by Rod Miller
Note: Last names of
members have been abbreviated to insure their privacy.
The meeting of
the Star Lake Protective Association was called to order at 10:01 am by
President John B.. John welcomed everyone and introduced the 2023 officers.
Thirty-three attendees introduced themselves. Twenty-one memberships were
Literature A number of
pamphlets about loons, boater safety, Star Lake Handbook inserts, and
brochures about invasive species were available.
Remarks John thanked
all who were involved with the loon rescues, the beaver problem, lake clean-ups,
water testing and all who worked within their committees to move us forward. He
thanked Karen R. for her work to get no-wake signs and the people who helped to
organize the picnic. He asked Deb W. to speak to the DEC Carry-on boat site
information. Deb said that the owners of the property adjacent to the launch
site had contacted the DEC. They put up new “no swimming” signs at the site, as
well as private property signs below. Deb said that the signs seem to be
Minutes from the June 24th
meeting were circulated. John asked if everyone had read them. There were no
comments regarding the minutes. Motion was made by Deb B., seconded by Jim W.,
to approve the June 24, 2023 minutes as presented. Motion was carried.
Chris C. gave the
Treasurer’s Report. For the Operating Fund, the beginning balance as of 6/24/23
was $10,812.34. Revenues totaled $1,837 including $670 from dues, $200 from
donations, $740 from the raffle and $227 from the poker run. Expenses totaled
$496 including payments for: $250 for ALAP water testing, $17.10 for Secretary
expenses, $28.90 for Bargain H. ads and $200 to Wayne Dunn for two 5
MPH/No Wake signs. The ending balance as of 8/26/23 is $12,153.34.
For the Daphne Henri-Foley
Memorial Restricted Fund, both the beginning balance as of 6/24/23 and the
ending balance as of 8/26/23 was $1,021.05, as there was no activity.
There were 55 regular members and
2 associate members prior to the meeting. Motion was made by Deb B. and
seconded by Karen R. to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. Motion was
carried. Linda G. asked who administered the flower money and Chris explained
how the SLPA had some of the funds and Shane, Daphne’s son, had engaged the
Northern New York Community Foundation to manage the Go Fund Me money collected.
They will disperse funds as needed.
Speaker RJ P., a
native of Star Lake, spoke to the group about the Boyd Pond Association’s
experience with Eurasian Milfoil. Boyd Pond is much smaller than Star Lake, is
mostly shallow, mud bottom with many weeds. They have “been engaged in an
intensive year-long effort to remediate the infestation of Eurasian Water
Milfoil that was discovered in June, 2022.” Over the past year, they were able
to raise funds (about $9,000) to hire a qualified contractor and gain necessary
permits to (so far) successfully manage the problem. The contractor used mats
and herbicides to kill the milfoil and so far, the treatments were successful
after a year of treatment.
RJ said that it was very important
to communicate with lake neighbors and educate people about how to avoid an
infestation on Star Lake. Identify boat launch sites and make sure that every
watercraft launched is thoroughly cleaned and inspected. Other suggestions for
Star Lake were consistent with what we are doing or planning to do. He said
that invasives will appear in shallows and around boat launch sites. He
suggested that we meet our neighbors, make friends, get information out to gain
co-operation and build relationships. Discourage boats and jet ski launches
from other waters and work with land owners who rent to establish rules against
renters bringing and launching their own boats. RJ handed out the Boyd Pond
Association’s July update which contained suggestions to avoid invasive
Karen R. asked if the herbicide
used would affect the drinking water; RJ said “no”, that it only affects the
plants’ growth cycle. Deb W. asked if we are shooting ourselves in the foot
regarding the carry-on site and renters. Linda G. asked about fishing tackle
and RJ said to inspect it carefully. Jean P. pointed out that most renters have
no stake in the situation and just want to vacation and have fun. RJ said that
we should identify owners who rent and ask them to revise rules for renters and
not allow them to bring their own watercrafts. Irene R. brought up problems
with the former Haven property, that throughout the summer, many groups from all
over, came to the property, launching canoes, kayaks and a motorboat. After
some discussion, it was agreed that the SLPA should contact the organization and
voice concerns and suggestions for better lake stewardship.
John thanked RJ for coming to the
meeting and a hearty round of applause followed! John said that we need to
study how to better communicate with owners; Kate D-L suggested that we already
have committees that can help with that.
Planning & Strategy and 501 (c)3
Karl W. gave some background
regarding both committees’ progress. He said that SLPA goals regarding water
quality and invasive species necessarily would lead to the need for large
amounts of money and it follows that we need to be designated “non-profit” to be
eligible for grants. It then follows that we should apply for 501(c)3 status.
The cost would be around $500 to accomplish that. The committees also suggest
that we become incorporated, to limit personal liability.
Quality and Invasive Species
Mary W. reported that she, her
husband Karl, and Dick R. did three water samples this summer and sent them to
Paul Smith’s for analysis. It will take some time for the results to be
available, but everything looked good. Water clarity was clear to about 25
feet, which is very good. Regarding invasive species, Star Lake is clean.
There are many indigenous plants around the lake; but they pose no problem. At
the June meeting a question was raised regarding fecal coliform testing. Mary
said that she was able to take samples from a number of locations around the
lake and had them analyzed. The results were all negative for coliforms! John
thanked the committees for their time and efforts. His message was for everyone
to be vigilant. “If you see something, report it”.
Partnerships for Water quality/Invasive Species
Mark S. reached out to Adirondack
Research which is funded by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plants Program
(APIPP). They are a valuable resource as they have surveyed Star Lake and found
no invasives, they can contract to do further surveys, they can do mapping and
can provide training. Mark reached out to Brian Green from APIPP (Brian did our
initial training). Pam J. said that there is potential for partnership with the
Ranger School for help doing surveys. John B. said he reached out to the Town
of Fine to see if they might help to manage invasive species. He said that
Jeremy Thompson, town supervisor, was very responsive. Jeremy suggested that
the SLPA send representatives to a Town Board meeting to make our case for funds
to be set aside for an invasive species infestation. Discussion followed.
Kate D-L reported that
her committee, charged with improving SLPA membership numbers, did a statistical
analysis of lake owners and SLPA members. Of about 165 lake owners, over the
years, about 42% became members. Of new property owners, about 21 become
members. Over the period studied, 17 have never been members. 126 (77%)
property owners were once members. Kate said that we need to develop strategies
to get owners to consistently become members of the SLPA. Jim W. commented that
many don’t know what we do. There is a need for more and better communications
with lake owners.
Deb B. reported that, in spite of the weather, the poker run completed (minus
the party afterwards). There were 92 hands and Lenny G.’s won with a queen-high
flush. About $250 in prizes were won by the poker players, after expenses. Jim
and Deb W. won 1st place for raft decorations and got to name next
year’s theme, which is “country and western”. They donated their $30 prize back
to the SLPA.
reminded us that at the last meeting, we decided we should look at July for the
poker run next year, as we don’t have much going on in July and August is very
busy. A show of hands indicated that most would like to try the last Saturday
in July for the poker run next year. So… July 27th, it is.
John said that Deb N. was not here but that the page was up and running.
John B. reported that
over $1,000 was raised by the raffle; and the poker run generated $227. A 50/50
raffle (later in the meeting) generated another $38 for the treasury and the $38
won by Irene R. was donated back to the SLPA.
Bo R. reported that not
much new content was added. Members’ Area login has changed (on agenda) and
‘Tis the Season is up to date. Meeting info was updated, the poker run was
written up (thanks to Deb B.) and the loon rescues were also included.
Clean-up The sign-up
sheet was passed again, as not many had signed up for the second clean-up,
September 13th. Karen R. said she would make a reminder call.
