Lake George Park Commission
25 September 2007
Canoe Island Lodge
Diamond Point, NY
Presiding: Bruce E. Young, Chair
Commission Members Present: Thomas K. Conerty
Thomas J. Morhouse
Roger H. Phinney
Thomas W. Hall
John A. Pettica, Jr.
Shauna M. DeSantis
James T. Kneeshaw
Commission Members Absent: Kenneth W. Parker
John C. McDonald, Jr.
Commission Staff Present: Michael P. White, Executive Director
Roger R. Smith, Conservation Operations Supervisor II
Molly Gallagher, Environmental Analyst II
Michelle D. Way, Keyboard Specialist 1
Peggy Stevens, Principal Account Clerk
Keith Fish, Operation’s Director
Commission Counsel Present: Martin Auffredou
Others Present: Joan Robertson Maggie Stewart Jeffrey Meyer Robert Swatling
Tony Reale Wayne Williams Buzz Lamb Mary Alice Leary
Robert Scanlon Jeff Provost
Item #1 - Introductions, Roll Call, Minutes of Previous Meeting: Bruce E. Young
The 359th meeting of the Lake George Park Commission was called to order by Chairman Young at
10:30 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 Thomas Conerty, seconded by Thomas Morhouse, all Commission members present
voted affirmatively to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.
Item #2 — Fiscal Actions Report: Peggy Stevens
Chairman Young said that the August 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 Pettica, all members present voting affirmatively,
the August Fiscal Actions Report was approved as submitted.
Item #3 — Project Review — Public Comments on Pending Applications and Project Review
Resolutions: Molly Gallagher
Molly Gallagher read from a prepared statement (attached) regarding Project Review procedures.
Commissioner Young spoke about the Project Review portion of the meeting.
Resolution 2007- 64 — Acceptance of Project Review Actions Report
Thomas Morhouse read and moved to approve resolution 2007-64 which was seconded by Thomas
Hall and all 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 September 10, 2007.
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.
Modification of an Existing Dock, Town of Bolton, County of Warren
Molly Gallagher introduced the project. She said that this application was presented at the previous
Commission meeting and said that a variance from the offshore distance is required.
Jeffrey Meyer of Fitzgerald, Morris, Baker, Firth said that he and Wayne Williams are present
to represent Jennifer Brorsen in this application.
Mr. Meyer said that the wharf is pre-existing and would not be changed to add any additional slips.
He said that they are not adding any additional congestion because only one boat will be kept at the
Mr. Meyer said that the Town of Bolton did approve this project. He continued to discuss the economic
hardship part of the variance requirements. He said that there isn’t much of an economic hardship it is
more of a hardship on personal property such as the docks and boats being destroyed by the sun
and the seagulls.
Thomas Hall asked Jeffrey Meyer about a letter that was written on September 7, 2007 regarding
Jennifer Brorsen’s lake frontage. He asked if the lake frontage was actually 1400 ft. or 14,000 ft. as
stated in the letter.
Mr. Meyer said that it is actually 1400 ft. and apologized for the typo.
Thomas Morhouse said that he went out and took a look at the site and the project and said that he
does not see a problem with it.
Shauna DeSantis said that she would vote to approve this project as well but would like Jeff to speak
more on variance requirement number 2.
Mr. Meyer said that requirement is one of the hardest to answer because there isn’t much of an
economic impact as much as it is a hardship on the personal property.
Roger Phinney said that he has no concerns with the project.
John Pettica said that he would approve the project and think that they did a great job reconfiguring
the height of the dock.
Thomas Conerty said that he would have to agree with John Pettica.
James Kneeshaw said that he would approve the project.
Thomas Hall said that he would approve the project.
A roll call vote was taken.
