Minutes – June 17, 2019

Chairman DeLia called the meeting to order at 5:02 PM and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:

Present: Rocco Arcuri, Dennis Bova, Bruce Brodsky, Dave Corr, Elis DeLia, Richard Karam, Frank Mutolo, Bette Szesny and John Wallace. Absent: Vincent Coyne, Mark Ford and Luke Lewis. Also Present: Jim Korfonta, Scott Gorgas, Geralyn Powers, Phil Tangorra, Anne Milograno, Dick Goodney, Ken Bobrow, Esq. and Paul Goetz, BST.

Chairman DeLia presided and Suzanne Harmon took the minutes.

Approval of the May 20, 2019 Minutes:

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

Presentation by Auditors BST & Co. CPA’s, LLP

Mr. Paul Goetz from BST Accounting Tax Advisory presented the Independent Auditor’s Report. See Attached.

Committee Reports:

Mr. Goodney stated that the Snowden Hill Tank project will be coming before the Board in July, which we are bidding in early July. The rehab of the Hanger Road Concrete Tank which we will be bidding at the end of June.

Mr. Korfonta stated that May consumption was up compared to March and April, consumption year to date is 4% lower than the previous year. In the fifth month of the year, comparing budget to actual, operating expenses are lower than budget. For May cash has taken a drop. While this is not unusual, we are hopeful the recovery from outlays in the first months will erase the overall cash deficit of $350,000 for the year.

Executive Director’s Report:

  • Mr. Becher stated that the project going East is moving along and the level of interest is growing. Tomorrow night there is a meeting at the Herkimer High School, which Phil, Dick and I will be attending. We are looking to commence a radio propagation study
  • The consolidated funding application process is now giving out grant funds. That application deadline comes up in July. The last time around the MVWA received $2.3 million from the State of New York that is going into phase 1 of the raw water line replacement. The application for the next round is being worked on by O’Brien & Gere and the MVWA is asking for $8-9 million for the next phase of that project.

Chairman DeLia asked for a motion to go into Executive Session at 5:24 pm to discuss a Shared Services Agreement for use of MVWA software.
Motion made by Mr. Corr. Seconded by: Mr. Mutolo
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Went into Executive Session at 5:28 PM.
Motion was made by Ms. Szesny to come out of Executive Session at 5:45 PM. Seconded by: Mr. Brodsky.
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

In Executive Session the Board voted to approve the Agreement with the following change:
Item 10(a) ii USER shall pay $1200 per quarter for an access portal, payment shall be made in advance for the upcoming quarter.
Motion was made by Mr. Corr. Seconded by: Mr. Mutolo
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Respectfully submitted,


Suzanne M. Harmon, Secretary
Mohawk Valley Water Authority