Lake George Park Commission
Meeting #344

23 May 2005

The Bolton Town Center

Bolton Landing, NY





PRESIDING:                Bruce E.  Young, Chair


COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT:    Thomas K.  Conerty
                        Joan A. Robertson
                        John A. Pettica, Jr.
                        (Denise Sheehan, DEC Commissioner)
                        *Thomas W. Hall, representing
                        James T. Kneeshaw
                        Shauna DeSantis

COMMISSION MEMBERS ABSENT:    John C.  McDonald, Jr.
                        Thomas Morhouse
                        Roger Phinney

COMMISSION STAFF PRESENT:    Michael P. White, Executive Director
                        Molly Gallagher, Environmental Analyst 2
                        J. Thomas Wardell, Director of Engineering   
                        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:

Robert Sinkway        Carolyn Greer        Hap Greer        Gary Tremper
Barbara Tremper        Robert Vickers        John Hyatt        Ross Drake
Robin Emery        Constance Sinkway    Leslie Green        James Carll
Dorothy Carll        Siegfried Steins        Dawn Stein        Debra Drake
Kathy Bozony        John Tabner            Joan Mc Keag    Jeff Provost
Patrick Carney        Andy Farsted        Kevin Foley        Chris Navitsky
Bob Cella            Ken Parker            David McCarey    Nancy McCarey
Matt Finley            Denise Finley        Mary Alice Leary    RD Sargent Condit
John Caffry            Sylke Chesterfield        John Coleman    Frank Passaro
Susan Weber        Jon Russell            Thomas Shea    Hugh Wilson
Mitchell Perdue                               
                    Item #1 - Introductions, Roll Call, Minutes of Meeting

The 344th meeting of the Lake George Park Commission was called to order by
Chairman Young at 10:00 a.m. and the roll was taken. 

Mr.  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 Joan Robertson, seconded by Thomas Conerty, all Commission members present voting affirmatively; the minutes of meeting # 343 were approved as submitted.

Item #2 - Project Review - Public Comments on Pending Applications: 
         Molly Gallagher

Molly Gallagher read a prepared statement explaining the role of the Project Review Committee and the application process (attached).

Application for New Wharf Construction submitted by Mitchell Perdue, Town of Dresden, County of Washington # 5324-1-06
   
Molly Gallagher introduced the project.  She said that this is an application for wharf construction submitted by Mitchell Perdue.  She said that the project is located in Meadow Point in the Town of Dresden.  Molly Gallagher said that the Commission has looked at this project twice already.  She said that Mr. Perdue has revised his application to reduce the impact of the project.  The project is now comprised of a 40 foot long 46 foot 3 inch wide, stake supported, two dock complex with a closed sided boathouse.

Molly Gallagher said that Jeff Provost from the Dock Doctors was present to speak on the project.

Jeff Provost, agent for Mitchell Perdue, said that he is here to speak on behalf of the project.  He said that he submitted some updated drawings about the way the dock needs to be placed because of the rock outcropping and said that he would be happy to answer any questions.

Chairman Young asked if there was anyone who wanted to speak regarding the project.  There was no response.

Application for Wharf Modification submitted by David & Nancy Mc Carey, Town of Ticonderoga, County of Essex # 1548-1-06 & 1548-2-06

Molly Gallagher introduced the project.  She said that this application is also to construct a boat cover and is located in Ticonderoga, just south of Mossy Point.

Molly Gallagher said the Mc Carey’s are looking to construct a 50 foot long 26 foot wide U shaped dock with an open sided peak roof boat cover with a sun deck.

Molly Gallagher mentioned the fact that this application was also looked at, at the last meeting and many neighbors had concerns about visual impacts.  She said that Sarge Condit is here to speak on behalf of the applicants.

Sarge Condit, agent for the Mc Carey’s, said that he wanted to address some of the comments and concerns that were brought up at the last Commission meeting.  He said that the first concern he would like to discuss are the navigation concerns.  Mr. Condit said in this area of the lake it appears that there is a little over 1000 feet across the bay and navigation is on the west shore of this application and the application is on the east shore so the actual channel and navigation area is probably more than 600 to 700 feet away.

