Lake George Park Commission

Meeting #347

22 August 2006

Ticonderoga Town Center

Ticonderoga, NY


Presiding:                    Bruce E. Young, Chair

Commission Members Present:    James T. Kneeshaw
                        Kenneth W. Parker
                        John A. Pettica, Jr.
                        Thomas W. Hall
                        Thomas J. Morhouse
                        Thomas K. Conerty
                        Shauna M. DeSantis
                        Roger H. Phinney

Commission Members Absent:    John C. McDonald, Jr.
                       

Commission Staff Present:    Michael P. White, Executive Director
                        Joseph Schneider, Law Enforcement Director
                        Roger Smith, Conservation Operations Supervisor 1
                        Thomas Wardell, Director of Engineering
                        Michelle Way, Keyboard Specialist 1
                        Peggy Stevens, Principal Account Clerk
                        Andrea L. Maranville, Director of Governmental & Community Affairs

Commission Counsel Present:    Martin Auffredou

Others Present:

Buzz Lamb            Chris Navitsky        Tony Reale            Matt Rogers
Robert Bristol        Richard Wray        Walt Lender            Barbara Ahern








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, 2006, and;

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 Schneider

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, and

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)

Nays: None

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, and

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 underway.

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. Maranville

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

No comments.

Lake George Watershed Conference

Not present.

The FUND for Lake George, Inc.

Not Present.

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 limit.

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 Commission
 
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.

                        Respectfully submitted,



                        Michelle D. Way
                        Keyboard Specialist 1




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.