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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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August 29, 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes Via Zoom

Call to Order

The meeting of the Star Lake Protective Association was called to order at 10:03 am by President Mike S..  Mike welcomed everyone and introduced the 2020 officers.  Twelve people attended but only 8 memberships were represented, so we didn’t have a quorum to conduct business.  *S list of attendees is provided at the end of the minutes.

Available Literature: Mike said that there was info available; but that, due to COVID-19 concerns, there was no easy way to distribute them.  In addition to the latest New York State Boaters’ Guide, there are many new brochures about invasive species.  There is also a tri-fold pamphlet, a mini-handbook and a Star Lake Handbook insert with up-to-date land owner info.  Discussion about distribution followed later in the meeting.

Unusual Wildlife Sightings, Observation, Bad Behavior  Mike S. said he has a family of foxes around his place; Mike M. mentioned 16 geese in 3rd Lake.  Dick R. saw a mink swimming near the sandbar.  Steve G. spotted purple loosestrife; Karl W. said they are working on pulling the invasive weeds.  Mike S. has caught some nice salmons trolling. 

Guest Speaker  Ms. Dierdra Sorrell, CEO of Clifton-Fine Hospital (CFH), was asked to speak about our hospital in the COVID-19 age. Dierdra said that there was no “rule book” when the virus hit and CFH staff spent much time complying with new directives and guidelines to prepare the hospital and staff to handle COVID-19 emergencies. 

One accomplishment was setting up a 24/7 resource line for the community (315-848-8049), staffed by a hospital nurse to respond to questions and give directions and advice to callers.  Second, all hospital entry points, except one were closed and a procedure was established for patient entry. 

Mike S. asked about incidence of the virus in the Star Lake are and what is the long-range outlook for the hospital.  Dierdra said there have been no cases in the Clifton-Fine area and that they are carefully monitoring other towns and counties which have cases.  Mike M. asked how many have been tested here at CFH.  Dierdra answered “about 200”.  Regarding the long-term prognosis, some model changes have taken place to make the hospital more solvent.  A $4.6 million transformation grant was received to allow for infrastructure changes to take place, including an 8,000 square foot addition to be built to include a new emergency room and improve out-patient services. The future looks pretty good.  Mike S. asked if the recent large turnover of medical staff has affected operation of the hospital.  Dierdra said that they have been able to recruit replacements and that turnover is normal in most hospitals.  Mike M. asked who gave us the grant?  Dierdra answered that the New York State Department of Health awarded the grant.  Mike also asked what happened to the sign that said “the smallest hospital with the largest heart” and might it be resurrected?  Dierdra said that she didn’t know what happened to the sign; but the slogan is found throughout the hospital.  By the way, we are no longer the smallest hospital in New York.  Since there were no further questions, Mike thanked Dierdra for joining the meeting.

Approval of Minutes  There were no comments regarding the minutes, which were available on-line.  There was some discussion of whether or not we could approve the minutes.  A quorum is 10 members, which we didn’t have.  Approval of the June 27, 2020 meeting was tabled until the next June, 2021 meeting.

Treasurer’s Report  Chris C. gave the Treasurer’s Report, which was also available for review on-line.  Beginning balance as of 6/27/20 was $10,451.97. Revenues totaled $400 including $390 from 2020 dues; and $10 from donations. Expenses totaled $98.30 including payments for: $50 for membership in the Adirondack Lakes Association and $48.30 for Bargain H. ads. The ending balance, as of 8/29/20 is $10,753.67.  There were 61 regular members and 6 associate members prior to the meeting.  There were no comments or discussion.  A vote to approve the treasurer’s report was also tabled until the June, 2021 meeting.

 Old Business

Social Committee Report  Deb B., chairperson of the committee, was not present, so Mike asked Bo R. to comment on the Lake Road and shoreline cleanups.  Bo said the Lake Road clean-up went well; however, the shoreline clean-up was not so well-attended.  If more people came out, the route assignments would have been S.er and more manageable.   

Lake Road Clean-ups  Bo thanked those who participated in the road cleanup.  He said that the Lake Road cleanup went well with most of the perimeter covered that day or a few days later, in the case of those who could not be available that day.

