Handbook

Please Note: The Silver Lake Institute became an independent, non-profit organization totally apart from the United Methodist Church in February, 2016. 

NOTE: The Paragraph Numbers remain the same from one dated edition of the Handbook to the next, except for changes made by Board action. The larger Page Numbers may not always correspond from one edition to another.




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Table of Contents

Chapter I A History of the Silver Lake Institute

Chapter II An Introduction to the Rules, Regulations and Procedures of
the Silver Lake Institute

Chapter III Rules & Regulations of the Silver Lake Institute
Section 1 Definitions
Section 2 Public Conduct

Section 3 Private Real Property

Section 4 Waterfront & Marina Spaces

Section 5 Changes in the Rules and Regulations

Section 6 Violations of the Rules and Regulations

Section 7 Application for Variance
Chapter IV Procedures of the Silver Lake Institute
Section 8 Definitions
Section 9 Transfer of Real Property

Section 10 Silver Lake Institute Tax

Section 11 Leasing of Waterfront & Marina Spaces

Section 12 Permits

Section 13 Services of the Silver Lake Institute
Appendix A Map of the Silver Lake Institute
Appendix B Map of Waterfront & Marina Spaces
Appendix C Charter of the Silver Lake Institute
Appendix D By-Laws of the Silver Lake Institute
Appendix E Silver Lake Endowment Fund
Appendix F Application Form and Deed Form
Appendix G Waterfront and Marina Leases
Appendix H Silver Lake Institute Rental Agreement
Appendix I Address of the Silver Lake Institute
Appendix J Addresses and Telephone Numbers of Local Officials

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Chapter I
A History of The Silver Lake Institute
From 1848 to 1872, there was a camp ground in Bergen Called Genesee Camp Ground. It was the site of camp meetings supported by churches of the Genesee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1857, the state legislature issued a charter to the Genesee Camp Ground Association. History records that conference camp meetings were held yearly with considerable success.

In February, 1872, a committee was appointed to find a new location and a 15-acre site on Silver Lake, on land owned by Oliver C. Chapman, was chosen. The Bergen grounds were sold in September, 1872, and the Silver Lake site was purchased for $3,000. One who visited the site said, “There was but one building and that was a little place used by fishermen. This grove, beautiful above other grounds of a similar character, was purchased and consecrated for the purpose of a purely religious meeting.”

The first camp meeting at Silver Lake met August 12-22, 1873, and included an
election of trustees. These officers were made a committee to stake out the avenues and lots. The grounds were named Camp Wesley, a name which held for many years. In 1874, an additional 24-acres were purchased. In 1877, the Camp Ground Association reported to the conference that “the Conference Camp Meeting at Silver Lake, in all the elements of true success greatly surpassed any meeting held on these grounds during preceding years. A Sunday School Institute was also held in connection with this meeting.” It was in this year that the charter was amended which made voters of those who were male members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 21-years of age, residing in the bounds of the Genesee Conference and owning a tent, lot, or cottage on the grounds. In May, 1884, the charter was again amended, at the request of the Association, to provide for the election of nine trustees by the Genesee Conference, three in each class for three-year terms. The Camp Meeting trustees were elected one each year for a nine-year term until 1894, when they were divided into three-year classes. At that time, voters were required to be owners of
real estate on the grounds, women were made voters, and two-thirds of the elected trustees had to be members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

During the years the program evolved to include many of the features associated
with Chautauqua. Dr. J. H. Vincent, later Bishop and one of the founders of Chautauqua Institute, participated in several of the programs. The railroad ran excursions; the name of the depot was changed from Camp Wesley to Silver Lake Assembly; (added: In 1888,) an open-air auditorium was built on the site of Burt Park; a Hall of Philosophy was built, which later became Epworth Inn (now removed); and a School of Conference Studies was formed which continued for over 25-years. In 1894, the charter was changed to bring the legal use of the grounds into line with its enlarged program “for holding religious and educational meetings under the jurisdiction of the Methodist Episcopal Church and according to its usages.” In 1895, an amendment to the charter changed the name of the corporation from Genesee Camp Ground Association to Silver Lake Assembly. In 1895, the state legislature gave the assembly the power to make rules and enforce order by

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appointment of peace officers with full police authority on the grounds and ten rods outside.

In 1892, Epworth Hall and the W.C.T.U. Building were built. The latter was
renamed the John Stoody Memorial Chapel, in appreciation for the contribution of the Rev. John H. Stoody, who in 1895 bought some of the mortgages and deeded the property back to the Assembly. In 1895, Wilbur N. Hoag of Akron gave the Assembly the Hoag Memorial Art Gallery.

Silver Lake has felt the impact of changes in the economy. Following what was
referred to as “the Cleveland Depression” in the 1890’s, the Assembly experienced difficulties when mortgages were foreclosed. In 1905, the Hall of Philosophy was bought by a doctor who transformed it into a sanitarium. This failed and in 1912 a hotel company operated it as a summer hotel. When this failed, a group of businessmen in Perry bought the property for use as a Military and Naval School. This prospered for a few years, and after being vacant for a while, a group of persons related to the Genesee Conference bought it and saved it for the Conference.

In more recent years, Silver Lake has been the site of lab schools, schools of
missions, men’s retreats, and children’s youth camps, as well as serving as a retreat center for local churches. Presently, the program of the Western New York Conference of the United Methodist Church centers in that part of the Silver Lake Institute called Camp Asbury. Silver Lake Institute has an active Program Committee which plans Sunday worship experiences, Wednesday evening programs, and weekday classes in painting, wood carving and other art forms, all scheduled during the summer months. In 1983, Silver Lake Institute was granted New York State Historical Landmark status. The Board of Trustees endeavors to administer the affairs of the Institute within the limits of available resources, while trying to be faithful to the purpose for which the Institute was founded as set forth in the charter. Perhaps, with this brief view of our past and a sense of commitment to the present and future, the tribute written by Rev. A. F. Colburn in 1903 is appropriate: “Silver Lake has a history sacred to Methodism and we
trust a future equally valuable. Its history extends back to the old Conference meeting grounds at Bergen. The meetings of those years had a pronounced effect upon the spiritual life of this Conference....On these beautiful grounds, hundreds have entered the spiritual life and many have received the endowment of power for service. Friendships rare and lasting have been formed. The best things in religion, music, oratory, entertainment, and instruction have been made available to many whose lives have been thereby brightened and broadened. Precious memories cluster about the place. It is consecrated by the prayers, toils, and sacrifices of the fathers. It is their legacy to us.” May it always be so!

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Chapter II
An Introduction to the Rules, Regulations, and Procedures
of the Silver Lake Institute

Who are the people of the Silver Lake Institute? Our history of strong connection
with Methodism would lead us to expect a fairly homogenous population of United Methodist clergy and laity families. While it is true there is a strong representation of United Methodists, the population of the Institute is actually quite diverse in many ways. We are people from several Protestant denominations, Roman Catholics, other religious affiliations, and people with no formal religious affiliation. We are people from many ethnic and racial heritages.
We are cottagers whose families have come here for generations. We are cottagers who have purchased property here for the first time just recently. We are full-time residents who chose to spend our retirement years here. We are full-time residents who grew up generation after generation living here. We are full-time residents who have just recently arrived. Diversity is indeed the key word in any description of our residents, but we are all people who perceive ourselves to be part of a special community in a very special place.

