Lake Owassa Community Association, P.O. Box 657, Branchville, NJ 07826 Phone: (973) 948-6866 between 9 AM & 8:30 PM LOCA Email: email@example.com
E-News October 13, 2019
This E-News is being sent to make LOCA members aware that information has just surfaced regarding a question that the Frankford Township Committee has placed on the November election ballot. The question is whether garbage collection should be included in our real estate taxes with an increase in taxes to cover the cost of garbage pickup.
Every assessed property would incur an additional tax liability to cover garbage collection. If passed, this would have a financial impact on all our seasonal lake members, as well as members who utilize the Lafayette Landfill at a relatively low cost.
Concerned LOCA members may contact Frankford Township Municipal Clerk’s Office at 973-948-5566 and elected committee members: Emery “Sam” Castimore, Mayor; Nicholas Civitan, Deputy Mayor; Committeemen – James Ayers, Christopher Carney and Edwin Risdon.
Remember, please vote on November 5, 2019!
Loca E-news October 3, 2019
RE: Additional Email Addresses
In view of recent events and our need as the Board of Governors to contact our membership, we are interested to know if you would like to add additional email addresses to our contact list. These email addresses are used solely for communication purposes regarding lake conditions and are not added to the directory or any other communication venue.
If any adult family member who regularly uses the lake and wants to receive the alerts or e-news directly, please include those email addresses in a reply to this email. Thank you
ALGAE BLOOM RETEST
ALGAE BLOOM UPDATE 9/28/19 Additional Details
The NJDEP and Sussex County Division of Health provided additional details on the algae bloom.
In the sampled bloom site the cyanobacteria cell count was 333,000 cells/ml and alert guidance is at 20,000 cells/ml.
At this level in the bloom area they recommend no contact or ingestion of the water by humans or animals.
The results in the bloom area may not be representative of areas with no visible blooms.
We will continue to coordinate with the NJDEP as conditions evolve.
In follow up to our recent e-news notifications regarding the algae bloom, the NJDEP recommends no physical contact where algae bloom is visible. Pets and livestock should not contact or drink the water. DEP also recommends fish caught in the lake should not be eaten.
One sample taken by NJDEP in a heavily bloomed area reported results of 3.31 micrograms per liter of microcystins, slightly above the NJDEP advisory bathing level of 3 micrograms but below USEPA advisory of 8 micrograms.
As a follow-up to the e-news of 9-20-2019, screening for potential cyanotoxins (microcystins) from the blue-green algae bloom occurred this week. A total of five samples were taken. To ensure the best representation of lake conditions, samples were collected from the E-cove, main cove, lower main lake, upper main lake, and the inlet. All results were below the detection capability of the tests (i.e., less than 1 µg/L). NJDEP has a safe bathing advisory limit of 3µg/L and USEPA has an advisory limit of 8µg/L for recreational waters. Our results are well below the advisory limits.
For safety, we continue to caution against physical contact in areas of the heavy teal, turquoise and/or white blooms. Boating in not restricted. Additionally, pets should not drink or swim in such areas until the bloom passes. As the bloom continues to cycle and evolve with changing environmental conditions, the teal globs will turn white, signifying the death of the cyanobacteria. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the membership informed should conditions change greatly. Thank you for you cooperation.
August 26, 2019
Dear LOCA Members.
For those who could not attend the General Meeting on Sunday, the results of the votes on the various issues are as follows:
1. Two Board members Bill Bork and Ray Earle ran unopposed for positions on the Board of Governors and were elected by acclamation.
2. The Secretary-Treasurer's compensation was approved by a vote of 141 to 15 (73-9 by those present; 68-6 by those voting by proxy). There was 1 abstention.
3. The Patrolman's compensation was approved by a vote of 146 to 4 (78 to 2 by those present; 68-2 by those voting by proxy). There was 1 abstention.
4. The Bylaws amendment regarding rentals was approved by a vote of 112 to 43 (54-24 by those present; 58-19 by those voting by proxy). There was 1 abstention.
Amendments to the Bylaws must be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the voting Proprietary Members present or voting by proxy. 72% of the voting members voted to approve.
5. A majority of the LOCA members present at the meeting requested that the Board of Governors reconsider its decision approving the Fishing Committee’s recommendation to stock the lake with an experimental number of Walleye.
