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March 30, 2007 BPW Minutes
March 30, 2007

Special Meeting

Present:   Ed Melanson, Chairman; Ellen Friedman, Member; Dan Winslow, Member
Absent:   Harvey Nasuti, Vice Chairman; Vida Holmes, Member             

Ed Melanson called the meeting to order at 8:15 A.M. at the Department of Public Works Facility.

Water Billing Commitment:
The meeting began with the Board reviewing and signing the revised Water Billing Commitment Notice – revenues were reduced slightly due to incorrect final reading in-put into the billing program.

Water Meter Bids:
Mr. Melanson continued with a brief discussion of the water meter bid status.

Mr. Winslow made a motion that the Board rescind its prior vote to award the meter bid to Putnam Pipe Corporation to supply water meters to Town of Norfolk, said vote taken on December 19, 2006.  Mr. Melanson stated reasons for this bid. The original vote was to award the bid to Putnam Pipe to supply Sensus meters; it has recently come to the Board’s attention, however, that Sensus meters are having a failure rate of 1 in 5 failing, which is unacceptable to the Town.  The Town would like to move away from using Sensus meters, and therefore re-bid in order to:  1) fine tune the RFP to pick up specifics learned with regard to the AMR program, and 2) purchase meters which will meet the quality needs of the town.  Mr. Winslow added that failures of the Sensus meters directly impact revenue, causing financial harm to the Town of Norfolk Department of Public Works.  Mr. Winslow further stated that the Board should consider whether to seek financial reimbursement from the vendor for the failed meters up to this point, depending on the cost of taking such action, and whether or not the vendor is seeking to be aggressive or litigious with the Town.  Ms. Friedman seconded, and it was so voted.

Mr. Melanson continued with the next item on the agenda, whether or not to reject all water meter bids.  After a brief discussion Mr. Winslow made a motion to reject all water meter bids opened on November 29, 2006, Ms. Friedman seconded, at it was so voted.

At 8:30 A.M. Mr. Melanson made a motion to adjourn, Ms. Friedman seconded, and it was so voted.

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