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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 Persson; 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 Smith’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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August 27, 2016 Annual Dinner Meeting at the Star Lake Haven

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 cocktail hour at The Haven of Star Lake’s main lodge.

Vito welcomed members and guests.  Officers introduced themselves to the group.  40 members and guests attended.

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

Wildlife Sightings  Chris C. has seen prickly lettuce plants on Scott’s Point, had pictures and said that the weeds could be pulled before flowering to stop further infestation.  Mary Lou M. has researched the Canadian Geese problem; said that the DEC could be asked for help if the B. of water is used for drinking or for beach activities, which Star Lake is both.  She said that the Water District person and/or town supervisor could be asked to contact the DEC.  A (premature) discussion followed regarding the geese situation and what could be done about it. 

Approval of Minutes  Copies were available for member inspection.  Vito entertained a motion to approve the minutes.  John V. G. made a motion; seconded by Karen R., to approve the minutes of the June 25, 2016 Regular Meeting as presented.  There was no discussion; the motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report  Tess G. gave the Treasurer’s Report.  Beginning balance as of 6/25/16 was $7,655.21.  Revenues were $790 from dues; $35 in donations from Denise B. (she donated her 3rd place poker run winnings); $5 from the sale of a Star Lake Handbook; and $354 from the Poker Run.  Revenues totaled $1,184.00.  Payments included $178.10 reimbursement to Bo R. including $12.95 for latex gloves for road cleanups; $48.60 for a gift for the M.s; $24.45 for meeting costs and $92.10 for four ads in the Bargain Hunter.  $100 was paid to Joe R. to sponsor the SOS 5-K walk/run t-shirts; and $104.36 was paid for June meeting refreshments.  Total expenses were $382.46.  The ending balance as of August 27th, 2016 is $8,456.75. 

John V. G. asked what we were doing with this money.  Mike M. pointed out that if, in the future, we need to deal with an invasive species situation, our balance would be a drop in the bucket.  Steve G. reminded the group of the tent caterpillar invasion a few years ago, when we hired experts for an egg population study.  We need to be prepared for problems larger than the ones we deal with now.  There were 69 members to date not including those who paid at the meeting.  Motion was made by Steve G., seconded by Karen R. to approve the treasurer’s report.  The motion was carried.

Old Business

Social Committee Report  Daphne H., SLPA vice president and co-chair of the social committee, commented on this year’s social events. Daphne thanked Marty R. for her efforts in making the dinner arrangements for this meeting.  She also thanked Steve G., Tess G. and Chris C. for their efforts each year organizing and running the poker run.

  • Lake Clean-ups  Daphne said we had one of two Lake Road cleanups.  She thanked the five other participants and said that more help was needed.  No one attended breakfast.

  • Lake Shore Cleanup  Steve G. and Chris C. were the only ones to show up on the sandbar.  They covered a large amount of shoreline looking for cans, bottles, and other debris.  Hopefully we can get more people involved in this worthy activity next year. 

  • Poker Run  Steve G. reported that the 12th Annual Poker Run, held August 6th, was a great success.  There were 121 hands (32 less than last year’s record high) yielding $354 for the treasury after $45 in expenses.  Steve S. won first place with a full house.  Third place winner Denise B. donated her $35 prize back to the SLPA.  A great party followed!  Marty R. pointed out that since Deb B. won the prize for raft decoration, she had to pick the theme for next year’s poker run.  Deb said that the theme next year is “Cinco de August”. Vito thanked Steve G., Chris C., Tess G., Bo R., and everyone else who helped to organize and run the poker run this year and in the past. 

Invasive Species Committee  Dick R. gave some background regarding the committee (of 2) that was formed as a result of the June, 2016 meeting.  He referred to a letter that he and Hank M. had composed with the intent to send it along with the spring mailing to all lakefront owners.  He asked for SLPA approval to send the letter and informed the group that there have been no sightings of invasive water plant species yet; but, the letter was to inform owners of the potential threat to the lake and to ask their cooperation regarding the launching of watercrafts in the lake.  Hank said that the letter is only a first step in an on-going effort to protect the lake environment.  Many lakes have become infested with Milfoil and other weeds and we need to stop it before it starts.  We need to educate/inform land owners of the threat. 

A discussion followed about the use of the word “require” in the letter.  Vito and Lenny G. felt that many in the community would not be open to our “requiring” that those who use their property to launch watercraft wash and inspect their vessel before launch.  Bo R. pointed out that that is the new law; that it is illegal to launch without inspecting (and cleaning) the boat, trailer, motor, gear, etc.  Daphne said that there were many boats from other lakes launched by her property with no inspection.  It was suggested that signage be placed where boats might be launched, including perhaps the Nice-n-Easy parking lot, where many boats gas up before launching.  Other suggestions included talking to people who rent their camps out, to ask for their cooperation.  Steve G. made a motion, seconded by Karen R., to authorize that the letter be sent, as is.  Motion was carried.

