CROMWELL — Just 18 minutes was all the time it took the Turkey Creek Regional Sewer District board to cover Monday’s full agenda. The short meeting may have had something to do with the large Christmas dinner prior to the meeting, or perhaps the much smaller number of public members.
The flow reversal project from Syracuse to TCRSD remains at a stand-still pending material estimates from the contractors. Those are expected to be presented Jan. 4. Although contractors are eager to get started, cold weather has delayed the quick pace. Andrew Grossnickle, attorney for the district, also noted the town of Syracuse has not responded to the formal letter sent by TCRSD last month.
When the district attempted to secure bonds for this project, options changed due to lack of a rating handed out by auditors. This month, the district finalized a formal audit by the State Board of Accounts to prevent that issue in the future. The district had one accounting issue, and two smaller compliance to process issues. One of those minor issues is setting internal limits on purchases by the district and a process to maintain that.
Stan Rice, Lupke Rice Insurance and Financial Services, had nothing but good news for the board. Last year, the district made the decision to change insurance companies. During the course of the past year, the district has not made a claim which would typically cause rates to increase. Rice shared rates actually decreased due to the district’s overall safety.
The board closed the meeting with many wishes for a merry Christmas and safe new year. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.
In other news:
The board approved a 3 percent increase to all district employees annual wages.
Attorney for the district, Dick Green, officially said his goodbyes to the board after 32 years. Green was partnered with the district when state law mandated its creation. The board and district employees honored Green with a glass plaque during their annual holiday dinner prior to the meeting.