Prior GLA Meeting Minutes

Granite Lake Association Annual Meeting

 July 20, 2019 

Present: Bill Steiniger. Pres.; Tyke Lavigne, V-Pres.; Tom Newcombe, Treasurer; Sally Ripley, Secretary; Bob Maden, Member-at-Large; Mike Guida, Water Quality Chair; Dita Englund, Membership Chair; Cayla Pagniucci, Newsletter Chair/Membership; Patty Maden & Sharon Iagulli, Lake Host Co-ordinators, 

Congratulations to the GLA, founded 70 years ago this June, in Emil Grube’s barn for the purpose of protecting the lake. What foresight. 

After a salute to the flag, Bill got the meeting rolling at 9:35 by introducing the board members and our guest speaker, Scott Ashley from the office of DES. 

Secretary’s 2018 minutes were to put a vote and passed. Tom Newcombe reported that the Association is in good financial shape, dues and income exceeded expenses leaving us about $4,000. vs about $2,700. We continued to have donations for our water quality account: $1695. Last year we donated $1,000. to the Harris Center for kick-off campaign to purchase 515 acres across from little Granite Lake for the protection of the watershed and lake quality. Treasurer’s report also passed easily. 

Most recent lab reports on Granite Lake are posted on our website. Generally our numbers are well above the state average. Seeing the disc at deep level measures the transparency - about 8.4 meters [27-28 ft.] recently though our average is 3.3m (probably lower because of ll the rain last year)/ On phosphorous we didn’t do so well -- 5.micrograms/meter, which is still more than half of the state average. Tom’s water monitoring report passed. 

Scott began his presentation by saying we have data for only the biggest 200 or so waterbodies out of about 8-900 in the state. They have few analysts to collect all the info they would like, sometimes preferring winter to summer for a stable platform to take core samples. During the winter the lakes are ‘asleep’ and make for a good baseline. They have studied acid rain for 30 years and found the lakes are more stable than before and some are improving. They are doing long range monitoring for climate change, finding certain plant species dominate native ones and drive them out. We are having heavy rain events with warmer weather and water. The lakes are experiencing more storm water, abuse and overuse, toxins, and algae. One algae, cyanobacteria, is particularly troubling as some are found to cause neurological problems such as ALS. Much more study is needed, he said, because there are more than the 2 toxins we even know about, and nitrogen may be involved as well. Biologists started noticing it n the 70’s that nutrients and raw sewage had somehow an impact in the ’80’s. A few weeks ago Bill noticed a blue/green algae bloom in the brook nearby which stank badly; luckily it got flushed away in a rainstorm. Scott said that pond scum can also vary widely in toxins. Other causes may include: pharmaceuticals, fireproofing materials, lawn care products and micro plastics. 

Many of the problems NH has are due to the fact that we have many pristine lakes which are attractive to many tourists and potential new residents. It’s all a balancing act, Scott said. Tourism is NH’s second largest industry. We have some ok plants [ Jewell weed, alien brain, wild rice, cranberries] and some invasive ones such as Eurasian milfoil.  New ponds continue to have more and more vegetation: the natural progression is to turn them into bogs and eventually dry land. If you would like to ask him additional questions his e-mail is scott.ashley@des.nh.gov 

Bill reminded us that there is good news too. More awareness and more new sewage systems installed every year. Our water is in pretty good shape, partly due to the efforts of the GLA, We go to local planning board and selectmen's' meetings in order to keep tabs on waterfront permits, road culverts and runoff issues. For instance, little Granite Lake was getting higher and higher so DES was invited to come down and take a look. The water could no longer exit; the owner decided not to repair the old dam; it is now returning to its natural state. 

Sharon reported for the Lake Host program by giving a big thank you to the volunteers. They have inspected over 300 boats & kayaks & canoes so far this year. Her report passed. 

Sorry, no loon chicks or even a nest this year. The Loon Preservation Society representative said it could not pinpoint why the adult loon died last year. The chick was pecked to death by some loon. The number of chicks born this year state wide is down, but they are not sure why. 

Bob Englund spoke about another CPR/AED course to be held this year. It will be Aug. 1 st. at 5:30. He said that a life can be saved with an AED if administered in 2-3 minutes. The AED’s are located at the Chapel in the kitchen cabinet, Nicoletti’s entrance way, & in the garden shed at the Englunds’: the Chapel is the only one useable in winter. If people were certified 2 years ago, they need to be again this year. 

To conclude - Bill knew how hot the weather would be so he passed out a summary of what he would say. To be brief, the Harris Center was able to purchase the 515 acre land tract for conservation - now amounting to 30% of our watershed. “The project was made possible by grants from NH Dept of Environmental Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund, the Quabbin to Cardison Partnership, as well as donations from the Granite Lake community and many friends of the Super Sanctuary. “ The parcel also connects with a corridor of wilderness from Spoonwood Pond all the way to Rte.9 for animals and people. 

