PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD
MAY 12, 2009
The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board was held on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 with the following members in attendance:
Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent
Carl Belfiglio, Liaison from the Esopus Town Board
The meeting was called to order at 7:33 PM by chairman Douglas DeKoskie
NO QUORUM APRIL 14, 2009
A MOTION WAS MADE BY JOHN MEEHAN AND SECONDED BY MICHAEL TRONOLONE TO APPROVE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 14, 2009 MEETING. ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
Superintendent Kiernan reported to the board that, in a letter received from attorney Paul Kellar today (May 12, 2009), there is no news from the City of Kingston on the sewer contract. Our town was billed $25,093.71 from the city for work done at the waste water treatment plant relating to an energy performance contract. According to the old contract, we are responsible for 10.4% of the 2.7 million dollar total. We will be paying this amount annually for the next fifteen years. Superintendent Kiernan asked if the City of Kingston had applied for a NYCERTA subsidized loan; the city also should have discussed the cost of this work with us—or at least notified us that this work was happening. The billing was unexpected and was not in our budget. Board member Ronald Phillips asked if there is any stipulation in our contract that these decisions be discussed with us—and who makes these decisions? Mr. Phillips and Mr. DeKoskie strongly urged that this be included in the new contract; our town needs to have a voice in these decisions. Superintendent Kiernan will make a phone call tomorrow (May 13, 2009) regarding this. He also pointed out that attorney Kellar has included wording in the new contract to protect our town from new projects undertaken by the City of Kingston.
There have been two meetings here at Town Hall to go over slope issues. The meetings have been unproductive and frustrating. Liaison Carl Belfiglio commented that Mr. Zucker wants the Planning Board to approve the project before the water problem is alleviated. He suggested that the Planning Board and the Town Board want the Somerset project in the Town of Esopus. Mr. Belfiglio recognized that, even with approval and in this economy, nothing would go on. Superintendent Kiernan stated that, at this time with the plant running at half capacity, Port Ewen Water District cannot supply water to this development.
Chairman Douglas DeKoskie asked if Mr. Silver has been approached concerning a private easement from the town and/or the county. He strongly urged that now is the time to discuss and act, whether the developer or the town pays for the drainage work. A legal easement, with many restrictions, could be requested. An engineering evaluation needs to be done up on the property. Mr. DeKoskie felt that Mr. Silver could be asked that our engineers be allowed to look at the property. Legal action is also a possibility, but would take years. Superintendent Kiernan replied that, until the Somerset development has been given approval, a drainage plan will not be given. He also agreed that an engineer should review whatever plan of action is to be taken.
Board member Michael Tronolone inquired about a lien being placed on the property if an engineering study takes place.
Board member Ronald Phillips suggested the use of eminent domain, since the real possibility exists of losing our water plant.
The board’s discussion focused on three options: A legal easement, a lawsuit or eminent domain. Mr. Belfiglio encouraged as many board members as possible to attend the Town Board’s next workshop meeting.
Superintendent Kiernan notified the board that a pump has been installed to pump water out of the ground. The pump comes on often. Currently awaiting approval from FEMA.
A four hundred-foot well was drilled on the Wapner property on May 4, 2009. It seems that Mr. Wapner’s attorney will not go through the trouble of seeking a district extension to his property after all.
Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that meters have been installed at key parts on or near the Plantasie Interceptor and have been read. During the study meters will be moved around. Mr. DeKoskie pointed out that there have been good conditions so far of dry periods and rain. He commented that it may be possible for the study to last for two months instead of the six weeks allowed in the budget.
Superintendent Kiernan reported that this past winter there were twenty-two water breaks. Blacktopping is finished.
This report has been mailed to all concerned residents.
Superintendent Kiernan has sent a letter to Mr. Aaron that is certified with a return receipt. The letter asks the status of the generator and reminds Mr. Aaron that the detailed as-builts are still needed.
As of this date, the Esopus Town Board has not made a decision on this proposal. The Town Board would create another position of responsibility. Superintendent Kiernan is in need of a contract regarding the proposal.
Superintendent Kiernan notified the board that the contract has been settled, and listed increases, longevity and percentages.
Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that he is in need of a connection to the server for his office computer at the water plant. This will be installed the week of May 25th and will come out of the budget.
This item was addressed in this agenda—number 2.
Superintendent Kiernan reported that, if the generator at this location cannot be repaired, it will be put back together and a new generator will be proposed in the next budget. At this time a new generator costs approximately $30,000, plus electrical work.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY JOHN MEEHAN TO APPROVE THE MONTHLY VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT. ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
Superintendent Kiernan reported on the success of the flier: Pumps were pulled once a week vs. once a day.
Liaison Carl Belfiglio inquired about a pump station alarm and the bill for $92.00.
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 WAS ADJOURNED AT 9:10 PM.
Gloria Meschi, Secretary
Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board