What is the physical reality of the Silver Lake Institute? We are located in
Wyoming County in rural Western New York. The lifestyle, expectations and standards of a rural county are sometimes much different from the urban or suburban origins of many of our residents. In contrast, the Silver Lake Institute is easily the most densely populated residential area in the entire county. We have a family residing every thirty to sixty feet on every one of our roadways. Thus, the institute more closely resembles the core areas of cities such as Buffalo and Rochester. This characteristic, population density, is a dominant factor in the problems and potential that face the Institute.

Considering the Institute’s history, it becomes apparent that its religious and
cultural values have strongly influenced the lifestyle of this community. In keeping faith with this heritage, it is appropriate and advisable that we continue to maintain these standards in our present life together and use them as the basis for our future goals and direction. We must also take seriously the reality of population density in addressing community concerns.

The Charter assigns the responsibilities for administering the corporate life of the
Silver Lake Institute to the Board of Trustees. Quoting from an act of the New York State Legislature of March 6, 1895, supplementing the original act of incorporation:

The trustees of the said Silver Lake Institute shall have power to make
necessary rules and regulations for the government of the Silver Lake
Institute, and the preservation of peace and good order; and may appoint
special police and other such officers as they shall deem necessary, and fix
their compensation, which shall be paid by the society, who shall have the
same power and authority on the grounds of the Silver Lake Institute, or on
grounds ten rods adjacent thereto, as other peace officers.

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Section 202(e) of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New
York states: Any willful trespass in or upon any of the parks, playgrounds,
buildings or grounds provided for the purposes mentioned in the preceding
paragraph [See Appendix E] ...and any willful disturbance of the peace
thereon by intentional breach of the rules and regulations of the corporation,
is a misdemeanor.

The trustees have developed a more comprehensive statement of the rules,
regulations and procedures by which we shall live as a community. By working together for our common good, the Silver Lake Institute can develop into a wholesome place to live and enjoy life. The effective date of these rules and procedures shall be July 15, 1984, except for sections 3.2.2 through 3.2.8 inclusive which shall have an effective date of July 15, 1986.

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Chapter III
Rules and Regulations of the Silver Lake Institute

1.0.0 DEFINITIONS
1.1.0 For the purpose of these rules and regulations, all words used in the
present tense include the future tense. All words in the plural number include the singular number, and all words in the singular number include the plural, unless the natural construction of the word indicates otherwise. The word person includes a firm, association, organization, partnership, trust, company, or corporation, as well as an individual. The word shall is mandatory and directory. The word may is permissive. The word used includes “designated, intended or
arranged to be used.” Terms and words not defined shall have their ordinarily accepted meanings or such as the context may imply.

1.2.0 Agent means the designated representative of a property owner,
resident, guest, or other person.
1.3.0 Appropriate means equally suitable or compatible under conditions of
use.
1.4.0 Building means a structure wholly or partially enclosed within exterior
walls, or within exterior or party walls and a roof. The term building shall be construed as if followed by the phrase “or part thereof,” unless otherwise indicated by the text.
1.5.0 Camping means cooking, eating, and/or sleeping overnight in a portable shelter or vehicle.
1.6.0 Dwelling means a building or structure, or part of a building or structure, which is used or intended to be used for the purpose of human habitation and includes a building that would be used, or there would be intent to use for such purposes except for its state of disrepair.
1.7.0 Empty weight means the weight of a vehicle exclusive of load or
equipment not an integral part of the vehicle as manufactured or converted. For vehicles registered in New York State, the weight give on a registration certificate shall be considered the empty weight.
1.8.0 Explosive means any chemical compound or mechanical mixture that is
commonly used or intended for the purpose of producing an explosion.
1.9.0 Family means a single person residing alone; or two (2) or more persons related by blood or marriage and maintaining a common household with not more than two (2) boarders, roomers, or lodgers; or a group of not more than four (4) persons, not necessarily related by blood or marriage, and maintaining a common household.
1.10.0 Fence means a living hedge or an artificially constructed barrier of wood, masonry, stone, wire, metal, vinyl, or any other manufactured material or combination of materials erected for separation or decoration of areas.

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1.11.0 Fill means, but is not limited to, earth, clay, silt, sand, gravel, stone,
rock, shale, whole, fragmentary or poured concrete, ashes, cinders, slag, metal or any other similar material, whether or not enclosed or contained by crib work, bulkheads, or cofferdams of any type of construction or materials.
1.12.0 Fire vehicle means any vehicle operated for fire service purposes owned by the state, a public authority, a county, city, town, village, or fire district.
1.13.0 Front yard means an open, unoccupied space on the same lot with the
principal building, extending the full width of the lot and situated between the street line and the front line of the building projected to the side lines of that lot.
1.14.0 Garbage means household waste.
1.15.0 Ground cover means (a) Vegetative: lawn, turf, or vegetative growth
other than weeds, thistles, allergenics, or similar plants, or (b) Mechanical:
crushed stone, gravel or other mechanically applied materials which stabilize ground surface.
1.16.0 Guest means any nonresident (a) visiting a resident or property owner
on the Institute grounds, (b) renting a dwelling for less than one (1) month per year, or (c) attending an Institute program or business meeting.
1.17.0 House coach means any vehicle motivated by a power connected
therewith or propelled by a power within itself, which is or can be used as the home or living abode or habitation of one (1) or more persons, either temporarily or permanently.
1.18.0 Institute means the Silver Lake Institute Incorporated, a not-forprofit
corporation organized under the laws of the State of New York.
1.19.0 Lot means a parcel of area of land, the dimensions and extent of which
are determined by the latest official records or by the latest approved map of subdivision of which the lot is part.
1.20.0 Motor vehicle means any vehicle operated or driven upon a public
highway which is propelled by any power other than muscular power, except (a) electrically driven invalid chairs being driven by an invalid, or (b) vehicles which run only upon rails or tracks, and (c) snowmobiles. The term motor vehicle shall exclude fire and police vehicles, and trucks and other motorized equipment owned and used by the Silver Lake Institute or Camp Asbury.
1.21.0 Parking means the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not,
otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.
1.22.0 Police vehicle means any vehicle owned by the state, a public authority, a county, city, town, or village, and operated by the law enforcement agency of such governmental unit or by a constable of a town or peace officer of the Silver Lake Institute when pursuant to his/her special duties.