Thank you for helping to conserve this valuable piece. 

The Granite Lake Association bought the water rights in 1951 and the island in 1958 for the use of its members and their families. It voted to pass on the water rights to the Granite Lake Village District which was formed to purchase liability insurance at a municipal rate. The GLVD now has control over the dam, but the state has some say over the levels. It was rated a high risk dam last summer, which incurs some higher fees so the tax did go up some for 2019. 

The board is currently working with the state coordinator for road salt in NH. Please try to reduce/eliminate any you may have coming into the lake at your residence. When if gets too thick on the lake bottom, it prevents the water from ‘turning over’ in the spring and fall thus preventing oxygenation leading to an anoxic zone where fish cannot live. At the same time allowing phosphorous to escape from the lake sediments. 

The beaver deceiver is doing well as designed. Granite Lake road has 3 new or up-graded drains as well as drainage ditches filled with stone and has finally been repaved after 22 years. helping to keep the run-off cleaner. Finally, after much nagging, there may be grant money coming to improve the gravel fire station parking lot which drains right across the road into the ramp culvert. There are more areas of concern on North Shore Rd, and West Shore Rd. Bill and Bob talked about the need for setbacks -- primary building setback 50 ft. from shore, natural woodland buffer another 150 ft.& best of all would be 250 ft. buffer. Please check to see what you can do for your property by having shrubs or plants along the shore to keep water from rushing into the lake. Putting crushed stone along the drip edge of the roof is another good way of filtering the water entering the lake. 

Bill took a few questions - one was about lowering the lake 5 ft. instead of just 2 as we usually do. The GLVD would have to decide that...go to their meeting in April...short answer is that the Lake trout eggs need to be covered mid- Oct. Also if we take the water down for the whole winter, there is lots of erosion. 

Motion to pay the Chapel for use of the building was passed $350.

Next Year’s Meeting Date: July 18, 2020 9:30am

Adjourned by vote at 11:30 

 

Annual Meeting of the Granite Lake Association July 21, 2018

 

Harry Flanagan, President, called the meeting to order at 9:36 a.m. & stated that we had a quorum. He then thanked everyone for coming. This is the 69 th. year of the GLA, having begun in 1949 - making it the longest running lake association in the state.

Harry then asked to take a couple of moments to recognize the deceased over the past year: Marion Frazier, Jane Kirk, & Anne Bunce.

 

Sally Ripley (secretary) ‘s  report of 2017 was appropriately moved, seconded and approved.

 

Next Harry introduced Jeremy Wilson from the Harris Center who took the floor. The HC is looking to preserve 2 parcels of land -some 515 acres above Little Granite Lake. This watershed section includes 2 headwater streams feeding Granite Lake. About 3 years ago a logging operation was responsible for some major siltation coming into the lake after heavy rains. Two of the Associations goals are controlling siltation and species, both plant and animal.

Harris Center’s 3 main directives are these: environmental education, land conservation, & conservation research. It is attempting to raise $250,000. to purchase this land by Dec. 31, 2018.  One of HC’s major goals is to preserve large tracts for wildlife and backcountry activities. Much of Silver Lake is already in conservation.(80%) HC is working on getting a conservation easement on Fletcher Hill.  Green Crow, a logging company, bought the land 5 years ago and has sold it to a conservation minded buyer who has extended the opportunity to purchase it to the Harris Center. The price is right - under $500/acre. HC is also hoping to get a grant from the state. Jeremy said that the HC does do a little logging but only for forest management or to fix a problem for animal habitat.  Some wildlife has been seen there and includes black bear and moose. Any donation is tax deductible.  Bob Kingsbury made a motion for the GLA to donate from its water quality account $1000.00. Membership thought it was a good use for the lake’s quality.  The motion was appropriately moved and seconded; motion was approved.

 

Tom Newcombe and Anita Flanagan worked together with John Edie from the NH Lakes  Association to finally complete the 501c3 application. John was very helpful is walking them through ....had to re-apply as the original number we had was no longer valid. (We did get the 2nd. application fee back ) Our membership with NH Lakes has paid off several times, and they do the payroll for the Lake Host program too.

Tom’s treasury  report was also appropriately accepted.

 

VLAP water samplings showed an increase in phosphorous and a decrease in clarity due to heavy rains last summer -1 storm of 5+ inches.  Clarity was 8.7 meters before the storm and only 7 meters 3 weeks after the storm. The results are up on our website. This year an intern from the state was in the boat with Tom and had some additional equipment for plankton,etc. The impact from fireworks is also factor as they have lots of chemicals and metals, and the wrappers end up everywhere.

