PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011

The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water & Sewer Board was held on Monday, January 10, 2011 with the following members in attendance:

          Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent
          Peter Koelli, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Foreman
          Douglas DeKoskie, Chairman
          Ronald Phillips
          Kevin Rentfrow
          Larry VanVliet

Absent was Michael Tronolone.

The meeting was called to order 7:28 PM by acting Chairman, Ronald Phillips.

  1. MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 9,2010

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY LARRY VANVLIET TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER 9, 2010 MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

  1. CITY OF KINGSTON REVIEW I & I REPORT  -  NOT YET

 

Superintendent Kiernan advised the Board that there has been no activity on this agenda item.

  1. FEMA/SEMO  -  UPDATE

 

Superintendent Kiernan reported to the Board that he will be writing a letter to FEMA, applying for an extension to July 1st, but the contractor has said that all work will be completed by May 3, 2010.  FEMA still has to give final approval.

  1. PLANT WORK

 

    1. CLARIFIER

The clarifier is up; it can be painted in mid March.

    1. WELL DRILLING

The wells are in and one is functioning.

    1. DRAINAGE

The drainage work is done.

    1. ELECTRIC

The electrical work is done.

  1. COUNTY LETTER  -  SLOPE

 

Superintendent Kiernan reported to the Board that Ken Silver has addressed some drainage issues.  He built a small road on the slope.  The county is appeased for now.

  1. SUMP PUMP LETTER  -  SPRING 2011

 

This letter will be composed in the spring.

  1. TURBIDITY VIOLATION DEC 2010

 

Superintendent Kiernan notified the Board of this violation.  The required legal notice has been published in the newspaper, stating that this violation was due to the quality of the Hudson River.  The Health Department came to the water treatment plant to pick up the turbidity readings for December, then they spoke to the DEC.  The DEC talked to the DEP.  The readings had never been that high for that long (a ten-day period).  This was only the third time in twenty years—the last time was in November of 2007—that this happened.  The Superintendent attributed this to seasonal variations and also to the DEP’s contribution to the Esopus Creek, which dumps into the Hudson River, which is tidal.  Many adjustments were made; as of December 31, 2010 the readings were back to normal.  Superintendent Kiernan will send an e-mail to the Health Department, at their request, about the issue of the turbidity levels coming from the Esopus Creek contributing to our violation in December.

  1. CONTROL PANEL  -  N BWAY 3,975

 

Superintendent Kiernan notified the Board that the control panel on North Broadway broke down due to an electronic problem and had to be replaced.  It was obsolete at thirty-two years old.  The control panel was not in the 2010 budget, but will be included in the 2011 budget.

  1. PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY KEVIN RENTFROW AND SECONDED BY RONALD PHILLIPS TO APPROVE THE MONTHLY VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

  1. MISCELLANEOUS

 

    1. The budget will be impacted by Governor Cuomo’s 2% cap, which means that the budget will not be allowed to increase by more than 2%.  There is still some money left in the Water District budget.  The annual report will be completed in February.
    1. The former problem at the Doris Street pump station is beginning to happen again.  Letters need to be sent again to residents of that area.

 

    1. Superintendent Kiernan notified Lou Naccarato, the custodian at Birches, that there is considerable grease in their pump station and it needs to be cleaned up before problems develop.
    1. Commissioner Kevin Rentfrow inquired about water main breaks.  Superintendent Kiernan replied that since Thanksgiving there have been three breaks.  In December there was a break on Parcell Street.  On January 10th there was a break on Salem Street.

 

  1. WEEKLY FIELD REPORTS

Foreman Peter Koelli will be issuing weekly field reports, which will be included each month.

  1. ADJOURNMENT

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DOUGLAS DEKOSKIE AND SECONDED BY LARRY VANVLIET TO ADJOURN THE MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.  THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 7:55 PM.

                                                     Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                     Gloria Meschi, Secretary, Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board