West Otter Lake Association meeting. September 3, 2016.
The meeting was called to order at 9am
Treasurer Bill Roberts reported WOL checking account was $6524.45
Bill Roberts and Bill Essman have to meet in Sept. to take care of our Federal taxes.
Scott Banfield gave a report on weeds in the lake. He says he checks the lake in the spring, and then he monitors it thru out the summer. He treated about 4 or 5 acres for milfoil.
Al Marshall from Local Net of Steuben County reported that everything is fine, nothing new to report.
Dana Slack said he knows of a guy that has a mobile boat motor repair business. Greg Chrysler phone number 260-668-0591. He charges $70.00 an hour. Dana recommends him highly.
Bill Essman announced that he is moving and can’t be president after September. It was suggested that Vise President Jodie Kruger accept the position till the spring meeting in May of 2017. She agreed. We had no volunteers for open officers.
Advertising about meeting was discussed, to increase attendance.
Check book signatures will remain the same till the spring meeting.
Dana Slack discussed the Great Lakes Water Shed information and that it might be a way to get money, for sediment ponds, to help remove sediment before it goes into the lake.
Had discussion about the sandbar problems at the inlet to the lake and in Pigeon River bend.
Meeting adjourned at 10:00. 14 in attendance.
Beverly Roberts stand in secretary.
Bill Essman, PresidentJodi Kruger, Vice PresidentDave DeWitt, SecretaryBill Roberts, TreasurerBecky DeWittSam Manning
John Williamson greeted everyone at and introduced officers and board members.
WOLA CD. $1,572.75
WOLA Checking. $2434.03
Bank Account Balance. 4,006.78
Board member talked about the letter that was recently sent to membership.
Scott Banfield only covered Eurasian MILFOIL control 15-20 acres has been reduced to 7-8 acres. This must continue to be treated or it will come back. They are working on a Plant Management Update. One question was asked about Purple loosestripe is becoming a problem
John told residents that they could give him their email addresses if they would like to receive his water reports
Outlet---water quality was 70.34 good is 70
Inlet 72.47, barely over good range
Algae present at outlet ecoli 100
8-21 Secchi Disc test was bad
A resident suggested to leave 3-10 feet of uncut grass to protect lake.
John would like someone to take over clothing sales. Jody Kreuger volunteered.
A thank you to Helen Miller for keeping the directory.
From Loclnet: John Marshall reported that capacity has been doubled. No fiber yet...they are working on the issue which will quadruple capacity. Radios have been updated. Outages due to Frontier cabling. More monitoring software has been added. No one is monitoring service generally between 9 p.m. and 4 p.m. Total cost is $34.95 per month; $100 install.
11 fishers in the tournament
30 boats in the boat parade
Garage Sale: Shannon McElmurry stated that the sale will be held annually during the second weekend of June. It will be held June 12-13, 2015, from 8-4 p.m.
Sign at the boat launch
Lane 250: question about signs; they look "ridiculous." One resident complained that people speed in the area
No current action on sandbar.
Nominations for President---Bill Essman
Jim Sudarek was nominated but did not accept
Joan and Don Harris declined
Many others were nominated but declined
John Williamson is retiring from the board.
Bill Essman accepted his nomination and is our new president.
Ron Grisez is our new vice-president.
Alice Bond stepping down. Has taken care of food for meetings.
Jodi Kreuger accepted nomination for board and will handle food for meetings.
Clint Spencer accepted nomination for board.
Bob Baker is filling in for Fred Nelson and will stay on for a new term.
John Crowley and Jim Sudarek are new board members.
The campground owner only pays $30. Some residents believe he should pay more.
A resident wants to know why we have such low membership. Bill Essman suggested creating a membership committee. Shannon McElmurry concurred.
50/50 winner shared $105 with the association.
42 people attended the meeting.
