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.

Executive Board Meeting – March 19, 2018

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

Present: Mark Tuthill, Mike McCrary, Ric Coombe, Wayland Gladstone, Art Merrill, Greg Vurckio, Peter Friedel, William Federice and attorney Jeff Baker.

Others: Bruce Dolph, Michelle Yost, Tim Cox, Jason Merwin, Molly Oliver, Frazier

1. Call to Order: 6:17

2. February 19, 2018 Minutes Approval – Motion to accept as amended Peter Friedel second Greg Vurckio passed.

3. Presentation: Paul Lenz, DEP to provide an update on the Recreation Rules, Paul introduced Tom Davidock, a member of his staff. Paul and Tom presented the history of recreational uses on City lands since 1997 to today. Overall the changes to the regulations are good making it easier to utilize city lands and fishing on reservoirs. Sailboat use was way down over the year to under 5. Combining that with new invasive species and the challenges of cleaning sailboats, sailboats will no longer be allowed. Kayaks with peddles are also recommended to be discontinued due to the difficulties of cleaning properly. Additionally, the pilot program for electric motorized trolling on the reservoir will be discontinued. The number of requests combined with some taking their motors off their boats and not having them cleaned before another use led to the decision to eliminate their use. The proposed changes will be out for review and comment in April or May.

4. Update on 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement- Mr. Baker reported that they hope it is near the end.

5. Stake holders meetings
a. Town level assessments – Discussion ensued covering about the status of those meetings. The City offered a proposal with the idea of reducing acquisitions. The information needs further analysis. Molly reported that an initial analysis, by Delaware County Planning shows no benefit to Delaware County, as it currently exists. Comments about the proposal are due April 6th. No action taken. Delaware County raised the proposed Alternative Land Acquisition Program at the meeting. It was met with a lot of resistance from Environmental Groups and DEC representing a change in past discussions with both parties.

b. Farm transition- A working group in Delaware County is working on a different proposal than the City is putting forward, that is broader in scope than the City’s proposal. The City’s proposal is not satisfactory to many involved in the discussion.

c. SAP – Some discussion occurred about the potential of SAP. DEC wants to see this expanded into the remainder of the WoH. The CWT has reservations about that, particularly that the program is not an opt in for the Towns but is for the Villages and Hamlets. Some see this as license to buy many parcels under ten acres. Several of the parcels they have purchased under the pilot program included developable land. The prior meeting on incentivizing SAP left many confused as to whether or not towns did have the opt in or not. The Jeff Senterman, Executive Director of the Catskill Center, at that meeting, said that the towns would have the opt in choice.

6. Windham Bike Trail- The discussion is ongoing. The CWT needs a letter from the Town Supervisor or a resolution from the Town Board requesting assistance from the CWT before further involvement by the CWT.

7. Reports
a. Flood Commission Reports- Delaware County reported that most flood commissions and towns have accepted their LFA’s. Andes is very close to approving theirs. Aaron Bennett had submitted a written report. See attached report. Michelle Yost noted that Tannersville adopted their LFA. There are three properties interested in a buyout and an interest in moving the town highway facility.

b. CWC report – no new news.

c. Below the Reservoirs
i. Delaware – Finishing up the SCMP and report to the PAC on April 5th that should lead to the completion by the next CWT meeting.
ii. Esopus- no report.
iii. Schoharie- no report.

d. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
i. Motion to pay warrants totaling $2,206.02 and accept the treasurer’s report of $1,032.85 in checking and $62,948 in savings was made by Ric Coombe and seconded by Art Merrill. Passed.

8. Other – Michelle Yost raised an issue with regard to the Windham Bike Path. Apparently, there is a question with regard to a Right of Way issue. A variance may be needed to proceed with the bike path.

