Lake George Park Commission

Meeting #346

25 July 2006

Hague Town Center
Hague, NY



Presiding:                    Bruce E. Young, Chair

Commission Members Present:    James T. Kneeshaw
                        Kenneth W. Parker
                        John A. Pettica, Jr.
                        John C. McDonald, Jr.
                        Thomas W. Hall
                        Thomas J. Morhouse

Commission Members Absent:    Thomas K. Conerty
                        Shauna M. DeSantis
                        Roger H. Phinney

Commission Staff Present:    Michael P. White, Executive Director
                        Joseph Schneider, Law Enforcement Director
                        Roger Smith, Conservation Operations Supervisor 1
                        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:

William Droesf        Mark Malchoff        Cathy Clark        Dave Decker
Mary Alice Leary        Buzz Lamb            Mike Bruder        Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer
Sylke Chesterfield        Ken Engler            Arlene Bruder
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 application now.

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 affirmatively.


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 646-1.2; and

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 the marina.

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, 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.


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 Schneider

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, 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.

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 Mussel Update 

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 good sign.

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 this site.

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 winter months.

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. White

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 (attached).

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. 

Lake Level

Michael White reported that the lake at Rogers Rock is 3.87.

Item #10 — Invasive Species Prevention Program Report:  Andrea Maranville

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 lake.

Andrea Maranville mentioned that the Park Commission is working with Mark Lange to design some new informational brochures to be given to the public.

Item #11 — Public Comments

Lake George Association

No comments.

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.

No comments.

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 of shoreline.

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.

                        Respectfully submitted,



                        Michelle D. Way
                        Keyboard Specialist 1

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.