Mr. Condit said that he included copies of tax maps just north and south of the subject property.  He said that he took a small sampling of those properties, ten to the north and ten to the south and found that 20% of the properties in the area have boathouse structures.  Mr. Condit said that Lake George is going through changes and that these percentages will likely increase unless the regulations change.

A discussion continued among John Pettica and Mr. Condit regarding which neighbors own boathouses.  Mr. Condit said that he also has taken a look at what exists in the area today.  He said that there is nothing in the deeds that show view easements.

Mr. Condit said that in thinking about the character of the area some neighbors have said that the area is somewhat like an association.  Mr. Condit said that this is untrue and is not an association.  He said there are no deeded restrictions on any of these properties.

Sarge Condit then described how he will show where the dock/boathouse will be placed in the water and what views would be blocked.  Mr. Condit submitted the pictures he had taken to the Commission members.

Mr. Condit said that if the Commission is going to restrict this parcel from this type of a boathouse or structure than the immediate neighbors should also have the same restrictions placed upon them.

Sarge Condit said that he has changed the boathouse by shortening it by 6 feet, moved the boathouse to the south, and changed the boathouse to a sundeck with an open railing structure.  He said that these adjustments were made in consideration of the neighbors to the south and the north and all of these changes have minimized the extent that the boat structure will protrude out into the lake.
 
Chairman Young asked if anyone had any questions for Sarge Condit or if anyone wanted to speak for or against the project.

Bob Cella spoke against the project.  He said that he does not want to see any structure there, if any structure is there it will block his view. (Mr. Cella passed pictures around to the Commission members to show them the view that he would lose if a structure is built).  He said that the boathouse will be incredibly obstructive and that there may be no views in deeds but if you live on the lake that is what you want to see.

Mr. Cella said that he would recommend that the McCarey’s use a canopy to cover their boat rather than a sun deck.  He also pointed out that the boat launch is right around the corner and wouldn’t be much of an inconvenience.

Mr. Cella said that he is concerned that if this is approved his marketability of his house will be greatly compromised and his view to the lake will be gone.

Leslie Green spoke against the proposed project submitted by David and Nancy McCarey.  She said that she owns a 600 square foot camp that is to the south of the McCarey’s.  She said that she has beautiful views to the north and the south that will be blocked if this boathouse is approved.

Ms. Green said that she would feel robbed if she didn’t have the views of the lake and the only people that will have a good view of the lake would be the McCarey’s, on their deck top boathouse.

David McCarey spoke on behalf of his project.  He said that he never meant to upset his neighbors.  He said that he will withdraw his application for the deck top boathouse and instead would like a low profile covered dock.

Mr. McCarey also stated that he doesn’t think that you can say a view can be protected neither a northern view or a southern view.

Mr. McCarey spoke about the large investment he has in his boat and to the extent which he would like to protect it.

Mr. Cella added that most of the homes that have boathouses are located in the outlet of the lake.

Chairman Young asked if there was anyone else present to speak on the project.  There was no response.

Application to Construct & Operate an Upland Boat Storage Facility submitted by Yankee Boating Center, Inc.

Molly Gallagher introduced the project.  She said that when she went to review the site she realized that an adjoining property was not included in the application which makes it incomplete and no determination could be made at this time because SEQR review would need to be done.

Chairman Young asked Molly if the Commission would be able to make a decision on this application.  Molly Gallagher said that it should probably be tabled until the next meeting.

John Caffry spoke on behalf of his client, Richard Ulman.  He said that his client is not necessarily against the project and knows that is a commercial piece of property but would like it done correctly.

Mr. Caffry said that his client has tried to develop some proposals to work with Mr. Brody but with no success.  He said that Mr. Ulman has some concerns about this property and wonders if it going to be a quick launch and wonders why they are going to be transporting boats up and down the road during the day.

Mr. Caffry said that the application seems to be inconsistent and incomplete and includes erroneous information.

Martin Auffredou asked John Caffry about an Article 78 that is pending against the town planning board.