Signs Karen R. gave an
update. Two signs were made by Wayne Dunn and installed in the cut and between
Lulu Island and W.’. Karen thanked Karl and Mary W., Dorothy K., Rose and Gary
S., and Beth H. for each donating the cost of a sign. The signs are
well-received and more will be deployed in appropriate spots around the lake.
Species Restricted Fund
At the last meeting, it was
suggested that this fund be created. This money will be restricted to the
management of invasive species, should the need arise. A motion was made by
Kate D-L and seconded by Steve G. to create an invasive species restricted fund
and transfer an initial $5,000 to it. Discussion followed as to criteria for
spending the money and if it was enough. It was agreed that it was a start and
additional money would be added over time. It could also accept contributions,
thus tying into the need for a 501(c)3 to allow for tax deductions. A vote was
called and the motion was carried.
Recommendation to Apply for Incorporation, and 501(c)3 Status
As a follow-up to previous
discussions, Jon R. made a motion, seconded by Rose S. for the SLPA to apply for
incorporation and to pursue 501(c)3 status. Motion was passed.
Loon-Friendly Lake Certification Status
While we met requirements several
years ago, we did not realize that the certification needed to be renewed
annually and that $100 minimum donation to the program was suggested each year.
A motion was made by Pam T. and seconded by Deb B. to authorize the renewal of
certification and an annual donation of $100 to the Adirondack Center for Loon
Conservation’s Loon-Friendly Lake Certification Program. Motion was carried.
Proposed Calendar John
said that the proposed dates for next year on the back of the agenda were
similar to this year’s events except the date for the poker run, which now is
tentatively set for July 27th and not August 10th. The
group was otherwise in favor of the proposed dates.
2024 Membership Dues Chris
C. suggested that dues again remain the same as last year; but that we might
indicate that additional money might be contributed to the Invasive Species
Motion was made by
Linda G. and seconded by Deb B. for 2024 dues to be maintained at current levels
of $20 per year for a regular membership and $10 per year for an associate
membership. Motion was carried and the dues remain unchanged for 2024.
Election of Officers for 2024
Steve G. asked if there
were any nominees from the floor and if not, the current officers have agreed to
serve another term. Since there were no other nominees, Steve made a motion,
seconded by Deb B., to elect John B. as president, Karen R. as vice-president,
Chris C. as treasurer, and Bo R. as secretary for 2024. Motion was carried.
Allocation of Fundraising Proceeds
The executive committee met and recommends that we designate $150 to the Free
Community Meal, $150 to the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation and $700 to the
Invasive Species Restricted Fund. Money would come from fundraising proceeds,
and not from member dues. A motion to support that recommendation was made by
Deb B. and seconded by Dick R. and discussion followed. Steve G. asked that the
motions be split and voted on separately as he had an issue with donating to the
hospital. It seems that no one can be seen at the clinic unless they have a
local primary care doctor. If they don’t, they have to go to the emergency
room, which is much more expensive. John B. said that the problem was presented
to and will be addressed by the hospital administration. A vote was called and
the motion was passed.
suggested that since the Federation of Lake Associations (FOLA) was mentioned as
a valuable resource by our guest speaker, we consider joining. Membership costs
$50 per year and we were members in the past. Bo R. reminded the group that we
had derived little benefit or support when we were a member. John suggested
that it be put on the next agenda for discussion.
A 50/50 raffle
was drawn. It generated $76, so the winner, Irene R., won $38, which she
donated back to the treasury.
suggested that we consider having more that two meetings a year, since there
were so many committees and so much business to conduct. John said that the
Executive Committee would consider more meetings, as the need arises.
was made by Deb B., seconded by Jim W. to adjourn. Motion was carried and the
meeting was adjourned at 12:15 pm.
submitted by Bo R., Secretary, Star Lake Protective Association.
The meeting was
called to order at 10:00 am by president John B..
officers are: John B., president; Karen R., vice president; Chris
C., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary. There were 33 in
attendance representing 21 memberships.
Literature dealing with invasive plants, loons, and boater safety was
available for the taking.
Minutes to the August 27, 2022 meeting were available on the web site
and on the table. A motion was made by Pam T.; seconded by Kate
D-L., to approve the minutes as presented. Motion was
Chris C. gave
the Treasurer’s Report.
For the Operating Fund,
the beginning balance as of 8/27/22 was $10,669.73. Revenues totaled
$715 including 2022 dues of $140, 2023 dues of $450, donations of $50
and raffle proceeds of $75. Expenses totaled $572.39 including payments
for: Donations of $100 to the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation Wellness
Committee and $100 to the Star Lake Rescue Squad (both approved at the
8/27/22 meeting being paid out of the net proceeds of the 2022 poker
run), $152.69 for school and property taxes, $119.70 to Bo R. for
spring expenses and $100 to the SOS for advertising on their 5K race
shirts. The ending balance, as of 6/24/23 is $10,812.34
There were 22 regular
members and 1 associate member prior to the meeting.
For the Daphne Henri-Foley
Memorial Restricted Fund,
the beginning balance as of 8/27/22 was $1,140.00. Revenues were
$339.93, which was the balance transferred from the CFEDC. Expenses
were $458.88 to Sally Capone which included pumpkins in the fall of 2022
and flowers for 2023.
Motion was made by Jon
R.; seconded by Rose S., to accept the treasurer’s report as
presented. Motion was carried.
moderated reports of the standing SLPA committees:
Long-term Planning &
N. Deb reported that there were two meetings scheduled for July-a
committee meeting and a review meeting with the Board of Directors. A
report will follow at the August meeting. Two new members were added in
Water Quality Testing-Mary
W. Mary referred to the chart on the back of the agenda and spoke of
the very good values of the findings over the years. Star Lake is eutrophic (rich in nutrients), with a circumneutral acidity. The lake
is of very good quality and very stable. Water samples will be taken
next week, the first of three for the summer. John thanked the
Agency Partnerships for
Water Quality/Invasive Species-John
B. John said his committee had not yet met; would meet soon and
report in August.
D-L. Kate suggested a post-membership analysis to determine
why people joined the SLPA to improve the solicitation of new members.
A study of Association goals would help in the process. Do people join
to support lake things or to participate in social events? A discussion
followed regarding how we publicized the SLPA. Suggestions were made.
SLPA presence at other events was mentioned. New members could be
sought at social events. Sue D. noted that there is a generational
component in that many join because their family has joined in the
past. John said “word of mouth” is good advertising. Yvonne
asked about the Bargain H. to advertise meetings and events;
“yes” that was being done.
C. Trudy, in Deb B.’s absence, referred to Deb’s written
report. The poker run is set for August 12, 2023. The theme is “70’s
TV shows”. The report went on to discuss organizational needs like the
need for volunteers. A discussion followed and volunteers were obtained
for the poker run stops. A “secret judge” was sought to judge raft
decorations and the need for a 2nd and 3rd runners
up prize was suggested, as there was a lot of effort that went into
decorating the rafts. Jon R. noted that the poker run provides a
good opportunity to increase membership. Karl W. suggested that
reduced costs for members might encourage participants to join. It was
pointed out that that is already being done—members and their guests pay
less for poker hands. Some join for the economic benefit.
N. The SLPA Facebook page has been up since November, 2022. The
link to the page is
committee has only two members the page has 12 “likes” and 15 followers
so far. Content includes the SLPA officers, a calendar of SLPA events,
“fun facts Friday”, and content from the SLPA website. Sue D.
suggested that people look at the site and “like” it. Deb suggested
that other committees could send information to Deb to be posted to the
site. She also noted that we have 2 loon babies on the lake.
