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Annual Meeting Minutes
August 25, 2006


The annual meeting of the Oquaga Lake Improvement Association was called to order at 7:55 pm on August 25, 2006 at Scotts Family Resort by President Jim B. Due to the recent flooding, the meeting was held in the Lakeside Room.
Twenty-eight of seventy-seven paid association member properties being represented, constituting 36% of the Association membership; therefore, a quorum was present. (By-Laws require twenty percent as a quorum.)
A. Opening Comments
President Jim B welcomed everyone and promised to keep the meeting as informative, and at the same time, as brief as possible. He commented that it had been a unique season, with the flood and the changes at the Chestnut Inn.
B. Approval of Minutes and Treasurer's Report
The minutes of the August 26, 2005 meeting were read by secretary Barbara M. With no corrections, Ed C moved that the minutes be approved as read; second by Dave S.
Marie D presented the Treasurer’s report, noting that expenditures are within budget so far this 2006 year. Copies of the income statement and expense statement, summary of funds, and paid/unpaid members were distributed. A second invoice has been sent to those who did not pay and members were encouraged to contact their non-paying neighbors.
C.  Committee Reports
Fish Committee:  Once again, stocking was done on Mother’s Day and Koen G reported that we stocked only about 850 trout (50 browns and 800 rainbow) as $1500 doesn’t buy as many fish as it did in the past. He also noted that fishing has not been as good as other years, because it had been so hot and the fish have probably gone deeper, and some smaller fish may have become food for the lake trout.
Regarding the J Elmer Crowley Fishing Derby, Koen commented that there were about 12 contestants. Dave C won the biggest bass (3 pounds) and the combination of Skip K and Dave C won overall.
Sewer: Sewer Board chairman Dick M commented that the plant was operating normally and well, under the supervision of Brad Hubbard and his staff, who officially work for the Village of Deposit’s sewer board. We are receiving periodic reports from Brad regarding the operations and maintenance of the plant, as well as services being provided on local property
Water Quality: Mark M reported that copies of the 2005 results are available electronically. We pay $200 per year to be in the program. The most recent report is that the lake is clean but not as productive as other similar lakes in New York State. We will continue to do the testing in the future.
Zoning: the revised Zoning Law, making Oquaga Lake and overlay district in the Town of Sanford has been passed, in includes many of the changes requested to protect waterfront development on the lake.
D. New Business:
Donations: It was noted that $5,325 had been collected from the Lake Association for Deposit flood relief, in addition to the $11,500 raised by the Chestnut Inn at the Rock for Deposit event. A large number of Lake people attended that event.
Family Day: Thanks to Barbara S and her team for running the Family Day Games. It was noted that Barbara and Richard are looking for volunteers to take over responsibility of the event. Jim commented that the picnic was the smallest ever. Is it time to do away with the evening picnic or to raise the price?
New Code for Dams:  New York State is in the process of rewriting regulations for dams and we have been notified that DEC intends to inspect ours. There is a high probability that our dam will be in compliance but there is a possibility that some investment may be required. We do have a reserve in place for “things like that.”
Open Discussion:
It was commented that your neighbors should be notified before making changes to you property that might affect others.
Wake Boarding: It has been noted that wake boarding boats have been spotted on the lake. The ballasts for wake boarding can do considerable damage to the shore line, and wakes are a very real danger to kayakers, canoers, and swimmers. It was noted that ballasts can be added to any boat. It was asked if we knew who the wake boarding boats belong to: Renters or owners? Technically, the law says that the property owner is responsible for damage his renters cause.
Nominating Committee: The following terms expire this year: Marie D, Brenda L, Koen G, Dick H. All existing Board Members volunteered to remain. Steve S, whose term expires 2007, has resigned, and Dr David S volunteered to fill the un-expired term. Jim B thanked Steve for his services, noting that Steve is a person who cares about the Lake, who was here and showed up at Board meetings to offer his – if sometimes unique - input.
With a motion and a second from the floor that the Secretary enter one vote on behalf of the Association, the new Board members were elected.
With thanks to Doris Scott for the use of their facility and for the refreshments, and noting that the meeting took 44 minutes, President Jim asked for a motion to adjourn, which was offered by several people (but officially noted as Brenda L) and seconded unanimously (but officially noted as Ferris A). Accepted unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:44 by Jim Bennett, who noted it was once again a timely and efficient meeting.
Minutes respectfully submitted:
Barbara M
August 25, 2006

Board of Directors Meeting to Appoint Officers
Attending:  Ferris A, Jim B, Bill B, Marie D, Koen G, Dick H, Brenda L, Barbara M, Doris S, Richard S, Herb S.
As required for the By-Laws, the meeting of the newly appointed and existing Board members convened at 8:45 pm on August 25 to elect Officers.  A motion was made by Barbara M. Before President Jimt could object, Brenda seconded. The vote passed unanimously.
Minutes respectfully submitted:
Barbara M
August 25, 2006


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