Executive Board Meeting – June 20, 2022

Location:  CWC Headquarters (Arkville, NY) and via ZOOM

Present:  In attendance at CWC: Ric Coombe, David Kukle, Edward Snow, Greg Vurckio, Steve Walker, Winifred Zubin. Attending remotely:  Bill Federice, Scott Grey

Others:  In attendance at CWC: Jeff Baker, Jason Merwin, Tim Knox Bruce Dolph, Michelle Yost, Cher Woehl. Attending remotely: Nick Carbone, Thomas Hoyt

1.  Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm.

2.  May 16, 2022, Meeting Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve the minutes made by Ed Snow and seconded by Greg Vurkio.  Motion carried.    


3. Reports:

a.  FAD Deliverables:  Jeff provided an update on the continuing discussions with DEP on the significant revisions to the Land Acquisition Program.  He shared that there have been very productive meetings with Delaware and Greene Counties, including their Planning and Soil & Water organizations, where they have been identifying examples of the flood hazard and stream management projects that have successfully integrated with the Land Acquisition Program and that will work with FAD. 

Jeff shared that there would be another meeting with DEP in the upcoming weeks.  He anticipates in July there will be a meeting that will have much broader group in attendance.  All in all, the discussions have been very promising and positive and feedback from the city has been very supportive.   Jeff reminded everyone that CWT obtained approval to submit our FAD comments by July 1, 2022.  He shared that the CWC comments to the FAD are very good, and for the most part CWT is in support of them.

Jeff communicated to the members his outline for the CWT comments, which will focus on two primary areas:

  • CWT’s support of the revisions to the water supply permits to comply with the Land Acquisition Program (LAP) and,
  • CWT’s support on the majority of the CWC comments, especially those related to the issues of contracting including the “after the fact” audits, the ongoing requests for documentation, and the delays in releasing payments.  

Jeff also shared that he is proposing the need for a better mechanism for resolving contract issues, suggesting that DOH create a contract ombudsman in their office to assist with the contract issue resolution. 

Jeff is recommending the only recommendation that CWT not support on the CWC comments to the FAD revisions is CWC’s request to have DEC be named as the primacy agency for the City’s drinking water.  Jeff then provided an overview on the background surrounding who administers the Safe Water and Clean Water Acts for New York.   DEC administers the Clean Water Act which regulates what gets deposited in the rivers and streams.  DOH administers the Safe Water Act which regulates what comes out of our tap.  He stated that while the recommendation from CWC to put this under one agency was reasonable, and would be more efficient, it would require significant legislative changes which would take time to occur.   Tim (Knox) did clarify that CWC is recommending that primacy for the FAD be shared between DOH and DEC.  Tim acknowledged that CWC recognizes this is more a ‘long-term’ solution due to the legislative changes needed to make this happen.  Jason (Merwin) added that the CWC intent was to get this issue on the table to get the right parties thinking about it.  Ric asked Jeff to frame the CWT comment on this in a way that is reflects our understanding of the benefits to this proposal and that we recognize it is a long-term solution.  Ric also reiterated that we need to develop our relationships and communicate “our story” to the various Boards, the communities and the elected officials.  The upcoming meetings with the DEP Commissioner are the first step to achieving this. 

Jason shared that CWC has an upcoming meeting with the Commissioner and will be asking that they assign positions and staff to be housed in the vacant offices at the CWC building.  By having staff onsite, it would result in better communications and more efficient and effective discussions on issues and potential solutions.   Ric agreed, again stating that this is a partnership that must be built on trust.  Working together as a partnership is the key to moving forward.  

b.  Streamside Acquisition:  Ric addressed the comments and questions received by Steve (Walker) regarding the SAP.   Specifically, Steve had concerns on:

  • Town & County infrastructure maintenance and improvement as well as expansion,
  • Non-compliance with local land use laws (subdivision, etc.)
  • Back door land acquisitions by DEP
  • Some definitions/parameters need to be clarified with respect to potential acquirable properties

While most of these concerns have been addressed Steve still had questions regarding how DEP can enter into contracts without adhering to the town subdivision regulations.   Both Ric and Jeff indicated that while they haven’t seen a contract, they assume they get the town agreements before proceeding.  Ric stated that these subdivision issues should be managed at the local level, thereby becoming each individual town’s decisions.  If it’s okay with the town based on the contracts they have with DEP, then that may be a reason for the subdivision, clarifying that they would be looked at on a case-by-case basis.  Jeff reiterated that this supports the overall goal to narrow the acquisitions to what is necessary and beneficial to provide for water quality while maximizing the amount of land that is being developed.   Ric closed this discussion by acknowledging Steve’s concerns are all real issues that CWT needs to work on.

c.  Flood Commission Reports:  Nick (Carbone) reported that the tunnel closure will be delayed until next year. 

d.  CWC Report:  Jason reported that CWC has been primarily working on the comments to the FAD revisions and shared that he has received positive feedback from several entities.  He also reported that CWC will be providing a generalized letter to DEP regarding the evaluation of their contracts.  In the past, each contract had a separate evaluation completed on how DEP administered the contract.   This year, due to the FAD revisions and comments, CWC decided to provide a more generalized evaluation.

e.  Below the Reservoirs:  nothing to report

4.  Jeff  reported on the DEC proposed changes to the 360 Regulation that govern solid waste and solid waste management.   What will impact CWT is the restrictions on the use of various types of fill in the watershed, including how you can use concrete aggregate, brick fill, etc.  DEC is proposing severe restrictions in NYC watershed, making it like what they are doing in Nassau and Suffolk counties.  It appears these changes are coming from the Watershed Inspector General, not NYC or DOH.  Jeff will be working with Delaware County on the comments to these changes.  He shared that the “basic rule” is that there must be a scientific basis to put in a restriction that will restrict more.  If it is something that is warranted to maintain water quality for the city a compensation scheme needs to be worked out from the city as the general rule is we should not bare additional regulations that would not apply statewide solely for the benefit of the city receiving it’s FAD.  Jeff shared there will be virtual public hearing on July 19th with comments due by July 25th.   Nick raised the concern that this could have significant impact to composting in the watershed, with potential of closing sites.  There will be several restrictions on sites adjacent to the stream corridors.  Nick is scheduled to meet science consultants and will have more input on this soon.

5. Warrants and Treasurer’s Report:   As Treasure Bud Gladstone was not in attendance at the meeting, Ric deputized Greg Vurckio as treasurer for this meeting.  Greg reported that as of May 31, 2022, the checking account has $3,743.49 and the savings account has $131,997.93. 
Dave Kukle made motion to accept the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Bill Federice. 
Report accepted.  
Greg  presented warrant #94 in the amount of $3,132.08 for payment of May legal fees.  
Steve Walker made a motion to pay warrant #94, seconded by Ed Snow
Motion carried.

