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Mohawk Valley Water Authority – May 18, 2015


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

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

Chairman DeLia presided and Suzanne Harmon took the minutes.

Approval of the April 20, 2015 Minutes
Motion made by Mr. Arucri to approve the minutes. Seconded by: Ms. Szesny
Vote: (8) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (4) Absent Motion Carried.

Resolution: Award of Construction Contract for the Lower Higby Road and Gilbert Road Water Storage Tank Repairs and Painting
The general construction scope for this contract involves installation of environmental controls, removal of existing coatings, repairs to steel plates and other structural components and recoating with new paint systems designed for a 30 year service life. Bids were received from three contractors that specialize in this type of work of which World Wide Industries Corp., of Butler, PA was low bidder in the amount of $567,872.00 and references were verified. The sum is to be paid as a capital improvement out of the Board’s Capital improvement fund.

Motion made by Mr. Brodsky to approve the resolution. Seconded by: Mr. Arcuri
Vote: (8) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (4) Absent Motion Carried.

Resolution: Award of Construction Contract for Northern Pipe Bridge Pipe Replacement
The general construction scope for this contract involves removal and replacement of the original steel pipe which is in poor condition with new, epoxy coated steel pipe and fittings. Bids were received from three general contractors, of which DAKKSCO Corp., of Leicester, NY was low bidder in the amount of $98,944.00. DAKKSCO Corp. will complete the work under this contract by October 30, 2015. The sum is to be paid as a capital improvement out of the Board’s Capital Improvement fund.

Motion made by Mr. Arcuri to approve the resolution. Seconded by: Mr. Zywiak
Vote: (8) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (4) Absent Motion Carried.

Resolution: SEQRA Determination for Erosion Repairs in the West Canada Creek
Based upon a thorough review of the SEQRA regulations at 6 NYCRR Part 617 and based further on the MVWA’s knowledge of the area surrounding the Project and such further investigation of the Project and its environmental effects as the MVWA has deemed appropriate, the MVWA finds that; a) the Project constitutes a SEQRA Type II action pursuant to 6 NYCRR 617.5(c)(1) and (2); (b) the Project will not have a significant impact on the environment; and (c) the Project is not subject to further SEQRA review.
This resolution shall take effect immediately.

Motion made by Mr. Arcuri to approve the resolution. Seconded by: Mr. Bova
Vote: (8) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (4) Absent Motion Carried.


Committee Reports:
Finance: Mr. Korfonta stated that revenue is slightly above budget. Consumption is down and cash flow is at a break-even point. Consumption is down approximately 3% across the country.

Executive Director’s Report:

  • Mr. Becher stated that last month the Board discussed the severe winter conditions and cost over runs and the fact that the MVWA used a lot more materials due to that. There are expenses that went over budget, the System Maintenance Department recommendation consists of $170,000 for contracts and materials related to additional water main breaks, $80,000 for overtime related to additional main breaks. Paving - street restoration related to water main breaks is $140,000. Mr. Korfonta is recommending a fund transfer from the BNY Mellon Trust Account #652134 reserve account of $400,000 to cover these costs.
  • Mr. Becher would like a motion from the Board to authorize this. A motion was made by the Chairman to approve the transfer. The motion was carried in full.
  • There is still no date on the Court action for a clarification from the court on the agreement with the Canal Corporation. The MVWA is still in the discovery stage and will be sending the answers to the questions they had by next week. After that Chairman DeLia would like to have a telephone conference with the MVWA attorney’s at Hancock & Estabrook.
  • Last month Mr. Becher stated that the MVWA has an opportunity to re-finance the 2006 bond series. Unfortunately rates went up a little so the MVWA is going to put that on hold until the rates come back down. Mr. Becher and Mr. Korfonta will put the paperwork together so they will be ready when rates come back down.
  • Mr. Becher and Mr. Goodney had a meeting with Mayor Palmieri to discuss the condition of the road cuts. Some concern to the City was how we could cooperate better with hazardous conditions such as icing. Mr. Becher asked Ken Bobrow to touch base with the City’s corporation counsel to see what the legal issues are on both sides. Mr. Arcuri stated that the City should have someone come out to a job site and sign off on it stating that the MVWA has done its job and met the requirements.


Suzanne Harmon asked the Board members if the monthly Board mailing could be done electronically.
The Board members agreed. Confidential material will be mailed and not sent electronically.
Mr. Brodsky would like the IT department to set up a website to post all of the materials for the Board meeting each month.

Chairman DeLia stated that the MVWA crews were very appreciative of the Board’s support and the luncheon and a little extra time off for all their hard work this past winter.

Chairman DeLia adjourned the meeting at 5:25 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

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Suzanne M. Harmon, Secretary
Mohawk Valley Water Authority