HAMILTON LAKE ASSOCIATION
Minutes of the Board of Directors
October 8, 2013
The meeting was called to order with the following in attendance: Ron Abraham, Val Fetters, Bob Snare, Linda Wagenknecht, Peggy Hayden, Dennis Germann, Tom Blood, Ron Calvin, Larry Starr, Clint Nester, Janet Albright, and Linda Skelly.
Peggy Hayden presented minutes of the September meeting. A motion to accept the minutes as e-mailed was made by Clint Nester and seconded by Ron Calvin. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Given by Dennis Germann. Dennis added a prior year comparison column to the report. The bank balance as of September 30, 2013 was $106,036.00. A motion to accept the report was made by Tom Blood and seconded by Peggy Hayden. Motion carried. Report attached.
Buoys were removed from the lake. A “thank you” goes out to those who volunteered to help. Volunteers include: First Day- Bill Martins, Paul Hayden, and Dan Dubbs. Second Day- Randy Pape, Mike Hawley, and Dennis Germann.
The board received a thank you card from Bill Martins for the gifts presented to him at the end of season get together.
Conservancy Fact Finding: Three sheets of signatures for the petition have been collected. Ron Calvin, Bob Snare, and Larry Starr collected signatures.
Membership: No report. Not much change since last meeting.
Wildlife: Nothing to report.
Weed Control: Report by Clint Nester. Last Thursday he met with the DNR, All Things Water, and AVM Development regarding 2014 grant funding. Considering sonar treatment for the whole lake. In the past, the most received was a $35,000.00 cap. Entire lake treatment has a $100,000.00 cap. Suggestion was made to apply for both types of grants. Robin Scribailo, Lake Survey/Professor at PNC-Purdue North Central/Aquatic Restoration and Charlie Hawkins, All Things Water will assist with the grant application, which is due in January.
Black Creek: Observe if need any attention, particularly those that live in that area.
Steuben County Lakes Council: Report by Tom Blood. The Fall Forum will be October 26. It will be held at the Lake Missionary Church on Silver Lake. The Steuben County Lakes Council in conjunction with the LaGrange Lake Council hosts the event. Topics include shoreline, landscaping, and water quality. Pete Hippensteel will give a presentation on glacier formation history of the lakes. Tom also reported that the Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation is out of their office due to the government shut down. Also the SCLC is working at putting together information and articles for the “Soundings” newsletter.
Ø At the September meeting, a presentation and power point was given by Robin Scribailo, Lake Survey/Professor at Purdue North Central and Charlie Hawkins, All Things Water. Presentation was good. Janet would like to have them make a presentation at the annual meeting.
Ø Fundraising ideas in addition to the Poker Run: 1) Raffle, 2) Bingo Hall, and 3) Reverse Raffle.
Ø Summons/Complaint: Dennis and Janet sent response. Three weeks ago, Hamilton Lake Association received a letter from the lawyer handling the case; that stated the HLA was removed from the lawsuit.
Ø End of Summer Get Together: Good turn out and all had a good time.
Ø Brick Purchase for Boardwalk: Contact Rich Sholl, President of the Hamilton Lake Improvement Committee at 260-341-1150 if interested in purchasing a brick. The cost is $50.00/brick.
Ø Board of Directors Directory: Linda will update and distribute by e-mail.
Ø Waste Watchers is donating $100.00 to the HLA.
Ø Informal Get Together during the off-season months: It was decided to meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Time and location to be determined. November 12, 2013, we will meet at 6:00 p.m. at Margarita Beach.
Ø Reminder: To board members and all concerned citizens. If you see bad behavior on lake- call the DNR.
A motion to adjourn was made by Ron Calvin and seconded by Peggy Hayden. Motion carried.
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 twshow the holding facility for sediment immediately north of the Cold Springs Golf Course.
In addition to checking on the dredging project at the “
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What to do about the large and increasing number of mute swans on Hamilton Lake.....
Tanya Peters and her committee simply outdid themselves with the 2013 edition of the Hamilton Lake Poker Run. Despite poor weather, dark and cloudy at the beginning of the day, the Run was organized so well and handled so convivially that the weather was inconsequential until it cleared and became really delightful by the afternoon. All of the hosts around the lake were friendly and accommodating and the event went off without a hitch. Prize announcements and door prizes made for a fun ending to the day and many thanks to the folks at Margarita Beach for use of their facilities and audio equipment which made the event even better.
As far as results were concerned, 640 tickets were sold, the 50/50 brought in $2408, the first place hand won $2200, second was $1100, third, $500, fourth, $250 and fifth, $125. The winning hand was a straight flush and the big winner, of course, was the Hamilton Lake Association and, of course, the Hamilton Lake community with a total of $12,620 presented to the HLA for future expenses in keeping our lake beautiful. Congrats, Tonya and committee members. We are already anxious for the 2014 version.