6.  Bill raised a concern regarding DEP contracts and use of local contractors.  Members discussed this concern and the overall bid process.  

7.  Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn was made by Greg Vurckio, seconded by Winifred Zubin.   Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.

Executive Board Meeting – May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022, CWT Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Location:  ZOOM

Present:  Ric Coombe, David Kukle, Bud Gladstone, David Edinger, Bill Federice, Edward Snow, Greg Vurckio, Steve Walker,  Greg Kroyer, Bennett Ratcliff,  Christina Viafore

Others:  Jeff Baker,  Jason Merwin, Nick Carbone, Bruce Dolph, Thomas Hoyt, Michelle Yost, Cher Woehl, Anna Lehr Mueser (visiting graduate student)

1.  Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:18 pm.

2.  April 18, 2022, Meeting Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve the minutes made by Bud Gladstone and seconded by Steve Walker.  Motion carried.    

3. Reports:

a.  FAD Deliverables:  Jeff provided a report of the Revised FAD that was issued for review on April 20, 2022.  Jeff shared that he would be providing an overview of the FAD, when it came about and how we got to where we are today.  He shared that the comments to the revised FAD are due by June 3, 2022.  As the revised FAD is an extensive document requiring significant review, the members agreed to request an extension of time for submitting CWT review input.   The motion to direct Jeff Baker to write to NYSDOH to request an extension for written comments on the Draft Revised FAD until July 31, 2022, was made by Steve Walker, seconded by Ed Snow.  Motion carried.    Jeff shared that CWT would need to go into executive session to continue the discussions on the FAD, based on the information to be shared.

b.  Streamside Acquisition:  nothing to report

c.  Flood Commission Report:  nothing to report 

d.  CWC Report:  Jason reported that DEP issued a letter accepting the historical septage numbers.  The contracts were to be effective immediately.  Jason also reported that he and Tim (Cox) are working on the CWC responses to the revised FAD.  A special meeting of the CWC Board will be held on May 23rd to obtain all FAD comments.   Greg asked Jason if they are accepting new septic projects, to which Jason responded yes they are fully open and ready to move forward.

e.  Below the Reservoirs – nothing to report

4.  Members agreed to address an additional meeting information prior to Executive Session.   Following items were addressed:

  • Ric indicated that it is time to issue the annual dues letter.  Jeff will work with Cher on this.
  • Nick asked members if anyone had experienced or heard of any issues with farmers wanting to rent from DEP.  He indicated that the agreements are very restrictive and extensive.  Bud shared that there were issues last year with the licenses, but he has been in conversation with Paul Rush, new manager of the program, to resolve some of the issues.  Ric shared that he is a lease holder for some hay land and has not experienced any issues.  Members were asked to ‘keep their eyes and ears open’ and report on any problems they become aware of.

5. Bill Federice made the motion, seconded by Bud Gladstone, to move into Executive Session for further discussion on the FAD contract.  Motion carried.   At 6:42 p.m. CWT Executive Board Members and required attendees moved into Executive Session where Jeff Baker briefed everyone on ongoing negotiations with FAD.  No actions were taken in Executive Session.   At 7:15 p.m. Steve Walker made the motion, seconded by Bill Federice, to return to regular CWT meeting.  Motion carried.

6. Warrants and Treasurer’s Report:   Bud reported that as of April 29, 2022,  the checking account has $2,349.92 and the savings account has $136,974.07.  Steve Walker made motion to accept the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Ed Snow.  Report accepted.   Bud presented warrant #93 in the amount of $3,606.70 for payment of April legal fees.  Greg Vurckio made a motion to pay warrant #93, seconded by David EdingerMotion carried.

7.  Christina asked if CWT meetings could be ‘hybrid’ meetings, being attended in person and through ZOOM.  Jeff reported that after June 1, 2022, hybrid meetings would be available, making sure that everyone was aware that to have a quorum there must be at least 5 members in attendance in person.  Bud suggested that Cher sends an email to members prior to the meeting to find out who would be attending in person vs. attending via ZOOM.

8.  Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn was made by Greg Vurckio, seconded by Bud Gladstone.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 7:19 pm. 

Executive Board Meeting – April 18, 2022

Location:  ZOOM

Present:  Ric Coombe, David Kukle, Bud Gladstone, David Edinger, Bill Federice, Edward Snow, Greg Vurckio, Steve Walker, Winifred Zubin, Scott Grey, Greg Kroyer, Bennett Ratcliff,  Christina Viafore

Others:  Jeff Baker, Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Nick Carbone, Bruce Dolph, Thomas Hoyt, Michelle Yost, Heidi Emrich, Lillian Brown, Cher Woehl

1.  Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:46 pm.

2.  Ric welcomed everyone and asked Jeff to share the results of our recent elections.  Jeff introduced himself to the new members (the counsel for CWT) and shared the following:

  • From Delaware County – Regular members are  Wayland (Bud) Gladstone, Edward Snow (new), and Winifred Zubin (new).  Alternate members are Shayne Moshier, Will Outsen (new) and Christina Viafore (new).
  • From Greene County – Regular members are David Kukle and Steve Walker.  Alternate members are Greg Cross (new) and Greg Kroyer (new).
  • From Schoharie County – Regular member is Bill Federice.  Alternate member is Lester Parker.
  • From Sullivan County – Regular member is Ric Coombe.  Alternate member is Scott Grey.
  • From Ulster County – Regular members are David Edinger (new) and Greg Vurckio.  Alternative members are Drew Boggess and Bennett Ratcliff (new).

Ric congratulated our new members and encouraged everyone to participate as CWT moves forward with the focus on the future of the watersheds. 3.  March 21, 2022, Meeting Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve the minutes made by Steve Walker and seconded by Bud Gladstone.  Motion carried.

4.  Election of CWT Officers:  Ric opened the vote for the new CWT officers by first sharing who the current officers are: Ric Coombe-Chairman, David Kukle-Vice Chairman and Bud Gladstone-Treasurer.  Ric asked for a motion to elect new officers, either by individual positions or by keeping the current slate of officers.   Steve Walker made the motion to retain the current slate of officers.  Bill Federice seconded the motion.  Ric called for the members roll call vote as follows:

CWT Member Wayland (Bud) Gladstone       voting              Yes

CWT Member Edward H. Snow                        voting              Yes

CWT Member Winifred Zubin                        abstain                                   

CWT Member David Kukle                             voting              Yes

CWT Member Steve Walker                           voting              Yes

CWT Member William Federice                     voting              Yes

CWT Member Ric Coombe                             voting              Yes

CWT Member David Edinger                          voting              Yes

CWT Greg Vurckio                                          voting              Yes

Motion to retain the current officers was carried with eight (8) yes votes and one abstain.

