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Note:  Last names of members have been abbreviated to insure their privacy.

June 1, 2019 Letter to Lake Owners

Follow the link to a pdf copy of the 2019 Spring Mailing to all Star Lake property owners.

August 24, 2019 Annual Dinner Meeting Minutes The Haven of Star Lake

August 24, 2019 Annual Dinner Meeting at The Haven of Star Lake

Call to Order

The meeting of the Star Lake Protective Association was called to order at 6:03 pm by President Vito T. after a “meet and greet” cocktail hour at The Haven of Star Lake’s main lodge.

Vito welcomed everyone and introduced the 2019 officers.  60 attended, 30 memberships were represented.  *a list of attendees is provided at the end of the minutes.

Available Literature: Vito told the group that in addition to the latest New York State Boaters’ Guide, there were many new brochures about invasive species.  Vito encouraged all to take, read, and share copies with others.  Star Lake Handbooks were also available for sale.

Vito asked for a moment of silence to recognize the passing of Tess G., who was treasurer of the SLPA for 25 years.

Approval of Minutes  Bo R. said that copies were available on tables for members to read.  Katie D. made a motion; seconded by Deb B., to approve the minutes of the June 29, 2019 Regular Meeting, as presented.  With no discussion, the motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report  Chris C. gave the Treasurer’s Report.  Beginning balance as of 6/29/19 was $8,533.45.  Revenues were $720.00 from dues; $30 from donations/contributions; $700 from memorial donations (Pat Neptune), $10 from the sale of SL Handbooks, $1,180.00 received for dinner and $565 from the Poker Run.  Revenues totaled $3,205.00.  Payments included: a $100 donation paid to Joe R. to sponsor the SOS 5-K walk/run t-shirts; $38.88 paid to Daphne H. for June meeting refreshments; a $500.00 deposit to the Haven for the 8/24/2019 dinner; a $38.00 Bank fee; a $130.75 reimbursement to Bo R., which included $91 in spring mailing expenses; $15.00 for 7/29/19 meeting costs; $7.95 for annual anonymous domain registration fee for the web site and $16.80 for two ads in the Bargain Hunter for the meeting.  Total expenses were $807.63.  The ending balance, as of August 24th, 2019 is $10,930.82, which does not include the remaining cost of dinner. 

There were 66 members and 5 associate members prior to the meeting.  Five more members paid at the meeting, bringing the total membership to 76 as of 8/24.  Motion was made by Deb B., seconded by Linda G., to approve the treasurer’s report.  The motion was carried.

Old Business

Social Committee Report 

Poker Run  Deb B. reported that the 15th Annual Poker Run, held August 3rd, was a great success with a record number of hands (173).  Deb has volunteered to take over planning the poker run from the G.s, who had done it for 14 years.  There were many positive comments from the group.  This year’s theme was “holidays” and many were represented.  Deb said that the new format worked well and we need to work on the procedure for voting for the best decorations.

The weather was hot and sunny and a great party followed on the sandbar.  Vito thanked all who were involved with the planning this year and in the past.  Card station volunteers (Marty R., Lenny & Linda G., Rodger H., Pat & Carol S., and Joe & Margie R.) were also thanked for their efforts. 

Lake Road Clean-ups  Vito thanked those who participated in the road cleanup and said that there was still time to sign up for the September 10th final clean-up. 

Lake Shoreline Clean-up  Bo R. said that the shoreline cleanup was successful, in spite of a poor turnout.  Sue (P.) D. in her kayak, Chris C. and Steve G. in their canoe, Mike and Laurie S. in their canoe, Chris S. in his boat, and Bo and Vito, on Bo’s raft, cleaned up as much shoreline as they could.  Bo said that most of the Lake’s shoreline was covered.  Mostly beer cans and worm containers were picked up.  More volunteers are needed next year!

Request of SLPA Funding  Pam T. spoke of all the good things the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation is doing for the community and requested that the SLPA donate $500 to the group.  As there was considerable debate at the June meeting, there was little discussion.  Steve G. made the motion to donate $500, seconded by Linda G. and the motion was carried.

New Business

2019 Proposed Calendar  Vito directed the group’s attention to the back of the agenda which contained suggested dates for next year.  Bo R. suggested that there are probably many people who are not in town the weekend before the 4th of July and the weekend before Labor Day.  Those members are therefore not able to attend the two meetings.  Also, many members are not available during the week for cleanups.  There was some discussion about the proposed dates which keep the meetings the week before the holidays and the cleanups during the week.  Deb B. said that she was “ok” with the date for next year’s poker run.  The group was in favor of the rest of the dates.  Officers will give the final “ok” on the proposed dates.

2019 Membership Dues  Chris C. indicated that we have maintained a healthy balance and the current level of dues is adequate to conduct our business.  There was some discussion (as in the past) about the checkbook balance and whether or not we should spend more.  Some felt it was too much; others thought we should maintain a large balance, in case a major expenditure came up, like having to deal with invasive species control.  A motion was made by Chris C., seconded by Deb B., to keep member dues at $20 per year and associate member dues at $10 per year.  The motion was passed and dues shall remain at current levels.

Election of Officers for 2019  Steve G., our nominating committee of one, asked if there were any nominations from the floor.  Vito T. had indicated that he would not run for another term.  Steve thanked Vito for his ten years of service to the SLPA.  Steve said that Mike S. has agreed to run for president.  The other officers had indicated that they would be willing to serve for another year.  There were no other nominees, so Steve proposed a slate with Mike S. as president; Daphne H. for vice president; Chris C. for treasurer and Bo R. for secretary.  Steve made a motion for the secretary to cast one ballot for the slate of officers proposed for 2020.  It was seconded and the motion to accept the slate as presented was carried.

Social Committee Needs Volunteers  Vito said that, due to some recent resignations from the committee, we are in need of volunteers. 

Other Business  Several comments and ideas were made by members.

Joe R. said that he and Chuck Y. graduated a class of students from the Boaters’ Safety course, most from Star Lake.  By 2025, everyone will need a certificate to operate a boat or jet ski according to a new law passed, regardless of age.

Dave B. brought up the reassessment to take place soon.  Mark Hall had described it at the June meeting.  Dave said that the reassessment would affect the 2020 taxes and that a property owner could object to the new value after the notice was received or could go through the “protest” procedure.  Chris C. said that we were assessed at 81% of market value currently and would be assessed at 100%.  Tax dollars should not be confused with assessment dollars.  Tax dollars depend on the budgets to be supported by those taxes.

Jon B. made several comments/recommendations.  First, people who rent need to use the boat wash if launching in Star Lake.  Second, there are many rafts and boats that are not registered and we are risking a DEC or sheriff crack down and perhaps a greater law enforcement presence on the Lake.  He suggested that the procedure for registering a raft be included in a newsletter.  Bo R. suggested that it could go on the web site.  Mike S. suggested a tri-fold brochure with info from the SL Handbook, to be handed out to renters.

Katie D. made some suggestions as to how we might increase membership through posters and communications with new property owners.  Pam T. suggested reaching out to people you know and speak about the SLPA as a positive organization.  Other good suggestions were made.  Kate, Erin B., Trudy C. and Lucy V. agreed to work on a membership committee.

Adjournment  Motion was made by Dave B., seconded by Mike S., to adjourn at 6:45 pm.  The motion was carried and a record-breaking short meeting came to an end.  A great dinner followed and was enjoyed by all.  Music was provided by “Blind Andy” for dancing.   

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

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June 29, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes Adirondack Exhibit Center

June 29, 2019 Regular Meeting at the Adirondack Exhibit Center

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 am by Vito T., president.  President Vito thanked the social committee for the refreshments.  The officers were introduced.  Current officers are:  Vito T., president; Daphne H-F., vice-president; Chris C., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary.  There were 27 in attendance; 20 memberships represented.

Thanks to Social Committee  Vito thanked Daphne and the social committee for the work that they have done in the past and for the refreshments for the meeting.

Literature Available:  Vito reminded members to take copies of boater safety pamphlets and literature from the APIPP (Adirondack Park Invasive Plants Program) about invasive species.      

Cards Circulated  Vito passed two cards around for members to sign.  One was for Tess G.’s 96th birthday and the other was a get-well card for Richard R., who is dealing with health issues.

Moment of Silence  Vito asked that there be a moment of silence for Rovie H. and Pat Neptune, both of whom recently passed away.

Approval of Minutes:  Minutes to the August 25, 2018 meeting were available for discussion.  A motion was made by Chris C., seconded by Deb B., to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion was carried.   

