Channel Status and Funds

Dear Fellow Blind Sodus Bay Improvement Association Members and Constituents;

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 year we are scheduling the channel to be open for the season the weekend of June 9th, 2017. The channel should be usable by the week of June 11th as long as no major storms are forecasted.

This was decided so as to avoid the late May, early June winds and storms that partially or completely close it back up, causing us to reopen the channel a second and possibly third time during the summer months.

We are going to be using Dates Excavation again this year as he is the most experienced and reasonably priced.

That being said, we look forward to seeing or hearing from you at the June 3rd meeting. Please forward your $150 dues, or more if you can afford to, to support our organization ASAP or we will not have sufficient funds to open the channel as scheduled.

We have just about $2,000 in the bank, which is not enough to open the channel this June without further contributions.

This past year we were challenged even more financially because of the 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 feet that we have to push the stone is going to run approximately $2,000 more than our normal dig expenses. Chris has appealed to the Army Corp, to no avail.

As indicated, out bank account balance of about $2,000 is not enough to cover the cost of the first significant dig this year. The balance is the same as last year’s opening balance of $2,100 that led us to a limited opening through the summer.

Our typical spring opening cash balance is over $8,000, so we are well behind the previous year’s opening balance.

 

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

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