Upcoming Jan 2021 Meeting

Notice of Public Meeting

The Coalition of Watershed Towns will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:15 via Zoom.

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Topic: CWT Jan

Time: Jan 18, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Executive Board Meeting – Nov 16, 2020

Location:  Zoom

Present:  Ric Coombe, Bud Gladstone, David Kukle, Greg Vurckio, Bill Federice, Peter Friedel, Steve Walker, Scott Grey and Tom “Almighty” Hilson.

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

1. Call to Order:  Ric called the meeting to order at 6:30.

2. August 17, 2020 Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve August minutes by Bud.  Second by David.  Motion carried.

3. Stake Holders Meeting:  Jeff reported that a meeting is coming up in December to go over the National Academies Study of the NYC Watershed Protection Programs.  Today’s meeting was on the SAP.  This hasn’t been discussed with the state holders in over a year.  This meeting got everybody back on the same page.  A subcommittee will be formed to look at the legal issues which Jeff will be part of.  For example, subdivision law and 3rd party holding.  Ric asked Jeff for clarification regarding the 3rd party holding.  Jeff replied that the town or county would be the third party holding title.  As for the subdivision, out of a 10 acre lot by a stream, DEP would by the acre that runs along the stream.  The remaining 9 acres would be developable.

4. Reports
a. FAD deliverables:  No report
i. Streamside Acquisition:  No report

b. Flood Commission Reports:  Kelly sent out the reports for Ulster and Delaware Counties.

c. CWC report:  Tim reported that Article 78 has been submitted with the Delaware County Courts.  CWC owns the property and is entitled for tax exemption on the property.  Also, a letter has been drafted to be sent out to all the Supervisors that 5 years are up and they can review their options regarding the LAP.  Ric brought to attention that the county boards need to be educated on the CWT and what the CWT can offer.  Many towns will have questions regarding the LAP.  Lastly, Tim reported that the old CWC building in Margaretville has been sold.  The new owners will be setting up an environmental test lab.

d. Below the Reservoirs:  No report

5. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report:  Ric read off the account balances. 
There is $3,347.33 in the checking account and
$99,991.27 in the savings account. 
David motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Second by Tom.  Motion carried.
 
(Jeff Baker emailed his invoice today to Ric and Kelly for the CWT to approve for payment.) 
Jeff Baker’s invoice for the amount of $2,753.50; 
The Storeroom $50.00;
Delaware County Admin services $32.55. 
Ric called roll call.  All said yes.  Motion carried.

6.  Other:
Request by the Town of Hunter.  The Town of Hunter is requesting the CWT to look into the legality of the NYCDEP purchasing 2 parcels as an infrastructure project, explain the legal premise under which NYCDEP is operating and assist with its resolution.  A motion was made by Steve.  Second by Tom to assist the Town of Hunter.  Ric took a roll call:  All said yes.  Motion carried.

Ric asked the group if we should change how we schedule are monthly meetings.  The group agreed to leave as is.

It was also decided that December’s meeting will be done via zoom.

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



Executive Board Meeting – Aug 17, 2020

Location: CWC, Arkville

Present:  Ric Coombe, Bud Gladstone, David Kukle, Mike McCrary, Greg Vurckio, Shane Moshier and Larry Reilly.  Bill Federice and Peter Friedel joined via Zoom.

Others:  Kelly Mariotti, Jason Merwin and Jeff Baker.  Michelle Yost, Aaron Bennett joined via Zoom.

1. Call to Order:  Jeff Baker called the meeting to order at 6:17.

2. New CWT Chairman:  Mark Tuthill is no longer Chairman of the CWT Board. He is now on the CWC Board.  Jeff Baker asked for nominations for a new Chairman.  David Kukle nominated Ric Coombe.  Jeff Baker asked for a motion.  Bud Gladstone motioned for Ric to be our new Chairman.  Second by Greg Vurckio.  All in favor.  Motioned carried.  Next Mike McCrary nominated David Kukle to be Vice Chairmen.  Jeff asked for a motion.  Ric motioned for David to be our new Vice Chairman.  Second by Larry Reilly.  All in favor.  Motioned carried.  Ric thanked everyone for electing him as Chairman.  He stated that we need to focus on policy and we need to all work together as partners.

3. July 20, 2019 Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve July’s minutes by Mike.  Second by Bub.  Motion carried.

