Lake George Park Commission

Meeting #339

30 November 2004

Holiday Inn

Lake George, NY


PRESIDING:                Bruce E. Young, Chair


COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT:    Joan A. Robertson
                        Margaret M. Stewart
                        Thomas K. Conerty
                        Roger H. Phinney
                        John A. Pettica
                        Shauna DeSantis
                        (Denise Sheehan, DEC Commissioner)
                        Thomas Hall, representing


COMMISSION MEMBERS ABSENT:    John McDonald


COMMISSION STAFF PRESENT:    Michael P. White, Executive Director
                        Molly Gallagher, Environmental Analyst 2
                        Lt. Joseph H. Schneider, Director of Law Enforcement
                        J. Thomas Wardell, Director of Engineering    
                        Keith Fish, Operation’s Director
                        Peggy Stevens, Principal Account Clerk
                        Michelle D. Way, Keyboard Specialist 1
                        Andrea L. Maranville, Director of Governmental &       Community Affairs


COMMISSION COUNSEL PRESENT:    Martin Auffredou

               
OTHERS PRESENT:

Frank Roland            Cathy Clark                Laura Moore
Jeff Provost                Joe Stanek                Chris Round
Gregg Sherry            Chris Navitsky            Peter Loyola
Sylke Chesterfield            Ann Gleasman            Scott Miller
John Creede            C.P. Creede                Armand Sieper    
Tim Holmes     Item #1 - Introductions, Roll Call, Minutes of Meeting

The 339th 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 Maggie Stewart, seconded by Tom Hall, all Commission members present voting affirmatively;  The minutes of meeting # 338 were approved as submitted.

Item #2 - Project Review - Public Comments on Pending Applications:  
         Maggie Stewart

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

The Chair explained the format of the meeting in regard to Project Review matters.  He said that the first portion of the Project Review is for people either for or against the project to express their comments.  He said that the second session is a discussion among Commission members to arrive at a decision.  He said that normally the only time during the second portion where there would be public participation would be if there is a need for clarification or additional information on an issue.  

Wharf Modification submitted by Margaret Vanvoorhis, Town of Hague, County of Warren – #5226-18-05 & #5226-19-05

Molly Gallagher introduced this project.  She said that the applicant proposes to replace the existing wharf and boathouse with a 68' wide, 52' long, three dock complex with an open-sided boatcover/sundeck.  Molly Gallagher said that the Vanvoorhis property has 263 feet of lake frontage.

Chairman Young asked if anyone was here to speak for the project.

John Creede, agent for Margaret Vanvoorhis, said what they would like to do is remove the dangerous existing boathouse which is being reduced in size.  He said that a variance is not required for this project.

Wharf Construction submitted by Michael Monaco, Town of Dresden, County of Washington

Molly Gallagher introduced this project and said that this property was recently subdivided and no docks or moorings are currently on site.

Chairman Young asked if anyone was present to speak on behalf of the project.

Jeff Provost of the Dock Doctors said that he is the agent for Mr.  Monaco.  He said that the project area is very unique in shape.  He also discussed useable sides of the dock and the area where the dock will be placed, etc.

Maggie Stewart asked Mr.  Provost if there was a possibility of shortening the dock.  Mr. Provost said that yes there is a possibility.  He said that his clients boat is 29 feet long and the proposed dock would be 32 feet long.

A discussion continued regarding the comments from adjoining property owners.

Conceptual Review submitted by Lake George, LLC — Dodd Hill Subdivision, Town of Hague, County of Warren

CLA representative Scott Miller addressed the Commission members.  He said that this is an 11 lot subdivision which has received approval from the Town of Hague which is contingent on the approval of the Lake George Park Commission.

Scott Miller said that there are some potential visual issues.  He said they are in the process of working on a re-design.

Chairman Young asked if there was anyone present to speak against the project.

Chris Navitsky said that he has a couple of reviews on this project which have been submitted to the Town Board.  He said that some of the areas that he has an issue with are the groundwater levels and the wet pond for stormwater management.  He said he also has an issue with the impact of groundwater on the basin.

Class A Marina Modification submitted by Salim Amersi, Surfside On the Lake, Town of Lake George, County of Warren

Molly Gallagher introduced this project.  She said that Mr.  Salim Amersi would like to modify his Class A Marina permit to authorize the rental of up to 6 paddle boats to hotel guests.

Chairman Young asked if there was anyone present for the project.  No one was present on behalf of the Surfside On the Lake.

Chairman Young asked if anyone was present to speak against the project.  There was no one present for or against the project.