 

Our website has been very busy while no one was really watching...64,745 visits in just a few years -that’s an average of 170/day. wow.

 

Lake Host  Only 7 fragments statewide have been bad ones. Over 15 years of Lake Hosting they have inspected 1 million boats. kayaks, canoes, watercraft in NH

At Granite Lake 792 boats in 2017.  Also at Granite  381 boats so far this year,  166 motorized  195 non-motorized.

207 hours logged so far this year.

 

 

Loons   They came late and bred late, having had 1 chick on July 5 th., Everyone worried about the eagle and eagle nest being so near. Well, it has been abandoned. The loon preservation society agent came, collected the egg(shell), checked the bands...the male is banded. They said the biggest risk for loons is still lead poisoning.

 

AED    Bob Englund spoke about AED training again this year to be held by the Keene Family Y.  Last year Peter Sebert did a wonderful job he said. The GLA  will pay the $50/person so it is free for anyone to take it...a sign up sheet was passed around.

 

Sandy Ferguson read the nominations for officers: Bill Steiniger, Pres.; Tyke Lavigne, Vice Pres.; Tom Newcombe, Treasurer; Sally Ripley, Secretary; Bob Maden, Member-at-Large; Dita Englund & Cayla Pagniucci, Membership/Newsletter; Mike Guida, Water Quality Chair.

The slate was appropriately moved, seconded, and approved by membership.

 

Beaver deceiver working well this year - siltation is good partly because no logging has been done in the area.

 

Sally reported on change in the Granite Lake Village District status. We have been raised to a high risk dam with accompanying higher costs- higher dam membership fees, inspection every 2 years instead of 5, etc.  We were raised due to house below the dam and generally more extreme weather events as are many dams. We still need to find a new dam engineer for repairs. (minor right now).

 

Harry gave a nod to Cayla on the very nice job on the newsletter this year. Only 1 mistake to note, the Granite Lake Community Picnic will be held August 19 at 3. The Nelson Town Band will start at 4 pm and hopefully be able to set sail at 5 for its round-the-lake tour.

 

Membership - 51 family memberships & 9 individual members....nowhere like it used to be. Several members have volunteered to go around the village and solicit new/renew memberships.

 

Sharon O’Brien spoke about a tee shirt project  in which she and Wendy Wollaeger designed and wish to sell - profits to benefit the GLA.The wording included the phrase “Meet Me at the Island” Granite Lake  and a picture of pine trees  Many members appeared to be enthusiastic; some had reservations.

 

Mike Guida suggested members ask their neighbors if they were members and,if not, to discuss its benefits  He also asked if members would be interested in an “ice out” contest for next winter.

 

Patti Maden and Sharon O”Brien have stepped up to share the position of Lake Host coordinator for 2018/2019. Anita said that she would help get them started.

 

1 member asked if we could invest in a microphone for next year’s meeting.  (there are battery powered ones available, I think) .

 

Harry made a motion to donate $350. to the Chapel for use. seconded and approved.

 

Next meeting is scheduled for July 20, 2019 at 9:30

 

Motion to adjourn was appropriately seconded and approved. 11:20 a.m.

 

Respectfully submitted, Sally

 

Annual Meeting   Granite Lake Association

July 15, 2017

The meeting was called to order at about 9:30 a.m. July 15, 2017 with the pledge of allegiance.

A moment of silence was called for remembering for Betty Ripley, Dick Capelli, Robertson Mackay, and Sue Kingsbury, who have passed away this year.

A motion was made and seconded to approve last year’s annual meeting minutes. Approved

 

Guest speaker Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice-President of NH Lakes Association, spoke at length about invasive plants and animals in NH’s lakes.  NH Lakes Assoc. is a state-wide, non-profit organization which seeks to inspire responsible care and use of NH lakes.  There are about 1000 lakes and ponds which are at risk - some of which are already contaminated with invasive plants or animals. We have 85 infected waterways, of which 72 have variable milfoil. The waterways are almost impossible to navigate by motorboat and dangerous to swim in for people, pets and other animals due to entanglement.  The plants are virtually impossible to get rid of and fantastically expensive to contain.  Andrea quoted a price of approx. 1 million dollars in contracting fees ---or $500-1500/day.  She said that there are some funds available for the first year from the state, after that grants are available but the localities will need to pay up. Another reason you don’t want these invasive species, is that they reduce your property values by an average of %16. Andrea said there has been one good note - in the past 4 years lake hosts have reported a much higher awareness of the dangers. Weeds are not the only culprit either.  There have been 5 saves in NH from various invasive species infestations including one by zebra mussels.