N. Deb briefed the group on the purpose of the 501(c)3 and how it
would make contributions to the SLPA tax deductible and could make us
eligible for grants. The committee met in June, with a meeting in July
scheduled. Deb spoke to the many requirements that would need to be met
in order to be certified 501(c)3. The SLPA would have to become
incorporated at a cost of $300-$500; We must have a mission, by-laws and
a strategy; and we must have an IRS-recognized charitable purpose. Deb
noted that an event can also be certified, as well as an organization.
For example, the Winter White Out Weekend is certified 501(c)3 as a
sub-committee of the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation.
John noted that the SOS was certified 501(c)3 also under the CFEDC and
has since sought certification on its own.
W. Mary reported that as a result of several surveys, Star Lake is
still free of invasive species in the water. However, she noted that
there were sightings of invasives on the shoreline. Most notable was
purple loosestrife. A discussion followed about the plant and how to
deal with it. It has very deep roots and should be dug up before it
flowers and disposed of in a plastic bag or burned. Property owners
should be notified. John re-enforced the need for this committee and
noted that it’s not a matter of “if”; but “when” we will have to deal
with invasive species both in and around the lake.
C. Trudy had no committee report. However, Sue D. brought
up plans for the August 26 potluck picnic at 4 pm at her home. She
suggested a need for folding tables and chairs. Meat was donated and
people just need to bring a dish to pass. While the picnic is for SLPA
members, they may bring guests. Those who went last year praised the
event and John encouraged everyone to attend.
C. Trudy spoke of the upcoming raffle. 1st place
prize is a 2-night stay in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania hotel where she
works. Trudy said she would help to plan excursions for the winner(s)
in Lancaster, per their desires. 2nd place winner receives a
$100 gift certificate to the Holy Grail and 3rd place winner
receives a $75 gift certificate to Adirondack Rustic. A September 9
drawing is planned. Karen R. asked Trudy how far it was from Star
Lake and if the winner could use it any time. Trudy said it was 7 ½
hours from Star Lake and it could be scheduled at the winner’s
convenience. John said that tickets were available for $5 and a limited
number of tickets will be sold. Half the proceeds will go to the SLPA;
the other half will be used for donations, according to John; but Chris
C. pointed out that the 50/50 distribution of fundraising proceeds to
other groups only applied to the poker run proceeds. Tickets for SLPA
members to sell (10/envelope) are available from John. Members are
encouraged to take tickets and sell them at various local events this
summer, such as the farmers’ markets, the SOS 5k walk/run, the poker
run, etc. The money/stubs will be collected prior to the drawing.
N. There was no report given.
R. Bo reported that there was little new content on the
website. ‘Tis the Season pictures are up-to-date and there are several
pictures of the new loon babies as well. Most of the time has been
spent updating and editing information for relevance to members. The
new username/password to the Members’ Area of the site are listed on the
agenda and will be active July 1st. The website has been
running now for 16 years and is “work in progress”.
Abuse of DEC Carry-on
said this issue has been on-going but he was not aware of how serious it
has been. Misuse of the carry-on launch site includes swimming, loud
partying, littering, profanity, vandalism and trespassing on neighboring
properties. A grass fire behind the old Lakeview Hotel had to be
extinguished by the fire department and just this year there was
vandalism to a neighbors’ raft.
Much discussion followed.
The DEC’s appropriate use and restrictions/rules regarding the public
boat launch were reviewed. Jim W. said that often, parents
dropped kids off at the top of the hill for the day, oblivious to the
rules of use. Someone questioned the need for the site and if the fish
stocking program were discontinued, could we privately stock the lake.
Sue D. remarked that we shouldn’t have to give up the fish stocking.
Bo R. pointed out that since the land owner lives in Potsdam, the misuse of
the property would continue even if the DEC agreement with the landowner
was nullified. Jan M. suggested that the DEC deploy some trail
cameras. Bo said that he once confronted kids who obviously were not
supposed to be on a neighbor’s raft and they left. This will be a
continuing problem and we need a more proactive, collective approach.
John B. said that the SLPA is not a policing agency but “if you see
something, say something”. Neighbors should report abuses to the DEC or
State Police (phone numbers are on the agenda) and take
pictures/videos. Log phone calls and if there is no response, we can
deal with that. John will call the DEC and request more signage at the
top of the hill and down at the shore level. More frequent patrol of
the property is needed.
Requests for Funding
There were no requests at
Boating Safety Certification Joe
R. said that the boater’s safety course could be taken on-line and
information is available on our web site. The New York State course is
easiest and can be completed at your leisure; but is only good for New
York. The US Coast Guard course is more rigid (four 2-hour sessions)
but is good all over the United States. By 2025, all boat operators
will need the boater’s safety certification. Currently all jet
ski operators have to be over 14 and have a boaters safety certificate.
Steve G. agreed to serve as a nominating committee and asked members
to contact him after the meeting if interested in running for any office
in the SLPA for 2024. Elections will be held at the August meeting. If
anyone would like to make a nomination, they should contact Steve before
or at the August meeting.
Keep on Keeping on
John suggested that we continue with committee progress.
Bad Behavior at Sandbar
Sue D. spoke of public urination at the sandbar. Others complained
of loud noise and music at all hours, rude behavior, foul language and
dogs defecating on the sandbar. John recalled complaints by Pam J.
last year of garbage washing up on her nearby shore and said he was
shocked. Irene R. said that she heard of a porta-potty that had
gotten tipped over, spilling waste into the lake. Renters caused some
of the problems; but residents were also guilty. Some suggested
solutions included SLPA garbage cans, signs on rafts, better
communications with renters and leaving dogs at home.
Testing for Coliforms?
Discussion about the sandbar led to the topic of testing for fecal
coliforms. Mary W. said she has had some experience; and Bo R. pointed out that the SLPA did tests from 2012 to 2018, testing
multiple sites per year, including the DEC boat launch and the sandbar.
The SLPA has funded the annual testing. Mary said that she and the
Water Quality committee would investigate our continuance of the
Joe R. “thanks”
Joe thanked the SLPA for their past support of the SOS 5K walk/run. He
said that there is still room for individual and camps to get their
names on 5K T-shirts. See him if interested.
John pointed out that those who rent their property should remind their
renters to wash their watercrafts that have been in other waters before
they launch in Star Lake. The NYS boat washing station near the old J &
L site, issues stickers as evidence that the boat was washed. Linda
G. pointed out that all lake vehicles need to be washed—even
paddle boards. Don B. suggested that the DEC carry-on boat launch
needs signage requiring the washing of all boats launched there that
have been in other waters. John reiterated that most invasives are
introduced by boats and other watercrafts from other lakes. Boat
washing is most important and it’s the law!
Chris C. suggested that the SLPA should create a dedicated fund to
manage invasive species if/when the need should arise. We could set
aside a portion of our treasury; then add to the fund each year. Or, we
could set up a dedicated foundation that could receive contributions.
While there seemed to be support for the idea, no formal action was
No Wake/5 mph signs
said that she had asked Wayne Dunn to design and make an Adirondack-like
sign that would be placed in several 5 mph zones around the lake. The
sign would cost approximately $150 per sign. We would need 10 to 12
signs to mark all the 5 mph zones, making the sign project quite
expensive. Bo R. said that an alternative would be metal signs
available for much less and more durable. He passed a sheet around with
pictures of various signs readily available for around $25. A
discussion followed regarding the pros and cons of each. Steve G.
made a motion for the SLPA to spend $500 to buy as many of Wayne’s signs
as possible. The motion was seconded by Kate D-L.. Discussion
of the motion followed, with several members volunteering to personally
purchase a sign, thus maximizing the number of signs to be acquired.
Motion was carried.
John reminded members to sign up for the road clean-ups and the
shoreline clean-up. He also pointed out that there were four more
farmers’ markets scheduled. He also informed the group of Dorothy
Adam’s two garage sales, the proceeds which solely benefit the Long-term
Care Fund. John reminded people who wanted to sell raffle tickets to
pick them up after the meeting.
