Executive Board Meeting – Dec 16, 2019

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

Present: Ric Coombe, William Federice, Peter Friedel, Wayland Gladstone, Michael McCrary, Mark Tuthill, Greg Vurckio, Scott Grey and Thomas “Almighty” Hilson.

Others: Jason Merwin, Bruce Dolph, Tim Cox, Michelle Yost, Jeff Baker, Nick Carbone and Kelly Mariotti.

1. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 6:18

2. September 16, 2019 Minutes Approval: Moved to approve the minutes by Ric Coombe. Second by Tom “Almighty” Hilson. Motion carried.

3. Reports
a. FAD deliverables:

b. Jeff Baker discussed the NYCFFBO CE #2 language. There is still a disagreement on language between the DEC and Delaware County. The DEC wanted “water quality” as the purpose for the conservation easement and Delaware County would like equal footing for the purpose of “community sustainability” which would allow us to put utilities, bridge abutments, flood plain restorations, etc. DEP/DEC said if using City money, there has to be an easement on the property. At this time the State agrees with us. The City does not. One solution is to get rid of the easement and go to a deed restriction. Nick commented on the fact that Shelly has written several letters reiterating the Counties position and the need to ensure that the hamlets and villages economic sustainability be protected at all cost and if this wasn’t possible that maybe the easements are not the proper approach.

c. Streamside Acquisition: No report

d. Flood Commission: Bruce Dolph commented that things are slowing down for the Walton Commission, Water Street and South Street projects are complete. Mark discussed that the Steele Brook project was necessary because a portion of the old reservoir dam was removed and this created erosion problems downstream. Nick commented that the failed bank was huge and contributing tons of soil into the stream. ACOE visited the site this fall to assess the priority level.

e. CWC report: Tim Cox reported that they plan on moving to their new site sometime in March. Jason reported that all programs are open.

f. Below the Reservoirs: Ric Coombe reported that the sheep are done for the winter. Eight more sheep have been purchased for next year.

4. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report: Moved to approve the Treasurer’s report and payment of the warrant by Bill Federice. Second by Mike McCrary. Motion carried.

5. Other:
* Mark was interviewed by a magazine in Virginia regarding the new Watershed Regs that just got adopted. A new comprehensive set of them have not been printed yet.

* A letter was submitted by Michelle Yost to Paul Lenz requiring why a parcel located on the Schoharie Creek did not get processed in the SAP. Tim pointed out that only letters from the Towns will be considered by the City. Tim reported the Board approved the demolition of the Mt. Tremper bridge in Shandaken.

* Jeff reported that at the end of the year he will be leaving Young & Sommer. He is starting his partial retirement. He will be working mostly from home. He would still like to represent the CWT board. Motion for a resolution to replace Young & Sommer with Jeff Baker. Peter motioned for the resolution. Second by Bud. Motion carried.

6. Adjourn: Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 PM by Greg Vurckio. Second by Mike McCrary. Motion carried.