Minutes of the Board of Directors
The Patterson Lake Association of Lanark Highlands
632 Fairs Way, Lanark Highlands, ON
August 9, 2008
Lorne Bowerman, Ted Manning, Jack Hobbs, and Howard Stanley.
Rhodena Bell, and Patrick Gilliland
- Lorne opened the meeting at 9:00 AM and thanked Donna and Howard for
providing refreshments. In the absence of Rhodena, Lorne took the
minutes and will circulate a draft to the Board prior to publishing
them on the Internet.
- Howard moved seconded by Ted that the agenda be accepted. Carried.
- Ted moved seconded by Howard that the minutes of the last meeting be
- Financial: Howard reported a bank balance of $1,100.42 as of July 31,
2008. Howard also presented the financial statements for the year
ending July 31, 2008. After further discussion, Howard moved
seconded by Jack that the financial statements for the fiscal year
ending July 31, 2008 be accepted. Carried. Howard will complete the
books and deliver them to Lorne so he can take them to Bud Kern, the
- 2008 Lake Testing. Ted reported that the results of the chemical
testing that he had done off his dock at 407 Hardwood Ridge Rd. The
nitrites were low while the nitrates showed a slight surge. The
potassium hardness levels have been up and down with no trends. The
pH has varied from 6.2 to 7.5, then back to 6.0. Ted speculated that
this was a direct result of the rain water. He caught rain water and
it was the same pH of 6.0. Lorne commented that the lake normally
turns over in the spring and the fall so the surplus rain we have had
would accumulate on the top and not be mixed with the alkaline water
from the lake bottom. .
- Lake Management Fact Sheets. Lorne and Ted are still working on the
lake level part of the fact sheet. Ted had met with long time
property owner Gord Chamberlain regarding his recollections on the
changes to the culverts. Lorne reported that MVC have no records
earlier than 1988 so they have no file references for culvert changes
in the 1970s. As well, the Township have not been able to find the
files from that period that should have come to them on amalgamation.
Lorne noted that he had reviewed the files of MNR Kemptiville and
had all their relevant data. Lorne reported that he and his daughter
Joy had gone to the creek to check the bottom following a suggestion
from Ted. At the creek mouth the bottom depth was 101” while
the visual depth was 27”. The 74” difference was floc
and a layer of light grey “mud” on the bottom. The
bottom depth readings became less and less closer to the culverts.
At the culverts the bottom was very hard with only about 2”
penetration of the bottom. What was very interesting was the light
grey mud. Lorne and family thought it looked like ground
limestone/marble leftover from the ice age. The mud reacted
vigorously with vinegar. A sample taken to MVC confirmed that it was
ground limestone/marble. The details of this will be included in
the August Newsletter. After further information gathering, Lorne
will rewrite the draft and circulate again for comments.
- AGM, August 31, 2008 at Watsons Corners Hall. Lorne passed out a
draft of the AGM agenda, covering letter, and the August Newsletter.
The meeting decided to add the subject of septic tank management to
the agenda. Lorne will ask the Township for someone to talk on the
subject. If the Township cannot provide, Lorne will ask the Septic
Re-Inspection office at MVC for a speaker. We agreed that all voting
would be by voting cards. Howard will provide a list of those who
have paid their dues for the fiscal year 2008/2009. Registration
will start at 1:30 PM.
- Lorne, Ted, Howard, and Jack confirmed that they would stand for
nomination for next year. This will be Lorne’s last year. Lorne will
check with Rhodena and Patrick. A short Board meeting will be held
after the AGM to elect the new officers.
- The next regular meeting will be hosted by Lorne at 6 Lipstan Ave,
Ottawa on Thursday, October 16, 2008. There being no further
business, Jack moved seconded by Ted that the meeting adjourn.
Carried. The meeting adjourned at 10:40 AM