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Monthly PLCA Board Meeting

The PLCA Board Meetings are open to lake residents and the public to discuss the future restoration of Puslinch Lake. They are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the SAWDAC building, 84 Adam St. Cambridge, ON. at 7:30 pm. Parking is available at the church across the street.

 
 
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Annual Town Hall Meeting

2019 Annual Town Hall May 14th

The PLCA’s Annual Townhall Meeting is held in the Spring each year at Dockside, the bottom floor of the Old Marina Restaurant .

All Lake residents are welcome to be informed and ask questions regarding Lake Restoration Programs, financials, PLCA Event updates, and Community announcements.

Prefer to email your questions first? No problem, submit them here!

 
 
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PLCA Board

Want a seat at the table?

Each year at our PLCA Annual General Meeting, the vote for Board Members takes place. We are inviting those who are excited to create a legacy of community, pride and generosity for our lake.

Nomination Deadline for 2019 Board of Directors: May 12, 2019

Interested in one of our seats or know of someone you would like to nominate?

 
 
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Annual General Meeting (AGM)

2019 AGM on May 8th at SAWDAC.

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held each Spring to discuss our project scope, position, plan, financials and the vote for Board Members takes place.

 

Board Meeting Minutes

+ WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019

Chairperson:Art Zymerman – President - present Executive:Donna McKenna – Vice-president - Lorne Wallace – Treasurer - present Sarah Hammell – Secretary - present Jaime McClintock –Director of Communication Directors: Ken Roth – Township Councillor Larry Hackbart – North Shore
Dawn Rosa – Bayview Tony Fieder – Rhodes Road Kevin Axt – Clergy Lane - present Kathleen Zymerman – McCormick Point - present
Todd Christensen – Irish Creek - present Doreen Tschanz – Eagle Lane & Recording Secretary present Non-Voting Participants: David Mitten – Past President Dave Taliano – Dredge Company - present Paul Wyszynski – present Donna O’Krafka – present Michel Theriault -

Meeting to order at 7:40 pm

Motion: To approve the June minutes made by Kevin Axt; 2nded by Sarah Hammel; carried

Suggestion: Paul Wyszynski has asked 10 non-residents to read the new PLCA logo. 9/10 read Puglinch as the “S” in the font is ambiguous and should have a font change. The board agreed.

Reward Program – Dave Taliano The MOE allowed spraying a week earlier. The board suggested to ask for a week earlier than that of 2019 in 2020.
Another suggestion is the need for improved communication so that every boat driver and resident knows the proper time limit required for the herbicide to work. Todd Christensen who has learnt from a similar situation, reports that old fashioned phone call and if no answer a knock on the door is the best method. Lorne Wallace suggests explaining the importance of “no water agitation” to allow herbicide to work to all residents. Sarah Hammel suggests add the “Rules” to the Consent Form. The board accepted all these suggestions for implementation.

Wedding Tours – Kevin Axt Kevin reported that tours are progressing and boat drivers are dealing with the OMR docks as best that they can and have put hooks on the docks to prevent pontoons going underneath. No dock hands have been available and drivers try to help each other. Lorne Wallace volunteers to talk to Joel to ask if he will allow modifications to his docks and Dave Taliano volunteers a dock to add to these because the wedding tours are a revenue for the PLCA.

Dredging Report – Dave Taliano Dave is waiting for the hull to return after its rebuild. It is 3 weeks late. Nothing has been removed from the pit due to rain but Dave has decided to empty it regardless of the muddy conditions.

Fundraising – Kathleen Zymerman Home Tour – 2019 is a record success with net profit $27,351.30 Improvement suggestions – start locations at the BOTH OMR and McCormick Pt need to be highlighted to take strain off the OMR start -Add a start time limit to 2 pm to avoid touring after 4 pm. Hoe Down – Kathleen will call a committee meeting within 10 days to get things started. Doreen Tschanz suggested that online ticket sales would make sales easier. She had to keep track of many “saved” tickets that were then bought the day of because many people did not have access to presale tickets.

Big Island Tour – Lorne Wallace Lorne asked that an Eblast ask residents to be vigilant and report any issues or unauthorized activity on the island and that PLCA as monitor of Big Island will have the annual meeting on the island on July 24th. Information gathered that day on fauna, vegetation, etc. will then be reported to the Heritage Foundation

Treasurer Report – Lorne Wallace Art asked Lorne about the $10,000 bond for the GRCA. Lorne replied that he has it under control.
Lorne asked Art if he is ready to submit a 2020 Township Grant application with the deadline approaching. Art replied that he has this ready. Motion: by Lorne Wallace that the board approve that private dredging over $500 be given a flag; passed. Discussion: Should private dredging qualify for placement on the donor board. The logistics of the Donor Board would need to be modified to do so. Dave Taliano thought that the dredging concept might change so that the PLCA need raise less money. There is a fear that the deep hole concept would get abandoned which would be detrimental to the lake as a whole. Some new donations cheques have been received. Lorne reported that there is an issue with the website changes and a charge has been received. Lorne asked that area reps inform him of resident changes for the PLCA records. Adjourned at 8:51pm.

+ WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019

Chairperson: Art Zymerman – President - present Executive: Donna McKenna – Vice-president Lorne Wallace – Treasurer - present Sarah Hammell – Secretary Jaime McClintock –Director of Communication – present Directors:
Ken Roth – Township Councillor - Larry Hackbart – North Shore – present Dawn Rosa – Bayview – Tony Fieder – Rhodes Road - present Kevin Axt – Clergy Lane - present Kathleen Zymerman – McCormick Point - present
Todd Christensen – Irish Creek Doreen Tschanz – Eagle Lane & Recording Secretary - present Non-Voting Participants: David Mitten – Past President Dave Taliano – Dredge Company - present Paul Wyszynski – present Donna O’Krafka – present Michel Theriault - present

Meeting to order at 7:39 pm

Motion: To approve the April minutes made by Kevin Axt; 2nded by Larry Hackbart; carried

Treasurer Report – Lorne Wallace Lorne handed out the monthly Financial Report. PLCA has not spent any money in past month and therefore, has money in bank account. Some donations have slowly trickled in. Lorne gave each area rep a “Heat Map” for their area – green colour means newly donated, yellow is a past donation and red is for never ever donated. Cheques or Etransfers are best way to donate as there are no fees subtracted from the donation amount.

Dredging Report – Dave Taliano Dave recapped the 2019 dredge plan as per the April meeting minutes. Northshore residents need to meet with Dave Taliano and PLCA rep and Art Zymerman after the Town Hall meeting to ask questions and hear personally the plans for their shoreline dredging. Dave is putting a new hull on the barge plus other repairs mentioned in the April meeting minutes.

Reward – Dave Taliano There has been no word from the MOE regarding an earlier treatment. Plans are to begin talking in person for a 2020 early treatment. Residents wanting Reward applied to their shoreline must get their cheques to Dave NOW. Art Zymerman and Dave Taliano will meet Friday the 10th. Website – Jaime McClintock There have been 200 new unique visitors to the website. 60% of the emails have been opened. On the Gmail account, an overwhelming number of people are asking to buy online tickets for the Home Tour. Online buying costs $500 more to cover online charge. Jaime suggested online pre-ordering for 2020 PLCA calendar. MOTION by Art Zymerman for the board to agree to sell a limited amount of 200 tickets online and allow Jaime McClintock to set this up on the website – passed. Suggestion: by Larry Hackbart to sell 2020 Home Tour tickets for AM & PM and to also have a sponsor page on the website. Donna O’Krafka will send Jaime JPEGS of sponsor logos.

Mission Statement – Art Zymerman and Lorne Wallace both drafted up versions. Jaime McClintock will send these to the board to read.

PLCA Logo – It has been suggested that the canoe logo be changed or revised and that submissions be allowed. A catchy logo will improve marketing and sales and allow the PLCA recognition.

June 12th AGM – Art asked that the existing PLCA executive consisting of himself as president, Donna McKenna as vice-president, Sarah Hammill as secretary, Lorne Wallace as treasurer and Jaime McClintock as director of communication indicate if they will stand for executive for the next year. Those present said that they would do so. Sarah and Donna were absent and will indicate their intentions. Also, if there are any nominees for executive, their names will be put on a ballot with the above.

May 14th Town Hall Meeting – Art Zymerman went over his agenda with the board.

Stewardship of Big Island – Lorne Wallace The Ontario Heritage Trust streamlined their proposal asking that the PLCA monitor the island property from the surrounding neighbourhood and water and have a monitor go on the island once a year to check for any concerns and fill out a yearly form. Lorne suggested that the PLCA has no reason to not do this and that it reinforces the PLCA charitable status which is a huge plus. There is a cost for a liability rider on the PLCA insurance to cover the monitor once a year and Lorne offered to pay for this. The OHT will teach the monitor and it is a 2-year responsibility at which time the PLCA can reverse the decision. Motion by Lorne Wallace to accept monitoring responsibilities of Big Island for the Ontario Heritage Trust – passed

Microbes – The PLCA has been asked to supply a bigger project of microbes. The board asked that Jaime McClintock ask for more scientific evidence from University of Guelph on the benefits.

Adjourned at 9:12 pm. Next Meeting Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:30 pm SAWDAC

ACTIONS Lorne Wallace will ask Mel regarding the PLCA Bylaw revisions. The Info Booklet committee will continue completion progress. Art Zymerman will ask David Mitten regarding contact with newspapers and radio stations for Home Tour promotion. Northshore residents need to call a meeting with Dredge company and Art Zymerman regarding dredging plan of their shoreline. Donna O’Krafka will send Jaime McClintock JPEGS of the PLCA sponsor logos.

+ WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019

PLCA Board of Directors Meeting 7:30 pm SAWDAC Chairperson:Art Zymerman – President – present Executive: Donna McKenna – Vice-president -

Lorne Wallace – Treasurer - present Sarah Hammell – Secretary - present Jaime McClintock –Director of Communication – present

Directors: Ken Roth – Township Councillor - Larry Hackbart – North Shore – present Dawn Rosa – Bayview – present Tony Fieder – Rhodes Road - present Kevin Axt – Clergy Lane - present Kathleen Zymerman – McCormick Point - present
Todd Christensen – Irish Creek - Doreen Tschanz – Eagle Lane & Recording Secretary - present Non-Voting Participants: David Mitten – Past President Dave Taliano – Dredge Company - Paul Wyszynski – present Donna O’Krafka – present Michel Theriault – Meredith Wolf - present Meeting to order at 7:35 pm Motion: To approve the March minutes made by Lorne Wallace; 2nded by Larry Hackbart; carried Website – Meredith Wolf Meredith volunteered to take over the PLCA website months ago and changed it to a “user friendly” format. A good website needs page views with references often to get recognized on a search engine such as Google. A good website also wants people to revisit it regularly and thus needs new content regularly. Meredith noticed some things on the old website to improve. One was an increase in views with a “mission statement” that is digestible and emotional to the viewer. The old website had no mission statement. She suggests for regular new content that the newsletter “Reflections” become a “blog post “announcing that the newsletter is on the website and therefore creating more views where more “donation buttons” can be shown. This newly upgraded website will be “mobile friendly” making reading on a cell phone easier.
Thank you, Meredith.

Everyone is encouraged to check out myplca.com revised and to tell friends and family to do so also.

Suggestion by Lorne Wallace that the Mission Statement be changed to include conservational words to appease any government agents questioning the PLCA non-profit status.

Doreen Tschanz also suggested the new mission statement is needed for Mel Spencer with the PLCA Bylaw revisions. Art Zymerman volunteered to draft a Mission Statement for the board to approve.

Treasurer Report – Lorne Wallace

Lorne handed out his monthly report. He made note that there have been little donations and suggested reps get busy and get some soon. The HST money arrived. Art Zymerman handed Lorne a heavy list of expensive expenses from Dave Taliano for repairs and replacements.

Lorne said that private dredging might need to be the emphasis this year to cover these expenses and that he will study them more closely soon as possible.

Dredging Report – Art Zymerman as per Dave Taliano

There are many needed repairs on the aging equipment. Dave purchased a thruster to aid in navigation on windy days.

2019 Dredge Plan – Dredge Southshore July to September 1. After Labour Day dig a deep hole in Northshore area when the slalom course can be accessible.

2020 Dredge Plan – Finish Northshore and then move between OMR and Big Island

NOTE: Northshore residents need to have a meeting with the Dredge Company, PLCA Executive & Ski School to discuss and answer any questions regarding the dredging there.

Wellington County Grant application by Art Zymerman was denied without explanation.

Town Hall Meeting – May 14

Residents will be informed by Jaime McClintock.

Nominations for the Harry Gingrich Award and Rookie Award must be given soon to Art Zymerman to allow time for plague engraving and Rookie Award purchase.

PLCA AGM will be the June 12th Board meeting.

The executive needs to say whether they are running for next term and any nominees need to be forwarded to a member of the board before this date to ascertain if a vote will be required.

Home Tour – Donna O’Krafka

Donna handed out the poster and pamphlet to the board. The tickets are printed also.

Lorne Wallace was talking to Justin Bieber’s property manager regarding the Home Tour. The property manager requested that if the boat drivers are asked about Justin and where his property is the boat driver replies are – He is hardly ever there.

He has tons of security.

Trespassers have been caught by security and charged.

Adjourned at 9:05 pm.

Next Meeting Wednesday, MAY 8, 2019 7:30 pm SAWDAC

ACTIONS

Mel will continue with the PLCA Bylaw revisions The Info Book committee will continue to progress to completion. David Mitten will contact newspapers and radio stations to promote the June Home Tour. The Board will promote the viewing of myplca.com with friends and family and area residents. Jaime McClintock & Meredith Wolf will inform residents regarding Reward Info. Art Zymerman will draft a Mission Statement for the website and Bylaw revisions.

+ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019

Chairperson:
Art Zymerman – President – present Donna McKenna – Vice-president Executive:
Sarah Hammell – Secretary – present – meeting secretary Lorne Wallace – Treasurer – present Jamie McClintock – Executive - present Directors: Ken Roth – Township Councillor - present Larry Hackbart – North Shore – present Dawn Rosa – Bayview Tony Fieder – Rhodes Road - present Kevin Axt – South East Shore Kathleen Zymerman – McCormick Point - present
Todd Christensen – Irish Creek Doreen Tschanz – Eagle Lane & Recording Secretary Non-Voting Participants: David Mitten – Past President – present Dave Taliano – Dredge Company Maureen Hackbart - present Brian Riehl - present Donna O’Krafka – present

Meeting to order at 7: 35 pm by Art Zymerman Motion: To approve the January 23, 2019 minutes made by Larry Hackbart; 2nded by Kathleen Zymerman; carried.

By-Law Revisions - Mel Spencer – To continue to work and finalize this project.

St. Patty’s Day Fundraiser – Larry & Maureen Hackbart – Event update for Friday March 15, 2019. Dinner tickets were sold out week’s before event. An enormous amount of silent auction donations was donated to this event. Event set up will be on Thursday March 14 at 1pm at the Old Marina Restaurant. Many thanks to the large number of volunteers who put this event together. A special thanks to Maureen & Larry Hackbart plus Joel Cook, the owner of the Old Marina Restaurant plus staff for spearheading this event.

Townhall Meeting – Art Zymerman – Next townhall meeting to discuss the dredging and future PLCA fundraising events – Tuesday May 14th, 2019

Home Tour Update – Donna O’Krafka – The tour is Saturday June 22, 2019. Donna has 5 homes secured for the event. She also started an event task list to complete for the tour. Additional volunteers needed. Jamie McClintock to assist with ticket and poster printing. David Mitten will assist with contacting all the newspapers/radio stations.