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1.23.0 Private Property means any real property on the grounds of the Silver
Lake Institute not in ownership of the Institute or the Town of Castile.
1.24.0 Private Road means every way or place in Institute ownership
potentially useful for vehicular travel by those persons having express or implied permission from the Institute but not by other persons.
1.25.0 Property Owner means any person vested with title in lands including
buildings, structures, facilities and improvements used or intended to be used as residential accommodations or religious or educational facilities by conveyance or by devise or descent from a prior property owner with the consent of the Board of Trustees.
1.26.0 Public conduct means behavior on or observable from the private roads or public Institute property including leased waterfront spaces.
1.27.0 Public property means real property owned by the Silver Lake Institute and accessible to all property owners, residents, and guests of property owners, residents or the Institute, but not by other persons.
1.28.0 Quiet means the absence of any loud sound from and sources that
can be heard inside the buildings neighboring such source.
1.29.0 Resident means any person in occupancy, in possession, in control of, or using a dwelling on the Institute grounds full or part-time for at least (1) one month each year.
1.30.0 Residential property means property used or intended to be used for
dwelling or related purposes.
1.31.0 Rubbish means solid or liquid waste material including but not limited
to: rags; furniture; plastics; cartons; chemicals; paint; grease; sludges; oils and other petroleum products; sawdust; construction and demolition materials; tires; and automobiles and other vehicles and parts thereof.
1.32.0 Seasonal docks means any structure built on floats, columns, open
timber, piles or similar open-work supports which are removed in the fall of the year and replaced in the spring of the year.
1.33.0 Semitrailer means any trailer which is so designed that when operated, the forward end of its body or chassis rests upon the body or chassis of the towing vehicle.
1.34.0 Sewage means liquid waste containing animal or vegetable matter in
suspension of solution and which may include industrial wastes and liquids containing chemicals.
1.35.0 Shrub means a low, usually several stemmed, woody plant.
1.36.0 Sign means any device, structure or object for visual communication
that is used for the purpose of bringing the subject thereof to the attention of others but not including any flag, badge or insignia of any public, quasi-public, civic, charitable or religious group.
1.37.0 Store means to keep or fail to remove.
1.38.0 Structure means a combination of materials to form a construction that is safe and stable, including but not limited to: buildings, platforms, decks, storage bins, signs, swimming pools and fences.

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1.39.0 Trailer means any vehicle not propelled by its own power, drawn on the public highways by a motor vehicle.
1.40.0 Tree means a woody perennial plant having a single or small number of usually elongated main stems generally with few or no branches on its lower part.
1.41.0 Truck means any motor vehicle designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property.
1.42.0 Trustee means a member of the Board of Trustees of the Silver Lake
Institute.
1.43.0 Unregistered operable motor vehicle means any motor vehicle which could be inspected and registered without repair work.
1.44.0 Vehicle means any device in, upon, or by which any persons or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
1.45.0 Yard means the land other than publicly owned land around and
appurtenant to the whole or any part of a building and used, or intended to be used, or capable of being used, in connection with the said building.
1.46.0 Yard Debris means leaves, needles, branches, trees and vines.

2.0.0 PUBLIC CONDUCT
2.1.0 Motor Vehicles
2.1.1 All appropriate sections of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law
are in effect on Institute grounds.
2.1.2 The speed limit on all Institute roads is (15) fifteen miles per hour.
2.1.3 The entry of motor vehicles over six-thousand (6000) pounds empty
weight, or semi-trailers over one-thousand (1000) pounds empty weight, or motorized construction of farm equipment onto the Institute grounds is prohibited except for local pickup/delivery or for  construction purposes or motor homes by permit only.
2.1.4 Motor vehicles must be parked on the resident’s own private property. If this is not possible, the resident should see the Administrator for a list of designated parking areas.
2.1.5 Parking along Wesley Avenue is intended for and limited to special
events at the Hoag.
2.1.6 The parking of vehicles by nonresidents who are not guests of residents, property owners, or the Institute is prohibited.
2.1.7 No unlicensed cars are permitted. The Administrator will send out a
certified letter to all landowners not in compliance. Landowners have four (4) business days after notification to rectify the situation or a daily fine of $25 will be imposed until the vehicle is removed from the property. If unpaid, the fine will be added to the Institute taxes.
2.1.8 Motor vehicles parked unlawfully on the grounds of the Institute may be removed at the expense of the owner.

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2.2.0 Alcoholic Beverages
2.2.1 The use or sale of alcoholic beverages on the private roads, or the
possession of alcoholic beverages on public Institute property, including leased waterfront spaces, is prohibited.
2.3.0 Quiet
2.3.1 Order shall be maintained at all times.
2.3.2 Quiet shall be maintained near places where religious or educational
programs or business meetings of the Institute are being held.
2.3.3 Quiet shall be maintained daily from 11:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M.
2.4.0 Public Areas
2.4.1 The use of the private roads or public Institute property, including leased waterfront spaces, by nonresidents who are not the guests of residents, property owners or the Institute, is prohibited.
2.4.2 Bishop Burt Park is closed to all persons from 11:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M.
daily.
2.4.3 The Institute waterfront area is closed to all persons from 11:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M. daily.
2.4.4 Any person entering onto or using any private road or public Institute
property does so at her/her own risk and waives any liability of the Institute and will hold it harmless and waives any action arising out of his/her use of the private road or public property.
2.5.0 Dogs
2.5.1 No dog shall be allowed to run at large, except that: (a) a dog may be upon private property under the dog owner’s control and with the consent of the property owner, or (b) a dog, duly licensed and wearing a collar and license tag as required by the Agricultural and Markets Law of the State of New York and registered under these rules, may be upon the private roads or public Institute property, provided such a dog is leashed and is under the custody and control of the dog owner or other competent person accompanying the dog.
2.5.2 The owner of a dog is responsible for the removal of the dog’s litter.
2.5.3 The presence of a dog on the Institute dock and swim area is prohibited.
2.6.0 Safety
2.6.1 The discharge of explosives, firearms, pellet guns, BB guns, sling shots, crossbows, or longbows is prohibited.
2.6.2 The possession, use or sale of fireworks is prohibited as per the New
York State Penal Law, Article 270.00.
2.6.3 Vandalism and Burglary that infringes upon the safety and well-being
of Institute residents will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,
no matter what age.
2.7.0 Dumping and littering
2.7.1 The deposit of garbage, rubbish, or fill into the the lake from the Institute public waterfront area is prohibited and unlawful.
2.7.2 The deposit of garbage from households into the refuse containers situated on Institute property is prohibited.

