The LSCCF Board at Work – Notes from the August 29, 2020 Board Meeting
Choosing caution over hope, the LSCCF Board opted to meet virtually this month to avoid any Covid-19 issues. This will be our practice for the foreseeable future. Anyone wishing to raise an issue with the Board should contact any LSCCF director who will make arrangements for that person to “join” the next meeting while that issue is covered. Our next meeting is scheduled to be held at 9 am, Saturday, September 19. Please check our website, lakematters.com, for any scheduling changes.
The key issues discussed this month included next steps following the August 25 meeting with representatives of the LSCA Board and the VT DEC; planning for a September 2 meeting with the DEC on our pending permit applications for full-lake aeration and bioaugmentation; housekeeping issues arising from our August 1 Annual Meeting including the election of this year’s LSCCF Treasurer and Secretary; revisions to the planned dredging project in the northwest corner of Little Lake; and, creation of a robust committee structure to govern LSCCF activities moving forward.
As evident from the video recording posted elsewhere on this site, the August 25 meeting with the LSCA Board and the DEC significantly advanced all parties’ understanding of the scientific backing for the use of laminar flow aeration (LFA). The LSCCF Board has agreed to hold a meeting with the LSCA Board to discuss an integrated lake management plan for Little Lake, following the upcoming meeting with the DEC (see below).
The Board reviewed preparations for the September 2 meeting with the DEC on the two permit applications. Our primary objective is to come away from that meeting with approval for the use of LFA next season or a clear understanding of exactly what is required to obtain that approval.
To memorialize the successful 2020 Annual Meeting, the Board entered into the record the members’ overwhelming approval for the proposed 2020-2021 budget and the election of the new slate of directors, as well as the election of David Emmons as President and Michael Marine as Vice President. The Board then elected Tina Peterson as Treasurer and Sue Ritchie as Secretary for the coming year.
Thanks to the generosity of an LSCCF director who purchased a dump truck to be used as a mobile dewatering platform, the pending dredging project is back on track. This development, along with plans to rent a of a dredge purchased by another LSCCF director, should significantly reduce the cost of this project.
To improve governance, the Board approved a new committee structure, setting up five committees. These are Executive (Chair – David Emmons); Communications, Outreach and Education (Michael Marine); Development and Fundraising (Jeff Somple); Governance (Tina Peterson); and, Lake Improvement (Bob Short). Members who are interested in working on any of these committees are asked to contact the appropriate committee chair.
We hope that you find this information helpful. Please direct questions or comments to Michael Marine at firstname.lastname@example.org.