Introduction of Attendees  Vito asked the group to introduce themselves and indicate where they are located on the lake.

Treasurer’s Report:  Chris C. gave the Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance as of 8/25/18 was $7,719.40.  Receipts totaled $2,290.00, including $200 from 2018 dues, $670 from 2019 dues, $90 from contributions, $450 from memorial donations (Pat Neptune), $5 for a SL Handbook and $875 from members for dinner at last August’s meeting.  Expenses totaled $1,475.95, including $920 to the Haven at Star Lake for the balance due for dinners at last August’s meeting; $320 to Mary Lou M. to reimburse water testing costs; school taxes paid were $76.22, land taxes were $109.73. $50 was paid for annual membership dues in the Adirondack Lake Alliance (ALA).  The closing balance as of 6/29/2019 was $8,533.45, which didn’t include dues received at the meeting.  Prior to June 29th, there were 33 paid members and one associate member.  10 more members paid at the meeting.  Chris made note that for the August 2018 dinner meeting, $875 was collected; but, $1,140 was paid out, leaving a deficit of $245. Motion was made by Deb B.; seconded by Katie D-L. to accept the treasurer’s report.  Motion was carried.   

Social Committee Report—Daphne thanked all who participated in the clean-ups in the past. She passed around sign-up sheets for 2019 SLPA cleanup events (dates on agenda).  Daphne also asked for more volunteers for the social committee, as we are down to only two members. 

Annual Dinner Meeting Plans were discussed for Saturday, August 24th. There was a lengthy discussion regarding the cost of last year’s meal.  In the past, the SLPA subsidized members’ meal costs and also paid for guest speakers’ meals.  Chris C. said that we lost $245.00 on the meal.  Deb B. questioned whether or not it was an appropriate use of member dues and felt that dues should be spent “on the lake”.  Daphne agreed.  Eileen B. thought that more people might attend if meal was subsidized.  Chris C. pointed out that there were 56 people for dinner last year, a fairly large number.  Bo R. noted that we originally offered a discount for members as a member benefit to encourage more to join the SLPA.  Discussion followed.  Some felt that it was an expensive meal and we could go elsewhere and/or get other quotes.  Warren (from the Haven) said that his wife, who arranges meals, might not be back by August as she is undergoing cancer treatment.  Arrangements might have to be different this year.  Daphne made a motion, seconded by Deb B., to discontinue subsidizing members for meals, so that all will pay the same price.  Motion was carried.  Further discussion:  Sue P. suggested a drawing/give away to attract more to the meeting.  Bo suggested she join the social committee, bringing its membership to 3.

Poker Run  Deb B., who is taking over the organization of the Poker Run, thanked Steve G., Chris C. and Tess G. and all others involved for the 13 years that it has run.  On August 3rd, registration will be at the sandbar from 12 to 1 pm as in the past.  This year, in order to eliminate the bottle-neck at the sandbar, registrants will each draw a card at each station and it will be recorded on their registration card.  Winning hands will then be determined later at the sandbar.  “Holidays” will be this year’s theme.  Deb asked for station volunteers.  Discussion followed.  Bill Colucci noted that there was again a conflict with the golf tournament.  Dave B. said that there might not be a conflict next year.  Deb provided more details about the poker run.  She stated that a couple rafts were needed for registration; Bo & Vito said they would be there with rafts to help. 

Lake Road Cleanups Sign-up sheets for the two cleanups were circulated earlier.  Lake Road cleanups will be held on Tuesday, July 10th and Tuesday, September 11th.  Dates were changed to avoid weekend conflicts.  We will meet at the school parking lot at 9 am sharp.  Daphne thanked those who signed up in the past. 

Lake Shore Cleanup  This year, we will hold another lake shore cleanup, to be held Tuesday, August 14th.  Volunteers will meet at the sandbar at 1 pm where we will decide what shoreline areas each will cover.

Old Business

SLPA Website Update – Bo R. said that the SLPA web site at www.slpa.info has been up for over 12 years, since March, 2007.  Bo has added more pictures in ‘Tis the season, making 10 full years of seasonal pictures in chronological order.  Bo reported that the 2019 username and password for the members’ area are in the agenda. The same username/password is used to view the web cam live.

Problems with DEC Carry-on Access  Vito said this issue has been on-going.  Often, local people misuse the carry-on launch site by swimming, partying, littering, and trespassing on neighboring properties.  Neighbors should report abuses to the DEC or State Police (phone numbers are on the agenda).

Canada Geese Update – Bo R. reported that we have acquired a nuisance permit once again to deal with the Canada Geese problem.  The permit was issued based on the fact that there were health concerns regarding possible pollution of our drinking water and our beaches and the sandbar.  Thanks to one of our lake neighbors, the local population has been dwindling.  Discussion followed as to how we might “thank” the individual, ranging from a free meal at the meeting, to reimbursement for costs, to a free membership in the Association.  Steve G., seconded by Sue P., motioned that we invite him to dinner at the August meeting.  Motion was carried.  It was pointed out that, due to the sensitivity of the issue, the individual might not want to be singled out.    

New Business

Trout Lake Tours  Tom Russell invited our group again to join them on two tours being organized this summer.  Vito said that all info has been included in the agenda and also in a hand-out passed around.  This year, a beer-tasting tour to Tupper Lake and a wine and spirits tasting tour will go to the Clayton area.  Rey G. volunteered to receive the money for the bus and make a list for Tom as to who is committed to going.  This year, Tom said that the bus would be a luxury tour bus and that the money charged was solely to pay for the bus, at its cost.  There would be no refunds after the cut-off date.

Nominating Committee  Steve G. asked the group members to contact him if there was any interest in running for office in the SLPA for 2020; elections to be held at the August meeting.  Steve asked for nominations from the floor; there were none.  If anyone would like to make a nomination, they should contact Steve before the August meeting.

FYI Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) Water Testing Results  Bo referred members to the Star Lake water quality test results summarized on the back of the agenda.  The full ALAP report can be found at http://www.adkwatershed.org/sites/default/files/alap_2018_v1_web.pdf (p. 148).  The lake is in very good shape, with no new alarming trends.  Bo commended Mike and Mary Lou M. for their continuing contributions to the water testing program.  The M.s sample water three times per summer at two locations and partner with the ALAP person from Cranberry Lake to alternate delivering samples to Paul S.’s in Saranac Lake for analysis.  They also have been taking water samples at various locations, testing for fecal coliforms.  The M.s also participate in the Loon survey, representing Star Lake.  Bo said that their contributions are vital to the Lake and they should be thanked by all.  Steve G. made a motion, seconded by Linda T., to provide dinner for Mike and Mary Lou for the August meeting.  Motion was carried.  

Adirondack Exhibit Center Funding Request  Joe R. thanked the SLPA for past support of their 5K walk/run.  Joe asked that the SLPA sponsor the race with a $100 donation.  The $100 would get the SLPA onto the tee-shirts made each year.  Joe mentioned that individuals and camps could also make a donation of $25 and get on the shirt.  A motion was made by Deb B., seconded by Joe L., for the SLPA to once again support the S.O.S. 5K walk/run with a $100 donation.  The motion was carried.

Boating Safety Course  Joe R. reported that the boater’s safety course could be taken on-line for $28 or locally, as he and Chuck Y. will again offer the course.  No date has been established yet.  If interested, people should contact him at 315-848-5326.  Information can be obtained at the SLPA web site at slpa.info or at https://www.boaterexam.com/usa/newyork/.  The law requires that all jet-ski operators must be 14 or older and must pass the boater safety course.  New York law states that parents will be held liable for infractions by jet ski operators under 14.  Parents will get the tickets, points, fines; not the child or juvenile.  Joe said 3 had signed up so far.  Vito reminded people of the free NYS boat wash station to help keep invasives from the lake.  Joe also asked if anyone was missing a floating dock.  Carl M. has it tied up at his property.

