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The Monday June 21, 2021 meeting of the CWT Executive Board will be held in person and via Zoom.

The meeting begins at 6:15 PM EDT.

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Executive Board Meeting – April 19, 2021

Location:  Zoom

Present:  Ric Coombe, Greg Vurckio, Bud Gladstone, Scott Grey, Larry Reilly and Bill Federice.

Others:  Jason Merwin, Jeff Baker, Nick Carbone, Tim Cox, Aaron Bennet, Kelly Mariotti, Bruce Dolph and Annie Seefeldt

1. Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:19.

2. February 15, 2021 Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve minutes by Greg Vurckio.  Second by Bud Gladstone. Motion carried.

3. Stakeholders Meeting:  Jeff Baker reported that he has had conversation with Delaware County regarding the Streamside Acquisition Program.  All want to make sure DEC doesn’t roll out the SAP without Delaware County’s input.  Next meeting is scheduled for April 29th on Land Acquisition.

4. Ashokan Pumped Storage Project:  This has been withdrawn.  Jeff was pleased to see the towns and villages get involved and write opposition letters.   Now they are talking about Neversink and Roundout which they are connected.  At this point, plans for Neversink and Roundout are way down the road.  CWT will keep an eye on this situation.

5. Reporting back to our member Towns:  Ric Coombe reinstated that communication is the key.  Need to do more outreach to the towns and villages on watershed issues so that the towns and villages know what is going on.  For instance, the Town of Hunter asked CWT for our help.  We helped them solve the issue that they were having.  Need to let the public know that we are here for them if they need us.

6. Catskill Park:  Ric reported that public recreation sites have become a problem.  Visitors have been leaving tons of trash in the areas. The burdens shouldn’t be on the towns to pick-up the garbage.  The landowners should be responsible (DEC).  Also, parking has become a problem as well; visitors parking wherever they want.  Parking is only allowed in the designated places.  A local law is in effect now.  Tickets will be issued if parking elsewhere by the State Police and the Sheriff. Overall, the towns would like to see less people at the public recreation sites.

7. Tom Snow:  Mentioned earlier.

8. Reports:
a. FAD deliverables:  No report.
b. Streamside Acquisition: 
c. Flood Commission Reports:  No report
d. CWC report:  CWC received 1.8 million for the Septic 5 Program. That comes out to be only 60 projects next year.
e. Below the Reservoirs:  No report

9. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report: 
There is $8,500.00 in the checking account and $93,726.70 in the savings account. 
Bill Federice motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Second by Greg Vurckio. 

Greg Vurckio motioned to except the warrant for
The Storeroom $50.00
Delaware County Admin services $505.40
$1,480.00 for legal fees and
Del. Co. Watershed Affairs postage reimbursement for $22.44
making the total warrant for $2,057.84. 
Second by Bill Federice.  Motion carried.

10. Other:  Bill Federice wanted to give a heads up to the committee that Conesville and CWC have been working on establishing a Waste Water Sewer District.  DEP has come back and wants to change the agreement that they agreed too. CWT will step in if things don’t get resolved.

11. Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn meeting by Bud Gladstone.  Second by Greg Vurckio.  Meeting adjourned at 6:56.

Executive Board Meeting – March 15, 2021

Location:  Zoom

Present:  Ric Coombe, Greg Vurck, Peter Friedel, David Kukle, Bud Gladstone and Tom Hilson.

Others:  Jason Merwin, Jeff Baker, Nick Carbone, Tim Cox, Aaron Bennet, Michelle Yost and Kelly Mariotti.  Jim Sofranko-Town of Olive Supervisor

1. Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:12.

2. February 15, 2021 Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve minutes by Bud Gladstone.  Second by Peter Friedel.  Motion carried.

3. Stakeholders Meeting:  NAS held a summary meeting on March 25th.  The Septic Program was talked about.  It was recommended that there be an expansion, but that was in the Kensico Basin.  Meetings will continue and DEP will also be having focus group meetings especially regarding the Land Acquisition Program. 

Another issue that was discussed was how to rollout the SAP program.  There are issues with DEC regarding the towns to buy-in the SAP program.  Wednesday, March 17th, there will be a conference call between Delaware County, Jeff Baker, Kevin Young and Allyson Phillips to develop a strategy on how to deal with DEC on this issue.

Nick Carbone stated that there has been no new development in the Town of Middleton in the last 50 years except the new CWC/DEP building.

4. Ashokan Pumped Storage Project:  The Supervisor from the Town of Olive, Jim Sofranko is asking the CWT Board for their support to oppose a project that was submitted to FERC.  A company from California has submitted a proposal to FERC for a high elevation reservoir.  There are 3 reservoir sites for this proposal.  One will be chosen for the project. There has been no outreach from FERC to Ulster County.  The high elevation reservoir project would be huge.  The tunnels would be 40 to 50 feet in diameter and buried 100s of feet underground.  At the end of the tunnels, there would be five turbines running which would use huge amount of power.  Ric motioned Jeff to write a response letter opposing the High Elevation Reservoir project.  Moved by David Kukle.  Second by Tom Hilson.  Motioned carried.  Note:  Peter Friedel clarifies that the project will affect his land and house.   Jeff stated the comment period ends April 12th.  He will have the response letter in by April 9th.

