Mohawk Valley Water Authority Minutes

May 9, 2022

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

Roll Call

Present:Carl Annese, Rocco Arcuri, Dennis Bova, Bruce Brodsky, Dave Corr, Elis DeLia, Mark Ford, Richard Karam, Frank Mutolo, Joe Samson and Bette Szesny. Absent: Vincent Coyne. Also Present in Boardroom: Phil Tangorra, Eric Schuler, Jim Mack and Jim Korfonta and Ken Bobrow Esq.

Approval of the March 21, 2022 Minutes

Motion made by Mr. Ford to approve the minutes. Seconded by: Mr. Mutolo
Vote: (11) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (1) Absent Motion Carried.

Resolution: Award of Contract to Navitas LLC for Professional Services-MVWA Core System Asset Renewal/Replacement (CSARR) Project

Mr. Schuler stated that this resolution is for MVWA Core System Asset Renewal/replacement Project. Budgeted this Phase 4, this year, through IMF funds. It passed through the Capital Committee in April’s Meeting. We have many assets, new and old. Looking at energy performance. There’s a lot of work to be done to renew some core assets. This phase would incorporate a facility analysis, energy audit etc… Looking to move into a design build mind set. Also looking at energy performance initiatives across the board. Navitas submitted a detailed task-based scope of services comprised of lump sum, and allowance-based task values to be completed at a fee not-to-exceed $298,000.

Motion made by Mr. Arcuri to approve the Resolution. Seconded by: Mr. Corr
Vote: (11) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (1) Absent Motion Carried.

Resolution: Award of Contract to Corona Environmental Engineering of NY, P.C. for Professional Services-MVWA Corrosion Control Pipe Loop Study

Mr. Tangorra gave a short presentation pertaining to the Pipe Loop Study. He stated that we are seeking Capital monies to do a specific project. The pipe loop study stems from the lead and copper rule revisions which the EPA promulgated in December 2021. Rules are in the process of changing. Mr. Tangorra’s presentation shows where we started, where we are now and where we need to be in the future. From the results of this, we will develop a recommendation for the compliance of the rule and it will need to be submitted to the Department of Health for approval.

Motion made by Mr. Corr to approve the Resolution. Seconded by: Mr. Brodsky
Vote: (11) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (1) Absent Motion Carried

Approval: 1st Quarter Investment Statement

A reminder that the public authorities law requires us to provide you with quarterly investment statements showing the balances for that quarter, any income earned, and any expenses incurred during that time period. 2001A and 2001B Bonds will be paid off before the next investment statement comes out. The Sinking Funds that we pay off will be gone, and any of the left-over reserve money will be moved into other Sinking Funds.

Motion made by Mr. Karam to approve the Investment Statement. Seconded by: Mr. Brodsky
Vote: (11) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (1) Absent Motion Carried

Committee Reports:

Finance: February and March Reports

Mr. Korfonta stated that consumption is up 10%. This is primarily due to Wolfspeed ramping up production. Revenue is up about four hundred thousand dollars compared to this time last year. Cash flow is good. In January we paid several large bills and we make that up over time. We were at a breakeven point in March.

Capital Projects Committee Report:

Mr. Schuler stated that we have received an award of a 3-million-dollar grant to fund some raw water transmission main work.

Mr. Schuler also spoke in regard to the Schuyler Water District Project. Ms. Szesny is asking the Board for additional funds for the project. In 2001 and 2002 MVWA committed to give a total of $50,000. towards the project. Ms. Szesny says that the project is larger now and is more expensive, as they have 2 additional roads, additional houses and parcels that can bring in more revenue. The Schuyler Water Project is asking for an additional $50,000. for a total of $100,000.

A motion was moved to increase the amount of $50,000. to $100,000, pending the approval of the Town to move forward within 2 years. Motion made by Mr. Arcuri and seconded by Mr. Brodsky. Motion was carried.

Old Business:

New Business:

Chairman DeLia asked for a motion to go into Executive Session at 5:38 PM to discuss a personnel matter regarding contract negotiations and also possible litigation.

Motion made by: Mr. Mutolo to go into Executive Session. Seconded by: Mr. Brodsky.
Vote: (11) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (1) Absent Motion Carried.

Motion has been made to secure Don Schlenger, in the dollar amount not to exceed $15,000 for his expertise regarding AMI units.
Motion made by: Mr. Corr. Seconded by: Ms. Szesny

Motion made to come out of Executive Session at 5:56 PM by Mr. Arcuri. Seconded by: Mr. Brodsky.
Vote: (11) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (1) Absent Motion Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Amy Passacantando, Secretary
Mohawk Valley Water Authority