Oct 15, 2018 Exec Board Meeting Cancelled

The regularly scheduled (3rd Monday of the month) CWT Executive Board Meeting was cancelled for October.

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Executive Board Meeting – Sept 17, 2018

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

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.

4. Resolutions
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.

5. Reports
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

Executive Board Meeting – Aug 20, 2018

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

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.

6. Reports
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.

Executive Board Meeting – June 18, 2018

Location: CWC, Main Street, Margaretville, NY

Present: William Federice, Peter Friedel, Michael McCrary, Mark Tuthill and David Kukle.
Others: Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Michelle Yost, Jeff Baker and Kelly Blakeslee

1. Call to Order 6:19 pm

2. May 21, 2018 Minutes Approval. Moved by Mike McCrary. Second by David Kukle. Minutes accepted as is.

3. Update on 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement Signatures – Michelle Yost stated that a sample resolution is being passed around her county for approval so that it can get sent off to Legislature.

4. Stakeholders meetings
a. Town Level Assessments
i. Changes to Solicitation strategy

b. Farm transition
i. No report from DEP yet.

c. SAP
i. Meeting was held June 14th. Mark reported that Tom Snow wants to get the SAP program in place. We can fix it as we go. Delaware County argued that you can’t have both programs. It’s stated in the Water Supply Permit and the MOU that the city can’t buy land under 10 acres. The WSP and MOU would have to be changed. DEC lawyers said that you don’t have to change it. Mark replied that the County would have to sue. Dave Tobias and Dave Warne made comments to see about reconfigure LAP towards SAP. NYC has to negotiate a new contract with Catskill Center to even continue with the pilot program that they have now.

5. Reports
a. Flood Commission Reports – Michelle reported that the Tannersville highway garage was approved for a feasibility study which is funded by the CWC. The Village of Hunter has a bridge that is undersized. This could be a large project. There will be a walk through sometime in July.

b. CWC report – Tim Cox reported that the draft septic rules will be out to the city sometime this week. Six applications have been approved for the property protection grants. More pending for July including Boiceville Market. CWC can award up to $5,000 for a feasibility study. 75% is available for construction – with 25% match required.

c. Below the Reservoirs – No reports
i. Delaware
ii. Esopus
iii. Schoharie

d. Other
i. Jeff Baker reported that the NASEM put together a committee to review the NYC Watershed Protection Programs. There is a lack of economic development and community sustainability expertise and lack of representation. Comments regarding this committee are due by July 2nd. Mr. Baker will draft a resolution on behalf of the Coalition stating the CWT concerns. Motion moved by David Kukle. Second by Peter Friedel.

6. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
a. Savings Balance: $55,051.39 Checking Balance: $1,001.18

b. Warrants totaling $228.80 (Storage fee: $50.00; WSA Admin: $178.80; Young and Sommer – no invoice). Motion to accept treasurer’s report and pay the warrants made by Peter Friedel. Second by Mike McCrary. All approved.

7. Other – Delaware County needs two alternates – Mark stated that they are still looking.

8. Meeting adjourned at 7:09. Motion by Peter Friedel. Second by Mike McCrary.

Executive Board Meeting – May 21, 2018

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

Present: Mark Tuthill, Tom Hilson, Dave Kukle, Michael McCrary, Pat Davis, Greg Vurckio.
Others: Jeff Baker, Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Michelle Yost, Bruce Dolph.

1. Call to Order

2. April 16, 2018 Minutes. Tom Hilson moved to accept the minutes. Second by Greg Vurckio. All approved.

3. Update on 3d Supplemental Side Agreement. Mr. Baker reported that all issues have been resolved and the parties are signing the agreement. Mr. Tuthill signed the agreement on behalf of the CWT at that meeting.

4. Stakeholders meetings. A discussion was held on issues raised by Mr. Davis that the CWT should be developing arguments to provide to the National Academies of Sciences regarding the CWT’s concerns with the continuation of the land acquisition process. Mr. Tuthill reported on a recent meeting with Tom Snow and the discussion by CWT and Delaware County officials that any expansion of the Streamside Acquisition Program must be in coordination and agreement of each town where it will occur. There was also a discussion of comments circulated by Dean Frazier regarding Farms in Transition and it was noted that those comments did not necessarily represent the views of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors in Delaware County has set up a group and we are waiting for their feedback.

