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  • 28 May 2017 9:05 PM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    Dear VBP Owner's, Residents, Guests and Friends,

     

    The maintenance crew has not placed the 4 public staircases in due to the extremely high water levels.

     

    Last year we put the main steps in at the Oakdale / Lakeside access in mid May only to have a wind/wave event cause damage to those steps.   At that time the lake level was much lower. 

     

    Now with the higher level it is more likely to have an event that will damage the steps. 

    We have had numerous times when the waves have been crashing off of people's seawall's.

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    On the bayside, if we were to place the steps they would be 2 to 3 steps in the water before you hit the bottom.  As with the main steps,  waves could cause major damage. 

     

    We appreciate your understanding and as soon as possible we will install the steps. 

     

    Thanks for your understanding.  

  • 28 May 2017 8:58 PM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the beach clean up, on Saturday, May 27th.  We had over 30 people of all ages helping out.  Lets turn this into an annual tradition.

     

     

  • 22 Mar 2017 3:09 PM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    Dear VBP Neighbors,

     

    We have been contacted by National Grid about the condition of some of our trees.  According to their arborist, there are about 15 ash trees that are infested with emerald ash borer.  There are trees that are endangering the power lines, and it is their recommendation that they be removed. 

     

    Although there was no obvious sign of infestation when we had an arborist come out to survey our property in September 2015, we have been told by the National Grid arborist (and we also checked with the arborist who worked with us in 2015) that the infestation can appear somewhat suddenly the borers have been in the tree for some time.

     

    That being the case, the Board has decided that we should give National Grid the go-ahead to take down these trees.  They will remove them as low to the ground as possible, and at their expense.  The work will be done in late February, or early March.  VBP will be responsible for removing the debris.  This work will be an added budget expense, but will be far less than if we had to assume the cost of taking down the infested trees ourselves.

     

    We are saddened that it seems that the emerald ash borer is now taking its toll at the Point.  We urge you to be watchful of trees on your own properties as the infestation continues to manifest.  On the bright side, we hope to replant where we can and have already investigated which trees (other than ash) can be planted under power lines.  We thank all those who donated replacement trees last year.  We have 4 more donated trees that we can use next season.

     

    Alex Petsos 

  • 22 Mar 2017 8:47 AM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    Being involved in a volunteer fire department for the past 38 years I receive training in numerous fire/rescue training events.

     

    One of our most recent trainings revolved around the use of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.  Hopefully most if not all of VBP residents have both of these detectors installed.

     

    Smoke detectors (older) have a replacement date of 10 years from manufacture (first use date).  A law was recently passed in NYS requiring that these detectors have a 10 year non replaceable battery so that they cannot be tampered with.  There may still be some of the "older" units out there so look carefully before you purchase a new one.  Also, when you replace a smoke detector don't throw away the old one in the trash, as they contain small amounts of materials that are hazardous to the environment.

     

    As many are probably aware, smoke detectors need to be placed on each floor of a structure.  In a "regular house" they are required to be placed in common areas and inside each bet room.  Placement in VBP structures is more complicated due to the construction types of the traditional cottage style, especially with the open ceilings/walls in the sleeping areas.

     

    Smoke detectors come in 2 basic styles.  Hard wired with a battery backup or wall mounted stand alone unites.  Not to "scare" anyone but the open walls of the traditional cottage (2 stories) lends itself to a very rapid fire spread due to what's called the chimney effect.  That being said, it's extremely important to place smoke detectors per the instructions supplied with the unit.

     

    Carbon Monoxide Detectors are now mandated to be placed in homes in NYS since 2010.  The law is called Amanda's law and was passed after a young girl died while on a sleep over at a friends house where the furnace boiler developed a crack in the heat exchanger and emitted the deadly fumes.

     

    Carbon monoxide is tasteless, colorless, ordor less so you don't know something is wrong until you start to feel the effects.  Nausea, headaches, feeling light headed or faint are some of the symptoms. 

     

    Needless to say, you are more vulnerable while you are sleeping. 

     

    Carbon monoxide detectors need to be installed in any structure that uses fossil fuels, i.e. gas water heaters, gas furnaces, gas fireplaces or inserts, gas boilers, gas stoves.  This also included any items using propane for cooking/heating etc.

     

    Carbon monoxide detectors come in 3 different varieties.  Hard wires with a battery backup, stand alone units that are wall mounted and lastly plug in unites.

     

    I hope I don't bore you with this.  I just thought it was important information to share.

     

    - Bruce Barclay 

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