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Mohawk Valley Water Authority – May 21st, 2018

 

 

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, Dave Corr, Elis DeLia, Mark Ford, Richard Karam, Frank Mutolo and Bette Szesny.  Absent: Vincent Coyne, Eric Kane and John Wallace.  Also Present: Richard Goodney, Jim Korfonta, Phil Tangorra, Scott Gorgas and Ken Bobrow, Esq.,  

 

Chairman DeLia presided and Suzanne Harmon took the minutes.

 

Approval of the April 16, 2018 Minutes

Motion made by Mr. Bova to approve the minutes.     Seconded by: Mr. Corr

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

 

Resolution:  Accepting Part 1 of the Full Environmental Assessment Form and Issuing Notice of Intent to Establish MVWA as “Lead Agency” Relative to the Toby Rd Water Storage Tank #3

The MVWA proposes to construct a new tank that will further increase distribution system storage and improve reliability to its water customers, which will be a 15-MG pre-cast, pre-stressed concrete tank adjacent to the two existing 6.0 MG tanks, as well as the installation of below grade piping that will convey flow to and from the tank to the existing control building; drainage swales and a storm  water management basin north west of the proposed tank; and fencing at 6812 Fox Road at intersection with Toby Road, in the Town of Marcy, Oneida County, New York.  The Authority intends to establish itself Lead Agency with respect to the Project in accordance with the SEQRA regulations.

 

Motion made by Mr. Corr to approve.   Seconded by: Mr. Mutolo 

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

 

Resolution:  Accepting Part 1 of the Full Environmental Assessment Form and Issuing Notice of Intent to Establish MVWA as “Lead Agency” Relative to the Cavanaugh Rd Water Storage Tank #2

The MVWA proposes to construct a new tank that will further increase distribution system storage and improve reliability to its water customers, which will be a new 15-MG water storage tank within the confines of the existing open Marcy Reservoir, including the installation of below grade piping which will convey flow from tie-in point to existing transmission mains, near Cavanaugh Road, to the tank and from the tank to the existing Chlorine Storage and Meter House, located on the Southeast corner of the property, at 6272 Cavanaugh Road, in the town of Marcy, Oneida County, New York.

The Authority now desires to establish itself Lead Agency with respect to the Project in accordance with the SEQRA regulations.

 

Motion made by Mr. Arcuri to approve.   Seconded by: Mr. Corr 

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

 

Resolution:  Award of Professional Services Contract to Jacobs Corporation (formerly CH2MHill) to Perform a Five Year Update to the MVWA Report, “Water System Capacity Expansion Plan”

In 2013 the WSCEP was prepared by CH2MHill a large engineering firm that does a lot of work for Chip Fab developments.  The WSCEP is a guidance document that can be utilized to timely implement the various components of the Regional System Improvements needed to support a phased Chip Fab build or any other large system demand.  It is proposed that CH2MHill’s successor firm, Jacobs Corp., be authorized to undertake a 5 year update of the Plan.  Several of the original plan staff is on this project.  The update will include a total project cost estimate which was approximately $124M, and an updated Program Management Plan that includes design, environmental and regulatory approvals, construction management & phasing, actual construction and closeout.  Financing options will also be updated.

The fee for these services is $17,300 including all expenses.  The original plan fee was $42,122.  This project is not included in any current CIP line item.  It is proposed that use a portion of the unexpended funds from the Water Treatment Plant new Emergency Generator Project is reasonable.  This project was budgeted at $300,000 under the Series 2015 Bonds.  A total of $178,000 was expended on design and construction with the project fully completed as of 2017.   

 

Motion made by Mr. Arcuri to approve.   Seconded by: Mr. Ford 

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

 

Committee Reports:

Mr. Gorgas stated that revenue is up, consumption is up about 1.7% and capital expenses are up due to worker’s compensation. 

 

Executive Director’s Report:

·         Mr. Becher stated that the MVWA is filming a new episode with Central NY Sash.  It is regarding what happens underground when there is a water main break and how the MVWA handles the break and how the MVWA deals with its customers.  It should air next weekend.

Mr., Arcuri asked what the customer is responsible for when there is a main break, whether it is from the house to the street.  The MVWA is responsible from the water main to the shut off valve, which is at the curb box.  The customer is responsible from the curb box to the house to have that fixed.  The MVWA has a list of qualified plumbers in the area that we give the homeowner.

·         Mr. Becher stated that the City of Utica has been awarded $680,000 to replace lead service lines.  The City is going to add that task onto their street re-construction program.  We are estimating that we are going to get between 100 to 110 services done and the average cost is $5,000 from the main all the way to the meter.  Half of that, which is from the curb box to the house, is approximately $3,000 to $3,500. Under this program the homeowner will not be responsible for the cost because this is grant money.  The City is going to restrict this to only lead services in the street.  The program should expect to be started in the next 4 to 6 weeks.

 

Chairman DeLia asked for a motion to go into Executive Session at 5:18 PM to discuss pending and current litigation.

Motion made by Mr. Mutolo     Seconded by: Mr. Arcuri

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

 

Went into Executive Session at 5:22 PM.

 

Came out of Executive Session at 5:58 PM.

Motion made by Mr. Brodsky.   Seconded by: Mr. Mutolo

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

 

Motion was made in Executive Session to advise our legal counsel, John Murad of Hancock & Estabrook the current position of the Board regarding the pending action.

 

Meeting was adjourned at 5:58 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

__________________________ 

Suzanne M. Harmon, Secretary 

Mohawk Valley Water Authority