PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD
MARCH 11, 2008

 

The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board was held on Tuesday, March 11, 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 7:32 PM by Chairman Michael Celuch.

  1. MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 13, 2008 MEETING

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL CELUCH AND SECONDED BY JOHN MEEHAN TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 13, 2008 MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

  1. EMERGENCY LINE UPDATE & PLANT STATUS

 

UPDATE – FEMA,  SEMO  ETC.

On March 18, 2008 a meeting concerning the slope issue is scheduled with Superintendent Kiernan, Dennis Larios and a SEMO representative.  SEMO has the geo tech report.  The hydrogeologist is looking at a series of extraction wells along the perimeter of the plant property.  There is a layer of gravel about fifteen feet underground; pumps could pump excess water as it accumulates in this area.

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

Contracts are out to bid, as published in the March 10, 2008 Freeman.  The first package includes materials and equipment.  The second package will cover tearing down the clarifier, re-building a new foundation and putting the equipment and materials together for the new clarifier.  The third contract will be for an electrician to temporarily remove and then replace the electricity.

  Dennis Larios indicated that, until the slope is fixed, there may be continued damage; Somerset’s storm water management will be critical.  Douglas DeKoskie, himself an engineer, observed that this area of approximately 1,000 feet is an underground issue.  Problems may seem to go away during the summer, but the problem will not correct itself.  He felt that the location of Somerset’s storm water basins are vitally important in the site plan.  Mr. DeKoskie agrees with other board members that no major work be done at the water treatment plant as yet.  He urged that communication be kept open among FEMA, SEMO, Ulster County, Town of Esopus, Port Ewen Water/Sewer Department, and private property owners; approaching this issue must be a collective effort.  John Meehan expressed concern that there will be settling factors with the new clarifier.  Chairman Michael Celuch agreed that work should not begin until the slope is fixed.  Ronald Phillips asked liaison Carl Belfiglio where the Town Board stands in the slope failure matter—and where do we go from here?  Going after Somerset’s insurance may be indicated.  Mr. Belfiglio pointed out that there are now seven new storm water local laws, so someone should be liable. 

Superintendent Kiernan has sent a memo to the Town Planning Board about Somerset’s developers doing slope remediation, with copies of same to the County Planning Board, Ulster County Health Department, the Esopus Town Board and members of this board.  Superintendent Kiernan does not want to review any proposals from Somerset until there is some type of slope remediation done.  The Superintendent suggested that the board wait to see what SEMO does concerning this. 

FLOOD INSURANCE – 500,000 COST – COST UP TO 5K+

  1. CITY OF KINGSTON—RE:  SEWER CONTRACT

 

Superintendent Kiernan assured the board members that when there is a final contract they will be able to review it.  It is still being negotiated at this time.

  1. PLANT EMERGENCY WORK

 

Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that everything is ready to go with the emergency line from Kingston.  Water will run continually and will boost pressure, but there will not be a lot of fire protection.  Douglas DeKoskie inquired if the rate has been established with the City of Kingston.  Superintendent Kiernan replied that it is the same as for Town of Ulster:  $2.20 per unit (750 gallons).

  1. BIRCHES PUMP STATION OWNERSHIP

 

Liaison Carl Belfiglio reported that he gave this board’s concerns to the Town Board.  There has been no vote yet on this matter.  Superintendent Kiernan compared the size of the proposed Birches pump station to the Doris Street pump station, with related costs for the year 2007.

  1. TOWN HALL WATER LINE

 

At this time there is so much groundwater that it has not been possible to work on the water line for one and a half weeks.

  1. TOWN BOARD MEETING AGENDA FEBRUARY 19

 

A copy of the Town Board Workshop Meeting agenda is included.

  1. ESOPUS LAKES PROJECT

 

Superintendent Kiernan indicated that fifty individual grinder pumps are proposed for this project vs. twelve-foot-deep sewer lines.  The Sewer District would not own them, but would get called when the grinder pumps leak.  There would be three regular pump stations; the Sewer District would own them.  Douglas DeKoskie commented that the Planning Board should review this:  It is up to them to protect town residents in making a decision in this matter.
 

  1. MEMOS

Included with this month’s agenda are copies of memos sent by Superintendent Kiernan to the Town of Esopus Planning Board regarding water and sewer plans for the Esopus Lake project, 2007 expenses for the Doris Street Pump Station, and the April 2007 slope failure near the Port Ewen Water Treatment Plant.

  1. LOCAL LAW TO AMEND CHAPTER 104—SEWER CODE

 

A copy of this local law in included with this month’s agenda.

  1. BID OPENING—EQUIPMENT MARCH 18, 2008

 

12.              MISCELLANEOUS

Superintendent Kiernan notified the board that hydrant flushing is to begin in April and will take a couple of extra days to complete.

All board members present expressed concern about the most recent slope failure, which took out power lines south of the water treatment plant.  The plant is continuing to shift.

Superintendent Kiernan has received the first half of the Infiltration & Pipe TV Inspection.  Now an inflow study is indicated.  The Town Board will need an engineer for this study.

  1.           PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY DOUGLAS DEKOSKIE 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 JOHN MEEHAN TO ADJOURN THE MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.  THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 8:40 PM.

                                                              Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                              Gloria Meschi, Secretary
                                                              Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board