New Director Role Introduction – Director of Communication – Jamie McClintock – In the future, the PLCA will assign one person to communicate all messages to the lake community or redirect them to a specific people. Also, Jamie would like to assist with the redesign of the current PLCA website from a personal style to a business style. All ticket sales for future fundraisers or events, newsletters, meeting minutes, etc. would be available on the website. This will help to improve communication around the lake and save volunteer time.

Reward Program & Consent Forms – Art Zymerman – Email to be sent out by all the area reps immediately. All lake residents who own lake front are requested to sign the consent forms and return them to their area reps on or before March 28, 2019. The area reps to hand in all the completed forms to David Taliano on or before March 28, 2019. The forms with the reward fees and lake front measurements to come later. It is very important to complete the consent forms immediately.

Treasurer Report – Lorne Wallace gave out financials as of February 28, 2019; which accompanies these minutes. He reported that the GST/HST return will be coming in shortly.

Adjourned at 9:35 pm by motion of Lorne Wallace; 2nded by Larry Hackbart. Next Meeting Wednesday, April 10, 2019 7:30 pm DAC Building

ACTIONS Mel spencer will continue revisions of the PLCA bylaws. Compilation of the Info book will continue. Art Zymerman will give Doreen Tschanz copies of permits that he has to put in the PLCA archives after he is finished with them. Area reps will collect and give Dave Taliano the Reward Consent forms by end of March. Jaime McClintock will assist with the poster and ticket printing for the Home Tour. David Mitten will contact radio stations and newspapers regarding the Home tour.

+ WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019

Chairperson: Art Zymerman – President - present Executive: Donna McKenna – Vice-president - Lorne Wallace – Treasurer - present Sarah Hammell – Secretary - present Jaime McClintock – Executive Directors: Ken Roth – Township Councillor Larry & Maureen Hackbart – North Shore – present Dawn Rosa – Bayview Tony Fieder – Rhodes Road - present Kevin Axt – Clergy Lane - present Kathleen Zymerman – McCormick Point - present
Todd Christensen – Irish Creek Doreen Tschanz – Eagle Lane & Recording Secretary - present Non-Voting Participants: David Mitten – Past President Dave Taliano – Dredge Company - present Paul Wyszynski – present
Donna O’Krafka Michel Theriault - present

Meeting to order at 7:32pm

Motion: To approve the December minutes made by Lorne Wallace; 2nded by Tony Fieder; carried

Info Booklet – Michel Theriault Compilation of this booklet is moving forward slowly as some info to add to the content is being waited upon. Mel Spencer requests that Art Zymerman, Doreen Tschanz plus one more proof read the draft and then the board will do the final approval.

Donor Board – Art Zymerman Updates are now annually. Lorne Wallace gave Art the 2018 end of year list and Art will order plaques.

Dredging Report – Dave Taliano Dave met with the District MNR regarding a new Work Permit which is the most detailed, most expensive and for 5 years permit of all the necessary permits. To Dave’s surprise and pleasure, the new MNR person in charge of this permit is in 100% support of the dredging project and no renewal permit is necessary. Only necessity is to abide by some “Conditions” that always go with a permit. This is a huge bonus saving mucho dollars!!! The GRCA is very supportive also without restrictions. Therefore, the dredging company will be expanding operations for the future.

Reward – Dave Taliano The lake must always wait until after July 1st after the fish spawning is finished before applying the herbicide. By that time the Milfoil plants are full grown and going or gone to seed. Other lakes apply the herbicide earlier and Dave asked the District MOE person in charge of the permit if Puslinch could do so also. Unfortunately, Puslinch is a Bass lake and because the Bass make nests in the weeds, July 1st will remain the date to await.

Township Council Meeting – Art Zymerman Art presented the PLCA application for $25,000 to the new mayor and council and all are unanimously in favour of granting the PLCA the funding. Councillor Ken Roth called later to confirm the grant of $25,000. Art mentioned to council that the PLCA is discussing possible continuation of dredging and council said to come back for more funding in future. Council is 100% supportive of the PLCA work plus they like the way the Home Tour with boats plus weddings at Puslinch Chapel followed by wedding reception at the Old Marina Restaurant Dockside followed by boat tours showcases the lake and township. Art invited council and mayor to PLCA Board and Town Hall meetings.

Wellington County Grant – Art has had no response to the PLCA application thus far.

Fundraising – Kathleen Zymerman Home Tour – 5 homes are chosen. Maureen Hackbart is trying to come up with an idea of how to tackle getting sponsors for each home as done with the boats. St. Paddy’s – Larry and Maureen Hackbart had a meeting with PLCA members interested in this event. It will be at Dockside where the PLCA gets a large portion of the proceeds collected by the Old Marina Restaurant. Tickets are $40 per adult and $10 per child. We need to start promoting the event.

