A Message from the President

Today, July 15, 2017, we dedicated the Findley Lake Dam in memory of Dennis Brumagin.  I have served on this Board for 21 years and I can say without reservation that the Dam Reconstruction Project was the most challenging and most rewarding project we have ever undertaken.  I can also say without reservation that without Dennis’s expertise and perseverance, we would not be celebrating the completion of that project today.  It was my pleasure to watch Dennis navigate through all the roadblocks and clear all the hurdles that were between us and the final product on display at the north end of the lake.  No matter whether we were faced with lack of funds, regulations or unforeseen issues, he handled all in a logical and professional manner.     Along the way  Dennis earned the respect of everyone involved in the project.  We lost Dennis last May.  He left us suddenly and without warning.  He left us with a project that was, for all intents and purposes, complete.  I am pleased to report to the Membership that the construction was completed on time and within 1% of the amount of money Dennis had budgeted for the project.  I would like to thank the Board and the Membership for allowing me the distinct honor of dedicating the Dam to the memory of Dennis.

 

The harvester crew has been working three shifts daily since late May to keep up with the excessive early growth of vegetation we experienced this year.  I would like to thank Paul Fellinger and his operators for an outstanding job.  It is hard to believe we have been operating our weed harvester for 13 years. With the regular maintenance we perform, we have had few major breakdowns.  However, as with any piece of machinery having hundreds of moving parts, they wear out over time.  Your Board would like to announce that we have received a grant in the amount of  $50,000.  towards the purchase of a new harvester from our New York State Senator Catherine Young.  Senator Young has been a great friend and supporter of the Watershed Foundation over the years.  We will now begin the work of acquiring additional grant funding with the goal of purchasing a new machine next summer. 

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize two of our Board members who have gone above and beyond what an organization like ours would expect from a volunteer Board member.  Marty Proctor has transformed our property at the dam site into something of which we can all be very proud. He has championed the makeover of the Waterwheel  Overlook Building, cleaned up and added flagpoles to our land at the boat ramp and has almost singlehandedly raked the composters back to life.  Phil Persons assumed the Treasurer’s position on our Board in June, 2016.  He was handed the job in the middle of a $650,000. construction project that he had no idea where the money was coming from or going to.  He has done an outstanding job in handling our finances through  the construction portion of the Dam project along with managing our normal financial obligations.

 

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all of our members for supporting the Watershed Foundation as we continue our mission to improve and enhance the quality of the lake and watershed. 

 

Respectfully,

 

 

Ed

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