Minutes – July 29, 2019

Chairman DeLia called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:

Present: Rocco Arcuri, Dennis Bova, Bruce Brodsky, Dave Corr, Elis DeLia, Mark Ford, Richard Karam, Frank Mutolo and Bette Szesny. Absent: Vincent Coyne, Luke Lewis and John Wallace. Also Present: Jim Korfonta, Phil Tangorra, Anne Milograno and Dick Goodney

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.

Approval: The IT Remote Access Policy, IT Network Infrastructure Security Policy and the IT Information Security Policy

Mr. Mack stated that the MVWA followed the recommendations from IBM for the security updates. The three policies were prepared by Tri-Delta in conjunction with IBM. The Operations Committee recommends and approves these policies.
Motion made by Mr. Mutolo to approve. Seconded by: Mr. Brodsky
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Resolution: Award of Construction Contract to DN Tank Corp. for Snowden Hill Road Tank

The water tank construction scope involves erecting a 1.2 MG concrete tank in conformance with AWWA standards, piping interconnections and related facilities. Bids were received from two tank construction firms of which DN Tanks, Inc. Wakefield, MA in the amount of $2,134,760.00 was the lowest and is within budget. The sum is to be paid as a capital improvement out of the Board’s Capital Improvement fund.
Motion made by Mr. Corr to approve. Seconded by: Mr. Arcuri
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Approval: Quarterly Investment Statement ending 6/30/19

Mr. Korfonta stated that this is an investment statement of the MVWA trust funds. The Board has been presented with these statements every quarter for approval.
Motion made by Mr. Brodsky to approve. Seconded by: Mr. Karam
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Executive Director’s Report:

  • Mr. Becher stated that the Town of New Hartford would like a waiver of the MVWA’s Rules and Regulations to allow the existing water service lines within the plaza known as “The Orchard” to remain in place despite those lines being interconnected and the related parcels not having frontage along a water main. The responsibility for maintenance and repairs of these water service lines shall remain with the property owners and or future owners. The MVWA will not assume ownership or maintenance obligations associated with any water service lines past the main shut-off valve located at the end of the water main in front of the Marquee Cinema. In the event of a service line leak, repairs to the service line should be completed by any associated private owner at their cost within a reasonable time period in order to avoid having the water service turned off by the MVWA. The cost to repair any damaged parking lot surfaces and curbing shall also be borne by the private owners.
    Motion made by Mr. Corr to approve. Seconded by: Mr. Arcuri
    Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.
  • Mr. Becher stated that the three policies that were just approved are among a series of other policies need to be approved periodically. We will be bringing the remaining policies to the Board over the next few months for approval.
  • Mr. Becher stated that the Budget packets have been sent out to the departments. We are required to pass a budget no later than 60 days prior to the start of the new year. The Budget Workshop will be held either before the September Board meeting or one hour prior to the Board meeting.
  • Mr. Becher stated that the Ilion project is still moving ahead. Pat, Dick and Phil will be going to the State Building on Friday for a meeting. Ilion has started the SEQRA process for Phase I of the distribution system improvements. Herkimer and Schuyler are in the process of surveying residents to see who wants to be a part of the project. Phil and his team have been doing sampling down at the Ilion Reservoir. Also, doing samples of water from residents on wells both in Herkimer and Schuyler. The Herkimer IDA has also put together a funding application on behalf of all the communities that might be involved in the project.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,


Suzanne M. Harmon, Secretary
Mohawk Valley Water Authority