Treasurer Report – Lorne Wallace Lorne lunched with Gord Smith, the 2018 Harry Gingrich Award recipient. Gord returned the award to Lorne and they got permission to display the award at the Old Marina Restaurant. Lorne handed out Donation Receipts plus Donation Forms to area reps to distribute to their area donors. Lorne updated the “heat maps” to neutral for 2019 and will commence colouring in residential property as donations are made. Lorne handed out the Month End Financial Statement to the board plus his 2019 Budget. The budget goal is to break even because of the PLCA charity status. McCormick Point raised the most in donations.

Town Hall Meeting – tentatively set for Tuesday, May 14th. Larry Hackbart will ask Old Marina Restaurant manager if this date is OK. Paddle Gala – Sarah Hammell Sarah volunteered to spearhead this event in July/early August and wants to invite Big Brothers/Sisters.

Adjourned at 9:09 pm
Next Meeting Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:30 pm SAWDAC

ACTIONS Art Zymerman will give Doreen Tschanz a copy of the permits to put in the PLCA archives in couple of months when finished with them. Board members will check out the website and have any comments written down for discussion in March. Mel Spencer will continue with the revision of the PLCA Bylaws. Compilation of the Info Booklet will be continued. Larry Hackbart will confirm if Town Hall Meeting Date is OK for Tuesday, May 14th. Board members will promote ST. Paddy’s event. Maureen & Larry Hackbart will give Doreen Tschanz all the St. Paddy’s event particulars so that she can make an event on Facebook to promote this event ASAP.

+ WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018

Chairperson: David Mitten – Past President - present Art Zymerman – President Executive: Donna McKenna – Vice-president Lorne Wallace – Treasurer - present Sarah Hammell – Secretary - present Jaime McClintock – Executive Directors: Ken Roth – Township Councillor Larry Hackbart – North Shore – present Dawn Rosa – Bayview Tony Fieder – Rhodes Road – present Kevin Axt – Clergy Lane - present Kathleen Zymerman – McCormick Point
Todd Christensen – Irish Creek Doreen Tschanz – Eagle Lane & Recording Secretary - present Non-Voting Participants: Dave Taliano – Dredge Company - Paul Wyszynski – present
Donna O’Krafka – present

Meeting to order at 7:37 pm Motion: To approve the November minutes made by Lorne Wallace; 2nded by Larry Hackbart; carried

Calendars – Donna O’Krafka – sold out

Flags – Sarah Hammell - Sarah showed potential colours for the 2019 flags. The board chose Navy Blue. She will order 200 flags.

Home Tour – Donna O’Krafka Donna handed out a draft brochure showing the display homes for 2019. Lorne Wallace’s son who is a realtor will sponsor the brochure. Larry and Maureen Hackbart will do the signs. Donna handed out the following so that others can do what she has been doing.
Donna will help anyone for the 2020 HT giving them some guidance on any duties listed below Thanks D.

1 - Take photo of homes 2 - Make up brochure/ticket/poster layouts 3 - Deliver above to printer (M&T or other) 4 - Pickup completed print material & make up individual Sponsor sheets/Broc/Poster & tics 5 - Make Sponsor "Sales Recording" sheets, distribute all print items- sponsors (8) 6 - Deliver more Brochures/tics to sponsors if needed, P/U $ and leftover print from each sponsor after HT 7 - Count & bundle (staple) tickets to brochures for OMR gate sales (2 aprons) 8 - Make up Home owners "Guide", Home Tour tickets for sale @ house, balloons for house & dock 9 - Make up raffle tickets (print, cut & staple), make sign boards for 3 raffle draws Should be one person responsible for contacting all advertising below 10 - Contact "The Record" - Valerie Hill for coverage & pontoon ride to each home for photographing 11 - Contact "Puslinch Pioneer" and make up ad for early June issue 12 - Contact "Cambridge Times" - Ray Martin - ad write up & pontoon around lake 13 - Contact "Sun Media" - Jim Fox - One Tank Trips. He is responsible for all distribution below Stratford Beacon Herald, London Free Press, Brantford Expositor, Woodstock Sentinel, The Observer, St. Thomas Times, Chatham Daily News

There have been requests that tickets be available online. It is not possible at this time. Discussion: to increase ticket price to $40.00.

Website – Doreen Tschanz Doreen was asked to check the website for any mistakes. No criticism is directed to Meredith Wolf who has been brave enough to take on the website for the PLCA. But there are some mistakes that Doreen saw. Unfortunately, Meredith could not attend this meeting. She is new to the lake and we just want to give her some guidance. Doreen asked that the board check out the website as it is changed significantly and discuss it at the January meeting. Others present asked that the PLCA history should have a section. Doreen and others suggested that the Mission on the PLCA 2002 Bylaws should be corrected and Lorne Wallace agreed as it is important for our Charity Status.
Here is the Mission: The Puslinch Lake Conservation Association was established for the following purposes: To organize or participate in environmental projects designed to: Preserve and protect flora and fauna; Preserve, protect and restore rivers; or Improve the urban environment. To educate and increase the public’s understanding of the environment and its importance by offering courses, seminars, conferences and meetings and by collecting and disseminating information on that topic. To develop and provide programs promoting the protection and preservation of the environment through re-use, reduction, recycling and recovery of waste and to educate institutions, industries, businesses and individuals about the efficient waste management systems. To conduct research relating to the environment and to disseminate the results of such research.

Treasurer Report – Lorne Wallace Lorne handed out his Financial Report – Nov. 30, 2018. He also reported that his “heat maps” were effective to show neighbours the donation payments. More individual donations have been made.