Lake Shoreline Clean-up  Bo said that the shoreline cleanup was not as successful due to a poor turnout.  Those who did show up at the sandbar had longer than normal routes to cover.  Chris C. and Steve G., Dick and Karen R., and Bo cleaned up as much shoreline as they could.  Dick R. commented that it was difficult to control his raft in the rather windy conditions.  Chris S. and his grandkids, who had not even signed up, cleaned a large stretch of shoreline in 3rd lake.  Mike S. said he wasn’t in town that day; but would cover a route not assigned.  Of the Lake’s shoreline covered, mostly beer cans and worm containers were picked up.  More volunteers are needed next year!

Distribution of SLPA Pamphlets and Mini-Handbooks  Continued from the previous meeting, a discussion followed as to how to distribute the materials produced last winter.  We were going to hand them out at meetings, but that became impossible, due to COVID-19 restrictions and Zoom meetings.  Regarding the pamphlets, suggestions were to drop them off at the Post Office, Town hall, Circle K, the hardware store, the bank, and/or the Adirondack Exhibit Center.  Some have been handed to renters.  Mike S. said he would pick some up to hand out.  Bo R. suggested that the mini-handbook was better-suited for people who rent cottages on the lake.  He is going to create/maintain a list of property owners who rent out their property so we can hand-deliver copies to the landlords to give to tenants.  He also pointed out that copies of the pamphlet were included with the annual letter to lake property owners this spring.  The membership form in the pamphlet was helpful.  According to Chris C., it was used by some to join the Association.  Mike M. asked about the Clifton-Fine Area Local Services and Business Directory and suggested that it be referenced in the next edition.  Bo said there was a link to the 2019-2020 edition on the SLPA web site.  Mike S. said that if we had a list of renters, he would send an email noting the availability of the mini-handbook and noting the link to the Directory.

New Business

Invasive Species Training  Mike S. and Dick R. spoke about invasive aquatic species training availability.  Mike said that there are three aspects to consider: 1) monitoring, 2) prevention and 3) how to manage invasives, once we have them.  Mike contacted Paul S.’s invasives coordinator.  They will hold a training session locally if there are 10 or more that sign up.  Training will help us to identify invasive aquatic plants.  We may need to combine with volunteers from other lakes.  Mike M. suggested contacting Arlene Davis, of Cranberry Lake at 848-2512.  She is heavily involved with invasives and the ALAP programs in Cranberry Lake.  Dick suggested seeking volunteers at the June, 2021 meeting for training later in the summer.  Bo R.  mentioned that a few years ago, some Paul S. students did a shoreline survey of Star Lake.  He didn’t know if it was part of a program available or perhaps coursework for the students.  Bo also asked if anyone else was signed up for Cornell University’s list serve, which sends out info about all the State initiatives regarding invasive species.  Mike S. said he tried; but, was unsuccessful subscribing.

Jet Skis in No-Wake Zones  Mike S. has received several complaints about the speed and resulting erosion of jet skis and boats in 5-mph zones around the lake.  Mike has suggested that we deploy “No Wake” buoys in certain areas.  They are three feet high and about $300 apiece.  Discussion about locations for them followed, including South Bay, the bay by the church, and around Hiawatha Island (actually the northern end of “Lulu Island”.  Karl W. noted the erosion of the latter and the dead trees resulting.  Kids and renters seem to be the greatest offenders.  A discussion followed about launching boats and jet skis and the introduction of invasive species.  Dick R. asked about specifics about the buoys, ie: weight, size, and proposed locations.  Mike M. commented on how distracting even the smaller rock bar buoys are.  Larger buoys would be even more unsightly and would detract from the beauty of the Lake.  Chris C. said that safety comes first regarding the rock bar buoys and thought that we should look for something smaller and less obtrusive.  Karl W. pointed out that there is also a problem with people going the wrong way around the island.  It is very dangerous and suggested that direction of travel arrows be placed on the buoys.  Bo said that attractive signs might be placed strategically on the land indicating “no wake” and direction of travel, like on the river in Wanakena.  He pointed out that according to SLPA minutes, this has been a problem for many years.  Karl agreed but pointed out that there were no jet skis and there were fewer, smaller boats historically.  The problems have gotten worse. We don’t have a quorum, so no action can be taken.  The topic will be on the agenda next June.

