PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD
August 14, 2007
The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board was held on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 with the following members in attendance:
Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent
Michael Celuch, Chairman
Absent were Ronald Phillips and Michael Lange, Liaison from the Esopus Town Board.
The meeting was called to order at 7:33 PM by Chairman Michael Celuch.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL CELUCH AND SECONDED BY DOUGLAS DEKOSKIE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE JUNE 12, 2007 MEETING. ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
UPDATE—F E M A ETC. PLANT STATUS
On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 a meeting was held with Ron McGee, representatives from FEMA and SEMO, engineer Paul VanWagenen and Superintendent Kiernan. Mr. McGee’s report indicated that the clarifier is in pretty good shape; however, Dennis Larios declined to certify the foundation under the clarifier. The federal government may buy a new clarifier, at a cost of $400,000 to $425,000. FEMA’s deadline for paperwork is August 24, 2007.
John Meehan asked if a new clarifier would be the same as the current one. Superintendent Kiernan replied yes, the exact same. Also, a pre-purchase agreement probably would be entered.
Superintendent Kiernan advised the Board:
The emergency line is in. The Department is waiting for the emergency pump;
Tiano Electric is finished with their portion of the work;
Central Hudson has been paid $3,000—work has not yet begun on the pole and the transformer.
The geo tech report is due August 17, 2007—or August 24th at the latest. Wells have been drilled; holes have been drilled at the top of the slope failure and at the bottom.
Engineer Dennis Larios’ report on the estimate of damages is included with this month’s agenda. This work will be going out for bid. The total estimate in damages to the water treatment plant is almost $1.6 million. FEMA representatives advised Superintendent Kiernan that when an amount is over one million dollars, approval has to go through Congress.
Douglas DeKoskie asked if repair bids are to go through the geo tech or through Brinnier and Larios.
Included in the agenda is a letter from John Sansalone of the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation. It is a sewer overflow criticism, regarding the April 15th/16th storm. The letter must be answered by August 24th and signed by the Town Supervisor.
An inter-municipal agreement between the Town and Somerset developers has been going back and forth for the last few months. Town Attorney Paul Kellar is reviewing this.
Douglas DeKoskie commented that a letter from Dennis Larios could indicate that the $50,000.00 offered by Somerset’s developers would be needed for a planned I & I study.
NEW TOWN HALL
Superintendent Kiernan’s letter dated June 4, 2007 to the Esopus Town Board referred to the labor and equipment being provided by the Water and Sewer Department for approximately two hundred eighty feet of main. Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that a temporary connection is there; the main may be installed by the second or third week in September.
The six hundred eighty feet of water line proposed for installation by Thomas Danielle has not gone in yet.
HEAVENLY VALLEY PHASE II
Discussion was held regarding this development. Preliminary site plans have recently been submitted. Douglas DeKoskie inquired if there is a time line for the project; what would prevent Mr. Danielle from declining the development of Phase II? Superintendent Kiernan is of the understanding that neither the Town nor Mr. Danielle is protected by the agreement as it is written; there is not a formal guarantee. John Meehan asked if the Town Hall property touches that of Phase II, to which Superintendent Kiernan replied affirmatively.
Two bids have been received: Heritage Energy at $1.849 per gallon and Kingston Oil Supply Corp. at $1.61 per gallon. Superintendent Kiernan has asked the Town Board to approve KOSCO’s bid.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL CELUCH AND SECONDED BY DOUGLAS DEKOSKIE TO APPROVE THE MONTHLY VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT. ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL CELUCH 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 8:10 PM.
Gloria Meschi, SecretaryPort Ewen Water/Sewer Board