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.

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