Reconfiguration of Docks submitted by Cannon Point Homeowners Association, Town of Lake George, County of Warren

Molly Gallagher introduced this project.  She said that Commission staff has been working with Cannon Point HOA and the Dock Doctors for quite a while to design an acceptable plan.

Bruce Young asked if there was anyone present to speak on behalf of the project.

Jeff Provost, of the Dock Doctors, said that they are seeking a variance from the Commission.  He said that the application hasn’t changed since he was before the board in October.

He said he would be happy to answer any questions the members may have.

Thomas Conerty asked Mr.  Provost about how long the installation of the new docks would take.

Mr.  Provost said that a good portion of the new docks are pre-fabricated so it will take somewhere between 4 to 5 weeks.

Item #3 - Fiscal Actions Report: Peggy Stevens
 
Chairman Young said that the October 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 Tom Conerty, all members present voting affirmatively, the October Fiscal Actions Report was approved as submitted.

Item #4 - Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Program Contract Revisions/Extensions: Michael P.  White

Michael White said that he had recently sent a memo to all Commission members discussing the Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Program revisions/extensions.

Joan Robertson read and moved to approve Resolution 2005-79 which was seconded by Maggie Stewart and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

WHEREAS    the Lake George Park Commission is established by Article 43 of the Environmental Conservation Law to provide a means for people who visit and reside at Lake George to preserve, protect and enhance the unique natural and scenic resources of the Lake George Park, and

WHEREAS    the Commission has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (1986) to convey to the Commission, specific authority for the management of nuisance aquatic plants including Eurasian watermilfoil, and

WHEREAS    to fulfill its mission to preserve the lake and to undertake effective aquatic plant control under the aforementioned delegation, the Commission has obtained requisite permits, allocated funds, and retained contractors for hand harvesting, suction harvesting, and matting of Eurasian watermilfoil, and

WHEREAS    the Commission desires to extend its agreement with Lycott Environmental, Inc. for an additional term of nineteen months until October 31, 2007 in order to obtain milfoil management activities for an additional two seasons, and

WHEREAS    the Commission also desires to make certain modifications to the work plan and compensation under the agreement, and

WHEREAS    the Commission has reviewed a draft Contract Amendment and an revised Schedule C Work Plan annotated to reflect the revisions, including a revised schedule of costs for 2006 and 2007 (attached).

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission authorizes the Chair to
        execute a contract amendment with Lycott Environmental, Inc. consistent
        with the attached Contract Amendment, Revised Schedule C Work Plan and Schedule of Costs, and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chair is authorized to approve final revisions to
        the documents as he deems necessary to carry out the purpose of this
        resolution and that the Chair and Executive Director are authorized to
        submit the contract amendment for approval by the Office of the Attorney
        General and the Office of the State Comptroller and thereafter do all
        things reasonable and necessary to implement the approval contract
        revisions.

Item #5 - Commission Website Update Expenditures: Keith G.  Fish

Keith Fish addressed the Commission members.  He said that the Commission website has been on-line since 1998 and was designed in-house.  He said that Lake George is a beautiful scenic resource that is not well represented on the Commission website.

Keith Fish said that he has met with a company, LaDue Design, that is a woman owned certified business.  He said that because they are certified as a woman owned business the Commission can skip the whole bid process.  He said the initial upgrade will cost $7,650.

Keith Fish said that he met with the group and discussed the website design.

Chairman Young asked if the website will post a meeting cancellation or if the website will have a link to the weather.

Roger Phinney asked if the pictures on the website could be changed and updated in house or would the company have to do every upgrade.

Keith Fish said that the Commission staff would be able to make minor changes and additions to the website but major changes would have to be done through the company.  

Shauna DeSantis asked about the State standards.  She asked if the company, LaDue Design, was familiar with the State standards.

Keith Fish said that LaDue Design Company is familiar with the State standards.  He said they have worked with the State in the past and he gave a few examples of different website’s to look at.

Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2005-80 which was seconded by Joan Robertson and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

WHEREAS    the Lake George Park Commission is established by Article 43 of the Environmental Conservation Law to provide a means for the preservation, protection and enhancement of the unique, natural and scenic resources of the Lake George Park, and

WHEREAS    information regarding these efforts as well as educational and permitting information and materials, must be made available to the public, and

WHEREAS    the Commission’s internet based web site is a cost effective method of providing this information to the public, and

WHEREAS    the Commission web site was established in 1998 and has been maintained by staff, is being utilized by greater numbers of public, is in need of professional re-design, and

WHEREAS    the current web site does not conform to NYS Mandatory Technology Standards, and

WHEREAS    LaDue Design of Saugerties, NY is a certified Empire State Development, Woman-owned Business Enterprise under the OGS Procurement Service Group’s NYS Small Business Initiative (CL-473) for these services and this certification allows this discretionary purchase without following the State’s competitive bidding requirements or requiring prior approval, and

NOW THEREFORE be it resolved that the Chairman is hereby authorized to approve an expenditure not to exceed $7,650 for re-designing the Commission web site as per the attached proposal, and consistent with State Finance Law and the Office of the State Comptroller.

