Mohawk Valley Water Authority – April 17, 2014


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


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


Chairman DeLia presided and Suzanne Harmon took the minutes.




Approval of the March 17, 2014 Minutes

Motion made by Ms. Szesny to approve the minutes.     Seconded by: Mr. Coyne

Vote:  (11) Ayes   (0) Nays   (0) Abstain    (1) Absent      Motion Carried.


Election of Officers:

Mr. Brodsky 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 Mr. Coyne.  Motion Carried.


Resolution: Award of Professional Service Contract for Risk Management Plan (RMP) Update

The MVWA is required, pursuant to the EPA Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions, to prepare and submit a RMP for the Hinckley Water Treatment Plant.  The Water Quality Department believes that it is currently in the best interests of the MVWA to engage the services of a professional engineer to review, verify regulatory compliance, modify as necessary, and/or validate our existing plan.  They obtained quotes from two firms and after review and evaluation have awarded the contract to the firm of CDM Smith, Buffalo, NY and the cost of this project is $27,000.00.  The cost of these services shall be paid out of the Capital Improvement fund.    

Motion made by Mr. Coyne.     Seconded by: Mr. Ford.

Vote:  (11) Ayes   (0) Nays   (0) Abstain    (1) Absent      Motion Carried.


Committee Reports:

Capital:  Chairman DeLia stated that the committee did meet and that there is a report in your binder.  The previous resolution was part of that committee meeting.  The Capital Projects program will be coming to the Board in the next couple of months. 


Mr. Coyne wanted an update on the status of the four town permit.  Mr. Becher stated that Mr. Goodney and Ms. DeGironimo were working closely with the MVWA environmental counsel.  The DEC is wrapping up the process and needs the MVWA to provide more information on comments they received at the public comment period.  The permit is being written and scheduled to be completed by April 28.  


Finance:  Mr. Korfonta stated that the financial statement in your binder is an unaudited fiscal year end statement.  Total revenues reflected on the Statement of Revenues and Expenses totaled $21.3 million, which is $137,000 lower than the prior year.  Metered water consumption revenue decreased $171,000 compared to the prior year.  This lower level of water sales reflects lower water consumption by 16.2 million cubic feet.  This is the third consecutive month consumption has increased.  Net income for the fiscal year end is $2.0 million, which is $455,000 lower than net income of the prior year the results of lower water sales in the current year. 

For the fiscal year, operating cash is down $414,000.  As budgeted, this includes the funding of our capital maintenance reserve of $750,000.



Executive Director’s Report

         Mr. Becher stated that Connie Schreppel wrote an article that appeared in the American Water Works Association Opflow Magazine in March 2014.  Ms. Schreppel stated that the article was about Biosensors Connect Nature and Technology.  Organisms living in the water have a voice and biosensors are interpreting what’s being said.  Kim Hoffman, chief operator of the MVWA Water Treatment Plant, adjusts water flow to the utilities biosensor, which monitors in real time naturally occurring green algae and differentiates chemical pollutants.   


Chairman DeLia adjourned the meeting at 5:12 PM.


Respectfully submitted,



Suzanne M. Harmon, Secretary 

Mohawk Valley Water Authority