PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD
October 9, 2007
The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board was held on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 with the following members in attendance:
Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent
Michael Celuch, Chairman
Absent was Michael Lange, Liaison from the Esopus Town Board.
The meeting was called to order at 7:32 PM by Chairman Michael Celuch.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DOUGLAS DEKOSKIE AND SECONDED BY RONALD PHILLIPS TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2007 MEETING. ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
Superintendent Kiernan reported to the Board that the amount of $91,215.30 for the emergency line will be coming to the town for the first part of the repair work.
Regarding the water treatment plant, the paperwork is still outstanding on the repair estimate of $57,000.00. There is another $177,000.00 to replace the foundation under the clarifier. As of today’s date neither the geo-tech engineer’s report nor Dennis Larios’ final report is finished. Superintendent Kiernan advised the Board that eighteen (18) months is allowed from the date of the incident for the work to be done.
In the meantime, the County is repairing River Road. The road was milled, gravel was put down and walls put up.
Superintendent Kiernan attended a meeting at the end of September with Supervisor Coutant, Councilman Freer, Mayor Sottile and city controller Penny Raddel. At this meeting it was discussed that, if the Town of Esopus exceeds bi-annual allotted sewage flows, the town would pay a penalty. A contract will be drawn up and submitted to a laywyer. Also, the bill for Bioxide used is $5,000.00; in the future it will be a bi-annual payment.
Board member Ronald Phillips inquired if the Somerset development will put us in a penalty position. Superintendent Kiernan responded no. The town attorney, Paul Kellar, has indicated that Somerset must have its own sewer district budget; the expenses of that sewer district will be paid by Somerset’s residents. Negotiations are continuing with Somerset.
Board members discussed how and why the town could go over allotted sewer usage and how to address the issue.
The Esopus Town Board asked Superintendent Kiernan when an Inflow & Infiltration Study would be scheduled. His response was next spring, suggesting that an engineer be hired to do the study. Somerset’s developers are giving $50,000.00 for an I & I Study.
Board member Douglas DeKoskie commented that the study should be concentrated on the Somerset area and also where the beaver dams were. Superintendent Kiernan has been to the beaver dam area several times and found that the area is drying out, there are no manholes under water, the water flows through the area, which is virtually a wetland. No heavy equipment can get to this wet piece of land, however. Mr. DeKoskie suggested that proposals be requested, to get an idea of the price and of what exactly would be done as part of the study. The Board and Superintendent Kiernan will come up with a plan for this study between now and the spring.
Superintendent Kiernan reported to the Board that two hundred eighty (280) feet of main is finished as of this date. Within the next two days three (3) ten-inch valves and one (1) six-inch valve will be installed. The bill will be sent to Thomas Danielle.
A water hydrant in front of the brick house near the new town hall site is inaccessible in winter. Superintendent Kiernan asked the Board to approve a new hydrant to be placed by the new town hall, at the entrance on the right side, at the driveway. The cost would be approximately $1,500.00. All board members approved this.
Superintendent Kiernan advised the Board that this would begin during the day the first week in November.
Superintendent Kiernan notified the Board that this week the tax roll list notice will be in the newspaper.
Board member Ronald Phillips inquired about the letter from SEMO and the $91,000.00 for the emergency line to be paid to the Town. Superintendent Kiernan will check on this amount, since it was previously indicated that $103,000.00 would be paid to the Town. He also explained that from that storm the Federal Government would pay 75% and New York State 25%.
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.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY MICHAEL CELUCH 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