2021 Proposed Calendar  Mike opened a discussion of our meeting plans and how they didn’t work this year, due to the COVID-19 virus.  He would like to have a meeting and a separate dinner/social event in the fall.  As mentioned earlier, the Haven has been sold and we need to seek another venue for the dinner, assuming that we will be able to have it, due to the virus.  The Twin Lakes Hotel, currently under renovation, might be a possibility.  Discussion followed about the dinner venues available, including the arena, the golf course club house, the community center and possibly a catered event outdoors.  The group was in favor of the proposed dates and Bo suggested that we mark the proposed dates as “tentative” depending on COVID-19 directives in 2021.

2021 Membership Dues  Chris C. is in favor of maintaining dues at current levels of $20 for a regular membership and $10 per year for an associate membership.  There is no quorum, so the vote was tabled until the next meeting.

Election of Officers for 2021  Steve G., our nominating committee of one, pointed out that we couldn’t vote on officers without a quorum, so the vote for officers will be tabled until the next meeting.  Present officers have indicated that they would be willing to serve another year.  There were no other nominees, so Steve proposed a 2021 slate with Mike S. for president; Daphne H-F for vice president; Chris C. for treasurer and Bo R. for secretary.  A motion for the secretary to cast one ballot for the slate of officers proposed for 2021 was tabled.

Other Business  Several comments and ideas were made by members.

Joe R. asked if one received any proof that the boat has been washed at the NY Inspection station?  Mike S. said that a paper was provided upon washing the boat.  A discussion followed about the boat washing station and reference to a “Star Lake Marina”. 

Adjournment  The Zoom meeting was adjourned at 11:27 am.

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

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*Attending this meeting were:  Mike S., president; Daphne H-F, vice-president; Chris C., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary.  Also attending were:  Dierdra Sorrell, Laurie S., Steve G., Dick and Karen R., Mike M., Joe R., and Karl W..  Twelve members, spouses and guests attended the meeting.  8 memberships were represented.  A quorum (according to SLPA By-laws) consists of 10 members.

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June 27, 2020 Regular Meeting Minutes Via Zoom

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 10:02 am by Mike S., president.  Attendees were greeted as they entered the meeting room via Zoom.  The officers were introduced.  Current officers are:  Mike S., president; Daphne H., vice-president; Chris C., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary.  There were 20 in attendance; 13 memberships were represented.

Literature Available:  Mike reminded members that they could obtain literature about boater safety and invasive species.  Also available are a tri-fold pamphlet, a 4-page excerpt from the Star Lake Handbook (appropriate for renters) and an updated insert to the Handbook, with a map and updated property owners’ information.

Approval of Minutes:  Minutes to the August 24, 2019 meeting are available on the web site for discussion.  A motion was made by John B., seconded by Deb B., to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion was carried.   

Introduction of Attendees  Mike asked the group to introduce themselves and indicate where they are located on the lake, which they did.

Treasurer’s Report:  Chris C. gave the Treasurer’s Report.  Beginning balance as of 8/24/19 was $10,930.82.  Revenues totaled $1,125.00 including $100 from 2019 dues, $890.00 from 2020 dues; and $135 from donations. Expenses totaled $1,603.85 including payments of: $720 for balance due to the Haven for the 8/24/2019 dinner; $20 refund for the dinner; $500 donation to the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation; $186.85 for school and property taxes; $54.60 for Bargain H. ads; and $122.40 payment to Bo R. for secretarial expenses. The ending balance, as of 6/27/20 is $10,451.97.  There were 43 regular members and 3 associate members prior to the meeting.  Motion was made by Deb B.; seconded by Karen R., and carried, to accept the treasurer’s report. 

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. Later in the meeting, Karen R. and Katie D. volunteered to help.    

Poker Run  Deb began by saying that the 2019 poker run was a big success.  The new format was well-received; but we need to work on judging the decorations.  Due to covid-19 restrictions, she didn’t see the poker run happening this year.  Social distancing would not be possible and it’s not worth the risk.  Mike agreed and pointed out that phase 4 reopening requires that someone “sign off” that the requirements have been met.  Deb suggested that we postpone the poker run until next year.  The theme, chosen by last year’s winners, Justin and Joy Z., will be “countries”.  There was some discussion about the date and possible alternative activities.   Deb pointed out that there would be conflicts, no matter what date we chose.  So, most agreed that the 2021 poker run would be the first Saturday of August, which is August 7, 2021.

