GLCA Annual Meeting Reminder – July 8 @ 7:00 PM

The Annual Meeting of the GLCA will be held at 7:00 PM at the Ruback’s Grove pavilion. We hope you will attend to understand the work of the Association better.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

2023 Pump Out Program Information

Pump Out Program Overview

As you know in 2015 the GLCA initiated a Septic Pump Out Program to help reduce the amount of nutrients and bacteria that are reaching the lake.

The Septic Pump Out Program is an initiative of the GLCA to eliminate a significant volume of septic waste before it can contaminate the ground and surface water entering the Lake with excessive nutrients and bacteria. The Program has removed a significant amount of septic waste from the shoreline septic tanks since its inception.

This year we have agreed to a discounted rate of $225 for 1,000 gallons with Odorless Sanitary Cleaners. The Association will reimburse Members for the Odorless charge to pump up to 1,000 gallons of septage. The Member will be responsible for any additional charges required to find and expose their septic tank cover for pumping.

Please help us to protect the lake and achieve our Pump Out Program goals by having your septic tank pumped every two years. Each gallon of effluent pumped is one less gallon that can find its way into the lake.

Pump Out Scheduling and Reimbursement:

1. Call Tara at Odorless Sanitary Cleaners, Inc. at (518) 399-3482 and schedule the pump out. Odorless will make a site visit prior to the pump out if it is warranted.

2. Pay the Odorless bill for the pumping services.

3. Send a copy of the Odorless bill to the: Galway Lake Campers’ Association, Inc., 25 Washington Road, Scotia, New York 12302.

4. Lois Seyse, the Clerk to the Association, will process your request and send a check to reimburse you for the pumping of up to 1,000 gallons of septage.

Pumper Observation Form:

During the pump out, the pumper will record his/her observations concerning the condition and operation of the septic system on a form and provide it to the property owner. The Observation Form is designed to highlight any problems or deficiencies, noted during the pump out, that require further evaluation to identify corrective action. The Observation Form will not be shared with the Association and is a tool to help each participating property owner to better understand the condition of their septic system and correct any deficiencies that are noted.

Recent studies have concluded that septic systems are the primary cause of the nutrients and bacteria that are impeding the safety and recreational quality of our lake. Unless we take aggressive steps to deal with this growing problem, the safety and recreational quality of our lake will continue to diminish. The Galway Lake Septic Pump Out Program is a significant component of our efforts to significantly reduce the impact of nutrients and bacteria, and your cooperation, involving participation in the Pump Out Program along with the correction of any deficiencies noted during the pump out process, will be greatly appreciated.

I hope that you will take this opportunity to have your septic tank pumped and help to protect the future of Galway Lake.




GLCA Email List is Growing!

We have had a great response this year to our request for GLCA member emails. We have received 156 emails in the past month and will start using them to communicate to the membership.

This helps us to reduce our office expenses while communicating more frequently to the membership.

If you have not signed up yet, please fill our the submission form at the following link:

Thank you for your assistance,

GLSC 2023 Flyer

The GLSC has provided a new GLSC Flyer for 2023. They are looking for new members to come out and enjoy the lake.

Have a great summer!!

GLSC Annual Flyer for 2023

GLSC Flyer 2023

GLCA Annual Meeting – July 8, 2023

The Annual Meeting of the GLCA will be held at 7:00 PM at the Ruback’s Grove pavilion. We hope that you will attend to better understand the work of the Association. During the meeting the annual budget will be voted on and it is included in the attached annual letter from the President.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

June 2023 GLCA Letter Final

August 26, 2023 – Galway Volunteer Fire Company Parade

The Galway Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a parade on August 26, 2023. The GLCA will be taking part in the parade and is building a float. If you would like to take part and help please contact Hasna Kado at

GLCA Board Meeting: May 27, 2023

GLCA Board Meeting: May 27, 2023

Town comprehensive plan – meeting for GLCA: The Town of Galway is preparing an update to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, which was last updated in 2002.

