PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD MEETING

OCTOBER 11, 2011

 

The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water & Sewer Board was held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, with the following members in attendance:

 

          Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent

          Peter Koelli, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Foreman

          Ronald Phillips

          Kevin Rentfrow

          Michael Tronolone

          Larry VanVliet

 

Absent was Board Chairman Douglas DeKoskie.  Absent was Donna McAuley, Liaison from the Esopus Town Board, who was attending a Town Board Workshop meeting.

 

The meeting was called to order by acting chairman Ronald Phillips.

 

  1. MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LARRY VAN VLIET AND SECONDED BY KEVIN RENTFROW TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

  1. VIOLATION LETTERS OUT 7/27/11  -  90 DAYS

 

Superintendent Kiernan reported that out of the nine violation letters that were mailed in July, five residents have not complied.  He asked the Board what they felt should be the course of action.  Commissioner Ronald Phillips stated that some of the residents did fix the sump pump problem, so the remaining residents need to comply.  Commissioner Kevin Rentfrow felt that another letter should be sent.  Commissioner Larry VanVliet agreed stating that, before the matter is turned over to Town Court, the Town Supervisor’s thoughts need to be discussed.  The next letter sent by Superintendent Kiernan will advise the residents that they have thirty days to respond to this final letter.

 

  1. FOREMAN REPORTS

 

The weekly reports by Foreman Koelli are included with this month’s agenda.  Superintendent Kiernan advised the Board that because of storms Irene and Lee, work is behind schedule by two weeks.

 

  1. BIRCHES  -  EASEMENTS  -  NO WORD

 

Superintendent Kiernan notified the board that there is no news on this item.

 

  1. BUDGETS 2012

 

  1. SEWER OVERFLOWS/PROBLEMS TROPICAL STORM IRENE

 

Superintendent Kiernan has called the DEC and has recorded the overflows.  Commissioner VanVliet inquired about the letters that were received last week.

 

  1. GENERATOR QUOTES  -  DORIS ST

 

Regarding the leaking seal on the generator at the Doris Street pump station, Superintendent Kiernan has compiled three quotes:

    1. Peak Power Systems  -  $16,700  -  2 yr warranty  -  they have electricians to install the generator.  Installation approximately $4,000.
    2. Southworth Milton  -  $19,950  -  1 yr warranty  -  generator only.  Southworth Milton could replace the leaking seal at a cost of $6,000.
    3. Troy Building and Supply  -  $18,450  -  generator only.

 

There is $17,000 still in the equipment budget to cover this cost.  The new generator will be natural gas—35 kw—the smallest natural gas generator in a commercial application.  Application has been made to Central Hudson for natural gas service.

 

Superintendent Kiernan sought permission from the Board to go ahead with the purchase of the new generator.  Commissioner Rentfrow inquired if there would be any reimbursement for the old generator; Superintendent Kiernan replied that it could be sold for scrap.  Mr. Rentfrow asked if there would be any additional cost for maintenance of the generator; Superintendent Kiernan replied no.  Commissioner VanVliet inquired if this will completely delete all our funds through the end of the year; Superintendent Kiernan responded no.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LARRY VANVLIET AND SECONDED BY RONALD PHILLIPS TO ALLOW SUPERINTENDENT KIERNAN TO PURCHASE A NEW NATURAL GAS GENERATOR FOR THE DORIS STREET PUMP STATION.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

  1. PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY LARRY VAN VLIET TO APPROVE THE MONTHLY VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

  1. RONDOUT HARBOR

 

Foreman Koelli advised the Board that the water pump on the generator at the Rondout Harbor has been fixed.  It may be possible to take the transfer switch from the Doris Street generator to use at Rondout Harbor.  Next year the generator will need to be replaced, but it is smaller, so the cost will not be as high.

 

  1. MISCELLANEOUS

 

    1. Commissioner Michael Tronolone inquired about turbidity.  Superintendent Kiernan replied that there was a small violation in August; we have met turbidity requirements in September.  At this time aluminum sulfate and lime usage are up.  Notices we receive are included in the annual water supply statement.
    2. Commissioner Larry VanVliet mentioned the replacement of the lights at the water treatment plant and asked Superintendent Kiernan to contact Central Hudson regarding this.  The superintendent agreed.
    3. Superintendent Kiernan advised the Board that a partial water/sewer tap application has been received for Tucker Pond.  The water main will be put in on Main Street; the sewer line will be put in on Sackett Street.
    4. Commissioner Michael Tronolone commented that we are giving the City of Kingston more and more.  Superintendent Kiernan responded that our limit is five days at 1.2 million gallons.  Currently we are one day away from violating the limit.

 

  1. ADJOURNMENT

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY KEVIN RENTFROW AND SECONDED BY LARRY VAN VLIET TO ADJOURN THE MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.  THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 7:58 PM.

 

                                                          Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                          Gloria Meschi, Secretary

                                                          Port Ewen Water & Sewer Board