5. Reporting back to our member Towns:  Last week Ric sat in on the Town of Rochester Board meeting via zoom.  Rochester had some questions as to why they should stay with CWT.  Ric explain what CWT is and what CWT does and how CWT can help the Counties, Towns and Villages.  Rochester decided to stay with CWT.

Ric Coombe reinstated that communication is the key.  Need to do more outreach to the towns and villages on watershed issues so that the towns and villages know what is going on.

6. 2021 Dues Notice:  Kelly Mariotti stated that the dues letters were mailed out Monday, March 15th.

7. Reports
a. FAD deliverables:  No report.
b. Streamside Acquisition: 
c. Flood Commission Reports:  Arron reported that the only thing that is active at this time is the Town of Shokan.
d. CWC report:  Annual meeting April 6 via zoom.
e. Below the Reservoirs:  No report.

8. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report:  There is $491.21 in the checking account and $98,983.35 in the savings account.  Tom Hilson motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Second by Peter Friedel. 

Greg Vurckio motioned to except the warrant for-
The Storeroom $50.00
Delaware County Admin services $722.33
$1,443.00 for legal fees and
The Mountain Eagle in the amount of $12.18
Making the total warrant for $2,227.51. 
Second by Bill Federice.  Motion carried.

9. Other:  Once again, Ric reached out to Bud stating that if he needs any help with WAC, please feel free to reach out to CWT.  Bud was very appreciative of that.

10. Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn meeting by Bud Gladstone.  Second by Greg Vurckio.  Meeting adjourned at 7:04.

Executive Board Meeting – Feb 15, 2021

Location:  Zoom
Present:  Ric Coombe, Greg Vurckio, Bill Federice, Scott Grey, Larry Reilly, Peter Friedel, David Kukle and Steve Walker.

Others:  Jason Merwin, Jeff Baker, Nick Carbone, Tim Cox and Kelly Mariotti.

  1. Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:15.

  2. January 18, 2021 Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve minutes by Greg Vurckio.  Second by Larry Reilly.  Motion carried.

  3. Stakeholders Meeting:  There has been three Stakeholders meetings to date.  Land Acquisition & Community Vitality, Stream Program and WAC.
    Ric felt there seemed to be a lot of common ground on the Stream Program.  There is an interest in purchasing smaller pieces.  There are some smaller disagreements in the Stream Program, but Ric thinks they can work through it.  The meeting ended with assignments.  Jeff was assigned to work on zoning and planning.

    Jeff reported that the city thinks there is sufficient amount of coordination.  On the other hand, Jeff stated there is a lack of coordination with all parties involved.  Dave Warne called Jeff regarding his statement during the Stakeholders meeting.  Dave believes there is coordination/cooperation.  Jeff disagrees.  Jeff suggested a meeting with the Catskill Center, Green County Soil and Water, the City and Towns to discuss the management of the program.  Let’s get cooperation with all parties involved.  Another example of lack of cooperation is the City involvement in Invasive Species.  Once again, need to get all parties involved to work together on this issue.

    Nick had a comment on Forestry Easements.  If the intent of the Easement Program is to preserve and promote forest land in the watershed, then improved incentives are required to ensure that pre-commercial forestry is conducted.  Many landowners can’t do this work themselves, incentives must make it attractive to private contractors.

    Ric stated that CWT needs to support this program that is under WAC.  Jeff stated that CWT and WAC do not have a good history together.  Ric understands that but at this time, WAC could really use a helping hand.  Ric will reach out to Bud Gladstone.

    Jason Merwin stated that CWC doesn’t agree with everything in the NAS report as well.  For example, the Septic System Program.   Jason is requesting CWT and other Stakeholders support before the Stakeholders meeting that is on Thursday, February 25th.  The topics include Stormwater, Waste Water and most importantly the Septic System Program.  The NAS recommends that CWC do up to 1,500 septic system replacements per year.  That isn’t a realistic number.  CWC does around 300 per year.

    Over the past year, the City was unable to honor some of the contracts and invoices.  This has put the program at a pause.  CWC needs 100% assurance from the City that they will reimburse for the program to move forward.

    Right now, there are 317 people are enrolled in the program.  It cost around $29,000 to replace a system.  For January 2021, CWC has $7,200,000.  That comes to around $24,000 per person.  We are short right from the start.   Jason stated that he would like to start out at $14,400,000. Get the 317 septic’s done this summer and start enrolling people for the following summer.   Steve Walker brought up the question, “how do you know if it is residential or an Air BB (commercial)?”  Commercial properties receive 60% reimbursement from CWC.  Residential is 100% reimbursed.  The owner needs to live on the property to receive the 100% reimbursement.

    Steve Walker moved to motion that CWT supports the efforts of CWC to frontload the Septic Program and directs Jeff Baker to advocate that position and in all negotiations. Second by Peter Friedel.  Motion carried.

  4. Delaware County will be setting up their own zoom link to use for CWT.  If need be, CWT can use Ric’s zoom account or Jeff’s zoom account.

