During the regular monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Water Authority, James J. Rhodes Jr. of Alfred Benesch & Co. presented his monthly report on the water tank project to the authority.

As requested by the authority during the February meeting, Benesch & Co. looked into the possibility of reducing some of the costs associated with the project with some positive results.

By altering the location of the tank, they were able to provide a savings with regard to the amount of pipe needed to deliver the water. Additionally, by using 4-inch pipe versus 6-inch pipe, a savings could also be realized while also providing more pressure.

Rhoades also stated that after running the models with the tank constructed at the proposed elevation, they were able to determine that it would not allow for sufficient water pressure flowing to the cogen facility.

Several options were discussed to resolve the issues and authority members voted to have a booster station constructed to increase the pressure to the cogen plant. This will come at an additional cost of $75,000 to $100,000.

The authority also voted to obtain a contractor to clear some of the land at the site to allow for geotechnical boring to be performed prior to going to bid.

Rhodes noted that everything is on schedule and that the required permit applications are "pretty much together." Once submitted to DEP it could take up to 180 days until they are approved.

An updated cost for the project came in at $1,036,040 which includes a 15 percent contingency totaling $135,140. The total cost will be reduced by the $608,000 state grant that was awarded. The authority will look into possibly consolidating other loans in with the loan for the tank project to save money on interest rates as well as for financing a new truck.

In other matters, the authority ratified hiring Larry Fox on an as-needed basis as a labor assistant.