After today’s Water Board meeting, I would advise that the Town of Ulster – or anyone else for that matter – to stop stating that the City of Kingston’s Water Department will benefit from the sale of water to Niagara until there are estimated budgets and science in place to be absolutely sure.
Special thanks to Clark Richters of Kingston News for capturing today’s meeting.
By Rebecca Martin
13:51 – Phase 1B
14:50 – Sandy Mitigation Loan
20:55 – Phase II Flood Mitiation
34:15 – Jennifer Schwartz Berky, KingstonCitizens.org
35:00 – Water Board Providing Documents
35:30 – “Infrastructure from Cooper Lake to Tech City has of late been delivering a fraction of the Water compared to when IBM was in operation. What infrastructure work would be necessary both immediately and incrementally for the delivery of 1 million GPD to the proposed Niagara Bottling facility, and who would be responsible for those updates and upkeep?”
Kingston Water Board: “There isn’t any.” (documentation).
37:47 – “New infrastructure would be necessary for an additional main to bring 750,000 GPD to Tch City for a future expansion of the proposed Niagara Bottling Company. where would the new pipeline begin and end, and who would be responsible for the costs and upkeep of the pipeline?”
Kingston Water Board “We are still in Negotiations.”
The expected final report from the Engineering firm hired by the Kingston Water Board was not delivered. Although they used the draft to issue a ‘will serve’ letter to Niagara.
38:55 – Has the Water Board and City of Kingston been in contact regarding a collaboration to bond infrastructure needs?
Kingston Water Board: “No.”
Jennifer Schwartz Berky “But why not?”
Kingston Water Board: “You asked if we have been in discussions and there haven’t been. Why? I don’t know.”
39:29 – Does the City of Kingston have a role to play as involved agency given that improvements to the infrastructure might be necessary?
Jennifer Schwartz Berky – “Do you expect to have a conversation with the Common Council as to their role?”
Kingston Water Board – “I don’t believe they do. The answer is no.”
41:12 – Rebecca Martin, KingstonCitizens.org clarifies the Kingston City Charter
42:20 – “Has the Water Board created an estimated budget to show the projected earnings from a water sale to Niagara? Over the course of how many years would the infrastructure costs be paid for and at what point would the resident users water bill go down. How much for how long?
Kingston Water Board: “That’s impossible to say right now.”
Jennifer Schwartz Berky: “If you established a ‘will serve’ can you calculate?”
Kingston Water Board: “The rate has yet to be established.”
44:42 – Bill Cloonan “It’s Speculation”
45:38 – “We noticed that all of the members of the water board have served far beyond the five year term state in the charter, there president of the Water Board having served since 1981. Can you help us to understand where in the charter there is language that allows reappointments and no term limits?”
Kingston Water Board: “No we can’t.”
Jennifer Schwartz Berky: “Are you aware of the public officers law in NY State?”
Bill Cloonan: “Yes.”
Jennifer Schwartz Berky: “Can you explain that to us?”
Bill Cloonan: “No. But if you retain me, I’d be happy to.”
46:43 – “We are doing historical research on the cost of infrastructure over time that the public has paid for infrastructure. Is that something we can request from your office?”