9. Adjourn – Motion to adjourn by Ric Coombe, second by Wayland Gladstone. Passed.

Executive Board Meeting – Feb 19, 2018

Location: CWC, Main Street, Margaretville, NY
Time: 6:15pm (informal discussion until 6:35 when a quorum arrived)

In Attendance: Peter Friedel, Bud Gladstone, Mark Tuthill, Tom Hilson, David Kukle, Bruce Dolph, Aaron Bennett, Tim Cox, Jeff Baker, Michelle Yost

1. Call to Order – 6:35

2. December 18, 2017 Minutes Approval – Approved as amended. Motion made by Tom Hilson, second by Bud Gladstone.

3. Letter – past due members – Town of Wawarsing is back in. Mark spoke with Supervisor in Deposit. Deposit not interested. Sidney still out. Walton is past due. Mark will get ahold of Charlie. Greene County not paid yet. Hardenburg not paid yet.

4. Meeting with new DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza and Paul Rush – Mark described a meeting with the new Commissioner and Paul Rush. Good meeting. Spoke about the Delaware County proposal for an Alternative land Acquisition Program. Some concern on the part of the city about how to pay for a rental. Good meeting overall.

5. Land Acquisition / Streamside Acquisition Discussion – Jeff Baker thinks that the goal should be that in 2023 when the Water Supply Permit negotiations start, the CWT should oppose full lot acquisition and only allow SAP. He noted that ending the LAP would mean ending the Water Supply Permit. We don’t necessarily want that. Delaware County expressed reservation about the SAP, saying that all parcels of land would be open to purchase by the City.

6. Update on FAD and 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement – Final FAD released at end of 2017. 3rd SSA, not complete yet.
a. Next steps – Meeting on Wednesday to continue discussions.

7. Flood Commission Reports
a. Delaware – All LFAs adopted except Andes which is imminent. Roxbury has kicked off.
b. Greene – Tannersville done and to be accepted within a month, Hunter has first meeting upcoming. GNH relocation – very slow process, still moving forward. Trying to determine feasibility for the business.
c. Ulster – Four completed LFA, two properties in City Funded Buyout. CWC grant being used to remove old Route 28 Bridge near Route 212

8. Windham Bike Trail – extensive discussion about this bike trail. The DEP property piece would connect two sides of a larger trail system. There are some implications for the Recreation Rules that are being updated. Apparently DEP may be requiring a crushed stone path for a bike trail. In the case of Windham and Hunter, they are not financially prepared to put in crushed stone. There was a motion to have Jeff Baker call DEP on behalf of Hunter to have biking put into their land use permit. Bud seconded

9. CWC report – Voting for board members currently ongoing. Annual meeting is in April. Tank anchoring ongoing. Couple of grants out for stream work.

10. Farm Transition – Delaware County has convened a working group to try to better understand this issue and get on the same page. Have an upcoming meeting in Kingston to address this with the Enhanced Land Trust Group on the 26th. We need more time to assess the need and understand funding gaps, etc.

11. Below the Reservoirs
a. Delaware – Wrapping up Phase 1 of the Stream Corridor Management Plan. Hopeful to get funding for Phase 2 through Appalachian Regional Commission.
b. Esopus – no update
c. Schoharie – no update

12. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
a. Warrants – $50 – Storeroom, $2,187.90 Young and Summer, $290.55 Watershed Affairs, $23.46 Watershed Affairs.
Total = $2,551.91. Moved by Tom seconded by Pete. Carried

b. Treasurer’s Report – $1,084.63 Checking, $52, 946.36 Savings. Tom and Pete. Carried

c. Dues Payment Update – See item 2

13. Other – in the future don’t schedule meetings on President’s Day or Martin Luther King Day.

14. Adjourn – 7:45 Motion made by Bud, seconded by Tom, Carried.

Executive Board Meeting – Dec 18, 2017

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

Attending: Anthony Coiro, Ric Combe, William Federice, Peter Friedel, Wayland Gladstone, Art Merrill, Michael McCrary, Mark Tuthill, Greg Vurckio, Thomas Hilson, David Kukle, Chris Matthews, Jeff Baker, Esq.

Others attending: Molly Oliver, Bruce Dolph, Tim Cox, Michelle Yost, Jason Merwin, Frazier.

