Association Annual Meeting
Friday, August 30, 2002
The annual membership meeting of the
Oquaga Lake Improvement Association was called to order at 7:40 pm on
August 30,2002 at Scottís, by President Jim B.
Twenty eight of 91 paid association
members present, constituting more than 30% of the Association
membership; therefore, a quorum was present.
Welcomes, and Comments
President B commented that it had
been a good summer with excellent weather, better than any of us can
remember in years, and he hoped all the Association members had
enjoyed and taken full advantage of it.
President B asked new members to
rise and be recognized: Rob and
Linda H have recently acquired 57 Hanson road (formerly Gabana)
B. Approval of
Minutes and Treasurer's Report
Secretaryís Report: Barbara M read
the minutes of last yearís meeting.
Motion to accept as read: Hannah McG,
second Dick H. Approved unanimously.
Treasurerís Report: Marie D
handed out the Treasurerís report. It was noted that the fiscal year
now runs from January to December; therefore the 2001 report was for
the fifteen month period of 2001. The 2002 report represents expenses
since January ,and is still and interim report. Jim B noted
that in 2001 we were over budget, but we are now on track to
replenishing the reserve account.
Marie handed out two lists: paid and
Motion by Mort L, second by Ferris A
to accept the Treasurerís report. Approved unanimously.
presented by Jim Bennett, in Steve Sís absence.
We have been successful for the first time
in getting Alexander Meyer, of Alexanderís Bed and Breakfast, to pay
Committee: Presented by Koen
G. Koen reported that we stocked 900 rainbows and 100 browns.
We have seen a lot of nice fish this year. Stocking is going well,
and we propose to do the same next year.
Activities: Presented by Brenda
Ring of Fire: Herb and Alice S
were thanked for their help with the Ring of Fire, which was very nice
Cocktail Party: seventy-five adults
July Progressive Dinner: fifteen
Field and Water Sports Day: sixty-five
Family Picnic: one hundred fifty attended.
Annual Meeting Progressive Dinner:
The same events are planned for next year;
any additional suggestions are welcome.
Care and Feeding of the Lake:
Andrew M volunteered earlier in the year to do weather
testing. Five samples have been takes, three more are due, and
results submitted to NYFOLA. Andrew is thanked for his efforts.
Continuation of the program of a program started 15 years ago. The
testing is costing us $200. Results should be in by year end, and DEC
will publish a state-wide lake report, which should include our
results. Data summary should be available on-line; website
information will be made available when it is published.
Mort L suggested the Association should
join NYFOLA and a representative should attend the conference in early
May. Jim responded that the Board would follow up on this.
Jim called for a ten minute open
discussion, about any issues in general. His started with the comment
that the Crowley family had requested that contributions, following
the death of J Elmer Crowley, be made to the Oquaga Lake Association,
and that he Board was considering several memorial alternatives: a
flag; a floral garden; a bench.
Ed W expressed the concern that
there are frequently people who donít belong on the lake. Jim
suggested that permits should be issued. It was felt that a label
prevents finger pointing and prevents people from criticizing valid
users (grandchildren, etc.). Details to be worked out by the Board.
Ferris pointed out that the rules need to
be posted for everyone to see. These are currently mailed with the
opening letter. It was noted there have been several instances this
year of people swimming far from shore, and it is believed these may
The cell phone tower has recently been
upgraded and service should be better.
Re: the trailer on Hanson Rd: The Lake
Association has no authority and we are not code enforcement, but it
has been reported to the Town. We understand the Town has turned it
over to the Town attorney.
It was reported that many members have
reported the jet boat being operated unsafely. The question was asked
if the jet boat falls under the jet ski regulation as ďspecialized
motors.Ē Jim indicated that the Board will investigate and will send
a letter from the Board regarding boating courtesy. If the problem
continues, the recourse is to refer the matter to the Sheriff.
Re: the Crowley fund, the following
comments were made: Flowers require maintenance. Flag needs to be
taken down or lit. We donít want to add the contribution to the
general fund. The Board will make a decision early next spring.
Brenda L, on behalf the nominating committee, proposed Richard
S and John S, and re-nominated Jim B, and Ed W,
for the term expiring 2005. There were no nominations from the
floor. Mort L proposed that the secretary enter one vote on behalf
of the Association; second by Ferris and carried unanimously.
Outgoing Director Betty May Sís
contribution to the lake over the years was acknowledged. Tim B
was thanked for his continued assistance with the picnic.
Open Discussion: Question was raised
regarding the original sewer district. Mort reported that nothing has
been turned up . Also regarding sewers, the question was raised re:
the creation of a special capital fund for the sewer district: whether
the town has indeed done this., and someone should audit to be sure
that the funds are not mingled with general Town funds.
Mort L advised the new members that a
person must be 18 years old to pilot a boat, unless they have taken
and passed a boater safety course, and they must carry that license
With thanks to Doris Scott for the use of
their facility and for the refreshments, Jim asked for a motion to
adjourn, which Hannah McG offered.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:42 by Jim
Minutes submitted by:
Board of Directors Meeting to Appoint
Attending: Ferris A, Jim B,
Marie Dt, Koen G, Dick H, Mort L, Barbara M,
Doris S, Steve S, John S, Richard S, Ed W
As required for the By-Laws, the meeting
of the newly appointed and existing Board members convened at 8:48 pm
to designate Officers. A motion was made by Ed W that all
Officers currently in place, should remain in place. Seconded by
Dick H. Passed unanimously. Meeting was adjourned at