Mohawk Valley Water Authority – August 18, 2014


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, Elis DeLia, Mark Ford, Mitch Ford, Scott Mahardy, Frank Mutolo, Scott Williams and Steve Zywiak.  Absent:  Rocco Arcuri, Vincent Coyne and Bette Szesny.  Also Present:  Connie Schreppel, Anne Milograno, Jim Korfonta, Scott Gorgas, Jim Mack, Traci Comino, Long Gu and Ken Bobrow, Esq.


Chairman DeLia presided and Suzanne Harmon took the minutes.


Approval of the July 21, 2014 Minutes

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

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


Discussion:  Disaster Recovery

Mr. Becher stated that a few years ago there was an incident with asbestos in City Hall and everyone in City Hall had to evacuate the building within a half hour.   The MVWA reconvened off site and set-up telephones and computers at the Kemble Street office.  We have been working on disaster recovery ever since then and we want to make sure we have adequate back-up and off site facilities.  The Operations Committee saw this presentation last Thursday and wanted the rest of the Board to hear it.

Mr. Jim Mack stated that over the past nine months the MVWA has been looking at different vendors and different scenarios for disaster recovery.  The Kemble Street maintenance yard will be the MVWA recovery site.  There have been improvements in electrical and wireless access points at that location.  There are also mobile cubicles that will be available for the customer service representatives.  In addition to Kemble Street MVWA data will be co-located in Syracuse and the carbonite cloud services.  Please see attached for details.


Committee Reports:


Mr. Ford stated that he just received the figures for road cuts from the City.  He will look it over and bring it back to the September meeting.


Executive Director’s Report:

         Mr. Becher stated that last week he, Dick Goodney and Lis DeGironimo met with representatives from the DEC.  The topic was regarding steps that the MVWA can take early on in case the County gets an industrial user to show cause to increase the Authority’s limit over 32mgd of our plant and permit.  The DEC has agreed to sit with the MVWA to iron out the early stages of a new application.

         The MVWA had three responses to the RFP that was out regarding a consolidation study for the western side of Oneida County for water supply.  The three engineering firms were; GHD, O’Brien & Gere along with Barton & Loguidice and CH2MHill teaming with Schumacher.  This will come back to the Board for award at the September meeting.

         Mr. Becher and Mr. Goodney will meet with the Towns of Westmoreland and Kirkland to discuss future water development.  Will be discussing their needs and long term plans.

         The MVWA has formally recognized the Teamsters Local 294 as the exclusive bargaining representative for certain employees of the MVWA.  The business agent from there is interested in setting up a meeting to re-start the negotiating process hopefully in the next few weeks.

         The Village of Bridgewater is dissolving.  The MVWA currently reads their meters and under the contract with the village the MVWA installed water meters there that can be read remotely by a drive by radio system.  The town will be taking over and they would like a new agreement with them and the Water Authority.

         Mr. Becher has had some discussions with the MVWA’s current worker’s compensation carrier PERMA.  There is a resolution on the agenda that the Board will be discussing in Executive Session.

         Mr. Becher asked any Board members that have not been to the water treatment plant and would to take a tour, please contact Suzanne.



Mr. Korfonta stated that cash flow is good and revenues are on line with budget.  Consumption is down less than 1%.  


Executive Session:

Chairman DeLia stated that he needed a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss payment of Workers’ Compensation claims and liabilities at 5:22 PM.

Moved by:  Mr. Brodsky     Seconded by:  Mr. Bova

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


Went into Executive Session at 5:28 PM.

Motion made by Chairman DeLia to come out of Executive Session at 5:38 PM.

Moved by:  Mr. Brodsky    Seconded by:  Mr. Bova      Motion Carried.


A motion was made by Mr. Ford to approve a Resolution regarding Payment of Workers’ Compensation Claims and Liabilities.   Seconded by:  Mr. Williams.  

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


A motion was made by Mr. Ford to put out an RFP for videotaping the MVWA Board meetings.   Seconded by:  Mr. Bova.

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


Chairman DeLia adjourned the meeting at 5:45 PM.


Respectfully submitted,




Suzanne M. Harmon, Secretary 

Mohawk Valley Water Authority