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New Leadership Appointed at UMJA
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            As part of their new roles as executive superintendent and assistant superintendent of the Upper Montgomery Joint Authority, respectively, Jennifer Leister and Greg Young will be responsible for tracking current and future change orders to the current $29 million upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant.

            At Tuesday's monthly meeting, Member Michael Perlow Jr. recommended that Leister and Young set up teams to monitor the situation.

            Leister and Young's immediate responsibility will be to be oversee the implementation of a $168,000 change order approved by the board.  "The staff has a lot of work to do to keep track of this," Perlow said.

            Following an executive session, the board voted unanimously to promote Leister from acting to executive superintendent at the plant, located at 1100 Mensch Dam Road in Upper Hanover, with a salary of $80,000. Without dissent, they also appointed Young as the assistant superintendent with a $58,000 salary.

            The second change order for the project includes the demolition of a trickling plant, the relocation of and addition piping, the installation of new gates at the chlorine tank, additional windows at the operations building, and increased screening, according to Ken Kohlnrenner, the project manager from Woodard and Curran.

            According to board President Bill Ingram, the additional work won't increase the overall cost of the project since it will be funded from a contingency account. Perlow urged the board and staff members to scrutinize the account, which he estimated at 9.2 percent of the total budget.

            The plan to renovate the wastewater treatment plant is one-third complete, according to Kohlnrenner. He told the board the project remains on schedule for completion on July 30, 2019.

"Now that the project is out of the ground, the change orders won't be that big," Ingram said during the meeting.

            The board considered a $69,000 change order previously, according to Kohlnrenner. He said the expenses are in line with what is expected for a project of this magnitude.

            The engineer informed the members that a crane operator hired by the main contractor recently bumped an aeration tank on the property and dislodged its A-frame from the foundation. Kohlnrenner said the contractors are responsible for paying to fix the issue.

            At UMJA's newly created Facebook page, authority officials plan on updating the plant's progress on a weekly basis. Authority officials will also post updates of any work being completed in the collection area.

            Additionally, officials will post tips for water conservation, when fertile fuel is available and other tidbits. For more information visit





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