Spring 2015 Newsletter

April 17, 2015

Dear Fellow Blind Sodus Bay Improvement Association Members and Constituents.

Welcome back to the beautiful Blind Sodus Bay. We have just about $4,800 in the bank, which is not enough to open the channel this June without further contributions from you. This year we will be challenged even more because of a new ruling that the Army Corps of Engineering has mandated, in that we will not be allowed to place any stone debris into the lake as we usually do, during the spring dig. They are firm on the no cobbles in the lake from 5/15-7/1 time slot. This means that we will require the contractor to come back to the site to bulldoze the stone after July 1st. The additional distance of 250-300′ that we have to push the stone is going to run approx. $2,000.00 more than our normal dig expenses. Chris is appealing to the Army Corp, to no avail. As indicated, our bank account balance of ~$4,800 is NOT enough to cover the cost of the first significant dig this year. This balance is $800 lower than last year’s opening balance of $5500. Our typical spring opening cash balance is over $8,000 so we are well behind the previous year’s opening balance. We are scheduling the channel to be open for the season the week of June 7th 2015 and should be usable by the weekend (June 13) as long as no major storms are forecasted.
If you are not able to come to the June meeting, but as a paid member, you would like to formally register your opinion on a specific topic mentioned above, please feel free to write to the Board and your letter will be read and opinion noted and registered at the meeting.

Please donate your bottles and cans to the Red Creek Recycling Center and mention BSBIA.

Our annual meeting this year will be on Saturday, June 6th, at 10 am at the FAIR HAVEN FIRE DEPARTMENT HALL. Members of the Town of Wolcott and Wayne County Water & Sewer will be in attendance for the meeting and we will be going over the details of the new sewer district portion of the meeting first. We are planning a larger meeting than normal to discuss the full roll out of the sewer project , scheduled for completion later this year. We have received a number of calls and emails from our members and non-members, regarding the sewer project status. All we know of at this point, is that the contract has been awarded and the Town is waiting for their 1st meeting with the contractor. If it follows the same sequence that Fair Haven followed, sewer hook ups will not be available until each sewer zone is completely finished and hooked to the Fair Haven system. What that means, is that we don’t believe that we will be connecting any homes to the sewer project until after the 2015 summer season. If that changes, we will post an update on the BSBIA.org web site.
Meeting Agenda and Information to be reviewed
1. Election of Officers
Tom Agnello, President
Hal Bernardi, Vice President and South Side Membership Director
Toni Santoferrara – Treasurer
Diane Banks, Secretary
2. Sewer Update. Kim Park and Marty Amen will be attending the meeting to provide an update. Looks like the contractor has been awarded the bid and all systems are a go for the whole bay to get sewers by the end of 2015.
3. Treasurer Report – Toni Sanoferrara, Treasurer.
4. Channel Activity and ACOE and DEC Permit Update – Chris Lee, Channel Master.
7. OPEN Positions – West Side Membership Director. What to do?
8. Status of the separate 2014 fund for spring and fall 2015 emergency water level digs to lower the lake level to avoid erosion of break walls – to be contributed by those members negatively affected by high water

BSBIA is an Organization whose membership is made up from the home and cottage owners, seasonal renters and seasonal campground residents who rent homes and boat slips on the beautiful shores of Blind Sodus Bay in the Northeastern most corners in Wayne County and Northwestern Cayuga County. Our annual dues are now $100 per year for residents and boat slip renters. Through the monies in dues that are collected and the fundraisers that we host throughout the season, we use the proceeds to dredge our channel to Lake Ontario and provide ingress and egress between the first or second week of June and Labor Day. An open channel provides for our Bay to remain at the same level as the Lake and caution is always recommended when using the channel as it is known to fill in with stones between our scheduled dredging.

Our primary objective of the BSBIA is to keep a clear and open channel to Lake Ontario for safe ingress and egress. It has been decided to open the channel each year during the 2nd full week in June, hoping to have the channel ready for the 2nd weekend of the month. This was decided to avoid the late May early June winds and storms that close it in, or partially close it back up a majority of the time. This ends up costing us to reopen the channel later in the summer again for a second and usually third dig. We are going to be using Dates Excavation again this year as he was low bidder last year and is the most experienced and reasonably priced.

We wish you an enjoyable spring, summer and fall on the Bay and the Lake and look forward to seeing or hearing from you at the June 6th meeting. Please forward your $100, or more if you can afford to, today to support our organization ASAP or we will not have sufficient funds to open the channel this spring as scheduled. Our address is BLIND SODUS BAY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, PO BOX 100, FAIRHAVEN, NEW YORK 13064. The dues paid list on the web site will be updated before the meeting and updated periodically throughout the summer and be available at our meeting. As a reminder, this BSBIA meeting is for our dues paying members only.
Tom Agnello
BSBIA President
13895 Ingersoll Lane


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