New Business

Guest Speaker Sue Westbrook, Town of Fine Supervisor  Sue said that things were generally “fine” in Fine.  She spoke highly of three new council members who have added their talents to the Board.  She said that the Town Board had unanimously agreed to accept the merger plans with the Town of Clifton. She commended the planning committee and DANC for doing a great job researching the proposed merger’s impact on the two towns.  The Clifton Board recently rejected the plan, effectively putting an end to the process for now.  The foot bridge project in Wanakena is going well, with its private funding campaign.  Sue praised the highway department with its three new employees and its supervisor, Tracy Typher, who was elected from within.  Regarding the Star Lake Water District project, Sue said that they are still looking for a viable water source, perhaps at the gravel pit on Lawrence Rd, owned by the Town.  The construction of water mains should begin in the spring of 2017.  She explained that water charges had to increase, in order to be eligible for various grants that support the project.  Vito thanked Sue for speaking to our group. 

National Loon Survey  Mike and Mary Lou M. have participated in a national loon survey coordinated by the Wilderness Society for the past several years. 

Mary Lou said that before she spoke of the survey, she wanted to share results so far of the State boat cleaning sites, per the discussion above regarding invasive species.  She said that from May 27 to August 14, 36,349 boats had been inspected State-wide; and 1,235 were found to harbor invasives which were detected and removed from boats, prior to launch.  715 boats carried Eurasian milfoil; 250 carried Curly-leaf pondweed; Zebra mussels hitch-hiked on 140 of the boats and 109 carried variable leaf Milfoil (recently found in Cranberry Lake).  Clearly, the boat wash sites are helping to protect our waters.

Since 2001, the Wilderness Society saw a need for a loon survey.  Now, 440 volunteers count loons on their waterways between 8 and 9 am on the specified date.  Data is collected and given to researchers.  There are over 2000 loons in the Adirondacks.  Mike said that they counted on Star Lake four adults and one chick in 2016 and three adults and two chicks in 2015.  For the year 2013, 85% of loons were adults; 13% were chicks and 2% were “immatures” or juveniles. Mike, at the end of the presentation, noted also that most recent sechi disk samples indicated water clarity to 21 feet—very clear, best results yet. 

Mike and Mary Lou have been sampling and testing Star Lake water in conjunction with ALAP (Adirondack Lake Assessment Program) since 2010.  In appreciation for their continued efforts and dedication, Vito presented a certificate of appreciation to the M.s and a framed Jeanne Lampson print of a loon and chick.  A hearty round of thankful applauds followed.

Canada Geese Problem  This discussion was a result of member Bob M.’s 8/20/16 e-mail to the SLPA:  “I bring to your attention that a large family of Canadian Geese in excess of 50 are migrating on the sandbar after dusk for several hours.  Please ask members and other boaters to not feed them or leave any food behind.  Perhaps DEC should be consulted on ways to eradicate these birds before we have a problem.  I bring to your attention that a Lake George beach is currently closed because of coliform bacteria, which is typically associated with fecal contamination that exceeds state health guidelines.  The source of the bacteria could be a combination of any birds and mammals that frequent the area, including but not limited to ducks, gulls, dogs, humans and other sources like septic tanks.  Another beach on Saratoga Lake was closed for two weeks in July because of E. coli, another bacteria associated with fecal contamination.  I bring this to your attention in hopes SLPA could take the matter under consideration and take steps now to eradicate these birds off the lake.” 

This problem is becoming more of a priority to the SLPA, not only from a health standpoint; but also, geese are a great nuisance, defecating on lawns around the lake, the school and the golf course and destroying vegetable gardens and blueberries.  Prior to five years ago, geese used to just pass through the area in the spring and fall.  Now, they are reproducing on the lake, causing far more damage to property and to the lake itself.  The SLPA tests for coliforms and will specifically test the sandbar again this year.  Sue Westbrook said that she would discuss the problem with Mark Hall, Water District Supervisor, who also has good connections with the Area 6 DEC people.  Geese, while federally protected, have outgrown their target population and are causing problems everywhere.  We will continue to monitor the problem and seek legal solutions.

2017 Proposed Calendar  No objections to the proposed dates were made, so, by motion of Pam T.; second by Mike B., the proposed dates listed on the agenda will stand for 2017.   

2017 Membership Dues  Tess G. indicated that the current level of dues at $20 for regular membership and $10 for associate membership is adequate for maintaining a healthy balance in the treasury and that they need not be changed.  A motion by Tess G., seconded by Steve G. to not change member dues was passed and dues shall remain at current levels.

Election of Officers for 2017  Steve G., as our de facto nominating committee of one, suggested a 2017 slate comprised of current 2016 officers of Vito T. for president; Daphne H. for vice president; and Bo R. for secretary.  Steve said that Tess G. had been treasurer since 1993 and would like to retire this year.  Steve spoke of Chris C.’s qualifications and nominated her for the position of treasurer.  He asked if there were any nominations from the floor.  There were none, so Steve made the motion, seconded by Karen R., for the secretary to cast one ballot to elect the proposed slate of officers for 2017.  Motion to accept the slate as presented was carried.  The group gave Tess a standing ovation for a job well-done and well-appreciated.

Other Business  There was no further business.

Adjournment  Motion was made and seconded to adjourn.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm.  Another great meal followed.  After dinner, Vito thanked the staff of the Haven for their great service.  The group applauded the staff.

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

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June 25, 2016 Regular Meeting at the Adirondack Exhibit Center

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order 10:05 am by Vito T., president.  President Vito thanked the social committee for refreshments, supplied by Coffee Fever.  The officers were introduced.  Current officers are:  Vito T., president; Daphne H., vice-president; Tess G., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary.  Attendees introduced themselves.  21 were in attendance.

