Annual Meeting Minutes
August 27, 2010
The annual meeting of the Oquaga Lake
Improvement Association was called to order at 8:05 pm on August 27,
2010, at Scotts Family Resort by President Jim B.
Twenty-seven of 93 paid association member properties (and one unpaid)
being represented, constituting 30% of the Association membership;
therefore, a quorum was present. (By-Laws require twenty percent as a
A. Opening Comments
Jim welcomed those in attendance.
B. Approval of Minutes and
The minutes of the August 28, 2009
meeting were read by secretary Barbara M. Motion to accept the
minutes as read by Steve Schneider, second by David S.
Marie delivered the Treasurer’s report.
She noted that it was the first year since 2001 that we have spent
more than we took in, explaining that the three reasons for this were
1) less income; 2) higher expenses, and 3) a large inventory of
flares, which we buy in volume for a cost break. The list of
paid/unpaid members was distributed. Marie noted that, as of the
meeting, fourteen were unpaid. She added that at the end of the fiscal
year 2009, ten properties had not paid. Motion to accept the report by
Steve S, second by Dick H.
Fish Committee: Koen reported we
stocked $1600 of fish on the second Sunday in May: 90% rainbow, 10%
browns, There were 40 participants in the fishing derby. Skip did not
win. Danny Rogers had a 10 ½ pound lake trout. The tournament will
continue on or about with July 4th. The Anonymous Donor was thanked.
Koen was thanked for his efforts.
Sewer: Jim thanked Mark
M for his continued work on behalf of the Association. Mark
said that he had spoken with the people who maintain our sewer system.
He stated that there are starting to be more issues with the
collection systems on the individual properties, such as pumps and the
related electrical systems.
Well Testing: Mark asked again that the
results of individual well water testing be forwarded to him so that
he can develop a database. Any negative results to date have been
random. Negative results are not necessarily because of the sewer
system but could be a result of the age of the well, a critter getting
into it, and other factors. He encouraged that the membership continue
to test annually.
CSLAP. Mark noted that we are in
the twenty-fifth year of testing with DEC and NYSFOLA The report
continues to be much of the same: lake is clear, low in nutrients, no
algae, although the are some weeds. He encouraged those to put their
boats in other bodies of water, to be conscious of bringing outside
weeds and species into our Lake.
Gas Drilling Update: Jim
reported that he continued to attend meetings, especially those of the
Delaware River Commission but that at the moment, nothing is going on
in New York State. He said he will continue to attend to make sure
that when the State does something, the lake will be protected.
Activities: Jim noted that the
attendance at the opening party has been decreasing over the past few
years and noted some reasons for this, including the day (4th of July
and people having company), the venue (lack of beverages), and
non-participation of new owners. He suggested alternatives were being
discussed but the opening party will continue. He encouraged continued
Family Day games were discussed. Jim
noted that volunteers are always needed and are sometimes last minute.
Larry T has volunteered to run the event next year. It was agreed that
the games are a tradition that should be continued. Also, it was noted
that ownership is not an issue with participation in association
events. Children and grandchildren are encouraged to participate in
any event, as we are a community.
The Picnic was discussed. Attendance
was also down and it was agreed that this is another event that the
kids enjoy, but planning is difficult since there’s no way of knowing
the attendance. Suggestions on improving the event were solicited. Jim
noted that the number of people who cook, set-up, and clean-up is
always exceptional and appreciated.
The Chestnut Inn: Jim reported
that has talked to Bill M and they are still looking to sell or
lease the Inn. He stated they have had “interested parties but none of
interest.” Bill assured Jim that they are proceeding with the best
interest of the Lake in mind.
Issues: Jim noted that the most
complaints he has heard were about noise, boating, and skiing after
dark. Also, there are still concerns about fisherman trespassing
across our private properties to gain access to the Lake. If you see
this happening, you are encouraged to ask trespassers to leave.
Lake Lowering: Jim reminded the
members that the lake will be lowered this year, on about October
Wild Parsnip: Jim reported that a
botanist had noted this dangerous flowering plant around the lake and
encouraged members to make themselves familiar with the risks.
Comments from the Floor:
Barb C thanked the membership for their
support at the Wilson Children Center Gala.
Tim B thanked the membership for
their support during the previous year, after his accident.
Election of Officers: Ferris,
Barbara, Doris had expiring terms. All have agreed to remain. Barb
C was nominated for the open seat. There were no other
nominations. Motion from Koen, second from Mort, and passed
Closing: Scotts was thanked for the use
of their facilities. Those present were thanked for attending.
Jim asked for a motion to dismiss;
several people moved for it and many seconded. Accepted unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned 9:10.
Minutes respectfully submitted:
August 7, 2010
Board of Directors Meeting to Appoint
Attending: Ferris A, Jim B,
Bill B, Marie D, Koen G, Dick H, Brenda
L, Barbara M, Doris S, Herb S, Larry T.
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.
Motion to accept the existing the Officers. Second and passed
unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 09:11pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted:
August 27, 2010
In Attendance (28 properties):
Dinner at Scotts (29):