It is useful to offer a narrative to accompany the budget to tell the story behind the numbers. There is much more on the activity of the WPCA at the new www.brookfieldwpca.org website.
The commission has eight volunteer members. Most have served for several years. There will be one opening on the WPCA in 2019 due to relocation.
As to outside services, the commission uses engineering, accounting, legal and other support services as needed. The engineering firm has quite a bit of depth, serving several states. Their work includes maintaining and upgrading the sewer layer on the town GIS system. The commission attorney has served the Brookfield WPCA for more than 20 years providing expertise in land use issues. He also has a valuable depth of corporate memory. The accounting firm, Bliss Allred and Company, has served the WPCA for 4 years. The WPCA accounting system routinely has been complimented by Town auditors.
Operations Staff and Building:
The WPCA has tripled in the number of customers and infrastructure over the last 16 years, doubled in the last 8 years. It also has all responsibility for its finances, including payroll, increasing the work load for its original four employees. Four years ago a half-time field staff position was added. The plan is to transition to a full-time field employee during 2019. Last year a new part-time director position was filled with the work load for the volunteer board having increased substantially over the past several years with system growth.
Additional revenue from growth has covered the cost of added staff and a vehicle. With a part- time Director, theoriginal 285 sqft office space was inadequate in the Town Hall. Consequently, the commission acquired an operations center at 53A Commerce Road. The two-story building includes 2,500 sqft of office space, a storage mezzanine and 500 sqft of unfinished area. This allows all employees to be co-located. The office building is financed with a 25-year conventional mortgage and adds 1.5% to the WPCA budget. This expense is absorbed by the increase in the number of customers, principally in the Town Center District.
Several significant capital improvement projects were undertaken.
● A project at Rollingwood was completed in 2018, and designed to take advantage of recent system expansions to re-route to a full gravity system, eliminating a troublesome
condo association pump station. The construction was completed below budget. The
cost is divided among affected unit owners proportioned by their Grand List Value.
The borrowed funds are now converted to long term bonds.