1. Call to Order: 6:15

2. November 20, 2017 Minutes Approval – Motion to accept, Tony Coiro, second Wayland Gladstone. Passed.

3. Letter – past due members – The letter has not yet been completed and sent out.

4. Update on FAD and 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement – Jeff and Tim summarized some of the concerns about ¶ 145 of the MOA currently being negotiated. Discussion ensued regarding terms of the contract between CWC and DEP pertaining to funds remaining at the end of the contract and how those would be managed. In response to Jeff’s request for guidance the following motion was made.
Tony Coiro motioned that any remaining funds at the end of the contract be retained under the management of the CWC until expended as per the terms of the existing 145 contract. Second by Peter Friedel. Passed.
The contract with the City could end, but the obligation would continue. Because CWC can pay the stormwater expenses faster than the City, the CWT did not want a business’ payment be delayed because of contract delays or if the City were to take over payments from CWC. The rationale being that the City’s history on these payments has been very slow on their share of the payments which could harm many of these small businesses or organizations financially. As a reminder it was mentioned that several times the businesses/ organizations had to borrow the money to pay the contractor and wait well over a year for the City’s payment.

a. Next steps-Jeff Baker reported that he, Kevin Young, Tim Cox and others have been reviewing the draft WR&Rs and will circulate their findings for input. The DOH wants to get the FAD out by the end of the year. As a reminder, the Env. Groups will not sign off on the 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement until they see the FAD.
A discussion on the status of the multiple use path in Green County ensued. Jeff has been having discussions with the City on this issue. Michelle continues to facilitate discussions. Mark Tuthill will bring this issue up for discussion with Paul Rush at the quarterly meetings with CWC, WAC, CWT and Delaware County. In response to a request from Paul Rush, Mark indicated that the CWT would hold off on pushing the issue, but not for long, contingent upon the City soon demonstrating meaningful progress on resolving the issue. Michelle reported that an analysis of acres disturbed is below one acre.
Mark reported that there a number of meetings being scheduled in January pertaining to land acquisition. Also, Paul Rush and the new Commissioner will be meeting with various watershed parties over the next month.

5. Flood Commission Reports – The monthly report from Delaware County SWCD will be sent out tomorrow. In Delaware County the Village and Town of Walton has accepted the LFA for all the tributaries and West Branch. Both boards will adopt the plan at their next meeting. The Village and Town of Delhi, Hamden, Andes will be adopting theirs at the first opportunity in 2018. Michelle Yost reported that Tannersville is nearing the end of the LFA process. A draft will be released this week. She reported that several properties are in agreement to be part of the buyout program (near the Sawmill). Hunter village will soon start Phase II of their LFA. There was a public meeting in Ashland on their LFA last week. G & H on hold. Michelle reported that Rene has had a serious health issue that will require some recuperation time.

6. CWC report – Tim reported that a well written Right of Objection letter was submitted by CWC to the DEP. Aside from the humor, he reported that CWC building will be put out to bid in a couple of months. It will take about two years to complete it. CWC is funding a project to replace a bridge in Mt Tremper. It is a $900,000 bridge on the Esopus near the juncture of Rte 212 and 28.

7. Farm Transition-The meeting in December is postponed.

8. Below the Reservoirs:
a. Delaware – FFMP signed. Grants for sirens below the Cannonsville and Pepacton were awarded. SCMP will be completed by February. The SCMP will improve chances of success in getting funding for projects.
b. Esopus
c. Schoharie

9. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report:
Wayland Gladstone reported on the warrants.
Watershed Affairs – $309.00
Store Room – $50.00
Young/Sommer $3,386.34
Total $3735.44
Motion to pay the warrants by Ric Coombe, second Tony Coiro. Passed.
The savings and checking account balances were not available. Frazier reported that they will be circulated in the next day or two.
Dues Payment Update – Halcottsville is back in.

10. Other – Art Merrill made a motion to go into executive session to discuss negotiations of the FAD. Tony Coiro Seconded. Passed.
Motion to come out of Executive Session by Tony Coiro, second by Art Merrill. Passed. No actions were taken.

11. Adjourn – There was a full on sprint for a motion to adjourn, which Ric Coombe won, Art Merrill came in with a close second. Passed.