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2.7.3 Littering is prohibited as per the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 1220(a).
2.8.0 Camping
2.8.1 Camping along the private roads or on public Institute property including leased waterfront spaces is prohibited.
2.8.2 Camping in tents, motor homes, campers or trailers by nonresidents
who are not the guests of residents or property owners is prohibited.
2.8.3 A permit for camping on private property by residents, property owners, or guests of residents, shall be obtained from the Administrator. A permit for children under eighteen (18) years of age and under the supervision of a competent adult to sleep outdoors overnight on private property is not required.
2.8.4 A permit for camping shall be valid for a period not exceeding fourteen
(14) days.
2.8.5 A permit for camping shall not be issued on any private property lacking in facilities for sewage disposal.
2.9.0 Businesses
2.9.1 Selling merchandise or soliciting trade upon the private roads, on public Institute property, or from house to house, is prohibited, except by recognized public charities or newspaper carriers or by permit by Board approval.
2.9.2 Yard sales are limited to two (2) per calendar year for a period not
exceeding three (3) calendar days each.
2.10.0 Soliciting and Canvassing
2.10.1 Soliciting for funds, subscriptions, memberships or the like, is prohibited, except by or on behalf of the Institute, the Silver Lake Cottage Owner’s Association, or recognized Public Charities.
2.11.0 Snowmobiles
2.11.1 The operation of a snowmobile upon private property without the consent of the owner or lessee is prohibited as per New York State Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation Law, Article 25.03.
2.11.2 The operation of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles is allowed on lands of the Silver Lake Institute by yearly permit only, obtained from the Administrator.
2.12.0 Fires
2.12.1 No person shall cause or allow emissions of air contaminants to the
outdoor atmosphere of such quantity, characteristic or duration, which are injurious to human, plant, or animal life or to property, or which unreasonably interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life of property as per New York State Environmental Conservation Law,
Section 211.2.
2.12.2 No person shall burn, cause, suffer, allow, or permit the burning of an
open fire of garbage as per New York State Environmental
Conservation Law, Section 215.2(a).
2.12.3 The burning of any rubbish outdoors, in the open, or in containers, is
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products or gas in grills or fireplaces for the purpose of cooking or the
burning of wood in fireplaces or fire-pits for recreation as long as the
flames do not exceed thirty (30) inches in height above the ground or
endanger humans, plant, or animal life, or property. Wood shall be
split or whole logs, not treated or painted lumber.
2.13.0 Golf Carts
2.13.1 The operation of golf carts is prohibited on roads of the Silver Lake
Institute unless the driver is 16-years of age or over with a valid New York State Driver’s License and has otained an annual permit from the Administrator.
2.13.2 Golf carts are confined to Institute roads only and are prohibited from
running on the lakefront and Bishop Burt Park.

3.0.0 PRIVATE REAL PROPERTY
3.1.0 Use of Lands and Structures
3.1.1 No person shall maintain any building, structure or land use in any of the public, industrial, agricultural or residential sections of the Town of Castile which, for any cause, may now be or hereafter become:
(a) a safety hazard by the storage of combustible materials or the creation of an attractive nuisance
(b) a health hazard by providing a location or condition for infestation by vermin
(c) a blight upon the physical and visual environment by storage of such materials so as to present a blighted, littered and unsightly condition to members of the general public as per the Town of Castile
Local Law Number Four of 1974.
3.1.2 Yards shall be kept in a neat and clean condition and free from:
(a) refuse, debris, rubbish, or animal waste
(b) branches, shrub, tree or grass clippings or accumulations of leaves
(c) accumulation of weed growth or any presence of plants which are noxious or detrimental to health including but not limited to poison ivy, poison oak, sumac, or hogweed
(d) furniture, other than lawn or garden furniture, or any appliances, including but not limited to refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, or water heaters
(e) vehicles not containing current license plates
(f) Construction materials or equipment except when a valid building permit is in effect
(g) wooden pallets
(h) insect, vermin or rodent harborage or infestation.
3.1.3 Any vehicle, including a boat or trailer or part thereof, which is in a wrecked, discarded, dismantled, partly dismantled, inoperative or abandoned condition shall not be parked, stored or left in a yard, but this shall not prevent the resident of any dwelling from repairing a vehicle for the use of the resident within an appropriate period of time for such a repair.
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3.1.5 Open porches shall be kept in a neat and clean condition and free from:
(a) refuse, debris, rubbish, or garbage
(b) Accumulations of leaves
(c) Any appliances including but not limited to refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, or water heaters
(d) vehicle parts
(e) construction materials or equipment, except when valid permit is in effect.
3.1.6 The storage of firewood in front yards is prohibited during the summer season. Stored firewood cords shall be cut to stove or fireplace length, neatly stacked no more than four (4) feet high and properly secured.
3.1.7 Garbage stored outside a dwelling shall be in receptacles which are:
(a) portable
(b) made of water-tight construction
(c) With a cover adequate to prevent the escape of garbage or the entry of animals or insects and
(d) maintained in a clean state.
3.1.8 Rubbish (see definition 1.31) shall be disposed of by the owner or
occupant of the property.
3.1.9 Garbage or rubbish shall not be stored on private property longer
than one (1) week.
3.1.10 The removal of trees or parts of trees from private roads or Institute
property, including leased waterfront spaces, is prohibited except by permit of the Administrator.
3.1.11 The planting of a tree or shrub on private property so as to extend beyond the property lines anywhere in a distance up to ten (10) feet above the ground is prohibited.
3.1.12 The quartering of horses, mules, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, or fowl is prohibited.
3.1.13 No animal shall be quartered that is dangerous to the health and safety of the Institute residents in the event of its escape from the control of the owner.
3.1.14 Pets (small domestic animals) shall be kept in an appropriate manner and under control so as not to constitute a nuisance including but not limited to:
(a) excessive barking, howling or whining of a dog so as to unreasonably disturb the comfort or repose of another person
(b) interruption, disturbance or interference with any programmatic activity of the Institute
(c) cat litter is to be dumped in garbage bags only; no disposing of litter on Institute grounds
(d) all pets shall be leashed
(e) pet owners shall be responsible for the removal of their pet’s waste.

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3.1.15 All driveways and parking areas on private property shall be hard surfaced, which term shall include gravel or crushed stone surface
3.1.16 All yards shall be provided and maintained with adequate surface
water drainage, including suitable provision for it disposal without
causing erosion or accumulation.
3.1.17 Vacant lots shall meet all appropriate standards designated in these rules and regulations for yards on private property.
3.1.18 Dwellings on the Institute grounds are limited to one (1) family residences except certain buildings at Camp Asbury.
3.1.19 Fences may be erected, altered or reconstructed to a height not to exceed three (3) feet above ground level and shall be constructed of wood or wrought iron.
3.1.20 Any fence erected, altered or reconstructed on private property shall be within the property lines and no closer than eighteen (18) inches to a private road whether traveled or not traveled.
3.1.21 Fences and retaining walls shall be kept in good repair and free from
health and accident hazards and shall be protected by paint, preservation or other weather resistant material where not inherently resistant to deterioration.
3.1.22 Industrial, commercial or retail businesses are prohibited, except with
permission from the Board. Businesses consisting of record keeping, correspondence and telephone communication conducted within a residence are allowed.
3.1.23 The discharge of any storm water, surface water, ground water, roof
runoff or subsurface drainage into a sanitary sewer is prohibited.
3.1.24 All waste water shall be discharged into the sanitary sewer system. No waste water shall be discharged into a drywell.
3.1.25 All property owners renting out property on the Institute must submit a rental agreement signed by their tenants, and failure to submit the rental agreement will result in a penalty of $100 per day being assessed to the property owner for every day that goes by that the agreement remains unsigned. Rental agreements may be obtained from the Administrator.
3.2.0 Minimum Structural Standards
3.2.1 No person shall maintain any building or structure in the business,
industrial, agricultural or residential sections of the Town of Castile which, from any cause may now or shall hereafter become dangerous or unsafe to the public as per Town of Castile Local Law Number One of 1983.
3.2.2 Yearly inspections by the Grounds Committee shall be conducted in the
spring, with followup inspections in the fall, and residents shall be notified of noncompliance with your Institute regulations. A $10 per day penalty will be assessed until the structure conforms to the rules and regulations.
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prevent their deterioration due to weather and insects and where not inherently resistant shall be so maintained by painting, preserving, restoring or repairing siding, flashing or by the waterproofing of joints.
3.2.4 Materials on the exterior surface of a structure which have been severely damaged or show evidence of dry rot or deterioration shall be repaired or replaced in a workmanlike manner.
3.2.5 Every exterior wall or roof of a dwelling shall be maintained in a manner so as to prevent collapse or injury.
3.2.6 Exterior walls, roofs, and other parts of a building shall be kept free from objects or materials which have been improperly secured or which have become loose or insecure. Such objects or material shall be removed, properly secured or replaced.
3.2.7 Every outside stairway, porch, balcony, landing or deck shall be maintained in good repair so as to be free from holes, cracks or other defects which onstitute possible accident hazards, and all treads or risers that show excessive wear or are broken, warped or loose and all supporting structural members that are rotten or deteriorated shall be repaired or replaced.
3.2.8 Windows, exterior doors and basement or cellar hatchways shall be
maintained in good repair and severely rotted or damaged doors, door frames, window frames, sashes and casings shall be renewed and broken glass shall be replaced.
3.2.9 Where an eaves-trough and downspouts are installed, the roof drainage shall be discharged into a storm drainage system or discharged onto the ground, providing that it does not adversely affect adjacent properties.

