PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD
NOVEMBER 13, 2007
The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 with the following members in attendance:
Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent
Absent were Douglas DeKoskie and Michael Lange, Liaison from the Esopus Town Board.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Chairman Michael Celuch.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL CELUCH AND SECONDED BY JOHN MEEHAN TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER 9, 2007 MEETING. ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
UPDATE—FEMA ETC. PLANT STATUS—SEMO HERE NEXT WEEK TO FINALIZE—TEMP LINE
Superintendent Kiernan advised the board members that in order for the additional $10,000.00 to be released, an inspection needs to take place. The inspector will be here either November 20th or 21st.
PLANT STATUS AND GEO TECH
The plant status report and the geo tech report have not been submitted as yet. Superintendent Kiernan reminded the board members that final repairs must be finished by October, 2008. The clarifier has several leaks; there will be electric heat put out there to keep ice off the top. The impeller is going all the time, stirring the water.
Board members were notified by Superintendent Kiernan that the paperwork for the sewer contract is with the city attorney.
TOWN WANTS—LINE TELEVISED
The funding for the I & I (Inflow & Infiltration) Study will come from the $50,000.00 paid by the Somerset developer. Superintendent Kiernan will phone Fred Cooke—or one of his sons—concerning the study.
The Port Ewen Water & Sewer Department put in 256 feet of line and three valves. The bill for the valves was sent to Thomas Danielle. The new hydrant will not be active until Mr. Danielle finishes his line.
Superintendent Kiernan reported to the board that hydrant flushing would need to wait until April; there has not been enough time this fall.
The tax roll list was published on October 13, 2007. Superintendent Kiernan reported the total to be $83,000.00. Penalties are added on to unpaid bills.
Superintendent Kiernan pointed out that this increase has not been finalized as yet by the Town Board. If the Sewer District rate were to increase by ten cents per thousand gallons, $15,000.00 in additional revenue would be realized. This would be reflected in approximately a 1% increase in the Sewer District taxes.
At this time there is $19,000.00 left over from the 9W highway improvement project; this will be applied to the Water Department budget as a surplus. This will reduce the amount of taxes that have to be collected. There will be about a 1.4% increase in the Water District taxes.
Board member Ronald Phillips asked if the fees charged do not adequately cover the amount needed, making it necessary to raise taxes. Superintendent Kiernan replied that a tax base is needed for the Sewer Improvement Area; this will always be needed.
A new control panel is needed at a cost of $3,000.00 and an installation charge of at least $600.00. The current panel was installed in 1979; breakers cannot be supplied anymore. Superintendent Kiernan would contact the same company that is always used.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RONALD PHILLIPS AND SECONDED BY JOHN MEEHAN TO CHANGE THE CONTROL PANEL AT THE DORIS STREET PUMP STATION BY ORDERING A REPLACEMENT. ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
Superintendent Kiernan reminded the board that the estimated cost of the clarifier is $450,000.00. This awaits the geo tech report, which will go to the Town Planning Board and to the County Planning Board.
Ronald Phillips asked if the clarifier is part of the River Road problem, to which Superintendent Kiernan replied affirmatively.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY MICHAEL CELUCH AND SECONDED BY RONALD PHILLIPS 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 JOHN MEEHAN 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, Secretary
Port Ewen Water/Sewer Board