Info Booklet – A draft has been circulated with more work to be added.

Adjourned at 8:35 pm. Next Meeting Wednesday, January 9, 2018 7:30 pm SAWDAC

ACTIONS Art Zymerman needs to give Doreen Tschanz a copy of the permits to put in the PLCA archives. Board members will check out the website and have any comments written down for discussion in January. Mel Spencer will continue with the revision of the PLCA Bylaws. The Info booklet committee will continue work on this.

+ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Chairperson: Art Zymerman – President - present Executive: Donna McKenna – Vice-president Lorne Wallace – Treasurer - present Sarah Hammell – Secretary - present Jaime McClintock – Executive – present Directors: Ken Roth – Township Councillor Larry Hackbart – North Shore – present Dawn Rosa – Bayview – present Tony Fieder – Rhodes Road - Kevin Axt – Clergy Lane Kathleen Zymerman – McCormick Point - present Todd Christensen – Irish Creek Doreen Tschanz – Eagle Lane & Recording Secretary - present Non-Voting Participants: David Mitten – Past President Dave Taliano – Dredge Company - present Paul Wyszynski – present Donna O’Krafka – present Michel Thibault - present Robin Puskas - present

MEETING TO ORDER AT 7:40 PM Motion: To approve the October minutes made by Larry Hackbart; 2nded by Dawn Rosa; carried

Robin Puskas reported investigating the EA study regarding the Regional wells. He said that resident comments were absent and that current lake level statistics were also absent. He was going to report these discrepancies to the proper authorities.

Info Booklet – Donna McKenna, Michel Thibault, Kathleen Zymerman

This was initially a welcome package that has been expanded to include important info regarding all aspects and activities of the PLCA. It will be on the website plus in print. McClintock Ski School offered to sponsor the printing. The purpose is to hopefully eliminate misinformation and non-information.

Survey Results – Mel Spencer 244 surveys were distributed – 160 returned – most had names filled in Many important ideas were suggested – fall events and winter events that are community and family

oriented. Mel will ask the suggesters to host the events.

Questions were asked and the FAQ’s will be added to the Info Booklet.

Positive info – number of pontoon boats. New mail addresses, new volunteers and the most popular swimming areas are Big Island and the McCormick Point deep hole

Kathleen Zymerman idea – compose a master sheet of volunteers and events

Calendars – Donna O’Krafka Donna presented 100 calendars – 40 were already sold at a cost of $439.

Permits – Dave Taliano

  1. MNR – There is a new employee who cannot find a copy of the 2013 issued permit to use as a guide. When we find it, then there will be a meeting with Dave and Stan Denhoed.

2.GRCA – another new contact surprised Dave to inform him that the Land Use Permit expired

November 1. Dave was unaware of such a permit but will be meeting with this person early December.

Dredging Report – Dave Taliano

This went well with the most mud encountered thus leaving a wall of mud around the dug area. Another year could be spent in this area because of the amount of mud. The area dredged includes the whole south shore. This area community had a very well-organized meeting thanks to Sarah Hamill. The intimacy of a specific residential lake area brought out many questions and all the residents who normally would not have attended a general meeting.

University Connections – Jaime McClintock When talking to professor, his priorities were the need to know Phosphate and Nitrogen plus E. coli levels around the lake due to residential fertilizing and septic systems. Also, the need for natural vegetation to filter at shorelines. Undergraduates can be hired for free to monitor such needs and if there are any spikes in levels, the trouble residents can be then targeted. GRCA has grants available and likes the fact that we would be using the University and undergraduates. Aeration – the boat traffic is sufficient but if individuals want to use it then OK Weed harvesting – is OK for individuals and is like cutting the lawn Dredging – Mother Nature likes to eutrofy lakes so that it will be an ongoing fight to prevent. New Ideas – In Australia some lakes have had silt covered to seal the lake bottom to slow down plant growth.

  • Asian Carp that are same sex to prevent breeding eat weeds

NOTE: If students are hired in summer, they must have access to the PLAMP (Puslinch Lake Adaptive

Management Plan) so that they are aware of past studies and remedial plans.

Treasurer Report – Lorne Wallace The board received the monthly report. Lorne stressed that the PLCA needs to fundraise $20,000 to pay for 2018 dredging. To do so he made Hot Maps of the properties in each lake residential areas.

Properties that have donated get coloured in. This hopefully is an incentive to get 100% response with no matter to the amount of each donation. Grants – Art Zymerman applied for $15,000 from Wellington County.

ADJOURNED AT 9:00 PM.

+ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018

Chairperson: Art Zymerman – President - present Executive: Donna McKenna – Vice-president -present Lorne Wallace – Treasurer - present Sarah Hammell – Secretary Jaime McClintock – Executive – present Directors: Ken Roth – Township Councillor - present Larry Hackbart – North Shore – present Dawn Rosa – Bayview – present Tony Fieder – Rhodes Road - present Kevin Axt – Clergy Lane - present Kathleen Zymerman – McCormick Point - present
Todd Christensen – Irish Creek Doreen Tschanz – Eagle Lane & Recording Secretary - present

NON-VOTING PARTICIPANTS: David Mitten – Past President - present Dave Taliano – Dredge Company - present Paul Wyszynski – present
Donna O’Krafka – present

MEETING TO ORDER AT 7:33 PM Motion: To approve the September minutes made by Dawn Rosa; 2nded by Kathleen Zymerman; carried

Calendars – Donna O’Krafka offered to make a 2019 calendar. She was hoping that they would be a bigger seller. The area reps need to sell more.