5.  Reports:
a.  FAD Deliverables: 

  • Jeff provided the history and background on the septage issue CWC with support from CWT are currently working to resolve.   The issue lies with the amount of septage NYC is willing to accept from the watersheds.  Jeff provided an in-depth explanation of the watershed agreements with DEP that were put in place in 1997 and then revised in 2016.  Jeff then turned the discussion over to Ric and Jason (Merwin) to share the results of the meeting they had with DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush on Monday, April 18th, 2022, at the DEP office in Arkville.
       
  • Both Ric and Jason felt the meeting was very productive and positive, sharing that Deputy Commissioner Rush understood the concerns brought forward by CWC and acknowledged the oversight that occurred when DEP reviewed the watershed agreements and septage amounts.     Deputy Commissioner Rush said that they are capacity constrained and need to look at options for sludge removal from their plants.  He also shared that they would return to historical amounts allowed as they continue to work with CWC and CWT on short-term and long-term solutions to this problem.   DEP emphasized their commitment to working towards mutual solutions and would be providing CWC a letter summarizing the meeting and short-term solution.
      
  • Regarding the Delaware County Draft Resolution on the Septage Issue that was shared with members, Ric explained that while CWT supports the resolution,  official response will be held in abeyance until the letter from DEP is received.  In the event the DEP letter is unsatisfactory to CWT, then authorization will be provided to Jeff, with consultation from Ric, to move forward with an official complaint consistent with the Delaware County Resolution to the Partnership Council.  David Kukle made the motion to provide Jeff this authorization, Greg Vurckio seconded the motion.  Motion was carried.
     
  • Jason shared that CWC will also move forward with a resolution to the Partnership Council in the event the DEP letter is not satisfactory.
      
  • Once the DEP letter is received it will be shared with members and determination will be made if resolutions to the Partnership Council will be required.
     
  • Ric closed this discussion thanking Jason, Tim (Cox) and Delaware County for reaching out to CWT for support and for assisting to lead this effort.

b.  Streamside Acquisition: 

  • Jeff reported that the Land Acquisition Program is currently up for renewal and that SAP is currently being reviewed for extension.  One focus is on how to address the many issues communities have with SAP.  Jeff shared that discussions with NYC occurred in the previous week  and were very positive and encouraging.  Discussions will continue to move forward with small groups at first, then expanded to include others, with the goal to present a collective view to the State that has buy-in from the watershed communities.
  • Jeff also reported that discussions are continuing on the conservation easements and provided an explanation on what conservation easements are and what changes they are attempting to make.
  • Michelle shared that NYC is looking for a project that could demonstrate how land swapping could work and be successful. 

c.  Flood Commission Reports – nothing to report—Ric explained to new members what this entailed.

d.  CWC Report –  Jason reported the following:

  • The CWC Annual Meeting had their annual meeting and reelected new board members.
  • CWC is still working on negotiating the contracts reported on in previous meetings.

e.  Below the Reservoirs – nothing to report

6. Warrants and Treasurer’s Report:   Bud reported that as of March 31, 2022, 
the checking account has $1,501.99 and
the savings account has $139,951.85. 
Greg Vurckio made motion to accept the Treasurer’s report, seconded by David Edinger.  Report accepted.   Bud presented warrant #92 in the amount of $1,745.17 for payment of March legal fees of $573.50 and January – March administrative fees of $1,171.67.
Edward Snow made a motion to pay warrant #92, seconded by David EdingerMotion carried.

7.  Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn was made by Greg Vurckio, seconded by Bill Federice.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 7:41 pm.

Executive Board Meeting – March 21, 2022

Location:  ZOOM

Present:  Ric Coombe, Greg Vurckio, Bud Gladstone, Bill Federice,  David Kuckle, Steve Walker,

Others:   Jeff Baker, Tim Cox, Bruce Dolph, Nick Carbone, Jason Merwin, Thomas Holt, Michelle Yost, Cher Woehl

1.  Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:19 pm.

2.  February 21, 2022, Meeting Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve minutes made by Greg Vurckio, seconded by Steve Walker.  Motion carried.

3.  Elections:  Jeff provided an update on the elections, sharing that he has received majority of election ballots.   He anticipates receiving the remainder by the due date.   Ric commented CWT will be able to reorganize and appoint any new executive committee positions at the April meeting.   

4.  Catskill Center Correspondence re: NYC Watershed Land Acquisition Program: 
Ric opened the discussion on the letter sent from the Catskill Center to Dr. Mary Basset, Commissioner NYS Department of Health regarding the NYC Watershed Land Acquisition Program.  Ric’s primary message was that CWT needs to present a unified front , working together, in addressing these challenges.   He shared that it is critical that CWT is part of the process, although he voiced the concern that there doesn’t appear to be a process in place.  He asked members if they (1) were comfortable with the process that is currently occurring; (2) do they feel there is enough meetings with all stakeholders involved in discussing the challenges; and (3) do they feel they are part of the current process?   With those questions posed to the members, Ric opened the floor for discussion.

Members provided the following comments and concerns:

