August 28, 2009
The annual meeting of the Oquaga Lake
Improvement Association was called to order at 8:00 pm promptly on
August 28, 2009, at Scotts Family Resort by President Jim B.
Twenty-six of 93 paid association member properties being represented,
constituting 28% of the Association membership; therefore, a quorum
was present. (By-Laws require twenty percent as a quorum.)
A. Opening Comments
Jim thanked Doris and Ray for once
again opening up their facility for the annual meeting.
The new owners and members on the lake
were acknowledged; Alex and Jacqueline C of Massachusetts (not
present) bought the former Bed and Breakfast. The passing of Dr Thomas
S, Ralph R, Richard M, and Austin R were noted, as were serious
injuries to Tim B and Laurie K.
B. Approval of Minutes and
The minutes of the August 29, 2008
meeting were read by secretary Barbara M. Motion to accept the minutes
as read by Ferris A; second by Herb S.
Marie delivered the treasurer’s report.
The list of paid/unpaid members was distributed. One more member paid
dues at the meeting. Marie noted that last December, at the end of the
fiscal year 2008, only six properties had not paid. It was suggested
that some of the names on this year’s delinquent list might be
oversights and a friendly reminder might get the dues paid. Legal
actions against the repeat offenders was again suggested. Jim reminded
the membership that the purpose of the dues is to build a reserve to
make sure the lake is maintained and that we have the ability to pay
for mandates. For example, there are new dam regulations that may
require some expenditures.
Marie reviewed the income and
expenditure statements. Jim noted that we were once more under budget.
One item of interest was the second year anonymous fish fund donation
and the donor was thanked. Motion to accept the report by Mort L;
second by Larry T.
C. Committee Reports
Fish Committee: Stocking
went well with a little over 600 fish, including about 10 percent
Regarding the J Elmer Crowley Fishing
Derby, Koen commented that there were twice as many people as last
year and many of the 39 who participated were children. Once again,
Skip K won with a brown trout. Koen commented that next year the event
will once again be on the Fourth of July.
The question was asked if we shouldn’t
be stocking some bait fish. There aren’t many bait fish in the lake,
but it doesn’t make sense to stock, since the lake is too clean and
too deep to grow micro-organisms to feed the bait fish, and would
benefit mostly the bass.
Sewer: Jim noted that
Mark M had been spearheading the sewer committee. There is no question
that the sewer system is aging, in fact in some cases leaking into the
ground water. E-coli has been found in some wells. There is an
isolated area that has specific problems, including run-off and
incorrect connection to the sewer system, which has been repaired. But
it will take time for Mother Nature to eliminate the contamination.
There is nothing the town can do. E-coli is a natural material in the
earth, We need to check our wells yearly and shock with chlorine as
Mark has been collecting water testing
results and found no firm patterns or conclusions. Age and location of
the wells impact testing. All testing results data should be forwarded
to Mark so we can build a database to map e-coli to help the town
locate any problems, if necessary.
Members were reminded that there are
two types of tests: e-coli and coliform. E-coli may be related to
sewer; coliform is usually related to some form of decay, like a dead
animal or other material in or near the well. Members were encouraged
to request both tests when submitting water samples.
CSLAP. We continue in the
NY State program and water quality is again high. However, the Lake is
developing weeds in some areas. This is believed to be the result of
drains running into the Lake in those areas. Mark has recommended
testing the water at those drains, which would cost about $30 each for
about twenty drains. Also, members were asked not to run drains into
the lake without consulting the sewer committee.
Gas Drilling Update: Jim
reminded the members that he had made a report last year and he
continues to attend meetings. Jim stated that the Board’s position is
that we are not political activists We are a lake improvement
association. In their role, the Board will do everything in its power
to protect the lake. It will attend meetings. But it will not support
efforts to stop gas drilling. Some of our neighbors will benefit from
gas drilling and the OLIA should not be part of an organized effort to
prevent anyone from getting their due. The role of the board is to
make our voice hear, at the proper time and in the proper forum, to
make sure our lake is protected.
Jim opened the floor to comments:
Larry Ti offered a motion as follows:
“The OLIA, after consultation with environmental and legal experts and
deemed appropriate by the Board, should send a letter to the Delaware
Watershed Commission and the NYS Department of Environmental
Conservation (the two bodies responsible for the permitting gas
drilling), expressing our concerns over the exploration and extraction
of natural gas in the Marcellus deposit, and the consequences of the
drilling and fracking process on the quality and integrity of the
water in the Delaware Water Shed, as well as the impact and health and
safety on resident citizens in the drilling area. The letter would
address the need for each commission and agency to establish a
permitting process, and requirements that fully protect the water
quality and help the impacted citizens, and hold the drilling
companies and its contractors accountable for the consequences of
their drilling and extracting.”
Larry pointed out that the concern is
for the health and safety of the water and the citizens. The target of
the letter is permitting agencies. The motion was seconded and called,
and passed by a majority vote. Larry T was appointed to write the
Comments from the floor included:
• Short term economic gains shouldn’t
be at the expense of long term consequences on public health and
welfare in our community.
• Past experience with large corporations is that if they are given
parameters to work in , they will do it. Otherwise they will run amok.
• There are lot of scare tactics on both sides. There is a lot of
• Lots of water is needed for gas drilling, but there may possibly a
12 acres minimum for water rights. Lake residents are still encouraged
to research the effects and consult an attorney before making
decisions on leasing their properties.
• In other places, there have been contamination and other issues. The
issue should not be ignored and everyone has the responsibility to
find out as much information as possible.
Jim related that he had gone to
meetings and that the State and other commissions are involved. He
noted that the biggest risk holder in our area is the Water Control
Board of the City of New York, which gets its water from the nearby
reservoir. We are fortunate that NYC is on our side.
“Mort’s List”: If you
have work done and are satisfied with work, the name should go on a
list that members can share and use. If you have such information,
please pass it to Barbara and she will start a database of this
information that can be shared.
Deposit Childrens Day Care Gala
raised about $10000 and much of it from the support of the lake owners
Election of Officers:
Marie, Koen, Dick H, and Brenda’s terms are up. All have agreed to
remain. There were no other nominations. Motion from Ferris, second
from Mort, and passed unanimously.
Jim reminded those present there were
condolence and get-well cards to be signed and that the winners
pictures from the photo contest were on display.
Jim asked for a motion to dismiss;
several people moved for it and many seconded. Accepted unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned 9:05.
Minutes respectfully submitted:
August 28, 2009
Board of Directors Meeting to
Attending: Ferris A, Jim B, Bill B,
Marie D, Koen G, Dick H, Brenda L, Barbara M, Doris S, Herb S, Larry
As required by the By-Laws, the Board
of Directors met immediately following the general meeting for the
appointment of Officers. The meeting was called to order at 9:09pm.
Koen suggested that he would step aside as vice president in favor of
Larry Ti. Motion to accept the existing the Officers with that
modification. Second and passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at
Minutes respectfully submitted:
August 28, 2009