Ayes: (8) Young, Conerty, Hall, Phinney, Pettica, DeSantis, Morhouse and Kneeshaw
Modification of an Existing Dock submitted by William O’Connor, Town of Ticonderoga, County
Molly Gallagher introduced the project. She said that the applicant has a pending enforcement
action for a boat lift that was installed without a permit from the Lake George Park Commission. At
issue is whether the lift complies with the standards and can remain. To gage this, the Commission
has issued notice and otherwise assessed the matter in an application like manner. Comments from
the neighbors raising the issue of visual impacts are the basis for the referral of the matter to the
Jeff Provost of the Dock Doctors was present on behalf of William O’Connor. He said that the dock is
a seasonal dock and that the lift is a standard pre-fabricated aluminum lift which are very common in
this area of the lake.
Mr. Provost said that he would be happy to answer any questions.
John Pettica asked Mr. Provost what the depth of the water is. Mr. Provost said that the water depth
is very shallow — approximately 2 ft. deep. He said that the reason for the extension is to get into 3 ft.
John Pettica asked about the boat lift and the reasons for using a lift.
Shauna DeSantis asked Mr. Provost if the lift was adequate. Mr. Provost said that the lift is adequate.
Thomas Hall spoke about visual impacts. He said that he does not see anything in the application
that shows visual impacts. He also said that he sees nothing in the Barney comments that
demonstrate a clear visual impact.
James Kneeshaw said that the application appears to be in order.
Thomas Conerty said that he has no problem with this application.
John Pettica said that he sees no visual impact.
Roger Phinney said that he has no problems regarding visual impacts.
Shauna DeSantis spoke about the need to extend the docks further into the lake.
Molly Gallagher said that William O’Connor would still be well within the mean/low water mark even
with the extension.
Thomas Morhouse said that he does not see any visual impacts with the neighbors.
Thomas Morhouse read and moved to approve Resolution 2007-66 which was seconded by Roger
Phinney and all Commission members present voted affirmatively to approve the resolution.
WHEREAS the Project Review Committee has reviewed the application, supporting documents, comments
received and other information which appears in the record; and
WHEREAS a possible violation of the Environmental Conservation Law was noted at a recent site inspection;
WHEREAS the Commission has determined that the project will not result in an undue visual impact;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lake George Park Commission hereby resolves to remand further
processing to staff, pending conclusion of the enforcement matter.
Item #4 — Law Enforcement Committee Report: Michael P. White
Michael White said that the Law Enforcement Committee met today and discussed active law
Thomas Conerty read and moved to approve the Law Enforcement report which was seconded by
Thomas Hall and all Commission members voted affirmatively.
Item #5 — Stormwater Management Report: Michael P. White
Michael White said that the stormwater report is the Law Enforcement report, explaining that while a
separate list of program activities was distributed, many of the matters were enforcement cases
discussed previously in the Law Enforcement meeting. He spoke about the stormwater permits and
the fact that it has been a little slow but said that we are getting into the construction season.
Mr. White said that “windshield surveys” had been conducted in areas where the Commission
administers the rules. He said that the Commission has two inspectors who are working on these
and on inspections of active permit and enforcement matters.
Mr. White also spoke about stormwater inspections, case reports and assistance to local governments.
Item #6 — Public Comments
Robert Scanlon of the Power Boat Association thanked the Commission for the opportunity to speak
in front of the board. He said that for the past 6 years the Poker Boat Association has held a Poker
Run (Fun Run) to raise money for several different charities.
Mr. Scanlon spoke about several incidents from the previous year’s “Fun Run” where members were
ticketed for speeding and noise restrictions.
Mr. Scanlon spoke about a meeting that he had with Mayor Blais and others regarding the Poker Run.
He said that they are in support of the “Run” and is hoping that the Park Commission will be in support
of the run as well.
The Commission continued to discuss the “Run” and spoke about noise restrictions as well as speed
restrictions for the members while under the Regatta permit.
Lake George Association
The FUND for Lake George, Inc.
Lake George Waterkeeper
Lake George Watershed Conference
Item #7 — Adjournment
There being no further business, on the motion of Thomas Conerty, seconded by James Kneeshaw the
meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m.
Michelle D. Way
Secretary’s Note: The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, 2007,
10:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, Lake George, NY.