T. said that yoga classes were on hold until they located a new
Motion to adjourn was made by Steve G.; seconded by Dave N..
Motion was carried and the meeting was adjourned at 11:50 am.
John thanked everyone for attending the meeting and for their efforts
and interest in Star Lake.
Respectfully submitted by
Bo R., SLPA Secretary
Those in attendance were:
B. (president), Karen R. (vice president), Chris C. (treasurer),
Bo R. (secretary); Steve G., Joe R., Susan D.,
Dick R., Beth H., Jan & Pat M., Don & Yvonne B., Vito
& Pam T., Kate & Joe D-L., Mary & Karl W., Deb & Dave N., Linda & Lenny
G., Jon & Irene R., Trudy C.,
Brenda M., Dennis M., Jim & Deb W., Gary & Rose S.,
and Rey G. There were 33 attendees at the meeting; 21 voting
memberships were represented.
The meeting of
the Star Lake Protective Association was called to order at 10:00 am by
President John B.. John welcomed everyone and introduced the 2022 officers.
Thirty-two attendees introduced themselves and told where they were from around
the lake. Twenty-two memberships were represented. *A list of attendees is
provided at the end of the minutes.
at the meeting were a number of pamphlets about loons, Star Lake Handbook
inserts and mini-handbooks, and brochures about invasive species.
John said that minutes from the June 25th meeting were on the tables
and asked that everyone read them carefully. After a few moments, there were no
comments regarding the minutes. Motion was made by Rose S., seconded by Kate
D-L, to approve the June 25, 2022 minutes as presented. Motion was carried.
Chris C. gave the
Treasurer’s Report. For the Operating Fund, beginning balance as of 6/25/22 was
$11,244.68. Revenues totaled $911 including $540 from 2022 dues, $41 from
donations and $315 from the poker run. Expenses totaled $1,485.95 including
payments for: $100 donation to SOS, $650 for ALAP water testing (new equipment &
current year testing), $72.45 for Poker run ads, $73.35 for Secretary expenses
and $590.15 for August mailing and pot luck ads. The ending balance, as of
8/27/22 is $10,669.73
There were also accumulated
donations totaling $1,140 into the newly established Daphne Henri-Foley Memorial
Restricted Fund for Flowers.
There were 55 regular members and
4 associate members prior to the meeting. Motion was made by Karen R. and
seconded by Linda G. to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. Motion was
Quality Karl W.
reported that he and his wife Mary and Dick R. completed the third test sample
of the summer. It will take some time for the results to be available, but
everything looked good. Water clarity was clear to 25-30 feet, which is very
good. A short question/answer session followed. A question was raised about
salinity from road run-off and Karl said that salinity was not specifically
Since Deb B. was not at the meeting, Chris C. gave a report of the numbers.
There were 97 hands, 86 held by members @$5 and 11 by non-members @$10. Gross
proceeds were $540; prizes accounted for $227 and after ads and other expenses,
net profit was $239, which was lower than other recent years. Dave and Deb N.
won for decorations, donated the prize back to the SLPA, and called the 2023
poker run theme “1970’s TV Series”.
Comments from the President John
gave a brief summary of how he came to be president, and his passion for the
Lake. If he couldn’t make a difference as president, he wouldn’t want to
continue as president.
John thanked the Water Quality
Committee volunteers for their efforts in this very important function of the
SLPA. He said that in all his research, it was not a matter of “if” but “when”
invasives would invade our lake and it is very important that we all are trained
to recognize invasive plants and animals, take precautions to avoid them and
prepare to manage an infestation when that becomes necessary.
John thanked the social committee
for their efforts in organizing the pot-luck picnic.
John passed around a list of
committees, present and new, for people to volunteer for. Some new committees
included a membership committee to raise awareness of and increase membership in
the SLPA, a fund-raising committee, a social media committee (web site and
Facebook), a flower committee and a 501-c3 committee to investigate if the SLPA
is eligible. John also suggested a special fund dedicated to the
control/maintenance of invasive species in the future. It was suggested that we
investigate a partnership with some of the local schools i.e., Paul Smith’s or
the Ranger School to get volunteers to help with shoreline surveys each year.
If we had to pay for that service, it would be money well-spent.
After much discussion, the list
was passed around again and members signed up to volunteer for the committee(s)
that they were interested in.
John reiterated that he wants to
make a difference and is very passionate about Star Lake. He thanked all who
participated in discussions and who volunteered for committees.
A lively discussion followed
covering a number of topics. Karl W., regarding invasive species, said that we
will need a lot of money if invasives are found. Once discovered, we need to
think about how to fund its control, which can cost 10’s or 100’s of thousands
of dollars. Members told of other lake infestations i.e., Upper Saranac, Lake
George, Lake Bonaparte, and others. Methods of control varied; but the cost was
always very high. Kate D-L said that there was a social need to promote the
SLPA in the community. Sue P-D suggested a school program about invasive
Landowners John B.
gave a brief history of the letter that went out to all Star Lake owners August
15th. Originally meant to go to landlords who rent on the lake, it
was decided that the content was relevant to all lake owners. John indicated
that he had heard negative comments and he asked the group for their feedback.
Lisa L. asked how we knew if they all were delivered, which led to a discussion
about our database and where the information came from. Bo R. indicated that we
get address info from the town tax roles; but most of those addresses are winter
addresses; not summer addresses. Some (about 5 of 176) were not delivered and
returned to sender. John read an excerpt from a 1962 letter, which dealt with
similar issues that we face today i.e., 5 mph laws, boats, safety issues,
direction of travel, etc. They seem to be on-going issues.
Signs At the last
meeting, it was agreed that land owners could submit a design for approval and
the SLPA would pay a reasonable cost to have them made. John said that since
there was little movement since the last meeting, we could seek a commercial
design to mark the 5 mph zones. Dick R. commented on the number of beer cans
that they picked up on the last shoreline clean-up. We all need to clean up our
Proposed Calendar John
said that the proposed dates for next year were similar to this year’s events
except the date for the poker run, which was set back to the (traditional) first
Saturday in August. This led to much discussion about date conflicts. Linda G.
suggested that we look at dates in July, as August was so busy. Many felt that
the poker run needed more and better promotion. Some poker run participants
weren’t aware that they could buy multiple hands. Steve G. said that we needed
to communicate with Deb B., as she is the organizer, but not at the meeting. It
was decided that we should schedule the 2023 poker run on the second Saturday of
August, like it was in 2022. Discussion can occur later about the date for
future poker runs. The group was in favor of the proposed dates.
2023 Membership Dues Motion
was made by Chris C. and seconded by John V. for 2023 dues to be maintained at
current levels of $20 per year for a regular membership and $10 per year for an
associate membership. There was some discussion about the amount of dues. Joe
L. suggested that $20 was very little; that most around the lake could afford
more, if we are looking to the future where we need large amounts of money to
control invasives. Others felt that raising dues in a time where we want to
increase membership would be counter-productive. John B. suggested that we keep
the dues as they are and establish a dedicated fund to deal with invasives. Deb
N. commented that the SLPA needs long-term strategy and suggested a 3–5-year
plan to address SLPA needs. Dick R. said that we need to deal with boats and
their launching into Star Lake from other bodies of water, which is likely going
to be how invasives get here. We have to deal with the problem NOW. John said
that there was a motion and second on the table and that we needed to vote.
Motion was carried and the dues remained unchanged for 2023.
Election of Officers for 2023
Steve G., made a
motion, seconded by Rose S., to elect John B. as president, Karen R. as
vice-president, Chris C. as treasurer, and Bo R. as secretary. There were no
other nominees. Motion was carried.
