PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD
MAY 13, 2008

 

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

          Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent
          Michael Celuch, Chairman
Douglas DeKoskie
John Meehan
          Ronald Phillips

Carl Belfiglio, Liaison from the Esopus Town Board was excused to attend a workshop meeting of the Esopus Town Board taking place at the same time.

The meeting was called to order at 7:32 PM by Chairman Michael Celuch.

  1. MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF APRIL 8, 2008 MEETING

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY JOHN MEEHAN TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 8, 2008 MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

  1. FEMA/SEMO SITE VISIT WED. MAY 14, 2008 AT 1 PM

 

Superintendent Kiernan reminded the board that tomorrow a site visit from FEMA will take place at the water treatment plant at one o’clock.  All board members are welcome to attend; the engineer will be there and most of the Town Board members.

  1. CITY OF KINGSTON—RE:  SEWER CONTRACT

 

This contract has not been agreed upon as yet; much needs to be changed before the contract can be signed.  It will be subject to negotiations over several months.  Attending the meeting on April 22, 2008 along with superintendent Kiernan were attorney Paul Kellar, Town Supervisor John Coutant and Town Councilman Wayne Freer.  A copy of the proposed contract is included with this agenda.  Superintendent Kiernan noted that an hour and forty-five minutes before the meeting, this unexpected contract was delivered.  Water/Sewer Board members discussed and commented on the items listed in the contract.  Esopus Town Supervisor John Coutant, Kingston Mayor James Sottile and town and city counsel will work on an acceptable contract. 

  1. TOWN HALL WATER LINE COMPLETED

 

  1. RUSTY WATER COMPLAINTS—RE-FLUSH PARTS OF SYSTEM

Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that complaints have come from Salem Street, Horton Lane, Sunset Drive, Minturn Street and Rondout Harbor concerning rusty water.  Parts of the system will be re-flushed.

  1. PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL CELUCH AND SECONDED BY JOHN MEEHAN TO APPROVE THE MONTHLY VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

  1. MISCELLANEOUS

 

A. Superintendent Kiernan notified the board about the NYWARN (New York Waste Water Agency Response Network) contract.  On April 23, 2008 Judy Hansen from the City of Kingston and Donald Kiernan gave a power point presentation at a state-level meeting.  The presentation, which included what happened here with our emergency line, was well received.  The superintendent felt that the Esopus Town Board would probably adopt the NYWARN contract at Thursday’s meeting.

    1. Douglas DeKoskie inquired about the Geo Tech report and the hydrogeology report.  Superintendent Kiernan pointed out that the cost of reports and the engineering bills that are continually being received are being taken from our budget.  Mr. DeKoskie suggested a small group handle these decisions.  In this way costs can be divided among several agencies, rather than money being taken from one budget. 

 

Mr. DeKoskie felt that a sub-committee should have been defined initially, to be able to meet with FEMA and SEMO representatives as one front.  Mr. DeKoskie is familiar with FEMA’s approach to repairs and/or improvements.  Superintendent Kiernan agreed with Mr. DeKoskie’s sub-committee idea.

On the same subject, Ronald Phillips pointed out that 1.2 million dollars still has not been received, and asked what happened to it. Superintendent Kiernan explained that the scope of work has changed; 1.2 million to repair the water treatment plant was submitted by our engineer, but the SEMO representative submitted $177,000 instead.  $90,000 has been received for the emergency line (PW907), but we are still owed $13,000.  $59,000 is in a capital fund account for minor repairs at the water treatment plant (PW2066).  Nothing has been received for the clarifier (PW2065) -- $177,000 has been allocated.  Since the time limit expires this October, a thirty- month time extension has been submitted.

C. Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that the sidewalks have all been repaired.

  1. ADJOURNMENT

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY DOUGLAS DEKOSKIE TO ADJOURN THE MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.  THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 8:25 PM.

                                                     Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                     Gloria Meschi, Secretary
                                                     Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board