Executive Board Meeting – Aug 20, 2018

Location: CWC, Main Street, Margaretville, NY
Time: 6:15pm

Present: Mark Tuthill, Anthony Coiro, William Federice, Peter Friedel, Thomas Hilson, Michael McCrary, Greg Vurckio, David Kukle, Chris Mathews and Donald Murray.
Others: Molly Oliver, Bruce Dolph, Larry Underwood, Tim Cox, Kelly B. Mariotti, Michelle Yost and Steve Walker.

1. Call to Order – 6:04 pm

2. June 18, 2018 Minutes Approval. Moved by Peter Friedel. Second by Greg Vurckio. Minutes accepted as is. No meeting in July.

3. Update on 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement Signatures. Waiting on Ulster and Sullivan Counties to sign. It is in the works. CWC has approved the agreement, they just have to sign.

4. CWC Land Acquisition Reviews
a. Del. Co. Resolution in support of CWC’s request to review Land Acquisitions.

b. CWC – CWC is asking DEC if they could have authority to review Land Acquisitions and make comments. WAC doesn’t like this idea. The Towns would also have a chance for input in case they want to do something with the parcel in the future. CWC would also contract with the County to help with the reviews. The main thing is the Towns receive all possible information and comments before going into contract with the City. Tim Cox brought up the Wayne Marshfield letter to DEP in regards that there are nine parcels that the city wants to buy but only one of the parcels includes a water course that meets the natural resource criteria. Tom Snow is in favor of getting us in pre-contract. Motion moved by Tony Coiro for a resolution by the CWT in support of CWC reviews and comments on Land Acquisitions having the Towns review before going into contract. Second by Greg Vurckio. Motion approved by all. CWT will send minutes to Tom Snow and do a resolution next month.

5. Windham Path Resolution – Mr. Walker presented a resolution from the Town of Windham to the CWT Board requesting legal assistance from CWT Board to work with NYCDEP on advancing the Windham Path through land owned by the DEP. Tony stated that we need to look at the whole picture. Tourism is a big part of our economy for all the Towns. Bruce suggested to eliminate the word “Mountain bikes” and just make it “bikes”. Mountain bike suggests bikes racing down the mountain creating ruts and tearing up the side of the mountain – which is not what these paths would be. DEC has mountain bike trails. Maybe DEP will consider this language. Mark will bring this up next week when he meets with Dave Warne and Paul Rush. Mike McCrary motioned to draft a resolution for the next CWT meeting. We need to raise the issue with DEP pointing out the recreational use of these trails which may include non-motorized wheels that are beneficial to the community, tourism, better preserving water quality and controlling erosion. Second by Tony Coiro. Motion approved by all.

6. Reports
a. National Academy of Sciences Panel –
i. Meeting Dates – The next meeting dates are September 27th and 28th for the first round. Also, October 25th and 26th for the second round.
ii. Panel/Scope Updates – The NAS did make an addition to the panel. The new person Richard Stedman – is from Cornell University and has a sociology background. Mark has the 2000 “Watershed Management for Potable Water Supply: Assessing the New York City Strategy”. This document lists some of the biggest concerns: microbial pathogens, organic precursors of disinfection byproducts and phosphorus. Mark stated that these concerns have been addressed over the years. We have been doing our job! Kelly will be sending the short version of the document to the CWT board.
iii. Scientific Support Group – A small panel of experts are being formed in Delaware County to participate in the NAS meetings.

b. FAD deliverables:
i. Streamside Acquisition
1. June 14th meeting – Larger group meeting. Jeff Baker was asked to draft zoning changes for water quality sub-division. For normal building lots that are not going to meet road frontage access. Need an easier way to let them subdivide in this SAP program that normally doesn’t meet subdivision ranks.
2. Upcoming meetings: 9/14, 10/22

ii. Farm in Transition/Rescue Report – Not moving forward at this time.

