Board of Trustee Minutes 03/20/2013

A public hearing for the Village of Delhi was held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Boardroom regarding the Leatherstocking Gas Company bringing a natural gas franchise to the Village of Delhi.

Present:           Mayor             Richard Maxey
Trustees          Gregory Krzyston, Jeremy Fitch, Chris Maney (absent:  Gerry Pilgrim)

The meeting started at 6:30 p.m. and the Mayor asked for public comment.

Wayne Reynolds (Delaware County Public Works) – thought that this is a tremendous idea and that the ability to get natural gas would be huge for his department.

Dan Ayres (CEO, O’Connor Hospital) – great advantage for the hospital to have natural gas.

Michael Howard (O’Connor Hospital) – said it would be very beneficial to the hospital, it would cut fuel costs almost in half.

Neal Palmatier(SUNY Delhi) – Thinks natural gas would be very beneficial.  Asked if it would go all the way to the campus.

Mayor Maxey said YES, it would go past SUNY by way of State Route 10.  Mayor Maxey also stated that the line would go under the “snow storage” area and a “mole” will be used to cross streets, etc.

Mike German (Leatherstocking Gas Co.) – showed samples of pipe that will be put in the ground.  Pipe HAS to be buried 24” below the surface, mostly likely will be buried 36”.  Also – the franchise agreement will most likely mandate that all municipal buildings be allowed to hook up.

Jim Thompson (Delaware County IDA) – thinks this project will be a gift to Delhi.  It’s an opportunity for Delhi to use cleaner energy.  He hopes that there’s not discussion about this indicating fracking – simply taking advantage of a line going through Delaware County.

Mike German – stated that Leatherstocking is only a utility.  Local vendors will have to be relied upon to hook up residents and businesses.  Leatherstocking will only install to the meter.  He also stated that the State Public Utility Commission oversees all construction, etc.   And as long as Leatherstocking stays under the state roadway, they don’t have to get franchise agreements from Franklin and Meredith as long as they don’t serve anyone along those villages.

Cyndi Cobb (Delhi Village resident) – Will my burner work or will I need new appliances.

Mike German – depends on the appliances you have.  Will need to contact a local vendor.

It was noted that Leatherstocking most likely will hang lines from the bridge on Kingston Street in order to cross the river.  If they cannot do that, they would need to bore.  The Susquehanna Watershed was okay with this.  Bob Cairns (Walton Reporter) noted that this is the NYC Watershed, not the Susquehanna, and it’s a completely different thing.

Glenn Nealis    (Delaware County Director of Economic Development) – said there are two industries here that represent 25% of private jobs in this area.  Their ability to compete here is key to keeping them here, and the ability to provide low-cost energy is very important.

(School Board member) – it would mean huge savings for the school.  Which doesn’t necessarily mean lower taxes, but it would mean more support staff at the school being able to continue employment there.

(Village tax payer) -  savings from natural gas would offset his village taxes.  The availability of natural gas would attract more people to the village.

Motion was made by Trustee Maney to close the public hearing.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Krzyston and passed unanimously.  Hearing was closed at 7:05 p.m.

Motion was made by Trustee Krzyston to move forward with developing the franchise agreement with Leatherstocking Gas Company.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Fitch and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to set the tentative budget and have a public hearing on April 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Maney and passed unanimously.

Motion was made by Trustee Fitch to adjourn.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Krzyston and passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Michele C Griffin

Clerk-Treasurer

 

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