Lake Road and Shoreline Cleanups  Lake Road cleanups will be held on Tuesday, July 7th and Tuesday, September 8th.  The shoreline cleanup is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11th.  After some discussion, it was decided to leave plans as they were last year, with social distancing.  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 Plans and Annual Meeting  Mike said that the Haven might be sold and might not be available for the dinner and that, due to the covid-19 Phase 4 restrictions and in the best interest of safety, we should consider cancelling the dinner.  Mike gave a little background as to why we had scheduled a separate Annual Meeting and a separate dinner/social event.  He suggested, for this year, moving the annual meeting from August 8th to August 29th, the date planned for the dinner.  After much discussion about alternatives and suggestions, a motion was made by Deb B. and seconded by Vito T., to cancel the dinner and move the Annual Meeting to Saturday, August 29th, via Zoom.  The motion was carried.  An ad will be placed in the Bargain H..  Discussion continued about the Loon presentation, tentatively scheduled for the dinner/social event.  It was decided informally that it would be considered for next year.

Old Business

SLPA Website Update – Bo R. said that the SLPA web site at www.slpa.info has been up for over 13 years, since March, 2007.  Bo has added more pictures in ‘Tis the season, making 11 full years of seasonal pictures in chronological order.  Bo reported that the 2019 username and password for the members’ area will remain the same for 2020 and are in the agenda. The same username/password is used to view the web cam live.

Problems with DEC Carry-on Access  Mike 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.  This year, there was a fire left by trespassers which ignited the grass and the fire department had to be called.  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 another nuisance permit from the DEC to deal with the Canada Geese problem.  The goose population has declined somewhat and (good news) there are no families this year.  Negative effects caused by the geese have been minimal.

Water Quality  Bo R. spoke of 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://adirondacklakeassessmentprogram.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/ALAP-Update-2019.pdf (p. 60).  The lake is in very good shape, with no new alarming trends. A discussion followed about the importance of water quality testing and the SLPA’s funding of the program.  According to John B., water quality should be one of the primary purposes of the Association and the spending of its dues.  The group agreed.  The fecal coliform testing summary was also discussed.  Mike said that, as part of the coliform testing, we should test for e-coli as well as fecal coliform bacteria.  Discussion followed about results and locations for testing.  Additional costs were also considered.  Suggested locations were Post Office Bay, the sandbar, and a location in 2nd and 3rd lake.  A motion was made by Deb B., seconded by Vito T., to include the cost of e-coli testing, if available, in addition to coliform testing in a variety of four locations around the lake.  The motion was carried. 

Bo mentioned the efforts of members Mike and Mary Lou M. and their continuing contributions to the water testing program.  The M.s sample water three times per summer and partner with the ALAP person from Cranberry Lake to alternately deliver the water samples to Paul S.’s in Saranac Lake for analysis.  They also have been sampling for fecal coliforms once per summer.  Bo said that their contributions are vital to the Lake and they should be thanked by all. 

Boating Safety Certification  Joe R. reported that the boaters’ safety course could be taken on-line for $28 (NYS) or $35 (Coast Guard) or locally.  The new Coast Guard course consists of four 2-hour sessions, while the NYS course can be taken at your leisure.  Joe said that the Coast Guard certification was federal and that if you lose your certificate, you can get a duplicate.  You can also get the certification noted on your driver’s license.  He and Chuck Y. will again offer the course locally, but in a Zoom session, due to covid-19 restrictions.  No date has been established yet.  If interested, people should contact him at 315-848-5326.  Information and links can be found on the SLPA home page on the web site at slpa.info or at https://www.boaterexam.com/usa/newyork/.  New York law requires that all jet-ski operators must be 14 or older and must pass the boater safety course.  By 2025, all boat operators must be over 10 and will have to take the boaters safety course.  Dick R. asked if the gate would be open after Labor Day to take boats out of the lake, given the construction in the bay.  Joe thought that it would be. 

Invasive Species Committee   Deb B. pointed out that it is the responsibility of all of us to make sure that everyone, including renters, who launch boats make sure that they use the public boat wash site and make sure that they help to keep our lake clean and free of invasives. 

Dick R. gave some background.  He and Hank Moshano were on the committee formed several years ago.  They had accomplished several things, including arranging for a presentation at our meeting by a group from Paul S.’s.   He and Hank had attended a workshop at Paul S.’s.  They also composed a letter to lake owners, which was included in the spring mailing to all lake owners, advising them of the need to clean boats and be good shepherds of the lake.  The group agreed that it was all of our responsibility to become educated about invasive species. 