    AYES: 8    NAYS:  0    ABSTENTIONS:  0

    DATE ADOPTED   November 22, 2005

Item #6 - Project Review Resolutions: Molly Gallagher

Resolution 2005-72 — Project Review Report

Maggie Stewart read and moved to approve Resolution 2005-72 which directs that the Project Review Report be incorporated in full in the minutes of the full Commission meeting.  The motion was seconded by Joan Robertson and all members present voted affirmatively.

WHEREAS    the Commission has received and reviewed the Project Review Actions Reports prepared by staff and dated November 7, 2005, and;

WHEREAS    the Project Review Committee recommends acceptance of these Project Review Reports.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
        that the Commission directs that the Project Review Report be incorporated in the minutes of the full Commission meeting.

The Chair explained that there are usually two resolutions for each project, one to approve and one to deny.  The reading of one does not necessarily mean that will be the resolution voted upon, he said.

Resolution 2005-73 — Margaret VanVoorhis

Maggie Stewart said that they went on a site review and that the new dock will be much nicer than the existing dock.  She said that the new dock will be smaller.

Joan Robertson said that she also likes the design of the new boat house and she said the new structure will be less massive than the existing.

Maggie Stewart said that she would like Commission staff to be notified when the first upright is in place so that it can be measured.

Maggie Stewart read and moved to approve resolution 2005-73 which was seconded by Joan Robertson and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

Application #5226-18-05 & 5226-19-05
Location     42.12-1-25, Town of Hague
Applicant    Margaret Vanvoorhis

WHEREAS    the applicant has applied for a permit for wharf modification to re-configure a three-pier, 80' wide X 52' long dock complex to a four-pier 68' wide X 60' long dock complex; 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 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 Commission finds that the proposed project is reasonable and necessary and will not cause unreasonable, uncontrolled, or unnecessary damage to the natural resources of the state, including soils, forests, water, fish, shellfish, crustaceans and aquatic and land-related environment; 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 approves the above application as proposed, conditioned upon required staff inspections during construction.

        AYES:  8        NAYS:  0          ABSTENTIONS: 0

        DATE ADOPTED November 22, 2005

Resolution 2005-74 —  Michael Monaco

Maggie Stewart said that this project seems like it will work well.  She said that the dock will be 13 ½ feet high and the walkway will be shortened to 6 feet.

Maggie Stewart requested that the builders notify the Commission staff when the height is established so that it can be measured.

Maggie Stewart read and moved to approve resolution 2005-74 which was seconded by Joan Robertson and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

Application #5324-11-05
Location     26-1-15.1, Town of Dresden
Applicant    Michael Monaco     

WHEREAS    the applicant has applied for a permit to construct a new 40' long, 23.5' wide U-shaped pile supported wharf with an open-sided boatcover/sundeck and boat lift; 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 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 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 approves the above application with modifications to lower the boatcover to 13.5 feet and decrease the length of the walkway to 6'.

        AYES: 8        NAYS: 0          ABSTENTIONS: 0

        DATE ADOPTED    November 22, 2005

Commission members requested that Jeff Provost of the Dock Doctors submit a revised drawing to the Commission.

Resolution 2005-76 — Amersi Enterprises, Inc.

Maggie Stewart said that they visited this site on Project review.  She said that she believes that 6 paddle boats are too many for this area.  She said that the area is very congested and there are several safety concerns.

The Commission members discussed the laws regarding the need for Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) on different types of boats such as kayaks, canoes and paddle boats.

Lieutenant Schneider said that anyone from the age of 12 years old and under must wear a life jacket and if they are over the age of 12 they are not required to wear the life jacket but must have one with them at all times.


John Pettica suggested that maybe they should scale back and only allow 3 paddle boats.

A discussion continued among the Commission members regarding the number of paddle boats that would fit in the area designated on the property for the paddle boats and the potential that the use of the paddle boats in this very active part of the lake would result in congestion and overcrowding.

The Commission members decided to allow only 3 paddle boats and they are not be in the swim area.