 

The Lake Host program was initiated to help catch these invasive plants and animals before they reach the lake. So far at Granite Lake since the beginning, there have been 7,512 inspections with 3 saves.  We also need to keep up the weed watch program. Anita Flanagan, our coordinator, reported 390 inspections so far in 2017. 2 new volunteer lake hosts have joined this year.

 

Tom Newcombe summarized the financial report and VLAP reports.

As of July 1, 74 members had paid membership dues. The operating balance with deductions (total bank) totaled $14,499.84.

Last year’s water report, the VLAP, had 2 good months of 10 meters and 9.8 meters clarity.(we get 3 tests/year every 2 years)  Unfortunately, we had one bad month when we had a deluge of 5 or so inches of rain, and the number went down to 6 meters. In the inlet brook (downstream from the D.O.T. garage) phosphorous was at 27 when it usually is 9-12.

A motion to accept was made and seconded. His reports were approved.

 

Tom gave an update on our application to the federal govt. for a 501 c3 non-profit status.

John Edie, board member of NH Lakes Association, whose area of expertise is tax law, helped the GLA executive board with questions they had about the application for 501c3 status. He volunteered to walk us through many of the application questions. When Tom Newcombe completed the original application there was a problem with the account number he used. This was resolved when he applied for a new number.

$275.00 was approved by the board in June for the application fee. When we get this tax status, donors will be able to deduct their donations from their federal taxes.

 

Sally gave the loon report in Bill’s absence. The loon parents arrived right after the ice went out (April 13-14), and had 2 chicks born June 15. On the 19 th one chick was found dead on the beach after being pecked by its sibling. Both the dead chick and the egg shells were taken for testing by the Loon Preservation Society. Bill will get a report eventually.

 

Bob Englund passed around a paper for volunteers to sign up for AED training. The GLA will pay $50 which covers most of the fee for up to 12 people. AED machines are located at Nicoletti’s, Englund’s, and the Chapel for 3 seasons - below 40 degrees they need to be inside so only the Chapel one is available in the winter.  AED machines have proven to be very effective in saving lives with trained personnel and possible with the untrained.

 

No new officers - 2 year terms. Harry Flanagan- President; Bill Steiniger, Vice-President; Tom Newcombe, Treasurer; Sally Ripley, Secretary; Tyke Lavigne, Officer-at-large,;, Mike Guida, Water Quality Chair;  Dita Englund, Membership Chair; Cayla Pagniucci, Newsletter; Judy Walton, Nominating Committee Chair.

 

The beaver deceiver is working correctly and efficiently. The purpose is to keep the water level of Nye Meadow from getting too high - preventing the D.O.T. from cutting a chunk out of the dam and letting silty water to flow into the lake.

 

There are certainly some other silt concerns. One is on West Shore Rd. where the road is so close to the lake and the way it is graded. A meeting with Mike Tarr and David Vallaincourt will be planned soon.

Harry and Bill checked on the parking area above Nye Meadow. The RR ties left after Eversource used them at the time of the fire in 2016 have been removed, and the area has been cleaned up and hayed.

On another site, Bill, Harry, Mike and I met with Swift Corwin, forester who will be starting to log an area west of Farm Rd. near its junction with the Monadnock Sunapee Trail. This area drains directly down into Granite Lake. He assures us that proper precautions will be taken to prevent run-off.  At least he knows we are watching. It was to start 7/4/17.

 

The lake level will be drawn down 2 feet beginning Oct. 1.-15 for the lake trout spawning season.  We are lucky enough to be 1 of 3 lakes with native lake trout. If the weather is dry, Phil said he may be able to wait another few days.

 

Membership: 50 full members & 7 single members as of day of meeting.

 

Barbara Ropiecki sought a volunteer to take over her job as Treasurer of the Granite Lake Village District as she is going to resign whether there is someone to take her place or not.  Also on the subject of the GLVD, Butch Roeder [Commissioner] said that the Commissioners had received a letter from the State saying that our dam will now be considered a high risk dam following an inspection called for by John Cucchi. John wants to place a building down below the dam where the old mill was located. There is also another building further (200 or so yards?) down below the dam which would certainly be affected in case of serious flood.  Due to the changing weather patterns - heavier rains at once - they are upgrading their expectations for more severe flash flooding statewide. We do not know yet what this may mean for our dam --it may mean widening the spillway or reinforcing the dam in some other way. In any case, more money may be needed from our tax base.

 

A motion was made and seconded to schedule next year’s meeting for July 21, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. motion was approved.

 

A motion was made to pay the Chapel-by-the-Lake $350.00 for the use of the building.  It was approved.

 

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn. Approved

Adjourned 11:13 am

Respectfully submitted,

 

Sally Ripley, Secretary