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Minutes - Mohawk Valley Water Authority – January 20, 2015

Chairman DeLia called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call: Present: Dennis Bova, Bruce Brodsky, Vincent Coyne, Elis DeLia, Mark Ford, Frank Mutolo, Scott Williams, Bette Szesny and Steve Zywiak. Absent: Rocco Arcuri, Mitch Ford and Scott Mahardy. Also Present: Anne Milograno, Richard Goodney, Jim Korfonta, Scott Gorgas, Ken Bobrow, Esq. and John Corcoran, Esq.

Chairman DeLia presided and Suzanne Harmon took the minutes.

Approval of the December 15, 2014 Minutes
Motion made by Mr. Mutolo to approve the minutes. Seconded by: Mr. Coyne
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Election of Officers:
Mr. Coyne moved to make a slate of nominations as presented, Elis DeLia for re-election to the Chairman position, Bruce Brodsky to the Vice-Chairman position, Rocco Arcuri to the Treasurer position and Suzanne Harmon to the Secretary position. Seconded by Ms. Szesny. Motion Carried.

Professional Services: Hire an Actuary
Mr. Korfonta stated that the Water Authority provides postemployment healthcare benefits as part of its employees’ compensation package. The Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is the accepted standard setting body for establishing governmental accounting and financial reporting principles. GASB Statement #45 requires governmental entities record and report their financial obligations regarding the cost and financial obligation when providing postemployment benefits other than pensions.

To comply with this requirement, based on the number of active, retired and dependents eligible for the Water Authority’s postemployment health benefits, it is necessary to conduct a full actuarial analysis of the Water Authority’s current liability. In accordance with GASB #45, based on the number of participants in the postemployment health plan, a full actuarial valuation is required on a triennially basis. However, interim analyses should also be included in your proposal.

The MVWA sent this out to bid and received four proposals back. After discussion at the Finance Committee meeting the Burke Group was selected as the Firm for the next year, with two additional years optional at MVWA’s request. The fee for the first year is $4,000, year 2 is $4,000 and year 3 is $2,000.

Motion made by Mr. Brodsky to hire The Burke Group. Seconded by: Mr. Zywiak

Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Committee Reports:
Finance: Mr. Korfonta stated that in December the MVWA saw a recovery in consumption, receivables are down and collections were up for the month. The end of the nine month calendar year ended well.

Executive Director’s Report:

  • Mr. Becher, Dick Goodney and Dave Jones met with Mr. Kinney and Mr. Wallace from the Town of Frankfort on January 14th. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss jump starting the concept of a water district, which was put on hold back in 2002. They are going to hire an engineering firm to update their study
  • The study for the water regionalization in western Oneida County is under way. The next meeting is next week at Rome City Hall. There should be a report in late June.
  • Mr. Becher has had some discussions with our attorneys at Hancock & Estabrook. The MVWA sent a letter to the Canal Corporation back in December. The letter stated that in this season coming up, late February mid-March is when the Reservoir starts getting a little bit low because of cold weather and does not fill back up. Canal Corp. is in negotiations with Brookfield Power on a new settlement agreement. The State, Canal Corp. and Brookfield have reached a settlement but it is not filed in Court yet. The MVWA attorneys have filed a FOIL request to receive the agreement for review.
  • The MVWA put out an RFP for videotaping the Board meetings and New Horizon Productions was awarded the bid. The MVWA welcomes Mark Santa Maria and his team.
  • The third Monday in February is a holiday so we would like to move it to the fourth Monday of the month, which is February 23rd.

New Business:
Mr. Brodsky stated that there will be an Audit Committee meeting soon to review the audit which is final dated today. The committee will review the findings and then set an agenda.
Chairman DeLia asked for a motion to go into Executive Session at 5:15 PM to discuss labor negotiations with the MVWA’s labor attorney.
Motion made by Mr. Bova. Seconded by: Mr. Mark Ford. Motion Carried

Went into Executive Session at 5:22 PM.

Motion made by Mr. Mark Ford to come out of Executive Session at 5:43 PM.
Seconded by: Ms. Szesny. Motion Carried.

In Executive Session the Board agreed to take the draft contract to the Teamsters for approval.

Respectfully submitted,

Suzanne M. Harmon, Secretary
Mohawk Valley Water Authority