BOD Membership Updates

Check here for frequent updates from the LHA Board of Directors!

Click HERE for LHA Annual Meeting Minutes from July 1, 2017.

Click HERE for LHA Board Meeting Minutes from June 24, 2017.

Click HERE for LHA Board Meeting Minutes from May 28, 2017.

Click HERE for LHA Board Meeting Minutes from March 25, 2017.

Click HERE for LHA Board Meeting Minutes from January 20, 2017.

September 16, 2016. Lake Announcements

  • Drawdown will begin October 15th.
  • Please do your best to avoid blowing leaves into the lake as it adds nutrients which impacts weed growth.
  • And last, but certainly not least,  thank you Cathy Matier for once again allowing us to utilize her property for pontoon dockage and weed removal! 

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June 2016 - PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE LHA BYLAWS
The LHA Executive Board has approved the changes Gene Connell has written. Items in Italics[ ]are removals and items in parenthesis{ } are inserts. The proposed changes eliminate the position of Executive Vice President from the LHA Board.

LAKE HADLOCK ASSOCIATION, INC.
BY-LAWS
Revised July 7, 2012

ARTICLE l – MISSION STATEMENT
The objectives shall be to enhance Lake Hadlock and its watershed by:
a) Working closely with our elected officials and government agencies for the enhancement of the watershed areas;
b) Keeping members informed on issues affecting the lake through the web site,http://WWW.LAKEHADLOCK.ORG, newsletters and /or at our regular meetings;
c) Promoting good lake ecology through education, legislation and enforcement;
d) Promoting social activities;
e) Promoting fishing and other recreational uses of the lake and watershed.
ARTICLE ll – MEMBERSHIP
Full membership in the Lake Hadlock Association, Inc. is available to those identified and assessed in the Lake Hadlock Park District that have paid their annual dues. Membership will be based on one membership per household and one vote per membership.
Associate membership in the Lake Hadlock Association, Inc. is for those who do not live within the Park District but who have vested interest in the lake and who have paid dues equal to one half of the full membership dues. This allows them to take part in activities, regular meetings, etc, but will have no voting power.
ARTICLE III – ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
Officers shall consist of a President, [an Executive Vice President,] a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The Board of Directors shall consist of the Executive Board, First Past President, plus a minimum of six and a maximum of ten Board members. The Lake Hadlock Association, Inc. shall, at its annual meeting elect a Board of Directors and Officers. Only full members may be considered and elected and only full members may vote.
The Board of Directors and Officers are elected for a one year term. In the event that an Executive Board position is vacated, the Executive Board, through a majority vote, has the power to appoint a replacement. The replacement of the member is not considered mandatory unless deemed necessary by the President. Should the President step down, the [Executive] Vice President automatically assumes the position of President followed by [the Vice President,] the Treasurer and then the Secretary.
ARTICLE IV – DUTIES
The Board of Directors shall have the power to hold meetings as they may deem proper; to devise and carry into execution with the President, such measures as they may deem proper to promote the objectives of the Association, including the property, affairs, business and concerns of the Association. A quorum of said Board shall consist of not less than four members.
The President shall preside over all meetings of the Lake Hadlock Association, Inc. He/she shall approve all payments by the Association. He/she shall supervise and direct all work of the Association.
The [Executive] Vice President, in the absence of the President, shall perform the duties of the President. The [Executive] Vice President also shall (be a liaison among the Association, the Town Board and the Town Board appointed Lake Hadlock Project Manager. The Vice President shall oversee the safety needs on the lake.)
[The Vice President shall oversee the operation of the harvester and the lake safety needs.]
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Lake Hadlock Association, Inc., preserve proper files and records, and perform other duties as the President may direct.
The Treasurer shall receive all dues and other funds of the Association and shall pay all debts and obligations with the approval of the President. Expenditure of funds up to $1,000.00 requires a majority vote of the Executive Board. Expenditures in excess of $1,000.00 require a majority vote of the Officers and the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall make available a written report at the annual meeting of all income, expenditures and the current balances. The Treasurer’s books shall be audited before each annual meeting by a three member team appointed by the Executive Board consisting of one past Association President, one current board member and one non-board member of the Association.
ARTICLE V – RULES OF PROCEDURE
Meeting Called to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Reading of Minutes from Previous Meeting
Treasurer’s Report
Report of Standing and Special Committees
Old Business
New Business
Election of Officers and Board Members
Adjourn Meeting

ARTICLE VI – DUES
The dues shall be established by the Board of Directors and any changes to the dues structure must be approved by a majority vote of the full members attending the annual meeting. The membership year is from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. Any dues received by the Treasurer between March 1 and June 30 shall be applied to the next year’s dues.

ARTICLE VII – AMENDING THE BY-LAWS
The by-laws must be amended, repealed or altered in whole or part by a majority vote of the full members of the Association at any regular or special meeting of the association called for such purpose, provided the proposed changes be submitted in writing to the membership at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting.
ARTICLE VIII – MEETINGS
There shall be a minimum of one annual meeting to take place on the Saturday of the 4th of July weekend at a designated location, at 9:00 AM. Fifteen (15) days notice regarding the time and location will be given for any regular or special meetings deemed necessary by the President. All meetings will be run in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.