3.3.0 New Building and Remodeling
3.3.1 A building permit is required from the Silver Lake Institute for any
construction on its grounds, and shall be obtained from the Administrator.
3.3.2 An Institute building permit for construction which is not undertaken
in three (3) months from the date of issuance is null and void.
3.3.3 Any construction undertaken by permit of the Institute shall be satisfactorily complete within one (1) year from the date of the issuance of the permit.
3.3.4 A building permit shall not be issued with respect to any private property that is in violation of any of these rules and regulations except when the proposed construction is for the purpose of or includes the elimination of a violation of one (1) or more of these sections.
3.3.5 The minimum yard requirements indicated in Town of Castile Local Law Number One of 1970, Section 703, are in effect in the Silver Lake Institute with reference to distances from the private roads of the Institute where traveled or untraveled.

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4.0.0 WATERFRONT AND MARINA SPACES
4.1.0 The possession of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances on a waterfront or marina space or the Institute Dock is prohibited.
4.2.0 Order shall be maintained at all times.
4.3.0 No person may enter onto a waterfront or marina space except with the consent of the property owner leasing the space.
4.4.0 A dog shall not be on a waterfront space except with the consent of
the property owner leasing the space.
4.5.0 The possession, use or sale of fireworks is prohibited as per New York
State Penal Law Article 270.00.
4.6.0 The deposit of garbage, gasoline or oil, refuse, debris or rubbish into the lake is prohibited.
4.7.0 Camping on a waterfront space is prohibited.
4.8.0 The use of a houseboat moored at a dock on any waterfront or marina
space for living quarters is prohibited.
4.9.0 Waterfront spaces shall be kept in neat and clean condition, free from:
(a) refuse, debris and rubbish
(b) branches, shrub, tree or grass clippings or accumulations of leaves
(c) accumulations of weed growth, untrimmed shrubbery or any presence of plants which are noxious or detrimental to health including but not limited to poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac or hogweed
(d) construction materials or equipment except when a valid building permit is in effect
(e) insect, vermin or rodent harborage or infestation
(f) household garbage
4.10.0 Any boat or seasonal dock or part thereof which is in a wrecked, discarded, dismantled, partly dismantled, inoperative or abandoned condition shall not be stored or left on a waterfront or marina space.
4.11.0 The discharge of fill onto or the removal of fill from any portion of a
waterfront space is prohibited except by permit of the Administrator.
4.12.0 Ground cover shall be properly established on waterfront spaces to prevent soil erosion due to the elements.
4.13.0 The storage of gasoline on a marina space other than in a boat or motor tanks is prohibited. The storage of more than ten (10) gallons of gasoline in containers other than boat or motor tanks on a waterfront space is prohibited.
4.14.0 The burning of any material on a waterfront or marina space, in the open or in containers, is prohibited. This shall not prohibit the burning of gas or charcoal products in a grill for the purpose of cooking food.
4.15.0 The removal of trees or parts of trees from a waterfront space is prohibited except by permit of the Administrator.
4.16.0 The quartering of animals on a waterfront space is prohibited.
4.17.0 No accessory building may extend higher than three (3) feet above the
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Town of Castile Local Law Number One of 1970 as amended in
December, 1980.
4.18.0 The minimum standards established as per Section 3.2.0 of the rules and regulations apply to all structures on waterfront and marina spaces.
4.19.0 Each marina space shall be equipped with a mechanically sound boat
hoist and a catwalk not exceeding two (2) feet in width extending parallel to the boat hoist for its full length.
4.20.0 Any person leasing a marina space may store a boat hoist or catwalk on the concrete apron immediately adjacent to the marina area from September 1st to June 15th of the following year. All boat hoists and catwalks shall be removed from the marina spaces by October 1st of each year.
4.21.0 A rented marina space requires active use of the space by placing a lift and boat in the space during the summer season.
4.22.0 In order to build on leased Institute waterfront, a permit must be obtained from the Administrator.
4.23.0 Tiered decks along the waterfront are permitted as long as they are below the bank level.
4.24.0 If a waterfront space is not renewed due to violation or nonpayment of taxes, the person may reapply for a waterfront space and be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.
4.25.0 If a resident is on the waiting list for a waterfront space and a space becomes available during the period of time that the house is listed for sale, they are removed from the waiting list.
4.26.0 The application for a waterfront space of any resident in violation of any of the rules and regulations of the Institute shall not be accepted; and if the resident is on the list, they shall be removed and may not reapply until such time as they are in compliance with the Institute rules and regulations. Before an application is removed, the owner will be given a notice and thirty (30) days to come into compliance.

5.0.0 CHANGES IN RULES AND REGULATIONS
5.1.0 All previous rules and regulations or parts thereof inconsistent with or not included in these rules and regulations are hereby repealed.
5.2.0 The Board of Trustees may from time to time amend, supplement or repeal any one or more of these rules and regulations.
5.3.0 The declaration of any portion of these rules and regulations to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction shall not invalidate the entire rules and regulations but only that part thereof so declared to be invalid and the remainder of said rules and regulations shall remain in full force and effect.

6.0.0 VIOLATIONS OF RULES AND REGULATIONS
6.1.0 Any person or persons in willful violation of the rules and
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Corporation Law Section 202. The penalty for such violation may be:
(a) a definite sentence of imprisonment which term shall not exceed
fifteen (15) days as fixed by the court, or
(b) a definite sentence to pay a fine which amount shall not exceed
$250.00 as fixed by the court, or
(c) such other sentence as may be imposed by the court for an
unclassified misdemeanor under the Penal Law of the State of New
York.
6.2.0 Any person or persons in willful violation of the rules and regulations
shall receive written notice of same from a peace officer, the Administrator or the President or the Vice-President of the Board of Trustees.
These officials of the Institute shall be free from personal liability for acts done in good faith in the performance of this duty.
6.3.0 A willful violation of any part of the rules and regulations may result in termination of the lease for the corresponding space.
6.4.0 Each day that a condition exists that is in violation of the rules and
regulations may without further notice be considered a separate violation.
6.5.0 Nothing herein shall be interpreted to limit the remedies, enforcement
procedures or penalties available to the Institute by reason of the violation of its rules and regulations.

