SPECIAL OFFICERS' MEETING MINUTES JUNE 21, 2019
A Special Meeting of the Lake Cadjaw Watershed Association Board was held June 21, 2019 at 67 Lakeside Drive, Honesdale, PA 18431, after due notice was properly given. The following Officers were in attendance: Tom Tallman, President, John Mulligan and Will Hazimof, Vice Presidents, and Linda Tallman, Treasurer. Ellen Wertman and Linda Vonson, Vice Presidents, participated in the meeting via telephone conference. Kelly Heath, Secretary, was not in attendance.
The meeting was called to order by President Tom Tallman at 6:45 PM.
This meeting was held for the sole purpose of approving the establishment of a Special Certificate of Deposit Account to be opened at The Dime Bank, 820 Church Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. It was recommended that this account be opened to take advantage of the “special” rate of 2.27% with an APY of 2.30% being offered for a limited time on a 13-month Certificate of Deposit, in order to gain a better interest rate than the current Choice Certificate of Deposit, which is paying .65%. It was agreed to transfer the amount of $45,836.20 from the Choice CD to the new 13-month Certificate of Deposit, leaving the minimum balance required of $1,000 in the Choice CD. The Choice CD will remain open to allow future deposits of funds received from the Dues/Special Assessment adopted at the September 19, 2018 meeting. It was further agreed that there will be four (4) signers on this account, with a minimum of two (2) signatures required to take any and all action required for the opening and/or closing of this Special Certificate of Deposit. The Treasurer was instructed to proceed with the opening of the Special Certificate of Deposit at the earliest possible date.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:55 PM.
John Mulligan, Temporary Secretary.
Lake Cadjaw ~ Honesdale, PA
SPECIAL OFFICERS' MEETING MINUTES MARCH 24, 2019
A Special Officers' Meeting of the Lake Cadjaw Watershed Association Board was held March 24, 2019 at 67 Lakeside Drive, Honesdale, PA 18431, after due notice was properly given. All Officers were in attendance.
The meeting was called to order by President Tom Tallman at 10:00 AM.
This meeting was held for the sole purpose of approving the establishment of a Choice Certificate of Deposit Account to be opened at The Dime Bank, 820 Curch Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. It was recommended that this type of account be opened at this time in an attempt to gain a slightly better interest rate than a basic Savings Account and is to be used solely for the deposit of funds received from the Dues/Special Accessment adopted at the September 19, 2018 meeting. It was noted that even though this account is a Certificate of Deposit, unlimited deposits can be made to said account at any time. Signature cards for the opening of this account were then signed by all Officers and the Treasurer was instructed to proceed with the opening of the CD immediately.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:15 AM.
Kelly Heath, Secretary
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES JULY 22, 2019
The meeting was called to order at 6:15 PM and commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Kelly Heath noted the following people were present:
President Tom Tallman
Vice President Ellen Wertman
Vice President Linda Vonson
Secretary Kelly Heath
Treasurer Linda Tallman
Summary of Minutes:
Meeting minutes from the previous meetings held on May 22 and June 21 , 2019 were summarized and read by Secretary Heath. A motion to approve minutes was made by Don Gilson, seconded by Jim Stelhik and carried.
The Treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer Linda Tallman.
Account balances were reported as follows:
Checking Account: $ 747.36
Savings Account: 456.12
Raffle Account: 8,075.00
Choice Certificate of Deposit: 2,646.29
Special Certificate of Deposit: 45,836.20
Total cash on hand: $ 57,760.97
A motion to approve the Treasurer’s report was made by Al Krupski, seconded by Jeremy Coar and carried.
It was noted further noted that 89 Lake Cadjaw residents have paid the special dam assessment to date and that 3 have paid all three year’s assessment in full.
Dam update: The Day Deed has been signed and it is expected that Attorney Treat will be recording the Deed tomorrow. The value of the land acquired as established by the Tax Assessor is $1,700.00.
As reported at a prior meeting, dam repair costs are estimated at approximately $250,000.00. Perfect soil is needed to begin the dam project and President Tallman reported that he has made some contacts in an attempt to locate the desired soil.
Kayak Raffle: Our yearly kayak raffle drawing was extended due to the fact that Gary Racht, Jr. offered to sell additional tickets, which totaled $290.00, bringing our net profit to $790.00.
Fundraising: LCWA is willing to continue its participation in the Downtown Honesdale sponsored events provided there are enough volunteers. Most events are attended by the same volunteers every year and their availability is no longer guaranteed. The Board is asking that members make every effort to help with these events, if participation is to continue.
Suggestions of other fundraising events are also welcome.
August Meeting: The date for the August 2019 meeting will be established and proper notice provided. It was noted that at said meeting a Nominating Committee will be chosen for Officer elections to be held at the September 2019 meeting.
A challenge to the Special Assessment was made by a property owner with lake rights and a District Justice Civil Action hearing was held this afternoon. The results of the hearing were not yet available as the District Justice reserved the right to review all evidence presented and stated that his findings would be submitted within five (5) days from this date.
The LCWA is once again exploring grant options. A DEP grant of $90,000.00 is available, in whole or in part, which has been applied for.
Relative to future meetings, it was the general consensus of those in attendance that weeknight meetings are better for the majority of the people and attendance and participation has increased significantly since that change has been made.
The Board was then complimented on their progress to date regarding the required repairs to the dam mandated by the DEP.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:55 PM.
Kelly A. Heath, Secretary
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES MAY 22, 2019
A Regular Meeting of the Lake Cadjaw Watershed Association was held on May 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Cherry Ridge Township Municipal Building. Notice of this meeting was sent via US Mail to all Lake Cadjaw area residents.