Township Grant – Art Zymerman sent a letter but the township office mailing address changed but Karen Landry contacted him and all is well …...we are on the budget list for review

Dredging – Dave Taliano All is very well with more mud than in Mitten Bay…...it is dense and massive…. the dredge gets stuck often because of so much mud. Wind can be a problem and blow dredge toward rocks at small islands.

The GRCA and MNR permits need to be renewed…. the board needs to decide what to do …the MNR permit will be costly as Stan Denhoed needs to get an engineer approval……do not know if MNR will have new requirements

Northshore must be done in 2019 and permits will be necessary

The board will prepare a decision for the permits at the November meeting.

Stan Denhoed or Dave Taliano needs to contact MNR to ascertain their requirements for 2019 permit so that we know if he can copy & paste current permit which will be less money for Stan to do.

TREASURER REPORT – LORNE WALLACE Lorne assembled a donor list with Larry Hackbart’s help to recognize donors from the Home Tour boats. HST refund money was received.

Bottomline: PLCA needs to raise money because of a deficit. Lorne asked if an Eblast could ask for money and suggested that any area rep who was uncomfortable asking residents for money to call him and he would help…...reps need to have a conversation with residents

Fundraising – Donna McKenna Home Tour – 5 homes are good for the tour with Klager Island as a possible 6th stop. Hoe-down
Valentine Show Website – Donna O’Krafka Donna introduces Meredith Wolf as a volunteer to takeover the website. The board accepted. Rookie of the Year Award – Lorne Wallace suggested initiating this award to go with the Harry Gingrich Award.

University Involvement – Lorne Wallace suggested that a board member take this on to get universities involved to do research and data collecting for the lake. Jaime McClintock volunteered to do so …...send her data already recorded.

Adjourned at 9:30 pm.

NEXT MEETING Wednesday, November 14, 2018 7:30 pm ACTIONS Mel is working on the new bylaws Mel & Donna O’Krafka are working on the New Resident Info booklet. Dave Taliano will ascertain from the MNR what 2019 permit requirements will be or ask Stan Denhoed to do so. Jaime McClintock will ask her sister at Univ. of Calgary about involvement in lake research and data.

+ WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Chairperson: Art Zymerman – President - present Executive: Donna McKenna – Vice-president – present Lorne Wallace – Treasurer Sarah Hammell – Secretary Jaime McClintock – Executive – present Directors: Ken Roth – Township Councillor – present Larry Hackbart – North Shore – present Dawn Rosa – Bayview – present Tony Fieder – Rhodes Road - present Kevin Axt – Clergy Lane - Kathleen Zymerman – McCormick Point - present
Todd Christensen – Irish Creek - present Doreen Tschanz – Eagle Lane & Recording Secretary - present

Non-Voting Participants: David Mitten – Past President Dave Taliano – Dredge Company - present Paul Wyszynski – present Michel Thibault

MEETING TO ORDER AT 7:35 PM Motion: To approve the August minutes made by Mel Spencer; 2nded by Larry Hackbart; carried

Treasurer Report – Lorne Wallace absentia Lorne’s financial Report – Aug 31, 2018 was handed out – need more donations Fundraising – Donna McKenna

Hoe-down – made a profit of $6000+ - all tickets were sold out and other tickets were used. The Tschanz farm will host the 2019 Hoedown.

Survey – Mel Spencer

Mel presented a draft double-sided survey with a cover letter with resident’s name, list of residents for tracking returns and a donation form.

Discussion: The consensus was that resident names not be on the survey as residents may be reluctant to fill it out then…Also, no donation form to be included.

Trailer Park – Jaimie McClintock

There will be a dozen Park Trailers replacing travel trailers in the park. Jaimie said that these summer homes are substantial price tag bringing a different level of park residents to the McClintock Park. She believes that these new summer residents will want to be a new lake area with their own rep on the PLCA board of directors.

Dredging Report – Dave Taliano

The massive floating weeds with roots is a province wide phenomena.

Rain has raised the lake level somewhat make dredge navigation better and allowing heavier loads. The site has massive and good mud with ridges. We are at halfway point for this year dredging. Then private south and east shore dredging begins.

Dave wants to emphasize and have Mel Spencer E-blast a warning to boaters that the dredge is bringing up 20-40-foot submerged old old trees that sometimes escape, float off and submerge again causing boating hazards in the south shore slalom course area.

The tug needed repair after taking out back end on a rock.

Approximately 400 rock truck loads of material have been removed to the pit,

Bottomline – 2018 has been a good year for dredging but soil sales are in a slump.

Calendars – the board needs to know if this is a profitable venture and then decide whether to have 2019 calendars.

Big Island Stewardship The island is owned by the Heritage Foundation and currently GRCA is the steward. The GRCA has asked the PLCA to take over this job but the draft contract has some draw backs:

  1. the PLCA would need Liability Insurance

  2. Fauna and vegetation would need to be inventoried.

The benefit of becoming Steward of Big Island would enhance the PLCA as a charitable organization that would be manager of a piece of land.