c. Flood Commission Reports – Larry Underwood reported that the weather has set the projects back. Contractors are ready to go just waiting for the weather to break. The water is high and makes it very difficult for de-watering the streams for work to be done.
i. South Street in Walton. Bids are due Friday. Do to the steel prices going up, bids could come in way over budget.
ii. DPW will be starting Mill Street in Fleischmanns on September 4
iii. SMIP applications. One has been awarded for the East Branch fish study – Trout Unlimited.
iv. Steele Brook. Award from Army Corp for $440,000 for bank failure. Will start next year. Also, a second project for Steele Brook is debris removal. A SMIP application has been submitted for this in the amount of $20,000.
v. Michele Yost reported that a potential project in the Village of Hunter for a floodplain reclamation and bridge replacement could take place which would take a number of properties out of the floodplain.
vi. Windham – 3 applications are in the process for buyouts on main street.
vii. Molly Oliver for Arron Bennett –DEC has decided not to do the monitoring on the sites that were purchased through the flood buyout program. City is looking for someone else to monitor the sites. These are municipally owned sites. Mount Tremper has ~7 properties that had started out on the flood buyout process. If the properties are not purchased by the end of next year, DOT is going to eminent domain the properties because they want to lengthen the bridge. The County was totally surprised by this last week and now the process is coming to a halt.
Tim Cox reported that there are 2 projects that they are looking to do. First is Rt. 28 bridge replacement in Big Indian. Second is 212 up towards Woodstock. There is a bridge there that goes under water every time during flooding. They are looking at raising 212. There are 2 properties that would be involved. Looking to do a flood buyout on the properties. One of them is the Rock Cut Cottages. Looking to do a relocation. The City has pulled the plug on the buyouts because of the DOT timeline.
Tim also reported that Ulster County has asked CWC for assistance for taking down the old Mt. Tremper bridge. CWC has agreed to take on the task.

d. CWC report – Tim Cox reported the CWC will be awarding bids in September for their new building.

e. Below the Reservoirs
i. Delaware – Molly reported that work for the SCMP Phase 2 has begun.
ii. Esopus – No report
iii. Schoharie – No report

7. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
i. Savings Balance: $49,055.18 Checking Balance: $1,001.18
ii. Warrants totaling $50.00 for Storage fee. No admin. fee or attorney fee. Motion to accept treasurer’s report and pay the warrant made by Tony Coiro. Second by Thomas Hilson. All approved.

8. Other – Delaware County needs two alternates

9. Meeting adjourned at 7:38. Motion by Tony Coiro. Second by Greg Vurckio.

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Executive Board Meeting – June 18, 2018

Location: CWC, Main Street, Margaretville, NY

Present: William Federice, Peter Friedel, Michael McCrary, Mark Tuthill and David Kukle.
Others: Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Michelle Yost, Jeff Baker and Kelly Blakeslee

1. Call to Order 6:19 pm

2. May 21, 2018 Minutes Approval. Moved by Mike McCrary. Second by David Kukle. Minutes accepted as is.

3. Update on 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement Signatures – Michelle Yost stated that a sample resolution is being passed around her county for approval so that it can get sent off to Legislature.

4. Stakeholders meetings
a. Town Level Assessments
i. Changes to Solicitation strategy

b. Farm transition
i. No report from DEP yet.

c. SAP
i. Meeting was held June 14th. Mark reported that Tom Snow wants to get the SAP program in place. We can fix it as we go. Delaware County argued that you can’t have both programs. It’s stated in the Water Supply Permit and the MOU that the city can’t buy land under 10 acres. The WSP and MOU would have to be changed. DEC lawyers said that you don’t have to change it. Mark replied that the County would have to sue. Dave Tobias and Dave Warne made comments to see about reconfigure LAP towards SAP. NYC has to negotiate a new contract with Catskill Center to even continue with the pilot program that they have now.

5. Reports
a. Flood Commission Reports – Michelle reported that the Tannersville highway garage was approved for a feasibility study which is funded by the CWC. The Village of Hunter has a bridge that is undersized. This could be a large project. There will be a walk through sometime in July.

b. CWC report – Tim Cox reported that the draft septic rules will be out to the city sometime this week. Six applications have been approved for the property protection grants. More pending for July including Boiceville Market. CWC can award up to $5,000 for a feasibility study. 75% is available for construction – with 25% match required.

c. Below the Reservoirs – No reports
i. Delaware
ii. Esopus
iii. Schoharie

d. Other
i. Jeff Baker reported that the NASEM put together a committee to review the NYC Watershed Protection Programs. There is a lack of economic development and community sustainability expertise and lack of representation. Comments regarding this committee are due by July 2nd. Mr. Baker will draft a resolution on behalf of the Coalition stating the CWT concerns. Motion moved by David Kukle. Second by Peter Friedel.

6. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
a. Savings Balance: $55,051.39 Checking Balance: $1,001.18

b. Warrants totaling $228.80 (Storage fee: $50.00; WSA Admin: $178.80; Young and Sommer – no invoice). Motion to accept treasurer’s report and pay the warrants made by Peter Friedel. Second by Mike McCrary. All approved.

7. Other – Delaware County needs two alternates – Mark stated that they are still looking.

8. Meeting adjourned at 7:09. Motion by Peter Friedel. Second by Mike McCrary.

Executive Board Meeting – May 21, 2018

Location: CWC, Main Street, Margaretville, NY
Time: 6:15 PM

Present: Mark Tuthill, Tom Hilson, Dave Kukle, Michael McCrary, Pat Davis, Greg Vurckio.
Others: Jeff Baker, Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Michelle Yost, Bruce Dolph.

1. Call to Order

2. April 16, 2018 Minutes. Tom Hilson moved to accept the minutes. Second by Greg Vurckio. All approved.

3. Update on 3d Supplemental Side Agreement. Mr. Baker reported that all issues have been resolved and the parties are signing the agreement. Mr. Tuthill signed the agreement on behalf of the CWT at that meeting.

4. Stakeholders meetings. A discussion was held on issues raised by Mr. Davis that the CWT should be developing arguments to provide to the National Academies of Sciences regarding the CWT’s concerns with the continuation of the land acquisition process. Mr. Tuthill reported on a recent meeting with Tom Snow and the discussion by CWT and Delaware County officials that any expansion of the Streamside Acquisition Program must be in coordination and agreement of each town where it will occur. There was also a discussion of comments circulated by Dean Frazier regarding Farms in Transition and it was noted that those comments did not necessarily represent the views of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors in Delaware County has set up a group and we are waiting for their feedback.

5. Reports
a. Flood Commission Reports:
i. Delaware County submitted a written report.
ii. Greene County: Michelle Yost reported on the proposal submitted to CWC for the Town of Hunter and Village of Tannersville to co-locate a Highway Garage outside the floodplain.

b. CWC Report: Tim Cox reported that CWC is reviewing 6 applications for property protection grants.

c. Below the Reservoirs. No reports.

6. Warrants and Treasurer’s Report.
a. Savings Balance: $60,990.57; Checking Balance: $1000.16
b. Warrants totaling $5,940.91 (Storage fee: $50; Young Sommer: $5,559.50; Dept. of Watershed Affairs: $331.41). Motion to accept treasurer’s report and pay the warrants made by Michael McCrary, seconded by Dave Kukle. All approved.

7. Meeting adjourned at 7:05 PM. Motion by Tom Hilson, second by Greg Vurckio. All approved.

Executive Board Meeting – April 16, 2018

Location: CWC, Main Street Margaretville, NY
Time: 6:15 pm

Present: Mark Tuthill, Anthony Coiro, Ric Coombe, William Federice, Peter Friedel, Wayland Gladstone, Michael McCrary, Greg Vurckio, Thomas Hilson.
Others: Larry Underwood, Aaron Bennett, Molly Oliver, Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Michelle Yost and Frazier.

1. Call to Order

2. March 19, 2018 Minutes – Ric Coombe moved to accept them. Second by Pete Friedel. Passed.

3. Update on 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement Status – Mr. Baker reported it will be circulated for signatures.

4. Stake holders meetings
a. Town level assessments
i. Mark mentioned everyone received the comments from Jeff regarding the DEP’s offer. Will see how the meeting goes on the 17th. Mark sought feedback regarding Land Acq. The overall sense is that the CWT would like to see it end or at the very least focus on more sensitive land. Swaps might hold some possibility. Mike McCrary raised the issue of SAP lands needing access. So if there is a parcel that will be subdivided, the stream portion need to be a flag lot. This issue and others all need to be addressed. Some towns may need or want to change their subdivision laws to accommodate some of the subdivision issues.
ii. Next meeting – April 17th
b. Farm transition – Comments submitted from Del. Co. – not discussed

5. Reports
a. Flood Commission Reports – Brief reports were given. Many LFAs done and adopted. Some beginning to implement projects. Village of Stamford is interested in an LFA. Towns have submitted SMIP grant applications for some of the projects. There are about 15 applications. There is a short list of projects that could use CWC funding. Roxbury is moving ahead with an LFA. Aaron reported on Mt. Tremper. A lot of coordination going on to get a reuse permit request from FEMA to use some buyout properties. There is a need to decommission and remove an ACOE berm. In mid-May, DOT will hold a public meeting to inform the public. Boiceville is doing a planning study. Visioning the future for hamlet redevelopment. Kick off in Mid-May. Rt 28 in Boiceville is currently flooding in a 25 year storm. Town needs more information. If 28 is going to flood, what good is it to build another bridge? Concerns about shutting down the Shandaken Bridge below the current bridge. Response time for Emergency Service could create some serious situations.