7.0.0 APPLICATION FOR VARIANCE
7.1.0 Any property owner or resident who wishes to apply for a variance
from one or more of the rules and regulations shall do so to the Administrator via certified mail or in person prior to the existence of the variant situation and prior to receipt of written notice of violation. An application form for such purpose may be obtained from the Administrator.
7.2.0 The application shall contain the following information:
(a) name, address and telephone number of applicant
(b) address of property referred to in application if different from that in (a)
(c) reasons or circumstances for application for variance
(d) supporting maps, pictures, information, documents or other evidence as needed or requested by the Board of Trustees
(e) signature of the property owner.
7.3.0 Variance from the rules and regulations shall not be granted simply at
the request of the applicant. The applicant must show that compliance with the rules and regulations would create practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship.
7.4.0 Variance from the rules and regulations are not transferable to a new
property owner. A new property owner shall apply to the Administrator if he/she wishes to receive a variance similar to the former property owner. Likewise, a new tenant shall reapply for a variance held by a former tenant.

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Chapter-IV
PROCEDURES OF
THE SILVER LAKE INSTITUTE

8.0.0 DEFINITIONS
8.1.0 All terms used in Sections 10.0.0 to 15.0.0 were defined in Section 1.0.0
carry the same meaning herein as there defined.
8.2.0 Principal Building means a building or buildings in which is
conducted the main or principal use of the lot on which said building
is situated.
8.4.0 Space means a waterfront or marina space.
8.5.0 Tenant means
(a) any person leasing a waterfront or marina space from the Institute,
(b) any person leasing or renting private property from the property
owner.

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9.0.0 TRANSFER OF REAL PROPERTY9.1.0 Any person wishing to transfer private real property by deed or landcontract shall apply to the Board of Trustees. An application packet
for such purposes must be obtained from the Registrar.
9.2.0 Any person wishing to transfer private real property to another
person shall do so only with the consent of the Board of Trustees
using the deed form supplied by the Silver Lake Institute. Such deed
form must be obtained from the Registrar.
9.3.0 The use of these two forms serve the following purposes for the
Institute:
(a) provides information for mailing of Institute tax bills, programs and
meeting schedules, waterfront and marina space leases and other
information from the Institute to the property owner
(b) provides a means to monitor the use of private property in order
to insure conformity with the zoning law of the Town of Castile
(c) provides a means to monitor property, school and Institute tax
accounts in order to insure that all taxes due are paid in full before the
property transfer
(d) provides a means to monitor the use of private property to insure
conformity with the rules and regulations of the Institute.
9.4.0 The consent of the Board of Trustees shall not be given for the
transfer of any real property that
(a) is in violation of the Zoning Law of the Town of Castile
(b) has any property, school or Institute tax overdue and payable
(c) is in violation of any part of Section 3.0.0 of the rules and
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10.0.0 SILVER LAKE INSTITUTE TAX
10.1.0 The Silver Lake Institute tax shall be assessed upon the owners of all
privately owned real property upon a valuation which shall be pro
rata to the total valuation of all real property within the boundaries of
the Silver Lake Institute.
10.2.0 The Institute tax rate shall be established each year by the Board of
Trustees.
10.3.0 A statement of Institute tax due is mailed to each property owner by
the Tax Collector in April of each year and the tax is due before July
1st of that year.
10.4.0 A penalty shall be added to any Institute tax paid after the due date.
10.5.0 Any costs of collection, including but not limited to attorney’s fees,
court fees and penalties incurred, shall be added to any Institute tax
paid after the due date.
10.6.0 The revenue from the Institute tax funds the operation and maintenance of the buildings, parks, waterfront, parking areas, drains and private roads of the Institute. The costs of these operations include:
(a) salaries and expenses for the Tax Collector, Attorney, Administrator, groundskeeper, lifeguard, bookkeeper, and other employees and agents as necessary.
(b) operation and maintenance of the vehicles and equipment of the Institute
(c) utilities and insurance of the Institute
(d) administrative costs of the Institute
(e) maintenance of a fund for future development
(f) Institute programs and worship services.

11.0.0 LEASING OF WATERFRONT AND MARINA SPACES
11.1.0 Waterfront spaces shall be leased only to property owners of the Institute. Only one (1) waterfront space shall be leased to a family.
11.2.0 Any waterfront space over twenty feet will be divided in half when the
property is sold or passed along.
11.3.0 Marina spaces shall be leased according to the following order of
preference:
(a) first, property owners with no waterfront or marina space
(b) second, residents with no marina space
(c) third, any other property owner
(d) fourth, any other resident.
11.4.0 Any person wishing to lease a waterfront or marina space shall apply to the Administrator via certified mail. Available spaces will be offered to eligible persons in the order of receipt of applications within the categories specified for each type of space.
11.5.0 A waterfront or marina space shall not be leased to any person who owns or resides at a private property on the Institute grounds that has any property, school or Silver Lake Institute tax overdue and payable.

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11.6.0 A waterfront or marina space shall not be leased to any person who owns or reside at a private property on the Institute grounds that is in violation of any part of Sections 3.1.0 or 3.2.0 of the rules and regulations.
11.7.0 The lease for a waterfront space shall be in effect from September 1st to August 31st of the following year, or until the person leasing the space ceases to be a property owner or resident of the Institute, or until one party terminates the lease.
11.8.0 The tenant is responsible for the payment of rent, the conduct of persons using the space with the consent of the property owner or resident leasing the space and the condition of the space for the entire year.
11.9.0 A statement of rent due is mailed to each tenant by the Administrator in July of each year and the rent is due before September 1st of that year. Failure to pay the rent by the due date may result in termination of the rental agreement and the offering of the space to the next eligible person. The amount of the rent is a rate per front foot for waterfront spaces and a flat fee for marina spaces which shall be determined each year by the Board of Trustees.
11.10.0 The violation of any parts of the rules and regulations by the tenant may result in the termination of the lease and the offering of the space to the next eligible person.
11.11.0 The violation of the terms stated in Section 12.4.0 or 12.5.0 by any
person as of July 1st of any year may result in the termination of the lease and the offering of the space to the next eligible person.
11.12.0 Any person wishing to terminate the lease of a waterfront or marina
space shall notify the Administrator via certified mail. If the space is reassigned for the remaining portion of the year for which rent has been paid, a pro rata portion of the annual rent, calculated from the first day of the new lease to the end of the lease term, shall be refunded to the previous tenant.
11.13.0 Any person leasing a waterfront or marina space who ceased to be a
property owner shall notify the Administrator via certified mail. If the new property owner wishes to lease the corresponding space, he/she shall apply to the Administrator via certified mail. The new property owner, if eligible, shall have the first opportunity to lease the space. If the new property owner declines the space, it shall be offered to the next eligible person.
11.14.0 In the event of a property transfer where multiple waterfront spaces or
waterfront over twenty feet are involved, only one (1) space as determined by the Board of Trustees, shall be offered for leasing to the new property owner. Any other spaces shall be offered to the next eligible person.