Maggie Stewart read and moved to approve Resolution 2005-76 which was seconded by Joan Robertson and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

Application #5222-14-05    
Location     Lake George Village
Applicant    Amersi Enterprises Inc

WHEREAS    the applicant has applied for a permit to modify an existing Class A Marina by the offering of up to 6 paddle boats to guests of the Surfside Motel; 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, if reduced in scope, 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:
       
        No more than three paddleboat rentals may be operated from the facility.

        AYES: 8        NAYS: 0        ABSTENTIONS:   0

        DATE    ADOPTED November 22, 2005

Resolution 2005- 77 — Cannon Point Homeowners Association
       
Bruce Young said that they had a lengthy discussion on the project at the last Commission meeting and he asked if anyone had any more questions on this project.  

Several Commission members expressed agreement that they liked the design that Cannon Point HOA and the Dock Doctors came up with.  The Commission members said that the new configuration of the docks is much safer than the alternative location that would be conforming to the regulations.

A discussion continued among the Commission members and Jeff provost, agent for the Cannon Point Homeowners Association, about the need for a variance and the dock design.  They also discussed the fact that no other docks would be allowed and they discussed the canoe dock and the need for them to renew their permit every year if they are not going to rebuild the canoe dock for quite some time.

Maggie Stewart read and moved to approve Resolution 2005-77 which was seconded by Joan Robertson and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

Application #    5222-13-05
Location         226.13-1-19.1Town of Lake George
Applicant        Cannon Point Homeowners

WHEREAS    the applicant has applied for a permit to modify & expand existing docks to a non-conforming configuration; 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  6NYCRR 617.5 and 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 6NYCRR 645-5.3 and public notice has been published and distributed as required; and

WHEREAS    the applicant has requested variance from 6 NYCRR 646-1.1(c):
        (2) No dock or wharf shall be constructed so as to exceed the following offshore distance criteria:
            (i) No dock or wharf may extend offshore for more than forty feet beyond the mean low-water mark where the wharf intersects the mean low-water mark; and

WHEREAS    the applicant has demonstrated that strict conformance with the regulations will cause unnecessary hardship due to the following unique and peculiar circumstances which impose the following substantial financial, technical and safety burdens:

        Conforming docks would produce safety & visual impacts concerns and represent added expenses to applicants.

WHEREAS    the Commission finds that there is no reasonable possibility that the applicant's property will bring a reasonable return following conformance with the regulations; and

WHEREAS    the financial, technological and safety burdens of conformance with the regulations are significant and the burden imposed on the applicant and the public are not proportionate to any public purpose served by strict compliance with the rules and, the strict application of the rules would result in an inequity which creates an unnecessary financial hardship to the applicant; and

WHEREAS    the Commission finds that the project represents the minimum necessary variance required to alleviate the hardship; and

WHEREAS    the Commission finds that the proposed project is reasonable and necessary and will not cause unreasonable, uncontrolled, or unnecessary damage to the natural resources of the state, including soils, forests, water, fish, shellfish, crustaceans and aquatic and land-related environment; 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 approves the request for variance and approves the above application as proposed with the following condition:

        That no further docks or moorings will be permitted on the property.

        AYES:  8        NAYS:  0         ABSTENTIONS: 0

        DATE ADOPTED November 22, 2005

Frank Roland asked Molly Gallagher to clarify what was discussed.  Molly Gallagher said that the homeowners cannot come before the Commission and ask for any more docks or moorings.

Lake George, LLC — Dodd Hill Subdivision
       
Michael White called upon Chris Round of the Chazen Companies to give his analysis on the project.  He said he did what is called a Visual Line of Site Analysis.

Chris Round said that the site is heavily wooded and the trees on the site are about 40' high.  He said the proposed homes will be 32' high so they will not cause too much of a visual impact.

Chris Round said that the clearing limits should be defined on the management plan and should be included in the deed.

Michael White asked about the stream.  He said that all water bodies tributary to the lake are regulated.

Cathy Clark, Zoning Administrator for the Town of Hague, said that there is a No Disturbance Buffer 100' on each side of the stream.

The Commission members continued to discuss the project with Chris Round, Tom Wardell, CLA Representatives and Cathy Clark.

Chris Round suggested that there could be better site planning principals.  He said that they could cluster the homes sites or they could go with a shared driveway approach.

Tom Wardell discussed the stormwater control measures designed by CLA representatives, Scott Miller and Peter Loyola.

The Commission members said that they would like to see the final draft of the site plans before they formally approve the project.

Item #7 -Law Enforcement Committee Report: Thomas K. Conerty

Thomas Conerty said that they did, in fact, have a Law Enforcement Committee meeting this morning and he turned to Lt. Schneider to give his report.