Executive Board Meeting – Nov 20, 2017

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

Present: Anthony Coiro, William Federice, Peter Friedel, Wayland Gladstone, Art Merrill, Michael McCrary, Mark Tuthill, Greg Vurckio, Thomas Hilson, Chris Mathews, Jeff Baker.
Others – Graydon Dutcher, Michelle Yost, Tim Cox, Larry Underwood, Aaron Bennett, Molly Oliver, Bruce Dolph, Frazier.

1. Call to Order: 6:15

2. October 16, 2017 Minutes Approval – Motion to approve Art Merrill, second by Tony Coiro. Passed.

3. Introductions: Molly was welcomed back.

4. Resolution – Signing Third Supplemental Side Agreement by Bruce Dolph. Tony Coiro motioned to accept, Art Merrill second. Passed.

5. Letter – past due members – Jeff will be sending out a letter.

6. Update on FAD and 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement
a. LAP – EIS Update/White paper – Comments due October 31, 2017- Comments submitted. There was a question about a response time for the City. Generally thought there is. Will need to check the FAD.

b. FAD – Frazier reported that the internal NYSDOH review under Pat Palmer was complete and forwarded to superiors in DOH. After their review, it will go to DEC, EPA and DEP. The goal is to have it out by the end of 2017.

c. Third Sup Side agreement – as usually reported, is imminent.
i. Jeff reported on the status of the bike path issue in Greene County. It is ongoing.

d. It was reported that the pilot program for electric motors on the Cannonsville will end as demand, was not that high and there is a new infestation of hydrilla, an invasive species, that DEP is very concerned about the ability to adequately clean the motors. Sailboat use has not been a large use and has declined. Sail boating will be eliminated as well due to the cleaning challenges associated with cleaning sail boats relative to hydrilla.

e. Frazier also reported that he asked Paul Lenz to look into the ongoing question of establishing scenic views around the reservoirs.

7. Flood Commission Reports – Flood Commission reports for Delaware, Greene/Schoharie and Ulster Counties were handed out and reported on by Graydon Dutcher, Michelle Yost and Aaron Bennett respectively. In short, numerous commissions in each county are nearing completion and some simply need approval by the respective boards and commissions. See attached reports.

8. CWC report – a right of refusal is in the packet.

9. OST Report – ongoing – no update.

10. Farm Transition- December 12 – FYI that the meetings are ongoing as per the FAD to address the issue of farm transition.

11. Below the Reservoirs
a. Delaware – FFMP signed – Frazier, Underwood and Merrill reported on the new deal. It is now a 10 year agreement with two five year phases. Studies on various issues are planned to address some longstanding issues, such as the amount of water available for releases to mitigate yoyo releases and thermal needs. NYSDEC now has the sole discretion with regard to releases needed for various needs under the FAD.
i. Final SCMP public meetings are completed and a final draft is out for comment. This will provide the framework to address everything from flood mitigation, sediment reduction, fish habitat, etc.

b. Esopus – N/R
c. Schoharie –N/R

12. Storage of CWT archives. A discussion ensued regarding where to store the archives. One viable location is in the new CWC building. Tim Cox requested that the CWT inform the CWC as to the amount of space they would need so CWC can incorporate the CWT needs into their plans.

13. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
a. Bud Gladstone –
i. Warrants – Young Sommers $7,222.20, Storage Fee $50, Watershed Affairs $745.00. Total $8,017.20. Motion to pay the bills Mike McCrary, second by Tony Coiro. Passed.
ii. Treasurer’s report: Checking Account Balance $805.39; saving balance $45,848.23. Motion to accept the report Mike McCrary second by Tony Coiro.

b. Dues Payment Update – Letter needs to go out. Three members were highlighted as behind. Mark said he would be contacting these members.

14. Other

15. Adjourn – Motion to adjourn Tony Coiro and second by Pete Friedel. No discussion. Passed.

Executive Board Meeting – Oct 16, 2017

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

Present: Anthony Coiro, Ric Combe, Bruce Dolph, Peter Friedel, Art Merrill, Michael McCrary, Mark Tuthill, Greg Vurckio, Tom Hilson, Bud Gladstone, David Kukle , William Friedel and Mr. Baker, Esq.

