Minutes of the Board of Directors
The Patterson Lake Association of Lanark
632 Fairs Way
August 12, 2007
Present: Lorne Bowerman, Howard Stanley, and Ted Manning
Regrets: Jack Hobbs. Rhodena Bell, Patrick Gilliland
1. Lorne opened the meeting at 1:05 PM and noted that we have a quorum. In the
absence of Rhodena, Lorne took the minutes and will circulate a draft to the Board prior to
publishing them on the Internet.
2. Howard moved seconded by Ted that the agenda be accepted. Carried.
3. Howard noted an error in the last minutes regarding the amounts of the bills
reimbursed. Howard moved that minutes be approved after deleting the sentence in
paragraph 3 of the June 15, 2007 minutes starting with “We have current expenses…” and
substituting “We have current expenses for Lorne of newsletter copying of $27.53, aquarium
test kits of $43.30, and stamps for the newsletter mailing of $55.12 for a total of $125.95.
We also have current expenses for Ted for aquarium test kits of $64.95.” Carried.
4. Financial: Howard reported that the books are in for auditing. Howard distributed
the Revenue and Expense statement for fiscal year ending July 31, 2007. After discussion,
Howard moved seconded by Ted that the Revenue and Expense statement be accepted.
Carried. Howard also distributed a Balance Sheet. After discussion, it was agreed that the
Balance Sheet would show assets of $515.54, nil liabilities, and equity of $515.54. The
$515.54 is the end of the fiscal year bank balance. Howard moved seconded by Ted that we
accept the amended Balance Sheet for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2007. Carried. There
were no bills presented for reimbursement.
5. Lake Testing: The lake testing program has been most interesting, but we still do not
know where the high alkalinity at the deepest point comes from in the middle of the summer.
The readings are similar around the lake and in the source creeks. The pH which was the
most concern is still around 7, or neutral. Lorne reported that they had found a lake bottom
spring which they covered with nylon weighted with rocks around the outside. After a while
the nylon puffed up in the centre and a sample was taken and tested. It showed a GH of 60,
a KH of 120, a pH of 7.0, NO2 of 0.5 and NO3 of 20. This was
consistent with other results
from the lake and creeks. Lorne reported that a neighbour who happens to work in a water
testing lab offered to take some samples and measure them. That should confirm whether
our aquarium test strips are giving reasonable results. Lorne reported a lake level of 8″ above
the north culvert bottom, a temperature of 24°C (26° by the end of the meeting), and a Secchi
reading of 5.8. Lorne also reported that the Secchi readings this summer have been
consistently above the 20 year Watershed Watch results.
6. The meeting decided that there was no culvert cleaning action required for now.
7. A good discussion was had on the by-laws. There were some minor editing changes
noted by Lorne needed for our April 19th Board approved set: 4.01 should be changed to
show only one vice president; 6.01 the word “auditors” should be changed to read
“auditor(s)” as there may be only one auditor; and 6.02 where the “a” should be deleted
before the word “vice president”. Lorne also suggested that we insert the correct dates, and
delete the reference to corporate seal at the end, as the sole publication of the by-laws is to
the Internet. Ted moved seconded by Howard that the changes be accepted and the by-laws
approved. Carried. Kathleen Sullivan had forwarded extensive suggestions for changes to
the by-laws which appealed to the Board because they were in plainer English. However,
as the suggestions were only received two days before the meeting, the Board could not act
on the suggestions for the upcoming AGM. The Board did decide to present the just
approved by-laws to the AGM and work with Kathleen on further refinements for
presentation next year. Ted offered to work with Kathleen on the plain English version.
8. Lorne distributed a proposed agenda for the AGM for discussion. In a discussion of
nominations, it is believed that all members will be standing for re-election to the Board. If
this is the case, the officers will continue in there present jobs. Lorne will publish the agenda
to the Internet and include a copy in the Newsletter.
9. Lorne asked for suggestions to include in the newsletter which will be mailed to all
lake property owners this week. Lorne noted that he will write a covering letter and the
Board approved by-laws will be included. Lorne had met with Jamie Saunders at MVC to
discuss septic tanks re-inspections and he will include that information. Howard suggested
a few words on making sure that anyone who is swimming across the lake have a boat with
them to make sure other boats see them in the water as they are hard to see in choppy waters.
10. Ted offered to host the next meeting in Ottawa at 1980 Saunderson at a date in
October or November. .
11. It was moved by Ted and seconded by Howard that the meeting adjourn at 2:05