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.
Regards,
Tom Agnello
BSBIA President
13895 Ingersoll Lane

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE BSBIA!

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2014 Annual Meeting

HELD AT SHADY SHORES 6/7/14

Officers present Thomas Agnello (President), Hal Bernardi (Vice President), Diane Banks (Secretary) Toni Sanoferrara (Treasurer)

Election of officers-unanimous decision to keep current officers- Tom would like to retire from his position as president and has asked to think of replacement for next year

Toni- provided treasurer report and updates on current member dues paid and outstanding dues- check for posting on web site for paid members

Chris from (shady Shores ) gave update on channel opening and updates on permits needed to keep channel open- DEC and State permits are in order- Next year we will need to get new Army Corps permit specs- Be aware the specs are changing- DEC permit expires in 2016 and many changes and issues will be required to obtain permit

Kim Parks and Marty gave sewer update- Kim issued plea to returm easements as this will speed up sewer project-(Tom Agnello) offered to have notary on his premises to speed up easement returns- September and October project should be started- Blind Sodus received 0% financing and rural development funding- The timing seems to be good due to cottages closing for season- Bids to go out in July for sewer project

Weed cutters are slated to harvest weeds in the bay- Please be aware of water lines in water and insure they are secure and deep enough so the weed cutting does not harm your lines

Hal Bernardi- to check and see if we can get re-stock of fish species- Suggested we ask Bass fisherman and other residents to return fish to our bay after catching and release

Phil Falmetzger (attorney) has offered to pay the $900.00 fee and apply his services in obtaining the BSBIA 501-C application- If he gets approval the association will refund him his money for permit-

Action to adjourn meeting- meeting concluded

Diane Banks
Secretary

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2013 Annual Meeting

BSBIA ANNUAL MEETING HELD 6/8/13 at 10 am – Shady Shores

TREASURER REPORT CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE is approximately $10,500.00. TODAY’S CHECKS
WILL BRING IT UP MORE. A FULL TREASURERS REPORT WILL BE FORTHCOMING

TOM AGNELLO CALLED MEETING TO ORDER- ELECTION OF OFFICERS -TOM AGNELLO
PRESIDENT, DIANE BANKS SECRETARY, HAL BERNARDI VICE PRESIDENT IN ATTENDANCE.
DONNA HAS RESIGNED FROM THE BOARD AND TONY SANTOFERRARA HAS VOLUNTEERED TO BE
OUR TREASURER AND WILL BE TAKING OVER FOR DONNA AS THE TREASURER FOR THE
ORGANIZATION. A VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE OFFICERS AND IT WAS UNANIMOUS YES FOR ALL
OFFICERS. TONI AND TOM WILL MEET AT BANK TO TRANSFER OVER SIGNATURE AUTHORITY
TO TONI FROM DONNA. TOM TO PICK UP CHECKBOOK ASAP FROM DONNA.

KIMPARKS (WOLCOTT TOWN SUPERVISOR) AND MARTY AMEN (WCWA) ADDRESSED THE SEWER
PROJECT- SURVEYS WERE MAILED, CAME BACK IN FAVOR 2 TO 1 FOR SEWER SYSTEM. PROJECT
TO START SPRING OF 2014 AND BE COMPLETE BY THE FALL OF 2014. THE SYSTEM IS A LOW PRESURRE SEWER SYSTEM
USING GRINDER PMPS. THE TOWN OF WOLCOTT FORMED A DISTRICT AND WAS ABLE TO AQUIRE THE BEST FUNDING PACKAGE WITH THE GRANTS AND 30 YEAR LOAN/BOND PACKAGES AVAILABLE- TAXES TO INCREASE BY APPROX.
$286.00 THE OTHER COST OF APPROX 300. WILL BE INCLUDED IN YOUR WATER BILL OR A
SEPARATE SEWER BILL. LOOK FOR HEADS UP AND UPDATES FOR SEWER PROJECT IN
YOUR NEWSLETTER OR WEBSITE. THE ONE TIME HOOK UP FOR THE SEWER SYSTEM
WILL BE AROUND $2500.00 WHICH INCLUDES HOOK UPS FOR ELECTRIC AND SEWER AND PUMPING
OUT, BREAKING UP AND FILLING OF THE SEPTIC SYSTEMS WITH STONE. KIM ALSO ADDRESSED LAKE WATER LEVEL- OFFICALS
WILL KEEP MEETING TO ADDRESS ISSUES

BIDS FOR OPENING CHANNEL –DATES LOW BID- COST APPRO. $6500.00, EMERGENCY DIGS WILL
COST EXTRA MONEY-ROUGHLY $400-500 TO DRAIN THE BAY TO BE AT THE LEVEL OF THE
LAKE AND AVOID FLOODING CONDITIONS. ONLY 2 OR 3 PEOPLE DONATED FOR AN EMERGY
DIG THIS YEAR.