Good/Bad Wildlife Sightings:  Feets S. said there was a loon nest on a nearby island. Vito said he thought he saw a single baby loon off the nest, riding on a parent’s back.  Raymond C. said he taped 8 loons’ calls; and they respond to playbacks. 

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. Bo R. pointed out that he had acquired literature from the APIPP (Adirondack Park Invasive Plants Program); and invasive species information was also on the table for the taking.  Bo encouraged members to read and share the literature with other lake users.  Hank M. spoke of a lake he had recently visited that was invaded by milfoil—said it was a horrendous problem getting through the weeds with a boat.  A (premature) discussion followed about invasives and what can be done.  Bo said that it is a very important mission of the SLPA to protect the lake and its environment and suggested a standing Water Quality committee be created to oversee water testing and invasive species education and vigilance.  Richard R. and Hank M. volunteered.  It was suggested that the committee should have a budget to operate with, to reimburse members for travel expenses, etc.  Richard R. made a motion to authorize $300 for the committee.  Steve G. amended the motion, seconded by John B., to authorize up to $500 to reimburse committee expenses.  The motion was carried.  Discussion followed about what could be done about invasives.  Suggestions were made, such as Bargain Hunter ads seeking lake owner and public cooperation and signage at potential boat launch sites including the public carry-on site.  Vito brought the meeting back to the agenda and said that there was room for further discussion later in the agenda.    

Approval of Minutes:  Minutes to the August 29, 2015 meeting were available for discussion.  A motion was made by Debby B., seconded by Karen R., to approve the minutes of the August 29, 2015 annual meeting as presented.  Motion was carried.  

Treasurer’s Report:  Tess G. gave the Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance was $7,830.21.  Receipts totaled $1,440.00, including $670 from dues and $770 from members for dinner at last August’s meeting.  Expenses totaled $1,615.00, including $1,200.19 to the Haven at Star Lake for dinners at last August’s meeting; $131.75 to Mary A. to reimburse costs for the Regatta booklet; school taxes of $74.33, land taxes of $107.89; and $100.84 for secretary’s expenses ($15), spring mailing expenses ($77.89) and web site cost for anonymous domain registration ($7.95).  The ending balance was $7,655.21.  As of June 25th, there were 36 paid members. 

Social Committee Report—Vito thanked the social committee for their efforts in planning and organizing the dinner and other events.  The committee is comprised of Daphne H., Trudy C., Mary R., Pam T. and Karen R..  Daphne discussed 2016 SLPA events:

Dinner Meeting  Plans for the annual dinner meeting are almost finalized.  Daphne passed around pre-registration cards for the dinner, which will be at the Haven at Star Lake once again this year on August 27th.  Watch the Bargain Hunter for details.   

Poker Run August 6th   There was some discussion about changing the date; but, it was decided that changing it would cause more conflicts than leaving it the 6th.  People will register at the sandbar as in the past; their registration (per hand) will be verified by the stations and the hand will be determined later at the sandbar. 

Lake Road Cleanups Daphne passed around a sign-up sheet for the two cleanups which will be held on Wednesday, July 13th and Wednesday, September 7th.  Dates were changed to Wednesdays to avoid weekend conflicts.  We will meet at the school parking lot at 9 am sharp.  Vito thanked those who signed up in the past and noted that the SLPA bought breakfast after the cleanup for the volunteers. 

Lake Shore Cleanup  The shoreline cleanup last year yielded many cans, bottles, other debris and a tire.  Only four crafts divided up the shoreline—a rather small group of volunteers.  This year, we will hold another lake shore cleanup, to be held Wednesday, August 17th.  Volunteers will meet at the sandbar at 1 pm where we will decide what shoreline areas each will cover.  A signup sheet was circulated. (Secretary’s note: the same few people signed up again this year!)

Benson Mines Tour – Our “thanks” to George P., who will once again offer a tour of the old Benson Mines property and its recent commercial venture into crushed granite production.  Feets S. said he took the tour with George and it was very interesting. He recommends it to all.  The tour will begin at George’s gravel pit on Route 3, across from the post office at 10:00 am on July 16th (rain date July 17th).  A sign-up sheet was circulated.  Joe R. added that the Adirondack Exhibit Center is hosting a Railroad Open House at 1:30 on July 2nd.  George P. will be there to discuss the granite operation and the role the newly-renovated rail service will play in transporting crushed granite. 

Old Business

SLPA Website Update – Bo R. said that the SLPA web site at www.slpa.info has been up for over nine years, since March, 2007.  Bo reported that the 2016 username and password for the members’ area are in the agenda.  There was a question about when the username/password was needed.  Bo explained that it is only for the “members’ area” of the web site, in order to protect the privacy of members who had originally expressed concern.  There is a great deal of content available to those who go to the public area of the site.  Some members said that they access the site frequently, particularly during the winter months and like the pictures. 

Problems with DEC Carry-on Access  People are still abusing the DEC site.  Garbage, partying, and swimming have been observed by lake neighbors.  Sara W., owner of the old Lakeview property (which adjoins the carry-on site), said that they have had several padlocks cut off their gate and there has been considerable public use of their property and the boat launch site property as well.  Bo said that people should report abuse as it happens to the DEC or State Police (phone numbers are included on the agenda).