  • Jeff felt that there needs to be more clarity and openness in the process.  He also agreed that there needs to be a push for more stakeholder meetings, including meetings to define/share what the process is going to be.  Jeff thought the letter in general was a good one, with nothing included that could be deemed too offensive or negative.
  • David spoke to the stakeholders meeting, stating that he understood it is a meeting where everyone is around the table discussing various issues and items.  He asked Jeff when the last time a stakeholder meeting like this was held.   Jeff indicated that there has not been an “in-person” stakeholder meeting for some time however there was a ZOOM meeting last fall.  In- person meetings  became restrictive due to the COVID requirements.  Ric shared that in the last stakeholder meetings, discussions did not get into the detail levels that they need to be.
  • Thomas had some concerns with the letter.   He felt the Catskill Center was not acting as a stakeholder but as an “arm of DEP”, forcing landowners to sell without regard to market values.  He gave some scenarios which could allow for bending of rules thus enabling DEP to obtain the land they want without allowing for easements on the properties.  Thomas’ main concern was that this letter portrays the Catskill Center as an agent for DEP.   Jeff responded to Thomas’ concerns clarifying that Catskill Center is not really acting as an agent for DEP.  They are a full stakeholder and participate in discussions as such.  They are an agent to DEP on SAP, but Jeff felt this did not impact their position on this overall issue.  Jeff further stated that Catskill Center does want a successful SAP which they believe is better than the Land Acquisition Program.  Jeff reiterated that Catskill Center has an independent voice on the watershed and is a reliable partner.   Jeff informed Thomas that the SAP acquisition issues he raised are currently being addressed. 
  • Thomas asked how we can allow SAP to go forward with these issues still not addressed, stating that they can’t even be resolved at the county level (using Scholarie as the example).  Jeff assured Thomas that before SAP is expanded we will want to address and resolve the easement/utilities issues.
  • David shared that there is support for the Delaware proposal as it addresses the easement/utilities issues.  Nick commented that this is one of the major concerns Delaware has and wants to resolve.   He also shared that a Delaware want towns to have the choice of opting in or out of the program.  This is a major concern that Delaware is trying to address.
  • Michelle asked Jeff if discussions have occurred on the conservation easement issues.  Jeff replied that discussions are in process, and they are attempting to clarify language.  Thomas indicated that as the Supervisor for the Town of Windham he would assume he would be asked to be involved in these discussions.  He has not been asked to participate and questioned who participates in the discussions.  Jeff reiterated that he is involved currently working on the language and will share with members when completed.
  • Michelle commented that there is a need to define the critical areas of the program.  Jeff concurred affirming that parameters for SAP need to be defined including providing better definitions of the guidelines and rules of the program.  This information is critical when working with the towns on opting into the program. 
  • Bruce voiced a concern regarding towns being asked to change their zoning regulations.   He questioned if a town refuses to modify their zoning regulations, then their only option is to sell sub-divided small parcels, and this is not a good road to go down.   Jeff clarified that the purpose of the sub-division language is to allow the City to buy land along the streams, thereby ‘creating’ a lot on land that cannot be used for anything else.  Allowing this to happen provides for easements and allows for access to the buffers.   Jeff also reiterated that this language is a tool and not mandatory for development.  Bruce asked if we allow for changes in the zoning regulations for the City then shouldn’t others be allowed to do the same thing?   Jeff said no.  However, if a town wanted to open this option up for other conservation type organizations they could.  Jeff explained that there is legal authority for the City that allows them to obtain land to protect their water supply, and this would fall within that authority.  Ric commented that this is yet another example as to why CWT needs to be involved in the process. 
  • A question regarding large land acquisitions was raised, and Jeff explained that it would be unrealistic for towns to think that we will go into next phase with zero land acquisitions, especially if we move forward with a SAP-like program.   
  • Bud conveyed that he is not comfortable with SAP.  He indicated that if any streamside land is going to be purchased, there needs to be a structure and agreement in place that stipulates there must be a swap with land that is not at streamside.  He felt that with every parcel purchase in the township there needs to be a release of something else/other land.  Ric replied that per the National Academy of Sciences, trading is crucial.  It makes more sense to swap lands.  Ric again stated that we need to provide the city examples of land swaps so that they have a better understanding of this concept and how it works.
  • In response to Bruce’s comment that land swaps are not going to happen unless we get out of easements, Ric again said that CWT needs to come forward with reasonable examples, not just concepts.  These examples need to be shared with all individuals/organizations that have an interest so that they can begin understanding the issues and help to move the issue resolution process forward.   These examples need to demonstrate why and how we get out of easements.
  • In closing, Ric assured everyone that CWT does have a place at the Stakeholder meeting table.  The problem is that there are not enough meetings.  He said we need to get the message to the stakeholders that CWT expects more, wants more and will be more involved in these meetings.
  • Ric asked Jeff to draft a letter to DEC, DOH and DEP sharing our concerns about the process going forward and would like to see more meetings to further discussions. 

5.  Reports:              
a.  FAD Deliverables – nothing to report              
b.  Streamside Acquisition – nothing additional to report              
c.  Flood Commissions Reports – nothing to report              
d.  CWC Report – Jason reported on the following:

  • CWC is still trying to work with the city for short-term and long-term solutions for the septic hauling issue.  The amount of septic hauling allowed is being reduced drastically from 70,000-26,000 gallons a week.  Currently, the city is taking in approximately 40,000 gallons a week, which is a little over half of the allowable amount.   Jason said they are working on the short-term solution, hoping that CWT can assist with developing a long-term solution.   Jeff asked Jason to provide CWT with what they want, what CWT can do to help.  Ric asked for a motion to authorize Jeff to get involved in on behalf of CWTSteve Walker made the motion, Bud Federice seconded.  Motion was carried.
      
  • The CWC annual board meeting is scheduled for April 5 and shared there are three (3) board seats up for election.

6.  Warrant(s) and Treasurer’s Report: 
Bud reported that as of February 28, 2022 ,
the checking account has $3,918.55 and
the savings account has $139,928.08. 
Motion was made by David Kuckle to accept the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Bill Federice.  Report accepted.  
Bud presented warrant #91 in the amount of $407.00 for payment of February legal fees. 
Greg Vurckio made a motion to pay this warrant, seconded by Steve WalkerMotion carried.

7. Adjourn:   Meeting was adjourned by Ric Coombe at 7:22 pm.

Executive Board Meeting – Feb 21, 2022

Location:  ZOOM

Present:  Ric Coombe, Greg Vurckio, Bud Gladstone, Bill Federice, Larry Reilly, Scott Grey, Steve Walker,

Others:   Jeff Baker, Tim Cox, Bruce Dolph, Nick Carbone, Jason Merwin, Cher Woehl

1.  Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:16 pm.

2.  January 17, 2022, Meeting Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve minutes made by Bud Gladstone, seconded by Greg Vurckio.  Motion carried.

3.  Ric provided an update on membership dues, sharing that we received 2021 dues from Greene County, Town of Middletown,  and the Village of Hunter.   Halcott is the only outstanding membership dues for 2021.

4.  Elections:  Jeff provided an update on the elections.  Jeff shared that nominations were received from Sullivan (Neversink) and Scholarie counties so far.   Deadline for submitting nominations was Friday, February 18, 2022.  Several members indicated their towns/villages and other towns/villages in their county had not received their nomination forms.    Cher indicated all nomination forms were mailed on January 31, 2022.   Discussion occurred on emailing the nomination forms to the county towns/villages that had not received them and to extend the deadline for submitting nominations by 10 days.   Bill Federice made a motion to extend the deadline for submitting nominations by 10 days, Steve Walker seconded the motion.  Motion was carried.   All agreed that the election forms would be resent via email with a March 2, 2022, deadline for submitting nominations.  Jeff will draft the letter for Cher to include in the email submission.