  5. 2021 Dues Notice:  Jeff Baker will work on the letter.

  6. Web Page – Carl Stuendel:  The CWT Board is very thankful that Carl is willing to post the minutes and the zoom links.

  7. Reports
    a. FAD deliverables:  No report.
    b. Streamside Acquisition:  Nothing new to report.
    c. Flood Commission Reports:  Kelly emailed Delaware County’s report to all members.
    d. CWC report:  Revised Hamlet letters will be going out tomorrow.  Annual meeting April via zoom.
    e. Below the Reservoirs:  No report

  8. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report:  Kelly forgot the account balances.  She will email that to the Board tomorrow.  There is $1,000.06 in the checking account and $98,968.16 in the savings account. 
    Greg Vurckio motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Second by Bill Federice.  Motion carried via email.  

    Bill Federice motioned to except the warrant for
    The Storeroom $50.00; Delaware County Admin services $550.35; and $1,924.00 for legal fees –
    making the total warrant for $2,524.35. 
    Second by Steve Walker.  Motion carried.

  9. Other:    No report.

  10. Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn meeting by Greg Vurckio.  Second by Steve Walker.  Meeting adjourned at 7:30.

Executive Board Meeting – Jan 18, 2021

Location:  Zoom
Present:  Ric Coombe, Greg Vurckio, Bill Federice, Scott Grey, Larry Reilly, Tom Hilson and Steve Walker.
Others:  Jason Merwin, Jeff Baker, Nick Carbone, Tim Cox and Michelle Yost.

  1. Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:15.
  2. December 21, 2020 Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve minutes by Bill Federice.  Second by Larry Reilly.  Motion carried.
  3. Stakeholders Meeting:  Ric Coombe reported that with 70 some people on the call, he doesn’t know how things will get done. 
    A smaller group needs to be formed to stay focused on the issues.  Jeff suggested to the group to get your list of concerns together now and bring to the group so that the group can start working on a strategy.
    Jeff Baker shared information from DOH.  A tight schedule of meetings for the release of the draft FAD by February 2022. (Please see attached document from DOH)  Jeff stated that the negotiations are conducted in smaller groups.  Some of the issues that we need to focus on are Conservation Easements, Recreation Land Use and Land Acquisition Program to name a few.  Regarding the Conservation Easements, Ric asked, “what is the breakdown with the easements and the landowners and DEP.  “Who’s fault is it?”  Jeff stated that the landowners don’t really know what they are getting in to.  The landowners really need to use  lawyers.
    Ric had one more comment to make.  He wanted to disclose that he is enrolling  750 acres into a WAC Conservation Easement.  Nick Carbone’s comment on that, “we shouldn’t follow the NAS recommendations when it comes to Conservation Easements.”  NAS’s recommendation states, “retiring eased agricultural land from production.”  Ric and Jeff feel that this is an odd comment from NAS.  They will investigate further.
    Jason Merwin stated that CWC doesn’t agree with everything in the NAS report as well.  For example, the Septic System Program. The NAS recommendation is to use Aerobic Systems.  CWC gave NAS a report done in 2009 that this type of septic doesn’t work very well.
    Jason also reported that they have a large contract with DEP regarding the Septic Replacement Program.  They will be able to replace around 300 septics per year, but some revisions need to be made to the contract with DEP to insure that 300 septics can be replaced.  NAS thinks that CWC should be doing around 500 to a 1,500 per year which is impossible.  CWC will be making a case against that.
    Ric commented that in the past, CWC and CWT didn’t always see eye to eye.  Ric believes that CWC and CWT need to be on the same page regarding the FAD negotiations.  We would have a better chance of getting things accomplished if we are as one.
  4. Delaware County will be setting up their own zoom link to use for CWT.  If need be, CWT can use Ric’s zoom account or Jeff’s zoom account.
  5. 2021 Dues Notice:  Need to talk to Kelly.
  6. Web Page – Carl Stuendel:  Jeff and Ric will talk to Carl to see what he might want as payment (if any) and bring back to the group next month.
  7. Reports
    a. FAD deliverables:  No report.
    b. Streamside Acquisition:  Nothing new to report.
    c. Flood Commission Reports:  No report.
    d. CWC report:  Working on revised Hamlet letters.  Should be going out this week.
    e. Below the Reservoirs:  No report
  8. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report:  Nick read off the account balances. 
    There is $424.18 in the checking account and
    $101,525.62 in the savings account. 
    Greg Vurckio motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Second by Bill Federice.  Motion carried.  

    Greg Vurckio motioned to except the warrant for
    The Storeroom $50.00 
    Delaware County Admin services $375.51 and
    Sullivan County Democrat $79.36 for meeting announcement
    making the total warrant for $504.87. 
    Second by Bill Federice.  Motion carried.
  9. Other:    No report.
  10. Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn meeting by Greg Vurckio.  Second by Bill Federice.  Meeting adjourned at 7:15.

Upcoming Feb 2021 Meeting

The February 15, 2021 meeting of the CWT Executive Board meeting will be held via Zoom.
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