4. Reports:

a. FAD deliverables: i. Streamside Acquisition: No report

b. Flood Commission Reports:  Kelly stated that there are hand-outs on the table for Delaware and Ulster County.

c. CWC report:  Jason Merwin reported on annual meeting that took place August 4th.  Mark Tuthill is now on the CWC Board.  Mike Triolo has retired and Tina Mole is now the new Board President.

d. Below the Reservoirs:  No report

5. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report:  Bud Gladstone read off the account balances.  There is $3,156.77 in the checking account and $96,942.36 in the savings account.  Greg motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Second by David.  Motion carried.  Motion to pay warrant by Bud.  Second by Mike.  Motion carried.

6. Other:  National Academy of Sciences report.    Jeff Baker gave a summary of the recently released NASEM study on NYC’s watershed protection strategy.  Jeff explained that the report is a strong vindication of the Coalition’s position over the last several years.  Namely, NASEM agreed that the Land Acquisition Program should be dramatically scaled back, should focus on riparian buffers and provide for swaps of recently acquired properties that can be used for sustainable development with other properties that may provide a higher water quality protection benefit.
Jeff also explained that among NASEM’s recommendations were expanding the septic replacement program and the forestry program as well as new initiatives for WAC.  Under the current FAD, DEP is required to present a new 10-year land acquisition strategy by 5/31/22 after considering the NASEM report and consulting with watershed partners.  DEP’s application for a renewal of the water supply permit is due a month later on 6/30/22. This means that negotiations over the new WSP will likely start this Fall or Winter.  This provides an opportunity for the watershed communities to push for a significant reorientation of DEP’s watershed protection program using the NASEM report as the scientific support for the Coalition’s positions.
The Executive Committee discussed the NASEM report and agreed that it is very beneficial and provides an important opportunity.  The Executive Committee also expressed their appreciation that the NASEM panel approached its task with obvious impartiality and expertise and provided a very useful tool for the future management of the watershed.

7. Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn meeting by Greg.  Second by Larry.  Meeting adjourned at 7:11.

Executive Board Meeting – July 20, 2020

Location: CWC, 669 County Highway 38, Arkville, NY 12406
Time: 6:15pm

Present: Mark Tuthill, Bill Federice, Peter Friedel, Shayne Moshier. Mike McCrary and Greg Vurckio attended by Zoom.

Others: Jeff Baker, John Hubbell, Michelle Yost, Aaron Bennett, John Schwartz and Kelly Mariotti.

1. Call to Order: Mark Tuthill called the meeting to order at 6:18

2. January 20, 2019 Minutes Approval: Peter Friedel motion to approve January’s minutes. Second by Bill Federice.

3. Covid-19: This is the first in person CWT meeting since January.

4. Jeff Baker Contract: It was voted back in January to keep Jeff Baker on as our CWT Attorney. We did ask for a contract. Motion to accept Jeff’s contract by Peter Friedel. Second by Bill Federice. Motion carried.

5. Mark Tuthill elected to CWC: Mark Tuthill was elected to the CWC board. He will be resigning from CWT. He can’t do both. We will need to elect a new Chairman. Jeff will circulate an email to all the board members to discuss who the next Chairman will be. Hopefully, someone will be willing to take on the responsibility.

6. Reports
a. FAD deliverables: Jeff reported that things have been quiet. One thing that Jeff did deal with is that he had a call from a lawyer regarding closings on many parcels for the city land acquisitions. City said they weren’t going to close because of Covid-19. Jeff made some phone calls and was able to get the city to move along. Tim Cox reported that the big report from the National Academy of Science should be coming out at the end of the summer.

b. Streamside Acquisition: No report

c. Flood Commission Reports: Kelly sent out the updated reports for Delaware County and Michelle Yost sent the update for Greene County.

d. CWC report: Tim Cox reported that the CWC annual meeting will take place August 4 at 9:00 am. Staff will be present. Towns will join by Zoom. The new CWC building is closed to the public. Staff must adhere to the Covid-19 protocol. Tim also reported that the Septic Program, Flood Hazard Mitigation Program and the Stormwater Reimbursement Program have been audited. All three were fine.

e. Below the Reservoirs: No report

7. Dues notices for 2019/2020 yearly report: Kelly reported that Ulster County has dropped out. Aaron will look into that.

8. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report: Moved to approved the Treasurer’s report and payment of the warrant by Peter Friedel. Second by Bill Federice. Motion carried.

