Minutes of OLA
May 26, 2007
The meeting was
called to order by at 10:15 by President Jean VanValkenburg. The Secretary read
the minutes of the August 26, 2006 meeting. They were amended and approved. The
Treasurer read her report, and discussed expenditures with the members. Her
report was approved as read.
Testing: Jean explained that strips
of 3 different colors are to be made available to the members at the July
meeting. Samples will also be included in each Spring letter for 2008. Jean gave
a brief explanation for use of the test strips.
The Fulton Chain of Lakes has agreed to share the use of their probe with the
OLA. Jean explained that we may need to train a person in the use of the probe,
or we may be able to use the services of the Fulton Chain trainee, who lives in
McKeever. Results of the probe will be reported at the meeting following the
scholarship winner will be announced at the July meeting. Mr Dugan suggested
increasing the $100 scholarship. Jane Kreutzer suggested raising the amount to
$500 for next year. Jean stated the qualifications for the applicants, and will
request the Board to discuss the increase.
offered to augment the water probe testing with equipment from his company. He
also questioned whether C-Slap tests for phosphorus in the lake. Jean replied
that phosphorus is one of the elements listed on the report. The results of the
2006 C-Slap testing will be available at the June meeting. Jean also explained
the monitoring of the carp population now in the lake.
construction from Alder Creek to McKeever bridge will commence in spring 2008
and continue through the summer. The Otter Lake flags will probable need to be
removed for the summer, and no flower baskets will be hung next year. The road
will be widened to allow for a bike/hiking path. Tom De Pasquale will oversee
the watering of baskets in 2007. More volunteers are needed. Also, the
Adopt-a-Highway program needs more volunteers. Elaina Cross and Audrey Velepec
have volunteered to date.
Jean reminded the members that election of OLA Officers and Board members will
be held at the August meeting. Jean declined to continue as President, but
offered to serve as a Board member. Kathy Boughton declined to continue as
Treasurer. Board members Dick Engle, Jim Wallace, and Bob Young will complete
their present terms in August. Hubert Velepce and Mona Lincoln will head the
election committee, and all nominations should be presented to them.
members that the OLFD is seeking funds to build the new firehouse. The present
building is for sale for @ $200,000, and the funds from the sale will go toward
the cost of the new building.
Jean announced that a silent auction will be held as a fundraiser for the
Association. Donations of theme baskets are requested from members. They will be
on display with tickets available at the June and July meetings. Jean also
requested members to donate items to be raffled at the August meeting.
opened the floor to questions. Bob Dicker requested a tally of attorney fee
expenditure by the Association. Jean briefly explained that the lawsuit has been
withdrawn by Mr Robitelle. The total cost to the Association in legal fees to
date is $13,428.50, however the Treasurer noted that total is unofficial at this
time. Robert Dugan suggested investing money from the treasury in a CD. Jean
replied that will be considered. She then explained the grass carp monitoring
and vegetation cycle. Mr Clayton asked about insurance for the boat launch area.
There followed a short discussion on insurance by members, with no resolution on
the subject. Karen Marshall asked about Bti fund allocation. The Treasurer
explained that funds are held separately and that she has a computer program
that designates funds to the fund requested by members at the time of their
donations. Mrs Hurd asked how many carp are in the lake. Jean responded that
1120 carp were inserted last spring and were found to be thriving over the
winter months. Bob Melber suggested a sign-in sheet be placed at the launch
area. Jean asked for members to discuss the idea. She also noted that the boat
ramp and launch roadway have been repaired.
explained that in the OLA minutes, going back to the first meetings in the
1960s, discussions are documented throughout the years that the question of
whether the OLA needs insurance at the launch site has been raised. Lawyers who
were members of the Association and some who were retained to speak at meetings
have all agreed, without exception, that the cost of insurance would be
prohibitive to the Association, and that since we are a nonprofit group, their
recommendation would be that insurance is not necessary. Bob Melber responded
that the OLA should erect signs stating rules concerning swimming and recreation
at the site. Janet Maher questioned the construction on Lakeview Rd. Jean
replied that the roadway into the woods is on private property, and therefore
not a concern for the Association. Bob Melber noted that someone has cut grass
on his property, and decimated some of his small cedar trees. Jean replied that
the grass was cut by a volunteer, and apologized for the destruction. He was
offered compensation, but declined.
Jean noted that
the OLA meetings are now held on the last Saturday of May, June, July, and
August. She also reminded the members of the dumpster dates for the town of
Forestport, which were included in the Spring letter.
asked why the streams on her property do not have pink flags, which denote Bti
treatment. Kathy Boughton explained that Bioconservatory is the service we
employ. She explained that the cost of treatment has increased each year, and
that the treasury always needs to make up the deficit from member donations.
Kathy will inquire further about the Grace Point streams.
The two 50/50
raffle winners were Mona and Jean, $29 each.
The meeting was
adjourned at 11:35 am.