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.

Need for Water Quality Committee  Bo R. pointed out (again) the need for our Association to be proactive and get involved with water testing and invasive species monitoring to “preserve and protect the lake” (see discussion above).

Water Testing Results  Bo spoke, in the absence of Mike and Mary Lou M., of 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  http://www.protectadks.org/programs/lake-assessment-alap/ (follow link to “what lakes are assessed” and select “Star Lake”).  According to the report, the lake is in very good shape.

Bo reminded the group of the tireless, on-going contributions made by members Mike and Mary Lou, who have conducted water sampling for the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) since 2010.  Water samples were taken three times each summer with sampling equipment reimbursed by the SLPA.  Samples were then taken to the lab at Paul S.’s in Saranac Lake for analysis.  In addition to ALAP testing, the M.s have also, for the past three years, tested for fecal coliform.  Bo noted that this is particularly of merit since the coliform water samples had to be transported to a lab within hours after the samples were taken.  While the SLPA has reimbursed the Mike and Mary Lou for ALAP and Coliform lab costs, traveling expenses have not been asked for or reimbursed and the time they donated is immeasurable.  Bo said that they had indicated that perhaps this summer might be the last year that they would do the water testing/sampling.  Bo asked who in the group would be willing to contribute so thanklessly.  Much discussion followed and the group commented with great appreciation for the M.s’ contribution to the lake.  A motion was made by Richard R., seconded by John B., for the secretary to send a note of appreciation to Mike and Mary Lou for their efforts, along with a $50 gift certificate.  Motion was carried.  Deb B. made a motion, seconded by John B., to add the $200 cost of coliform testing to the Water Quality committee budget as an on-going commitment.  Motion was carried, bringing the budget to $700 per year. 

Adirondack Exhibit Center Funding Request  Joe R. thanked the SLPA for having our meeting at the Adirondack Exhibit Center.  Joe asked that the SLPA 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 part of the proceeds of the race to the local food pantry.  The SOS committee is funded by contributions and revenues from the 5K walk/run race, and the pie social, raffle and auction that follow the race.  Steve G. made a motion, seconded by Deb B., 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 two people had signed up for the Boating Safety Course this year.  The course can now be taken on-line.  Information can be obtained from the SLPA web site or you can go to the NYS boater safety site.  Joe reviewed the laws pertaining to operation of motorized water craft in New York.  Joe said that New York State passed a new law whereby those born after May 1, 1996 (20 and younger) must have the 8-hour boaters’ safety course certificate in order to operate any motorized boat.  Those born before that date are grandfathered.  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.

Suggested Projects, Speakers, Topics  Discussion followed.  Jan M. asked about the progress of the water district project.  Chris C. had gone to the Town meeting; said that test wells near the golf course have been unproductive so far.  Town officials said we are in an “invisible period” where there is a lot being accomplished behind the scenes.  It was agreed by the group to invite Mark Hall, former Town Supervisor and Water District supervisor, to the August meeting to speak of the progress of the project.  It was also suggested that Sue Westbrook, current Town of Fine Supervisor, and the C-F Hospital administrator might be good guest speakers in the future. 

Other Business - Raymond C. suggested Poker Run tee shirts.  Pam T. reminded the group of the C-F Hospital celebration on August 20th.  John B. told the group about the Hospital’s Weight Watchers program.  No action was taken.

Adjournment Motion was made to adjourn by Feets S.; seconded by Steve G..  Motion was carried and the meeting was adjourned at 11:27 am.

Respectfully submitted by Bo R., SLPA Secretary

June 1, 2016 Letter to Lake Owners Here is a link to the 2016 Spring Mailing letter to all Star Lake property owners.

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August 29, 2015 Annual Dinner Meeting at The Haven of Star Lake

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by President Vito T. after a cocktail hour at The Haven of Star Lake (formerly Houghton Campus) in Star Lake.

Vito welcomed members and guests.  Officers were introduced to the group and members introduced themselves and indicated where they live on the lake.  48 members and guests attended.   

Available Literature  Available for members was the latest New York State Boaters’ Guide which spells out safety rules and operator requirements for those who have boats or jet skis on the lake.  Also, stickers for canoes and kayaks indicating ownership were provided by Joe R.  Star Lake Handbooks were also available for sale. 

Wildlife Sightings  Black bears have been roaming on Scott’s Point and behind the lake.  Feets S. saw a falcon on his point; Jon R. took a picture of either a hawk or falcon.  Steve G. mentioned the appearance of purple loosestrife and a coyote has been spotted near MacNaughton’s on the back side of the lake. 

Approval of Minutes  Copies were available for member inspection.  Bo R. asked if there were any changes needed in the minutes.  Vito entertained a motion to approve the minutes.  Deb B. made a motion; seconded by Mike B. to approve the minutes of the June 27, 2015 Regular Meeting as presented.  There was no discussion; the motion was carried.