5.  Delaware County Alternative to Streamside Acquisition Program (SAP):  The alternative proposal to the Streamside Acquisition Program (SAP) in Delaware County, as provided by Nick at the January 17, 2022, meeting, was discussed by the members.  In summary, Delaware County is proposing to adopt a program similar to the CREP/CSBI model, which provides for the property owners to retain ownership of their land.   The proposal also looks to expand the program to include owners of existing forested buffers which are currently not included in CSBI/CREP as they are not considered to be active agricultural lands.   The program would include financial incentives in the form of rental agreements.  An in-depth dialogue amongst the members on the proposal transpired, addressing its benefits and areas that need to be further developed.   Input from members and guests included:

  • Bud had positive comments on CREP, stating that he felt it was a good, solid program which serves the purpose of keeping the land in private ownership.  He felt this was a less complicated process than SAP.   Bud also voiced concerns regarding his position of chair on the Watershed Council and would he need to abstain from any discussions or votes on this matter.   Per Jeff, there are no ethics issues at this point as this is still a conceptual proposal being discussed by CWT.  Therefore, Bud can participate in any discussion.
  • Nick pointed out that CREP is for agricultural land only, and the Delaware County proposal will allow for non-farming land to enter the program.  Nick also shared that with this proposal Towns will have input on whether they will participate in the program, however if SAP is expanded the Towns will have no say on participation.
  • Jeff commented on the concept of annual payments under this proposal, stating that it was economically better.
  • He agrees with the overall goal of the proposal and felt CWT should continue to go forward with further discussions.
  • Ric commented that the concept of renting the land is better than the current SAP and would be a benefit to the participating communities.  Ric also pointed out that administration of this proposal could be challenging, specifically if it allows for minimal acreage to be leased.  
  • Bruce felt that this proposal, which is a CREP like program, would be a benefit as it would increase the water quality by allowing the forested buffers to participate.
  • Steve commented that the proposal allowed for the ability to maintain and improve the infrastructure by expanding the amount of included land.

Members agreed that while this may not be the total solution to the SAP issues, it is a better alternative to SAP.   Ric stated that CWT supports the Delaware County proposal, as it does address the “holes” in the current acquisition program.  He emphasized the CWT needs to be consistent in its message and recommended that issues continued to be addressed as CWT moves forward on this matter.

6.  Reports:

               a.  FAD Deliverables – nothing to report

               b.  Streamside Acquisition – nothing to report, in addition to the discussion

               c.  Flood Commissions Reports – nothing to report

               d.  CWC Report – Jason reported on the following:

  • CWC and NYC reached agreement on the septic program and $7.5 million has been received for the program. 
  • An issue currently faced by Septic Program is the need for engineers to design the systems.  There is a staffing issue within the watershed.  He asked members to share within their towns to help find qualified candidates.
  • There may be an issue surfacing regarding NYC and its obligations with the septic program.  NYC is looking to drastically reduce the amount of septic they will accept from 70,000 gallons a week to 26,000 gallons a week.   Jeff asked that Jason prepare a letter reminding NYC of their requirement to assist the septic program on this.  If they reduce the amounts accepted, there will be a significant impact to the program funding available for upgrading and maintaining the septic systems as this would require utilizing sources outside of the watershed for this function.   Jeff suggested that Ric bring this issue up at the principals meeting. 
  • There could be a gap in the Flood Hazard Program funding (like what occurred in the septic program) as to date there is not an agreement in place for renewing this program.
  • Bids have been received for the Halcottsville Project.  Bids are being advertised for the New Kingston Project.

7.  Ric addressed the changes in the administration,  once again raising the question of whether CWT wants to be part of the changes, providing education on the watershed programs and issues, or does CWT want to be in the background as change happens.   Members agreed that CWT needs to be part of the process and should look to schedule a meeting with the appropriate attendees to begin the communications and education on the watershed and CWT.  Considering the issues raised by Jason, the members suggested the new Commissioner be invited here sooner than later so that the education process can begin before significant impacts to the programs in the watershed occur.  

8.  Warrant(s) and Treasurer’s Report:  Bud reported that as of January 31, 2022 , the checking account has $2,318.35 and the savings account has $137,006.60.  Motion was made by Larry Reilly to accept the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Steve Walker.  Report accepted.  
Bud presented warrant #90 in the amount of $2,916.70 for payment of legal fees from August 2021 thru January 2022.  Steve Walker made a motion to pay this warrant, seconded by Greg VurckioMotion carried.

9.  Other:  Ric asked Tim Cox and Jason Merwin if our March meeting can be held at CWC headquarters.   Tim and Jason had no issues and agreed to have the CWT meetings at the Margaretville Arkville office.  

10.  Adjourn:   Meeting was adjourned by Ric Coombe at 7:07 pm.  

Executive Board Meeting – Jan 17, 2022

Location:  ZOOM

Present:  Ric Coombe, Greg Vurckio, Bud Gladstone, Bill Federice, Larry Reilly, Scott Grey, Steve Walker,

Others:   Jeff Baker, Tim Cox, Bruce Dolph, Nick Carbone, Jason Merwin, Cher Woehl

1.  Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:17 pm.

2.  October 18, 2021, Meeting Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve minutes made by Greg Vurckio, seconded by Bill Federice.  Motion carried.

3.  Membership Dues:  Cher provided update on 2021 membership dues still outstanding for Town of Middletown ($1500), Green Co. ($2250), Town of Halcott ($750) and Village of Hunter ($750).  She also reported that payment of Wawarsing was received last week in the amount of $1500 and that Town of Stamford paid $1000 of their $1500 balance due.

Ric said that as we move forward we need to provide the membership dues letter earlier in the year, with CWT sending reminders as required through out the year.  He emphasized that CWT needs to communicate its value and continue to pursue participation of all the counties, towns and villages.  Ric, Jeff and Cher will work on the 2022 Membership Letter with the goal of releasing it in March.

4.  Elections:  Now that Towns have had their 2021 elections,  CWT elections need to occur.  Letters need to be sent to the municipalities by week of January 24th.  Jeff reiterated the “process and time-frames” as follows and indicated that he will work with Ric and Cher on this:

  • 1st round of letters asks for candidate nominations and is due in 30 days
  • 2nd round is the voting ballots which must be returned within 30 days
  • 3rd round is the announcement of new CWT board members which should occur in April.

5.  Delaware County Land Acquisition Resolution:  Nick provided a summary of the proposed resolution, explaining its purpose and providing background on Delaware County actions that this resolution supports.  Nick further explained that the Delaware County proposal has been submitted and adopted by every town and majority of the villages in Delaware.  It has also been adopted in Schoharie, Ulster and Green Counties.   Steve Walker made a motion to introduce the resolution, seconded by Bud Gladstone.   Ric opened the discussion of the resolution by members.   A lengthy discussion occurred with points made by several members including the following:

  • Bud stated that while SAP will control minimum amount of property, it would have major impact to owners who own the land, which could be a silent way of acquiring a little land with control of all the land.
  • Jeff responded to Bud’s concern by stating that if SAP was properly designed it would address the issue Bud raised and not create land-locks or buffers.   Jeff also said that CWT needs to exercise it ability top get a better design of SAP to make it work as originally intended.
  • Steve had a concern that this would result in one’s inability to repair an infrastructure without going through several ‘hoops’.

