Lake George Park Commission
24 October 2006
Lake George, NY
Commission Members Present: James T. Kneeshaw
Thomas W. Hall
Commission Members Absent: None
Commission Staff Present: Michael P. White, Executive
Schneider, Law Enforcement Director
Conservation Operations Supervisor 1
Gallagher, Environmental Analyst II
Keyboard Specialist 1
Director of Operations
Maranville, Director of Governmental & Community Affairs
Commission Counsel Present: Martin Auffredou
Mary Alice Leary Anthony
Hall John Boltz
Madeline Farbman Kathy
Navitsky William Wasilauski
Barbara J. Ahern Ronald
DeBolt Walter Lender
Item #1 - Introductions, Roll Call, Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Bruce E. Young
The 349th 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 Shauna DeSantis, seconded by James
Kneeshaw, all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve
the minutes of the previous meeting.
Item #2 - Project Review — Public Comments On Pending
Applications: Molly Gallagher
Chairman Young said that there are currently no projects being held
before the Commission this month.
Item #3 — Fiscal Actions Report: Peggy Stevens
Chairman Young said that the September 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 Thomas Conerty, seconded by John McDonald, all members
present voting affirmatively, the September Fiscal Actions Report was
approved as submitted.
Resolution 2006-72 — Authorizing the Purchase of a 200 Horsepower
Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-72 which was
seconded by Thomas Morhouse and all Commission members present voted
WHEREAS the Lake George Park Commission’s Enforcement
Committee has reviewed the status of the Marine Patrol equipment for
the 2007 season, and
WHEREAS the Committee has identified the need for a
200 horsepower replacement outboard engine, and
WHEREAS the mission of the Commission requires the
continued operation of the Marine Patrol, and the outboard engine is
essential to the operation at its present level, and
WHEREAS Commission staff has prepared a purchase
requisition for the new outboard engine that is available under New
York State contract.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission is hereby authorized
to allocate funds not exceeding twelve thousand five-hundred dollars
($12,500.) in total for the purchase of one new outboard engine, and
FURTHER RESOLVES that the Executive Director is authorized to
execute a purchase order for such replacement outboard engine
consistent with the findings and requirements of the State Finance Law
and Office of Standards and Purchase of the Office of General Services
Item #4 — Project Review Resolutions
Resolution 2006-69 — Acceptance of the Project Review Report
Thomas Morhouse read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-69 which was
seconded by Roger Phinney 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 October 13,
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.
Item #5 — Law Enforcement Committee Report: Lieutenant Joseph
Thomas K. Conerty reported that there was an enforcement meeting and
called upon Lieutenant Schneider to give his report.
Lt. Schneider said the Columbus Day Poker Run and vessel noise testing
that took place were discussed. He said that the Poker Run
received a Regatta Permit from the DEC which exempted them from the
noise level requirements on the lake but the speed regulations were
still in effect — five tickets were given for speeding. The worst
speed ticket given was for 83 m.p.h. in a 45 m.p.h. zone. Lt.
Schneider also said that noise level testing was done as a courtesy for
those who chose to be tested.
A discussion regarding the radio repeater followed and a November date
was chosen for the replacement of the radio repeater. Lt.
Schneider said that he would like the repeater in place early to be
sure that the solar system is working correctly.
Lt. Schneider said that there was an executive session where active
enforcement cases were discussed.
Resolution 2006-70 — Law Enforcement Report
Thomas K. Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-70 which
was seconded by Thomas Hall and all Commission members present voted
affirmatively to approve the resolution.
WHEREAS the Law Enforcement Committee met October 24,
2006 to review matters pertaining to the Lake George Park Commission’s
Marine Patrol and the Commission's Law Enforcement Program, and
WHEREAS active Law Enforcement cases and their status
were reviewed in Executive Session, and
WHEREAS the Law Enforcement Committee has reported on
the results of that committee meeting at this full Commission meeting,
WHEREAS the Law Enforcement Committee recommends
acceptance of this month's Law Enforcement Report.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission accepts the report of
the Law Enforcement Committee.
