PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD MEETING
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010

 

The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water & Sewer Board was held on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 with the following members in attendance:

          Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent
          Douglas DeKoskie, Chairman
          Ronald Phillips
          Kevin Rentfrow
          Michael Tronolone
          Larry VanVliet

Absent was Port Ewen Water & Sewer Foreman, Peter Koelli.

The meeting was called to order at 7:29 PM by acting Chairman, Ronald Phillips.

  1. MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF OCTOBER 12, 2010

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LARRY VANVLIET AND SECONDED BY KEVIN RENTFROW TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER 12, 2010 MEETING.  ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

  1. CITY OF KINGSTON REVIEW I & I REPORT  --  NOT YET

There is nothing new to report about this agenda item.

 

  1. FEMA/SEMO  --  UPDATE

Superintendent Kiernan updated the board on current conditions.  No bills will be sent to SEMO yet; SEMO is waiting for FEMA’s final approval for release of funds.  The next needed amount of $750,000.00 will not be available until December 10, 2010; closing on serial bond will take place on December 9, 2010.  In the meantime, during the next two-week period, $99,000.00 from a Class Account fund balance in the bank will be used.  There is $530,000.00 in the capital project account and $606,000.00 in contractors’ bills.  Superintendent Kiernan reported that payment will proceed smoothly, with the Class Account funds being replaced when the serial bond funds are available.

 

  1. PLANT WORK
      1. CLARIFIER

At this time the clarifier is approximately 40% complete.  This is eight-ten weeks ahead of schedule.

      1. WELL DRILLING

The wells are all in and the pump tests are beginning.

      1. DRAINAGE

There is a meeting to be held on November 10, 2010 with the contractor regarding this agenda item.

      1. ELECTRIC

At this time there is nothing to require electric hook up.

 

  1. BUDGET  --  RATE RESOLUTIONS

The rate resolutions are up about 5% to 6%, Superintendent Kiernan stated.  Reflected are ten cents for Water and ten cents for Sewer.  The Town Board is scheduled to vote on the rates at the November meeting.

 

  1. MTG WITH CITY OF KINGSTON  --  LEACHATE  --  10/13 AT 10:00 AM

Superintendent Kiernan notified the board that the Esopus Town Board will address this issue.  The City of Kingston has indicated that there are miscellaneous expenses of $110,000.00 per year, attributed to the waste water treatment plant through the City of Kingston’s budget.  There is still $75,000.00 that the City could share with the Town of Esopus, which could benefit our Town by $7,500.00. Negotiations are possible.

 

 

  1. COUNTY LETTER  --  SLOPE

 

The County Commissioner, David Sheeley, has written a letter to property owner Ken Silver, Superintendent Kiernan reported.  Mr. Silver has been given until December 1, 2010 to do something about the River Road slope.  Reportedly Mr. Silver has hired a firm to address some upper slope issues.

 

  1. SUMP PUMP LETTER

Superintendent Kiernan regretfully explained to the board that this letter has not yet been composed.  It is the superintendent’s intention to draft a letter. Commissioner Kevin Rentfrow suggested that springtime is a better time to send out a letter, rather than winter.  Board members were in agreement.

 

  1. PAYMENT OF VOUCHERS

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

 

  1. MISCELLANEOUS
      1. Commissioner Larry VanVliet asked if the valve by LaMirage has been repaired, and if this is a safety issue.  Superintendent Kiernan replied that the repair has not yet been made, and there is no safety issue.
      2. Commissioner Kevin Rentfrow inquired about the broken lateral that was televised.  Superintendent Kiernan answered that the homeowner will have to dig out to the street and that the department will keep checking on the crack in the lateral.
      3. Commissioner Kevin Rentfrow asked if there is any news about a solar grant.  The Superintendent replied that news is pending.
      4. Chairman Douglas DeKoskie inquired if there have been any water breaks.  Superintendent Kiernan answered that there was a break on Main Street, then another in the same spot.
      5. Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that the old clarifier was serviced.  The plant was shut down for the day that this was done.

 

  1. ADJOURNMENT

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY KEVIN RENTFROW AND SECONDED BY MICHAEL TRONOLONE 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