Minutes of OLA
August 28, 2007
The meeting was
called to order at 10:12 am by President Jean VanValkenburg. The Secretary read
the minutes of the July 28, 2007 meeting. They were approved as read. The
Treasurer read her report, and discussed expenditures to date. The report was
approved as read.
Septic dye test
strips: Jean explained the use of the strips. She also suggested taking two
different color strips if an owner has 2 bathrooms.
There will be a sign-up sheet for the strips. All members who take strips
now will not receive another in their Spring letter. Jean also noted that if
repairs are necessary to a septic system, a $20 permit fee from the Town of
Forestport is mandatory, and an engineer’s plan must be submitted to the Town
for a new system to be installed. The dye results should show along the property
perimeter withing 48 hours of inserting strips into toilet tank. Hubert Velepec
also noted that the insertion of the dye strips will aid in finding any leaks in
signs: Ron Tiderencel will be installing new signs at the entrance of
Norton/Lakeview Roads and at the boat launch. Jean displayed the prototype signs
for members to view. The Secretary will send a thank-you note to Ron for
volunteering to make and install the signs.
has completed the lake vegetation mapping and Scott Lincoln has done the water
quality tests on the lake. The lake is clear of bladderwort and pondweed.
made a motion, seconded by Hubert Velepec, to post on our website and possibly
submit a press release explaining what has been accomplished in Otter Lake since
the installation of the Grass Carp. All agreed and the motion was carried.
stated that 1121 Grass Carp were initially inserted into the lake. The
fish have an 8-10 year life expectancy. The size of the carp has increased from
10 inches to @ 17 inches to date. The DEC will monitor the number of fish in the
lake each year. Six water samples from different sections of the lake were
submitted. The NYS FOLA has always given our water a good rating. Dick Engle has
some sample bottles left for testing drinking water. Jean noted that the septic
dye program will aid in keeping the vegetation down, since nutrients cause an
upsurge in vegetation growth.
asked if the lake depth will improve as a result of the decreased vegetation.
Jean responded that lakeside campowners should rake the area in front of their
Grant: Governor Spitzer has offered $1 million in grant funding for the
Adirondack Park to be used for economic development and environmentally safe
projects to better the community. The OLA will meet with the Town of Forestport
next year for a preliminary study in preparation for requesting a grant for the
community. Jean noted that more information on the grant is available on the DEC
Jean advised that the OLA Board voted today to eliminate flower baskets for 2008
because of the proposed Route 28 construction. The OL flags will remain in
place. The hardware for the baskets will also remain on poles not being moved
for the construction. Jean asked for volunteers to store the baskets and the
water wagon for winter. Anyone who can offer a storage area should contact Jean.
Jean explained that each member of the OLA Board is a member of a standing
committee. The Secretary read the Bylaw which names the committees. Jean
explained committee rules and passed around a volunteer sheet.
her appreciation on behalf of the Association to all who have contributed in any
way to her terms as OLA President. She thanked donors to all our fundraisers and
to all the dedicated volunteers who offer their time and knowledge for all the
Association projects. Hubert asked for applause for all Officers whose terms end
discussion: Ellie Connick reminded all dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Dick Gloo commented that this needs to be addressed especially at the boat
launch area. Jean stated that she will suggest to the new President to include a
warning to dog owners along with mention of the Adirondack Park leash laws in
the Spring letter. Ellie asked about rules against jet ski use after 6 pm, as is
the law in the Town of Webb, and Jean responded that anyone concerned with
misuse of jet skis should request rules from the Town of Forestport. Peg
Potasiewicz was concerned about a neighbor keeping garbage in a caged area, and
Jean said that was a private property situation. She suggested
asking the Town if there are any regulations regarding trash containers.
Joan Trask complained about fireworks at various lakeside camps throughout the
summer. The Town has no noise ordinance, but use of fireworks is illegal, and
the Sheriff should be informed. Jorge Batlle complained about loud motorcycles
on the side roads in Otter Lake. Jean stated that the OLA is not a policing
organization, and all complaints of that type must be reported to the Sheriff.
Jim Kreutzer noted that a property owner mush sign a complaint form before the
Sheriff can proceed to address the situation. Hubert suggested that the
Education committee of the OLA, along with any volunteers, meet to discuss how
to educate members in dealing with these types of complaints. Gloria Tighe and
Connie Hurd noted that an ultraviolet filter is superior to using a chlorine
flush for water systems. Jean noted that by 2009 ultraviolet filters will be
mandatory for all businesses.
Hubert and Mona
comprised the Election Committee and presented the slate of incumbent Officers
and Board Members and new candidates. Officers are elected for 2-year terms and
Board Members serve staggered 1, 2, or 3 year terms. The Secretary stipulated
her vote for all those elected without opposition. The new OLA Officers and
Board are: President: Mona Lincoln, Vice President: Hubert Velepec, Secretary:
Sharon Engle, Treasurer, June Wellman, and five Board members (a sixth Board
member will be appointed at the October Board meeting to serve a one-year term):
Dick Gloo, Jim Kreutzer, Jean VanValkenburg, Anne Wright, and Bob Young.
Peg Gehrig won
$68 in the 50/50 raffle. The winners of the 12 Chinese Auction baskets are: Tom
Kiely, Kathy Boughton, Mary Ann Rubyor, Bob Young, Maureen Young, Jim Wallace,
Pat Young, June Wellman, Tom Marcelletta, Bob Young, Tom Kiely, and Bob Young.
The meeting was
adjourned at 11:20 am.