 After additional discussion on these concerns occurred Ric called for the members roll call vote as follows:

CWT Chair Ric Coombe                                                              voting                  AYE  

CWT Board Member Wayland (Bud) Gladstone                  voting                  AYE

CWT Board Member Greg Vurckio                                          voting                  AYE

CWT Board Member William Federice                                   voting                  AYE

CWT Alternate Member Larry Reilly                                       voting                  AYE

CWT Alternate Member Steve Walker                                   voting                  AYE

The resolution was thereupon declared duly adopted as CWT RESOLUTION NO 1 OF 2022, dated January 17, 2022.  

After the vote of the resolution it was an opportune time for Nick to brief everyone on the Alternative to SAP in Delaware County proposal.  This proposal mirrors the Federal Conservation Reserve Enhanced Program (CREP) and is a natural progression to expand a program that is already in place, allowing landowners to be included in the program while allowing them to keep their land.  As this proposal was provided to board members the day of the board meeting, Ric asked that it be deferred to the February meeting.  This will enable members to thoroughly review the information and be better prepared to discuss.   Members agreed with the deferral.   Ric requested that Nick develop examples and models for the February discussion.   Ric also suggested that it may be beneficial if Delaware County was able to provide the NYC DEP a real land swap proposal, to help facilitate the discussion with NYC DEP, and other stakeholders going forward.  

6.  Reports:

               a.  FAD Deliverables – nothing to report

               b.  Streamside Acquisition – nothing to report, in addition to the discussion

               c.  Flood Commissions Reports – nothing to report

               d.  CWC Report – Jason reported that there has been a very positive outcome on the septic program meetings with NYC.  Discussions and negotiations have reached an agreement that is acceptable to NYC and CWC which will allow for the septic program to operate at full capacity.  Jason reported that these were constructive  negotiations which resulted in mutually agreeable solutions and positive outcomes.    Jason also reported that CWC is in their election process and anticipates new board members by April 2022.

               e.  Below the Reservoirs – Ric shared his recent experience with observing the replacement of the valves at the reservoir.  He indicated it was extremely fascinating and that this system is incredible.  

7.  Warrant(s) and Treasurer’s Report:  Bud reported that as of December 31, 2021,
the checking account has $2,825.15 and
the savings account has $133,233.53. 
Motion was made by Steve Walker to accept the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Bill Federice.  Report accepted.  
Ric and Cher explained the warrant for payment to the Town of Neversink for administrative support from September 2021 thru December 2021.  The total amount to be paid is $1,507.10, of which $1,400.00 is total gross wage (based on $350 per month) and $107.10 is for the employer share of Social Security and Medicare.   The “warrant” was provided in a letter from the Town of Neversink.  Ric asked members if they would accept the letter this time, with the caveat that in the future CWT will receive an Invoice for Payment and the warrant as in normal procedure.   All agreed the letter was acceptable as the invoice.  Greg Vurckio moved to pay the warrant of $1,507.10 for administrative support.  Steve Walker seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

8. Other:  Ric suggested considering the season and temperamental weather that our February meeting be a ZOOM meeting.  All agreed.

9.  Adjourn:   Motion to adjourn made by Greg Vurckio, seconded by Bill Federice.  Motion carried and meeting was adjourned at 7:09 pm.

Executive Board Meeting – Oct 18, 2021

Location:   CWC Headquarters

Present:     Ric Coombe, Greg Vurckio,  Bill Federice, Peter Friedel, Tom Hilson, Scott Gray,  

Others:       Jeff Baker, Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Nick Carbone, Bruce Dolph, Cher Woehl Call To Order:   Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:20 p.m.

1. Call To Order:   Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:20 p.m.

2. Minutes Approval:   Motion to approve the August 16, 2021, minutes was made by Greg Vurckio and seconded by Peter Freidel.  Motion carried.

3. CWT Administrative Changes: Cher shared with everyone the contact information for CWT, noting that the information is located on the top of the meeting agenda.  Cher also confirmed with Tim that all CWC information will be mailed to the new email address.

4. Elections:    Ric stated that elections for CWT executive committee members needs to occur soon.  Jeff offered that elections should be held off until after the municipality elections.  Board members seemed to agree with this approach.  However it was emphasized that board members also need to find interested candidates from their areas, especially Delaware which is currently underrepresented.   Jeff reiterated the election process which is to (1) send notifications to the townships requesting nominations; (2) townships to provide their nominations to CWT; (3) ballots to be prepared based on nominations and mailed: and (4) each Town to vote for the number of candidates allowed for the township.  Jeff will begin the process by notifying all board members.   Ric set the goal to have the elections completed by the end of this year (2021).

5. September 10th Quarterly Meeting Update:  Ric and Jason gave an update on the quarterly meeting, both agreeing that it was productive and a positive opportunity to move forward after the delays resulting from the COVID pandemic.  With the upcoming change in NYC administration all agreed the need that educating the new administration about CWC, CWT and the various programs is very important.  Ideas were discussed on ways to provide this education with all agreeing that CWC should be taking the lead on this effort.  CWT will be there to help CWC if they request our assistance.   Ric shared that in educating the new administration we don’t want to lose the history of the programs, but we also do not want to dwell on the past as it’s time to move forward.

All in all, those who attended the quarterly meeting acknowledged it was a good meeting overall, with both CWC and CWT asking for consistency.  Ric shared that the plan is to have everyone meet again after the new year once the elections are completed and any new members to the administration are in office.   He also suggested we need to plan to have the new administration here, in person, to show them what we do and the positive effects our programs have.

6. Reports:

a.  FAD deliverables:  No report

b.  Streamside Acquisition:  DEP is looking to roll out the Schoharie Basin pilot program to other counties.  Catskill Center is looking to move forward with the rollout using the land swap program options.  DEC is asking that the rollout not occur until there is a full understanding of what this program is, how it will be rolled out and how it impacts communities.  The program should not be imposed on towns, and they should be given the tools to help them with the rollout.  Board members agreed that the pilot program should not be rolled out until more details such as the easement language are clarified.  Ric said it is critical that CWC, CWT, etc. need to present as a unified front on these issues.  While we may not all agree, the West of the Hudson Watershed organizations and programs must work together to address all situations.  Jeff suggested meetings with Delaware County, Catskill Center and CWT to discuss further.  Ric also suggested that he and Jason get the organizations together to open communications and to remind everyone that we are all looking for the same outcomes.

c.  Flood Commission Reports:  No report

d. CWC Report:  Jason reported the septic program is still shut down to new applicants due to lack of funding. 

e.  Below the Reservoirs:  No report  

7. Warrant(s) and Treasurer Report: There is $2,824.44 in the checking account and $130,917.51 in the savings account.   Motion to accept the Treasurers report was made by Peter Friedel and seconded by Bill Federice.  Motion carried.