Other New Business?  Vito asked if there was any other new business.  Pam T. requested a $500 donation for the Wilderness Heath Care Foundation and passed around a pamphlet.  Much discussion followed.  Bo R. pointed out that $500 placed a financial burden on the treasury, representing the dues of 25 members, about a third of all member dues.  He and others felt that $500 was a lot of money, given that we had already donated $1,000 to the Foundation in the past.  Bo and Chris C. pointed out that the new procedure for requesting SLPA donations was not followed and the request must be denied or tabled.  More discussion followed.  Vito said that it was a worthy organization.  Pam said that this was a small community and its groups needed to support one another.  Mike S. felt that the donation request was too much and perhaps should be lowered.  Dave B. felt we should support (and we have) the hospital and its services.  Chris C. pointed out that the WHF requested access to our database of lake owners and we, after discussion, allowed it for the sole purpose of soliciting individual donations and this seems like double-jeopardy in a way, as all Lake owners are on that list.  Vito noted that we had over $8,000 in the treasury and that we could probably afford it.  Bo read Article 2 of the SLPA By-laws which states that “The purpose of the Association is to promote the protection and improvement of Star Lake and the surrounding property and environment.”  He said that donations have been handed out freely in the past, leading to the necessity for the Procedure for SLPA Funding Requests that was approved at the June, 2018 meeting.  Bo pointed out that there are many worthy organizations but, member dues are entrusted to us and we should make sure that the dues are spent appropriately, according to our mission.  Jan M. stated that that $8,000 may be needed for some lake crisis in the future.  He suggested that we need the money to “take care of the lake.”   Daphne noted that $8,000 wouldn’t go very far if there were invasive plant species introduced into the lake.  Most agreed.  Deb B. pointed out that WHF donations can be designated to a specific cause and that $200-$250 might be a more reasonable request.  The request was tabled until the next meeting, assuming that procedures are followed. 

Suggested Projects, Speakers, Topics  

Pam T. suggested a tick prevention program for a future meeting.  Laurie S. suggested that we ask Dr. Nina Schoch, executive director for the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (Saranac Lake) to make a presentation at one of our meetings.  Vito suggested contacting her for our August meeting.  Mike S. said he would invite her.  Deb B. suggested the tick prevention program for next June as it would be more timely.  Doug D. spoke of problems with banks requiring flood insurance due to faulty maps.  He suggested that others might have the same problem in his neighborhood along Pine Street.  He also inquired about the recent property reassessment.  Mark H. spoke to the issue.  He said that current data collection was part of the reassessment.  He said that higher assessment doesn’t mean higher taxes and that we shouldn’t be too worried about the assessment process underway.  Pay attention but don’t over-react.  We should receive a notification as to what the new estimated market value of our property is and we can then go and discuss it with the Assessor.  Chris C. pointed out that presently, we are assessed at only 81% of our market value.  Mark said that the process would be complete by 2020.  Pat M. praised Mark for his hard work on the soon-to-be completed Water District Project and the newly-paved roads.  Mark said the roads were not part of the water project, but were State subsidized.  He said that ours was designated “Water Project of the Year" by New York State, a great honor.  Mark said that our filtration system is “state of the arts”, very high-tech and very effective. 

Other Business There was no other business.

Adjournment Motion was made to adjourn by Deb B.; seconded by Steve G..  Motion was carried and the meeting was adjourned at 11:39 am.  Vito thanked all who attended.

Respectfully submitted by Bo R., SLPA Secretary

There were 27 attendees at the meeting; 20 memberships were represented.

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June 1, 2019 Letter to Lake Owners

Follow the link to a pdf copy of the 2019 Spring Mailing to all Star Lake property owners.

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August 25, 2018 Annual Meeting at The Haven of Star Lake

Call to Order

The meeting of the Star Lake Protective Association was called to order at 6:03 pm by President Vito T. after a “meet and greet” cocktail hour at The Haven of Star Lake’s main lodge.

Vito welcomed everyone and introduced the 2018 officers.  Guests/speakers Annette and Sherm Craig were also introduced.  54 attended, 26 memberships were represented. 

Available Literature: Vito told the group that in addition to the latest New York State Boaters’ Guide, there were many new brochures about invasive species.  Vito encouraged all to take, read, and share copies with others.  Star Lake Handbooks were also available for sale.   

Approval of Minutes  Copies were available on tables for members to read.  Richard R. made a motion; seconded by Steve G., to approve the minutes of the June 30, 2018 Regular Meeting, as presented.  With no discussion, the motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report  Chris C. gave the Treasurer’s Report.  Beginning balance as of 6/30/18 was $7,552.36.  Revenues were $620 from dues; $40 from contributions; and $519 from the Poker Run.  Revenues totaled $1,179.00.  Payments included: a $500 donation to the Wilderness HealthCare Foundation; a $100 donation paid to Joe R. to sponsor the SOS 5-K walk/run t-shirts; $50 in dues paid to join the Adirondack Lake Alliance (ALA); $44.00 paid to Daphne H. for June meeting refreshments; $10.78 reimbursed to Chris C. for mailing supplies; a $200.00 deposit to the Haven for the 8/25/2018 dinner; a $50.40 payment to the Bargain Hunter for 2 ads for the dinner meeting and a $56.78 reimbursement to Bo R., which included $14.03 for card stock; $18.60 for 8/25/2018 meeting costs; and $24.15 for an ad in the Bargain Hunter for the Poker Run.  Total expenses were $1,011.96.  The ending balance, as of August 25th, 2018 is $7,719.40. 

There were 69 members and 2 associate members prior to the meeting.  Three more members paid at the meeting, bringing the total membership to 72 as of 8/25.  Motion was made by Mike B., seconded by Marty R., to approve the treasurer’s report.  The motion was carried.

Old Business

Social Committee Report 

Poker Run  Steve G. reported that the 14th Annual Poker Run, held August 4th, was a great success with a record number of hands (168).  The poker run grossed $865, netting $495 for the treasury after expenses and prizes of $460.  Tess G. won first place with a flush and she donated $80 back to the treasury.  Jim W. also returned the $20 he won for best costumes.  The weather was hot and sunny and a great party ensued on the sandbar afterwards.  The Z's won the prize for best raft decoration (Hoosiers movie theme) and picked the theme for next year’s poker run which will be “holidays”.  Steve told the group that the G's were “passing the wand” after 14 years.  Deb B. has volunteered to take over planning the poker run next year.  Vito thanked Steve G., Chris C., Tess G., Bo R., and card station volunteers (Marty R., Lenny & Linda G., Rovie H., Pat & Carol S., and Joe & Margie R.) for their efforts. 

Lake Road Clean-ups  Vito thanked those who participated in the road cleanup and said that there was still time to sign up for the September 11th final clean-up. 

Lake Shoreline Clean-up  Bo R. said that the shoreline cleanup was successful, in spite of a poor turnout.  Sue (P.) D. in her kayak, Chris C. and Steve G. in their canoe, and Bo, with volunteers Pat S. and nephew Chris R., on Bo’s raft, cleaned up as much shoreline as they could.  Bo said that in 3 hours, they picked up 3 bags of debris (mostly beer cans) from only half of third lake.  More volunteers next year?!!

Form for Request of SLPA Funding  Chris C. (per the 6/30/2018 meeting) read the provisions of the new procedure to apply for SLPA funding.  She said that she created a form to be filled in, which is available on the members’ area of the website, and described the procedure to be followed to request SLPA funding over $100.

Trout Lake Assn. Brewery/Wine Tours  Vito said that 15 from here went and had a great time.  Two busses were used to transport members from both associations to Tupper Lake to tour two breweries.  There was also a wine tour in Clayton.  Vito recommended the tours to everyone and hoped that we would collaborate with the Trout Lake Assn. more next year.

New Business

Guest Speakers Sherm and Annette Craig

Annette, Wilderness Healthcare Foundation Board member, spoke first.  Annette thanked the Association for the very generous donation, both by the group and individuals.  She then spoke of the great need for our hospital and health care in our small community.  The Wilderness Healthcare Foundation raises funds to purchase equipment for the Clinic and C-F Hospital.  It also sponsors the Wellness Committee, which Pam T. chairs.  This year, a kiosk was placed at the Hospital and a pamphlet with a map of Star Lake was created and funded in support of the “walk around the lake” fitness initiative.  Pam T. spoke of the collaboration with the school and the Healthcare Foundation and thanked Russ and Peg H. for their contributions of time and funding for the pamphlets, which were made available to the group.  Pam also thanked Jeff G. and students at the school for making the kiosk.  A goal is to make a bench and flower box with a plaque thanking the SLPA for its contributions.

Sherm Craig became the first board member of the APA (Adirondack Park Agency) from St. Lawrence County seven years ago.  He was elected Chairman of the APA two years ago and has served on two very important APA committees.  Sherm recently retired from the APA. 

Sherm said that over his tenure with the APA, he has gained much insight into the needs of the 100+ towns and villages.  He said that out of all of them, Star Lake ranks in the top 10!  Not many have such a good school, low home prices, and a great variety of services and businesses. 

