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August 26, 2023 Annual Meeting Adirondack Exhibit Center (SOS)

Call to Order

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 represented.  

Available Literature  A number of pamphlets about loons, boater safety, Star Lake Handbook inserts, and brochures about invasive species were available.

Opening 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 working.

Approval of Minutes  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.

Treasurer’s Report  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.

Guest 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 infestations.

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.  

Committee Reports  

Long-Term 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.   

Water 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”. 

Agency 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.

Membership  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.

Poker Run  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.

Linda G. 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.

Facebook  John said that Deb N. was not here but that the page was up and running. 

Fundraising  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.

Website  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.

Old Business

Lake Road 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.

No Wake 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.

Invasive 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.

New Business

2024 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 Restricted Fund.  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. 

Other Business 

Chris C. 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.

Kate D-L 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.

Adjournment Motion was made by Deb B., seconded by Jim W. to adjourn.  Motion was carried and the meeting was adjourned at 12:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Bo R., Secretary, Star Lake Protective Association.

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June 24, 2023 Regular Meeting Adirondack Exhibit Center (SOS)

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 am by president John B.. 

Current 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 Available:  Literature dealing with invasive plants, loons, and boater safety was available for the taking. 

Approval of Minutes:  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 carried.   

Treasurer’s Report:  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.  

Committee Reports—John moderated reports of the standing SLPA committees:

Long-term Planning & Strategy-Deb 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 June. 

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 committee.

Agency Partnerships for Water Quality/Invasive Species-John B.  John said his committee had not yet met; would meet soon and report in August.

Membership-Kate 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 B. asked about the Bargain H. to advertise meetings and events; “yes” that was being done.

Poker Run-Trudy 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.   

Facebook-Deb N.  The SLPA Facebook page has been up since November, 2022.  The link to the page is https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100087122967789.  The 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.

501(c)3 Exploration-Deb 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.  

Invasive Species-Mary 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.   

Social Activities-Trudy 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. 

Fundraising-Trudy 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.

Communications-Deb N.  There was no report given.

Website-Bo 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”.

Old Business

Abuse of DEC Carry-on Access  John 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.

New Business

Requests for Funding  There were no requests at this time. 

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.    

Nominating Committee  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. 

Other Business 

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 testing.

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.

Boat washing  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!

Dedicated Fund  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 taken.

No Wake/5 mph signs  Karen R. 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. 

A Reminder…  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. 

Yoga Classes-Pam T. said that yoga classes were on hold until they located a new instructor.  

Adjournment 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:  Officers John 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.

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August 27, 2022 Annual Meeting Minutes Star Lake Community Center

Call to Order

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.

Available Literature  Available at the meeting were a number of pamphlets about loons, Star Lake Handbook inserts and mini-handbooks, and brochures about invasive species. 

Approval of Minutes  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.

Treasurer’s Report  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 carried.

Committee Reports  

Water 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 tested. 

Poker Run  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 species.

Old Business

Letter to 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.

No-Wake Zone 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 own properties.

New Business

2023 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.

Flower Planting/Maintenance  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 the SLPA.   

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.

Other 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.

Adjournment  Motion was made by Jan M., seconded by Dick R. to adjourn.  Motion was carried and the meeting was adjourned at 11:40 am.

Respectfully submitted by Bo R., Secretary, Star Lake Protective Association.

 

June 25, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes Star Lake Community Center

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.  John stated 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.

Current 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 present.

Literature 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. 

Approval of 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.   

Treasurer’s Report:  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 is $11,244.68.

There were also donations totaling $1,120 into the newly established Daphne H-F. Memorial Restricted Fund for Flowers.

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. 

Poker Run  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 assignments.

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.   

Old Business

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.

Informational Items  John took a moment to talk about the FYI items on the agenda.

SLPA Website Update – The web site at 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).

Loon Rescue 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.    

New Business

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. O. 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.

Star 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.

Nominating 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. 

Suggested 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.   

Other Business  

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 docking. 

A discussion 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.

The suggestion 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. 

Bo 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.

Adjournment 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., SLPA Secretary

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.

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August 28, 2021 Annual Meeting Minutes Star Lake Community Center/Zoom

Call to Order

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 Literature  Available at the meeting were a number of pamphlets about loons, Star 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 carried.

Treasurer’s Report  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 meeting.

Social Committee Report  Deb B., 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 meeting agenda.

Poker Run  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 Shoreline Clean-ups  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!

Mike S. commented that these clean-ups satisfied one of the requirements of our becoming a “loon-friendly certified lake” (see below).

Old Business

Invasive Species Training  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.

Loon Friendly Lake  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. 

New Signage 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 placed.

No-Wake Zone Signs  Mike 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.

Volunteers 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 2022 year. 

New Business

2022 Proposed Calendar  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 proposed dates.

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 carried.

Election of Officers for 2022  Steve G., 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  Mike S. said that SLPA requirements for funding were met, so the request, per our procedure, was placed on the agenda for discussion.  Dick R. was the member sponsor for this request.

Dick 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. 

As 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. 

Mike 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.

Other Business  There was no other business.

Adjournment  The meeting was adjourned at 11:02 am.

Respectfully submitted by Bo R., Secretary, Star Lake Protective Association.

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*Attending this meeting were:  Mike S., president; 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.

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June 26, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes Star Lake Community Center

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.

Literature 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.

Approval of 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.

Treasurer’s 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.

Poker Run  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 assignments.

Old Business

No-Wake Zone 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.

Invasive 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.

SLPA Website 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.

Problems 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.

Canada Geese Update – Bo R. reported that we have again acquired a nuisance permit from the DEC to deal with the Canada Geese problem.

New Business

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 found at https://static1.squarespace.com/static/606343fd0a14063b1d8c1560/t/60a537df59fb433826f2359b/1621440523319/ALAP+2020.pdf.  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. O. 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.

Nominating 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.

Suggested Projects, Speakers, Topics  There were no suggestions.

Other Business

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 shop.

Dick R. put in a plug for local non-profit charitable organizations; specifically, the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation.

Adjournment 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., SLPA Secretary

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.

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