Mohawk Valley Water Authority Minutes

December 20, 2021

Chairman DeLia called the meeting to order at 5:02 PM.
Chairman DeLia presided and Amy Passacantando took the minutes.

Roll Call

Present by WebEx: Rocco Arcuri, Bruce Brodsky, Dave Corr, Elis DeLia, Richard Karam, Joe Samson and Bette Szesny. Mark Ford arrived at 5:03 (before the minutes were approved) and Luke Lewis arrived at 5:04 (after the minutes) Absent: Dennis Bova, Vincent Coyne and Frank Mutolo. Also Present in Boardroom: Phil Tangorra, Anne Milograno, Eric Schuler, Jim Mack, Jim Korfonta and Ken Bobrow

Approval of the November 15, 2021 Minutes

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

Resolution: Authorization to Expend Funds for Disinfection Conversion Project

Mr. Schuler stated that this went through the Capital Committee a couple of weeks ago and was recommended for award. This project is for the replacement of the existing gaseous chlorine disinfection system at the Water Treatment Plant with a liquid-based disinfection system. This is an industry standard that is occurring around the country. It has been in our capital plan for a number of years and is now at the point of the construction phase. The bid from Spensieri Diversified LLC, Syracuse, NY, in the amount of $1,605,700. for general construction-related work, was the apparent lowest overall submitted bid for the General Construction work and the bid of Patricia Electric Inc, Syracuse, NY, in the amount of $306,000. for electrical construction-related work, was the apparent lowest overall submitted bid for the Electrical Construction Contract. Both are very qualified and have done recent work for the City of Syracuse and OCWA as well.
Mr. Brodsky asked Mr. Schuler to review the cost issues as well as the supplemental information. Eric went over this in detail.

Motion made by Mr. Corr to approve the Resolution. Seconded by: Mr. Brodsky
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried

Resolution: Award of Professional Engineering Services Contract to Ramboll Americas Engineering Solutions, Inc. for Raw Water Transmission Main Upgrades, Phase 1 Pipe Bridge Project

This was recommended for award through the Capital Committee as well. This is for a professional services contract for Ramboll (formerly known as O’Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc). They did the design contract for a raw water main phase 1 project, which you all know is the pipe bridge, and segments of pipe associated with that new bridge construction and tie-in to existing water mains. For the professional services component, there was never a contract executed with Ramboll for this next construction phase and with trying to keep with current MWBE goals, we worked with Ramboll on this to pull together a team that had significant MWBE participation so we could have these goals met for this project. That is also a requirement for the grant we obtained. Ramboll will be managing the day-to-day construction administration and sub-contractors will be doing the physical construction inspection throughout the day.
Mr. Corr asked if we received the approval from Brookfield’s yet? Mr. Schuler replied that nothing in writing yet, but a verbal. Everything looks goods, just working through their legal process. Everything has gone through their land use committee in Nov 2021.

Motion made by Mr. Corr to approve the Resolution. Seconded by: Mr. Arcuri
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried


Mr. Korfonta stated that water consumption is consistent with the prior year. Compared to 2 years ago, we’re down about 3%, and that has been the trend each month. So, we’re consistent each month. Revenue is consistent with the budget, so we’re meeting that, and cash flow is pretty healthy. We just paid the retirement payment. We still have to fund our reserves, so we’re hoping that we have a healthy December, so that we’re able to go into the new year in a good positive fashion.
Mr. Corr asked what the retirement payment was. Mr. Korfonta replied that we paid about $793 thousand dollars, but next years will be significantly less.

Mr. Delia stated that the January/February Board Meetings will be consolidated and we will be in touch with that date.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:15pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Amy Passacantando, Secretary
Mohawk Valley Water Authority