Regarding invasive species, NY State is a central point for the introduction of invasives with the proximity to the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and the ocean.  Residents in the Adirondacks have to be made aware of invasive species; must learn to manage them, once detected and may have to control them, which requires a great deal of work and money.  Sherm suggested that if invasive species invade our lake, we might have to set up a special tax district to fund the control efforts.  He said that our $7,000 treasury would be just a drop in the bucket.  Under such a plan, a special tax district could be created singling out just lake property owners for property taxation to fund invasives control.  Weekly rentals seem to be a trend here and pose a great threat when watercraft from different bodies of water are launched in Star Lake by renters.

Sherm spoke of a changing political climate in Albany.  He said that upstate NY has very little political pull with the 99% democratic downstate and the democratic Assembly.  The State Assembly and Senate must be watched for political climate change.  Downstate democrats view upstate residents as rich and that may influence funding help with invasives control.

St. Lawrence County has the most resource/development land.  Sherm said that the State is a very large “taxpayer” in the Town of Fine and the largest in the Town of Clifton.  What the State pays for fees in lieu of taxes greatly affects our property taxes.

Yvonne B. asked about the boat cleaning station, as many have found it to be closed quite often.  Sherm said that it was open, but not 24/7.  It has recently been closed for an upgrade to the water system.  Vito thanked Sherm and Annette for sharing their information with the group.

2019 Proposed Calendar  Vito directed the group’s attention to the back of the agenda which contained suggested dates for next year.  Bo R. suggested that there are probably many people who are not in town the weekend before the 4th of July and the weekend before Labor Day.  Those members are therefore not able to attend the two meetings.  Also, many members are not available during the week for cleanups.  There was little discussion about the proposed dates which keep the meetings the week before the holidays and the cleanups during the week.  (Note: members coming to Star Lake for Labor Day weekend were again not able to provide their input...)  It was suggested that Deb B., who will organize the Poker Run next year, should be consulted about the date of the poker run.  Deb responded and said that she was “ok” with the proposed date.  Officers will review and establish the final dates.   

2019 Membership Dues  Chris C. indicated that we have maintained a $7,000 balance and the current level of dues is adequate to conduct our current business.  Karen R. asked if it would be better to move some money into another account for special purposes like invasives removal and control.  Chris said that we only have one bank account for conducting the business of the SLPA.  Steve G. said that it didn’t matter if we had more than one account, since any payment requires a vote.  Linda G. suggested that we (the Association) can’t do it all if invasive species are discovered.  It will become a lake-wide problem for all to address.  Steve said that if we need to raise larger amounts of money, we might have to look at Sherm’s tax district proposal, which would tax all Star Lake property owners.  A motion was made by Chris C., seconded by Steve G., to keep member dues at $20 per year and associate member dues at $10 per year.  The motion was passed and dues sH. remain at current levels.

Election of Officers for 2019  Steve G., our nominating committee, asked if there were any nominations from the floor.  There were none, so Steve suggested a slate comprised of current 2018 officers (who had previously agreed to run) of Vito T. for president; Daphne H. for vice president; Chris C. for treasurer and Bo R. for secretary.  Steve made a motion, seconded by Mike B., for the secretary to cast one ballot to elect the proposed slate of officers for 2019.  Motion to accept the slate as presented was carried.

Other Business  There were several comments made by members.

Joe R. said that he and Chuck Y. graduated a class of 9 students from the Boaters’ Safety course, all from Star Lake.

Mike M. commented on the 19.5 feet of water clarity, a result from recent water testing.  Vito thanked Mike and Mary Lou for their continued water testing efforts.

Daphne H. thanked Tess G., Steve G. and Chris C. and all who helped make the poker runs a success.  Daphne also thanked the social committee (specifically Karen R., Marty R. and Pam T.) for making the dinner arrangements for this meeting and thanked The Haven’s staff.  Daphne also reminded the group of the 9/11 road clean-up. 

Adjournment  Motion was made by Mike B., seconded by Lenny G., to adjourn at 6:42 pm.  The motion was carried and a record-breaking short meeting came to an end.  A great dinner followed and was enjoyed by all. 

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

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June 30, 2018 Regular Meeting at the Adirondack Exhibit Center

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 am by Vito T., president.  President Vito thanked the social committee for the refreshments, supplied by Coffee Fever.  The officers were introduced.  Current officers are:  Vito T., president; Daphne H., vice-president; Chris C., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary.  There were 31 in attendance; 22 memberships represented.

Good/Bad Wildlife Sightings:  Feets S. said that loons were nesting at his island. Note: one baby loon was born on July 2nd and is doing well.

Literature Available:  Vito told members that copies of the current New York Boaters’ Guide and the Federal Requirements & Safety Tips for Recreational Boats were available for the taking. Literature from the APIPP (Adirondack Park Invasive Plants Program) and invasive species information were also on the table for the taking.      

Approval of Minutes:  Minutes to the August 26, 2017 meeting were available for discussion.  A motion was made by Debby B., seconded by Linda T., to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion was carried.  

Treasurer’s Report:  Chris C. gave the Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance was $7,841.83.  Receipts totaled $1,825.00, including $240 from 2017 dues, $700 from 2018 dues, $140 from contributions, $5 for a SL Handbook and $740 from members for dinner at last August’s meeting. Expenses totaled $2,114.47, including $1,382.40 to the Haven at Star Lake for dinners at last August’s meeting; $77.22 to Karen R. for dinner expenses; $120 to Mary Lou M. to reimburse water testing costs; school taxes paid were $74.88, land taxes were $107.87. $352.10 was paid to reimburse the secretary for meeting expenses ($15), spring mailing costs ($98.15) and $352.10 for web site costs:  $214.20 for a 3-year renewal for web hosting and $7.95 for the annual fee for anonymous domain registration.  $16.80 was reimbursed for a Bargain Hunter ad.  The ending balance was $7,552.36, which didn’t include dues received at the meeting.  Prior to June 30th, there were 35 paid members. 

Social Committee Report—Daphne thanked the social committee members (Pam T., Marty R., and Karen R.) for their efforts in planning and organizing the dinner.  Daphne passed around sign-up sheets for 2018 SLPA cleanup events. 

Annual Dinner Meeting Plans were discussed for Saturday, August 25th. There was a lengthy discussion regarding the cost of last year’s meal.  In the past, the SLPA subsidized members’ meal costs.  Chris C. said that we lost $642.40 on the meal.  Members and 1 guest were charged $15 each and non-members and additional guests were charged $20.  The per-meal cost agreed upon was $20, but taxes and tips brought the cost to $25 per meal.  Chris said that the high number of guests’ meals, which we paid for, also contributed to the loss.  Bo pointed out that we originally offered a discount for members as a member benefit.  Discussion followed.  Karen R. said that it was an expensive meal and we could go cheaper or could go elsewhere and get other quotes.  Joe R. said we need to negotiate an absolute price including tax and tips.  Deb B. made the point that if a member gets $10 back from his/her dues, that might take away from other expenditures for the lake.  Bo R. pointed out that we have sources of revenue other than dues and that the treasury is healthy.  Jan M. said that there are other options; that the price was too high.  Karen noted that the Haven needs to have a minimum number.  Chris suggested that we could raise the price for members to $20 and $25 for non-members and extra guests.  Steve G. made a motion, seconded by Sue P-D, to continue to subsidize members (and one guest) as we have in the past.  Motion was tabled.  Further discussion followed and it was decided that the social committee should negotiate a better price, including taxes and tips (details to follow in Bargain Hunter).      

Poker Run  On August 4th, registration will be at the sandbar from 12 to 1 pm as in the past.  After visiting all five designated stations, hands will be evaluated later at the sandbar.  “1980’s Movies” will be this year’s theme.  Steve G. said that after this 14th year, he, Tess and Chris C. will take a lesser role in organizing the Poker Run.  Deb B. has indicated that she will take over some of the duties; others will hopefully volunteer to help.

Lake Road Cleanups Sign-up sheets for the two cleanups were circulated earlier.  Lake Road cleanups will be held on Tuesday, July 10th and Tuesday, September 11th.  Dates were changed to avoid weekend conflicts.  We will meet at the school parking lot at 9 am sharp.  Daphne thanked those who signed up in the past. 

Lake Shore Cleanup  This year, we will hold another lake shore cleanup, to be held Tuesday, August 14th.  Volunteers will meet at the sandbar at 1 pm where we will decide what shoreline areas each will cover.