TOM GAVE STATUS ON OUR 501C3 APPLICATION- DUE TO DELAYS WAITING TO HEAR FROM THE
NYS DEPT OF STATE ON OUR MODIFICASTIONS OF THE CHARTER, THE FEDS CANCELED OUR
APPLICATION AND ASKED FOR ANOTER INITIAL APPLICATION FEE OF $900.00 TO START
THE PROCESS AGAIN. TOM WROTE TO SEN. SCHUMER TO NO AVAIL. HE IS GOING TO WRITE
TO THE NEW COMMISSIONER OF THE IRS TO ASK TO HAVE IT WAIVED

CHRIS LEE IS SURVEYING THE CHANNEL AND NOT BE AT THE MEETING. THE CHANNEL DID BLOW
OPEN BUT THERE IS STILL MUCH STONE THAT HAS TO BE MOVE BACK INTO THE CHANNEL TO
GET TO THE OTHER SIDE AND THEN TO CUT DOWN THE WEST SIDE AND GO OUT TO REMOVE
THE STONE THAT FILLED THE HOLE. COST WILL BE ABOUT WHAT WE ANTICIPATED.

ANYONE SEEING THE PURPLE WEED PLEASE PULL AND DISPOSE OF BY BURING AND DON’T PLANT IN
GARDEN.

WEB SITE ADVERTISING IS AVAILABLE

BSBIA GARAGE SALE SUGGESTED AS A FUND RAISER- GENE DRESSLER VOLUNTEERED TO HEAD UP THE
FUND RAISING EFFORT. MORE TO COME.

MEETING
ADJORNED.

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2012 Annual Meeting

2012 BSBIA Annual Meeting Minutes

MEETING-JUNE 17, 2012 11 am at SHADY SHORES CAMP GROUND

TOM AGNELLO opened the meeting by sharing some of the correspondence from our members. Donna Siegfried is resigning as Treasurer – she sent a letter to Mr. Agnello in May. We are open to nominations to replace Donna. Bob Schneider has also resigned as liaison from Holiday Harbor and he and his residents have nominated Phil Thesing going forward. Tom read letters that he sent to each thanking them for their many years of service.

DONNA SIEGFRIED-PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING TREASURES REPORT:

KEY FINANCIAL NUMBERS

2012

2011

2010

BEGINNING BALANCE

$6,266.61

$8,178.09

$10,573.19

DEPOSITS FOR 2010

$8,188.92

$7,427.02

DIG COSTS

$8,096.25

$9,267.50

$12,902.00

50/50 DRAWING NETTED

$227.00

$300.00

$456.00

SS Bingo Donation

$2,325.0

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

TOM AGNELLO, PRESIDENT

HAL BERNARDI, VICE PRESIDENT AND SOUTH SIDE MEMBERSHIP CORDINATOR

OPEN, TREASURER

DIANE BANKS, SECRETARY

MR. AGNELLO EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO RESIGN AS PRESIDENT AND TO STEP INTO THE VACATED TREASURER POSITION. MEMBERS WERE ASKED IF ANYONE WAS INTERESTED IN STEPING INTO THE POSITION AND NONE CAME FORWARD. MR. AGNELLO ASKED IF ANYONE WAS INTERESTED IN THE TREASURER POSITION AND NO ONE CAME FORWARD TO VOLUNTEER. A NOMINATION TO ACCEPT THE SLATE OF OFFICERS WAS MADE BY MR. AGNELLO AND SECONDED BY ONE OF OUR MEMBERS IN ATTENDENCE AND THEN A VOTE WAS CAST- ALL WERE RE-ELECTED FOR ANOTHER ONE YEAR TERM – IT WAS UNIMAMOUS TO KEEP CURRENT OFFICERS AND THE TREASURER POSITION IS OPEN.

OFFICER REPORTS

MR AGNELLO PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON THE 501(C) 3 STATUS. MARK PODESH, ONE OF OUR MEMBERS WHO IS ALSO A CPA, HAS HELPED TO FILE THE PAPERWORK TO THE IRS. WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO RECEIVING OFFICIAL “NOT FOR PROFIT” STATUS. THE LAST LETTER WAS SENT LAST WEEK TO NYS DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND WE SHOULD BE GOOD TO GO VERY SOON.