b. CWC report – Nice annual meeting. Large crowd. Standing room only.

c. Below the Reservoirs
i. Delaware – PAC meeting scheduled for Phase I of the SCMP. Funding for Phase II is looking good from ARC. Graydon and Larry met with Colchester. They will enter into an MOU with the SWCD to provide support to the town.
ii. Esopus
iii. Schoharie

d. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
i. Savings balance $65,451.23, Checking balance $796.94. Motion to accept the treasurer’s report, Mike McCrary. Second by Pete Friedel. Passed
ii. $5,760.35. Motion to pay the warrants by Pete Friedel. Second by Mike McCrary. Passed.

6. Other – New member and new alternate – Tom Hilson will step in to take Art Merrill’s place, still need two alternates.

7. Meeting Adjourned at 6:36 PM. Motion by Tony Coiro and second by Ric Coombe. Passed.

Executive Board Meeting – March 19, 2018

Location: CWC, Main Street, Margaretville, NY
Time: 6:15pm

Present: Mark Tuthill, Mike McCrary, Ric Coombe, Wayland Gladstone, Art Merrill, Greg Vurckio, Peter Friedel, William Federice and attorney Jeff Baker.

Others: Bruce Dolph, Michelle Yost, Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Molly Oliver, Frazier

1. Call to Order: 6:17

2. February 19, 2018 Minutes Approval – Motion to accept as amended Peter Friedel second Greg Vurckio passed.

3. Presentation: Paul Lenz, DEP to provide an update on the Recreation Rules, Paul introduced Tom Davidock, a member of his staff. Paul and Tom presented the history of recreational uses on City lands since 1997 to today. Overall the changes to the regulations are good making it easier to utilize city lands and fishing on reservoirs. Sailboat use was way down over the year to under 5. Combining that with new invasive species and the challenges of cleaning sailboats, sailboats will no longer be allowed. Kayaks with peddles are also recommended to be discontinued due to the difficulties of cleaning properly. Additionally, the pilot program for electric motorized trolling on the reservoir will be discontinued. The number of requests combined with some taking their motors off their boats and not having them cleaned before another use led to the decision to eliminate their use. The proposed changes will be out for review and comment in April or May.

4. Update on 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement- Mr. Baker reported that they hope it is near the end.

5. Stake holders meetings
a. Town level assessments – Discussion ensued covering about the status of those meetings. The City offered a proposal with the idea of reducing acquisitions. The information needs further analysis. Molly reported that an initial analysis, by Delaware County Planning shows no benefit to Delaware County, as it currently exists. Comments about the proposal are due April 6th. No action taken. Delaware County raised the proposed Alternative Land Acquisition Program at the meeting. It was met with a lot of resistance from Environmental Groups and DEC representing a change in past discussions with both parties.

b. Farm transition- A working group in Delaware County is working on a different proposal than the City is putting forward, that is broader in scope than the City’s proposal. The City’s proposal is not satisfactory to many involved in the discussion.

c. SAP – Some discussion occurred about the potential of SAP. DEC wants to see this expanded into the remainder of the WoH. The CWT has reservations about that, particularly that the program is not an opt in for the Towns but is for the Villages and Hamlets. Some see this as license to buy many parcels under ten acres. Several of the parcels they have purchased under the pilot program included developable land. The prior meeting on incentivizing SAP left many confused as to whether or not towns did have the opt in or not. The Jeff Senterman, Executive Director of the Catskill Center, at that meeting, said that the towns would have the opt in choice.

6. Windham Bike Trail- The discussion is ongoing. The CWT needs a letter from the Town Supervisor or a resolution from the Town Board requesting assistance from the CWT before further involvement by the CWT.

