Lake George Park Commission

Meeting #366

June 24, 2008

North Queensbury Fire House

Cleverdale, NY


 

Presiding: Bruce E. Young, Chair

Commission Members Present: Thomas K. Conerty

  • John A. Pettica
  • Thomas J. Morhouse
  • Kenneth W. Parker
  • Roger H. Phinney
  • Thomas W. Hall
  • James T, Kneeshaw
  • John C. McDonald
  • Commission Members Absent: None

    Commission Staff Present: Michael P. White, Executive Director

    Molly Gallagher, Environmental Analyst II

    Keith G. Fish, Operation’s Director

    Roger R. Smith, Conservation Operation’s Supervisor II

    Michelle D. Way, Keyboard Specialist I

    Commission Counsel Present: Martin Auffredou

    Others Present:Buzz Lamb, Emily Zollweg

    Item #1 - Introductions, Roll Call, Minutes of Previous Meeting: Bruce E. Young

    The 366th meeting of the Lake George Park Commission was called to order by Chairman Young at 10:12 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. He asked if there were any corrections or submissions. There were none.

    On the motion of Kenneth Parker, seconded by Thomas Morhouse, all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.

    Item #2 — Fiscal Actions Report for May 2008: Peggy Stevens

    Chairman Young said that the Fiscal Actions Reports for May 2008 was submitted to the members for

    their review. He asked if any members had questions on the report. There were none.

    On the motion of Thomas Conerty, seconded by James Kneeshaw, all members present voting

    affirmatively, the May 2008 Fiscal Actions Reports was approved as submitted.

    Resolution 2008-31 — Inventory Mapping of Road & Utility Crossings

    Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2008-31 which was seconded by James

    Kneeshaw and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

    WHEREAS the Commission is empowered pursuant to Article 43- 0112 (5) ECL to promulgate rules

    and regulations relative to stream corridor management, including standards for the location of roads, stream channelization and the design and frequency of stream crossings, and

    WHEREAS the Commission is engaged in a process to evaluate the utility of alternative strategies to

    conserve the quality of the lake’s tributary streams, reduce and avoid excessive sedimentation, and limit nutrient transport, and

    WHEREAS existing road and utility stream crossings are public necessities that can cause

    unintended consequences, reduce water flow, impede fish and amphibian passage, cause erosion, etc, and

    WHEREAS the Commission wants to undertake an initial inventory and evaluation of stream

    crossings within the Park to assess the magnitude of the problems overall and establish a framework for the ranking of objectives to mitigate existing impacts, and

    WHEREAS the Commission has reviewed a proposed work plan and scope for the assessment

    project.

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission authorizes a contractual grant in the amount of $23,000.00 to Warren County Soil Water Conservation District to undertake an inventory, mapping and initial evaluation of each significant road or utility stream crossing in the Park and to prepare a summary report and ranking of the crossings for comparison, and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chair is authorized to approve a work plan and execute a contract in the amount of $23,000.00 with the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District consistent with the objectives herein stated and that the Chair, Executive Director and Counsel are authorized to do all things in their judgment that are reasonable and necessary to carry out the project.

    Resolution 2008-33 — Allocation of Grant Funds

    Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2008-33 which was seconded by James

    Kneeshaw and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

    WHEREAS the Commission is empowered pursuant to Article 43 to assist and support local

    government in the wise conservation of the resources of the Lake George Park, and

    WHEREAS the Commission is currently working on new standards for stream corridor management

    and protection which may involve shared implementation and administration with local government, and

    WHEREAS the Commission wants to provide mechanisms to support local planning and zoning

    officers in implementation of stream conservation practices and support and encourage a Park-wide coordination of consistent strategies and programs.

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission establishes the StreamCorridor Management Grant Program and allocates $50,000.00 for 50/50 matching fund

    grants to local government offices or local stream corridor management citizen

    committee, and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Executive Director is directed to establish criteria and solicit proposals for grants and refer such to the Commission for approval.