Others: Linda Bull, Shelly Johnson, Alan Rosa, Arron Bennett, Michelle Yost, Tim Cox, and Blakeslee

1. Call to Order – 6:12.
Bruce welcomed everybody. Jeff read over the election results. Bruce and Jeff went over the importance of all members including the alternates to attend all meetings.

2. September 18, 2017 Minutes Approval – Motion to approve Ric Coombe, second by Tony Coiro. Passed.

3. Shelly Johnson Presentation – Shelly used the Town of Hamden Build Out Analysis to explain the commonalities she is finding in all the towns to show that 91% of the land in the Town of Hamden will always be open space. (See attached) There are an average of 2 building permits per year for the Town of Hamden. By the year 2030, there will only be 34 new building permits. Another problem she cited is that if you tell the town to move 10 houses and say 4 businesses to reduce flooding, there is no place to move them to. For the future of the hamlet of Hamden, there are only 265.25 acres of developable land to the end of time. If the city continues to acquire land, the future of developable land worsens. Because of the pressure brought about on real-estate priced in the watershed, our children and grandchildren won’t be able to build their own homes or businesses. She used the same methodology for all the communities in Delaware County. The results are about the same. These comments will be sent in to the city by October 30th. Alan Rosa reported that the Chazen Companies did Developable Lands Analysis for the Towns of Ashland, Halcott, Hunter, Jewett, Lexintgton, Denning, Olive and Shandaken. The percent of total developable land for these towns are consistent with Shelly’s percentages. Bruce followed up Shelly’s presentation by stating how important this data is. 1. Land Acquisition is not in the best interest of the County. 2. It leaves no future for the community. 3. People will leave, thus losing the town’s tax base and finally, we need developable land for new businesses to come in and build.

4. Linda Bull-NYS Archives – It will be a work in progress. What the CWT has now in storage is only a portion of the whole picture. We need to include the operating records as well. It was suggested that the Board look into adopting a Retention Schedule. Jeff will look into this. That would be the first step. Once this is done, we could apply for a grant called Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund. This grant could be used for 1. Hire part timers to inventory the archives 2. Purchase acid free boxes for storage and, 3. Shelving. This is all based on if we move the inventory to the new CWC building once it is built.

5. Comment/White paper meetings –Environmental group meeting. Jeff reported that a presentation was given on the build out analysis stating our concerns. We received feedback from the environmental groups which was positive and supportive. The riparian buffer and easements were discussed and how they impact us. Instead of a one a time payment, under the ag conservation easement program to landowners which doesn’t get passed on to subsequent farmers there is less of an incentive to farm. The 1st landowner gets the financial benefit where the subsequent landowner gets none. This can impact the ability to purchase a farm and successfully farm. Given that some farmers will not participate in the easement program. Under an incentivized lease program such as CREP for a fixed number of years it would benefit all landowners, similar to the CREP program while protecting water quality. Have the lease continue over time (50 years) and this would protect the buffer. If we can get the city to refocus their land acquisitions, we will see support from the environmental groups.

6. Update on FAD and 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement – Jeff reported that the side agreement is initially done. They are putting the final document together. Jeff will present it at the next CWT meeting in November. In the meantime, he is suggesting that they put forth a resolution for Bruce Dolph to be the CWT representative for signatory of the side agreement since he has been involved from the beginning even though he is no longer the chairman. Motion to have Bruce be the CWT representative – Tony. Second by Art. Passed.
Jeff also reported that comments went in on the draft FAD, but he has not heard any response yet. Bruce stated that direct comments have been made on certain topics which make it more difficult to review. For example, they are picking apart the bike trail located in Green County. Jeff stated that there has been a lot of confusion regarding the trail. He plans on having a few meeting with all parties involved to get everyone on the same page.

7. 2017 Elections- New members. 1. Pat Davis-Alternate-Delaware County. 2. David Kukle-Regular member-Green County. 3. William Federice-Regular member- Schoharie County. 4. Lester Parker-Alternate-Schoharie County. 5. Drew Boggess-Alternate-Ulster County.
Election of Officers:
a. Chairman: Art Merrill nominated Mark Tuthill. Mike McCrary nominated Anthony Coiro.
Secret ballot was done. (Mark Tuthill – 5 votes) (Anthony Coiro – 4 votes). Mark Tuthill is the new Chairman.
b. Vice Chairman: Peter Friedel nominated Anthony Coiro. There were no other nominations. All were in favor by hand vote.
c. Treasurer: Mark Tuthill nominated Bub Gladstone. There were no other nominations. All were in favor by hand vote.