8. Other:  Bill spoke to the turbid water issues due to the extreme rainfall which has caused the raging waters.  He asked what can be done to help correct this.  DEP has been asked in the past to lower the reservoir levels.  When they comply it does help to mitigate this issue.  However, DEP may not always comply with these requests.  Ric suggested to have CWC and CWT further discuss water issues, like turbidity.  It was also suggested that we look at the Delaware Basin model for reservoir releases.  Jeff also recommended to Bill to review the Environment Impact Statement to determine if it contains any information on turbidity controls.   It was agreed that we need to work closer on solutions for alleviating this issue.  

Ric asked about the Letter of Agreement to the Philadelphia graduate student that has requested to review CWT records.  Jeff will be looking through the records first before releasing the letter and allowing the student to review the records. 

9. Adjourn:   Motion to adjourn meeting was made by Greg Vurckio and seconded by Peter Friedel.  Motion was carried and meeting adjourned at 7:33 pm.

Executive Board Meeting – Aug 16, 2021

Location:   CWC Headquarters

Present:     Ric Coombe, Greg Vurckio, David Kuckle, Bill Federice, Scott Grey, Peter Friedel (phone)

Others:       Jeff Baker, Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Nick Carbone, Cher Woehl


1. Call To Order:   Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:20 p.m.

2. July 21, 2021, Minutes Approval:   Motion to approve minutes made by Greg Vurckio.  Second by Dave Kuckle.  Motion carried.

3. Ric raised the question regarding the use of Zoom for “in-person” meetings.  Tim clarified that technically Zoom is not allowed for meetings where participants attend in person. 

4. CWT Administrative Support:  Ric provided a brief background summary on the administrative support position.  In the past, the CWT chair brought the administrative assistant along with them.   While the CWT was more than happy to have the administrative assistant position remain in Delaware, that was not feasible at this time.  As a result, Ric recommended it could be feasible to have the position filled by an employee of the CWT chair township.  Making the position inter-municipal allows for the salary to be paid directly to the employee thru the town’s payroll system.  CWT would reimburse the municipality for the administrative assistant services based on the agreed amount and as stipulated in an MOA contract.  This proposal would keep the administrative assistant function inter-municipal and eliminate the need for CWT to establish its own payroll accounting system.   Ric discussed this proposal with the Town of Neversink Board, who agreed with the idea if approved by CWT.   The motion was made by Dave Kuckle and seconded by Peter Friedel to contract with the Town of Neversink to hire a current employee for the Administrative Assistant position.  Motion Carried.    

Members discussed the salary and average monthly hours for the Administrative Assistant.   It was suggested that a set stipend for the month be established for a set number of hours, with any additional hours to be paid at an hourly rate.   Based on the past Administrative Assistant hours, Ric recommended ten (10) hours per month at $350 (monthly salary) with $20 per hour for any additional hours worked above the 10.   Jeff said the contract would include this information with an effective date of September 1, 2021, and with language that provides for terminability by either party within 30 days.    The motion was made by Bill Federice and seconded by Peter Friedel to include the recommended stipends in the contract.  Motion carried.   Jeff will develop the contract.  Ric introduced Cher, the Town of Neversink Parks and Recreation Director, who has agreed to accept the position if acceptable to the CWT and once the contract is enacted.

5. General Housekeeping:  There was a discussion on housekeeping and best option for administrative email.  It was suggested that the easiest and cleanest way for mail would be to establish Gmail accounts.  It was also suggested to look into using the Google Gmail suite of options for the administrative needs, such as meeting schedules, etc.

6. Document Storage:  Tim reported all the CWT documents have now been relocated to the CWC facility for storage.   They are looking to obtain money for hiring an intern to digitalize all the documents.  After the meeting, Tim would show everyone the storage area.

7. Request for Document Review:  Jeff  reported that they have received a request from a Philadelphia graduate student (Anna) to review the CWT records as part of her study.  For her study, the records would be opened and made available to her during normal business hours in a specified area.  She is looking to review the records sometime during September 9th – 20th.  Jeff said that permission to access the records is subject to CWC approval.  Tim said that CWC is open to whatever the CWT recommends.  Tim and Jeff will work out the agreement stating that CWT and CWC are okay with this request.

8. Elections:  Ric reminded everyone that they need to get moving on the elections.   All positions are up for re-election.

9. Quarterly Meeting:  The quarterly meeting with the leads from all watershed organizations   (CWT, CWC, WAC, etc.) is tentatively scheduled for September 10th.   Purpose of this meeting to have dialogue on all issues organizations are facing.

10. Reports:
a.  FAD deliverables:  No report

b.  Streamside Acquisition:  No report

c.  Flood Commission Reports:  No report

d. CWC Report:  Jason reported on the septic program contract with the NYC.  They are having contract issues and will not be awarding any new septic program requests until the issues are resolved.   Progress is being made on addressing and resolving the issues.   Jason also reported that NYC is evaluating how CWC manages their contracts.  CWC has provided responses on each contracted evaluated to date.  One issue CWC is facing is that the contracts are deviating from the original contracts, with language revisions made by city attorneys.  This is causing issues.  Ric said that CWT can be of service to CWC with addressing and resolving these issues.  

e.  Below the Reservoirs:  No report  


11. Warrant(s) and Treasurer Report: There is $4137.84 in the checking account and $130,873.03 in the savings account.   Peter Friedel made the motion to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Second by Dave Kuckle.   Motion carried.

Greg Vurckio motioned to pay the warrant for:
Delaware County Admin services –           $   500.00
Legal fees to Jeff Baker –                             $   814.00
For a total warrant of –                               $ 1314.00
Second by Dave Kuckle.  Motion carried.       
$50 storage fee payment is deferred due to relocation of files to new space.  

12. Other:  As we are not allowed to Zoom at this point if meeting also has people attending in person, Ric said to plan on meeting at the CWC facility in September. 

13. Adjourn:   Motion to adjourn meeting made by Greg Vurckio.  Second by Bill Federice.  Meeting adjourned at 7:33 pm.

Executive Board Meeting – April 19, 2021

Location:  Zoom

Present:  Ric Coombe, Greg Vurckio, Bud Gladstone, Scott Grey, Larry Reilly and Bill Federice.

