s existing Order on Consent. The modification extends the potassium permanganate pilot study until July 31.

The study relates to a chemical the sewage treatment plant uses to help mitigate chemical odors,

In other business, the board accepted an amendment to a power purchase agreement between National Grid and the facility.

Facility Manager Wallace Arnold reported a bid opening for the sale of an obsolete 1992 Ford Ranger was conducted March 9. The board accepted a $100 bid from Reuben Kennedy sold as is with no warranty or guarantee.

The board voted to offer a vacant facility operator trainee position to Victor Rzesos Jr., effective March 30.

Three sewer bill protests were approved for credits at: 200 N. Comrie Ave., Johnstown — $806.58; 110 E. State St., Johnstown — $66.24; and 2 Gilbert St., Johnstown — $942.06.

Operation and maintenance purchase orders and disbursement sheets totaling $160,208 were approved by the board for payment.

Fiscal Officer Donna Renda reported that utility and telecommunications consulting company Troy & Banks completed its audit of the sewer plant’s electric and gas bills. The analysis determined that there were no errors in rates charged, monthly reads, demand and kWh calculations, or metering at this time.

The board inducted Thomas Ambrosino into the Employee Hall of Fame after 30 years of service. Rizzo read a letter of appreciation to be forwarded to the recently retired Ambrosino.

Board members also discussed a NYSERDA Flex Tech Study presented at a February meeting including equipment life expectancy, payback periods, and possible work shift changes. Arnold was instructed to review grant sources.

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