The minutes from the previous meeting were accepted.
Hank noted that the agenda is always the same each meeting and asked for each board member to give input for more ideas.
Grass growth is slow this time of year so we need additional projects for our two maintenance personnel. Suggestions were to pick up at Lacona Beach – lots of garbage at shoreline should be picked up on a regular basis. Locust Trees – 10-12 feet high – need to cut them down. Marguerite and Pat to meet at boat house with Gerry Doyle to assign pruning/cleaning, etc.
Pat and Marguerite checked out the lake on the 17th. While the Cutrine Plus has helped keep the algae down and the lake exceptionally clear, the cove near Mohawk Drive and up at the north end are showing signs of algae. The filamentous algae is ringing the shoreline in all but a few spots. Pat asked if the ballfield gets fertilized since the field drains into a major inflow, and was assured it was not. Next year the emphasis needs to be keeping pollutants out of the lake. Barley bales were discussed as one remedy. Also discussed was making sure the town enforces the MS4 requirement for septic cleanouts every three years.
There is no news from Sen. Ball’s office re the $50,000 grant, but Town Councilman Charlie Cook assured us that he is continuing to track it.
No Parking Signs:
Margaux Miller, Town Highway has a price of $408 from the county for making the 17 required signs. The installation will be $1,100-1,200. Pat will send the board the final figure as well as the text as approved by the Town Attorney.
Tom and Pat met to incorporate the prioritized list of projects with the standard expenses such as liability insurance, electricity, etc. An adjustment needed to be made to balance the budget so the $15,000 line item for a new backstop at the ballfield was deleted. Rich F. was assured that did not mean that it was off the table. It was noted that the Town engineer is paid a fee for his time which gets charged back to the PLPD budget. We also pay the town for services provided to us – gas, mileage, & time
Tricia Brooks, Town Comptroller, needs specific details on the swim team – hours for coaches and the rate per coach. Geri Dolan was contacted and said that in 2014 she budgeted 2 hours per day x 5 days per week x 6 weeks. Swim team costs $4,277 – we lost $1,000 – 39 kids/23 families = 3,060. We need to balance the budget but we can utilize funds in reserve. Swim lessons – Hank got a note we went over budget. Tricia Brooks also explained that the lifeguards, per town policy, would be reimbursed for training as follows:
Certification & CPR – year 1 of employment – no reimbursement
CPR only - paid in year 2
Re-certification & CPR - paid in year 3
The carp gate is in the budget and will be paid for with funds that are in reserve from last year. If the DEC approves the application based on the weed survey we will move ahead with the carp gate – something the community says it wants.
We are not raising taxes! – Revenue raised from taxes will remain at $129,758.
Ball Field/Softball - Rich – the gravel and shed are in place and it needs painting – it was unpainted - we have the paint - To be done on Saturday 8/23/14 – Dave will paint the trim and the entire shed – priority before it gets wet
Projects - paint the benches white and the tables hunter green
There are 108 games which include the playoffs
Issues to be addressed –complaints have been made about drinking beer in the open – it needs to be discreet – use coolers – clean up after the games – beer caps on the ground and cigarette butts. Treat the park with respect. There are garbage pails
Next year – The Advisory Board will meet with the captains to let them know what we expect.
Boats - Start checking the boat ID’s – we need more stickers – The board questioned why the boats had to be removed on an annual basis. Boat auction – Aug 23rd at 9 am to view and 10am the auction will start – cash only – we have 5 or 6 boats.
When were the ‘Get the scoop’ signs put up? Mike has actually # of hits. The numbers increased for visitors to the site. So let’s add a 3rd sign and have seasonal signs as well as move them around. Also, the display at Putnam Lake Market needs to be spruced up. Marguerite will ask Jeff Boede if he will transfer the PLPD website from his name to ours.
Fence repairs – Fairfield Beach – Estimates - Duke $1200 and Ed Garrity $3200- Insurance claim for July 27th auto accident. Jackson Beach - Pat will send RFQ’s to three fence companies.
Halloween Window painting – budget $50-$100 – will buy candy, paint, brushes and soda. We need 100 people @$35.00 per head at the Luau to cover expenses and contribute to the cost of other community events. This year we lost about $300. Next year maybe a senior price or a couples price.
Investigate and discuss if we want to store the boats – Boat racks?
Power to Jackson Beach?? Need 3 prices for camera and lights – maybe $2,500-$3,000
Neighborhood Watch – help promote
Donation to New Life Church for the use of the room?