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11.15.0 The Institute may terminate the lease with thirty-one (31) days
notification for:
(a) non-payment of rent
(b) violation of any part of the rules and regulations or procedures of the Institute.
11.16.0 Any person wishing to exchange spaces with another person must
receive the written consent of the Board of Trustees. Such person shall apply to the Administrator via certified mail.
11.17.0 Waterfront spaces may be subleased under the following conditions:
(a) sublet only to Institute residents
(b) sublet only to those persons listed on the waterfront waiting list
(c) sublet only to residents not in violation of any of the Institute rules and regulations
(d) the fee charged shall not exceed the annual fee charged by the Institute
(e) Approval must be obtained from the Board of Trustees on an annual basis.
11.18.0 Fixtures or structures attached to the land of a leased waterfront space
become the property of the Institute upon the termination of the lease if not removed prior to the end of the lease term.

12.0.0 PERMITS
12.1.0 General Requirements
12.1.1 Any property owner or resident who wishes to apply for a permit shall do so to the Administrator in person or via certified mail prior to the existence of the action for which the permit is required. An application form for such purpose may be obtained from the Administrator.
12.1.2 The application shall contain the following information:
(a) name, address and telephone number of applicant
(b) address of property referred to in application if different from that in (a)
(c) the specific information indicated below for each type of permit
(d) signature of the applicant.
12.1.3 Upon receipt of the application, the Administrator or the Board of Trustees may request, and the property owner or resident shall submit, such additional information as is required to process the application.
12.1.4 No permit shall be issued with respect to any private property that has
any property, school or Silver Lake Institute tax or waterfront or marina space rent overdue and payable.
12.1.5 No permit shall be issued with respect to any private property that is
in violation of any part of the rules and regulations.
12.2.0 Camping Permit
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(a) an indication of the sewage disposal facilities available on the property where the camping is to take place
(b) the period of time the camping is to take place.
12.2.2 The permit shall contain the information submitted in compliance with
sections 14.1.2 and 14.3.1(b).
12.2.3 Camping permit must be displayed.
12.3.0 Building Permit
12.3.1 The application for a building permit shall contain the following specific information:
(a) one copy of the application form
(b) for structures on leased waterfront spaces, the location and size of the proposed structure
(c) for fences, a diagram showing location of the principal building and the proposed fence in relation to all property lines, and an indication of the materials to be used in constructing the fence
(d) for moving a structure within or onto the Institute grounds, the proposed route of moving
(e) estimated beginning and completion dates of construction.
12.3.2 The permit shall contain the information submitted in compliance with
Sections 14.1.2 and 14.5.1(e).
12.3.3 A building permit card shall be issued to the applicant upon approval and shall be posted on the corresponding property so as to be visible from the road upon which the principal building fronts during the period of construction.

13.0.0 SERVICES OF THE INSTITUTE
13.1.0 Religious and Educational Programs
13.1.1 Worship services are conducted as established by the committee
responsible for programming.
13.1.2 Educational programs are conducted in July and August as established by the Program Committee.
13.1.3 A schedule of speakers for the above worship services and programs
is published each spring by the Board of Trustees and mailed to each
resident and property owner.
13.2.0 Institute Swim Area & Lifeguards
13.2.1 The swim area is for residents and their guests only. An adult resident
must accompany all guests.
13.2.2 A lifeguard is on duty at the Institute waterfront area during approved
swim times based on the direction of the Board of Trustees.
13.2.3 The lifeguard is not on duty during periods of inclement weather.
13.3.0 Administrator
13.3.1 The Institute shall employ an Administrator who shall, at the direction
of the Board of Trustees, be responsible for:
(a) the operation and maintenance of the buildings, parks, waterfront, parking areas, and private roads of the Institute
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(c) the issuance of permits
(d) the maintenance of the office of the Institute
(e) and other duties as agreed upon between the Administrator and
the Board of Trustees.
13.4.0 Services provided property owners and residents for a fee:
13.4.1 The Administrator is available for the rental of Institute buildings,
waterfront and marina spaces.
13.4.2 The Groundskeeper may be available for off-duty hire to residents for
items such as:
(a) yard cleanup
(b) winterizing and summerizing seasonal buildings
(c) lawn mowing
(d) hauling
(e) small tree and shrub planting, trimming and removal
(f) painting and minor repairs
(g) stone driveway and walk construction and maintenance.

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Appendix A
Map of the Silver Lake Institute

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Appendix A
Map of the Silver Lake Insitute

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Appendix B
Map of the Waterfront

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Appendix B
Map of the Marina Spaces

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Appendix C
Charter of the Silver Lake Institute
The following is the charter legislation of the Silver Lake Institute as amended.
Any section that has been amended has the date of passage in parenthesis after the section. At the printing of this handbook, several amendments are before the governor for his signature. Since their passage is quite certain, they are included here. Copies of other legislation that have since been superceded are available from the Board of Trustees upon written request.

Chapter 252 of the Laws of 1857
AN ACT to incorporate the Silver Lake Institute. Passed
April 6, 1857
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do
enact as follows:
Section 1. That the following persons, namely: Benjamin T. Roberts, Joshua R.
Annis, Thomas La Due, Amos Hard, Asa Allis, George W. Holmes, Asa Abell, Hartt Smith and Seth M. Woodruff, and such other persons as may hereafter associate with them, are hereby constituted a body corporate by the name of “Silver Lake Institute”, with the power to take, by bequest, purchase or otherwise, hold and convey real personal estate to the use of said corporation. (1984)
2. The estate, stock, property and affairs of said corporation shall be managed by
nine trustees to be elected in the manner hereinafter directed who shall hold their office for nine years, and until others shall be chosen in their places. The persons named in the first section of this act shall be the first trustees and shall hold their offices until others shall be chosen as hereinafter provided.
3. The said corporation may acquire, take and hold, a lot or tract of land, which
land when acquired by said corporation shall be used to promote the religious, educational, intellectual, moral and physical welfare of the people. To this end it may hold meetings and provide for instruction, recreation, health and quiet enjoyment on its grounds at Silver Lake, New York, located in the Town of Castile, in the County of Wyoming; conduct worship, schools and classes; maintain buildings, parks, private roads and parking areas, and waterfront facilities; and do such other things as are needful of proper to further it general purpose. (1984)
3a. The trustees may by vote of one-half of their entire number enact, amend or
repeal by- laws providing notice of such proposed actions be sent to every trustee by mail at least thirty days previous to such actions. In acting on by-laws, written votes of trustees not present at the meeting shall be counted if filed with the secretary before the vote is announced. The sole power to enact, amend or repeal by-laws shall be in the trustees. (1984)

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4. An election to supply any vacancy or vacancies that may occur in the board of
trustees shall be held on during the annual summer meeting in July during such time and place on the grounds as shall be designated by the trustees; notice of the meeting shall be given to the voters at least ten days previous to holding the same. The election shall be by ballot and every person owning any real estate upon the grounds of the corporation shall be a voter. Only a person owning real estate upon the grounds of the corporation shall be eligible to be elected a trustee. The trustees shall have the power to appoint a president and secretary, who shall, if present, preside at such election; the trustees present at an election shall appoint three competent judges of the qualifications of voters, and to preside at an election in the absence of the president and secretary. (1984)
5. The corporation hereby created shall possess the general powers and be subject to the liabilities and provisions contained in title third of chapter eighteen of the first part of the revised statutes, so far as the same may be applicable.
6. This act shall take effect immediately.