The Board thanks our LOCA members for their high level of participation in this process, and especially for the spirited, honest and open discussion regarding the Bylaw rental issues.
The LOCA Board of Governors
REMINDER:EFFECTIVE THIS SEASON, NO SWIM FLOATS WITH METAL BARRELS OR
EXPOSED STYROFOAM ARE ALLOWED ON THE LAKE!
NO-WAKE ZONE NEAR INLET OF LAKE
A small portion of the lake near the inlet has been designated as a “No-Wake Fish Habitat Protection Zone.” A white buoy will be placed in the lake at the start of that zone. The Board of Governors has considered designating this area a No-Wake Zone for a number of years because of the narrowness of the lake in that area, the difficulty in making a turn with a skier or tuber in tow without getting too close to swimfloats, and the heavy erosion from waves that takes place in that narrow part of the lake. With the recent recommendation of the Electrofishing Study to better manage our fishery by sinking structure and encouraging lilypad growth in a part of the lake that would not conflict with swimming and boating, it was determined that the inlet portion of the lake was the best location. Making this small portion of the lake a No-Wake Zone will have little impact on our lake members, since most water skiers and tubers already make the turn before they reach that area of the lake. And as in the Cove, motorboats and all other watercraft (along with fishermen) may continue to enjoy this part of the lake so long as the No-Wake rule is respected.
The Board of Governors thanks you for your cooperation in our efforts to improve our fishery and to make our lake safer.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL LOCA MEMBERS ABOUT “FOREIGN” BOATS
No boat, kayak, canoe or paddleboard may be placed on Lake Owassa unless it is owned by the LOCA member and has both the Area Number and current Annual Sticker on the boat.No renters or guests are ever permitted to place their watercraft on Lake Owassa.This rule protects our lake from invasive organisms and plants that can infect and harm our lake for everyone.Despite our constant reminders, some LOCA members have been permitting renters and guests to bring their boats to the lake.This violation of our Bylaws cannot continue.Any LOCA members who permit renters or guests to place their boats on Lake Owassa may have their lake privileges and membership suspended or revoked.The LOCA Board of Governors, to protect our lake for everyone, is now compelled to enforce a zero tolerance policy for this violation.
Thank you for helping to keep our lake clean, safe and pollution free.
NEW JERSEY PAJAMA PROGRAM
I am Coordinator for The New Jersey Chapter of the Pajama Program for Morris & Sussex Counties. At this time, I would like to hold a pajama drive within our community during our spring through fall season. All donations must be new pajamas. I ask that the donations be in sizes 8 through adult for boys & girls. These sizes are the most needed throughout the winter season. We receive an abundance of infant to size 6.
Your donations can be brought to our meetings in June & August, to the picnic, by contacting me or delivery to my house. We also accept monetary donations.
Pajama Program, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine for children affected by instability to help them thrive. Pajama Program was founded in 2001 and has delivered more than 6 million good nights for good days. Through its work with its 4,000 community partners, which are community-based organizations across the country that serve children from birth through 18 years, Pajama Program endeavors to create a world where good nights are good days for all children, everywhere.
I am proud to volunteer with this organization. It is comforting to know I help in keeping thousands of children warm throughout our State. If you are interested in volunteering within the organization, please contact me.
Coordinator of Morris & Sussex Counties, New Jersey Chapter, Pajama Program
241 East Shore Lake Owassa Road, Newton, NJ. 07860
LOCA MEMBERS PLEASE READ THIS FILE: A HOMEOWNERS GUIDE TO SEPTIC SYSTEMS
As we approach a new summer on the lake, the LOCA Board of Governors wants to advise all LOCA members of the rules regarding large inflatable toys, floats and rafts.With all of the new and large devices for sale on the market, the LOCA Board does not want someone to unknowingly purchase an oversized inflatable device that is not permitted on our lake.
1.The maximum size of any inflatable toy, raft, chair or float is 144 square feet.The inflatable device should also not sit higher in the water than the typical or average swim float or raft (approximately 3 feet).
2.All inflatable devices (other than the traditional inflatable devices used for tubing) must always remain in front of one=s own property and inside the line of swim floats.No inflatable device may be anchored to the bottom of the lake.