8. Flood Commission Reports: Arron Bennett gave a brief report for Ulster County. Shandaken Flood Commission met with DOT concerning a bridge that is not in use to be removed. CWC provided funding for this project and is expected to be done next year. The bigger issue is on Rt. 28, the bridge by the Emmerson Resort. The bridge will be replaced with a much larger span by DOT in 2019-2020. This was a big ticket item in the LFA. The Town and DOT would like to know what each other’s plans are. The town of Shandaken Allen area: The LFA should be done by December
Town of Olive: The LFA is done. A resolution was passed for a flood buyout of a building by the Boiceville Market. Also, the firehouse is a #1 priority for relocation. There is a land owner on Rt. 28 by Fabulous Furniture that is willing to subdivide his parcel for the potential to move the firehouse there.
Michelle Yost reported. Please see attached.

9. CWC report – Tim Cox reported that the Local Technical Assistance applications are available for sustainable communities. Funding up to $20,000 per town that has an LFA is available. Applications are due by December 31, 2017.
Alan Rosa reported that there is a building in the Town of Jewett that is going to be tore down that CWC is paying for. The building is hanging over the river which makes for a complicated project. They hope to have it down by November.
Flood Anchor applications. There are several applications that have been submitted for the anchoring of propane and fuel oil tanks. Bruce stated that we need to spread the word. One of the main problems during the flood was gas/oil tanks floating down the river. Anchoring the tanks in basements are very important too.

10. Below the Reservoirs – Art Merrill reported that the decree parties are working on the FFMP. Four of them have signed, Penn. has not signed yet but they are close.
a. Delaware – Tailwaters Stream Corridor Management Plan will be having their final round of public meetings in November. Completion of the plan will be the end of December.
b. Esopus
c. Schoharie

11. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
a. Rick moved to accept the Treasurer’s report and pay the warrants. Art second. Passed
i. Warrant amount approved $194.94.
ii. Checking account balance is $1,000.15. Savings account balance $45,846.22

12. Other –
a. Mark Tuthill motioned to keep WSA on as administrative support for the CWT. Art second. Passed. Kelly was disappointed the motion passed [just joking].
b. Ric Coombe brought up dues notices. There are a handful that have not paid in years. Ric suggested that a letter be sent out by Jeff stating if dues for 2018 are paid by January 31, 2018, past dues notices will be waved. Follow up with phone calls. Ric motioned to have Jeff send out the letters. Mark Tuthill second. Passed.

13. Adjourn – Tony motioned like greased lightning to adjourn. Ric seconded. Passed.

Executive Board Meeting – Sept 18, 2017

Present: Anthony Coiro, Ric Combe, Bruce Dolph, Peter Friedel, Art Merrill, Michael McCrary, Mark Tuthill, Greg Vurckio, Tom Hilson and Mr. Baker, Esq.

Others: Larry Underwood, Tim Cox, Frazier.

1. Call to Order – 6:17.

2. August 21, 2017 Minutes Approval – Motion to approve Anthony, second by Mark. Passed.

3. Comment/White paper meetings – Scheduling environmental group meeting. Frazier updated the committee that the Env. Groups can meet on October 5 here at CWC offices from 1- 3. He reviewed some of the points being covered, including a response to NYC DEP impact analysis and the build out impact of remaining parcels that Delaware County Planning is doing. The build out analyses are in response to a request from DOH to show them what the impact would be if all the buildable acres were built out. Preliminary analyses of town indicate the long-term impact is not significant, but more towns are yet to be done. Tim reported that the consultant doing the additional work for the West of Hudson Counties is moving right along. Mike McCrary requested to be in the loop on the materials being presented at the meetings and who is participating. The committee joined in support of Mike’s request. Watershed Affairs will circulate that material as soon as possible.