Mr. Caffry said that a site plan review was filed regarding the boat storage facility but when the comment letters went out the wrong address was on the plan so Mr. Ulman thought it was the Yankee Boating Center down the road so he never got a chance to properly submit his comments.

John Caffry also said that the town planning board never conducted a visual impact analysis.  He said that when the town planning board realized this they did not want to revoke their decision.

Chairman Young asked if anyone had questions for Mr. Caffry.  There was no response.

Class A Marina Renewal submitted by Joan Mc Keag, Town of Bolton, County of Warren # 5220-11-06

Mr. Tabner spoke for his client Joan Mc Keag.  He said that this marina has been in existence for over 40 years and has been licensed for over 20 years.

Mr. Tabner explained that Nate’s Bay Shore Cottages has 29 motor vehicle slips which is ample parking for 19 boat slips.

Mr. Tabner also spoke about some of the conflicts that have been referred to such as illegal parking, police presence and complaints which he says there is no evidence of.

Mr. Tabner said that the sewer systems have been tested and they prove that the restrooms are adequate and work well.

A discussion continued among Mr. Tabner and many of the Commission members regarding the area between the property line and Cotton Point road, encroachment and the septic system.

Kathy Bozony from the Lake George Association said that she is concerned about the septic system.  She asked if the system is tested on a yearly basis and if it passes the inspection.

Chris Navitsky, Lake George Waterkeeper, said that he submitted a comment letter regarding the septic system.  He said that he wanted to know how the testing was performed and certified.

Mr. Navitsky said that parking over existing waste water and absorption areas will most definitely cause a failure.

Matt Finley spoke against the project.  He said that he is a co-owner of the property that surrounds Nate’s.

Mr. Finley asked that the Commission look at the encroachment and septic issues before rendering a decision.  He said that a surveyor took a look at the property and discovered a large amount of encroachment.

Mr. Finley continued a discussion with the Commission members regarding the leech field, encroachment issues, Nate’s company profits, and road way concerns.

Matt Finley said that he wonders what Joan Mc Keags’ tax returns look like and asked that if she is not charging competitive rates is her hardship self imposed.  He also asked if she meets permit requirements because the Finley’s have not given anything of their rights up.  He said that the Finley family owns from 9N to the beach and he has never given any permission for the encroachment.

Joan Mc Keag had many supporters stand up and speak at the meeting on her behalf.  Many of her supporters said that they have never encountered any parking problems or sanitation issues.  They said that Nate’s is a family resort that many have been coming to since they were very small children and even bring their children and great grand children.

Some of the only changes that were noted by Nate’s patrons were the fact that there used to be snack bar which is no longer there and the moorings are now closer to the shore then in the past.  The third change that was mentioned was that the large two story house on the property used to house the staff and renters but no longer does.  Joan is the only staff left.

Denise Finley said that she has been listening to the comments and feels that they are very disparaging.  She said that they don’t offer much hope for the future.

Mrs. Finley said that she too is concerned about Lake George and the future of the property for her children and grand children.

Wharf Modification submitted by Peter & Carol Sisca, Town of Hague, County of Warren # 5226-12-06

Sarge Condit spoke on behalf of Peter and Carol Sisca.  He said that their has been a lot of confusion and will try to clarify the situation.  He said that the plan that is in front of the Commissioners meets all of the guidelines and should be reviewed.

Mr. Condit said that some of the Commissioners were at the site and maybe they noticed that there is quite an embankment in front of where the boathouse is proposed and he said that he doesn’t feel that there will be much of a visual impact based on where the boathouse will be placed.

Item #3 - Fiscal Actions Report: Peggy Stevens
 
Chairman Young said that the April Fiscal Actions Report was distributed with the meeting package to all of the members.  Everyone should have received a copy, he said.  He asked if there were any questions on the report.  There were none.

On the motion of Joan Robertson, seconded by James Kneeshaw, all members present voting affirmatively, the April Fiscal Actions Report was approved as submitted.

Resolution 2006-35 — Allocation of Funds for the Purchase of a Radio Repeater

Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-35 which was seconded by James Kneeshaw and all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.