Old Business

SLPA Website Update – Bo R. said that the SLPA web site at www.slpa.info has been up for over 11 years, since March, 2007.  Bo said that there were no new features this year; but, he had added more postcards (contributed by Chris C.), has added many more pictures in ‘Tis the season (making 9 full years of seasonal pictures in chronological order) and many articles were updated.  Bo reported that the 2018 username and password for the members’ area are in the agenda. The same username/password is used to view the web cam live.

Problems with DEC Carry-on Access  This has been an on-going issue.  Often, local people misuse the carry-on launch site by swimming, partying, littering, and trespassing on neighboring properties.  The best approach is for neighbors to continue to report abuse as it happens to the DEC or State Police (phone numbers are included on the agenda).

Canada Geese Update – Bo R. reported that, per August meeting consensus, he wrote a letter to the DEC describing the problems that nuisance geese have become on our lake, at the school and on the golf course.  This problem didn’t exist on Star Lake prior to 5 or 6 years ago, when geese started to reproduce on the lake.  Families would then stay on the lake all summer until the goslings could fly, late in the fall.  The problem has worsened over the past years and even the DEC agrees that, if not addressed, it will only get even worse.  The DEC responded by issuing a nuisance permit for the SLPA to oil the eggs if found and/or kill the offending geese.  The permit was issued based on the fact that there were health concerns regarding possible pollution of our drinking water and our beaches and the sandbar.  Bo said that we were unable to locate any nests, so “plan b” would need to be implemented.  There are strict requirements in the permit that need to be followed and a record must be kept to be submitted to the DEC in the fall.  A number of people have volunteered to hunt the geese and are waiting for the go-ahead from the Association.  Bo wanted to make sure that the SLPA would support this legal remedy.  Discussion followed and most attendees agreed that geese cause a huge problem.  Hank Moshano asked if the permit covered the golf course; Bo said that he would have to ask about the scope of the permit.  Sue P-D said that property owners have a right to protect their property.  Vito said that oiling the eggs was a first priority; but, geese this year were nesting even before the ice went out.  There is currently only one new family with five goslings and about 20 juveniles around the lake, so the impact has been far less than last year when there were 4 or 5 families, 25 in all, making a much greater mess on people’s beaches and lawns.     

New Business

Guest Speaker Mark H.  Mark is the former Town of Fine Supervisor, a member of the SLPA, and currently is in charge of the water district project in progress.  Before talking about the water project, Mark told the group about an informational public meeting on July 20th at the CFCS regarding the J&L clean-up status.  More demolition of buildings has been approved and the DEC commissioner will be present along with other officials.

Mark next gave some background regarding the water district project.  In 2012, we received $8.4 million in grants—a $3 million grant from NYS and a $5.4 million no-interest loan.  At first, they looked for ground water to supply the district.  With 32 billion gallons in the aquafer, we currently draw about 3% of annual rainfall for the water district (not a significant amount).  No viable ground source was found, so using the lake as a water source was reconsidered.  A new filtration system will be installed, they are currently under-budget, and starting last fall, new water mains and piping are being installed.  There is not enough piping to pipe all systems.  They are creating a bi-directional loop around the lake so that if there is a water main problem on one side, the water can come from the other direction.  95% of the piping (mains and house hook-ups) is complete.

Woodhaven Phase 2 will connect Star Lake to Newton Falls.  The golf course will draw untreated water directly from the lake, reducing costs and making more treated water available to customers.

The DEC permit currently limits draw to 150,000 gallons per day.  We need a new permit to connect Woodhaven and new customers to take water out per 8 hours instead of the 24 hour period currently in force.  There will be a new water tank and a new filtration plant behind the fire H..

There was a Q&A period after.  Vito thanked Mark for his dedication to the Water District and the Town of Fine and for coming to the meeting to update us on the progress made.

Nominating Committee  Vito asked Steve G. if he would seek nominations for the election of 2019 officers, to be held at the annual dinner meeting.  Steve agreed and asked for nominations from the floor.  There were none.  Current officers have agreed to run again.  If anyone would like to make a nomination, they should contact Steve before the August meeting.

Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) Water Testing Results  Bo referred members to the Star Lake water quality test results summarized on the back of the agenda.  The full ALAP report can be found at the following web site: http://www.adkwatershed.org/sites/default/files/alap_2017_report.pdf (pp. 143-144). According to the report, the lake is in very good shape.  Bo commended Mike and Mary Lou M. for their continuing contributions to the water testing program.  The Ms have partnered with Arlene Davis, ALAP person from Cranberry Lake, to alternate taking samples to Paul S.’s for analysis.  Mike and Mary Lou take samples at two locations three times a year.  They also have been taking water samples at various locations around the lake, testing for fecal coliforms.  Bo said that their contributions are immeasurable and they should be thanked by all.   

Trout Lake Assn. Tours  Vito said that we have been invited once again to attend a brewery tour in Tupper Lake and a wine tour in Clayton.  Vito gave dates and costs and asked that anyone interested in attending either tour should contact him. 

5 MPH Buoys  Bo referred the group to the e-mail from Mike S. (see agenda) regarding his suggestion that buoys be placed in no wake zones around the lake.  Mike spoke of personal danger and shoreline erosion caused by offensive boaters and asked that the group consider the idea for discussion.  Bo pointed out that the current buoys that mark rock bars have to be deployed in the spring and taken in before winter.  Someone has to do that and it takes time, labor and volunteers.  More buoys would mean more work for someone.  Also, there are many 5 mph zones on the lake and it would also be cost prohibitive at $200 per buoy.  A better approach to violators would be to first speak to offenders; then, video them and report them to the authorities if there are repeat offenses.

Wilderness Healthcare Foundation Pam T. said that the Wilderness Heath Care Foundation was celebrating its 25th anniversary.  Its Wellness Committee has started a “Wild about Fitness” club, now in its 2nd year.  A recent project promotes walking around the lake. Various points have been established and lengths measured and mapped.  A kiosk has been placed on the hospital grounds where people can register, record walks in a notebook and pick up pamphlets made by Russ H., with a good map inside.  The box was made by school students with supplies provided by Todd’s Supply.  Pam handed out copies to the group.  Steve G. made a motion, seconded by Tess G. to donate $500 to the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation.  Discussion followed.  Bo R. pointed out that $500 placed a financial burden on the treasury, representing the dues of 25 members (about a third of all members) and that we should consider paring the amount back to perhaps $200.  Without amendment, Steve’s motion was passed.

Procedure for SLPA Funding Requests  Chris C. proposed guidelines for future donation requests in the form of a motion, seconded by Karen R..  Chris read her proposal to the group, which is as follows:

Star Lake Protective Association, Inc. (SLPA) Donation Guidelines (Proposed)

The following Guidelines apply to any requests for donations to be made by the SLPA for over $100.  This does NOT apply to any memorial donations, as the Officers of the Association may make that authorization on an as needed basis.

1) The request for any donation must be presented in writing to the Officers of the Association at least 1 week before a scheduled meeting.

2) The Officers will review to ensure that the purpose of the donation is in keeping with the mission of the SLPA.  If so, they will include on the agenda and ask the person requesting the donation to make a presentation to the members of the SLPA at the next scheduled meeting.

Most agreed with the concept after much discussion and the motion was passed.  Joe D-L.-L. suggested that an application form be prepared for anyone to use that is requesting a donation over $100, to include how the money would be used. Chris said she could make the form.

Adirondack Exhibit Center Funding Request  Joe R. thanked the SLPA for past support of their 5K walk/run, now in its 13th year.  Joe made a motion, seconded by Karen R., for the SLPA to once again support their 5K shirts with a $100 donation.  He said that participants can walk or run the course and can buy a shirt.  Individuals and camps can get their name on the shirts for $25.  The motion to donate $100 to the SOS to sponsor t-shirts for this year’s 5-K event was carried.

Boating Safety Course  Joe R. reported that he and Chuck Yartz will again offer the course locally if there is interest.  No date has been established yet.  If interested, people should contact him at 315-848-5326.  The course can also now be taken on-line for $28.  Information can be obtained from the SLPA web site (slpa.info) or you can go to the NYS boater safety site (https://www.boaterexam.com/usa/newyork/). 

Suggested Projects, Speakers, Topics 

Hank Moshano, member of the invasive species committee, thanked Bo R. for the great web site and information on invasive species.  He spoke of a June 20 article in the Watertown Daily Times where NY State warns of algae blooms and has allocated $65 million for pollution abatement in the Adirondack area.  Hank talked about the communities affected by pollution cleanup.  “We have a pristine lake and we need to read the article and comment on it.”

