Lake George Park Commission
25 July 2006
Hague Town Center
Bruce E. Young, Chair
Commission Members Present: James T. Kneeshaw
Thomas W. Hall
Commission Members Absent: Thomas K. Conerty
Commission Staff Present: Michael P. White, Executive
Schneider, Law Enforcement Director
Conservation Operations Supervisor 1
Keyboard Specialist 1
Principal Account Clerk
Maranville, Director of Governmental & Community Affairs
Commission Counsel Present: Martin Auffredou
William Droesf Mark
Clark Dave Decker
Mary Alice Leary Buzz
Bruder Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer
Sylke Chesterfield Ken
Don Rice Chris
Navitsky Tony Reale
Item #1 - Introductions, Roll Call, Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Bruce E. Young
The 346th meeting of the Lake George Park Commission was called to
order by Chairman Young at 10:10 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 Thomas Morhouse, seconded by Thomas
Hall, all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the
minutes of the previous meeting.
Item #2 - Project Review — Public Comments On Pending
Applications: Michael P. White
Michael White read a prepared statement (attached) explaining Project
Review procedures and noted that only one project was being presented
before the Commission today.
Application for Class A Marina submitted by Francis Borden, Town of
Dresden, County of Washington
Michael White introduced the project which was submitted by Francis
Borden. Mr. Borden submitted an application to operate a Class A
marina offering up to six berthing spaces. Mr. White said that
Mr. Borden called him yesterday and has agreed to rent dock spaces out
only to customers who have a home in Huletts Landing and reside in the
immediate vicinity so that traffic and congestion is kept to a minimum.
Chairman Young spoke about some of the issues that came up with the
Kapusinski application awhile back.
James Kneeshaw asked if a condition needed to be placed in the
resolution stating that only residents in the immediate vicinity would
be renting dock spaces.
Mr. White said that yes, a condition would be placed in the resolution.
Lieutenant Joseph Schneider asked if it would be possible to have the
dock owner provide documentation to the Commission, before the season
starts, stating who will be renting the dock spaces.
Chairman Young asked if anyone was here to speak for or against the
project. There was no response. Bruce Young said that he
thinks the project should be approved and suggested voting on the
Resolution 2006-58 — Francis Borden
Thomas Morhouse read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-58 which was
seconded by Thomas Hall and all Commission members present voted
WHEREAS the Lake George Park Commission has reviewed
the application, supporting documents, comments received and other
information which appears in the record; and
WHEREAS the Commission has made a determination that
the project is an Unlisted action pursuant to the State Environmental
Quality Review Act 6NYCRR 617.5 and, as Lead Agency for the purposes of
the State Environmental Quality Review Act, has made a determination
that the project will have no significant impact on the environment; and
WHEREAS the action is considered to be a Major
project pursuant to 6 NYCRR 645-5.3 and public notice has been
published and distributed as required; and
WHEREAS the applicant has applied for a permit to
operate a Class A Marina offering up to 6 berthing spaces; and
WHEREAS the applicant has demonstrated that the
facility complies with the Class A Marina requirements of 6 NYCRR
WHEREAS the Commission finds that the project will
have no adverse impact on the health, safety or welfare of the public,
the environment or the resources of the Park; will not alter the
essential character of the area in which it is proposed; will not lead
to congestion in the Park and will not have an undue visual, cultural
or audible impact on the neighborhood or the Park.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lake George Park Commission
hereby resolves to approve the above application with the following
modifications or conditions:
1. Rental of slips at this facility is limited to people who
reside within Hulett’s Landing a distance not more than 1,000 feet from
2. Prior to June 15 each year or as soon thereafter as a vacant
slip is rented the permittee shall provide a list of slip rental
customers, addresses and bat registration numbers to the Lake George
Park Commission, P.O. Box 740, Lake George, NY 12845.
Item #3 — Fiscal Actions Report: Peggy Stevens
Chairman Young said that the June 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 John McDonald, Jr., seconded by Thomas Morhouse, all
members present voting affirmatively, the June Fiscal Actions Report
was approved as submitted.
Item #4 — Project Review Resolutions
Resolution 2006-57 — Acceptance of the Project Review Report
Thomas Morhouse read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-57 which was
seconded by Thomas Hall 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 July 11,
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.
Resolution 2006-58 — Francis Borden
Please see Item #2. The application submitted by Francis Borden
was approved under Item #2.
Item #5 — Law Enforcement Committee Report: Lieutenant Joseph
John McDonald reported that there was an enforcement meeting and called
upon Lieutenant Schneider to give his report.
Lt. Schneider said that the repeater ordered for Black Mountain has
been received and will be put in place when the season ends. He
said that he would like to keep the temporary repeater in place now so
that when the switch is made the repeater doesn’t go down. Lt.
Schneider also spoke about Log Bay Day and vessel noise on the lake.
Resolution 2006-59 — Law Enforcement Report
John McDonald read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-59 which was
seconded by Thomas Morhouse and all Commission members present voted
affirmatively to approve the resoution.
WHEREAS the Law Enforcement Committee met July 25,
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.
Introduction — New Chairman of the FUND for Lake George, Inc.
Chairman Young introduced, Don Rice, the new Chairman for the FUND for
Lake George, Inc.