Motion to adjourn by Don Harris; seconded Terri Edgar
WOLA Board Meeting
March 22, 2014
Held At Ron & Marge Grisez @ 9am
Present: Bill Roberts, Terry Edgar, Mark Henshaw, Ron Grisez, Alice Bond, John Williamson, Bill Esseman, Rae Easterday and Mickie Hutchinson
Mickie welcomed everyone to the first meeting of 2014
Moment of silence for Fred
Secretaries Report-non-Secretary did not show up
Treasurer Report-discussion on Bill learning that the WOL association Fed ID is different at the bank as than one for the state. Upon further investigation he found supposedly the WOLA was dissolved n 1982. Mickie had researched old minutes and could not find meeting minutes for 1982. There was no mention in 1981 or 1983. Bill gave each officer a Certificate of Existence furnished to him by the state. Bill updated us about what LOCL Net was doing to update our service. Service is very slow here on the lake. Checking Acct balance-$843.23 and CD $1572.40 Voted on and passed Terry/Ron
OLD BUSINESS: Mickie talked about Lake 102 and John also added to report
LARE Grant-Bill said that he received and email that we were granted the grant with exceptions. Nothing official yet received. Signs-John has signs. Bill mentioned that he was only able to find one of the 4 bouys that are on the lake. We discussed that Sanitation Solutions was not picking up garbage on the west side of the lake and was discourteous to those who called in. Mark found that Republic Service offered garbage service at a lesser rate that Sanitation Solutions. It was brought up about the amount of trash at the trailer park. John offered to call the owner about getting it taken care of. Owner-Gary Lallo-260-710-4727
NEW BUSINESS: The need to find a replacement for Fred. Mickie notified the board that her house is on the market and that she would not be an officer in the fall if she was still here. It was discussed that any items found washed up on the shoreline to notify John Sutton and he would post items on the website. Also all paid members to the WOLA may advertise items for sale on the website as a perk. We set the date for the Fishing Tournament as June 14th from 9-11am. The cost to enter will remain $5 and be split between the two winners. We will meet at the boat launch and everyone will start the tournament at the same time and registration money must be turned in before the start of the event. The Garage Sale will be held the last weekend in June 27th-29th. Mickie will try to contact Shannon.
The Helen Miller Boat Parade will be held on July 4th at 6pm. August event-we would like to offer some sort of event in August- Updated phone directory-Alice will contact Helen and offered to donate paper. Mickie offered to donate ink. Campground-should the campground be paying more dues? We would be unable to enforce. Mickie is working on article for Spring newsletter Why West Otter Lake? To explain why supporting the WOLA is so important for us to keep our lake clean and a place you want to come to for recreation. It will mention the amount of association dues and offer that those who do not wish to be members would consider a donation of some kind. LAKE Fair-Mickie has written several place asking for grants or scholarships and ILMS is interested-but has not give an definitive answer yet as to how much they are willing to offer. Terry offered to look into possibly getting a kayak donated; Ron will contact Bass Pro and Mickie will contact her daughter who works at Bass Pro for raffle items. We will have a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction at the Spring meeting. The Raffle winner will be drawn at the August Event-Water gate to Pigeon creek-who is the watcher of the gate to Pigeon Creek? (John & Bob Ledgerwood)
WATER REPORT-John passed the first report for the season and a couple items were high-
Meeting adjourned 10:59 Terry/Alice (next meeting-Mickie will notify by email)
August 31, 2013 @ 9am
Present-John Williamson, Mickie Hutchinson, Fred Nelson, Ron Grisez, Alice Bond, Rae Easterday, Terry Edgar, Len Brown, Bill Roberts and Mark Henshaw
John Williamson welcomed everyone at 9:07
Guest Speaker-Al Marshall from Locl net. Al spoke of the different problems they were experiencing and what Locl net has done to address said problems. That they would be increasing service after the summer season was over. Also that the office had moved to 2oo W.
