Davidson Lake Association – Annual General Meeting
July 13, 2019
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Davidson Lake Association (DLA) was held on July 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Dumfries Fire Hall. There were approximately 45 people in attendance.
President Ken Donald welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the Board of Directors.
Arnie Wilkins, Chair of the Water Quality Committee, addressed the group and stated that our Association is a member of the New Brunswick Alliance of Lake Associations (NBALA) which now consists of 15 lakes. The NBALA submitted an application to the Environmental Trust Fund and this year has received $55,000 which goes towards the purchase and calibration of water testing equipment, invasive species workshops, maintenance of the NBALA website, and other stewardship projects such as production of information brochures. It is hoped that there will be an invasive species plant workshop in the near future. This will be open to all interested parties.
We have obtained 3 signs from the NBALA which have been erected at the end of the lake road, and at the entrances to Carlin and Sandy Cove Lanes advising motorists to clean, drain and dry watercraft before entering the waterways. This is to prevent the spread of Eurasian Water-Milfoil which has been discovered in the St. John River system. It was suggested that a cleaning station facility be located on the Dumfries Fire Hall premises. The Fire Department will be contacted to see if this is possible.
Arnie explained the importance of using phosphate-free products which can cause blue green algae to form in the lake. He stressed that the Lake Association is not a regulatory body but an educational body which strives to inform people of the importance of keeping our lake healthy.
Proposed Lake Leveling System .
Simon Dickinson, who has a BScE in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, gave a presentation on the lake leveling system which will replace the one installed in 2017. He explained that after the beaver dams controlling the lake level were destroyed, there was an alarming increase in water temperature, algae blooms, fish kills and foul odours in the western portion of the lake. A work group was struck when concerns were raised at the 2017 Davidson Lake Assoc. AGM. Based on research and expert advice, a temporary leveling system was installed and it took until 2018 for the lake level to be re-established.
The NB Dept. of Environment and Local Government (ELG) requires that the temporary leveler be removed by the end of July 2019. The concern for us is that this will cause a catastrophic drop in the lake level similar to that which occurred in 2017. The DLA has been working with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and ELG on a proposal of a new lake leveler in the area of the destroyed beaver dam which will replace the existing one and will be installed prior to its removal to prevent devastating drainage of the lake.
Residents are asked to support this initiative. A poll, which will be submitted to ELG, was circulated at the meeting requesting those in attendance to sign. Residents who were not at the meeting are asked to send an email to the Davidson Lake Association at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For further information, a copy of Simon’s presentation can be found on the Davidson Lake website www.davidsonlake.ca.
Election of Officers
Andy conducted the election of officers for the Board of Directors.
He advised that the current serving Directors would stand for renewal. He then requested nominations from the floor for the current Board of Directors. There was one nomination from the floor, that being Dan Debow. Andy thanked Dan for his nomination and moved that the nominations be accepted as presented. The motion was carried.
Zone 1 – Claude Tremblay, Roger Schwartz, Dan Debow
Zone 2 – Lyle Saunders, Don Veysey
Zone 3 – Arnie Wilkins, Mike Gardiner
Zone 4 – Greg Gallagher, John Prime
Zone 5 – Andy Morton
Zone 6 – Aunden Rae
Andy called for nominations for President. There being no other nominations, he moved that incumbent continue in his present position and called for a vote. The vote was unanimous in favor of the motion. The motion was carried.
Ken Donald, President
Ken called for nominations for the following executive officers. There being no other nominations, he moved that these officers continue in their present position. The vote was unanimous in favor of the motion. The motion was carried.
Andy Morton, Vice-President
Janet Morton, Secretary/Treasurer
Ken explained that there are two road committees, one on each side of the lake, basically defined by Carlin Lane north & west of the Davidson Lake road and the other by Sandy Cove Lane to the south.
The Directors are responsible for collecting donations to the Road Committees. Claude Tremblay is the Treasurer for the committee on the north side of the lake and Greg Gallagher is the Treasurer for the committee on the south side.
It is suggested that each cottage owner/resident make a minimum donation of $100. All money collected is used for road work in their respective areas such as grading, gravel, culvert replacements, etc.
The number of memberships sold last year (2018-2019) totaled 148. The goal for this year (2019-2020) is 160.
The Local Service District has been contacted about looking after the overflow of garbage during July and August when the amount of garbage is greater. When people have large items to dispose of, Ken advised that they are to contact FERO directly. They will come and pick them up at your location. Do not drop them off at the garbage shed.
Ken reported that there was another cleanup of the trail completed this spring along with replacement of some water crossings.
Megan Wilkins, has been updating the Davidson Lake website (www.davidsonlake.ca) and the Davidson Lake Facebook site. She announced some new guidelines for users of the Facebook site that state that any posts or comments that are meant as harmful, disrespectful or in poor taste will result in the post being removed and the individual potentially removed from the group.
The Financial Statement was presented for the period ending June 30, 2019, as per attachment. No concerns or issues were raised from the floor.
Don Veysey, Co-ordinator of the Neighbourhood Watch Program, raised concerns about all-terrain vehicles in the area of the lake that are not following the rules of the road and suggested that people contact the R.C.M.P. to report violators.
Ken identified the goals that the Board of Directors will pursue on behalf of the Association as:
- Water leveling
- Plant Patrol – first week in August
- Water testing
- Work towards 100% phosphate free
- Garbage/Recycle – work with LSD on summer pickup
- Trail – continued enhancement
- Protected Natural Area – continue to work towards
- Organize volunteer pool
- Continual upgrades of our directory – corrections
The meeting was adjourned at 12:40 p.m.
Att. Davidson Lake Association Financial Statement for July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Davidson Lake Association – Financial Statement
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Balance from June 30, 2018 Financial Statement $1,977.60
148 memberships @ $10 $1,480.00
13 Directory advertisements@ $50 650.00
Website domain renewal $ 152.20
Fee for filing Annual Report 2.00
Bank fees (12 x $2.50) 30.00
Supplies to construct fishway 362.41
Membership cards 26.44
Office supplies 139.00
NB Alliance of Lake Assoc. membership 150.00
Cable & concrete for buoys 44.35
Receipt books 52.25
Total $1,452.55 $2655.05
Bank Balance $2630.37
Cash on hand 24.68