Others:  Jason Merwin, Jeff Baker, Nick Carbone, Tim Cox, Aaron Bennet, Kelly Mariotti, Bruce Dolph and Annie Seefeldt

1. Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:19.

2. February 15, 2021 Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve minutes by Greg Vurckio.  Second by Bud Gladstone. Motion carried.

3. Stakeholders Meeting:  Jeff Baker reported that he has had conversation with Delaware County regarding the Streamside Acquisition Program.  All want to make sure DEC doesn’t roll out the SAP without Delaware County’s input.  Next meeting is scheduled for April 29th on Land Acquisition.

4. Ashokan Pumped Storage Project:  This has been withdrawn.  Jeff was pleased to see the towns and villages get involved and write opposition letters.   Now they are talking about Neversink and Roundout which they are connected.  At this point, plans for Neversink and Roundout are way down the road.  CWT will keep an eye on this situation.

5. Reporting back to our member Towns:  Ric Coombe reinstated that communication is the key.  Need to do more outreach to the towns and villages on watershed issues so that the towns and villages know what is going on.  For instance, the Town of Hunter asked CWT for our help.  We helped them solve the issue that they were having.  Need to let the public know that we are here for them if they need us.

6. Catskill Park:  Ric reported that public recreation sites have become a problem.  Visitors have been leaving tons of trash in the areas. The burdens shouldn’t be on the towns to pick-up the garbage.  The landowners should be responsible (DEC).  Also, parking has become a problem as well; visitors parking wherever they want.  Parking is only allowed in the designated places.  A local law is in effect now.  Tickets will be issued if parking elsewhere by the State Police and the Sheriff. Overall, the towns would like to see less people at the public recreation sites.

7. Tom Snow:  Mentioned earlier.

8. Reports:
a. FAD deliverables:  No report.
b. Streamside Acquisition: 
c. Flood Commission Reports:  No report
d. CWC report:  CWC received 1.8 million for the Septic 5 Program. That comes out to be only 60 projects next year.
e. Below the Reservoirs:  No report

9. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report: 
There is $8,500.00 in the checking account and $93,726.70 in the savings account. 
Bill Federice motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Second by Greg Vurckio. 

Greg Vurckio motioned to except the warrant for
The Storeroom $50.00
Delaware County Admin services $505.40
$1,480.00 for legal fees and
Del. Co. Watershed Affairs postage reimbursement for $22.44
making the total warrant for $2,057.84. 
Second by Bill Federice.  Motion carried.

10. Other:  Bill Federice wanted to give a heads up to the committee that Conesville and CWC have been working on establishing a Waste Water Sewer District.  DEP has come back and wants to change the agreement that they agreed too. CWT will step in if things don’t get resolved.

11. Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn meeting by Bud Gladstone.  Second by Greg Vurckio.  Meeting adjourned at 6:56.

Executive Board Meeting – March 15, 2021

Location:  Zoom

Present:  Ric Coombe, Greg Vurck, Peter Friedel, David Kukle, Bud Gladstone and Tom Hilson.

Others:  Jason Merwin, Jeff Baker, Nick Carbone, Tim Cox, Aaron Bennet, Michelle Yost and Kelly Mariotti.  Jim Sofranko-Town of Olive Supervisor

1. Call to Order:  Ric Coombe called the meeting to order at 6:12.

2. February 15, 2021 Minutes Approval:  Motion to approve minutes by Bud Gladstone.  Second by Peter Friedel.  Motion carried.

3. Stakeholders Meeting:  NAS held a summary meeting on March 25th.  The Septic Program was talked about.  It was recommended that there be an expansion, but that was in the Kensico Basin.  Meetings will continue and DEP will also be having focus group meetings especially regarding the Land Acquisition Program. 

Another issue that was discussed was how to rollout the SAP program.  There are issues with DEC regarding the towns to buy-in the SAP program.  Wednesday, March 17th, there will be a conference call between Delaware County, Jeff Baker, Kevin Young and Allyson Phillips to develop a strategy on how to deal with DEC on this issue.

Nick Carbone stated that there has been no new development in the Town of Middleton in the last 50 years except the new CWC/DEP building.

4. Ashokan Pumped Storage Project:  The Supervisor from the Town of Olive, Jim Sofranko is asking the CWT Board for their support to oppose a project that was submitted to FERC.  A company from California has submitted a proposal to FERC for a high elevation reservoir.  There are 3 reservoir sites for this proposal.  One will be chosen for the project. There has been no outreach from FERC to Ulster County.  The high elevation reservoir project would be huge.  The tunnels would be 40 to 50 feet in diameter and buried 100s of feet underground.  At the end of the tunnels, there would be five turbines running which would use huge amount of power.  Ric motioned Jeff to write a response letter opposing the High Elevation Reservoir project.  Moved by David Kukle.  Second by Tom Hilson.  Motioned carried.  Note:  Peter Friedel clarifies that the project will affect his land and house.   Jeff stated the comment period ends April 12th.  He will have the response letter in by April 9th.

5. Reporting back to our member Towns:  Last week Ric sat in on the Town of Rochester Board meeting via zoom.  Rochester had some questions as to why they should stay with CWT.  Ric explain what CWT is and what CWT does and how CWT can help the Counties, Towns and Villages.  Rochester decided to stay with CWT.

Ric Coombe reinstated that communication is the key.  Need to do more outreach to the towns and villages on watershed issues so that the towns and villages know what is going on.

6. 2021 Dues Notice:  Kelly Mariotti stated that the dues letters were mailed out Monday, March 15th.

7. Reports
a. FAD deliverables:  No report.
b. Streamside Acquisition: 
c. Flood Commission Reports:  Arron reported that the only thing that is active at this time is the Town of Shokan.
d. CWC report:  Annual meeting April 6 via zoom.
e. Below the Reservoirs:  No report.

8. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report:  There is $491.21 in the checking account and $98,983.35 in the savings account.  Tom Hilson motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Second by Peter Friedel. 

Greg Vurckio motioned to except the warrant for-
The Storeroom $50.00
Delaware County Admin services $722.33
$1,443.00 for legal fees and
The Mountain Eagle in the amount of $12.18
Making the total warrant for $2,227.51. 
Second by Bill Federice.  Motion carried.

9. Other:  Once again, Ric reached out to Bud stating that if he needs any help with WAC, please feel free to reach out to CWT.  Bud was very appreciative of that.

10. Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn meeting by Bud Gladstone.  Second by Greg Vurckio.  Meeting adjourned at 7:04.