GLCA Annual Meeting: Plans were made for the GLCA annual meeting, to be held on Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m. at the Rubacks Grove pavilion. The meeting will include reports on lake preservation, conservation, dam facilities and other initiatives, and the presentation of the proposed annual budget.

Finances: Secretary-Treasurer Peter Zakriski reviewed finances, reporting dues collection of 96%, up from 95% last year at this time and the collection of past dues of $6,438, compared to $3,000 last year. He expects a break-even financial report by close of the 2023-24 year. He and President John Buhrmaster presented the proposed 2024-24 budget, which includes funding for needed dam and tower maintenance, water testing and septic pump-outs, among expenses. Upon discussion, the Board endorsed the proposal for presentation at the Association Annual Meeting.

Policy on length of water craft: After careful review and discussion, the Board established a policy that the length of watercraft on Galway Lake shall not exceed 22 feet, with the length as stated in the manufacturer’s description.

 

Lake level and boat launch: Kurt Ladu reported that the lake was full on April 5 and, as of this meeting, was at 20.7 feet. He noted that members seeking to use the boat launch need to contact him (518-571-9413) to schedule the launch.

 

Facilities: Committee Chair David Hennel reported that control tower maintenance was performed; the annual closure of Dam Road occurred 8 a.m. May 20 to 8 a.m. May 21; and the Inspection and Maintenance Plan and the Emergency Action Plan were updated. Plans include work on the dam tube lining and gate. Mowing three times in season and additional cleanup are slated. The Committee also is developing multi-year budget recommendations for facilities, including maintenance, inspections, tube relining work, mowing and tree work. Additional no trespassing signs will be posted at the dam, such as no swimming, climbing, fishing or other access at the dam facilities.

 

Conservation: Committee Chair Ed Piotrowski is continuing water sampling of the lake, as part of GLCA’s participation in the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP), a volunteer lake monitoring and education program that is managed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Federation of Lake Associations. Heidi Muschick has taken the training for the water sampling and will be working with him. He also reviewed the CSLAP data report derived from the water sampling. The 2023 report found that Galway continues to be a healthy recreational lake but has some areas with higher nutrient levels. The pump-out plan and water testing are among GLCA initiatives that have helped Galway Lake see improvement and that will continue to help us to see further improvements.

 

Lake preservation:

  • Weed control: Lake Preservation Committee Co-Chair Glen Rundell reported that initial review of the deep drawdown over the winter shows significant impact on the Eurasian Watermilfoil, especially since the cold and lower snowfall aided in freezing the lakebed. Further monitoring will be done, with additional reports later in the season. He noted the importance of detecting new invasives as early as possible. Hydrilla migrates to lakes primarily by attaching to boats not sufficiently cleaned before entering a new body of water. It is critical to ensure that boats new to Galway are cleaned, including kayaks and paddleboards, and whether purchased by lake members or brought in by visitors.
  • Septic pump-out: Plans were made to continue the septic pump-out program with Odorless Sanitary Cleaners, through which GLCA reimburses members in good standing every two years for a pump-out of up to 1,000 gallons of septic waste. Reimbursed pumping costs have increased to $235 for the 2024 season. To schedule a pump-out, contact Odorless at 518-399-3482. The payment receipt for the pump-out should then be sent to GLCA Clerk Lois Seyse at 25 Washington Road, Scotia NY 12302 for the reimbursement.

 

Town meetings: President Buhrmaster and Vice President Beth Krueger reported on their meeting earlier in the month with Town of Galway Supervisor J.D. Arnold, and Building Inspector/Codes Enforcement Officer Max Luetters at which they discussed communication and coordination; procedures concerning zoning, code enforcement, and septic issues; and development of the town comprehensive plan as it relates to the Lake District.

Communications: Committee Chair Beth Krueger reported that work is progressing on the redesign and new content for the GLCA website. The updating is intended to increase ease of access to information and will include content on preserving the lake and enjoying the lake, in addition to information about the GLCA.

Member engagement: Jessica Hennel reported that the Membership Engagement Committee has scheduled a number of activities for the summer season including a kickoff of the season with bagpiper on the lake on June 15; a presentation about the dam by Bruce Rowell on June 29 at 7 p.m. at the dam by boat; storytelling July 27 at 10 a.m. at Rubacks pavilion; boat parade August 3 at 6 p.m.; and fishing tournament August 17 at 7 a.m. More information and updates will be posted on the GLCA website.

Contact GLCA President John Buhrmaster or your Grove Director for more information.

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