9. Other

10. Adjourn: Motion to adjourn by Peter Friedel. Second by Bill Federice. Meeting adjourn at 6:41.

Executive Board Meeting – Jan 20, 2020

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

Present: Ric Coombe, William Federice, Peter Friedel, Mark Tuthill, Greg Vurckio, Thomas Hilson, Scott Grey and Shayne Moshier.
Others: Bruce Dolph, Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Jeff Baker and Kelly Mariotti.

1. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 6:17.

2. December 16, 2019 Minutes Approval: Motion to approve December’s minutes by Thomas Hilson. Second by Peter Friedel. Motion carried.

3. Dues notices for 2020/2019 yearly report: Jeff Baker will write up the yearly report which will include that the 2020 dues are going up by 50%. Motion to raise the CWT dues by 50% by Ric Coombe. Second by Tom Hilson. Motion carried. He will get the report to Kelly for her to get out in the mail to the Town and Village members.

4. Legal Services: Mark got a call from Kevin Young. They are willing to take over for Jeff if the CWT board changes their mind regarding hiring Jeff as an independent attorney.

5. Reports
a. Easements: Jeff reported that there is no resolution on the language to date. There is going to be a conference call with Kevin, Allison, Shelly and Jeff to discuss the issue. The Planning department doesn’t necessarily agree with Jeff. Jeff and Hilary have been looking at the FEMA deed restrictions, but that raises a lot of other issues. DEC is stepping back from their position. If we don’t do the program, there is no city money for the land acquisitions for flood buy out. The City did put the word “and” in the language to tie it all together.

b. FAD deliverables: No report.
i. Streamside Acquisition: No report

c. Flood Commission Reports: Bruce Dolph reported that Delhi and Andes are gearing up for big projects this spring.

d. CWC report: Tim Cox reported that they pay half the salary for a business consultant for people to do a business plan. This service is free and can be done at CWC. Need to have a business plan in order to get a loan from CWC. There is a new Stormwater person starting January 21 at the CWC. Should be in the new building in March. Jason Merwin reported that some CWC staff and some Supervisors went on a site visit of the construction of the tunnel in Newburgh.

e. Below the Reservoirs: No report

6. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report: William Federice motioned to accept the treasurer’s report and to pay the warrant. Second by Ric Coombe. Motion carried.

7. Other: Tom Hilson asked when does the Water Supply Permit expire. Jeff stated it expires in 2024, but the negotiations will start in 2022.

8. Adjourn: Motion to adjourn the meeting by Tom Hilson. Second by Greg Vurckio. Meeting adjourn at 6:45.

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.

Executive Board Meeting – Sept 16, 2019

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

Present: Ric Coombe, William Federice, Peter Friedel, Wayland Gladstone, Thomas Hilson, Michael McCrary, Mark Tuthill, Greg Vurckio, Pat Davis, Shayne Moshier and Larry Reilly.

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

1. Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 6:14 pm

2. August 19, 2019 Minutes Approval: Moved to approve the minutes by Ric Coombe. Second by Peter Friedel. Motion carried.

3. Introductions of new members:

4. Election of Officers:
a. Chairman: Bud Gladstone nominated Mark Tuthill for Chairman. Second by Peter Friedel. Motion carried.

b. Vice Chairman: Bub Gladstone nominated Ric Coombe for Vice Chairman. Second by Peter Friedel. Motion carried.

c. Treasurer: Ric Coombe nominated Bub Gladstone for Treasurer. Second by Peter Friedel. Motion carried.

5. Reports:
a. Fad deliverables: No report

b. Flood Commission Reports:
1. Delaware County – Nick reported that he attended the Walton Flood Commission meeting and later spoke with Walter Geidel – Highway Superintendent. He learned that the Towns have to frontload monies for their projects. Bruce reported that the Town of Walton is financially stable at this time. Tim Cox stated that there is no need for the Town or Village to upfront the monies. The CWC can write two party checks under the Flood Grant program. Nick stated that he was referring to FEMA funding. Bruce went on and reported that the South Street project is moving along nicely. Nick stated that Graydon has excellent drone footage of South Street. It really puts the project in perspective. The Water Street project is completed. In the spring the Town of Walton will be looking for funding for the boat launch. The boat launch will be similar to the one in Delhi. The boat launch in Delhi and the one outside of Walton have been busy. Helps with tourism.
2. Greene County – Michelle Yost reported that there are two buildings in the Town of Tannersville in contract for flood buyout. In Hunter, the Village approved a $10,000 feasibility study to relocate highway garage, working with the Town of Hunter on sharing space at the town garage site. Scope of services is being developed for conceptual design work to stabilize bank to prevent road from slumping on Sawkill Creek. Also, in the Town of Hunter a working group was formed to work on relocating the Fire Department. Please see attached for more detailed information.
3. Ulster County. Please see attachment.