    Item #3 — Project Review — Public Comments on Pending Applications and Project Review

    Resolutions: Molly Gallagher

    There were no pending projects before the Commission.

    Resolution 2008-32 — Project Review Actions Report

    Thomas Morhouse read and moved to approve Resolution 2008-32 which was seconded by Kenneth

    Parker, all members present voting affirmatively.

    WHEREAS the Commission has received and reviewed the Project Review Actions Report prepared by staff and dated May 5, 2008, and

    WHEREAS the Project Review Committee recommends acceptance of this month’s Project Review Report.

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission directs that the Project Review

    Report be incorporated in full in the minutes of the full Commission meeting.

    Update on the Schedule & Procedures of the Hearing Matter Regarding Hart Family, LLC

    Molly Gallagher spoke about the procedures relating to a hearing before the Commission. She said

    that the Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) hearing procedures are based on the Department of

    Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) hearing procedures and in her 14 years with the Commission

    she has only been involved with 3 public hearings.

    Molly Gallagher continued to explain, along with Martin Auffredou, the reasons for a hearing as well

    as the procedure for setting up a hearing and what will follow.

    A discussion continued regarding who is involved with the hearing, who should attend the hearing,

    time frame of the hearing and the different processes involved in a hearing matter.

    Item #4 — Presentation on Lake George Fisheries, Invasive Species: Emily Zollweg, DEC —

    Senior Biologist

    Thomas Hall introduced Emily Zollweg to the Commission members, staff and public present. He

    said that she is the Senior Aquatic Biologist for the DEC Fisheries Department in Warrensburg.

    Emily Zollweg said that part of her job is to manage fishery and their habitats.

    Ms. Zollweg presented a Power Point presentation and spoke about fish habitat and the conditions

    needed for fish to sustain in Lake George. She also spoke about fish angling. She said that fish

    angling is an important part of our culture, important part of our ecosystem and a source of revenue

    for the local economy.

    Ms. Zollweg spoke about many species of fish — some that prefer warm water and some that prefer

    colder water. Some of the fish discussed are listed as follows:

    Warm Water Cold Water

    Small Mouth Bass Lake Trout

    Large Mouth Bass Landlocked Salmon

    Chain Pickerel Cisco

    Black Crappie Brown Trout

    Yellow Perch Rainbow Trout

    Rock Bass Brook Trout

    Golden Shiner Brown Bull Head

    White Sucker Rainbow Smelt

    Northern Pike

    A discussion continued regarding the health and population of several types of fish found in Lake George.

    Item #5 — Response Procedures: Michael P. White

    Michael White spoke about the Lake George Park Commission’s Pollution Hotline Program. He said

    that the Commission has taken on responsibility to respond to Darren Freshwater Institute’s

    information (test results) on high counts.

    Mr. White said that high counts are monitored and a response is made within 24 hours. He also

    spoke about sampling locations and who is contacted in regard to abnormally high counts.

    Item #6 — Law Enforcement Committee Report: Thomas K. Conerty

    Thomas Conerty said that there was a discussion regarding Chairman Young giving the oath of office

    to the Lake George Park Commission Marine Patrol Officers today and then they went into Executive

    Session to discuss active enforcement cases.

    Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2008-34 which was seconded by Thomas

    Morhouse and all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.

    WHEREAS the Law Enforcement Committee met June 24, 2008 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 #7 — Public Comments

    Lake George Association

    Not present.

    The FUND for Lake George, Inc.

    Not present.

    Lake George Waterkeeper

    Not present.

    Lake George Watershed Conference

    Not present.

    Public Comments

    No comments.

    Item #6 — Adjournment

    There being no further business, on the motion of Kenneth Parker, seconded by Roger Phinney

    the meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p.m.

    Respectfully submitted,

     

     

    Michelle D. Way

     

    Secretary’s Note: The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 10:00 a.m. at the Bolton Town Hall, Bolton, NY.