Elections: President-Mickie Hutchinson; VP-John Williamson; Secretary-Shannon McElmurray and Treasurer-Bill Roberts. 2 members at large-Len Brown stayed on and Bill Essman came on board.
Len and Bills terms will be up in 2016.
OLD BUSINESS-Jim Szudarek addressed the forum about a few items of interest. 1st -about the amount of new wells being drilled for farm use. 2nd-light pollution; 3. New home going up on west side of lake with no silt fence to protect the lake from run off 4. The bill in congress passed about the jake brake use here on 20. Jim will forward information to the WOLA bd and we can follow up on getting the signs a=installed and enforced. Mickie mentioned she had contacted the DNR about the 10mph sign for the public boat access. Don LeFevra commented on 2 kids hanging around on the hill.
Guest speaker-Scott Banfield. Scott brought samples of Curley Leaf Pond Weed and Eurasian Milfoil. He explained how they spray and what they spray for. He passed out a survey that he will compile this winter and will forward results to the WOLA Bd. There is an upcoming meeting in Sept addressing weed spraying for 2014. It was asked if the Hammond ditch Tax could be used to dredge out the mouth where the water runs into the lake. We were told we should call the county surveyors office.
NEW BUSINESS-John and Nancy Sutton new webmaster;. Fall Forum will Oct 27th @ Lake Missionary Church; Audit Report-Fred Nelson reported that an audit of the Treasurers books was completed and there were no discrepancies found; Another geese roundup was being scheduled to remove geese from the lake temporarily; Boat Paarade- 27 boats participated; Asked folks to think about an August activity to be held on the lake.
John thanked different folks for their contribution to help with various opportunities serving the WOLA. Helen Miller for the directory, Don Hartley for use of office for WOLA board meetings and Shannon McElmurry for organizing the garage sale and newsletter. Also to all who donated items for the silent auction. Thanks were given to John for water testing that he performs.
A 50/50 raffle was held and won by Bobby Finwell. She kept her $5 investment and donated the rest of the money back to the treasury.
Meeting adjourned at 10:57.
9 am @WOL Campground Community Room July 6 2013
Present: John Williamson, Fred Nelson, Terry Edgar, Bill Roberts & Mickie Hutchinson
Guest presenter: Shannon McElmurray
Shannon is chairing the first WOLA lake wide garage sale to be held July 18th-20th. Hereafter to be held the last weekend in June. Shannon is preparing a letter to go out in the mail in regards to garage sale and wanted more input from the board. She will include an article about where some of the lake due monies are spent. She will mention the upcoming Annual election where there are 3 seats to be filled. She will be mailing the letters on Monday the 8th. She will use the backside of the boat parade banner to advertise the garage sale to be posted on the LMC Church property. The board approved reimbursing Shannon for supplies needed to advertise the garage sale.. 13 signs have been purchased and will be temporarily attached to the Crime Watch sign posts to advertise the garage sale. Mickie will furnish the stapler and staples
Secretaries Report=read by Mickie voted on and passed
Treasurer’s Report-Read by Bill voted on and passed. Bill informed us the we will have to cash in the CD to pay our portion of the last lake spraying. Cd $1571.84 & Ck $1530.14
Old Business-Boat parade was successful with 27 participants. The audit of the books should take place the first part of August. Minutes from the Spring meeting and the meeting after the fishing tournament were given to Shannon to pass on to Jon Sutton our new webmaster. John Williamson reported that the SLCL has moved their offices into the Community Center building. Mickie is going to ck with Aardvard sign about a new banner advertising the Fishing Tournament on one side and the Garage sale sign on the other.
New Business-It was suggested holding an August avtivity on the lake. Due to lack of time it will be tabled until next year. Elections: There are 2 vacant seats on the board and the Secretaries seat is open. Mickie has agreed to become president if there is no other willing to take the seat.
Mickie brought up about fundraising-trying to come up with ideas of raising more money. We will revisit this after the Annual meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 11am
Next meeting is the Annual meeting on August 31st