GLCA Board meeting summary – September 3, 2022

Facilities: Appreciation was expressed to Kurt Ladu for posting the new warning and no trespassing/no swimming signs on the tower of the dam. Additional signage is planned as part of this safety initiative.

John Buhrmaster announced that the Co-Chairs of the Facilities Committee are Louis Buhrmaster and David Hennel. The tree removal at the dam is underway. The emergency action plan development project also is proceeding, headed by Lisa O’Connor, working with Lisa Turner.

Lake level and drawdown: Kurt Ladu reported that the lake is at 20.5 feet. The Board slated the usual seven-foot drawdown this fall, to begin October 22 and completed about December 1, with the refill to start January 1, 2023. Members should also keep the drawdown timeline in mind when planning to remove their boats from the lake.

Lake preservation: Bruce Rowell, newly appointed Committee Chair, discussed monitoring the types and growth patterns of weeds in the lake. Work continues to identify the source of nutrients entering the lake in the northwest corner. Testing of beaches had positive results. It was noted that members replaced several septic tanks this year. Upkeep of septic systems and use of the GLCA pump-out program were cited as important to lake preservation.

Conservation: Edward Piotrowski, Chair, reported positive fishing this season. The Board adopted a motion for the Conservation Committee to prepare a report and recommendations on a proposed fish study of the lake, including defining the parameters of the study, cost considerations, and related elements, for presentation to the Board. The project will be conducted in coordination with the Lake Preservation Committee. 

Finances and insurance: Secretary-Treasurer Peter Zakriski reported that 81% of members have submitted 2022 dues, down slightly from 81.6% last year. The Association’s general liability and umbrella policies have been renewed at an increase of 5.3%.

Community projects: The Board planned a feasibility study committee to examine considerations in possible collaboration with the Sailing Club on social activities at the lake or the possible formation of a community/entertainment committee. The study committee was asked to report its findings and recommendations at the first Board meeting of the 2023 season.

Board meetings: The Board agreed to hold meetings remotely during the off-season.