PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD
FEBRUARY 13, 2008

 

The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board was held on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 with the following members in attendance:

          Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent
          Michael Celuch
          Douglas DeKoskie
          John Meehan
          Ronald Phillips
          Carl Belfiglio, Liaison from the Esopus Town Board

Absent was Roger Mabie.

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Chairman Michael Celuch.

  1. MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF JANUARY 14, 2008 MEETING

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY MICHAEL CELUCH TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE JANUARY 14, 2008 MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

  1. EMERGENCY LINE UPDATE & PLANT STATUS

UPDATE  - FEMA, SEMO, ETC.

Superintendent Kiernan and Dennis Larios, of Brinier & Larios, are in contact with SEMO.  The town will be reimbursed 100 %.

PLANT STATUS AND GEO TECH – MEETING B & L, TOWN, UCHD

Superintendent Kiernan reported to the board that the engineering firm of Brinier & Larios has nearly completed their work; the work on the clarifier will go out for bid.  To Michael Celuch’s question as to when it will go out for bid, the superintendent replied mid March.  John Meehan inquired if this is to include demolition of the old clarifier; the superintendent replied affirmatively.  Superintendent Kiernan also reported that on a weekly basis the wells that the geo tech people put in are being checked. 

Discussion was held regarding the source of the problem, replacement of the clarifier if the problem has not been mended, a drainage system, and further damage to River Road.  Douglas DeKoskie observed that, since there has been a slope failure, it is highly probable there will be a future failure.  Superintendent Kiernan noted that the geo tech work on the slope and the construction at the water treatment plant would probably be one large project. 

FLOOD INSURANCE – 500,000 COST – 614.00

Superintendent Kiernan notified the board that providing an elevation certificate resulted in the $500,000.00 premium costing $614.00 instead of $5,000.00; the policy will be ready next week.  After that, the remaining $177,000.00 will be released from the SEMO office.

 

  1. CITY OF KINGSTON – RE: SEWER CONTRACT

The contract was received this week.  Superintendent Kiernan has some issues with the way the contract was written, and has e-mailed Dennis Larios and attorney Paul Kellar concerning them, in particular item #6.  It is stated that within ninety days of signing the agreement, the Port Ewen Water & Sewer District must have an Inflow & Infiltration plan in place and up and running, or Kingston can report us to the DEC. Douglas DeKoskie noted that sending a letter stating that this is in progress would probably suffice.  Ronald Phillips inquired as to how the DEC identifies an inflow and infiltration problem.  The superintendent responded that two Overflow Reports in a year constitute a problem.  The April 2007 storm had many overflows.  Superintendent Kiernan is in contact with Dennis Larios concerning the contract. 

Discussion was held concerning flow monitors—meters at manholes.  There are four or five locations; flow meters would document overflow water coming into the sewer lines in these “hot” areas.  Enforcing the sewer code, which says sump pumps are illegal, would not be popular.    Douglas DeKoskie will contact the Mt. Kisco town engineer, to inquire about that town’s approach to the problem of illegal sump pumps.  Superintendent Kiernan will write a letter to the Town Board, relating how costly it is when overflow water is pumped into the sewer lines from illegal sump pumps.  The Town Board must approve the placement of flow monitors.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL CELUCH AND SECONDED BY JOHN MEEHAN THAT THE PORT EWEN WATER AND SEWER BOARD RECOMMENDS TO THE ESOPUS TOWN BOARD TO CONDUCT A FLOW MONITOR PROGRAM AT SITES TO BE DETERMINED BY THE WATER/SEWER DISTRICT ENGINEER.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

  1. TELEVISING PLANTASIE INTERCEPTOR

Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that 7,500 feet of sewer main has already been televised.  The first day included 5,200 feet:  From Dyno Nobel to Robert Graves School.  The second day included 2,500 feet:  From the school to Salem Street.  In the entire line three minor leaks were found at less than one gallon per minute.  The report is forthcoming; if there are any questions, please call Superintendent Kiernan.  Douglas DeKoskie inquired about the cost of televising and the number of homes in the whole town.  Superintendent Kiernan replied that the cost is $1,500.00 per day; at the last billing there were 1,463 homes.  Ronald Phillips inquired about an estimated cost to televise the whole system; the superintendent had no figure to estimate the cost. 

 

  1. WATER BREAKS             KEYSER FH – 1/12

185 BROADWAY – 1/22
341 BROADWAY – 1/28
LEGION CT. & 9W – 2/2
134 PROSPECT ST. – 2/4
123 FIRST AVE., CONN – 2/6
GREEN & W. MAIN – 2/11

 

  1. SIDEWALK REPAIRS – STATE TO FIX IN SPRING

Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that the State would pay to repair sidewalks in the spring—this time only.

  1. BIRCHES PUMP STATION OWNERSHIP

 

This item is up in the air, Superintendent Kiernan reported to the board.  Liaison Carl Belfiglio commented that, if the town takes ownership of the pump station, it would be in the best interest of public health and safety.  Ronald Phillips asked how this would be funded, because it would cost everyone more for these new pump stations.  His concern is that this would set a precedent for other developments.  Michael Celuch felt that the district should not pick up the extra cost.  Douglas DeKoskie explained that many developers would maintain their own pump stations and pay their fair share.  The town can ask the developer to meet the town’s requirements before agreeing to take over the pump station.  In his engineering experience, decisions made by towns are based on the advice of attorneys and engineers.  John Meehan commented that he is aware that compromises need to be made, but this board is obliged to express its opinion, which is based upon the counsel and advice of honorable people—some with thirty-seven years of knowledge working in the industry.  Mr. Belfiglio asked the board members to attend the Town Board workshop on February 19, 2008, when the motion made on January 14, 2008 will be discussed.  He mentioned to the board that no building permit has been issued to Birches as yet.

 

  1. TOWN HALL WATER LINE

Superintendent Kiernan notified the board that it has been slow going in laying the water line to the new town hall site.  There is a lot of rock, frost and ground water at four feet.  A total of 550 feet of line is to be done, of which 160-180 feet has already been laid.  It may be finished in mid March.

 

  1. 2008 SOUTHWORTH MILTON CONTRACT

Superintendent Kiernan reported to the board that this contract has increased by $520.00 from last year, due to service on the generators.

  1. MEMOS TO TOWN BOARD

 

  1. LOCAL LAW TO AMEND CHAPTER 104 – SEWER CODE

This regards public ownership of sewer pump stations.
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  1. PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY JOHN MEEHAN 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. ADJOURNMENT

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY MICHAEL CELUCH TO ADJOURN THE MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.  THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 9:15 PM.

                                                              Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                              Gloria Meschi, Secretary
                                                              Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board