Treasurer’s Report  Tess G. gave the Treasurer’s Report.  Beginning balance as of 6/27/15 was $8,273.32.  Revenues were $750 from dues; $30 in donations; $5 from the sale of a Star Lake Handbook; and $375 from the Poker Run.  Revenues totaled $1,160.  Payments included $470.36 reimbursement to Bo R. for the purchase of a PA system and accessories, spring mailing costs, June meeting costs and an ad in the Bargain Hunter.  $100 was paid to Joe R. to sponsor the SOS 5-K walk/run t-shirts; $300 was also paid for a contribution to the Flag and Banner Committee; and the $50 annual membership fee in the Adirondack Lake Alliance was paid. Coffee Fever was paid $54 to cater the June meeting.  $200 was contributed to Sally Capone in behalf of the Flower Committee to help beautify the area.  $43 was paid to reimburse breakfast cost for the lake cleanup crew.  $116.25 was paid to reimburse Bo R. for expenses including five ads in the Bargain Hunter for $99.75 and August meeting secretarial expenses of $16.50.  Mary Lou M. was paid $269.50 to reimburse her for water testing lab costs.  Total expenses paid were $1,603.11.  The ending balance as of August 29th, 2015 is $7,830.21.  There were 72 members to date including 5 associate members and not including those who paid at the meeting.  Motion was made by Deb B., seconded by Steve H. to approve the treasurer’s report.  The motion was carried.

Old Business

Social Committee Report  Daphne H., SLPA vice president and co-chair of the social committee, commented on this year’s social events. Daphne also thanked Marty R. for her efforts in making the dinner arrangements for this meeting.

Lake Clean-ups  Daphne said we had one of two Lake Road cleanups.  Participants enjoyed a breakfast at the Hillside Diner afterwards, compliments of the SLPA.  The second Lake Road Cleanup will be held Saturday, September 5th and there is still time to sign up.

Lake Shore Cleanup  Only five people showed up on the sandbar on August 15th; but we still managed to cover most of the shoreline, looking for cans, bottles, and other debris.  Hopefully we can get more people involved in this worthy activity next year. 

Cycle Adirondacks Raft Rides  Daphne, on behalf of Cycle Adirondacks, thanked Joe R. and the SOS committee for their participation and said that the raft rides, provided by the SLPA were a big hit with the cyclists.  Dave B. asked how many were given rides; we guessed about 50 or more enjoyed the ride and afternoon on the sandbar.  There was a great deal of positive feedback from the group.

Poker Run  Steve G. reported that the 11th Annual Poker Run, held August 1st, was a great success and once again, it broke records!  It was a little chilly and the skies were threatening; however, the weather held out and everyone returned to the sandbar to determine the winning hands.  There were 153 hands (a record) yielding $375 for the treasury after expenses and paying out $320 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best hands.  Prizes were also awarded for best costumes and the best-decorated raft.  Trudy and Raymond C. won the latter with the yellow bus hippie raft.  A great party followed where hippies let their hair down (the theme was “Woodstock”)!

Dave B. asked if the date for next year’s poker run could be changed so as not to conflict with the golf tournament.  Discussion was deferred to later in the agenda.  Vito thanked Steve G., Chris C., Tess G., Bo R., and everyone else who helped to organize and run the poker run this year and in the past. 

Requests for SLPA Funding—Steve G. spoke of concerns about the amount of funding requests we have received, particularly at the June meeting.  He made a motion, seconded by Eileen B., that the person requesting funding should at least be an SLPA member.  Discussion followed.  Dave B. said that some organizations didn’t have members in the SLPA.  Others felt that money spent was well-spent and commended the community beautifications that resulted from our donations for flowers, flags, and banners.  Others noted that we received positive PR from sponsoring things like the SOS 5K race.  Richard R. didn’t feel that requesters for funding should have to be members.  Bo R. noted that requests for funding should be evaluated based on their merit to the SLPA and how they align with SLPA purposes and goals (see Article 2 below).  Steve said that we are a member organization and most of the money we spend is provided by members through dues.  It was pointed out that any organization requesting funding could get an SLPA member to sponsor their request at a meeting.  A hand vote was taken and the motion was passed by a margin of 21 in favor to 8 opposed.    

Adirondack Lake Alliance—SLPA is now a member.  A discussion followed regarding our taking a more pro-active approach to the threat of invasive species.  Bo R. pointed out that there should be a standing committee established to oversee the water quality of Star Lake.  Not only should the current water quality testing be continued; but regular invasive species surveys should be conducted.  Discussion followed about ways we can help to insure that invasive species do not enter our waters.  Most felt that we need to encourage use of the new boat cleaning and inspection station.  Star Lake water quality should be a top priority of the SLPA and all Star Lake waterfront neighbors.  Article 2 of the SLPA By-laws says: “The purpose of the Association is to promote the protection and improvement of Star Lake and the surrounding property and environment” and we should use this to guide us through our various activities and events.       

New Business

2016 Proposed Calendar  Bo R. pointed out that the by-laws state that the officers shall establish meeting dates and that this discussion is to inject member input into the process.   Discussion about the Poker Run date followed. Dave B. asked if we could look into the following weekend to avoid conflict with the Hospital Golf Tournament.  Bo pointed out that the date was partially dependent upon when Trudy C., co-chair of the Social Committee (who lives in Pennsylvania) would be in town.  We could check with her about the 17th.  Lenny G. said that there would be conflicts no matter what the date was and that we should leave it as scheduled, for Saturday, August 6th.  There seemed to be general agreement among the group.  No other objections to the proposed dates were made, so the proposed dates listed on the agenda will stand for 2016.   

