Lot Owner Informal Meeting Friday, July 3rd at 6pm

Lake Stonycreek Lot Owners:

As you are all aware we were unable to hold our annual Lot Owner’s meeting on May 22nd due to the Covid-19 virus.  

We have scheduled a meeting/get together, where no official business will be conducted, for Friday, July 3rd at 6 p.m. at the Shanksville Grove. If you plan on attending, we ask that you please follow all state and CDC guidelines for social distancing.

We will be discussing the following items at this meeting:

Introduce you to the 2020-2021 SVDC Board of Directors

Update you on our water quality conditions

Discuss a lake vegetation control plan

Discuss fish stocking program

Discuss lake safety

Open discussion

We hope to see you on the 3rd.

Thank you and enjoy your time on the lake this summer.

The SVDC Board of Directors

(DRAFT) SVDC Bylaws for consideration at the November 16th workshop

As promised, a subcommittee of board and non-board members  have worked very hard over the last few months on a rewrite of our bylaws.  The rewrite accomplishes several goals chief of which are…..

  • It completes the work begun in 2005 when SVDC converted from a profit based corporation to a non-profit, community based organization.
  • You’ll see that we are now properly refocused as a lot-owner centric organization rather than a share based organization.
  • There are new bylaws that speak to code of conduct, conflict of interest and how to properly manage.
  • You’ll see bylaws that introduce term limits and changes to the election process.

Please give it a good read and join us if you can at a town hall meeting scheduled for Saturday, 11/16, 1pm at St Marks church in Shanksville where we invite your feedback as a step towards the final edition and ultimately adoption.

Thank you,

SVDC Board of Directors

We wish to thank Sean Isgan and his family for hosting the 7th Annual Fishing Derby! Sean provided the following stats on the 2019 derby. Additionally, we would like to thank all of the sponsors (Photo below) as well as Snida’s Country Store. Congratulations to all of the winners!  The 2020 Derby will be the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend! 

62 kids
660 total fish caught
3-5 Winner – Rider Mishko
6-8 Winner – Louis DelSignore 
9-10 Winner – TIE Adrianna Mishko, Noah Voleck
11-14 Winner – Sophie Hershberger 
Lunker – TIE Lane Musser, Charlotte Eaves

File a Complaint About Muddy Silt Ladden Water

The SVDC Board of Directors has worked for over a year to try to get answers and to get help putting an end to the mud and silt coming into the lake from the fingers area. The Board is now asking for our help in this endeavor. It is felt that if our community makes phone calls en masse in the next week and files complaints, someone from one of the government agencies may finally listen and look further into what is going on and where the influx of mud and silt is coming from which turns the water brown after a rain.

When calling, some questions you could ask are: 1.) What is the source of the mud and silt coming into the lake from the fingers along Route 160? 2.) What is being done to mitigate and end the mud and silt laden water from entering Lake Stonycreek? 3.) Ask to file a formal complaint about the poor water quality and dirty water being discharged into the lake after it rains.

It is felt that one source of the muddy water is coming from the surface mining being done along Route 160 by Heritage Mining. The dirty water enters Boone Run which feeds into Lake Stonycreek. Another big source is The New Baltimore Sportsman Club. They clear cut their hillside 2 years ago for timber and there is considerable ongoing erosion on their property since the hillside was never stabilized after being clear cut. This mud filled water heads right down to the water that feeds into the lake.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for these issues. Please call DEP Erosion Control Officer Mr. Keith Largent at 814-289-4250 to file a complaint and ask questions. Keith Largent’s superior is Frank Calderone. Frank can be reached at 412-442-4318.

DEP Mining Complaints can be made to Dave Thomas at 814-472-1900 – or – Daniel Weaver at 814-472-1900.

You may also call the PA Fish Commission – Pat Ferko at 814-445-8974 to file a complaint about water quality with the PA Fish Commission.

Another contact person would be the PA Department of the Environment Secretary, Mr. Patrick McDonnell. There is an online complaint form that you can fill out at this web address http://www.depgreenport.state.pa.us/EnvironmentalComplaintForm/

Please take the time to make some phone calls and file a complaint so we can hopefully get an end to the silt entering our lake. The health of our lake needs you. Thanks!

Old Shares – Donate or Buyback?

It is the hope of the SVDC that shareholders will give some consideration to donating their shares back to the lake community. The Board of Directors is offering a tax donation letter to those who generously invest in the community with their donation. If this is your plan, you may email the SVDC secretary Lynette Fleegle – lynettefleegle@gmail.com or call to request that the tax donation letter be sent to you at 814-442-4456. Let Lynette know how many shares you own, which she will verify, so that the letter can reflect the amount of your donation in dollars to satisfy the IRS requirements.  You may also send a request in writing to SVDC.

For those who would like to exercise the buyback option, the board will work on establishing a timeline and procedure to handle those requests at the next regular board meeting in June. The buyback request must be sent in writing and mailed to Stonycreek Valley Development Corp., P.O. Box 237, Shanksville, PA 15560

Annual Meeting Results

The following are the results of the motions that came before the lot owners at the Annual Lot Owner Meeting as well as the results of the election to the Board of Directors.

A big thank you to all who were willing to run for a position to the board. It was really great to have such a large slate of nominees this year.
Report of Judges of Election – Stonycreek Valley Development Corporation
Shareholder’s Meeting, May 24, 2019
1) Blackburn’s motion of Enclosure A.
Voted by shares.
4878 shares were voted of a total of 7897 outstanding shares, or 61.77%.
“YES” – 3404 shares, or 70% of shares voted.
“NO” – 1474 shares, or 30% of shares voted.
Blackburn’s motion passes. Therefore other votes will be by lots, not by shares.

2) Meneilly’s motion of Enclosure B.
Voted by lots.
128 ballots were cast.
“YES” – 109 ballots, or 85% of ballots cast.
“NO” – 19 ballots, or 15% of ballots cast.
Meneilly’s motion passes, so a “Special Shareholders Committee” will be formed to undertake a comprehensive review of the SVDC’s current bylaws, etc.
3) Election of Board of Directors.
Voted by lots, with each lot allowed to cast a vote for up to 11 candidates.
113 ballots were cast out of a possible 263 lots, or 43%.

Elected to the Board are the top 11 vote-getters:
Nominee Number of votes
Rosage 90
Blackburn 85
Rogish 82
Meneilly 80
St. Clair 79
Hershberger 78
Younkin 73
Flamm 66
Dively 64
Glessner 60
Weir 56

Other results:
Nominee Number of votes
Sheller 50
Fisher 50
Keyser-Coughenour 49
Jenkins 43
Warshel 39
Smith 37
Neel 35
Keyser 19
Mishko 17
K. Lazarowicz 14
D. Lazarowicz 10
Glotfelty 4
A personal note of apology from Rolf deVries, the chair of the election judges. I could have released the results a day earlier if I hadn’t messed up. When we finished counting votes on Saturday morning, we had a few questions of fact that I emailed to the board secretary as I was hurrying out the door to visit my son and his family near Annapolis, MD. I got the answers soon enough, but in my haste forgot to bring with me the ballots I needed to finalize the count so that our report could be accurate. I wrote this report when I returned home and was able to look at the ballots and finalize the count. I apologize for any inconvenience or stress caused by my mistake.

One lot – one vote

Congratulations to all Lot Owners! It was voted to become a one lot-one vote community at the Annual Lot Owner Meeting this evening.

The votes for the election of the Board of Directors is currently being verified and counted. An email of results will be sent out as soon as the results are available. The results will also be posted here on the website and on the Lake Facebook page.