Mike asked if there was a shoreline survey done.  Bo said that there was one done by students from Paul S.'s last year or the year before.  The survey was free and there were no aquatic invasives found.  Dick R. said that the students did pull some purple loosestrife (an invasive shoreline weed) from several locations.  Mike suggested that members might volunteer to get training through programs offered by Paul S.'s.  Bo referred the group to the June mailing, which had some great links to NY initiatives regarding invasive species detection and removal training.  John B. said that “it is better to be proactive than reactive.”  He suggested that the quality of the lake is extremely important to all of us and that we could even hire professionals to survey the lake, which would be money well-spent.  All agreed.  Deb B. suggested calling Mark H., who is the new APA representative; Dick agreed to do so.  Mike again suggested that we could have several members of this group trained to identify invasives.  Mike said he would check into it and place it on the agenda for the next meeting. 

Justin Z. pointed out that we should monitor who launches boats in the lake and perhaps contact them with educational invasives literature.  Lake residents present little risk; however, weekly renters are much riskier and harder to contact.  A lengthy discussion followed regarding the problems of identifying locations able to launch watercraft and how to best contact the property owners.  Many felt that property owners should be targeted, contacted and asked that boats be cleaned before launching, which is the law anyway.  Mike said that we would look into this more and put it on the agenda for the next meeting.

New Business

New Literature  Over the winter, three new documents were created.  A 4-page mini handbook, a tri-fold membership brochure and a 4-page Star Lake Handbook insert were created by Mike S. and Bo R.; then, printed thanks to Bill C. 

Mike said that it would be difficult to distribute the materials as was planned at the last meeting.  The tri-fold brochure was sent to all lake owners with the June mailing. 

The mini-handbook is most appropriate for renters and those new to the lake.  Bo suggested that a list of renters is needed so that we can distribute copies to the owners who can then include a copy in their packets to renters.  Chris C. agreed and suggested that everyB. knows someB. who rents and they should be included on a list.  Leaving copies at local businesses and the post office was discussed; but many felt that, with limited copies, the target audience might not be served.  A list of renters will be compiled.

The Handbook insert was designed for everyone who has a Star Lake Handbook.  It contains updated property owners and can be inserted into the current Handbook.  Various methods of distribution were discussed and some, like door-to-door distribution, were ruled out due to the Covid-19 situation.  More thought was necessary and the topic would be addressed at the next meeting.

The Star Lake Handbook needs revising.  The most recent edition is 2009 and much of the material needs to be updated.  Most is still relevant; but much is not up-to-date.  New material should be added and old, irrelevant articles should be revised or eliminated.  Bo R. said that the publishing and printing of the Handbook was time-consuming enough, but the real challenge was developing the content.  A committee is needed to review and revise the current edition.  Volunteers included Steve G., Bo R., Mike S., Dick R. (re. invasives) and John B. who would help with content proofing.  Karen R. suggested seeking volunteers from members not at the meeting.  Mike thought that the committee should be kept small for efficiency and we should get together this summer to organize.

Fish Stocking Report  Mike S. gave a summary report of information obtained from the DEC regarding this spring’s fish stocking.  He said that the DEC this year stocked 1,500 rainbow trout, 1,000 land-locked salmon, and an extra 10,000 surplus 2” salmon along with 300 lake trout.  There were fewer rainbows this year due to hatchery problems; we should be up to 2,000 again next year.

Town of Fine Report was not available. 

Nominating Committee  Steve G. asked group members to contact him if there was any interest in running for office in the SLPA for 2021.  He asked present officers if they would be willing to serve for next year; and they all said they would.  Elections will 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. 

Suggested Projects, Speakers, Topics  There were no suggestions.  

Other Business  

John B. reiterated that our primary concern should be to maintain the quality of the Lake. 

Pam T. put in a plug for local non-profit charitable organizations; specifically, the Wilderness Healthcare Foundation, which we have showed strong monetary support for in the past.  Pam said she plans to put in a request for a donation again this year.  She mentioned several projects the Foundation is working on. 

Chris C. asked members to spread the word to respond to the 2020 Census.

Adjournment Motion was made to adjourn by Deb B.; seconded by Linda G..  Motion was carried and the meeting was adjourned at 11:39 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 B., Joe R., John B., Kate & Joe D., Justin & Joy Z., Karen & Dick R., Beth H., Linda and Lenny G., and Vito and Pam T..  There were 20 attendees at the meeting; 13 voting memberships were represented.

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