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Invasive Species Walk

Friday, May 13, we will be meeting Laurel Gailor from PRISM (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management) at the pond parking lot at 4:00. She is going to walk the pond to help identify invasive species and hopefully let us know what we should be doing about it.

If you would like and are able to join us, please feel free to come.

Get Involved!

Hello everyone!  

Buckingham Pond Conservancy is holding our annual Spring Clean-Up event this Sunday 4/17 from 1-3.  Please meet us at the playground in the park.  We’ll need volunteers to help with the following tasks:

  1. Garbage pick-up all over the park.
  2. Invasive plant removal – purple loose-strife, buck-thorn, Japanese Knotweed and Oriental Bittersweet, etc. are all species that need to be routinely removed.
  3. Replacing any BPC storm drain medallions that have been plowed off curbs and sidewalks around the pond.
  4. Removal of chain-saw debris on the New Scotland side of the path where the city forester cut down several very large trees.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to our Board of Directors who elected me to succeed Harry Ermides as President - and thank you Harry for your three years of service as President.  Please also welcome our new officers: Vice President Elisabeth Draper, Treasurer Anne Savage, and Secretary Mark Bechard.

We’re all eager to build on the success to date in formulating our Lake Management Plan. If you missed our annual meeting two weekends ago, we got a welcome boost from Water Commissioner Joe Coffey who is planning to implement several of the remediation strategies in the Lake Management Plan. That plan is accessible here: http://www.buckinghampondconservancy.org/lake-management-plan-buckingham-pond.

Lastly, we’ve just adopted a new committee structure where each committee is chaired by a board member but open to any member of the Conservancy who’d like to get involved.  If you are interested in working with us, please let us know at info@buckinghampondconservancy.org.

Those committees are as follows 

Playground committee / VP

Elisabeth Draper

Playground equipment + improvements  + neighborhood engagement on upgrades 

LMP committee

Harry Ermides

Implementation of Lake Management Plan, coordination of grant money and applications

Water quality committee

John Caplis

CSLAP testing, NYSFOLA membership/attendance, etc.

Finance committee / Treasurer

Anne Savage

Monthly + annual financial reporting, paying bills, collecting dues, 501-c3, and AG compliance

Events committee / Secretary

Mark Bechard

Existing/future events: skating party, Ice cream social, fall cocktail party, (+ others?),  silent auctions, event permits/promotion

Park committee

Grace Bennett

Park clean-up days, park maintenance issues, nature walks, tree markers/park signage, invasives, coordination w/ City Gardener, Cornell Co-op Extension, Summer Youth internships, coordination w/ Jack/Carl

Membership committee

Grace Bennett

Membership database, communications to members (email/mail), coordinate w/ Treasurer 

Bylaws committee

Marsha Penrose

Bylaws compliance 

Technology committee

Virginia Papandrea

Website and social media marketing

Thanks and look forward to seeing you Sunday afternoon!

 

Felton McLaughlin
President

Lake Management Plan for Buckingham Pond

Developed in 2015, this plan is a key part of the BPC strategy to improve water quality.  
 
The plan was paid for by BPC, and developed by Barton & Loguidice engineers, with the assistance of the City of Albany's Water Department. Many thanks to the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Bender Family Foundation, as well as to BPC's many members and friends for making this  plan possible.

The plan lays out a series of actions needed to improve water quality at the pond.  Attached below are the three technical documents which compose the plan.  Tech Memo 1 is a summary of the findings at the pond including an assessment of the biology & ecology, an assessment of the water quality, and an overview of existing reports and data, Tech Memo 2 is a technical document including a Hydrologic and Hydraulic Analysis and an assessment of the pump station in the stilling basin. Tech Memo 3 is the final document summarizing the recommended mitigation strategies including suggested phasing and estimated costs.

The map below gives you a look at some of what is needed.  We were so pleased that Commissioner Joe Coffey announced at our 4/3/2016 annual meeting that the Water Department will be making progress towards several of these items in the next year.  BPC will also be continuing to seek grant funding for implementing these important activities.
 

Great Annual Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended the Buckingham Pond Conservancy Annual Meeting, this past Sunday, April 3rd.  

We had a great meeting and had an opportunity to review the recommendations from the recently completed Lake Management Plan for Buckingham Pond. This plan is a key part of the BPC strategy to improve water quality, and has been our major focus for the last year.  The plan was paid for by BPC, and developed by Barton & Loguidice engineers, with the assistance of the City of Albany's Water Department. Many thanks to the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Bender Familiy Foundation, as well as to BPC's many members for making this  plan possible.