Item #6 — Mark Malchoff, Lake Champlain Sea Grant — Overview on Aquatic
Invasive Plants and Animals
Mark Malchoff spoke about many invasive plant and animal species which
may lead to a decrease in larval fish growth rates and survival as well
as to a loss of bio-diversity.
Some of the many non-native plants and animals he spoke about are
Eurasian Watermilfoil, Alewife, Zebra Mussels, White Perch, Round Goby,
Ruffe, Spiny and Fishhook Water fleas, Asian Carp, Northern Snakehead
and the Lamprey Eel.
Mr. Malchoff also discussed rapid response and spread prevention
involved when dealing with these types of invasive species.
Item #7 — Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer, Darren Freshwater Institute — Zebra
Dr. Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer addressed Commission members, staff and
public that attended the meeting. She said that the Darrin
Freshwater Institute is continuing the same monitoring programs and
activities as in the past. Dr. Nierzwicki-Bauer said that she and
Darrin Freshwater Institute have continued to monitor the same 12 sites
since 1995. She updated the Commission on their continuing
monitoring and response activities as well as discussing the conditions
on the three existing Zebra Mussel sites.
Site #1 — King Neptunes Pub
Dr. Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer said that in December of 1999 she first
visited this site and continues to do so. She said that since
that date 21,145 mussels have been removed and that the number of
mussels removed has declined each year. She said in addition to
the mussels that have been removed, they are adult mussels which is a
Chairman Young and Dr. Nierzwicki-Bauer discussed what type of water
conditions are suitable for Zebra Mussels to thrive.
Site #2 — Cleverdale
Dr. Nierzwicki-Bauer said that she and members of Darrin Freshwater
Institute have been visiting this site since 2004 and to date 1,295
mussels have been found and removed. This year only 3 mussels
were found and removed.
Site #3 — Mossy Point
Dr. Nierzwicki-Bauer reported that in November of 2004 juvenile mussels
were found on a plate that was placed at the end of a dock at the Mossy
Point boat launch. She said that this site has a number of
problems, including diver visibility, and still has a fair amount of
work to be completed. To date 705 mussels have been removed at
Dr. Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer discussed the procedures when mussels are
reported. She said that the first step is receiving a report, the
second is going to the location and conducting a scuba dive survey, the
third step would be to remove the mussels if any are found.
Dr. Nierzwicki-Bauer and Commission members continued to discuss what
types of conditions are optimal for Zebra Mussels and what types of
factors play a role in those conditions.
Dave Decker of the Watershed Conference spoke regarding a study that
was done on the amount and type of salt used on the roadways during the
Mr. Decker also discussed the boat washing stations. He said that
a wash station runs at Norowal Marina 5 to 6 days a week — weather
permitting. He said that an average of 25-30 boats are seen per
day and a total of 6 boats have been found to be “at risk”.
Item #8 — Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Program: Michael P.
Michael White spoke about an agreement with the Village of Lake George
which involves the mapping of Eurasian Watermilfoil beds.
Mr. White also spoke to the Commission members about the purchase of
steel and benthic barrier matting. He said that there is a large
amount of milfoil and curly leaf pondweed in the lake and that each
site is about 1/3 of an acre to ½ of an acre in size.
John McDonald read Resolution 2006-55 which was seconded by Thomas
Morhouse and all Commission members present voted affirmatively
John McDonald read Resolution 2006-56 which was seconded by Thomas
Morhouse and all Commission members present voted affirmatively to
approve the resolution (attached).
Item #9 — Water Quality programs Report: J. Thomas Wardell
Michael White spoke on behalf of Thomas Wardell. He said that
there are many enforcement actions and erosion conditions which is
keeping Tom busy.
Michael White reported that the lake at Rogers Rock is 3.87.
Item #10 — Invasive Species Prevention Program Report: Andrea
Andrea Maranville thanked Mark Malchoff of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant
for coming to the monthly Park Commission meeting and presenting his
information on invasive species.
Ms. Maranville spoke about a $250,000 grant the Lake George Park
Commission received and thanked Governor Pataki, Senator Betty Little
and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward for their help in securing the
funds. She also spoke about expanding the Park Commission’s
Participating Business Program to include more businesses around the
Andrea Maranville mentioned that the Park Commission is working with
Mark Lange to design some new informational brochures to be given to
Item #11 — Public Comments
Lake George Association
Lake George Watershed Conference
Dave Decker addressed the Commission members and spoke about Lake
Awareness Day. He said that they had about 110 participants and
with all of the rain about 80% of the boats made it out of the marina.
The FUND for Lake George, Inc.
Lake George Waterkeeper
Chris Navitsky addressed the Commission members and spoke about the
Water-based Recreation Study Plan. He said that he thinks it is a
great study and looks forward to seeing more. He also mentioned
that he was surprised to read about the number of docks on each section
Mr. Navitsky also spoke about stormwater issues and the pressures of
development. He said that the DEC set of standards is not as
restrictive as the LGPC set of standards.
Chris Navitsky mentioned that he would like to speak with the
Commission so that they can come up with a uniform set of standards to
better inform the Towns what to look for, for stormwater management.
Item #12 — Adjournment
There being no further business, on the motion of John McDonald,
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, August 22, 2006, 10:00 a.m. at the Ticonderoga
Town Center, Ticonderoga, NY.