c. CWC Report – Tim Cox reported building is on track. Expected move in date is March 2020. Property owners were having issues finding someone to look at their buildings for assessments. CWC has hired Chaism to do property assessments if needed. The MOA septic program is open.

d. Below the Reservoirs – No report.

6. Warrants:
a. Moved to approve the warrant by Ric Coombe. Second by Pat Davis. Motion carried.
b. Moved to accept the Treasurer’s report by Bill Federice. Second by Ric Coombe. Motion carried.

7. Other:
1. Bud asked about the NAS. Bruce stated that they are doing the internal writing now. Not sure when their next visit is going to be. Delaware County is working on a white paper to send to them.
2. Nick reported that we were able to get our allotment back to 34 million per month for the Village of Delhi.
3. Ric asked for an update on the power, FERC plan around the reservoirs. In Neversink, they abandoned it. In Cannonsville they are slowly moving forward.

8. Adjourn: Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 pm by Ric Coombe. Second by Bud Gladstone. Motion carried.

Executive Board Meeting – Aug 19, 2019 and Election Results

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

Present: Anthony Coiro, Ric Coombe, William Federice, Peter Friedel, Wayland Gladstone, Thomas Hilson, Michael McCrary, Mark Tuthill and Greg Vurckio.
Others: Tim Cox, Jeff Baker, Nick Carbone, Aaron Bennett and Kelly Mariotti.

1. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 6:17 P.M.

2. June 17, 2019 Minutes Approval (no quorum in July):
Mike had some questions:
1st. What did the NAS report say regarding easements? Mark responded that is something that NAS will pursue.
2nd. What about the septic system program with CWC? Tim Cox reported that the contract is now in place and the program has resumed. They have worked through some of the backlog as well.
Moved by Mike McCrary. Second by Peter Friedel. Motion carried.

3. Update on 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement Signatures: Jeff Baker believes that they have all the signatures.

4. DEP appraisals: The appraisal process is extremely bias Mark stated. They are messing with the market values. We need to keep on top of this.

5. Election results: Jeff reported on the results. Please see attachment: click HERE to view.
In September, there will be election of the officers.

6. Reports
a. FAD deliverables: Jeff and Michelle Yost had a meeting with The Catskill Center on the SAP program. Their contract is going forward. They talked about how the CWT could help them. Michelle was going to give them more information on the trails in Greene County. Towns have been interested in requiring the trails. Should the focus of the program be in line the major stems? The City is saying equal priority/acquisitions. We are saying that isn’t fair. This discussion will continue.

Nick Carbone reported on the DRBC issue in the Village of Delhi. DRBC alteration to Delhi’s ground water withdraw. They are proposing reducing from 34 million per 30 days to 20 million gallons per 30 days. 42% reduction. This could impact the Village with growth. We need it for the college and other businesses that have plans to expand. A paper was written up on behalf of the Village of Delhi that was presented to the DRBC public hearing meeting on August 14th which Nick presented. After the meeting, members talked to Nick about getting this rectified. DRBC asked for more information on the water usage for their business meeting on September 11, 2019.

b. Flood Commission Reports: Please see attached from Ulster County. [Not available here as of Sept 17,2019. -cfs]

c. CWC report: CWC is not happy with DRBC as well. The CWC is spending anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000 on permitting fees for waste water projects. After the sewer project, this has to be built in the community budget. DEP is funding it, reviewing it and giving their comments on these projects in the Delaware River Basin which ends up costing 10 of thousands of dollars.
Tim reported that they will have the keys to the new building by December. The plan is to move in by March.

d. Below the Reservoirs: No report.

7. Warrants(s): Motion to pay the warrant by Tony Coiro. Second by Peter Friedel. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s report: Motion to except treasurer’s report by Ric Coombe. Second by Tom Hilson. Motion carried.

8. Other

9. Adjourn: Ric Coombe motion for the meeting to adjourn. Tony Coiro second. Motion carried. Meeting adjourn at 7:07 PM.