Chris C. provided some background information. We need to establish a committee
to oversee continuation of gardening activities around the community that became
the legacy of Daphne Henri-Foley. We need volunteers to establish a budget,
plan flower beds, buy flowers, plant, weed and otherwise maintain flower beds
around Star Lake. Joe R. said his wife Margie would talk to Sally C. about
helping with a plan for next summer. Funding will be from the Daphne
Henri-Foley Memorial Flower Fund, set up by her son Shane and administered by
Requests for SLPA Funding
John reminded the
group of the history of SLPA funding requests procedure and the decision at the
June, 2022 meeting to not donate member dues; but that some net profits from the
poker run may be used to meet donation requests. Net profits this year were
$239, which might be paid out to organizations requesting funding. The SOS
(Adirondack Exhibit Center), the Star Lake Rescue Squad and the Wilderness
Healthcare Foundation all made requests for donations. Per our procedure,
officers met to discuss the disposition of requests. They recommended that the
SOS request would result in the promotion of the SLPA (name on 5K tee shirts)
and would be treated as an expense; not a donation. Per recommendations of the
officers, motion was made by Rose S. and seconded by Dick R. to donate $100 to
the Star Lake Rescue Squad and $100 to the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation.
Motion was carried.
Business A lively dialog followed covering a number of topics. Pam
T. gave a brief justification for the WHF’s need to update its pamphlet.
Pam J. brought up
the amount of garbage that accumulates in Kilbourn and Sunset Bays from the
sandbar. Beer cans, food wrappers and dog feces were the main culprits. Beth
H. remarked about the number of renters and rafts; Joe R. said that it’s not
just renters, but some local offenders as well. Dogs on the sandbar for hours
(as well as their owners) added to the pollution problem. Loud music and dogs
barking incessantly in the vicinity of the sandbar (and around the lake) create
a nuisance and ruin the ambience of the lake. Karl W. said that the sandbar
wasn’t used as much in the past, but the Lake is much busier now.
Motion was made by Jan M., seconded by Dick R. to adjourn. Motion was carried
and the meeting was adjourned at 11:40 am.
submitted by Bo R., Secretary, Star Lake Protective Association.
Call to Order
The meeting was
called to order at 10:00 am by John B.. John introduced himself as the nominee
for president. The nomination had been made and tabled at the August 29, 2021
meeting. A quick vote was taken and John became the new president of the SLPA.
John spoke to
our loss of Daphne H-F. and how much she did for the SLPA and community. John
asked for a moment of silence to honor Daphne.
that the SLPA officers recommended, out of respect for Daphne, we not fill the
vice-president office until the August meeting. There was consensus support for
this recommendation and a vice president will be elected
at the August meeting.
officers are: John B., president; Chris C., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary.
There were 19 in attendance; 14 memberships were represented and a quorum was
Available: John told
attendees about the free literature dealing with invasive plants, loons, and
boater safety. In 2020, we created a tri-fold pamphlet, a 4-page excerpt from
the Star Lake Handbook (appropriate for renters) and an updated (to 2020)
insert to the Handbook, with a map and updated owners’ information.
Minutes: Minutes to
the August 28, 2021 meeting were available on the web site and on the tables. A
motion was made by Steve G.; seconded by Eileen B., to approve the minutes as
presented. Motion was carried.
Chris C. gave the Treasurer’s
Report. For the Operating Fund, beginning balance as of 8/28/21 was $11,411.83.
Revenues totaled $795 including $50 from 2021 dues, $620 from 2022 dues; and
$110 from donations. Expenses totaled $962.15 including payments for:
$500 donation to the Wilderness
Healthcare Foundation (approved at the 8/28/21 meeting), $148.04 for school and
property taxes, $121.83 reimbursement to Bo R. for various secretarial expenses,
and $192.28 for refreshments for 2 meetings. The ending balance, as of 6/25/22
There were also donations totaling
$1,120 into the newly established Daphne H-F. Memorial Restricted Fund for
There were 29 regular members and
4 associate members prior to the meeting. Ten additional members were recorded
at the meeting.
Motion was made by Joe R.;
seconded by Pam T., to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion was carried.
Social Committee Report—John
introduced Deb B., Social Committee Chairperson. Deb began by informing the
group that she would organize the poker run; but would not be able to continue
to head the social committee.
Deb said that the poker run would go on as scheduled on Saturday, August 13th.
She is seeking volunteers to staff the five locations around the lake where
cards will be drawn.
Lake Road and Shoreline
Cleanups Lake Road
cleanups will be held on Wednesday, July 6th and Wednesday, September
14th. The shoreline cleanup is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th.
Sign-up sheets were circulated and people signed up for the various events.
For the lake road cleanups, we will meet at the school parking lot at 9 am
sharp. For the shoreline cleanup, we will meet at the sandbar at 1:00 pm for
Annual Dinner Meeting
Much discussion followed
regarding the Annual Meeting and whether or not we should combine it with a
dinner or keep them separate, or if we should have a dinner at all, in light of
the fact that we have no social committee to organize it. Sue D. had offered
her home for the meeting and a pot-luck dinner, but said that she was unable to
organize the event.
John B. offered
to help Sue with the planning for the dinner event. Eileen B. said she would
help with the planning if the date could be moved to September.
Many agreed to the need for further planning and
information to follow.
No-Wake Zone Signs
At the June, 2021
meeting, 5 mph zones and direction of travel around the lake were discussed. It
was felt that there was a safety issue and a considerable erosion problem in
narrow bays and around Lulu Island. It was decided that we authorize lake
owners to design an appropriate sign and submit the design to the executive
committee for approval, and upon approval, the SLPA would pay for the reasonable
cost of said signs. No designs were submitted at the August meeting and John
asked if any designs were available at this time. Deb B. said she created a
sign which she passed around. Much discussion followed regarding speed
violators, children on jet skis and wrong-way traffic around the island. Some
felt that there was too much verbiage on the directional sign and that the sign
needed to be larger. LeeAnn S. made a motion for the SLPA to “create no-wake
zone and signs dealing with correct directionality of boats and rafts.
Homeowners impacted by those areas will be asked for written permission to post
sign on said property. Homeowners who rent will be afforded the opportunity to
have laminated copies to provide to renters for informational purposes. The
SLPA will provide funding for these signs.” Motion was seconded by Susan D. and
the motion was carried. It was decided that an e-mail mailing should go out to
all of the owners of rental properties that we know of with the PDF’s of the
signs attached and to ask the owners if they would like the laminated copies.
John will provide wording for the e-mail. Deb B. also noted that she will post
one of the directional signs on her own raft so that it is visible and suggested
that others may want to do the same thing.
John took a moment to talk about the FYI items on the agenda.
Update – The web site
www.slpa.info has been up for over 15 years now. The 2022 username and
password for the members’ area will change after July 1 and are in the agenda.
Abuse of DEC
Carry-on Access John
said this issue has been on-going. Misuse of the carry-on launch site with
swimming, loud partying, littering, profanity and trespassing on neighboring
properties have occurred.
John B. stated
that the SLPA is not a policing agency.
Neighbors should report abuses to the DEC or State
Police (phone numbers are on the agenda).
on Star Lake John
asked the group if they had heard or were aware of the rescue of a trapped loon
on the lake? Through collaborative efforts of members of the Star Lake Fire
Department and the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation last December, the
loon was captured and relocated to Lake Champlain’s open water. He described
the rescue, referred people to the link
www.adkloon.org and reminded the group about how lucky we were to have such
dedicated people in our community and the North Country.