7. Reports
a. Flood Commission Reports- Delaware County reported that most flood commissions and towns have accepted their LFA’s. Andes is very close to approving theirs. Aaron Bennett had submitted a written report. See attached report. Michelle Yost noted that Tannersville adopted their LFA. There are three properties interested in a buyout and an interest in moving the town highway facility.

b. CWC report – no new news.

c. Below the Reservoirs
i. Delaware – Finishing up the SCMP and report to the PAC on April 5th that should lead to the completion by the next CWT meeting.
ii. Esopus- no report.
iii. Schoharie- no report.

d. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
i. Motion to pay warrants totaling $2,206.02 and accept the treasurer’s report of $1,032.85 in checking and $62,948 in savings was made by Ric Coombe and seconded by Art Merrill. Passed.

8. Other – Michelle Yost raised an issue with regard to the Windham Bike Path. Apparently, there is a question with regard to a Right of Way issue. A variance may be needed to proceed with the bike path.

9. Adjourn – Motion to adjourn by Ric Coombe, second by Wayland Gladstone. Passed.

Executive Board Meeting – Feb 19, 2018

Location: CWC, Main Street, Margaretville, NY
Time: 6:15pm (informal discussion until 6:35 when a quorum arrived)

In Attendance: Peter Friedel, Bud Gladstone, Mark Tuthill, Tom Hilson, David Kukle, Bruce Dolph, Aaron Bennett, Tim Cox, Jeff Baker, Michelle Yost

1. Call to Order – 6:35

2. December 18, 2017 Minutes Approval – Approved as amended. Motion made by Tom Hilson, second by Bud Gladstone.

3. Letter – past due members – Town of Wawarsing is back in. Mark spoke with Supervisor in Deposit. Deposit not interested. Sidney still out. Walton is past due. Mark will get ahold of Charlie. Greene County not paid yet. Hardenburg not paid yet.

4. Meeting with new DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza and Paul Rush – Mark described a meeting with the new Commissioner and Paul Rush. Good meeting. Spoke about the Delaware County proposal for an Alternative land Acquisition Program. Some concern on the part of the city about how to pay for a rental. Good meeting overall.

5. Land Acquisition / Streamside Acquisition Discussion – Jeff Baker thinks that the goal should be that in 2023 when the Water Supply Permit negotiations start, the CWT should oppose full lot acquisition and only allow SAP. He noted that ending the LAP would mean ending the Water Supply Permit. We don’t necessarily want that. Delaware County expressed reservation about the SAP, saying that all parcels of land would be open to purchase by the City.

6. Update on FAD and 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement – Final FAD released at end of 2017. 3rd SSA, not complete yet.
a. Next steps – Meeting on Wednesday to continue discussions.

7. Flood Commission Reports
a. Delaware – All LFAs adopted except Andes which is imminent. Roxbury has kicked off.
b. Greene – Tannersville done and to be accepted within a month, Hunter has first meeting upcoming. GNH relocation – very slow process, still moving forward. Trying to determine feasibility for the business.
c. Ulster – Four completed LFA, two properties in City Funded Buyout. CWC grant being used to remove old Route 28 Bridge near Route 212

8. Windham Bike Trail – extensive discussion about this bike trail. The DEP property piece would connect two sides of a larger trail system. There are some implications for the Recreation Rules that are being updated. Apparently DEP may be requiring a crushed stone path for a bike trail. In the case of Windham and Hunter, they are not financially prepared to put in crushed stone. There was a motion to have Jeff Baker call DEP on behalf of Hunter to have biking put into their land use permit. Bud seconded

9. CWC report – Voting for board members currently ongoing. Annual meeting is in April. Tank anchoring ongoing. Couple of grants out for stream work.

10. Farm Transition – Delaware County has convened a working group to try to better understand this issue and get on the same page. Have an upcoming meeting in Kingston to address this with the Enhanced Land Trust Group on the 26th. We need more time to assess the need and understand funding gaps, etc.

11. Below the Reservoirs
a. Delaware – Wrapping up Phase 1 of the Stream Corridor Management Plan. Hopeful to get funding for Phase 2 through Appalachian Regional Commission.
b. Esopus – no update
c. Schoharie – no update

12. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
a. Warrants – $50 – Storeroom, $2,187.90 Young and Summer, $290.55 Watershed Affairs, $23.46 Watershed Affairs.
Total = $2,551.91. Moved by Tom seconded by Pete. Carried

b. Treasurer’s Report – $1,084.63 Checking, $52, 946.36 Savings. Tom and Pete. Carried

c. Dues Payment Update – See item 2

13. Other – in the future don’t schedule meetings on President’s Day or Martin Luther King Day.

14. Adjourn – 7:45 Motion made by Bud, seconded by Tom, Carried.