Pam T. spoke of Russ H. suggesting that our older population is dwindling and suggested that we get them to share their experiences on Star Lake.  Sue P-D. agreed; said that we could start with camp history and descendants.  She spoke of a map of Star Lake that her grandmother had of the lake and owners in 1962.

Steve G. suggested that we write a letter to Feets S. to ask him to remove his fallen tree from the cut.  Discussion followed.  Bo said that he and others had decided to wait until Feets arrived in Star Lake; then, to approach him, offering assistance with the tree.  The group agreed to the approach.  (Secretary’s note:  in mid-July, Bo, Pat S. and Jim W., with Feets’ permission, cut the tree and moved it around the point, out of the way.)  

Other Business – There was no other business.

Adjournment  Motion was made to adjourn by Pat M.; seconded by Steve G..  Motion was carried and the meeting was adjourned at 11:45 am.  Vito thanked all who attended.

Respectfully submitted by Bo R., SLPA Secretary

There were 31 attendees at the meeting; 22 memberships were represented.

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June 1, 2018 Letter to Lake Owners

Follow the link to a pdf copy of the June 1, 2018 Spring Mailing to all Star Lake property owners.

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August 26, 2017 Annual Dinner Meeting at The Haven of Star Lake

Call to Order

The meeting of the Star Lake Protective Association was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Vito T. after a “meet and greet” cocktail hour at The Haven of Star Lake’s main lodge.

Vito welcomed everyone and introduced the 2017 officers.  Guests/speakers were also introduced: Tom and Veronica Russell from the Trout Lake Assn.; Eric Paul, Derrick Towne and Karen Allen, from Paul S.’s Adirondack Watershed Institute; and Arlene and Mark Davis, from Cranberry Lake.  54 members and guests attended.   

Available Literature for members included the latest New York State Boaters’ Guide and a number of brochures about invasive species.  Star Lake Handbooks were also available for sale.   

Approval of Minutes  Copies were available for members’ inspection.  Richard R. made a motion; seconded by Karen R., to approve the minutes of the June 24, 2017 Regular Meeting as presented.  With no discussion, the motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report  Chris C. gave the Treasurer’s Report.  Beginning balance as of 6/24/17 was $7,987.94.  Revenues were $520 from dues; $60 in contributions; $15 from the sale of Star Lake Handbooks; and $269 from the Poker Run.  Revenues totaled $864.00.  Payments included $204.49 reimbursement to Bo R. including $62.60 for a gift for Tess G.; $18.60 for meeting costs; $28.74 for name labels; $20 for two gift certificates for the poker run;  and $74.55 for three ads in the Bargain Hunter.  Total expenses were $1,010.11.  $100 was paid to Joe R. to sponsor the SOS 5-K walk/run t-shirts; $500 was donated to the Wilderness HealthCare Foundation; $50 in dues was paid to the Adirondack Lake Alliance (ALA); $100 was paid in a memorial donation to honor Jack Leffert, former SLPA officer; and $55.62 was paid to Daphne H. for June meeting refreshments.  The ending balance, as of August 26th, 2017 is $7,841.83. 

There were 61 members and 2 associate members to date, not including those who paid at the meeting.  Motion was made by Mike B., seconded by Deb B. to approve the treasurer’s report.  The motion was carried.

Tribute to Tess G.  Vito introduced Tess G., treasurer for 25 years, to the group.  He read the text of a certificate of appreciation and presented a gift basket to Tess in thanks for her many years of dedicated service to the SLPA.  A standing ovation for a surprised Tess followed.

Old Business

Social Committee Report  Vito thanked the social committee for making the dinner arrangements for this meeting and for their contributions throughout the year. 

Poker Run  Steve G. reported that the 13th Annual Poker Run, held August 5th (“Cinco de August”), was a success in spite of windy, cold weather.  There were 110 hands yielding $269 for the treasury before expenses.  Pam T. won first place with a flush.  As the weather was not so pleasant, threatening rain, there wasn’t much of a party on the sandbar.  Since Deb B. won the prize for decoration again, she had to pick the theme for next year’s poker run.  Deb said that the theme next year is ‘80’s movies.  Vito thanked Steve G., Chris C., Tess G., Bo R., as well as Marty R., Lenny & Linda G., Rovie H., Pat & Carol S., and Joe & Margie R., who manned the five card stations. 

Lake Clean-ups  Vito thanked those who participated in the road cleanup and the shoreline cleanup.  One more road cleanup will occur on September 6th.

New Business

Invasive Species Committee Richard R. and Hank M. introduced our guest speakers from Paul S.’s Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) from Saranac Lake.  Hank said that since 1901, the SLPA’s mission has been to take good care of the lake.  We need to be aware of how to keep the lake clean and the people from Paul S.’s are here to help us with that.  A slide presentation and discussion about invasive species in the Adirondacks followed introductions.  Derrick Towne is Regional Supervisor of the Cranberry-Long Lake Region of the AWI; Karen Allen is a watershed steward of the same region; and Eric Paul started as a watershed steward in Cranberry Lake and in 2016, became a Regional Director for the Southwest Region which includes Star Lake.  Watershed stewards’ responsibilities are to educate the public about aquatic invasive species, interact with the public at boat launches and help perform watercraft inspections to prevent the spread of invasive species.  For more info, go to http://www.adkwatershed.org/.  Highlights of their presentation follow.

·         AWI goal is to test every B. of water within the Park—water monitoring 50 streams and 90 lakes; Aquatic invasive species (AIS) management and surveillance of 120 lakes and AIS spread prevention via 76 boat wash/inspection stations.

·         Surveillance and dive teams collect invasives.  Tom Russell asked if they help lakes outside the park—Derrick said “yes, sometimes.”

·         65,000 watercrafts were inspected at boat wash stations this year with 1,100 decontaminations, over 3,000 AIS interceptions. They described the wash procedure and showed slides of contaminated boats.

·         It’s the law: no watercraft can be launched in NY without inspection for AIS and cleaning.

·         Why bother?  To prevent spread of AIS, control allows time to develop new methods and to protect pristine waters.

·         Adirondacks are comparatively clean—70% of lakes are AIS-free; only 12 AIS established in Adirondack region.  98 known lakes have AIS.  Invasion progresses from introduction to establishment to expansion to naturalization. Hopes are to prevent introduction.

·         AIS plants found (#of waters): Eurasian watermilfoil (60), variableleaf milfoil (43 incl. Cran. Lake), Curlyleaf pondweed (15), European frogbit (5), fanwort (4) and waterchestnut (3).  AIS animals: spiny waterflea (8), zebra mussel (2), and Asian clam (1 Lake George only).

·         Derrick passed around samples of waterfleas and waterchestnut. He discussed classification of species:  Native (indigenous), non-native (accidental intro from outside), invasive (non-native rapidly reproduces, displaces native species, causes ecological and economic damage), and nuisance (interferes with human activity).

·         Invasives lack predators, disease and parasites; are prolific reproducers by both seed and vegetative growth; colonize wide areas and can dominate area depriving light/nutrients. A question was raised:  where do they come from? —Boats, trailors, gear.  Problems follow the roadways—there is very little impact on deep woods areas of the Adirondacks.

·         Slides of invasive plants and animals were shown along with pictures of site contaminations.

·         Economic impact is great: $120 billion nationwide per year; $3.56 million spent by 88 organizations in the Adirondacks in 2014; reduces property values; and negatively impacts tourism.

·         Described Upper Chateaugay Lake’s cost of doing nothing.  Went from manageable but un-noticed infestation ($10,000/yr.) in 2002 to 30% reduction in usable area in 2006 ($2 million/yr.).

·         Star Lake decontamination station inspected 167 and washed 122 vessels. 50 came from Cranberry Lake, 12 from the Oswegatchie River, 7 from Fish Creek Ponds, 6 from the St. Lawrence River, 4 from the Erie Canal, and 1 from Cayuga Lake (29 from ?).  AIS found were: 1 curly-leaf pondweed, 9 Eurasian milfoil, 1 variable-leaf milfoil, 1 waterchestnut and 2 zebra mussels—these all were kept from introduction into our waters.  Chris W. asked about personal watercrafts—yes, they can spread AIS and are easy to launch.  Hank M. asked if they were stopping for inspections—not so much.  A question was raised about problems with the DEC carry-on launch site—we should contact the DEC directly.  Lake Bonaparte AIS problems were mentioned—there has been some progress there.  A question was raised about AIS’s effect on fishing—yes, fish population can be reduced by AIS spread.