Water Sampling Kit Needed
John spoke of the ALAP (Adirondack Lake Assessment Program) testing
program and how it was an essential part of the SLPA mission to monitor and
maintain the quality of one of the cleanest lakes in the Adirondacks. In 2021,
Mary W. and Richard R. agreed to undergo training to do the water sampling that
Mike and Mary Lou M. had done for many years. We were informed that the
equipment they used was outdated and needed to be replaced with a new ALAP
sampling kit. The cost is $400, contains all necessary equipment, and will last
for many years. A motion was made by Richard R.; seconded by LeeAnn S., to
purchase the sampling kit. The motion was carried.
S. Request for Funding
Joe R. thanked the SLPA for past
support and gave a brief history of the S. O. S. building project and the 5k
walk/run event, in its 16th year. He requested a $100 donation,
which in the past, got the SLPA some good publicity on the 5k T shirts. He said
that the race was a major fund raiser and this year, for each entry in the race,
a dollar will be contributed to the flower fund. In return for a contribution,
the SLPA will get its name on the T-shirts. Joe said that individuals and camps
could also contribute. Chris C. asked Joe if the 2022 contributions remained in
the SOS fund or were they donated to other groups. Joe said they did remain
with the SOS and were not contributed elsewhere. Rose S. made a motion,
seconded by Pam T., to contribute $100 to the SOS/Adirondack Exhibit Center’s 5K
walk/run. Motion was carried.
Boating Safety Certification Joe
R. gave some background of how he and Chuck Y. had become involved with teaching
the boaters’ safety certification course. He said they were no longer teaching
local courses; but that the boaters’ safety course could now be taken on-line
for $28 (NYS) or $38 (Coast Guard). Joe said that if you don’t operate a boat
outside New York, the NYS course is easier and it lets you proceed at your
convenience. The USCG course is more rigid (4 2-hour sessions) but is good all
over the United States. Joe said that by 2025, all boat operators, regardless
of age will need the certification. Beth H. said there were many violators in
south bay where she lives, from speeding to unsafe and underage operation of jet
skis. Currently all jet ski operators have to be over 14 and have to
have a boaters safety certificate. A question was raised about the liability of
landlords if a renter was in violation or if an accident happened. “Owners” of
the boat or jet ski are liable. Parents; not the kids who are driving underage
or illegally are responsible.
Lake Puzzle Joe R.
gave a brief history of the jig saw puzzle that was created as an SOS
fund-raiser. The puzzle is a 500-piece map of Star Lake with many pictures and
is for sale for $38.
Committee Steve G.
agreed to serve as a nominating committee and asked members to contact him if
interested in running for any office in the SLPA for 2023. We will need to fill
the vacant position of vice president. Elections will be held at the August
meeting. If anyone would like to make a nomination, they should contact Steve
before or at the August meeting.
Projects, Speakers, Topics
John suggested the possibility of a survey as a means of determining lake
community feelings toward the SLPA and or projects or activities for the future.
Deb B. reminded
members that she needed 5 locations for the poker run and recommended that at
least 3 people be at each location to draw and record cards and facilitate
ensued about the suggestion last August that instead of using “member dues” to
fund various requests for contributions, the net profits from the poker run
might be used to fill requests for contributions. Dick R. and other members
thought that it had been voted on. Chris C. read the pertinent excerpt from the
August 2021 minutes, which had just been approved:
“…Some suggested that
instead of a direct contribution, poker run profits might be used to fund the
WHF and other organizations like the S.O.S committee, the flowers and banners
committees and others who meet our criteria. Some felt that we should make the
contribution this year and discuss poker run profits next year.
Dick R. made a motion to contribute $500 to the
Wilderness Health Care Foundation. It was seconded by Steve G.” and the motion
was carried by a vote of 7-2 with 6 abstentions.
resulted from an on-going discussion that the SLPA was becoming a “donor” for
other fund-raising groups. While there was no question about the requesting
organizations’ value or benefit to the community, the amounts requested
represented significant amounts. It was felt that any SLPA dues spent should be
for the lake, per our by-laws and that is what members expected.
R. said that the poker run is our only fund-raising activity and that tying its
profits up for donations just added another layer of complexity to the process.
He suggested that we keep it simple. We already have an SLPA-approved procedure
for requesting donations from the SLPA. We should stick to the plan and
carefully evaluate the money request’s intended use and whether or not the
contribution meets the criteria under our by-laws.
Various strong opinions were expressed. After much discussion of how to reach a
possible compromise and consensus, LeeAnn S. suggested a motion that a
percentage of the net poker run profits be given to community organizations in
the Star Lake area. The distribution of those funds will be voted on during the
August meeting. Discussion of LeeAnn’s suggested motion followed. An amended
motion was made by John B.; seconded by Chris C. that we advertise that a
portion of the net profits from the poker run may be given to community
organizations in the Star Lake area that are in line with the mission of the
SLPA. The same request form would be used (after slight modification) and there
would no longer be a different process dependent on the amount of the
contribution. There was discussion that each year, the decision would be made
as to how much of the net profit would be distributed. The distribution of
those funds will be voted on during the August meeting. It was agreed,
therefore, that no donations would be made out of money collected from dues. A
vote was carefully taken and the results were 11 in favor and 3 opposed. The
motion was carried.
Motion was made to adjourn by Chris C.; seconded by Vito T.. Motion was carried
and the meeting was adjourned at 11:34 am. John thanked all who attended.
Respectfully submitted by Bo R.,
Those in attendance were:
Officers John B. (president),
Christine C. (treasurer), Bo R. (secretary); Steve G., Deb B., Joe R., LeeAnn
S., Susan D., Dick & Karen R., Beth H., Vito & Pam T., Gary & Rose S., Charles
C., Eileen B., Rey G., and Felicia M.. There were 19 attendees at the meeting;
14 voting memberships were represented.
The meeting of
the Star Lake Protective Association was called to order at 10:02 am by
President Mike S.. Mike welcomed everyone and introduced the 2021
officers. Eighteen people who attended in person introduced themselves;
one member attended via Zoom. Fifteen memberships were represented.
*A list of attendees is provided at the end of the minutes.
Available at the meeting were a number of pamphlets about loons,
Lake Handbook inserts and mini-handbooks, and brochures about invasive
species. Mike encouraged the group to take copies.
Approval of Minutes
There were no
comments regarding the minutes, which were available previously on the
web site and at the meeting. Motion was made by Deb B., seconded by
Daphne H., to approve the June 26, 2021 minutes. Motion was
Chris C. gave
the Treasurer’s Report. Beginning balance as of 6/26/21 was $11,096.13.
Revenues totaled $623.50 including $530 from 2021 dues, $65 from
donations, $13.50 from handbooks and $15 return of security deposit.
Expenses totaled $307.80 including payments for: $100 for SOS Race/Walk
Sponsorship, $100 for ADK Loon Friendly Lake Program, and $107.80 June
meeting expenses. The ending balance, as of 8/28/21 is $11,411.83.
There were 58 regular members and 8 associate members prior to the
chairperson of the committee, said that it was a difficult year, with
the pandemic necessitating cancellation of the poker run and the annual
dinner. Deb said the dinner, next year, needs to be re-evaluated. It
has become hard to plan, is very expensive, and there are few venues
available. Discussion followed including a suggested outdoor potluck
event, perhaps at Sue Persson’s house. The topic will be on next June’s
Deb said that
the decision to cancel the poker run was difficult; but the risk of
Covid spread was high, both at the registration, card stations and the
party afterwards. Next year, to try to avoid conflicts, the poker run
will be held July 23rd.
Lake Road and
Bo R. thanked those who participated in the clean-ups. He said
that the clean-ups went well; but participation was minimal and barely
adequate. A special “thanks” goes to Chris S. and his grandkids, who
cleaned a large stretch of shoreline in 3rd lake and had not
even signed up. There is one more road clean-up Wednesday, September 15th.
More volunteers are needed next year!
commented that these clean-ups satisfied one of the requirements of our
becoming a “loon-friendly certified lake” (see below).
