PORT EWEN WATER & SEWER BOARD
May 8, 2007
The regular monthly meeting of the Port Ewen Water and Sewer Board was held on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 with the following members in attendance:
Donald Kiernan, Port Ewen Water & Sewer Superintendent
Michael Celuch, Chairman
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 APRIL 10, 2007 MEETING. ALL BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
TOWN BOARD REJECTED PURCHASE
The Town Board instructed Superintendent Kiernan to borrow a sewer jet truck from the Town of Ulster or the City of Kingston if the department is in need of one. There is nearly $55,000.00 in a fund for a new sewer jet truck. Superintendent Kiernan advised William Clark and Healy International that there will not be a purchase.
Ronald Phillips inquired as to the reason for rejecting the purchase. Superintendent Kiernan was told that the Town Board did not want to raise taxes.
The water district extension has been granted
Superintendent Kiernan notified the board that negotiations are going on among Somerset’s attorney, Joseph Eriole, Attorney for the Town of Esopus, Paul Kellar, and Dennis Larios of Brinnier and Larios. Superintendent Kiernan is of the opinion that the Esopus Town Board will not adopt further documents unless Attorney Paul Kellar approves. Documentation has been submitted to the State Controller. Discussion was held as to possible uses for the one-time contribution of $110,000.00 and the additional $50,000.00 from Somerset’s developers. A use has not been specified as yet.
Chairman Michael Celuch asked Superintendent Kiernan to determine if attorney Paul Kellar approves of the documentation submitted.
To Ronald Phillips’ inquiry as to the fairness of the amount of $110,000.00, Superintendent Kiernan replied that approximately $81,000.00 would have been paid over the same span of time.
APRIL 30 – ACROSS FROM THE CEMETERY
A ten-foot section of main was replaced
MAY 1 – RIVERVIEW RESTAURANT, BROADWAY
This break was near construction
Trapping is concluded with three beaver trapped. Now their dams will be torn out, probably within the current week.
Superintendent Kiernan advised the board that the emergency line is on the bridge. Board member Douglas DeKoskie was able to obtain pipe free of charge from SEMA. Nearly two hundred feet has been assembled by our own workers.
A geo-tech, Gregory Gifford, has ordered five bore sites—one at the plant and four on nearby River Road. Superintendent Kiernan is keeping documentation of findings. He stated that before any action is taken at the plant, remediation needs to be know first. He will be attending a FEMA meeting on Thursday, May 10, at the county building.
A clarifier has been moved. The water line that feeds a hydrant broke and is out of service.
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.