PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD
November 14, 2006
The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board was held on Tuesday, November 14, 2006, with the following members in attendance:
Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent
Michael Celuch, Chairman
Absent were Roger Mabie and Wayne Freer, Liaison from the Esopus Town Board.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Superintendent Kiernan.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL CELUCH AND SECONDED BY JOHN MEEHAN TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER 10, 2006 MEETING. ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that the State has not awarded the bid for light duty dump trucks; it will be next year before this happens.
3. UPGRADE TIM BYRON TO I I A
Superintendent Kiernan notified the board that the paperwork is in for this employee’s upgrade; it awaits approval from the Health Department. Tim Byron and Mike Dauner took Civil Service exams for the position of Water Treatment Operator.
The Port Ewen Fire Department recommended that this fire hydrant be re-installed; the job is complete.
Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that all of the following subdivisions are in the planning stages.
This development would consist of twenty-five
single-family homes, located on the “40 bumps”
This development would consist of three hundred
ninety-six units. It would be necessary for an
amendment to the PUD designation. There would
also need to be a Water District extension and a
Sewer District extension.
This development would consist of thirty single-
This development would consist of eighty units
for senior citizens, located behind BOCES, and
five single-family homes on River Road.
Superintendent Kiernan recommended that an independent engineer review the Water and Sewer district extension applications for this development. The Town Board agreed to hire Brinnier & Larios to do the review. That report should be complete with the next two weeks. Somerset’s escrow account will pay for the report.
Superintendent Kiernan apprised the board that the Town Board would probably adopt the new budget either November 14th or at the Town Board meeting on Thursday, November 16th. Rate increases will be effective with the first billing of the new year.
Discussion followed concerning unpaid water bills. Superintendent Kiernan reported to the board that $73,000 is outstanding, compared to $58,000 at this time last year—an increase of $15,000. This unpaid amount will be added to the tax bills of the residents to whom it applies. Superintendent Kiernan pointed out, however, that the Town of Esopus would receive the necessary amount from Ulster County, even if the taxes themselves remain unpaid.
Board members mentioned: When the code was reviewed, it was observed that the 10% penalty barely covers expenses incurred; that the current penalty is not an incentive for people to pay their water bill and is, in fact, a familiar pattern; that the fee could be raised to 15% this year and perhaps compounded. Members asked if there are any state regulations about capping penalties charged, and if there is a yearly report comparing the outstanding total to the overall total—indicated by percentage.
Superintendent Kiernan responded: According to Section 120-18 of the Town Code, a 10% penalty shall be charged when a water bill is thirty days overdue; that the Town Board can raise late fees if it is recommended; he can call other water districts to inquire about their late fees/penalties; he can call an attorney about the question of compounding late fees; that there is an annual report of the outstanding total as compared to the overall total (this year it is about 15%-16%)—which he sends to the Health Department.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY BOARD MEMBER RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY JOHN MEEHAN TO RECOMMEND THAT THE ESOPUS TOWN BOARD RAISE LATE FEES TO FIFTEEN PERCENT PER QUARTER IN THE WATER DISTRICT IN AN EFFORT TO CUT BACK ON ALL THE PEOPLE WHO END UP ON THE TAX ROLL EVERY YEAR, AND TO GO TOWARD THE EXPENSES INCURRED. ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
MON. DEC. 11 MON. JAN. 8 MON. FEB. 12
Board members John Meehan and Ronald Phillips were agreeable to meeting on these days.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL CELUCH AND SECONDED BY DOUGLAS DEKOSKIE TO APPROVE THE MONTHLY VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.
Superintendent Kiernan advised the board of two water breaks on East Stout Avenue, one in the middle of the hill and one at the foot of the hill. The Water/Sewer Department crew was on site four hours before Central Hudson arrived.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY MICHAEL CELUCH TO ADJOURN THE MEETING. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR. THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 8:00 PM.
Gloria Meshci Secretary