The GLCA Board of Directors meets periodically throughout the year. Below is a summary of actions taken to date in 2021. Contact GLCA if you have questions.
Dam spillway and membership: At its June 26 meeting, the Board adopted the Dam spillway zone description per state New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR). With that measure, the Board stated that GLCA membership is limited to owners of property in the Lake District with deeded access or lakefront property that does not require lake access through the Dam and spillway zone. The dam was inspected in January. Work in the Dam area includes tree cutting and fence modifications.
Dues: At the August 7 meeting, the Board adopted a motion that legal communications will be undertaken for member properties three years in arrears of dues payments.
Boating: A the May 29 meeting, the Board approved a policy prohibiting hydrofoil watercraft of any design on Galway Lake. At the June 26 meeting, provisions regarding reporting and violations of the policy were put in place.
Lake preservation and conservation: Each of the 2021 Board meetings included updates on lake preservation measures.
- The annual shoreline survey has been completed and looks good.
- GLCA is continuing to participate in the NYS Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) and is conducting lake water testing.
- GLCA continues to work in coordination with the town of Galway on septic problems. At the May 29 meeting, a motion was adopted continuing the septic pump-out program with Odorless Sanitary Cleaners, whereby members in good standing will be reimbursed for the cost of pumping up to 1,000 gallons of septic waste every two years by Odorless.
- Sightings of algae blooms were investigated and found to be non-harmful. The board continues to review lake weeds and remedial measures. Members are asked to report algae bloom sights to the Grove Director, Lake Preservation Committee Chair Bruce Kniskern or CSLAP Coordinator Ed Piotrowski.
- In regard to certain fish death sightings earlier in the season, the Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed that the Sunfish and Bluegill are susceptible in warm weather shallow water as was seen.
- The USDA Wildlife Services has been asked to conduct a round-up and removal of resident geese, given the increased population.
- The lake level is reported at each meeting and was 20.73 as of the August 7 meeting.
Website: At the August 7 meeting, it was reported that the GLCA website has been updated and additional information will be posted.
Committees: The President, at the August 7 meeting, established a new committee on real property. Other committees are Facilities, Income Maintenance, Insurance, Lake Preservation, Conservation, and Legal.
Hydrofoil watercraft of any design are prohibited on Galway Lake by Board policy approved in May 2021. High-speed personal motorized watercraft such as jet skis and ECO watercraft were prohibited in 2009.
Don’t sweep goose leavings into the lake, whether from a float, dock, yard, or elsewhere. Leavings are detrimental to the lake’s health.