5. Reports
a. Flood Commission Reports:
i. Delaware County submitted a written report.
ii. Greene County: Michelle Yost reported on the proposal submitted to CWC for the Town of Hunter and Village of Tannersville to co-locate a Highway Garage outside the floodplain.

b. CWC Report: Tim Cox reported that CWC is reviewing 6 applications for property protection grants.

c. Below the Reservoirs. No reports.

6. Warrants and Treasurer’s Report.
a. Savings Balance: $60,990.57; Checking Balance: $1000.16
b. Warrants totaling $5,940.91 (Storage fee: $50; Young Sommer: $5,559.50; Dept. of Watershed Affairs: $331.41). Motion to accept treasurer’s report and pay the warrants made by Michael McCrary, seconded by Dave Kukle. All approved.

7. Meeting adjourned at 7:05 PM. Motion by Tom Hilson, second by Greg Vurckio. All approved.

Executive Board Meeting – April 16, 2018

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

Present: Mark Tuthill, Anthony Coiro, Ric Coombe, William Federice, Peter Friedel, Wayland Gladstone, Michael McCrary, Greg Vurckio, Thomas Hilson.
Others: Larry Underwood, Aaron Bennett, Molly Oliver, Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Michelle Yost and Frazier.

1. Call to Order

2. March 19, 2018 Minutes – Ric Coombe moved to accept them. Second by Pete Friedel. Passed.

3. Update on 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement Status – Mr. Baker reported it will be circulated for signatures.

4. Stake holders meetings
a. Town level assessments
i. Mark mentioned everyone received the comments from Jeff regarding the DEP’s offer. Will see how the meeting goes on the 17th. Mark sought feedback regarding Land Acq. The overall sense is that the CWT would like to see it end or at the very least focus on more sensitive land. Swaps might hold some possibility. Mike McCrary raised the issue of SAP lands needing access. So if there is a parcel that will be subdivided, the stream portion need to be a flag lot. This issue and others all need to be addressed. Some towns may need or want to change their subdivision laws to accommodate some of the subdivision issues.
ii. Next meeting – April 17th
b. Farm transition – Comments submitted from Del. Co. – not discussed

5. Reports
a. Flood Commission Reports – Brief reports were given. Many LFAs done and adopted. Some beginning to implement projects. Village of Stamford is interested in an LFA. Towns have submitted SMIP grant applications for some of the projects. There are about 15 applications. There is a short list of projects that could use CWC funding. Roxbury is moving ahead with an LFA. Aaron reported on Mt. Tremper. A lot of coordination going on to get a reuse permit request from FEMA to use some buyout properties. There is a need to decommission and remove an ACOE berm. In mid-May, DOT will hold a public meeting to inform the public. Boiceville is doing a planning study. Visioning the future for hamlet redevelopment. Kick off in Mid-May. Rt 28 in Boiceville is currently flooding in a 25 year storm. Town needs more information. If 28 is going to flood, what good is it to build another bridge? Concerns about shutting down the Shandaken Bridge below the current bridge. Response time for Emergency Service could create some serious situations.

b. CWC report – Nice annual meeting. Large crowd. Standing room only.

c. Below the Reservoirs
i. Delaware – PAC meeting scheduled for Phase I of the SCMP. Funding for Phase II is looking good from ARC. Graydon and Larry met with Colchester. They will enter into an MOU with the SWCD to provide support to the town.
ii. Esopus
iii. Schoharie

d. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
i. Savings balance $65,451.23, Checking balance $796.94. Motion to accept the treasurer’s report, Mike McCrary. Second by Pete Friedel. Passed
ii. $5,760.35. Motion to pay the warrants by Pete Friedel. Second by Mike McCrary. Passed.

6. Other – New member and new alternate – Tom Hilson will step in to take Art Merrill’s place, still need two alternates.

7. Meeting Adjourned at 6:36 PM. Motion by Tony Coiro and second by Ric Coombe. Passed.