4. Update on FAD and 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement: At same point. FAD in DOH’s hands. All comments were due Sept 5.
a. LAP – EIS Update/White paper – Comments due October 31, 2017. It was suggested that a presentation to the Executive Board on the impact analysis and build out be given.
b. Next steps

5. 2017 Elections- Ballots are due September 29th. At the October Board meeting the outcomes will be announced.

6. Flood Commission Reports: Handouts from Ulster and Delaware Counties were circulated to the Board. Larry expanded on the summary of the status of LFA’s in Delaware County. Larry reported that more meetings are scheduled for LFAs with several nearing completion. Roxbury is now forming an LFA. Tim Cox noted that a business in Windham is considering a buyout it is related to a bridge replacement project. CWC also is funding a streambank restoration in Windham associated with that bridge project.
The Hunter/Tannersville LFA is proceeding. Frazier reported that the Andes LFA final plan was presented to the public. Very good questions, engineers did a great job, good crowd.

7. CWC report – Tim reported that the 3rd supplemental side agreement is very close. There a few minor language items to sort out. Tim reported that the septic program rules are at the City. Once the contract is in place CWC can reimburse back to February 14, 2017. Side agreement needs finalizing. Not quite ready for new applicants yet. No new money yet. The Watershed Protection and Partnership Council recommended reappointment of Alan Rosa to the policy committee and Dean Frazier to the technical committee.

8. Below the Reservoirs
a. Delaware – Frazier reported that the Flexible Flow Management Plan is still in limbo and that as of Sept 5th DEP began lowering releases. Unless the FFMP issue is resolved there will be another decrease in releases on the horizon. The Decree Parties continue to meet and negotiate. SCMP grant is beginning the last leg of work. Last public meetings will be in November.
b. Esopus
c. Schoharie

9. Kurt Ossenfort – Contract has been signed and products delivered to the CWT. At this time, materials are housed at the Delaware County Department of Watershed Affairs.

10. Archiving status – The Archivist from DOS requested to be on the agenda for the October meeting. Board members fully support that.

11. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
a. Rick moved to accept the Treasurer’s report and pay the warrants.
i. Warrant amount approved $4,852.77.
ii. Checking account balance is $1,000.21. Savings account balance $50,696.79
b. Dues Payment Update – The Executive Committee requested an update be sent to them. Watershed Affairs will send ASAP. Should include in monthly reports.

12. Other – Bruce reported on the quarterly meeting with Paul Rush that WAC, CWC, CWT and Delaware County attends. DEP does not want one build on their lands. The bike trail in Windham came up at that meeting. Extensive discussion ensued by the CWT executive committee. Conclusion was that more information and discussion with DEP is needed. Jeff feels that this is a doable project. Jeff is doing pro bono work for the Windham group. Jeff will talk to the key parties to try and sort out an approach.

13. Adjourn – Tony motioned like greased lightning to adjourn. Mark Tuthill seconded. Passed.

Executive Board Meeting – August 21, 2017

Present: Anthony Coiro, Bruce Dolph, Peter Friedel, Art Merrill, Michael McCrary, Mark Tuthill, Greg Vurckio, Wayland Gladstone, Thomas Hilson, Chris Mathews, Jake Rosa and attorney Jeff Baker.

Others: Molly Oliver, Michelle Yost, Larry Underwood, Frazier.

1. Call to Order: 6:17 PM.

2. July 17, 2017 Minutes Approval – Motion to approve Mike McCrary, second by Art Merrill. Request by Mr. Coiro to correct the spelling of his name. Respectfully noted. Minutes passed unanimously with that modification.

3. Comment/White paper meetings – Scheduling environmental group meeting. Molly reported that the meeting with the Environmental Group is on September 21 at the CWC offices at 2PM to discuss the CWT’s ideas on land acquisition. Regarding the white paper. Molly reported on the meetings with state, federal. She reminded members that CWC hired a consultant to do all the impact analyses for each West of Hudson. Mike McCrary requested that anything along these lines like the impact analysis that he be copied on anything sent to the town Supervisor, as Mike has not seen anything on this subject yet. Molly will be in touch with CWC to see what the status of contract with towns is for this task. Delaware County is doing an additional buildout analysis for all its towns. The purpose is to show what the impact would be on hardscape growth if all parcels were fully developed. Initial analyses show that the impact will not be much, if the remainder follow suit. Bruce discussed the purpose of the exercise was to support LAP – EIS Update/White paper – Comments due October 31, 2017.

