Lake George Park Commission
22 August 2006
Ticonderoga Town Center
Commission Members Present: James T. Kneeshaw
Thomas W. Hall
Commission Members Absent: John C. McDonald, Jr.
Commission Staff Present: Michael P. White, Executive
Schneider, Law Enforcement Director
Conservation Operations Supervisor 1
Wardell, Director of Engineering
Keyboard Specialist 1
Principal Account Clerk
Maranville, Director of Governmental & Community Affairs
Commission Counsel Present: Martin Auffredou
Buzz Lamb Chris
Robert Bristol Richard
Wray Walt Lender
Item #1 - Introductions, Roll Call, Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Bruce E. Young
The 347th meeting of the Lake George Park Commission was called to
order by Chairman Young at 10:00 a.m. and the roll was taken.
Chairman Young said that the minutes of the previous meeting were
distributed in advance of this meeting to Commission members for their
review. On the motion of James Kneeshaw, seconded by Shauna
DeSantis, all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve
the minutes of the previous meeting.
Item #2 - Project Review — Public Comments On Pending
Applications: Molly Gallagher
There are currently no pending applications before the Commission.
Item #3 — Fiscal Actions Report: Peggy Stevens
Chairman Young said that the July Fiscal Actions Report was distributed
with the meeting package to all of the Commission members for their
review. He asked if there were any questions on the report.
There were none.
On the motion of Roger Phinney, seconded by Thomas Morhouse, all
members present voting affirmatively, the July Fiscal Actions Report
was approved as submitted.
Item #4 — Project Review Resolutions
Resolution 2006-60 — Acceptance of the Project Review Report
Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-60 which was
seconded by Thomas Morhouse and all Commission members present voted
affirmatively to approve the resolution.
WHEREAS the Commission has received and reviewed the
Project Review Actions Report prepared by staff and dated August 14,
WHEREAS the Project Review Committee recommends
acceptance of the Project Review Actions Report.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission directs that the
Project Review Actions Report be incorporated in the minutes of the
full Commission meeting.
Item #5 — Law Enforcement Committee Report: Lieutenant Joseph
Thomas K. Conerty reported that there was an enforcement meeting and
called upon Lieutenant Schneider to give his report.
Lt. Schneider discussed Log Bay Day arrests and spoke about vessel
noise testing. Lt. Schneider also spoke about the Columbus Day
Poker Run and said that there was an executive session where active
enforcement cases were discussed.
Resolution 2006-61 — Law Enforcement Report
Thomas K. Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-61 which
was seconded by Thomas Morhouse and all Commission members present
voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.
WHEREAS the Law Enforcement Committee met August 22,
2006 to review matters pertaining to the Lake George Park Commission’s
Marine Patrol and the Commission's Law Enforcement Program, and
WHEREAS active Law Enforcement cases and their status
were reviewed in Executive Session, and
WHEREAS the Law Enforcement Committee has reported on
the results of that committee meeting at this full Commission meeting,
WHEREAS the Law Enforcement Committee recommends
acceptance of this month's Law Enforcement Report.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission accepts the report of
the Law Enforcement Committee.
Item #6 — Saratoga Associates — Approval of Final Project Plan:
Michael P. White
Matt Rogers of Saratoga Associates addressed the Commission members and
introduced the project team. He said that the Prime Consultant on
the project is Saratoga Associates of which he is an Environmental
Planner and the Project Manager, Legal Counsel is Joe Catalano and
Camoin Associates will be performing an Economic Impact Assessment.
Matt Rogers handed an outline to the Commission members which gave
details of when and how the scope of work would be performed and
included a tentative schedule of deadlines.
Matt Rogers discussed the agreement of the final scope of work
including the development of standards, stakeholder consensus building
processes, technology transfers and public participation.
Matt Rogers said that the easiest part of the project will be actually
writing the regulations and the hardest part will be getting together
with the municipalities, not-for-profits, stakeholders and the general
public to determine what needs to be done.
A discussion continued among the Commission members and Matt Rogers
regarding the use of the word “stakeholder” and some of the ways to
reach the lakefront property owners, the public, tree cutting
businesses, construction companies, etc.
Thomas K. Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-62 which
was seconded by Roger Phinney.
Ayes: T. Conerty, R. Phinney, T. Hall, S. DeSantis, K. Parker, T.
Morhouse, J. Kneeshaw, and J. Pettica (8)
Abstentions: B. Young
WHEREAS the Commission has entered into an agreement
with Saratoga Associates for the preparation of a Regional Watershed
Protection Plan Governing Stream Corridor Management and Tree Clearing,
WHEREAS the agreement provides for the Commission’s
review of a final work plan and schedule, and
WHEREAS the Commission has received and reviewed a
draft final work plan.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission authorizes the Chair
to make revisions and corrections which are in his judgment necessary
and to approve a final work plan.
Item #7 — Water Quality Programs Report: J. Thomas Wardell
Thomas Wardell addressed the Commission members and discussed the Black
Point Sewer project in Ticonderoga. He said that the Lake George
Park Commission is not an obstacle for that project so it should be
Mr. Wardell also said that he visited the site of the “Frankin Pine”
and it is almost complete. A discussion regarding the Nextel site
continued among Mr. Wardell and the Commission members.
Item #8 — Invasive Species Prevention Program Report: Andrea L.
Andrea Maranville addressed the Commission members and discussed the
Invasive Species Participating Business program. She said that
the program has increased considerably, 13 new participants joined the
program this year. Andrea Maranville said that she will continue
to increase participants and get the businesses energized and
aware. She also said that the rack cards have been well
distributed and that the public has taken interest in them.
Item #9 — Public Comments
Lake George Association
Lake George Watershed Conference
The FUND for Lake George, Inc.
Lake George Waterkeeper
Christopher Navitsky addressed the Commission members and thanked the
Commission for the way they handled an anonymous complaint received at
the Commission office.
Richard Wray — Concerned Citizen
Richard Wray addressed the Commission members and said that he had once
addressed the Commission members almost exactly two years earlier about
the same concerns. Mr. Wray spoke in length about extending the 5
mile per hour zone in the vicinity of his home to reduce impacts to
private property and the environment. Mr. Wray said that he has
yet to circulate a petition among his neighbors regarding the speed
Mr. Wray also discussed the turbidity of the lake and shoreline erosion
that is occurring on his property.
Item #10 — Adjournment to Executive Session
On the motion of Thomas Hall seconded by Thomas K. Conerty, the
Item #11 — Adjournment
There being no further business, on the motion of Thomas Conerty,
seconded by John Pettica, all Commission members present voting
affirmatively, the meeting was adjourned.
Secretary’s Note: The next Commission meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2006, 10:00 a.m. at the Canoe
Island Lodge, Diamond Point, NY.