Mike S. spoke about the
aquatic invasive species training that took place July 20th
at Bo’s house. Five people (Mary W., Dick R., Bo R., John
B. and Mike S.) were instructed by Brian Green, from Paul Smith’s
College. Instruction included how to recognize invasive plants such as
milfoils, water chestnut, and others. The lake was divided up among the
participants and the goal was to do a lake shoreline survey. Mary, who
agreed to compile results, said that the project was 2/3 complete and
would be done soon. Questions followed regarding purple loosestrife,
seen around the lake, what to do about it and who to report sightings
to. Mary agreed to be the contact person; but it was pointed out that
this was a terrestrial invasive plant, outside the scope of aquatic
invasive species detection. Daphne H. asked a question about
lily pads; most are native and non-invasive.
Mike S. reported that we have become a “loon-friendly certified”
lake. We have met most of the requirements. We now have a fish line
receptacle at the DEC carry-on site and John B. has agreed to empty
it periodically. Our three clean-ups will meet clean-up requirements of
the program. $100 was sent as a contribution to the program. We
received 3 pamphlets (which were available at the meeting) to be
distributed to members. Mike also spoke of the lead tackle buy-back
initiative, which is part of the program.
at DEC Carry-on Launch Site
When discussing problems
at the DEC site at the June meeting, it was pointed out that signs had
disappeared at the site. Mike called the DEC and after speaking with
many people, he found someone who would put up new signs describing
acceptable behavior and specifically, “no-swimming”. Signs have been
asked if there was an update. At the last meeting, it was agreed that
land owners could submit a design for approval and the SLPA would pay a
reasonable cost to have them made. There have been no designs submitted
so far, so no action was necessary.
Needed to take
over water quality testing program. Mike said that Mike and Mary Lou
M. had done this for many years now and were ready to “retire” and
have someone else do the sampling. As part of the Adirondack Lakes
Assessment Program (ALAP), samples are taken monthly for three months in
the summer and the samples are taken to and processed by Paul Smith’s.
In addition, for the past several years, we have also been testing for
fecal coliforms at various sites around the lake. These samples have to
be taken to a certified lab for testing within hours of the sampling.
We all felt that maintaining records of water quality is an important
function of the SLPA. In the end, Mary W. and Dick R. agreed to
be trained by Mike and Mary Lou, who had agreed to do testing for the
Bo R. said that the proposed
dates for next year were similar to this year’s events except the date
for the poker run, which was mentioned earlier. Normally the first
Saturday in August, the date had to be changed due to a community
conflict. Also, Deb (the organizer of the poker run) could not be
there. So, we will try a July date. The group was in favor of the
2022 Membership Dues Chris
C. said that the treasury is healthy and there is no need to raise
dues. Motion was made by Chris and seconded by Deb B. for 2022 dues
to be maintained at current levels of $20 per year for a regular
membership and $10 per year for an associate membership. Motion was
Election of Officers for 2022
our nominating committee of one, informed those who didn’t know, that
Mike S. was leaving the area. The group complimented Mike with a
round of applauds for a job well-done. Present officers have indicated
that they would be willing to serve another year, but we need a new
president. Steve said that he had talked to John B. about the
presidency and John was unsure that he wanted to do it. John was not at
the meeting, so Steve said that two motions would be made—one to elect
the three present officers and one to tentatively elect John. There
were no other nominees, so Steve proposed a 2022 slate with John B.
(tentatively) for president; Daphne H-F. for vice president;
Chris C. for treasurer and Bo R. for secretary. A motion was
made by Steve, seconded by Deb B., to nominate Daphne H. as
vice-president; Chris C. as treasurer; and Bo R. as Secretary.
Another motion was made by Steve, seconded by Mike B., to tentatively
nominate John B. as president, with the formal election vote to take
place at the June, 2022 meeting. Both motions were carried.
Request for Funding by the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation for $500
S. said that SLPA requirements for funding were met, so the request,
per our procedure, was placed on the agenda for discussion. Dick
was the member sponsor for this request.
spoke of the many accomplishments of the WHF, which is primarily a
fund-raising branch of the hospital. The SLPA, over the years, has
contributed over $1,500 to the WHF and the contribution request is now
being made annually, and not without controversy.
expected, much discussion followed. All agreed that the WHF is a worthy
organization and they have had many successful projects, some of which
have (sort of) benefitted the Lake. Those opposed to the contribution
felt that it was too much (represents the dues of 25 SLPA members), that
it, lacking a specific lake-oriented project, did not conform to the
mission of the by-laws of the SLPA, and was not an appropriate use of
member dues that were intended to be spent on lake improvements. Some
felt that the SLPA was becoming a funding branch of the WHF. It was
suggested that a pledge sheet be passed around and individuals could
pledge an individual contribution in lieu of an SLPA contribution. Some
suggested that instead of a direct contribution, poker run profits might
be used to fund the WHF and other organizations like the S.O.S
committee, the flowers and banners committees and others who meet our
criteria. Some felt that we should make the contribution this year and
discuss poker run profits next year.
reminded the group that there was to be only one vote per membership.
Those affiliated with the WHF or the hospital board should recuse
themselves due to a conflict of interest. Dick R. made a motion to
contribute $500 to the Wilderness Health Care Foundation. It was
seconded by Steve G. and a careful count of eligible votes resulted
in a 7 to 2 vote in favor of the resolution with 6 abstentions. So,
seven members decided to give away 25 (out of 58) members’ dues to
another not-for-profit organization. The motion was carried.
There was no other business.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:02 am.
Respectfully submitted by Bo R., Secretary, Star Lake Protective
*Attending this meeting
Daphne H., vice-president; Chris C., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary. Also attending were:
Steve G., Dick R.,
Joe R., Mary W., Deb and Mike B., Jan M., Beth H.,
Gary and Rose S., Rey G., Pam and Vito T., Susan P.
and Chris W. (via Zoom). Nineteen people attended the meeting. 15
memberships were represented. A quorum (according to SLPA By-laws)
consists of 10 members.
Call to Order
The meeting was
called to order at 10:00 am by Mike S., president. The officers were
introduced. Current officers are: Mike S., president; Daphne H.,
vice-president; Chris C., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary. Attendees introduced
themselves and indicated where they reside on the lake. There were 26 in
attendance; 20 memberships were represented.
Available: Mike told
attendees about the free literature dealing with invasive plants and boater
safety. In 2020, we created a tri-fold pamphlet, a 4-page excerpt from the
Star Lake Handbook (appropriate for renters) and an updated (to 2020) insert
to the Handbook, with a map and updated owners’ information. We were
unable to distribute them due to Covid and Zoom meetings last year.
Minutes: Minutes to
the June 27, 2020 and August 29, 2020 meeting were available on the web site and
at the meeting (the June meeting minutes were not approved in August, due to
lack of a quorum). A motion was made by Deb B., seconded by Mike B., to approve
both meeting minutes as presented. Motion was carried.
Report: Chris C. gave
the Treasurer’s Report. Beginning balance as of 8/29/20 was $10,753.67.
Revenues totaled $940 including $100 from 2020 dues, $710 from 2021 dues; and
$130 from donations. Expenses totaled $597.54 including payments for: $157.91
for school and property taxes; and $361.96 reimbursement to Bo R. for various
expenses (including $259 for 3 more years of website hosting). The ending
balance, as of 6/26/21 is $11,096.13. There were 33 regular members and 8
associate members prior to the meeting. Motion was made by Deb B.; seconded by
Mike B., to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion was carried.
Social Committee Report—Mike
introduced Deb B. as the new Social Committee Chairperson. Mike thanked those
who participated in the SLPA events in the past and sought volunteers for the
committee. Karen R., Daphne H. and Katie D. volunteered to help.