The plan lays out a series of actions needed to improve water quality at the pond.  The map below gives you a look at some of what is needed.  We were so pleased that Commissioner Joe Coffey announced that the Water Department will be making progress towards several of these items in the next year.  BPC will also be continuing to seek grant funding for implementing these important activities, and we'll keep you posted as more details are available.

Please join us at our Annual Spring Cleanup, Sunday April 17th from 1-3pm. We need your help to help maintain the Pond areas each Spring and Fall.

Also, I encourage those of you who live near the pond to support the new Buckingham Lake Neighborhood Association, by attending their inaugural meeting at The Bethany Reformed Church, 4pm, this Sunday April 10th.  BLNA will focus on traffic, public safety and other neighborhood issues, allowing BPC to continue to focus on the pond and park. More information here: http://www.blnaofalbany.org.

SAVE THE DATE! April 3, 2016, 1pm-3pm; Annual Meeting

Please mark your calendars for ou 7th Annual Meeting. Bradley D. Grant, Barton & Loguidice, P.E. will present the findings and mitigation strategies for Buckingham Pond. Commissioner Joseph E. Coffey, Jr. P.E., City of Albany Dept. Of Water and Water Supply, will discuss what needs to be done next. If you would like to be nominated to be a member of the Board of Directors please complete the nomination form and send to Nominating Committee, PO Box 8352 before 3/19/2016. Also, 2016 Membership dues are $25 . Please mail or bring it to the meeting. Thanks. I hope to see everyone at this informative meeting. Harry J. Ermides, President

2016 Skating Party!

Hope to see our neighbors,family and friends on February 7th,weather permitting.Please follow us on Facebook for updates on the event!
Updated 2/4/16-unfortunately our warm winter has caused ice to melt so party is cancelled. Look out for upcoming dates for Spring Cleanup and annual meeting!
 

Happy Holidays

On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to wish everyone the best of the holiday season and thank you all for your support of the Buckingham Pond Conservancy. We have come along way over the last five years and could not have accomplished our goals without your financial and moral support.

Barton & Loguidice, the engineering firm that we retained to study the Pond, has now completed their work. We have a list of mitigation strategies that, together with all of our partners in the City of Albany, the Board of Directors can now begin to plan the funding and execution of the many projects that will target improving the water quality and restoring our Pond to its pristine state.

We will outline all details of the recommendations on our website soon after the Holidays so you can see all of the details. The real work begins now and we will need all the help we can get. So, if interested in helping or joining the board, please contact me.

We are really excited about the future of Buckingham Pond and look forward to working along with all of you to restore our jewel.

Harry

Harry J. Ermides, President

Advisory on IRS scam

Dear Resident of CSA #28,

Welcome and thank you again for signing up for email communications relevant to you and your neighborhood. Spread the word about this email communication service by forwarding this to your neighbors in case they have not yet had the chance to sign up!

As I mentioned in my prior advisories there are Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scams actively taking place stating the following:
you owe taxes,
a warrant is issued for your arrest
or the police will be arriving at your residence.
I would just like to inform everyone that these calls are still coming in to various neighborhoods. If you do receive one of these calls, do not call back or give any personal information. Ignore the message or just hang up The following numbers have been recently used
202-459-1993 ( Wash DC suburb apartment complex)
530-721-8098 (apartment building in South Tahoe Calf.)
876-881-3903 (Jamaica)
Remember the IRS does not phone, send emails (text messages) for notification. They will send you an official letter.

Also another note of concern; recently this department was investigating an unknown male last week on Colonial Av going door to door pretending to be a representative from the IRS, trying obtain personal information. If anyone is a victim of this type of scam or has/had contact with this individual please notify the police immediately.

If anyone has any questions/concerns feel free to respond to this email.
Sincerely,

Officer James Brooks
Albany Police Department CSU
536 Western Ave
Albany NY 12203
email jbrooks@albany-ny.org
office 518-458-5669
station desk 518-458-5660
fax 518-458-5662
cell 518-795-0020

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Non-Emergency 438-4000

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Update on swing set at playground

Correspondence between Buckingham Pond Conservancy and Albany DGS
Recreation and Playground Equipment
Buckingham Pond Playground
One of the swing sets has been missing for months--this is a well used and busy park. There were issues with too many kids vying for only 4 swings before--now that there are only 2 swings it's even worse. Please replace ASAP.

Receration Admin wrote:
The swing was damaged by an auto accident, we are currently waiting for the payment from the insurance company to replace the swing. It should be replaced by the beginning of Spring, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Fall Clean Up 10/25

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