·         A 2016 shoreline survey of Star Lake revealed no AIS, which is very good news for us.

·         Eric suggested things we can do for Star Lake:  Volunteer and collect baseline data for Star Lake (they will train us and provide volunteer uniforms, a tablet to collect data and will help us to analyze the data and assess our risk).  Eric suggested contacting land owners where boats can be launched to inform them of risks and suggest steps to take to minimize AIS exposure.  He suggested that we establish a “lake steward” to interact with the public.

·         Karen Allen spoke of her experiences as a lake steward at the Cranberry Lake boat launch. As a steward, she was able to have quick conversations with boaters and suggested that the boats be inspected for AIS.  She perceived her job as listening to boaters and being open with them in providing information about invasive species and how they are introduced.

Guest Speaker Arlene Davis  Richard R. introduced Arlene by stating that our interest in Star Lake is to educate and inform people around the lake.  He told the group of an instance where owners of the Haven restricted a non-inspected boat from launching at their property, as they had not had their boat inspected at the boat wash site.  Unfortunately, there was no one at the boat wash site; so, the guests did not launch at all.  It’s good that word is getting out and that the Haven owners are good “lake stewards.”

Arlene has represented the CLBC’s (Cranberry Lake Boat Club) Invasive Species Committee for 18 years.  She has done water sampling with ALAP (Adirondack Lake Assessment Program) in Cranberry Lake and has participated in shoreline surveys assisted and trained by APIPP (Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program).  Important points of Arlene’s presentation follow:

·         Arlene said that variable leaf milfoil, once considered native, has been found in Cranberry Lake, but has not posed much of a problem.

·         The prevention route is very important.  We are fortunate to have stewards at the boat launch and a boat wash station nearby.  The rapid response team is very good.

·         Cranberry Lake Boat Club’s goals include conducting shoreline surveys; but, with 79 miles of shoreline, it makes it difficult.  They have received grants (Damoth Foundation) for survey equipment and have purchased scopes and weed rakes.  They have made plant guides and maps available.  An annual survey of the lake’s shoreline is a goal, in order to stay ahead of the problem.  Getting people to embrace the AIS problem is important.

·         The CLBC is associated with the APIPP for training and support.  Arlene said that they are able to collect samples of suspicious plants in baggies and send them to APIPP for identification.  (note: The SLPA’s Pete and Margie Kress received training from the APIPP years ago and we conducted our own shoreline survey—no invasives found)

·         Arlene said that ALA (Adirondack Lake Associations) membership is important (note: SLPA is also a member)

·         Arlene has done ALAP water sampling for 18 years and coordinates with Mike and Marylou M. (who do Star Lake ALAP testing) to get samples to Saranac Lake for analysis.

Vito thanked Arlene for her important information.

Canadian Geese Problem  This nuisance has been discussed in past meetings.  Vito asked the group for a simple vote as to whether the SLPA should pursue legal solutions to ease the problem in the future.  The vast majority of the group supported further action.

2018 Proposed Calendar  Bo R. directed the group’s attention to the back of the agenda which contained suggested dates for next year.  He suggested that there are probably many people who are not in town the week before the 4th of July and Labor Day and are therefore not able to attend the two meetings.  Also, many members are not available during the week for cleanups.  Overwhelming input was in favor of keeping the meetings the week before the holidays and for having the cleanups during the week.  (Note: members coming to Star Lake for Labor Day weekend were not here to vote...)  Officers will review and set the dates.   

2018 Membership Dues  Chris C. indicated that the current level of dues at $20 for regular membership and $10 for associate membership is adequate and need not be changed.  A question was raised as to what the difference was between a regular member and an associate member.  Chris said that an associate member has no voting rights.  Bo R. commented that the by-laws define the two members: A regular member owns property on the lake and that there can be only one regular member per property, regardless of multiple tax numbers.  An associate member is anyone who does not own property on the lake; but has a special interest in the lake.  Associate members have all the rights of a regular member except voting rights.  Tom Russell said that on Trout Lake, they charge the same dues for regular and associate members.  A motion by Chris C., seconded by Marty R. to not change member dues was passed and dues sH. remain at current levels.

Election of Officers for 2018  Steve G., our nominating committee, suggested a 2018 slate comprised of current 2017 officers of Vito T. for president; Daphne H. for vice president; Chris C. for treasurer and Bo R. for secretary.  He asked if there were any other nominations from the floor.  There were none, so Steve made the motion, seconded by Marty R., for the secretary to cast one ballot to elect the proposed slate of officers for 2018.  Motion to accept the slate as presented was carried.

Other Business  There was no further business.

Adjournment  Motion was made, seconded and carried to adjourn at 7:15 pm. 

The group enjoyed a great meal consisting of a tossed salad, beef brisket, garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, followed by a delicious apple crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert.  After dinner, Vito thanked the staff of the Haven for their great service.  The group applauded the staff and left full of information and good food.

 

Respectfully submitted by Bo R., Secretary

Star Lake Protective Association.

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June 24, 2017 Regular Meeting at the Adirondack Exhibit Center

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order 10:10 am by Vito T., president.  President Vito thanked the social committee for the refreshments, supplied by Coffee Fever.  The officers were introduced.  Current officers are:  Vito T., president; Daphne H., vice-president; Chris C., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary.  Attendees introduced themselves. 21 were in attendance.

Good/Bad Wildlife Sightings:  Feets S. said that a loon had hatched eight days ago.  Vito said he saw a pair of common mergansers with four babies— a rarity as no one had recalled mergansers nesting on Star Lake. Deb B. spoke of bald eagle sightings; Jan M. saw a woodchuck; Mike S. said he saw seven loons on June 1st; Pam T. saw a monarch butterfly; and Daphne told the group about a black and white rabbit that had been frequenting the Scott’s Point area.

Literature Available:  Vito told members that copies of the current New York Boaters’ Guide and the Federal Requirements & Safety Tips for Recreational Boats were available for the taking. Literature from the APIPP (Adirondack Park Invasive Plants Program) and invasive species information were also on the table for the taking.      

Approval of Minutes:  Minutes to the August 27, 2016 meeting were available for discussion.  Mike M. suggested a minor change in the number of loons noted in the loon survey.  A motion was made by Debby B., seconded by John V., to approve the minutes as amended.  Motion was carried.  

Treasurer’s Report:  Chris C. gave the Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance was $8,456.75.  Receipts totaled $1,330.00, including $700 from dues, a $5 contribution and $625 from members for dinner at last August’s meeting.  Expenses totaled $1,798.81, including $1,072.64 to the Haven at Star Lake for dinners at last August’s meeting; $275 to Mary Lou M. to reimburse water testing costs; $150 ($75 each) to the Wilderness Health Foundation and the SOS in memory of member George P.; School taxes paid were $74.03, land taxes were $107.14. $120.00 was paid to Bo R. for secretary’s meeting expenses ($15), spring mailing costs ($97.05) and the annual fee for anonymous domain registration ($7.95).  The ending balance was $7,987.94, which didn’t include dues received at the meeting.  Prior to June 24th, there were 31 paid members. 

Social Committee Report—Daphne thanked the social committee members (Pam T., Marty R., and Karen R.) for their efforts in planning and organizing the dinner and other events.  Daphne discussed 2017 SLPA events:

Dinner Meeting  Plans for the annual dinner meeting are almost finalized at the Haven at Star Lake once again this year on August 26th.  Watch the Bargain Hunter for details.   

Poker Run  On August 5th, people will register at the sandbar from noon to 1 pm as in the past.  They will travel by watercraft to all five designated stations and their hands will be determined later at the sandbar.  “Cinco de Agosto” will be this year’s theme.

Lake Road Cleanups Daphne passed around a sign-up sheet for the two cleanups which will be held on Wednesday, July 12th and Wednesday, September 6th.  Dates were changed to Wednesdays to avoid weekend conflicts.  Karen R. asked if we could change to another day of the week, as she cannot make it on Wednesdays.  Karen agreed to make calls to volunteers to set a different date for each cleanup.  We will meet at the school parking lot at 9 am sharp.  Daphne thanked those who signed up in the past. 

Lake Shore Cleanup  The shoreline cleanup last year yielded many cans, bottles, other debris and a tire.  This year, we will hold another lake shore cleanup, to be held Wednesday, August 16th.  Volunteers will meet at the sandbar at 1 pm where we will decide what shoreline areas each will cover.  A signup sheet was circulated.