2016 Membership Dues  Tess G. indicated that the current level of dues at $20 for regular membership and $10 for associate membership is adequate for maintaining a healthy balance in the treasury and that they need not be changed.  A motion by Pam T., seconded by Steve G. to not change member dues was passed and dues shall remain at current levels.

Election of Officers for 2016  Steve G., as our de facto nominating committee of one, suggested a 2016 slate comprised of current officers for 2016, as all had agreed to serve again.  The slate consists of Vito T. for president; Daphne H. for vice president; Tess G. for treasurer; and Bo R. for secretary.  Steve made the motion, seconded by Mike B., for the secretary to cast one ballot to elect the proposed slate of officers for 2016.  Motion to accept the slate as presented was carried.

Other Business

Leon Z. suggested that a seal should be designed that could be displayed on members’ houses to show that they are SLPA members.  He suggested a committee be formed to design the plaque. Some felt that they might not want a plaque on their house.  Pam T. suggested opening up the design to local artists and art students at school.  Steve G. said that we might have enough SLPA 100 year anniversary decals/bumper stickers that could be handed out to members.  No action resulted from the discussion. 

Gail A. asked how we promote the SLPA.  Vito answered that we have a membership drive in the spring following a spring letter sent to every lake owner.  We also promote the group with our web site and social events such as the Poker Run, lake clean-ups, and our meetings.  Pam volunteered to go door-to-door if necessary as part of the membership drive.  Membership has averaged around 70 members, up from the 30 or so in the 90’s.

Deb B. said that Scott Gearsbeck made a beautiful topo map of Cranberry Lake and he might be willing to make one of Star Lake, perhaps for display at the Adirondack Exhibit Center.

Daphne H. said she was proud of the many people in the room for their contributions and thanked them. 

Adjournment

Motion was made by Mike B., seconded by Karen R. to adjourn.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:54 pm.  A great Italian buffet followed.  After dinner, Vito thanked the staff of the Haven for the use of their facilities and for the great service and meal.  The group applauded the staff for a job well-done.

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

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June 27, 2015 Regular Meeting at the Adirondack Exhibit Center

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order after a brief social period at 10:06 am by Vito T., president.  President Vito thanked the social committee for refreshments which were catered by Coffee Fever, the new coffee shop in Star Lake.  The officers were introduced.  Current officers are:  Vito T., president; Daphne H., vice-president; Tess G., treasurer; and Bo R., secretary. Attendees introduced themselves.  Vito welcomed guests Doug Haney, Vanessa Vaverchat and Sherm Craig. 

Good/Bad Wildlife Sightings:  Feets S. remarked about the higher than normal lake level and how it might affect the loon nest on a nearby island. (secretary’s note: 7/10 two baby loons in 3rd lake!

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 asking.   

Approval of Minutes:  Minutes to the August 30, 2014 meeting were available for discussion.  A motion was made by Debby B., seconded by Steve G., to approve the minutes of the August 30, 2014 annual meeting.  Motion was carried.  

Treasurer’s Report:  Tess G. gave the Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance was $9,159.57.  Receipts totaled $915.00, including $760 from dues; $150 donation from the Haven from a video that was filmed there; and $5 donation from Carol Myers.  Expenses totaled $1,801.25, including $1,230.79 to the Haven at Star Lake for dinners at last August’s meeting; $77.00 to Bo R. for breakfast for the lake cleanup crew;  school taxes of $72.75, land taxes of $103.89; $316.82 for secretary’s expenses for the 3-year renewal for web hosting for the web site ($222.15) and buoy maintenance and repair ($94.67).  The ending balance was $8,273.32.  As of June 25th, there were 35 members at this time. 

Social Committee Report—Daphne H. discussed 2015 SLPA events:

  • Dinner Meeting  Plans for the annual dinner meeting are almost finalized.  The Haven at Star Lake will once again host our group on August 29th.  Watch the Bargain Hunter for details.   

  • Poker Run August 1st   People will register at the sandbar as in the past; their registration (per hand) will be verified by the stations and the hand will be determined later at the sandbar. 

  • Lake Road Cleanups Daphne passed around a sign-up sheet for the two cleanups which will be held on Sunday, July 12th and Saturday, September 5th.  The Sunday cleanup follows the Star Lake Firemen’s Field Day, so additional volunteers are needed.  We will meet at the school parking lot at 9 am sharp. 

  • Lake Shore Cleanup  We will organize a lake shore cleanup, to be held Saturday, August 15th.  It was suggested that volunteers meet at the sandbar at 1 pm where we will decide what shoreline areas each will be cover.  Chris C. suggested that even in a canoe, she and Steve G. were able to retrieve many unsightly cans and bottles.  A signup sheet was circulated.

  • Benson Mines Tour – Our “thanks” to George P., who will again offer a tour of the old Benson Mines property.  The tour will begin at George’s gravel pit on Route 3, across from the post office at 10:00 am on July 18th (rain date July 19th).  A sign-up sheet was circulated. 

Old Business

SLPA Website Update – Bo R.  The SLPA web site at www.slpa.info has been up for over eight years, since March, 2007.  Bo reported that the 2015 username/password for the members’ area is in the agenda.  Please don’t share this information with others outside your family, as this is a privilege of SLPA membership.  No new major content was added, other than updating ‘Tis the Season pictures and minor housekeeping changes.  