It was announced that a meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Galway High School Auditorium for Lake Association members to share their thoughts toward the development of the Plan, including such topics as environmental challenges, town code, water and sewer for lake area – see meeting announcement. The Comprehensive Plan is intended to create a community vision, identify long-range planning needs, and guide local land use policies.

Lake quality:

  • Conservation: In the Conservation Committee report, Ed Piotrowski, reported that Galway is continuing to participate in the NYS Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) program and to conduct water testing. This participation began in 1990. The committee is also considering a fish study and will present its proposal to the Board.
  • Lake level: Kurt Ladu reported that the lake, at the time of the meeting, was full at 20.74 feet. The fall drawdown of 7 feet began on October 22, 2022, and was completed by December 4, 2022. The ice was out by April 7, 2023.
  • Lake preservation: Bruce Rowell reviewed lake preservation initiatives, including continued monitoring of bacterial levels, weeds in the lake, and identification of nutrient sources.
  • Septic pump-out: The Board decided to renew the septic pump-out program with Odorless Sanitary Cleaners at $225/participating camp. GLCA members in good standing can receive reimbursement every two years for pumping up to 1,000 gallons of septic waste. The use of the program is growing, which has been identified as aiding in lake preservation.


  • Dam: The engineering inspection of the dam has been completed and submitted. Tree trimming is planned, along with an increase in mowing from two times to three times per year in the vicinity of the dam. Signage has been posted that there is no access to/jumping from the dam structure into the water. The Emergency Action Plan (EAP), per NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, requirements, has been completed; this project was headed by Lisa O’Connor. 


  • Budget and dues: The Board reviewed and endorsed the proposed 2023 budget and a proposed dues amount of $275 for positive action of the membership at the annual meeting in July 2023. Secretary-Treasurer Peter Zakriski reported that dues payments were at 95% to date, compared to 94% last year.
  • Financial records: Communication was read from Mark Cieslak on his review of GLCA financial records for July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022. He found the records to be in excellent condition and in accordance with appropriate accounting procedures.

Organizational matters:

  • Directory: The 2023 GLCA directory is being completed. Appreciation was expressed for Sue Lantelme’s work preparing the directory.
  • Committees: President Glen Rundell announced the following new appointments of committee chairs: Facilities Management – David Hennel; Communications – Beth Krueger; and Membership Engagement – Hasna Kaddo. Continuing as Chairs are Lake Preservation Committee – Bruce Rowell; Income Maintenance and Insurance – Peter Zakriski; Level Level – Kurt Ladu; and Conservation – Ed Piotrowski.

Town Meeting to Discuss Upcoming Comprehensive Plan

The Town of Galway will hold an open meeting on June 20, 2023 @ 7:00 PM, for Galway Lake Campers’ Association members. The meeting is being held at the Galway High School to gather input from members that will be considered during work by the Town to update the comprehensive plan for the Town.

Please see the attached notification from the Town. This meeting should be informational and we thank the Town for the invite and soliciting input from the Association’s members.

Comprehensive Town Plan Meeting Announcement
Announcement for Town Meeting on Comprehensive planning session with GLCA members.

2023 Refill In Process

As winter comes to an end the 2023 refill process is going well.

Kurt started to refill the lake on January 1, 2023. We will bring the lake to two (2) feet below full level and hold it until the ice goes out. Once the ice has left we will complete the process of filling the lake.

Please remember that the ice is thinning and you should stay off the lake, for your safety, until the refill is complete.

2022 Drawdown to Begin this Saturday, October 22

This is a reminder that the Galway Lake Drawdown for the 2022 season will commence on this Saturday, October 22, 2022. The lake will drop by approximately 1 – 2 inches per day after commencement.

We will reach the winter level in early December and hold it until January 1, 2023, when the refill process will commence.

During the winter, the water level will be adjusted until the ice goes out in the spring. During this time it is dangerous to be on the ice and we ask everyone to be careful. We do not allow ice fishing for members and their guests. We ask members to abide by this rule to help everyone have a safe winter at the lake.