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TO: MEMBERS OF THE MAINE WATER WELL COMMISSION
FROM: Edward Bowie, Chairman
date: January 7, 2009
subject: Meeting Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The next Commission
meeting will be held on Tuesday February 3, 2009 at
9:00 A.M., at the
AGENDA FOR JANUARY MEETING
1. Approve the January 6, 2009 minutes
2. Discuss pending matters, complaints,
Responses, application, etc.
3. New Business
4. Public Comments
Minutes of January 6, 2009 Meeting
Ed Bowie, Chairman
Dwight Doughty, DOT
Don Robbins, Public Member
Thomas Weddle, MGS
Paul Gauvreau, AAG
Carol Champagne, Board Clerk
Joe Gallant, Driller
Richard Dunham, Driller
Ellen Paoletti, Lee ME
Call to Order:
The Meeting was called to order at 9:15 AM.
Approval of December 2, 2008 meeting minutes:
Don Robbins motioned to accept the December 2008 minutes. Dwight Doughty 2nd the motion. Passed
Ed Bowie meet with Roger Crouse on the financial status of the Commission. The process is slow but Ed feels the New Year will be up to date.
Update on Complaints:
Ellen Paoletti - Dunham Well Drilling:
Mr. Dunham requested an extension until June due to the time of year and difficult area and Mr Dunhams’s driller is not here at this time. Mr Dunham also had surgery on his wrist.
The driller is required to make all reasonable effort to correct the problem.
Don Robbins made a motion for the Commission to alter the deadline to February 10, 2009 for discussion on postponement at the next meeting. Tom Weddle 2nd the motion. Passed
Mrs. Paoletti came into the meeting during the discussion and Ms Paoletti agreed with postponing the corrective action until June 2009.
Don Robbins made a motion to extend the deadline until June 15, 2009, both parties agreed. Dwight Doughty 2nd the motion. Passed
Setback Reduction Notification form for well for Richard Varnum in Dover-Foxcroft:
The Setback Reduction Notification Form on Richard Varnum’s Well was received with corrections. Accepted by the Commission.
A question for the Commission was presented as to who is to abandon the Noble Smith’s original well that was drilled 10 feet from the leachfield. Fred Perry, the driller of the well, is not licensed now and retired.
Paul Gauvreau replied that the Corrective Order stated that Mr. Perry either repair the well up to standards listed in the “Rules”or properly abandon the well. Therefore, it is Mr. Perry’s obligation and he is responsible.
If Mr. Perry does not do the work or find someone to do it for him he will be facing further action from the Attorney General’s Office.
The abandonment must be followed with the Commission’s instructions. The licensed person must contact the Commission to make sure the method is appropriate according to the Well Driller & Pump Installer Rules. A mixture of neat cement with a tremie pipe must be used because of salt water. The Jaswell seals and liner shall be removed prior to grouting.
Specialty Well Applications:
Specialty Well Applications done in House”
Examinations Passed in January 2009:
Michael Magnin, Boart Longyear, Passed his Master Well Driller’s license.
Paul Gauvreau passed out a revised copy of the Statutes. Discussion followed.
Meeting Dates for 2009
January 6, 2009 July 7, 2009
February 3, 2009 August 4, 2009
March 3, 2009 September 1, 2009
April 7, 2009 October 6, 2009
May 5, 2009 November 3, 2009
June 2, 2009 December 1, 2009
Subject to change.
The next Well Drillers
Meeting will be: Tuesday February 3, 2009, at 9:00, Key Bank,
Meeting Adjourned 11:30 A.M.