Mohawk Valley Water Authority – July 21, 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, Elis DeLia, Mitch Ford, Frank Mutolo, Bette Szesny and Steve Zywiak.  Absent:  Vincent Coyne, Mark Ford, Scott Mahardy and Scott Williams.  Also Present:  Dick Goodney, Connie Schreppel, Jim Korfonta, Greg Santry and Ken Bobrow, Esq.


Chairman DeLia presided and Suzanne Harmon took the minutes.


Approval of the June 16, 2014 Minutes

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

Vote:  (8) Ayes   (0) Nays   (0) Abstain    (4) Absent      Motion Carried.


Committee Reports:

Finance:  Mr. Becher stated they discussed changing the MVWA fiscal year from April 1 to January 1 at the last Finance Committee meeting.  By doing that it would line up the fiscal year with the board member term appointments.  In the MVWA legislation board member terms expire 12/31.  That is inconsistent with the MVWA fiscal year now, therefore some board members are here for the beginning of the budget process then new members come in January who have not participated in the process.  By changing the fiscal year it allows board members to be involved in the whole budget process from start to finish and allow them to be able to vote on the budget.  This is one of the single most imp0ortant things that a board member does.  Currently there are questions posed to the MVWA Bond counsel and Mr. Becher is expecting answers back by the end of the week.  There will be a draft budget at the August meeting.

Chairman DeLia would like to see a Board vote in support of this and feels it makes sense in an operational way.

Mitch Ford asked when would the rates take effect and Mr. Becher stated that it would be in January.  

It would be a one-time three month advance and then be annual starting in January.

Mr. Arcuri stated that the Finance Committees recommendation is to go with the changes providing that all of the questions and concerns are answered by the MVWA Bond counsel.

Motion made by Mr. Brodsky to approve the concept of changing the MVWA’s fiscal year.

Seconded by Ms. Szesny.

Vote:  (8) Ayes   (0) Nays   (0) Abstain    (4) Absent      Motion Carried.


Mr. Korfonta stated that revenue is on track with budget and consumption is ticking down compared to last year.  He will continue to monitor consumption and is hopeful that it will catch up through the summer months.

Mr. Brodsky asked why the cash receipts in the first three months are a half million dollars higher than the cash receipts at the same time last year. 

Mr. Korfonta stated that part of it is due to the carbon payment coming up.  The MVWA needs close to a million dollars in excess for those payments.

Mr. Korfonta stated that the MVWA collects 98% of what it bills.


Executive Director’s Report

         The MVWA received a grant from the State regarding a consolidation study for the western side of Oneida County for water supply.  Three water suppliers; MVWA, City of Rome and Oneida are

involved and three towns; Vernon, Verona and Sherrill.  The MVWA is the lead agency for this study.  The RFP is out and due back in mid-July.  Mr. Becher will bring the RFP back to the Board at the September meeting.  The reason it is being delayed is that there has been a change in the law, which is now called the Municipal Advisory Rule that states engineering firms now are limited in the kind of financial analysis they can provide to clients.  They are prohibited from doing rate analysis.  Therefore, Mr. Goodney had to modify the RFP and asked the engineering firms to ignore that task and informed them that will be awarded separately from the MVWA.  This will come back to the Board in September.  

         The MVWA Worker’s Compensation Insurance is currently with PERMA, who we had been with a few years back. The State Workers’ Comp Board has now told PERMA that they are not allowed to serve public authorities.  Last year the State was going to increase the MVWA’s premiums by $80,000. 

The MVWA shopped it back out and went back to PERMA, which was $50,000 less than what the State Fund was going to be.  The State Workers’ Comp Board has now told PERMA that they are not allowed to serve public authorities.  PERMA has attorney’s that are fighting that and our attorney, Ken Bobrow recently sent a letter to the State Worker’s Comp Board.  Ken Bobrow and Mr. Becher have a conference call with them on Wednesday to let them know how much of a financial effect this will have on the MVWA. 

         Chairman DeLia asked if the Governor signed the MVWA legislation.  Mr. Becher stated no but he will make a phone call and e-mail the Chairman with an answer.


Executive Session:


Chairman DeLia stated that he needed a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss an update on contract negotiations and a personnel matter at 5:17 PM.

Moved by:  Mr. Brodsky     Seconded by:  Mr. Arcuri

Vote:  (8) Ayes   (0) Nays   (0) Abstain    (4) Absent      Motion Carried


Went into Executive Session at 5:21 PM.

Motion made by Chairman DeLia to come out of Executive Session at 6:06 PM.

Moved by:  Mr. Arcuri    Seconded by:  Mr. Mutolo      Motion Carried.


A motion was made by Mr. Arcuri to approve a Resolution Recognizing Teamsters Local 294 as Exclusive Bargaining Representative for certain Employees of the MVWA.  Seconded by:  Mr. Brodsky.  

Vote:  (8) Ayes   (0) Nays   (0) Abstain    (4) Absent      Motion Carried.


A motion was made by Mr. Arcuri to approve a MVWA Pilot – Catastrophic Leave Fund – from now through 12/31/14.   Seconded by:  Mr. Zywiak.

Vote:  (8) Ayes   (0) Nays   (0) Abstain    (4) Absent      Motion Carried


Chairman DeLia adjourned the meeting at 6:08 PM.


Respectfully submitted,




Suzanne M. Harmon, Secretary 

Mohawk Valley Water Authority