Call to Order:
President Tom Tallman called the meeting to order at 6:40pm. The meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Kelly Heath noted that the following persons were present:
1. President Tom Tallman
2. Vice President Linda Vonson
3. Vice President John Mulligan
4. Vice President Ellen Wertman
5. Secretary Kelly Heath
6. Treasurer Linda Tallman
7. Michael Simmons
8. Daniel Dady
9. Jeff Wood
10. Warren & Kathy Legg
11. Mary StClair
12. Thomas R. Gillette
13. Barry Temperton
14. Melissa & Donnie Gilson
15. Pamela Krupski
16. Dan & Pat Guinther
17. Jim Stehlik
18. Bob Duckwitz
19. Tom Atkinson
20. Sheila Vaswani
21. Mike Evans
22. Joyce Skinner
23. Jim & Mary Ellen LaPoint
24. Mark Wertman
25. Bob & Linda Suhusky
26. Paul Talarico
27. Jim Burzon & Jean Scapelliti
28. Deborah Stenton
29. Raymond Scholl
30. Larry & Julie Uhl
31. Chester O’Connell
32. Veronica Noble
33. Steve Kowalczyk
34. Nancy Bonnetti
35. Tammy Altemier
A summary of the minutes of the meeting held on September 19, 2018 and a reading of the Special Meeting minutes held March 24, 2019 were read by secretary Kelly Heath. Motion to approve the Minutes as read was made by Kathy Legg, seconded by Bob Suhosky and carried.
Treasurer Linda Tallman read the treasurer’s report. The following account balances were reported:
· Checking Account: $2,225.43
· Savings Account: $3,259.65
· Raffle Account: $7,795.00
· Choice Certificate of Deposit: $23,154.16
· Total cash on hand: $36,434.24
Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report was made by Dan Guinther, seconded by Ellen Wertman and carried.
A reminder was then given of the upcoming due date for the first installment of the Special Assessment, that being May 31, 2019.
The kayak fundraiser drawing is scheduled to be held on May 25, 2019. It was noted that if anyone would like to purchase and/or sell additional tickets, they are still available.
The bore hole samples have been acquired and information has been sent to our engineer. In that regard, the Association is currently exploring locations for soil options that will meet the requirements for the earthen dam (specifications include perfect soil with perfect moisture).
If LCWA were to apply for a low-interest loan to complete this project, a DEP permit will need to have already been acquired.
The dam repair project will take approximately one (1) to two (2) years to complete.
It was noted that our engineer, Reilly Associates, has been paid in full for work performed to date.
An agreement between the Day family, the owners of the land adjacent to the dam, and LCWA has been signed; the property has been surveyed; and the subdivision has been approved by the Township and County Planning Commissions. The Day Family will be given Honorary Member status and will be exempt from future dues/Special Assessments in exchange for their property; will retain access to their property; have lake rights; and will be granted permission to construct a dock on the lake at a place agreeable to the Association.
Member Sheila Vaswani was recognized and suggested that the Association hold fundraiser events that will raise more revenue than our current fundraising efforts, i.e., participating in the Downtown Honesdale events.
The prospect of reviving annual fishing parties was discussed and Don Gilson offered to help run a winter fishing party in the absence of the Tallman Family who usually hosts these parties.
Mary Ellen LaPoint suggested that a spread sheet of all receipts and disbursements be prepared and presented at future meetings. Treasurer Tallman noted that any and all information regarding the bank accounts is contained in the black binder that is present at every meeting and is available for inspection at any given time. After a discussion, Kathy Legg suggested that copies of the ledger sheets for each account be made available as part of the Treasurer’s Report. To that end, Bob Suhosky volunteered to make the necessary copies for each meeting going forward.
Commercial Property assessment costs have yet to be determined and after a discussion, President Tallman appointed Jim LaPoint to head a committee to determine this assessment and report back at a future meeting.
There then was a discussion regarding residents who may be attempting to remove their “Lake Rights” from their deeds. President Tallman noted that by so doing, the change would be permanent; however, any and all relinquished lake rights may be available for sale to area residents not having lake rights in their deed.
It was noted that the Association will be committed to clearing and cleaning access points to the Lake after the dam repair project is completed.
Tom Atkinson and Paul Talarico inquired as to how the Special Assessment has been assigned. Again, it was reiterated that the process of the Special Assessment was determined through deeded property. Individuals owning multiple properties and titled in the same name will be assessed by virtue of the title to their property at the rate of $500 per year for three years. This assessment pertains to individuals and not to each parcel of land. However, individuals holding multiple deeds in multiple names will be assessed by virtue of their name.
The dates for the remaining 2019 meetings will be determined and notice properly given.
There is a need for fence repair at the spillway and volunteers to help with this work would be appreciated.
As noted at prior meetings, carp fish have been introduced to the lake in an attempt to control vegetation overgrowth obstructing residents’ use of the lake. These fish are sterile and will not breed. Dan Guinther was happy to report that the water clarity has improved greatly since the fish were put in.
Regarding participation in this year’s Downtown Honesdale Events, it was decided that the Association will continue to take part in community events provided that volunteers step up to the plate. Volunteering at any of our events is both helpful and fun for those who are able! It’s a great way to contribute and get to know others in the Lake Cadjaw Community. If this isn’t something that interests members, we ask that they consider selling tickets for our annual kayak raffle. Lake Cadjaw T-shirts are also available at a price of $20 each.
There being no further business to come before the meeting, President Tom Tallman called for adjournment and the meeting was adjourned at 7:45pm.
Kelly A Heath, Secretary