3.No inflatable devices can remain in the lake overnight.All inflatable devices must be removed from the lake by dusk (1/2 hour after sunset).They must be brought onshore or safely placed on one=s dock.They cannot be stored on top of a swim float.
4.Because inflatable toys are not permanently anchored in the lake, a LOCA sticker will not be required at this time.However, guests or renters are not permitted to bring their own inflatable toys to the lake; inflatable devices on the lake must be owned by the LOCA member.We do not want our lake to be infected with invasive species or nuisance growths.
5.And please remember that inflatable boats, canoes or kayaks, as with all watercraft, require a sticker before they can be placed on the lake, and trampolines are never permitted on the lake.
Thank you for your cooperation and please have a wonderful and safe summer on the lake.
THE LOCA STORE
The LOCA store has gone online! You can go to the Loca Store tab on the website or Click HERE or go to https://lakeowassa.itemorder.com to shop for the latest Lake Owassa apparel and goods! Like any store, our designs and options will be changing from month to month and year to year, so please check back often for new items and designs!
Please, be conscious of these regulations when operating any motor boat, sail boat, canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board! Also, remember each of these need to have on their LOCA Area sticker and yearly sticker!
All people (members, guests, and renters), ages 16 through 69, MUST have a valid 2019 NJ State Fishing License to fish in Lake Owassa.
Only boats registered to proprietary members and having proper LOCA stickers are allowed on LOCA waters.
No family members, guests, or renters are allowed to bring their own boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and put them in the lake.
SWIM FLOATS & RAFTS
Before you put your swim float/ raft in this year, please make sure your LOCA area number is visible on the raft/swim float.
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THE "NICE RED/WHITE STICKER"!! You can paint it on or buy letters/numbers at Lowes/Home Depot. We just need to identify your swim float/raft, if it drifts away and we need to notify you.
We have had a number of floats that drifted away during the last season, and there is one that we need to locate it's home this Spring. Thank you in advance for your help. Ted Roman (Patrolman) 973-570-3786
Anyone wishing to have a bonfire/campfire needs to call the NJ Forest Fire Service and obtain the proper permits. These are free and are issued monthly. You may request as many months as you want at the same time. Each month has a different permit number. Either the day before or day of your bonfire you need to call and inform them. They will then have it on record in case anyone calls in that there is an unauthorized fire. The number to call for permits is: 973-786-6350. The permit will contain the number to inform them of your fire.
Reminder to our LOCA Members: No Motorized watercraft are to be on the lake after dusk, which is 1/2 hour after sunset!!
Please, check the daily sunset times and adhere to this By-Law. See page 16 of our By-Laws for detailed operating times.
Thank You-The Board of Governors
IMPORTANT NOTICE!!! Other lakes in the area have been invaded by the Water Chestnut which can wreak havoc on the lake environment and balance of nature on a lake. There is a presentation under the LOCA WATER & SEPTIC tab or Click Here for complete information and photos on detection and advice on what to do and who to contact if you see it on the lake.
If there are any documents on this website in PDF format, you would need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. If you don't have it, please download and install Adobe Reader and try viewing the document again. This is a free download.
Check the Fishing Club tab for lots of updated information! The latest LOCA newsletters are now under the Minutes & Newsletters tab (password required).
The Sussex County Website has information on many topics such as West Nile Virus & Mosquito Control. Click Here to go to their website News Page.
IF YOU ARE A LOCA MEMBER AND HAVE A CHARITY, WALK-A-THON, SOMETHING TO BUY/SELL (e.g. BOAT, ETC.), OR SOMETHING FOR OTHER MEMBERS TO BE AWARE OF, ADD IT TO THE MEMBER NETWORK page. CLICK HERE TO EMAIL METHE INFORMATION TO BE ADDED.
If you have any suggestions on how to improve the website or wish to add photos, committee news, events, etc., you can either email or fax me the information at (845) 610-3179 - please provide your name and phone number on the email/fax in case I need to contact you to clarify or ask questions about any submissions. I hope you will enjoy using the website. Sincerely, Gordon Shehab
You will need the user ID and password only for the Minutes & Newsletters, Member Comments, andPhone Contacts pages. The ID and password are the same that were on the old website. If you have forgotten them,click here to email meand I will provide them to you upon verification of your LOCA membership.
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