Location: CWC, Main Street, Margaretville, NY
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.
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.