Old Business

SLPA Website Update – Bo R. said that the SLPA web site at www.slpa.info has been up for over ten years, since March, 2007.  Bo reported that the 2017 username and password for the members’ area are in the agenda. The same username/password is used to view the web cam live.

Problems with DEC Carry-on Access  People are using the DEC site as their own private beach for swimming and partying.  Garbage, kids and foul language have been reported by neighbors to the DEC; offenders were gone before DEC officers arrived.  Discussion followed.  Mike M. spoke of garbage that they have picked up regularly and suggested that a “carry it in; carry it out” sign be placed at the sight.  Jan M. suggested that adjacent property lines be marked to set beach boundaries for the carry-on site.  Bo said he observed kids trespassing--jumping off a neighbor’s raft (told them to leave).  Dick R. wondered if placing signs would be construed as condoning improper usage.  Bo wondered if we even had a legal right to place signs, property owner and/or DEC permission should be sought.  Vito suggested that signage should include suggested use of the free boat wash, prior to launching carry-ons.  The best approach is for neighbors to continue to report abuse as it happens to the DEC or State Police (phone numbers are included on the agenda).  A motion was made by Mike M., seconded by Feets S., to place a homemade sign per discussion above, contingent upon DEC/Owner approval.  Motion was carried.

New Business

Nominating Committee  Vito asked Steve G. if he would seek nominations for the election of 2017 officers, to be held at the annual dinner meeting.  Steve agreed if the present officers agreed to run again for another year.  All agreed.  Others, of course, can seek nomination.

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP)  Dick R., of the Invasive Species committee, said that they had not spent any of the approved 2016 budget and did not need additional funding.  Dick asked if there had been any feedback regarding the letter he and Hank M. had sent to lakefront owners in June.  Daphne H. pointed out that there were many watercrafts being launched by people using the lake and inspection and washing should be addressed.  Bo said that the logical follow-up to the letter should be contacting owners of properties where launching is possible and asking them to insist that boats be washed and clean prior to launch.  Chris C. said that the DEC should add to the signage at the carry-on site requiring the use of the free boat wash prior to launch.  

Adirondack Lake Alliance Membership  Dues are $50 per year.  Motion was made by Deb B.; seconded by Steve G. to continue our membership in the ALA.  Bo mentioned that they held a symposium once a year, in case anyone wished to attend and represent the SLPA.  There was no interest expressed.  Mike M. asked if we had considered membership in the Federation of Lake Associations, as they are headquartered in Lafayette where he lives.  We once were members, but severed our ties when we asked for some support several years ago and received none.

Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) Water Testing Results  Members were referred to Star Lake water quality test results summarized on the back of the agenda.  The full ALAP report can be found at on the ALAP site at http://www.adkwatershed.org/files/alap_2016_report_.pdf  (pp. 141-142). According to the report, the lake is in very good shape.  John V. questioned the level of salinity (salt from road runoff) reported.  Mike S. told the group that the levels reported were not concerning.  Mike M. gave a short presentation about procedures used to collect water samples three times per summer season.  The M.s have partnered with Arlene Davis, ALAP person from Cranberry Lake, to alternate taking samples to Paul S.’s for analysis.  Mike said that Arlene might be a good guest speaker for the group, as an invasive species resource.  If interested, he would ask her to attend the August dinner meeting.  Karen R. suggested the group would pay for dinner for two, as was customary in the past.   

2017 Coliform Testing  In addition to ALAP testing, the M.s have, for the past four years, tested several sites around the lake for fecal coliform.  Mike said that they would test once again if the group was interested.  Bo noted that costs for testing have gone down; but the M.s’ travel expenses should be reimbursed.  A question was raised about results of past testing.  Bo said that he was remiss in not summarizing results and that he would put that info together for the August meeting.  Raised levels of coliforms were reported at the carry-on site (near the water pump house) and on the sandbar, where Canada geese collected in great numbers in the fall.  Retesting was done at the pump house and test results were not duplicated (a good thing).  Mike S. referred to the “240 standard” (240 coliforms per 100 ml sample) used to determine dangerous levels of coliforms in water.  Geese and coliforms led to a discussion about the goose problem.  Bo gave background info, how Sue Westbrook, former Town of Fine supervisor, suggested we enlist the aid of the DEC.  Bo said that even if we just located the nests in the springtime, we could oil the eggs and eliminate the families that stay on the lake all summer.  Joe R. and Daphne H. said they would help locate nests next spring.  Since testing is an annual program, John V. made a motion, seconded by Steve G. to approve up to $200 per year for future coliform testing to cover lab costs and sampling expenses delivering the samples to the lab.  This is in addition to ALAP testing expenses already approved.  The group agreed that this should be an annual expenditure as an on-going commitment and approved the motion. 

Wilderness Healthcare Foundation Steve G. requested the use of the SLPA database to help with the WHF fundraising efforts for the hospital, as it contained names and addresses of all those around the lake.  Bo suggested that names, addresses and tax map data were public information; but, e-mail addresses are more confidential in nature and should not be provided.  Motion was made by Steve G., seconded by Mike S. for the SLPA to approve the use of its data for the purpose of developing a databank for WHF fundraising efforts.  Motion was carried.  Feets S., seconded by Steve G., then made a motion for the SLPA to make a donation of $500 to the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation.  Pam T. spoke of the many activities of the WHF.  Motion was carried.

Trout Lake Association Collaboration  Vito said that he was contacted by an officer of the Trout Lake Association about possible interest in SLPA members going with them on a bus trip to Tupper Lake to tour their two local breweries, followed by a meal.  The trip is tentatively August 11th and more information with be forthcoming.  There seemed to be little interest in the trip.

Adirondack Exhibit Center Funding Request  Joe R. made a motion for the SLPA to once again support their 5K shirts with a $100 donation.  He said that individuals and camps can also get their name on the shirts for $25.  The SOS will donate $1 for each race entry to the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation.  The motion was seconded by Karen R., to donate $100 to the SOS to sponsor t-shirts for this year’s 5-K event.  Motion was carried.

Boating Safety Course  Joe R. reported that he and Chuck Yartz will again offer the course locally if there is interest.  No date has been established yet.  If interested, people should contact him at 315-848-5326.  Joe reviewed the laws pertaining to operation of motorized water craft in New York.  All jet ski operators must take the course.  Children must be at least 10 to operate a boat by themselves and at least 14 to operate a jet ski, assuming they have the boater safety certificate. Mike M. asked if the course included jet ski safety; Joe said “yes”.  The course can also now be taken on-line.  Information can be obtained from the SLPA web site (slpa.info) or you can go to the NYS boater safety site (https://www.boaterexam.com/usa/newyork/). 

Suggested Projects, Speakers, Topics  Deb B. suggested that we invite Arlene Davis to the August meeting to discuss invasives.  Mike M. suggested that we invite members of the Trout Lake Association to our meetings and perhaps we could send some members to attend one of theirs to collaborate.  Karen R. suggested that while not interested in beer, perhaps an alternative activity with the TLA might be to tour local wineries.  Pam T. said that the wellness committee is looking for members.  There will be a meeting in late July.  Contact Pam for more info at 315-848-3476.    

Other Business Steve G. spoke of the 13th annual poker run on August 5th.  He is looking for volunteers to shadow the planning and operation of the poker run this year so that eventually they will plan and run future poker runs.  Bo said that this is indicative of perhaps a larger problem in the SLPA.  A couple years ago, Mike and Mary Lou M. indicated that they would like to find replacement volunteers to do the water sampling.  Fortunately, they are still willing to do what they do.  Now, Steve is looking for help.  Bo said that people have no idea how much time and energy it takes to put on the poker run, and that Chris, Steve and Tess have done this tirelessly every year since the beginning, with no complaints.  Bo also commended Tess G. for her 25 years of service as treasurer (the group agreed and gave her a round of applauds).  Of 175 lake owners, only about 70 join the Association; only around 30 come to meetings; and only a very few members actually help to organize and run the Association.  We need many more people to do a little more so that a few people can do a little less—a problem in many groups.  Deb B. said that she would be willing to help with the Poker Run.

Another suggestion was made by Mike S.—he suggested that we create a tri-fold brochure that describes the SLPA, its purpose, activities, events, etc. for public relations purposes. 

Daphne H. noted that people drive too fast on Scott’s Point Road and need to slow down. 

Adjournment Motion was made to adjourn by Tess G.; seconded by Feets S.  Motion was carried and the meeting was adjourned at 11:38 am.

Respectfully submitted by Bo R., SLPA Secretary

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