HAMILTON LAKE ASSOCIATION
Minutes of the Board of Directors
August 12, 2014
Janet Albright called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. with the following board members present: Dennis Germann, Ginny DeBrunner, Val Fetters, Ron Abraham, Bob Snare, Peggy Hayden, Mike Hawley, Steve Jarrett, Jim Wagenknecht, Tom Blood, Clint Nester, and Linda Skelly. Pat Morello was also in attendance. Total number in attendance was 14.
Minutes of the July meeting were approved after the addition of Pat Morello’s detailed report concerning the conservancy meeting. A motion was made by Steve Jarrett and a second by Bob Snare.
Treasurers Report: Financial Condition and Boat Poker Run reports were presented by Dennis Germann. Income for weed spray, membership, and contributions for this year is $86,050.00, compared to last year $94,263.00. Contributions are down $10,000.00. Total income year to date is $142,243.00, expenses year to date $130,154.00
Boat Poker Run (figures included in above amounts): income $19,025.00, expenses $4,373.00, net $14,652.00. It was suggested and approved to issue a check for dinner for 3 couples; to show appreciation to those who served on the Boat Poker Run Committee. A motion was made by Peggy Hayden and second by Ron Abraham. Motion carried. A motion to approve the financial report was made by Mike Hawley and second by Peggy Hayden. Motion carried.
Weed Spray: Report by Clint Nester. Water test results have been between 2 and 2.5 parts/billion. The weed spray contract is to keep readings above 2 parts/billion. A small bump will be done with less concentration to get readings up closer to 3 parts/billion. Overall, things are sitting pretty well.
Membership: Nothing to report.
Summer Fest: August 23, 2014. Plans for Summer Fest were discussed:
>50/50 Drawing- Mike
> Furniture Raffle- Clint
> Information/Education Table- (HLA- Peggy), (Conservancy- Pat)
> Tables & Chairs- Mike
> Buoys- Dennis
> Canopy- Bob
> Set-up – 9:00 a.m.
> Shifts- 10:00-12:00, 12:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00
Wildlife: Nothing to report.
Grievance and General Welfare:
> Black Creek: Stone work holding up extremely well.
> Buoys: Clint looked into the possibility of buoy repair. Dennis reports there are 4 weights left. Next year, plans are to put out a couple additional “No Wake” buoys.
Legislative and Council Coordination:
> Steuben County Lakes Council: Report by Tom. The Annual Meeting topics included: 1) DNR speaker stated that they are still short on help. 2) East Noble School raised money for Honor
Flights. 3) Riverview Nursery and Landscaping (Spencerville, IN) gave presentation. 4) Lake George & Clear Lake- “No child left indoors”. Lake Life Classes: the 3rd year for this 6 week program will take place on Tuesday nights.
> Chamber of Commerce: Held its annual golf outing and is making plans for Summer Fest 2014.
Conservancy District Fact Finding: The next Conservancy District Board Meeting will be August 26 at 6:00 p.m. Pat Morello will put a report together with FACTS. He will make presentation why they should change their purpose. He will take the 337 (or more) signed petitions.
> Fourth Annual Boat Poker Run: Results given in the financial report.
> Furniture Raffle: Clint will have tickets available for sale at the Summer Fest.
> District 2 Board Member: Ginny reported that potential candidate contacted thus far was a “no”. Peggy will contact other possible candidate.
> Summer Fest: See discussion above.
Election of Officers: A motion was made to keep slate the same. Discussion followed and motion carried.
> President: Janet Albright
> Vice President: Mike Hawley
> Treasurer: Dennis Germann
> Secretary: Linda Skelly
A motion to adjourn was made by Peggy Hayden and second by Ron Abraham. Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Linda Skelly, Secretary
I wanted to give you a brief update on our Petition drive and ultimately our ability to convince the HL Conservancy District to repurpose and include Weed Spray as a part of their function.
The petition count stands at 337 and continues to rise. I want to thank each and every one who took the time to sign a petition and ask the District to repurpose. I do not take this lightly and have read every note that has been attached to the petitions. We believe we have approximately 40% of the freeholders in the District who have signed a petition. This is a strong statement from the people of Hamilton asking for change. If you have not filled out a petition and would like to do so, please scroll down the page, print and send to the address shown, or give it to one of the HL Association Board members.
The Hamilton Lake Association Board is going to attend the next Conservancy meeting, held August 26th, at 6:00 pm at the HL Conservancy building (Next to Captain Pete’s). We are going to take in all the petitions, and present the facts as stated on the Petition to the HL Conservancy Board. While they have expressed to me they do not want to repurpose, I want to share with them the facts, and ask them to make an informed decision based upon the number of petitions and the following;
We support the cost of weed spray being added to the Conservancy for the following reasons:
· To provide a sustainable and reliable source of funding for weed costs.
· Weed costs are rising and we will not be able to sustain the cost in the future by voluntarily raising money.
· We are presently too reliant on State funding aka LAHR grants, if they should stop, we would not have enough money to fund weed spray at present costs and income levels.
· The Lake is the Town’s most valuable asset and we must ensure we do everything possible to protect it. Putting in a sewer conservancy was a great first step, we must continue in this purpose and add weed spray to continue to “Protect Our Lake For Your Enjoyment”.