WHEREAS    the Lake George Park Commission’s Marine Patrol is charged with ensuring the safety of the public as they use the waters of Lake George, and

WHEREAS    the Commission’s Enforcement Committee has reviewed the status of the Marine Patrol equipment for the 2006 season, and

WHEREAS    the Patrol is required to respond in all conditions to calls for assistance including storms, fog and in darkness and that adequate radio communication is imperative for officer and public safety, and

WHEREAS    due to the fact that the existing radio repeater located on Black Mountain has failed, the Committee has identified the need for a replacement radio repeater.
 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission hereby allocates funds in an amount
not to exceed seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500) for the purchase of a radio repeater, and

FURTHER RESOLVES that the Executive Director is authorized to execute a purchase order for a
radio repeater consistent with the findings and requirements of the State Finance Law and Office of Standards and Purchase of the Office of General Services procurement guidelines.
           
Resolution 2006-36 — Purchase of 3rd Edition Lake George Waterproof Boater Maps by Jimapco

Michael White said that the Lake George Park Commission has asked Jimapco to design new Lake George boater maps for the Commission.  Mr. White said that the resolution would authorize the purchase of 5000 maps at a greatly reduced price for distribution at no charge to the boating public mostly at the Commission office or as a hand out by the Marine Patrol.

Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-36 which was seconded by Joan Robertson and all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.

WHEREAS    the Lake George Boaters Map prepared by Jimapco in cooperation with the Commission and contains a wealth of information which is beneficial to the Commission’s efforts in regard to public safety; boat registrations; invasive species prevention; and more, and

WHEREAS    the Commission has an established program of distributing the maps free of charge to the public as part of its boater education efforts, and

WHEREAS    the map is being updated by Jimapco and the Commission is providing information about the Commission’s purposes, and

WHEREAS    the Commission’s inventory of the current map (2nd edition) is nearly depleted, and

WHEREAS    Jimapco is offering the Commission a special purchase price of $1.36/map for a map with a retail value of $9.99.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission authorizes $6,800. for the purchase of 5000 3rd Edition Lake George Boaters Maps for distribution at no charge to the boating public.

Resolution 2006-46 — Authorization of Service Agreements

Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-46 which was seconded by Thomas Hall and all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.

WHEREAS    the Commission has previously entered into a service maintenance agreement for the Marine Patrol radio repeater (and portables) and for certain office equipment including a copy machine, and

WHEREAS    there is a New York State program — a group purchase arrangement that offers savings to State agencies of approximately 25% of the value of the contracts.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission authorizes the Chairman to enter into an agreement (memorandum of agreement) with the Office of General Services (OGS) to participate in a State program for equipment maintenance, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chair is also authorized to enter into a service agreement with the REMI Group, LLC in the amount of $2,000 for service agreements governing Marine Patrol radios and office equipment.
           
Item #4 - Project Review — Resolutions

The Commission members had a short discussion regarding Mr. Patrick Carney’s application.

James Kneeshaw recommended that the Carney application be approved.

Shauna DeSantis asked where the people who rent spaces would launch their boats.

Mr. Carney said that they would not be launching boats at his facility.  Their boats would already be in the water and they would berth them at his dock.

Mention was made that Mr. Carney proposed to meet the rest room requirements by providing a portable toilet and that the neighbors had complained about the location near the home.  Mr. Carney agreed to provide the portable toilet at the site of his home construction until the construction is complete and to provide access to his bathroom thereafter.

The Commissioners continued to discuss the required services that would need to be located on site such as bathroom facilities and parking.  The Commissioners decided that Mr. Carney does have all of the necessary arrangements needed to approve his application.

Chairman Young took a roll call vote.  The results are as follows:

Ayes: Young, Pettica, Conerty, DeSantis, Robertson, Kneeshaw, Hall
Nays: None
Abstentions: None
 
Resolution 2006-44 — Patrick Carney

Joan Robertson read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-44 which was seconded by James Kneeshaw and all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.

WHEREAS    the applicant has applied for a permit to operate a Class A Marina; and

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 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
        The Lake George Park Commission hereby resolves to approve the above application with the following modifications or conditions:

Mr. Carney must keep the port-a-potty at the construction site until his home is completed.