Annual Dinner Meeting Deb
B. has checked around and there is a problem finding a place to have the
dinner. After investigating options, Twin Lakes Hotel is the best option. We
are limited to 40. Deb will check on menus and prices. Discussions about
alternative venues followed later in the meeting. Motion was made by Deb B.,
Seconded by Steve G., to select Twin Lakes as the venue for our annual dinner.
Motion was carried. Chris C. mentioned our past subsidizing of members’ meals;
the group generally did not favor this, so everyone will pay full price.
Deb began by saying that we should postpone the poker run for one more year.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, she didn’t feel that we could do it safely this
year. Social distancing would not be possible and it’s not worth the risk.
There was some discussion about a date conflict with the golf tournament and
possible alternative activities. Motion was made by John B., seconded by Mike
B. to postpone the 2021 Poker Run and investigate alternative dates for the 2022
Poker Run. Motion was carried.
Lake Road and Shoreline
Cleanups Lake Road
cleanups will be held on Wednesday, July 7th and Wednesday, September
15th. The shoreline cleanup is scheduled for Wednesday, August 11th.
Sign-up sheets were circulated and people signed up for the various events. For
the lake road cleanups, we will meet at the school parking lot at 9 am sharp.
For the shoreline cleanup, we will meet at the sandbar at 1:00 pm for
Buoys Mike gave some
background of the problem and what he has done to investigate buying buoys.
Obstacles include the following: a floating object permit would need to be
obtained from the DEC; buoys must be deployed in a designated no-wake zone; the
sheriff must sign off; and the cost is prohibitive. So, the discussion turned
to other possible solutions. Extensive discussion followed. Should we pursue
the buoys? Some pointed out that there was much erosion, particularly around
the island. Others said that the shoreline hadn’t been impacted in 50 years.
Who would patrol and enforce the speed and direction of travel? “Educate and
inform” the lake community is a better solution. Renters could be targeted with
the mini handbook, which has a map of the lake with all the no-wake zones and
direction of travel indicated. A targeted mailing to those who rent properties
was suggested. It was decided that a committee should design 5-mph and
direction of traffic signs that could be placed in appropriate spots (with
owners’ permission). A motion was made by Steve G., seconded by Deb B., to not
pursue the no-wake buoys. Motion was carried. A second motion was made by
Steve G., seconded by Mike B., to authorize owners to design an appropriate sign
and submit the design to the executive committee for approval, and upon
approval, the SLPA will pay for the reasonable cost of said signs. Motion was
carried. Karl W., Bill C. and Deb agreed to work on the signs.
Species Training Mike
S. gave a S. background about invasives and how Star Lake has been found to
be pristine regarding invasive species. We need to continue to monitor the
lake. Brian Greene, from the APIPP (Adirondack Park Invasive Plants Program)
has agreed to hold a training session in Star Lake on July 20th at
9:30 am. Volunteers are needed to participate in the training to facilitate the
monitoring of our shorelines. Dick R., Bo R., Mike S., Karl W. and John B.
agreed to attend. Dick R. also pointed out that his missing kayak was found.
Update – Bo R. said
that the SLPA web site at
www.slpa.info has been up for over 14 years, since March, 2007. Bo has
added more pictures in ‘Tis the season, making 12 full years of seasonal
pictures of the lake in chronological order. Bo reported that the 2021 username
and password for the members’ area will remain the same as in 2020 and are in
the agenda. Mike praised the website and all the content; the group agreed with
a round of applauds.
with DEC Carry-on Access
Mike said this issue has been
on-going. Often, local people misuse the carry-on launch site with swimming,
loud partying, littering, profanity and trespassing on neighboring properties.
Mike said there were no longer usage signs at the DEC Access site, where there
used to be, as part of the original agreement with Dr. Baltazar, the land
owner. Deb B. said that the noise and foul language were very bad; others in
Post Office Bay agreed. She had reported it repeatedly and no one responded!
Nonetheless, neighbors should report abuses to the DEC or State Police (phone
numbers are on the agenda). Mike said he would call the DEC about the lack of
signage and problems at the site.
Update – Bo R. reported
that we have again acquired a nuisance permit from the DEC to deal with the
Canada Geese problem.
Loon Friendly Lake Certification
Mike said the ACLC
(Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation) is sponsoring The Adirondack
Loon-Friendly Lake Certification program, which “promotes community-based
environmental stewardship to better protect loons and their aquatic habitats.”
The SLPA, if we joined, would receive signs for access areas, fish line disposal
containers, nesting area notification, loon rescues and possibly, grant money.
In return, we would agree to 2-3 lake cleanups, brochures to renters, and $100
donation to the ACLC. Motion was made by John B., seconded by Sue D. to donate
the $100 and join the program. Some discussion took place regarding signs near
nesting loons and fireworks. John B. agreed to maintain/empty the fish line
container. Motion was carried.
Water Quality Mike
S. spoke of the ALAP (Adirondack Lake Assessment Program) testing results
which were summarized on the back of the agenda. The full ALAP report can be
The lake is in very good shape, with no new alarming trends. Mike commended
Mike and Mary Lou M. for their many years of testing. He said that they would
like to “retire” and asked if there were any volunteers to take over the ALAP
testing program. There were no volunteers.
S. Request for Funding
Joe R. gave a brief history of the
S. O. S. building project and the 5k walk/run event. He requested a $100
donation, which in the past, got the SLPA some good publicity on the 5k T
shirts. He said that the race was a major fund raiser that helped with expenses
keeping the Adirondack Exhibit Center open and operating. There was no race
last year, due to Covid and the treasury was near empty. In return for a
contribution, the SLPA will get its name on the T-shirts. Joe said that
individuals and camps could also contribute. Dick R. made a motion, seconded by
Pam T., to contribute $100 to the Adirondack Exhibit Center. Motion was
carried. Joe thanked the group for the continued support for the 5K race.
Daphne H. commended Joe and Margie R. for all the work they have done with the
Adirondack Exhibit Center as well as flowers and banners around the community.
Boating Safety Certification Joe
R. reported that the boaters’ safety course could be taken on-line for $30 (NYS)
or $35 (Coast Guard). Joe said that if you don’t operate a boat outside New
York, the NYS course is easier and it lets you proceed at your convenience. The
USCG course is more rigid (4 2-hour sessions) but is good all over the United
States. All boat operators who were born on or after May 1, 1996 need to take
one of the courses. Joe said that by 2025, all boat operators, regardless of
age will need the certification. Joe was doubtful that a local course would be
offered due to Covid.
Committee Mike S. is
moving in September and we need a new President. Steve G. asked group members
to contact him if interested in running for office in the SLPA for 2022. Other
current officers are willing to serve for next year. Elections will be held at
the August meeting. If anyone would like to make a nomination, they should
contact Steve before the August meeting.
Projects, Speakers, Topics
There were no suggestions.
There was discussion about new business rumors in Star Lake. Bill C. said the
Dollar General was delayed because of a failed building inspection. A Jreck Sub
shop will be operated in the Golf Clubhouse and we are getting an ice cream
Dick R. put in a plug for local non-profit charitable organizations;
specifically, the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation.
Motion was made to adjourn by Dick R.; seconded by Mike B.. Motion was carried
and the meeting was adjourned at 11:41 am. Mike thanked all who attended.
Respectfully submitted by Bo R.,
Those in attendance were:
Officers Mike S. (president),
Daphne H. (vice president), Christine C. (treasurer), Bo R. (secretary); Laurie
S., Steve G., Deb & Mike B., Joe R., Susan D., John B., Kate & Joe D-L, Jan &
Pat M., Dick R., Doug & Wendy D., Beth H., Pam T., Luke M., Chris W., Bill C.,
Don B., Chris M., and Karl W.. There were 26 attendees at the meeting; 20
voting memberships were represented.