HAL BERNARDI-ADDRESSED THE NEED TO RAISE OUR DUES TO $100 AS WE WILL NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY IN THE BANK TO COVER DIGS THIS YEAR AND IN THE FUTURE. THERE WAS MUCH DISCUSSION REGARDING THE EXISITING CONTRACTOR AND IT WAS DECIDED TO OFFICIALLY BID OUT THE WORK FOR 2013 DIGS. THIS WILL BE COORDINATED BY CHRIS LEE EARLY FALL 2012. IT WAS ALSO DECIDED THAT A SPECIAL FUND WILL BE CREATED BY THE RESIDENTS ON THE SOUTHY AND SOUTH EAST SHORELINE TO DO THE EMERGENCY DIGGS IN THE SPRING AND FALL TO KEEP THE BAY FROM VERY HIGH WATER LEVELS THAT CAUSE EROSION OF THEIR PROPERTY AND BREAKWALLS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE $25 TO THIS FUND PLEASE DO SO AND MARK YOUR PAYMENT AS SUCH. IT COSTS ROUGHLY $400 TO DO AN EMERGENCY DIG. A MOTION WAS MADE TO RAISE THE DUES TO $100 FROM THE CURRENT $75 AND IT WAS PASSED AS WELL AS THE MOTION TO CREAT AN EMERGENCY DIG FUND.

A MOTION WAS MADE AND PASSED TO POST A LIST ON THE WEB SITE OF ALL THE NAMES OF THE RESIDENTS ON THE BAY AND THEIR BAY ADDRESSES AND IF THEY HAVE PAID DUES OR NOT.

DIANE BANKS HAS CREATED A BROCHURE FOR 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION THE IDEA WAS WELL RECEIVED

KIM PARK, TOWN OF WOLCOTT SUPERVISOR – UPDATED US ON THE IJC PROPOSED LAKE LEVEL WATER LEVEL AND THE VARIOUS ACTIVITY THAT SHE AND OTHER TOWN SUPERVISORS ALONG THE LAKESHORE IN WAYNE COUNTY HAVE BEEN ACTIVE IN. SHE ALSO UPDATED US ALL ON THE SEWER PROJECT STATUS WITH FUTURE PLANS TO TIE INTO FAIR HAVEN’S SEWER PROJECT. KIM HAS SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR A LOW INTEREST LOAN TO COVER THE ONE TIME CAPITAL COSTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LINES THAT WOULD RIM THE BAY. THIS WOULD BE IN THE FORMOF A LOW INTEREST LOAN. THE PROJECT, IF FUNDED WOULD BE IN THE 2013/14 TIME FRAME AND A NEW WAYNE COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT WOULD NEED TO BE FORMED. IF APPROVED, A ONE TIME COST WOULD BE IN THE $1500 TO $2000 NEIGHBORHOOD AND ANOTHER $500 TO $700 TO DEACTIVIATE YOUR EXISTING SEPTIC. TOTAL ANNUAL COSTS WOULD BE IN THE $1000 TO $1500 PER YEAR TO RETIRE THE DEBT AND MAINTENANCE FOR THE SYSTEM. ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS PLEASE EMAIL KIM wolcottsupervisor@rochester.rr.com OR MARTY AT maman@wcwsa.org.

CHRIS LEE- CHANNEL UPDATE- LATER DIG IS WORKING OUT WELL AGAIN. THIS YEARS DIG TOOK TWO DAYS. HEAD DEAD NORTH WHEN LEAVING OR ENTERING THE CHANNEL ONTO THE LAKE AND- DON’T VEER OFF. PERMITS FROM DEC AND ARMY CORP HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AGAIN THROUGH COUNTLESS HOURS OF WORK FROM CHRIS LEE.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME AND INPUT – AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A GREAT SUMMER

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2011 Annual Meeting

2011 BSBIA Meeting Minutes.

MEETING-JUNE 11, 2011 at SHADY SHORES CAMP GROUND

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

TOM AGNELLO, PRESIDENT

HAL BERNARDI, VICE PRESIDENT AND SOUTH SIDE MEMBERSHIP CORDINATOR

DONNA SIEGFRIED, TREASURER

DIANE BANKS, SECRETARY

A NOMINATION WAS MADE BY MR. AGNELLO AND SECONDED BY ONE OF OUR MEMBERS IN ATTENDENCE AND THEN A VOTE WAS CAST- ALL WERE RE-ELECTED FOR ANOTHER ONE YEAR TERM – IT WAS UNIMAMOUS TO KEEP CURRENT OFFICERS.

OFFICER REPORTS

TOM AGNELLO- ADDRESSED UPDATES ON MEMBERSHIP MAILING THAT IMPROVED OUR DONATIONS BY MORE THAN $1000 TO DATE AND SHARED SOME OF THE COORESPONDENCE FROM OUR MEMBERS AND NON MEMBERS, A RESPONSE WILL BE SENT TO THE ONE DISGRUNTLED PROPERTY OWNER. MR. AGNELLO PROVIDED SEWER UPDATES, WATER UPDATES. HE ALSO ADDRESSED THAT THE OFFICERS TIME SPENT IS COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY, RECOGINIZING ALL THAT THEY HAVE DONE THIS PAST YEAR AND THAT THE BOARD COULD USE SOME HELP. MR AGNELLO PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON THE 501C3 STATUS IN THAT MARK PODESH, ONE OF OUR MEMBERS WHO IS ALSO A CPA, IS READY TO FILE THE PAPERWORK TO THE IRS. MR AGNELLO PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE 80 ACRES ON THE NE SIDE OF THE BAY.

