The regularly scheduled (3rd Monday of the month) CWT Executive Board Meeting was cancelled for October.
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, Donald Murray and Ric Coombe.
Others: Tim Cox, Kelly B. Mariotti, Jeff Baker and Aaron Bennett.
1. Call to Order – 6:17 pm
2. August 20, 2018 Minutes Approval. Moved by Peter Friedel. Second by Bill Federice. Minutes accepted as is.
3. Update on 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement Signatures. Jeff will follow-up with Ulster County.
a. CWC Land Acquisition Reviews. Where does the confidentially come in. The City feels strongly about it according to Jeff. The property owner and City has agreed on an appraisal price. CWC is asking to review and make comments before it goes to contract. CWC is not looking for a price, it’s not what the Board is looking at doing. The disclosure of the land owner isn’t until the end. At the end it’s a public price. Ric Coombe stated that some of the concerns the Towns are having the overreaching of Land Acquisitions. The property owners need to understand that they don’t have to sell the whole parcel. Need to retain as much developable land possible. The property owners are concerned for being singled out for selling to DEP with a program attached to it. Mike stated that seemed to be the issue. There are landowners that they don’t want people to know that they are dealing with the City. Mark stated that this issue isn’t solved yet. Still disagreements on appraisals. Moved for adoption a resolution that the CWT shares the concerns of the local officials of the CWC Board of Directors and strongly supports their request. Moved by Mike McCrary. Second by Ric Coombe. Opposed by Wayland Gladstone.
b. Bike paths on City Land. Mark reported that he met with Dave Warne and Paul Rush last week. The bike path will not be approved. Jeff Baker presented to the Board a resolution urging DEP to reconsider its position. Mike suggested more tourism be presented in the resolution. Moved to adopt with changes by Mike McCrary. Second by Ric Coombe. Passed. Jeff also stated that this is not a CWT issue. Hunter and Windham will have to deal with this on their own, but Jeff will offer guidance when he can. Also, the funds are low in the CWT budget.
a. National Academy of Sciences Panel – Meetings will take place 9/27 – 9/28 and 10/25 – 10/26. Jeff is scheduled to speak during the open comment period.
b. FAD deliverables – Mark went to the meeting last Friday which was the smaller group. Jeff stated that they are trying to get them to recognize the goals of what we have and it’s making good progress talking about it. Another meeting is October 22 of the smaller group. The larger group will meet sometime in November with all the state holders bringing all this together. The big question is to get the city to recognize to pay some type of incentive for premium payment for the value of the land, it’s a narrow buffer.
c. Flood Commission Reports – Aaron Bennett reported. See attached.
d. CWC report – Tim Cox reported that a bid has been approved for the new CWC building.
e. Below the Reservoirs
i. Delaware – No report
ii. Esopus – The Ashokan has been releasing 10-15 million gallons per day due to all the rain.
iii. Schoharie – No report
6. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report – Savings Balance: $49,057.26 Checking Balance: $950.31
Warrants: $50.00 for Storage fee. Admin. Asst. $921.77. Young and Sommer $4,717.50. Motion to pay the warrant made by William Federice. Second by Mike McCrary. Motion to accept treasurer’s report. Mike McCrary. Second by Tom Hilson. All approved.
i. Dues update – Mark reported on the towns that have dropped out over the years. This will be looked into. Our budget is running low. There are issues that are coming up that will be using a large portion of the budget over the next year. We need to replenished the funds. Jeff suggested about going to the Legislature for a special allocation to the CWT. Ric Coombe suggested that we raise the dues. Send out a letter this year to remind people what the CWT does. Jeff will draft the letter. And, that the CWT dues will be raise by 50% in the year 2020. Mark suggested a blanket form resolution to be sent to all Towns and Villages for them to send to Albany stating we need funding to help offset the dues increase. Jeff will draft that resolution.
7. Other – Delaware County needs two alternates
8. Meeting adjourned at 7:32. Motion by Ric Coombe. Second by Wayland Gladstone