Warm weather greetings from Buildings and Grounds. It has been a busy spring. Here’s the work that’s been going on at the club…
Clubhouse Shower. Gregg and Gary cut joints in the concrete floors of both shower areas to help prevent water from pooling and will help channel it to the floor drains. They also fixed water line leaks and repaired the hot water valves in the showers. Jeff Brinkmeyer installed new ADA compatible thresholds at the edges of the showers which should help keep the water in the shower to start with. Of course everyone should take care to clean up after themselves and leave showers, toilets and sink areas better than you found them.
Clubhouse Kitchen. We have MORE POWER! There are 4 new 20 amp circuits in the kitchen all GFCI. One at either end of the east wall, these were put there so we can plug the two big coffee pots in and not blow breakers. The reset for these is on the outlet so check at the outlet if they pop before going to the back room. Also, please plug high load appliances like multiple coffee pots, heaters, etc. into the new outlets and not into the power strip.
There are also two new outlets in the ceiling above the island, they are GFCI but at the breaker box not in the ceiling. That means we can run both roasters on the island or we can run two pancake griddles for sure, and likely, all four griddles. No more extension cords under the sink, YEA! If the cords for any of these appliances are not long enough to reach the ceiling, we can get some HD drop cords. We’ll wait to hear from the Kitchen Kittens!
The ice machine is at the club but the weather has prevented painting and hooking it up. We should have it working before Memorial Day. We’ll get back to you on use policy once this new toy is operational.
Beach. PYC now has full authority over our beach! Thank you Ron Finney and all the others that worked with the Corps of Engineers to finally get this done. We also have removed Rock & Sand so the beach is truly a great place again and will get better as the water continues to rise. How deep is the sand Lee? We will soon be bringing in more gravel to restore the road and the parking pad at the top of the beach drive. Everyone should take a stroll down and prepare to have fun. Of course bring your beach sailboats and also your flip-flops, beach chairs and cerveza……remember the words of a wise commodore who once said to always give back to the Lake.
Landscape. Shade is on the way! Thanks to all that helped out during work day and to Gina for keeping up with the ongoing watering. There are new trees and landscaping around the clubhouse and with a little time, care and watering they will replace the pine trees which we will continue to lose due to pine beetles. We also planted shrubs, created new rock lined planting beds with mulch and spread 200 lbs of grass seed which should help to stabilize some of the erosion around the clubhouse and deal with some of the bare spots. Besides that it looks good!
Camping Area. Please take care of it and tread lightly. Last year’s drought was hard on what little grass we had. Limit driving and parking on the grass as much as possible. We have a generous amount of graveled parking on property that should be utilized. We are discussing plans for how we might expand camping areas and also gravel some of the worst spots. Please also note that ground fires are not allowed in the campground. They are a safety hazard and a maintenance problem.
First Aid Kits & Defibrillators. Last but not least all the first aid kits have been restocked with bandages and supplies again. Help us keep them stocked all year by letting us know when we are running low. Also the defibrillators are getting their annual checkup and soon will be back in their handy locations. Thank you Ruth and Gary.
That’s all for now. Remember as PYC members we are all responsible for helping to maintain and care for your facilities. Please share any ideas you might have for improving PYC Buildings and Grounds. They are always welcome.
Yours in Sailing,
Chris Ross and Ricardo Oben
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Lee Cline, Dock Master
PYC Sailors, Summer finally arrived and the water is up…yay!!!
Members are coming back to our harbor and it is filling up again – it’s good to see boats back.
I need your help: It’s almost June and I still don’t which slips are available for assignment. This is because I can only make assignments as I receive your dues. Please help me, Let me know if you will (or will not) be using your slip this season. I have new members wanting slips and boat lifts that I need to assign. Your slip is in jeopardy of being reassigned and we don’t want that.
Call or write to let me know your status or send your payment to Doug McCall. If you have lost your application find one on the PYC web site.
Thanks for your help!
PYC Dock Master
Bruce S. Liese, Communications Director
What a difference a month makes!
At approximately 0900 this morning Perry Lake’s water level hit 889.0 feet. In one month the lake has risen more than three feet.
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, “The top of conservation pool elevation for this site is 891.50 ft.”
In an article published just last week (May 1, 2013) by Commodore Mij Frierson and Treasurer Rich Wells, it was announced that the club would go into full swing as soon as the water level hit 890 feet. That’s just 12 inches from today! (Be sure to check out the article for the definition of “full swing”.)
So it’s time to pull the cover off your boat; air the tires on your trailer; inspect your rigging, spars, and hull; dig out the boat polish and wax; slap on some sunscreen, and; get ready to launch!
For details of the club’s low water dues policy, see the May 1 article. To “watch” our lake water rise, as sailing season really approaches, see the Army Corps of Engineers link.
Bruce S. Liese
PYC Communications Director
Mij Frierson, Commodore
Great news for PYC members regarding the upcoming sailing season at Perry Lake!
We have been monitoring the lake water levels following wonderful rains over the past 60 days. Thankfully the lake has now risen to 888.7 feet above sea level and is within 3 feet of the Army Corps of Engineers’ definition of “pool” at 891.5 feet, which is the optimal level. The current level is consistent with lake levels during a typical winter season. With continued rain forecast throughout the Missouri and Mississippi river watersheds the likelihood of the Corps reducing water in the lake is small.