HAL BERNARDI-ADDRESSED INVASIVE SPECIES- WATER CHESTNUTS AND PURPLE FLOWER WEEDS- WEEDS SHOULD BE HARVESTED AND
BURNED TO FURTHER ANY OTHER GERMINATION- HE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/lysa1.htm

DONNA SIEGFRIED-PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING TREASURES REPORT:

BEGINNING BALANCE – $8178.09

DEPOSITS FOR 2010 $7427.02

DIG COSTS $9267.50

50/50 DRAWING NETTED $ 300.00

2010 BINGO CHALLENGE 20.00

SHADY SHORES CHALLENGED HOLIDAY HARBOR LAST YEAR, 2010 TO A BINGO CHALLENGE AND INDICATED THEY WOULD MATCH WHATEVER HOLIDAY HARBOR BINGO IS ABLE TO PUT ASIDE FROM THEIR GAMES. In 2009 WE RECEIVED ALMOST $2500 FROM SHADY SHORES BINGO. SHADY SHORES AGAIN CHALLENGES HOLIDAY HARBOR IN BINGO CONTRIBUTIONS.

WE HAVE ABOUT $11.,000 CURRENTLY IN THE BANK TO PAY FOR DIGS.

MRS. SIEGRIED ADDDRESSED MEMBERSHIP DUES, MONIES/BILLS SPENT TO OPEN CHANNELAND THECOST ASSOCAITED FOR ADDITIONAL DIGSAND MAINTENCE- 50/50 RAFFLE- THERE WILL ALSO BE A 50/50 DRAWING AGAIN THIS YEAR

DIANE BANKS- ADDRESSED -4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND THE POSIBILITY OF DOING A BASS TOURNAMENT FOR OUR BAY TO RAISE MONEY- THE RECEPTION WAS WELL RECEIVED- CHRIS LEE HAS KINDLY EXTENED HIS HELP WITH THIS FUND RAISER.

VOTE OF ADOPTION OF BSBIA BYLAWS AND CONSTITUTION – IT WAS VOTED UNIMOUSLY. SEE WEB SITE FOR DETAILS

CHRIS LEE- CHANNEL UPDATE- LATER DIG IS WORKING OUT. THIS YEARS DIG TOOK TWO DAYS- HIGH WATER IS HELPING. HEAD DEAD NORTH WHEN LEAVING THE CHANNEL ONTO THE LAKEAND- DON’T VEER OFF TO EAST SIDE- PERMITS (DEC) EXPIRE IN SEPTEMBER- ARMY CORP EXPIRES MARCH 2012- GETTING PAPER WORK IN ORDER- TOWN OF STERLING IS LEAD AGENCY

GENE DRASLER- COMMUNICATION/FISHING UPDATE- THE PIKE
FISHING IS VERY GOOD THIS YEAR- BASS FISHING (CATCH AND RELEASE) HAS
BEEN GOOD- PERCH AND CRAPPIE
FISHING HAS BEEN OFF THIS
SPRING. NOTICE LOTS OF GARR SWIMMING IN SCHOOLS

OPEN POSITIONS- IN NEED OF WEST SIDE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR – TONI SANTOFERRA HAS VOLUNTEERED TO BE OUR
WEST SIDE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR AND WILL GET HELP FROM KATHY WEEKS.

WEB SITE
-IT WAS APPROVED TO ENHANCE OUR WEB SITE TO AD A “FOR SALE” SECTION TO POST ITEMS FOR SALE OR RENT, WITH A PERCENTAGE OF THE PRICE TO BE DONATED TO BSBIA. ALSO A “BLOG” PAGE FOR MEMBER COMMUNICATION AND TO ALLOW FOR PEOPLE TO ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS, -FEES WOULD DEPEND ON DOLLAR AMOUNT OF ITEMS SOLD OR RENTED AND SIZE OF BANNER AD AND WOULD BENEFIT ( BSBIA)-NO CREDITCARD PURCHASE-CASH OR CHECKS ONLY

SEWER UPDATE- KIM PARKS WAS UNABLE TO ATTEND- BUT EXPRESSED HER COMMITMENT TO BLIND SODUS BAY WATER AND SEWER PROGRAM-
AT PRESENT THE FUTURE OF GOING FORWARD IS A FEDERAL BUDGET STALL –AS SOON AS MONIES ARE AVAILABLE SHE WILL CONTINUE THE IMPLIMENTATION OF THE WATER SEWER PROGRAM

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME AND INPUT – AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A GREAT SUMMER

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