Resolution 2006-37 — Acceptance of the Project Review Report

WHEREAS    the Commission has received and reviewed the Project Review Actions Report prepared by staff and dated May 8, 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.

Joan Robertson read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-37 which was seconded by Shauna DeSantis. All Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.

Resolution 2006-39 — Mitchell Perdue

Chairman Young asked the Commission if they wanted to discuss the Perdue application.

Thomas Conerty said that he has no problem with this application and believes that it should be approved.

James Kneeshaw said that he feels the application is ready to approve.

John Pettica said that the application should be approved and he thanked Mr. Perdue for working with the Commission to resolve some of the issues his neighbors had with this project.

Joan Robertson said that she thinks that with all of the changes Mr. Perdue has made she feels it is a good solution and should satisfy all.  She said that she would approve the project.

Shauna DeSantis also agrees that the project is now approvable and also thanked Mr. Perdue for working with the Commission.

Thomas Hall said that he concurs with everyone and again thanked Mr. Perdue for working with the Commission to resolve some of the conflicts.  He said that he appreciates that people are willing to work with the Commission to make everyone involved happy.

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 pursuant to 6NYCRR 645-3.6 and the State Environmental Quality Review Act 6NYCRR 617.5 that the project is a Type II action and does not require further review of potential environmental impacts pursuant to this act; and

WHEREAS    the action is considered to be a Minor project pursuant to 6NYCRR 645-5.3 and public notice has been published and distributed; and

WHEREAS    the applicant has applied for a permit to construct a 40' long, 46' 3" wide stake supported two dock complex with a closed sided boathouse; and
       
WHEREAS    the Commission finds that the application complies with regulatory limits and requirements; 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
        The Lake George Park Commission hereby approves the above application as proposed.

Joan Robertson read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-39 which was seconded by James Kneeshaw and all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.
       
Resolution 2006-40 — David & Nancy McCarey

The Commissioners said that they are still unsure what is being voted on.

Thomas Conerty said that he thinks that the application could be permitted with new changes such as a flat roof that is 11 ½ feet from the mean low water mark.

Shauna DeSantis said that she still sees a significant impact and would not approve the application.

Joan Robertson said that she can understand the reason that the McCarey’s would like a cover for their boat bus she thinks that it should be minimal.  She said that she would approve the application.

John Pettica said that he is still not in favor of the project.  He said that even if he had a very low boathouse the boat would still be in their and would block the view of the neighbors.

James Kneeshaw said that he would approve the application with the new changes.

Thomas Conerty said that he agrees with James Kneeshaw and would also approve the application with the changes.

Chairman Young said that he is willing to approve the application but he would have to put a condition in the permit that said that he couldn’t raise the boat out of the water.

Shauna DeSantis said that she would still be uncomfortable approving this application because the neighbors have not had a chance to comment on the new proposal.

Secretary’s Note: Joan Robertson had to leave the Commission meeting at 1:15 p.m. for a personal matter and was unable to make it back for the remainder of the meeting.

Chairman Young said that the Commission would need a new application submitted showing the revisions so that it can be sent out for review to the adjoining neighbors.  He said that this will give the neighbors an opportunity to submit any additional comments.

John Pettica said that in fairness to the applicant the application should be tabled until the next Commission meeting and a revised drawing should be submitted to the Commission.

Upon the motion of John Pettica, seconded by Chairman Young, all Commission members voted affirmatively to approve the resolution; the application was tabled until the next Commission meeting.

Resolution 2006-42 — Joan Mc Keag

Thomas Hall said that he is endeavoring to take a simplistic look at this application because many of the issues that have been raised are not pertinent to the Commission or it’s regulations.  He said that the issues of property right and encroachments are simply not within the Commission’s authority to interpret.

Shauna DeSantis asked about the wastewater system.

Thomas Wardell said that the sewer system has passed inspection and is able to hold at least 150 gallons per minute.

John Pettica said that he also had concerns about the sewer system but now believes that the system is adequate.

James Kneeshaw said that he believes that based on the history of the marina it calls for renewal.