Lt. Schneider said there was a Law Enforcement Committee meeting this morning and discussed the fact that the last Marine Patrol boat was taken out of the water.  He said they also discussed that the Ranger Cabin on Black Mountain was taken down.  He said now they are able to take a helicopter to the mountain if a repair needs to be done on the repeater.  Lt.  Schneider spoke of the Lake George Winter Carnival which will bring a lot of people to the lake.

Lt. Schneider said that active and on-going enforcement cases were also discussed.

Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve resolution 2005-78 which was seconded by Joan Robertson and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

WHEREAS    the Law Enforcement Committee met November 22, 2005 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.

        AYES    8                      NAYS      0                    ABSTENTIONS        0    

    Date Adopted November 22, 2005

Item #8 - Water Based Recreation Study Plan: Timothy Holmes

Timothy Holmes of Holmes & Associates addressed the Commission.  Mr.  Holmes discussed the work he has been doing for the Commission along with his partner, Cornell University.  He said that he hired 10 research assistants to help collect data from lake users.  Mr.  Holmes said that he has submitted this information to Cornell University and they are analyzing the data.

Mr.  Holmes discussed preliminary data contained in a summary that had been provided to the Commission members and staff.  He discussed some of his findings and answered questions the Commission members and staff had on the report.

Mr.  Holmes said that he expects to have the draft report done in February 2006 and he expects to have the final draft report in the fall of 2006.

Item #9 - Westbrook Stormwater Management Facilities — Adoption of Draft EIS Scope: Molly Gallagher

Joan Robertson read and moved to approve resolution 2005-75 which was seconded by Maggie Stewart and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

WHEREAS    the Lake George Park Commission is the Lead Agency for the West Brook Stormwater Facility Project; and

WHEREAS    the project is a Type 1 action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act; and

WHEREAS    on July 26, 2005 the Commission issued a Positive Declaration for the project; and

WHEREAS    the Commission desires to conduct public scoping for the content of the Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared on behalf of the project sponsors, the Town of Lake George and the Village of Lake George; and

WHEREAS    a draft scope has been prepared for circulation to involved agencies and for public comment;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lake George Park Commission directs staff to initiate a 21 day public comment period on the attached draft scope.

Michael White addressed Commission members and said that we are the lead agency for the Westbrook stormwater project and we are also assisting the project sponsors along with the Village of Lake George and the Town of Lake George.

Michael White said that a scope of work needs to be developed to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement.  Mr.  White said that Commission staff lax the expertise to do this.  He said he has been in touch with Dr.  Kenneth Wagner, ENSR International.  Mr.  White said that ENSR is a nationally recognized Environmental and Scientific consulting firm.

Michael White said that spending some of the Commission allocation of $40,000 would help move this important project along, narrow the scope of the EIS and save time and money.  Michael White asked for permission for so much thereof of the allocated funds that he deemed appropriate to retain ENSR’s Kenneth Wagner.

On a motion of Thomas Conerty which was seconded by John Pettica it was resolved that Michael White, Executive Director to the Lake George Park Commission, is authorized to execute a purchase order in an amount that he deems necessary to engage ENSR, International to develop a scope of work for the EIS for the Westbrook project.

    Item #10 - Invasive Species Prevention Program Update: Andrea Maranville

Andrea Maranville addressed the Commission members and said that Commission staff sent out a survey to participating businesses involved in the Zebra Mussel program and some 40 businesses or so that are not currently involved but who we hope will join the program and help stop these aquatic invaders.  

Andrea Maranville also discussed some new designs that Commission has designed with the help and expertise of Mark Lange of Lange Designs.  Ms.  Maranville also spoke of an Newsletter that will be inserted into the Lake George Mirror’s December issue.
 
Item #12 - Water Quality Programs Report: J. Thomas Wardell

Thomas Wardell said that he sent out a report to all Commission members which everyone should have received.

Mr. Wardell said that he has been working on the Forest Bay stabilization project with grant commitment from the Lake George Association.

Mr. Wardell also spoke of some projects he has been working on with Chris Navitsky, the Lake George Waterkeeper.

Tom Wardell said that Mr. Anthony Reale has already received his stormwater permit.

Lake Level

Mr. Wardell said that the lake level at Rogers Rock is 3.62.

Item #13 - Public Comments

There were no public comments.

Item #14 - Adjournment

There being no further business, on the motion of Tom Conerty, seconded by Joan Robertson, all Commission members present voting affirmatively, the meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.


                   
                        Respecfully submitted,



                        Michelle D. Way                                        Keyboard Specialist 1


Secretary’s Note:    The next Commission meeting is scheduled for TUESDAY, December 20, 2005, 10:00 a.m. at the Fort William Henry, Canada Street, Lake George, NY.