Township Grant Application – Art asked Councillor Roth if he should send a letter to the Township Council to let them know that he will be asking for a grant again this year. The Councillor said to do s

Questions to Politicians – Lorne Wallace in absentia

Discussion – The PLCA is not a political organization. The PLCA encourages residents to attend and ask questions at the Thursday, October 4th All Candidates meeting at the Puslinch Community Centre.

Motion to adjourn by Dawn Rosa; 2nded by Larry Hackbart. Adjourned at 8:52 pm.

 

THE PLCA BOARD MEMBERS 2018-2019

DONNA MCKENNA | VICE PRESIDENT | OLDMARINA@AOL.COM

Donna was elected as Vice President at the 2018 AGM. Her main interest is for the rejuvenation, restoration and support of the lake. She generously donates her time and resources to all lake events to help raise funds for the lake restoration. Donna takes time to relax at her condo in Florida for the winter months.

LORNE WALLACE | TREASURER | WOLFMAN@LWOLF.COM

Lorne is the Treasurer on the PLCA Board. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney. Lorne is the Executive Chairman and Founder or Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies which he started in 1989, specializing in real estate brokerage accounting. Lorne previously operated a real estate brokerage accounting practice for over 20 years. Lorne lives on Eagle Lane on the lake with his wife Kelli. He enjoys reading, gardening and working on his home, including a “zen” garden project.

JAIME MCCLINTOCK | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATONS | JAIME@SKIMCCLINTOCKS.COM

Jaime is one of the newest members on the PLCA Board. Born and raised in Alberta, Jaime had a professional background in Hospitality Management before moving to Orlando, Florida with her husband, Jason McClintock. Since 2013, Jaime and Jason have been spending their summers on Puslinch Lake, running the McClintock’s Water Ski School & Club and Coaching the Ontario Water Ski Team. Her greatest passion is her 2 young children, Jaxson and Julia, their 2 small dachshunds, Ronnie and Sasha, and enjoying the breathtaking sunsets on the lake with her husband, wine in hand! She is an active volunteer for both Water Ski and Wakeboard Ontario and Canada.

ART ZYMERMAN | PRESIDENT | ARTZYMERMAN@GMAIL.COM

Art is our current President since 2018 and has served on the board of the PLCA for over 12 years. He was previously President from 2010 - 2015 and has also held positions of Vice President and Treasurer. His interests are waterskiing, snow skiing, football and family. Art and his wife Kathleen enjoy their grandchildren and they all love the lake!

SARAH HAMMELL | secretary | szczepski@outlook.com

Sarah is a new PLCA board member but grew up in the Puslinch area.  She remembers what the lake used to look like as a child and is a strong supporter of the lake restoration projects because of the great results.   Sarah started and has funded the PLCA donation flag campaign to help give donors a gift back for their monetary contribution and to unite the community.   She welcomes suggestions on the new 2019 flag design and colour.  Sarah has her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor and works for a local medical distribution company.  She has been married for over 15 years to her husband Cliff and has two children, Stuart and Annabelle.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys to sail, ski, garden and travel.    

 

2018 PLCA PRESIDENTS

KEVIN AXT | SOUTH SHORE EAST

519-658-1134 | keva@xplornet.com

NANCY FIEDER | SOUTH SHORE

519-658-5062 | fieder@xplornet.ca

DON HUNTER | MCCORMICK’S POINT

519-281-1001 | donhunter65@outlook.com

MELANIE SPENCER | ISLANDS + OFFSHORE

519-572-1392 | melanie_spencer@rogers.com

DONNA O’KRAFKA | BAYVIEW COTTAGERS’ ASSOCIATION

519-220-0582 | okthelake@hotmail.com

LIAM NOTHER | IRISH CREEK ESTATE

519-220-1004 | Inother@latem.com

HEATHER LEYBOURNE | NORTH SHORE

519-616-7917 | hh.skilake@gmail.com

PAUL O’KRAFKA | EAGLE POINT

905-541-0312 | paul_okrafka@hotmail.com

 

2018 PLCA DIRECTORS

KEN ROTH | REPRESENTATIVE OF PUSLINCH TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

kroth@puslinch.ca

KEVIN AXT | DIRECTOR SOUTH SHORE EAST

519-658-1134 | keva@xplornet.com

TONY FIEDER | DIRECTOR SOUTH SHORE

519-658-5062 | fieder@xplornet.ca

KATHLEEN ZYMERMAN | DIRECTOR MCCORMICKS POINT

519-651-0263 | kzymerman@hotmail.com

DOREEN TSCHANZ | DIRECTOR EAGLE POINT & recording secretary

519-658-5738 | dtschanz@xplornet.ca

DAWN ROSA | DIRECTOR BAYVIEW

519-220-1702 | scenicview3@gmail.com

TODD CHRISTENSEN | DIRECTOR IRISH CREEK

519-630-8555 | trc@christensenlawfirm.com

LARRY HACKBART | DIRECTOR NORTH SHORE

226-341-2931 | lmhackbart@gmail.com

MELANIE SPENCER | ISLANDS + OFFSHORE DIRECTOR

519-572-1392 | melanie_spencer@rogers.com

 
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