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Otter Lake Association Letter
Spring 2006

Greetings from Otter Lake,

Happy Spring! With having had a mild winter, spring is very dry here in the North Country. It has also been very windy. Those of you who have been away can anticipate finding much tree debris, but hopefully no serious wind damage to your property.

Good News…….We have finally received all the necessary paperwork for the stocking of Otter Lake with Grass Carp. This will occur at the end of May. Signs will be posted at the Lakefront and Dam Area that will prohibit fishing for Grass Carp by the order of OLA, DEC and APA. 

UPDATE:  Grass Carp were released in the Lake on May 24th...

Over the winter there was damage to the right stone pillar at the entrance of Lakeview Road. Work to repair the damage will begin soon at the drivers’ expense. 

Enclosed you will find this years membership form. Please be generous with your donations for BTI (Black Fly Control) and the Carp Fund.  BTI Application expense has reached over $6000 each year which we begin to pay early in January before the season has even started. The necessity of lake mapping to monitor the water quality, vegetation and fish for several years to come will continue to be an annual expense for OLA.

Hanging Flower Basket forms are also included. Another Cap-21 project, we would like those of you who have bear problems to know about, is the sale of Bear Proof trash cans. More information will be available at the meeting or by contacting Cap-21 for those who might be interested.

Dumpster Dates this summer are:
Woodgate (old schoolhouse) June 17   9am - 3pm
Otter Lake (St Mary's Church) August 26    9am - 3pm
Forestport (town garage) September 9    9am - 3pm

Accepting: White goods, refrigerators, appliances, furniture, bags of clothes, construction materials, tires off rims Not Allowed: Garbage, vehicle parts, batteries, hazardous waste

Association Meeting Dates this summer are: Saturdays May 27th (Memorial Day Weekend), June 24th, July 29th and August 26th per the new schedule voted on and adopted at last years annual meeting.

Reminder: It was brought to our attention by the APA and DEC that it is the responsibility of each property owner to know where their septic is leaching to ensure a safe water supply. Dye testing will have to occur in the near future to test water quality.

Many properties have sold in the area since last fall. Extend a Warm Welcome to your new neighbors and invite them to take part in the community and join your Association.

Hope to see you all at our first meeting on Saturday, May 27th. 

Sincerely,
Jean Van Valkenburg/President