Forest Lake Association Annual Meeting and Pot-luck
July 23, 2016
8:00 am Breakfast
President’s Welcome and Call to Order, Janene Gorham
Meeting was called to order at 8:40 am. Janene highlighted and thanked Debi for newsletter, website, and Facebook. Thanked Ed and Jim for all their efforts continuing water testing and plant monitoring. Announced that we are donating raffle proceeds to MVLM project.
Secretary’s Report – Kaylene Mitchell: Read the minutes from the last annual meeting. Minutes accepted with the addition of Jon Curry’s name as an elected Trustee.
Treasurer’s Report – Ellie Schulz: The Forest Lake Association had a $7,328.26 bank balance. The detailed annual Profit Loss sheet was provided showed a small profit of $755.68.
Water Quality Report – Ed Kennan: Last year was our clearest water recorded, and this year is roughly the same. Visibility is about 20 feet. Visibility is tested by dropping a Secci disk into the water and measuring when it disappears from sight. Oxygen measurement is at 8 meters. Oxygen readings measure the depth at which there is 0 oxygen. For fisherman, this means don’t bother to drop your line below 8 meters.
Invasive Plant Patrol Report – Ed Keenan: The invasive plant patrol survey will be conducted in August. It usually kicks off with a meeting at Ed’s house. There are 17 zones to check. We do need more plant patrol volunteers. The training course must be taken during the weekday. They have been checking problem areas and they are perfectly clear. A good sign, so we are expecting a good report next year. If you find a plant you don’t recognize, give Ed a call. Don’t pull it out, that will spread the seeds. Just have him come look, it is no bother. Algae blooms are beginning, but they are not a serious threat or invasive. They are naturally occurring, nothing to worry about.
Water Safety Report – Ed Keenan: Bouys, a lot of people are not respecting the no wake zones. If you see someone breaking the rules, please flag them down and ask them to courteously to respect the water safety rules. Boats with tubing and water skiers should be going counter clockwise. No motorized vessels should go between the shore and swimming docks, it is not safe. Jet Skiers, water skiers and tubers have to stop a half hour before sunset. Boats 16’ or longer must have a life ring. If you are buying new life jackets, you must take them out of the plastic. You will be fined if a Warden finds them in the plastic. Children 10 years or younger must have life jackets on in any vessel. Kayakers must have a life jacket in their vessel. You cannot drive a jet ski until you are 18, 16 if you take a required boater course. Seaplanes have the right of way. Planes by law has to make one pass over and then can land. They can land E/W but most often lands N/S. Out of staters can fish without a license up to age 16. Need running lights if operating after sunset. If you put a motor on a boat, it needs to be registered. Drinking and driving is the same as driving a car, .08. Boats should be at least 200’ away from shore if travelling above wake speed, for safety and erosion prevention. Tubers and skiers, shut you engines off when picking skiers and tubers back up. The no wake zone marker has come loose in the cove and will be replaced soon.
Watershed Survey – Greg Schulz: Plan to do survey in 2017. Last survey 2001-2002. Identified and made improvements to multiple impacted sites with money from DEP grant. New survey to determine where any new impact sites may be and to address those areas. Planning to start in mid-August, will need volunteers in addition to members of Board of Trustees. Copies of previous report distributed at meeting. [See Watershed Survey 2017 for details]
Elections: Trustees Re-elected with terms ending in 2019: Liz Hamilton, John Gorham, Greg Schulz. Current trustees with terms ending in 2018 are: Jon Curry, Ellie Schulz and Janene Gorham are currently serving terms ending in 2017. Deb Curry, Kaylene Mitchell, Barb Tellefson and Charlie Mitchell.
Alternates elected: Fred Wolf, Paula Curcio,
Other: Loon update, there are three loons, this year. They had an egg, but it was destroyed.
The mother that had the baby two years ago, unfortunately died in NJ.
Adjourned at 10:30 am