4. Update on FAD and 3rd Supplemental Side Agreement – Comments are due September 5th. The CWT did not see any major concerns with the FAD and requested Jeff write a comment letter. Michelle raised concerns over a mountain biking project in Green County. Jeff opined that her concern would be more appropriate for discussions outside the realm of the FAD. No action was taken. Bruce recommended that Michelle keep the CWT updated on the issue. Michelle also raised a concern over the timeline for which the City must come up with incentives for SAP being longer than necessary – September 2018. After discussion and recognizing the complexity of the issue, Jeff opined and others agreed, based on historical experiences, that the timeline did not appear to be unreasonable. No action taken.

5. 2017 Elections – Jeff reported that the ballots will go in the mail Tuesday morning. A timeline to receive the returns was set for September 29th. A few towns the nominations were light and in one or two cases clarity was needed on the correct names. Sullivan County did not provide any names, however between Chris Mathews and Rich Coombe they currently have good representation. However, some follow-up is needed by Jeff.

6. Flood Commission Reports – Larry had already shared the Delaware County report. Summarized some projects. Flood reclamation effort in Fleischmanns will be done in partnership with DPW. Plan to go to bid this fall. Little Delaware River stream project in Bovina near the waste water system. Permitted and ready to go. Walton Flood Plain project. Some test pits revealed some minor areas of contamination. NYSEG is rerouting a gas line that should help speed up the likelihood of implementation. Working with DEC to sort that out. Hope to start work this fall. Town of Tompkins there is a landowner who suffered a micro burst that severely damaged his waste system. Working with everyone to get it resolved. He did report that the use of consultants was a good pathway to get more work done. Turns out that the same consultants are being used throughout the watershed and that they are now overloaded and can’t get the work done in a timely way. This came as an unexpected issue. Maybe more consultants are needed. The Del County SWCD will likely be adding deliverable timelines to future contracts. There is a noticeable difference since stakeholder discussions with DEP being much more responsive and engaged. Michelle reported that Tannersville had a good meeting recently. Initial designs are coming in. The Windham advisory board is meeting next week to continue to sort out the G&H project. Conesville is almost done. Not a lot showing up there. Ashland modeling is being convened. Lexington consultant on board to do a community sustainability development grant. Molly commented that in Walton a consultant, Ian Law, has been brought on board to develop a community analysis piece to compliment the LFA. Businesses showing great interest, very good attendance and comments. Michelle raised a question about how the 24 stream projects will be allocated among the Stream Program basins. Michelle will touch base with Graydon Dutcher to try and get a handle on them.

7. CWC report- No report.

8. Below the Reservoirs
a. Delaware – Going forward. Scheduling the last of our public meetings with a final draft SCMP to discuss. Submitting grants for the next steps in the SCMP.
b. Esopus – no report
c. Schoharie – no report

9. Kurt Ossenfort – Contract Update from Jeff- Jeff reported that Molly sent the stuff. Jeff promised Bruce to get it done.

10. Archiving status- The regional NYS archivist with the has been talking with Molly. Molly reported that the NYS Archives is working on developing and archive of the entire NYC watershed issue. Currently, they are working on the records of the DOH. The CWT issues should be included. It won’t cost much, but it might take longer. The new CWC building may be the repository for the information. This could be the best solution.

11. Warrants(s) and Treasurer’s Report
i. Warrants: Young Sommer $966.48, Watershed Affairs $324.93 for a total of 1,361.41
Art Merrill moved to pay the vouchers, second by Mark Tuthill. Approved.
ii. Checking Balance: $846.81; Savings balance: $61,914.44
Mark Tuthill moved to accept the treasure’s report, second by Greg Vurckio. Passed. It is anticipated that attorney’s fees will wane as the FAD and supplemental side agreements conclude.

12. Other – none

13. Adjourned 7:12 PM.