PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD
JUNE 9, 2009

The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board was held on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 with the following members in attendance:

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

Absent was board member Ronald Phillips.

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 PM by chairman Douglas DeKoskie.

  1. MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF MAY 12, 2009 MEETING

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY JOHN MEEHAN AND SECONDED BY DOUGLAS DEKOSKIE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MAY 12, 2009 MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

  1. CITY OF KINGSTON-RE: SEWER CONTRACT

 

Superintendent Kiernan reported to the board that letters were sent from attorney Paul Kellar to the City of Kingston on April 7, 2009 and May 11, 2009.  There has been no response as yet from the city.

  1. INFLOW & INFILTRATION

 

Chairman Douglas DeKoskie commented that the weather pattern has been good for this study, which ends on Friday, June 19, 2009.  Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that several meters have been moved around during the study.  Tom Harvey has submitted preliminary reports in which flow increased 300% near Dyno Nobel and flow increased 300% in the Clay Road, Lindorf Street and Rogers Street neighborhood after significant amounts of rainfall.  Superintendent Kiernan expects more information from Morris & Associates and a final report after the study ends.

  1. BIRCHES-PUMPS/GENERATOR/AS-BUILTS

 

Superintendent Kiernan has seen and spoken with Harold Middleman concerning the generator, which has been ordered.

  1. ½ TIME PROPOSAL-TOWN BOARD

 

Commissioner Michael Tronolone inquired if the Town Board has endorsed the Superintendent’s half time proposal as yet.  It is Superintendent Kiernan’s understanding that, if he retains Section 75 status, the half-time position will then become a non-competitive position.  Don would like to have a signed agreement, realizing that his position needs to be protected as well as protecting the Town of Esopus.  Town Board Liaison Carl Belfiglio stated that there is a workshop on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.  He will urge this endorsement at that time.

  1. HARRIS-SERVER

 

Carl Belfiglio gave an update on the status of implementing this server.  The payroll program and accounts payable program have been installed.  An extra license ($1000.00) and set up fee ($900.00) have been purchased through the Water Department budget.  At this time the implementation initially has been smooth, the version was upgraded, and the server is in the process of fixing the program so that more than one person can be working on the program at the same time.  At this time the programs cannot yet be accessed at the water treatment plant.

  1. PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DOUGLAS DEKOSKIE 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

 

    1. Superintendent Kiernan sent an e-mail today, June 9, 2009, to Mary Ann Wollaber to request a meeting date with representatives from FEMA and SEMO regarding the slope stability status.  When the superintendent spoke to Frank Farrell in May 2009 he learned that Mr. Farrell is no longer assigned to our water plant project.  Commissioner Michael Tronolone asked about current pumping on River Road.  Superintendent Kiernan replied that other wells may not be needed on the west side of River Road.  It is indicated that Somerset developers may submit some kind of drainage plan, according to Dave Sheely, the county Commissioner of Highways.  Speaking about eminent domain and this parcel, Town Board Liaison Carl Belfiglio asked if this could apply to just a piece of the parcel.  Chairman Douglas DeKoskie’s response was yes, but we (the town) would pay for any drainage work.  Eminent domain could also involve a court fight.
    1. Superintendent Kiernan let the commissioners know that Mr. Wappner’s attorney has written a letter stating that Mr. Wappner does not want to be part of the district’s extension.  Since he has drilled a well, Mr. Wappner is requesting that his escrow account be returned to him.

 

    1. Superintendent Kiernan told the board that dredging is going on.  This began on May 15, 2009.  Once per month the Health Department will monitor the results.  Commissioner Michael Tronolone inquired if base lines were established before the dredging started.  The Superintendent responded yes.
  1. ADJOURNMENT

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL TRONOLONE AND SECONDED BY DOUGLAS DEKOSKIE TO ADJOURN THE MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.  THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 8:05 PM.

                                                     Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                     Gloria Meschi, Secretary
                                                     Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board