Thomas Conerty said that Joan Mc Keag has met all of the requirements and the permit should be approved.

Martin Auffredou, Commission counsel, said that if a judicial determination is made then anyone can bring those determinations to the attention of the Commission.  He said that property issues will be taken up in a court.

WHEREAS    the applicant has applied for a permit to renew a Class A Marina; and

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 pursuant to 6NYCRR 645-3.6 and the State Environmental Quality Review Act 6NYCRR 617.5 that the project is a Type II action and does not require further review of potential environmental impacts pursuant to this act; 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
        The Lake George Park Commission hereby resolves to approve the above application.

Thomas Hall read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-42 which was seconded by Shauna DeSantis, all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.

Resolution 2006-43 — Peter & Carol Sisca

Chairman Young asked if anyone wanted to talk about this application before it is voted upon.

Thomas Conerty said that he would vote to approve the application if they are willing to remove the cover.  He said he believes that everyone should have a boathouse if they meet the requirements.

The Commissioners continued to discuss the changes that were made to the boathouse which included reducing the overall structure by 1 ½ feet and making the boathouse open sided.

John Pettica said that he would vote to approve the applications with the revisions.  Shauna DeSantis and Thomas Hall both concurred with Mr. Pettica.

Chairman Young suggested that the application be remanded back to staff and sent out to neighbors.  He said that the application does not need to come before the Commission again.

Item #5 - Law Enforcement Committee Report: Thomas K. Conerty

Chairman Young said that there was an enforcement meeting and he called Thomas Conerty to give the report.

Thomas Conerty said that during the Law Enforcement meeting they discussed Marine Patrol Operations and on-going active enforcement cases.

Resolution 2006-26 — Law Enforcement Report

WHEREAS    the Law Enforcement Committee met May 23, 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.

Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-16 which was seconded by John McDonald and all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.

Item # 6 - Water Quality Programs Report: J. Thomas Wardell

Tom Wardell addressed the Commission members and said that he sent out his
stormwater reports.  He said that after reviewing the report you can see that stormwater
permits have really started to pick up and so have enforcement actions.

Mr. Wardell said that the Forest Bay Streambank Restoration project is tentatively
scheduled for the first week in June.  He said that the authorization letter from the Forest
Bay Association was just received.

Mr. Wardell also discussed the Highway Department training sessions that are still
scheduled for May.  He also discussed the fact that the Washington County Highway
Department placed shoulder material along the Pilot Knob Road.

Tom Wardell also mentioned that the Nextel project is well underway and that he will
watching what they do very carefully.  He said that so far everything is progressing
nicely.
 
Lake Level

Mr. Wardell said that the lake level at Rogers Rock is 3.88.

Item #7 - Invasive Species Prevention Program Update: Andrea Maranville

Andrea Maranville relinquished her place on the agenda so that the public would have a
chance to speak.

Item #8 -  Public Comments

Susan Weber spoke against the determination that was made at the previous
Commission meeting regarding Vincent Andretta, Jr.  Mr. Andretta submitted an
application to the Commission to berth his seaplane at his residence in Warner Bay.

Ms. Weber asked that the Commission make a redetermination based on the fact that
the seaplane will not comply with Lake George speed limits and noise levels.  She also
said that she is not opposed to private planes and if things are not changed in the future
we will see many more seaplane applications before the Commission again. 

Ms. Weber said that she would have never thought 10 or 15 years ago that Lake George
would become a race course for $200,000 boats.

Lake George Association

No comments.

Lake George Watershed Conference

No comments.

The FUND for Lake George

No comments.

Lake George Waterkeeper

Christopher Navitsky spoke about the lack of stormwater management being conducted
in Lake George and said that there are many more applications being submitted that are
not in compliance.

Mr. Navitsky also mentioned that the FUND for Lake George will be conducting another
Upland Protection roll out and anyone is welcome to attend.


Item #9 - Adjournment

There being no further business, on the motion of Thomas Conerty, seconded by
Shauna DeSantis, 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, June 27, 2006, 10:00 a.m. at the North Queensbury Fire House, Cleverdale, NY.