 

 

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February 2016 - IN MEMORY OF PAST PRESIDENT ALEX DiLALLO

Alex died on Monday, February 22, 2016, after a brief illness. He was President of Lake Hadlock Association during the challenging rebuilding and refilling of the lake in 2007, 2008 and 2009. During his presidency, Alex worked with a passion to improve and maintain the lake and the Association. He oversaw development of committees such as the operation of the harvester, restocking fish, quality of the lake water, weed control, and surveys of lake residents’ wishes regarding the lake and its preservation. In 2010, he became Vice President and continued to give his time and direction for the next three years to the everyday happenings on the lake. Alex always was on duty to speak with everyone who had questions about the lake. He was the voice of the lake. He never was afraid to show his passion for our lake and was not hesitant to tell anyone when we were slacking off. Alex’s goal always was what is best for the lake. He was one of the most sincere, honest and forthright people. If it was in his mind and heart, it came to his lips and often was followed with a shrug of his shoulders, a squint in his eyes as he said: “I’m just saying!” Thank you, Alex, for your leadership, commitment, honesty and most especially, your love for the lake. May you rest in peace.

To Judy, Stefanie, Connie, and Allison please accept the condolences of the members of Lake Hadlock Association. A good man has left the lake and he will be missed.

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December 2015 - 2015 LAKE PROGRESS REPORT

Fellow Lake Owners:

2015 will go down in the record books as the most productive mechanical harvesting year since the gathering of statistics. In-spite of a dysfunctional program to start the season, the project team was tremendously successful in changing the course of the program through bold and drastic changes which eventually was responsible for either meeting or exceeding expectations placed on us by scientific experts and most importantly the regulators.

I have to concede that this year was very difficult at times due to the lack of volunteers and the problems that are associated with dealing with a bureaucracy. This season unquestionably was a period of significant growth in which we relied heavily on outside experts in many areas that were unfamiliar to the project team. With their expertise and the project team having tighter controls on productivity and personnel, accountability improved considerably, which in turn produced unbelievable results. Our “can do” attitude proved vital toward convincing APA and NYS Environmental Conservation Department that we are worthy of respect and favorable recognition. They now believe that we have an infrastructure and leadership model to deal with the most difficult challenges.

It is hard to visualize how a harvester program can cut and collect 65,000 pounds of vegetation in one season. That is exactly what occurred this year. The poundage was over double what was harvested last year. Never in the history of this program has there been an all out effort to collect bio-mass missed by the harvester. This proactive approach to milfoil management was responsible for collecting 14,000 pounds which in turn prevented this massive amount of milfoil from sinking to the bottom of the lake and re-seeding and becoming a nuisance and problem next year. This was an amazing feat given the fact that it was done with borrowed equipment, various volunteers, surface collectors with little or no experience and hot weather conditions which at times made it extremely difficult for the team to conduct their work. I thank everyone who participated in this very demanding and labor intensive task on the lake.

Because of increased oversight, proper planning and better maintenance of the machine, the hours logged on the harvester was four times the operational hours as compared against last year. I am hopeful we can increase the hours of operation next year by starting the harvesting season one week earlier and then assessing the need to harvest after Labor Day. After conducting a recon of the lake two weeks after Labor Day, it was evident that harvesting would have been extremely productive if conducted a week or so after the last holiday of the summer.

The project team is investigating the feasibility of forming our own hand harvesting dive teams. This again would be another first for our lake. I do believe with proper oversight and management it would achieve results far beyond what has occurred in the past on Lake Hadlock. Hand harvesting is a discipline that is very specialized and in great demand not only in the Adirondack Park but hundreds of other lakes throughout the State of New York. The outside contractors who perform this work in our geographical area are fully engaged with other larger lakes and it is unknown at this point what, if any contractors, will be available in the foreseeable future. This study will continue into the winter and a determination will be made at some point prior to the spring of 2016 as to our strategy in dealing with this problem.

On September 15th, I submitted our $95,000.00 budget for 2016, which was about $10,000 over last year’s appropriations. I would like to point out that due to strict accountability of expenditures and good fiscal management, we will have about a $45,000 surplus at the end of the calendar year. This budget was designed on the four following tenets: continuous improvement of our mechanical harvester program, creating our own dive team to conduct hand harvesting, the purchase of used equipment to augment the harvester and having a fully paid work force, thereby eliminating the need for volunteers. If approved, little or no tax increase will result because of the surplus and having over $100,000.00 in savings in the park district account.

Finally, the outstanding effort this year contributed greatly to our water clarity nearing 20 feet, water purity being classified as potable and our beautiful lake being trout compatible. That in my opinion is a very impressive list that so many of our sister lakes would love to have considering the challenges their facing going into the future. We must not rest on previous accomplishments. It is imperative that we keep the positive momentum going, which has in my opinion become contagious and produced positive results in other areas that the lake will benefit significantly from in the future.

Being good stewards of our lake, means engaging in the “relentless pursuit” of excellence and making a difference everyday when we consider our options and work toward achieving the objectives of the plan. The project team knows that the previous stigma that has dogged this lake for the last ten years is now disappearing because of hard work and effective leadership. We are not looking back but rather with excitement and anticipation, looking into the future and knowing there is greater achievements around every corner. The future of Lake Hadlock is predictable if we stay the course and never put our self interest before the ecology of the lake. Thank you.

Joe Loszynski
Project Manager,
October, 2015 Lake Hadlock Park District

 

News & Events JUL 23rd

LHA Merchandise can be ordered until July 30th

Lake Hadlock Association apparel/accessories can be bought online at the following link until July 30th:

https://www.agpestores.com/hallwearstores/groups.php

Click go after Hadlock. No access code necessary.

 

 

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