At our April board meeting we discussed the most appropriate time to invite members back to their slips. Based upon the historical guidance given by past PYC Boards and the Army Corps of Engineers, it was decided that a lake level of 890 feet would be appropriate. At this level members can safely utilize all features of their membership, including the ramp and slips, and fully enjoy the 2013 sailing season. Presently some members have started to return their boats to the harbor, as the current lake level is sufficient to support even some of our largest boats. We’d love to see all boats back in the harbor but we want to emphasize that the safety of all boats and passengers in our harbor is the responsibility of boat owners, regardless of the water level.
Please understand that all outstanding membership fees are due when the lake level reaches 890 feet, regardless of whether or not you have launched your boat. If you choose to put your boat back in the water or return to your slip prior to that time we request that you pay your outstanding membership fees immediately.
Please keep an eye on the lake level by clicking on this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers link and do a rain dance today. We will post updates as we get closer to the magic number and will let you know when we hit 890 feet.
In closing I’d like to say thanks for your continued support of our club and let it rain!
A note from our Treasurer: A great question was posed via e-mail by one of our members that warrants further clarification. In the event a member has paid their deposit but is unable to return to PYC (ie. remains at another marina) then their slip would continue to be held for next season with no further dues payment required. If the member is able to return to PYC then the remaining dues would be expected at that time of their return. If the member returns after July 1, then their dues would be subject to the pro-rated schedule that was previously communicated (January 18th article).
Ed Hockenberg, Vice Commodore
Our 30′ Catalina “Priorities” made her triumphant return to PYC on Sunday the 28th…an absolute beautiful sail from her temporary berth at Rock Creek to her rightful home on Rodeo Dock with no hazards encountered along the way.
I’m happy to report there are several other boats (one larger with a deeper draft of 6′) in the marina now with no reports yet from others of running aground or into low water hazards at this stage.
It’s great to be back at PYC and anxiously awaiting the arrival of other members.
Lee Cline, Dock Master
YEAH!!!!!! The water is coming back, not as fast as we would like, but we will take what we can get.
Be sure to get final dues payment and application in to Doug so I can save your slip for the season. Also this information is used for the 2013 yearbook.
If you plan to change your membership status at the club please let me or any Board member know so your slip can be reassigned. This last rain has changed the lake level and we are hopeful this trend will continue so our season can get started. We will still have social functions (parties!) so please be sure to join us.
Hope for rain and good wind. I will see you at the club and on the lake.
s/v Ho’ale’ale’a (Have Fun)
Party Dock 13
PYC Dock Master
Ed Hockenberg, Vice Commodore
Opening day at the club signals the official start of spring for the Hockenbergs and we were thrilled to reunite with our lake family after a long, cold winter.
I’m constantly reminded how fortunate we are to have such a tight-knit group of individuals with diverse and varied backgrounds that donate their time and expertise to keep the club functioning and looking ship-shape.
A special thanks to new members Jeff and Martha for volunteering their talents to assist with the waterline repairs and the men on the work boat that corralled our wayward breakwater dock. Thank you to Chris Ross for organizing the landscaping efforts and to Neal Barkley for use of his tractor and log-splitter. The list of accolades is endless and we are grateful for everyone’s contribution.
The recent rains have raised the lake level by over one foot in the past 48 hours and we remain confident the harbor will be bustling with sailboats very soon!
Adam Switzer, Harbormaster
The floating breakwater has gotten a badly needed face lift. Many thanks to Mike Webb, Alex Walter, Chris Drayer, Alex Switzer, and Jeff Grimm for assisting in the rebuilding project on PYC Work Day this past weekend. As of 2:00 p.m. Sunday the chains were holding just fine during the southerly gale, sending 40 knot plus breezes up the lake.
A new anchor has been installed near the harbor entrance for the southernmost floating breakwater. This anchor is clearly marked by a floating buoy. Please maintain a safe distance to the south side of this buoy when entering or exiting the harbor.
If you have any questions or concerns about our harbor please contact me at email@example.com.
Many thanks to all that helped out on PYC Opening Day, 2013.
Editor’s note: Though our breakwater ain’t pretty the picture below sure is. It was taken by Kelly Switzer this weekend. Thanks Kelly!
Open day (yesterday) was a great success. More than 50 members showed up, the clubhouse, grounds, and harbor were spruced up, we ate lunch together, and the club was back to feeling like “the club.”
Following lunch, the board met in the kitchen and we discussed options for the upcoming year. As you can see from the brief report posted by Doug McCall, Assistant Treasurer, we have deposits for 100/150 slips and we’ve collected more than $47,000 in dues. We also made decisions regarding dues payments that will be announced in an upcoming article by our Commodore, Mij Frierson.
PYC was founded more than 40 years ago and over the years we’ve had some real challenges: storms, floods, fire, droughts, recession, and more. And none so far have dealt us anywhere near a fatal blow.
So here we are, in 2013, and we’ve just been through one of our history’s worst droughts. At the end of last season all members were asked to remove their boats from the harbor to prevent damage to boats and docks. But, as it always does, the water is coming back and so is the great spirit of our club.
Thanks to our Yearbook Editor, Bill Buckheit, we have some great pictures that capture yesterday’s events. Thanks Bill…
Doug McCall, Assistant Treasurer
Congratulations to us!
We are two thirds of the way to a full house (or club actually). Of 150 available slips we have deposits for 100 of them. We also have 3 Day Sail and 8 Dry Sail memberships paid in full.
So far, we have collected $47,443.50 in dues and storage fees. To keep things in perspective, this is about 1/5th of what we normally collect so pray for rain and hopefully we can pull a winning sailing season out of this year.
Doug McCall – Assistant Treasurer