Lake George Park Commission

Meeting #349

24 October 2006

Holiday Inn

Lake George, NY


Presiding:                    Bruce E. Young, Chair


Commission Members Present:    James T. Kneeshaw
                        Kenneth W. Parker
                        John A. Pettica, Jr.
                        Thomas W. Hall
                        Thomas J. Morhouse
                        Thomas K. Conerty
                        Shauna M. DeSantis
                        Roger H. Phinney
                        John McDonald


Commission Members Absent:    None
                       

Commission Staff Present:    Michael P. White, Executive Director
                        Joseph Schneider, Law Enforcement Director
                        Roger Smith, Conservation Operations Supervisor 1
                        Molly Gallagher, Environmental Analyst II
                        Michelle Way, Keyboard Specialist 1
                        Keith Fish, Director of Operations
                        Andrea L. Maranville, Director of Governmental & Community Affairs


Commission Counsel Present:    Martin Auffredou


Others Present:

Hilary Oles            Mary Alice Leary        Anthony Hall            John Boltz
Madeline Farbman        Kathy Bozony        Chris Navitsky        William Wasilauski
Barbara J. Ahern        Ronald Montesi        Emily 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 Replacement Motor

Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve Resolution 2006-72 which was seconded by Thomas Morhouse and all Commission members present voted affirmatively.

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 procurement guidelines.
           
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, 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.

Item #5 — Law Enforcement Committee Report:  Lieutenant Joseph Schneider

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, 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 #6 — Adoption of Lake George Park Commission Budget:  Bruce E. Young 

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 Year, and

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 Adirondacks.

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 Swollen Bladderwort.

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 in attendance.

Item #8 — Invasive Species Prevention Program Report:  Andrea L. Maranville

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 users.

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

Not present.

The FUND for Lake George, Inc.

Not Present.

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.

                        Respectfully submitted,



                        Michelle D. Way
                        Keyboard Specialist 1




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.