Mohawk Valley Water Authority Minutes

September 19, 2022

Chairman DeLia called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.
Chairman DeLia presided and Amy Passacantando took the minutes.

Roll Call

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

Approval of the August 15, 2022 Minutes

Motion made by Mr. Bova to approve the minutes. Seconded by: Mr. Arcuri
Vote: (8) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Committee Reports:

Finance: August Finance Report

Mr. Korfonta stated that consumption is up 8.3% for the year. Cash flow is very healthy, which will be needed to pay bills this fall. Billing is up over $180K year to date. Everything is looking positive as we near the end of the year.

Executive Director’s Report
  • Mr. Becher stated that since the moratorium has ended, and we have started posting properties. We have collected approximately $1.7 million dollars. We have also collected a large payment from the chip fab site that is not a part of that figure
  • Mr. Annese asked if there is a way that we can notify the municipalities when a customer’s water is actually turned off, in addition to notifying them when they are posted for shut off, so the codes officer can be notified.
    Mr. Becher said he will look into how we can notify the municipalities once water is shut off. Much of the time, once a premise is posted, the bill is paid soon after and the water is turned back on.
  • An update on the meter reading situation. We have the consultant helping us to sort through the situation and proposals to figure out what they are doing to remedy the situation. We are ready to meet with Neptune to go over the proposals.
  • Mr. Tangorra has been working closely with Veolia, which is the contract operator of the Water Treatment Plant formerly known as Suez. There are still some details that need to be worked out, but the contract should be ready to be presented at the October meeting.
  • Mr. Becher updated the Board Members regarding the lead service pipes regulations. It looks like the EPA may lower the action level from 15 parts per billion to 10 for lead content in the water.
    We harvested 2 lead service pipes that were pulled out of the ground. They are in storage and waiting for the testing loop to be set up. We would have had 4 however, 2 of the records that stated they were lead, but were actually copper.
  • Reminder of the treatment plant tour tomorrow for the Board Members.
  • Mr. Brodsky asked if there would be any benefit to looking at remote chemical applications that will serve areas that might be more prone to lead.
    Mr. Becher stated that the piping system is not segmented enough to do that.

Old Business:

New Business:

Executive Session:

Chairman DeLia asked for a motion to go into Executive Session at 5:13 PM to discuss a potential litigation matter. No decisions were made or actions taken.

Motion made by: Mr. Arcuri to go into Executive Session. Seconded by: Mr. Brodsky.
Vote: (8) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Motion made by: Mr. Coyne to come out of executive session and Seconded by: Mr. Brodsky
Vote: (8) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:32 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Amy Passacantando, Secretary
Mohawk Valley Water Authority