Item #6 — Adoption of Lake George Park Commission Budget: Bruce
Michael P. White addressed Commission members and explained how the
Budget for the Park Commission is incorporated into the NYS Executive
Budget. He said that he has sent several memo’s regarding the
2007-2008 Budget dating back to August 2006.
Michael P. White spoke about a $400,000 major water quality initiative
being included in the budget. He then asked if any members had
any questions. There were no questions.
Thomas K. Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-71 which
was seconded by Kenneth W. Parker and all Commission members present
voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.
WHEREAS the Lake George Park Commission members have
received and reviewed the Budget Request for the 2007-2008 State Fiscal
WHEREAS the Commission members concur that the Budget
is suitable for submission as the basis for the Commission’s requested
appropriations for Fiscal Year 2007-2008.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission accepts and adopts the
Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Budget Request (attached) and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Commission authorizes the Executive
Director to submit the request to the Division of the Budget and to
take such other steps he deems necessary to establish appropriations
for the upcoming fiscal year.
Item #7 — Hilary Oles, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program —
Overview on Invasive Plants
Hilary Oles introduced herself as Coordinator of the Adirondack Park
Invasive Plant Program. She said that she serves on a variety of
other advisory committees which include the Steering Committee of the
Adirondack Park Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan, the Aquatic
Nuisance Species Sub-Committee and Rapid Response Workgroup of the Lake
Champlain Basin Program, the NY Sea Grant Program Advisory Network and
the Advisory Committee for the NYS Department of Agriculture and
Markets Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Program.
Hilary Oles discussed some examples of the following types of
plants: Native, Non-native, Invasive and Nuisance Species.
She also said that invasives are one of the top threats to the
Some of the many types of invasive plants discussed were Eurasian
Watermilfoil, Curly Leaf Pond Weed, Water Chestnut, Fanwort, Yellow
Floating Heart, Starry Stonewort, Parrot Feather, Brittle Naiad, Water
Hyacinth, Water Lettuce, Water Primrose, Brazilian Elodea, Hydrilla and
Hilary Oles said that in order to eradicate these invasive plants
citizen involvement is a must. She said that to get more
information on invasives and about invasive programs log onto
www.adkinvasives.com. Hilary Oles said that July 8 through July
14, 2007 has been designated as Invasive Species Week in New York State.
A Question and Answer segment continued among Hilary Oles, the
Commission members, the LGA, the Lake George Waterkeeper and the Public
Item #8 — Invasive Species Prevention Program Report: Andrea L.
Andrea Maranville thanked Hilary Oles for attending the Commission
meeting and presenting information on Invasive Species. She said
that the presentation was very informative and looked forward to
working with Hilary again.
Andrea addressed the Commission members and said that she has been
working diligently to get her name on all of the Invasive Species lists
out there. She said that she has just recently attended a meeting
with the Adirondack Park ANS Management Plan Steering Committee and
attended the full Lake George Watershed Conference meeting.
Andrea also mentioned that she attended a conference on Swollen
Bladderwort, one of the invasive plants discussed by Hilary Oles, and
the Stormwater Trade Show.
Andrea Maranville discussed the participating business program and said
that 38% of the post season surveys have been returned. These are
great numbers, especially since they were sent out a short time
ago. She also said that 16 out of 20 businesses are saying that
the volunteer program is a beneficial program that is helpful to lake
Item #9 — Public Comments
Lake George Association
Walt Lender, Executive Director of the Lake George Association,
introduced Emily DeBolt who lives in Bolton Landing with her
husband. He said that she is the new Education Outreach
Coordinator for the Lake George Association.
Lake George Watershed Conference
The FUND for Lake George, Inc.
Lake George Waterkeeper
Christopher Navitsky addressed the Commission members and spoke about a
stormwater training program that he, Tom Wardell and the DPW in Bolton
helped design. He referred to it as a “good housekeeping” binder.
Item #8 — Adjournment
There being no further business, on the motion of Thomas Conerty,
seconded by James Kneeshaw, all Commission members present voting
affirmatively, the meeting was adjourned.
Secretary’s Note: The next Commission meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 10:00 a.m. at the Holiday
Inn, Lake George, NY.