Problems with DEC Carry-on Access  People are still abusing the DEC site.  Garbage, partying, and swimming have been observed by lake neighbors.  Bo said that people should report abuse as it happens to the DEC or State Police (phone numbers are included on the agenda).

Cycle Adirondacks Raft Rides  Mark Hall, former Town Supervisor, introduced Doug Haney, event manager and Vanessa Vaverchak, local organizer to the group. Doug gave an overview of Cycle Adirondacks, where a few hundred cyclists will cover a 450-mile circuit starting at Saranac Lake, with the first stopover at Star Lake.  Many will camp at the school were dinner will be served and a music concert will be provided.  The SLPA has agreed to provide raft rides on Star Lake for those interested in enjoying some of the local flavor.  Vanessa said that bikers will arrive around 3 pm and settle at the school.  Rafts will shuttle people from the shore of the Haven at Star Lake to the sandbar where a raft will be anchored for refreshments.  People can choose to stay there or take a slow raft cruise around the lake.  After the party on the sandbar, cyclists will be shuttled back to the Haven, then to the school.  Mark suggested that we look at the Cycle Adirondacks web site (http://cycleadirondacks.com/index.php) to learn more about the event.  A sign-up sheet was circulated.

New Business

Nominating Committee  Vito asked Steve G. if he would seek nominations for the election of 2016 officers, to be held at the annual dinner meeting.  Steve agreed.

Town of Fine Update – Mark Hall, Town of Fine Supervisor and SLPA member, updated the group on several important events.  First, Mark announced his resignation as Town Supervisor, as he has accepted another position.  He will still be involved with the Star Lake Water District project.  He said that funding for the 2-town project has been accomplished and construction will begin next summer, paperwork will be complete this summer as will some test wells.  Jan M. asked when the project will be completed; Mark said that most would be complete by the end of next summer and all will be complete by the end of the summer of 2017.  Mark said that the town consolidation studies are on-going.  DANC has helped with a 1-year study of other towns’ experiences with the key consideration being “does consolidation make sense?”  Mark said to see http://www.danc.org/ for more information.  The J&L cleanup is on-going.  The EPA is cleaning oil spills and asbestos abatement may still happen.  The railroad project is being delayed due to the unavailability of railroad ties.  The project is on-going.  Vito thanked Mark for his many years of service to the town and for his many accomplishments.

Guest Speaker Sherm Craig  Sherm is the first in-park APA board member from St. Lawrence County.  Sherm spoke about a number of topics.  He commended Mark Hall for his role in getting the Cycle Adirondacks tour to stop in Star Lake.  He mentioned that the new, revised pamphlet of local businesses and organizations is available, free, compliments of Damoth Foundation funding.

Regarding the new boat wash site near J & L, he said that the APA has prioritized the potential of the introduction of invasive species to our waters via boat launching from lake to lake.  He said that once you get them, you can’t get rid of them.  The APA is very worried about the threat to our lakes and rivers and emphasizes prevention measures.  The boat wash site was one of them.  The Common Ground Alliance recently listed invasive species as one of the highest priorities.  The Adirondack Lake Alliance was formed “to provide one voice for all lake associations.”  We can join for $50 per year ($75 if >70 members) and send a representative on July 15th to discuss many topics of common interest.  Sherm said there is a need for action and the problem is not an isolated one.  Milfoil, zebra mussels, water fleas, and water chestnuts can come from boat bottoms and props, live wells, fishing gear and boat trailers from Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and lakes and rivers already infested with invasive species (like Lake Bonapart).  They can be transferred to clean waters when they launch, unless carefully washed and inspected.  The Governor allocated $1 million dollars to establish 12 wash centers across the state (one here).  A welcome center will be built on the wash site property which was provided by the county for DEC use.  The wash site is free to users and is manned by students from Paul S.’s College. 

Questions followed.  Karen R. felt that there should be some better signage, to inform vacationers of the site and services offered.  Sherm said that there have been state-wide press releases and that this is a big deal in State articles.  Bo R. said that there should be signs at all boat launch sites ie. the DEC carry-on site in Star Lake.  Sherm said that signs were available.  Feets S. asked how long an infected boat could be out of the water and have the invasive species rendered harmless.  Sherm said that 2 weeks was not enough.  Stored boats are probably ok.  Steve G. asked how many boats have been washed so far; Sherm said about 50.  He said it’s best to stop boats before getting to the lake.  The wash site might issue stickers for those who had their boat inspected/washed.  Mark Hall said that education is needed and there is a role for the SLPA to play.  Bo said that we need to replace Pete and Margie Kress, who were our invasive species experts at one point, prior to their passing.  We need a standing committee and some new blood interested in monitoring the lake and educating lake users and land owners. 

Regarding the APA, Sherm sees them as more friendly and cooperative regarding development in communities and said that more State funding is available for development efforts in the Park.

Mark Hall made a motion, seconded by Karen R. for the SLPA to join the ALA (Adirondack Lake Alliance) and the motion was carried.  Vito thanked Sherm for his continuing efforts and support.

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program  Vito asked members to read the e-mail (on back of agenda) indicating that July 12-18 was Invasive Species Awareness week.  It offered to help us to host an awareness event.  Bo R. pointed out (again) the need for our Association to get involved to “preserve and protect the lake”.  Very little discussion followed.

