Dear Fellow Oquaga
Finally, after a long
winter we have some good lake weather.
Enclosed is the
Schedule of Events for the 2013 season. We look forward to meeting
new members and reacquainting with our neighbors.
The Oquaga Lake
Improvement Association, made up of property owners, businesses and
interested individuals, promotes the interests of the entire Lake
community. The Association seeks increased participation from the
Over the decades the
OLIA has focused on protecting the lake environment, preserving water
quality and assuring our enjoyment of the lake. The organization is
concerned with much more than parties and picnics. You may be
interested to know the OLIA:
boating and pushed for the local ordinance banning jet skis.
Worked with the Town
to implement zoning and creation of the Lake Overlay Zone.
quality through implementation of the sewer project.
monitoring of lake water quality.
repaired of the outlet structure
trapping and removal of beaver
Conducts annual fish
Over the last two
years the OLIA helped steer the Sewer District to consider an enhanced
maintenance program rather than pursue the large capital construction
project recommended by the Town's consultants. This saved every
property owner in the sewer district thousands of dollars annually.
The Adult Opening
Cocktail Party will be held on Saturday July 6 at Scott’s on the
waterfront. See the enclosed event schedule for details and more
information will follow in a postcard reminder. Please make your
reservations with Barbara by June 29th.
FOURTH OF JULY
This year the 4th
falls on Thursday and therefore requires our Ring of Fire event to be
held on Thursday evening. The lighting of the flares will be at 9:30
PM. Flares will be available from Koen and Annelie (Yellow
Bird), as was last year flares will be $6.00 a piece or three for
$15.00. The flares will be by the garage on starting Sunday, July 1.
ELMER CROWLEY MEMORIAL FISHING DERBY
The Eleventh Annual
Elmer Crowley Memorial Fishing Derby will be held on Thursday, July
4th starting at 7AM with registration at Koen Gieskes dock. Koen will
be there to judge the fish and award the prizes. Remember there are
both adult and child categories with world class prizes for the
winners. Please call Koen if you have any questions.
ANNUAL FAMILY FIELD DAY AND PICNIC
The annual Family Day
activities are scheduled for Saturday, August 3 to start at 9 AM with
a family event, followed by a 10:00 start for the kids’ field events
and water events starting at 1:30. All events will be held at
Scotts. Larry has again this year put together a special day with
trophies for the winners to be awarded at the Family picnic. The
picnic will begin at 5:45 PM at “Lookout Cookout”.
necessary, so please call Larry for the morning events and Jim B for
LAUNCHING YOUR BOAT
Scott’s will allow
lake residents and their guest access to the lake through their boat
launch area. The Scott’s have requested that we follow a few simple
Please stop at the
lobby of the hotel to pay the launch fee, pick up the key to the
launch and sign the launch log book.
Bring your boat and
trailer to the launch by going along Playhouse Road and backing into
The gate must locked
when you finish launching your boat.
Exit the launch area
by driving by the farm house to the main road.
Please stay off the
grass on either side of the launch access.
Do not leave your
trailer in the launch area.
Please return the
key to the lobby of the hotel.
The 2013 water quality
monitoring program is uncertain at present due to the federal budget
sequestration. The NYSDEC relies on federal subsidies to fund the
majority of the Citizen’s Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP).
Oquaga Lake has participated in this program since the early 1990s.
Don’t forget to place
your orange stickers on your boat for identification. If you need new
stickers contact Barbara and she will assist you. We will also have
stickers available at the opening party.
We have had some
uninvited fishermen on the lake. Remember crossing private property
to access the lake is trespassing and against the law. We stock the
lake at our expense for the benefit of the lake residents, not for
poachers who fish illegally. Check for their boat stickers and ask
the violators to leave.
SEWER SYSTEM UPDATE
The Town Sewer
District reports that the enhanced maintenance program is ahead of
schedule. At this point all electrical upgrades are complete. This
has significantly reduced to repair calls to Brad and Wayne.
Each resident has
received all new wiring coming from the electrical box over to the
pump tank. New conduit was installed where needed. All old
components have been removed with only the breaker and the heater
remaining. A new water proof electrical box has been installed in
each tank to protect the new wiring.
Two new floats have
been installed while removing three floats from the old system,
simplifying the system dramatically (one float turns the pump on and
off, the other works the alarm system).
The county and the
town have located all the access man hole covers in the road way and a
project is started to install risers to bring them up to roadway
grade. When this is done, the inspection of the pipe system can be
accomplished by running cameras thru the 6” pipes to determine
OLIA has expressed our
appreciation to the Sanford Town Board for their strong support.
The Friday night
tradition of gathering for a social hour of fun and frivolity
continues at Scott’s or River Run at 5pm until whenever. There will
be a message on Barbara’s answering machine with this week’s
venue, and you can find it at the top of the NEWS page on the website:
Oquaga.com. Come and join with your Lake friends and neighbors for an
hour or two of fun.
Enclosed with this
letter is the invoice for your Lake Association dues. Your prompt
attention to this invoice will help to control expenses and insure our
financial security. Thank you in advance for your continued support.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!
For the Board of