One more request. At the last meeting, one of the reasons the HL Conservancy board objected to the repurposing was because they had a few visitors stop by the office and say they were against it. Well, we have 337 signed petitions from Freeholders saying we are for it. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND WRITE A REVIEW ON THEIR FACEBOOK page expressing your interest to have them repurpose and include weed spray as part of their function. Simply google Hamilton Lake Conservancy, find the Facebook link, log into Facebook and write a review. It doesn’t need to be long, it can be as short as “Please repurpose to include weed spray and help protect our lake!” Here is the link.
Thank you and I plan to update you again after we attend next Tuesday’s meeting.
Note the following comments from Clint Nester, Board member, regarding weed control as of June 10, 2014:
Crystal Bay and Crystal Cove were treated along with the rest of the lake on 5/22. This year we used a product called fluridone (brand name Sonar). This is a whole lake treatment versus spot treatments which we have done the last several years. The company doing the application will be back on the lake on June 5th to check the fluridone concentration. Upon receiving the test results the fluridone concentration will be bumped back to 5 parts per billion (ppb). They will keep following up with testing and fluridone bumps in order to maintain at least a 2 ppb concentration for 90 days. The fluridone treatment is very expensive – we are figuring final costs will be in the neighborhood of $180K. However, the treatment should ease the weed pressure for 2-3 years.
One thing to note – there was a lot of milfoil just below the surface at the time of application, with much of that now showing at the surface. So the weeds are going to most likely get worse before they get better, but they will be dropping shortly. Let me know if you have any other questions.
May 2014 Board Minutes are recorded on the Lake Events Page.
To: Town of Hamilton Lot Owners, aka “Freeholders”
Subject: Petition to have Weed spray added on to the Hamilton Lake Conservancy.
My name is Pat Morello and I am helping the Hamilton Lake Association by heading up the efforts to have weed spray added to the Hamilton Lake Conservancy. The primary reason for doing this is:
1) Weeds are a natural part of our Lakes in Hamilton, and no matter how hard we try we will never eliminate them, we only hope to keep them under control. Excessive weed growth can be a serious matter and it is important that we always keep on top of the weed growth.
2) We need a sustainable source of funding. Today, weed collection is voluntary, and rather inconsistent. Over the last 11 years, less than 50% of the lake front owners have paid for weed spray. In certain years, we are able to collect money from the State to help, but should that funding source ever cease, or stop coming, it is likely we would not have sufficient funds to continue with our present weed spray.
3) Weed spray is a big expense, and continues to increase. Did you know that on average, over the last 11 years, we have spent $75,000 per year on weed spray, and the cost year over year has risen by 16%. If this rate of increase continues we will not be able to sustain enough funds to spray for weeds.
The HLA Board needs your help. By signing this petition, we are trying to have weed spray added to the Hamilton Lake Conservancy, so that the collection for Weed spray will be much more sustainable, collected monthly, and covered by all the residents who presently enjoy and benefit from Hamilton’s most precious natural resource – our beautiful Lakes.
Please sign and mail back to: Hamilton Lake Association, PO Box 515, Hamilton, Indiana 46742
Even with the 400 signatures required, there are no guarantees that a judge will rule to allow this added to the District. We will try, and do our best. Hamilton Lake is worth it to fight for and defend --- I love the Conservancies Motto –it’s perfect for our cause “Protecting our Lakes for Your Enjoyment”.
Please help, we would love to have your signature by May 30th, 2014
Sent on behalf of the Hamilton Lake Association
Town of Hamilton Lot Owners (Freeholders) Petition in favor of adding Weed spray to Hamilton Lake Conservancy
The undersigned, being an owner of real estate in the Town of Hamilton (a freeholder), which is in the present Hamilton Lake Conservancy District, support the cost of weed spray being added to the Conservancy for the following reasons
• To provide a sustainable and reliable source of funding for weed costs.
• Weed costs are rising and we will not be able to sustain the cost in the future by voluntarily raising money.
• We are presently too reliant on State funding aka LAHR grants, if they should stop, we would not have enough money to fund weed spray at present costs and income levels.
• The Lake is the Town’s most valuable asset and we must ensure we do everything possible to protect it. Putting in a sewer conservancy was a great first step, we must continue in this purpose and add weed spray to continue to "Protect Our Lake For Your Enjoyment".
(Please only (1) Freeholder signature is required per household, do not both sign! Also, if you have previously signed a petition, please disregard. Return no later than June 16, 2014)
Please mail to: Hamilton Lake Association, PO Box 515, Hamilton, Indiana 46742
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Donations to HLA can be mailed to P.O. 515, Hamilton, IN 46742
Four hundred feet of fieldstone was added to the outer banks of Black Creek by Bill Martins, Bob Snare, Al Byers, Dennis Germann and Steve Wood, with help from Reese Excavating. Cost of this last project will run between $4500 and $5000. As ALWAYS, donations are greatly appreciated by the Hamilton Lake Association.
The top pictures here show the dredging pump at work at the mouth of Black Creek. The bottom two show the holding facility for sediment immediately north of the Cold Springs Golf Course.
In addition to checking on the dredging project at the “
Northern Pike Sampling
Check the video at http://vimeo.com/channels/clearlakeindiana