Requests for SLPA Support:

  • Star Lake Regatta  Mary A. said that 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Labor Day Star Lake Regatta.  She would like to get participants of past races together for a celebration.  She said that she would like to use the Haven of Star Lake’s beach for the regatta on September 5th, with a 7 pm party to follow.  She needs financial help with booklets.  On a motion by Dick R., seconded by Daphne H. and passed by the group, $200 was donated for the printing of booklets.

  • Star Lake Banner and Light Committee  Sally C., of the Retired Teachers Assn., spoke to the need for some replacement banners, flags, Christmas lights and hardware.  Flag kits cost $90 and the group is totally contribution-supported.  The town helps to put them up; but provides no financial support.  There was some discussion as to how much was being requested; Sally said that it was up to us how much we were willing to give.  Steve G. made a motion, seconded by Daphne H., to donate $300 to the flag and banner committee.  Discussion followed and an amendment was suggested but not made to increase the amount if this was for flowers (F.U.N.D.) as well.  Mary D. spoke of F.U.N.D. origin, created by Ann Rixon, Joan L. and others to help beautify Star Lake.  It was getting too difficult for the members to physically handle the flags and banners, so the Retired Teachers agreed to take over that part of it.  Daphne and others still take on the flower boxes around the community.  There was some question as to whether or not the $300 included flowers; it was concluded that it did not, so the original motion was carried.

  • Flowers Funding  Daphne H. made a request of $200 for funding to help in the purchase of more perennials for the flower boxes around town.  Mark Hall made the motion for the SLPA to donate $200 for the purchase of flowers for the flower boxes.  Motion was carried.

  • Adirondack Exhibit Center Funding Request  Joe R. thanked the SLPA for having our meeting at the Adirondack Exhibit Center and commended Bo R. for his work on the new AEC web site (AdirondackExhibitCenter.org).  Joe asked that the SLPA support their 5K shirts once again with a $100 donation.  He said that individuals and camps can also get their name on the shirts for $25.  The SOS will donate part of the proceeds of the race to the local food pantry.  The SOS committee is funded by contributions and revenues from the 5K walk/run race, and the pie social, raffle and auction that follows the race.  Tess G. made a motion, seconded by Karen R. to donate $100 to the SOS to sponsor t-shirts for this year’s 5-K event.  Motion was carried.

  • White-Out Weekend  Vanessa Vaverchak, chairperson of the White-Out Weekend, asked for the floor (not on agenda).  She told the group about the White-Out Weekend last winter—events and activities spanning both towns.  She asked if there was any interest in being a sponsor for next year.  Individuals may also contribute.  No action was taken

Boating Safety Course Now On-line  Joe R. reported the Boating Safety Course can now be taken on-line.  It is generally an 8-hour course, like the classroom course and the cost varies depending on which on-line classroom you choose.  Information can be obtained from the SLPA web site or you can go to the NYS boater safety site.  Joe said the on-line course is more convenient; but if there is enough interest, he will still hold the classroom course locally.  So, who needs the course/certificate?  Joe said that New York State passed a new law whereby those born after May 1, 1996 (19 and younger) must have the 8-hour boaters’ safety course certificate in order to operate any motorized boat.  Those born before that date are grandfathered from the law.  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.

Water Quality Testing Report - Mike and Mary Lou M. could not attend the meeting, so Bo R. presented the most recent results of a report prepared by the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) about Star Lake water quality.  Bo included a summary table of data on the back of the minutes as well as a summary of the analysis of Star Lake.  The full report can be found at http://www.protectadks.org/programs/lake-assessment-alap/ (follow link to “what lakes are assessed” and select “Star Lake”.  Data resulted from sampling done in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Mike and Mary Lou.  Water samples are taken three times during the summer months and sent in for analysis.  2015 will mark the sixth year Star Lake has participated in the ALAP program.  According to the report, the lake is in very good shape. 

Bo suggested that we should form two standing committees, each with a chairperson and interested volunteers.  One should be for Water Quality, as Mike and Mary Lou might get tired of their thankless testing, or might move—then what?  Right now, they perform a valuable service to the lake community.  A committee could help share the load and maintain consistency as leadership changes.  The second committee should be formed to deal with invasive species control.  We once had Pete and Margie Kress volunteer to get training and bring it back to the group.  We now no longer have Pete and Margie with us and we now have no Invasives Committee.  We need more involvement by our members and lake owners.

Suggested Projects, Speakers, Topics  None were suggested.  Daphne H. warned the group to lock their cars, as prescription drugs were taken from an unlocked car recently.

Other Business - none

Adjournment

Motion was made to adjourn.  Motion was carried and the meeting was adjourned at 12:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Bo R., SLPA Secretary

Those in attendance were:  Officers Vito T. (president), Daphne H. (vice president), Tess G. (treasurer), Bo R. (secretary); guest speakers Mark Hall (former Town Supervisor), Sherm Craig (APA board member), Doug Haney and Vanessa Vaverchak (Cycle Adirondacks planners); Steve G., Chris C., Pam T., Marty R., Mary D., Dick & Karen R., Mike & Laurie S., Bill H., Debby & Mike B., Joe R., Jan & Pat M., Feets S., Schuyler S., Sally C., Mary A., Joan L., Charles C..  There were 29 attendees at the meeting, including three guests; 19 memberships were represented.

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