Chapter 428 of the Laws of 1884
AN ACT supplementary to an act entitled “An act to incorporate the Silver Lake
Institute.”
Passed May 31, 1884
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do
enact as follows:
Section 1. Thomas J. Bissell, George H. Dryer. Luman E. Stevens, John A.
Copeland, David W. Gates, John W. Sanborn, Thomas E. Bell, Thomas F. Parker, And
Andrew Purdy are hereby constituted trustees of the Silver Lake Institute in addition to
those authorized by an act of incorporation passed April sixth, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven. (April 14, 1920)
2. Said trustees shall meet at some time to be named by the president of the board
of trustees during the annual meeting of said Silver Lake Institute, on its grounds for the year eighteen hundred and eight-four and shall divide themselves by lot into three classes of three each; the term of office of the first class shall expire on the second day of the annual session of the Genessee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church for the year eighteen hundred and eighty-four; the term of office of the second class shall expire on the second day of the annual session of said conference for the year eighteen hudred and eighty-five; the term of office of the third class shall expire on the second day of the annual session of said conference for the year eighteen hundred and eighty-six. But all of the trustees in this section mentioned shall continue to hold their offices until their successors are elected. (April 14, 1920)
3. The Western New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church at
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terms of office expire and also to fill such vacancies as shall have occurred during the preceeding year. The trustees so elected to fill vacancies shall only hold office for the remainder of the term in which such vacancies shall have occurred. The other trustees who shall be elected under the provisions of this section shall hold office for the term of three years and until their respective successors shall be elected. (1984)
4. This act shall take effect immediately.

Chapter 634 of the Laws of 1895
AN ACT to amend chapter two hundred and fifty-two of the the laws of eighteen
hundred and fifty seven, entitled “An act to incorporate the Silver Lake Institute.”
Passed March 6, 1895
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do
enact as follows:
Section 3. The following section is added to the said act:
The trustees of the said Silver Lake Institute, shall have power to make necessary
rules and regulations for the government of the Silver Lake Institute, and the preservation of peace and good order; and may appoint special police and such other officers as they shall deem necessary, and fix their compensatioin, which shall be paid by the society, who shall have the same power and authority on the grounds of the Silver Lake Institute, or on grounds ten rods adjacent thereto, as other peace officers. Such officers may be removed and vacancies filled at any meeting of the board of trustees.
4. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent with this act are hereby repealed.
5. This act shall take effect immediately.

Chapter 201 of the Laws of 1920
AN ACT to change the name of the Silver Lake Assembly to the Silver Lake
Institute, and in relation to the trustees of such corporation.
Passed April 14, 1920
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do
enact as follows:
Section 1. The name of the Silver Lake Assembly, a corporation incorporated by
chapter two hundred and fifty-two of the laws of eighteen hundred and fifty seven as the Genessee Camp Ground Association and the name of which was changed to the Silver Lake Assembly by chapter six hundred and thirty-four of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-five, is hereby changed to Silver Lake Institute; but such change of

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name shall not affect the title to any property owned or possessed by such corporation or any action or proceeding now pending by or against such corporation or any obligation incurred by such corporation; and any gift or bequest heretofore or hereafter made or given in any will, devise or other grant to or in the name of such Silver Lake Assembly shall inure to the benefit and belong to the Silver Lake Institute as though such name had not been changed.
2. The bishop of the New York West Area of the United Methodist Church and
the distrcit superintendents of the Western New York Conference of the Untied Methodist Church shall be ex-officio trustees of such corporation in addition to the trustees provided for by chapter two hundred and fifty-two of the laws of eighteen hundred and fifty-seven and chapter four hundred and twenty-eight of the laws of eighteen hundred and eight-four. (1984)
3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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Appendix D
By-Laws of the Silver Lake Institute

ARTICLE I - Office
Section 1: The principal office of the Institute shall be located at Silver Lake,
New York in the Town of Castile, County of Wyoming.

ARTICLE II - Trustees
Section 1: No member of the Board of Trustees shall be entitled to compensation
for his/her service as a trustee. Necessary expenses of members of the Board of Trustees in the discharge of their official responsibilities may be paid by the corporation.

ARTICLE III - Meetings of Trustees
Section 1: Regular meetings of the trustees shall be held on the first Saturday
of each month, April through October inclusive, at 9:00 A.M. at Hoag Memorial
Art Gallery or elsewhere on the Institute grounds at the direction of the
President.
Section 2: Special meetings may be held at the direction of the President or by
written request of two trustees.
Section 3: Nine (9) members of the Board of Trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. If less than nine (9) trustees are present for a meeting, the President may declare a quorum exists if no other trustees object.
Section 4: Regular meetings may be duly convened without notice. Notice of
all special meetings shall be given to each trustee by delivering notice, orally or
in writing, to each trustee personally or by mail at least ten (10) days before any
such meeting. Such notice may be waived before, at or after any such meeting,
and the presence of any trustee at any such meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice by him/her.
Section 5: Except where a larger number is required by law, an act of the majority of the trustees present at a regular or special meeting at which a quorum exists shall be the act of the Board of Trustees.
Section 6: The rules of order of meetings of the trustees and the annual summer meeting of the property owners shall be Robert’s Rules of Order newly revised.

ARTICLE IV - Officers of the Trustees
Section 1: Officers of the Trustees. The officers of the Board of Trustees shall
consist of a President, Vice-Presidnet, Secretary and Treasurer, all of whom
shall be trustees.
Section 2: The election of the officers of the Board of Trustees shall be held at
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sor shall have been duly elected or until his/her prior death, resignation or
removal. Any vacancy in any office of the Board of Trustees shall be filled at a
regular or special meeting without undue delay.
Section 3: Any officer of the Board of Trustees may be removed by the Board
of Trustees whenver in its best judgement the best interests of the Institute will
be served thereby, but such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract
rights, if any, of the person so removed. Election or appointment shall not of
itself create contract rights.
Section 4: The President shall have the power to call meetings of the Board of
Trustees whenever he/she shall think proper and it shall be his/her duty to:
(a) call meetings when requested by two trustees in writing
(b) preside at all meetings of the trustees and the Executive Committee and at the annual summer meeting in July
(c) appoint any trustee or other person present to act as secretary pro tem of
any meeting in the absence of the Secretary
(d) sign all notes and papers binding upon the Institute
(e) give notice of the annual summer meeting of property owners including the
annual financial report to the property owners
(f) enforce these by-laws and perform all the duties incident to his/her office
which are required by law or which may be prescribed by the Board of Trustees
from time to time.
Section 5: In the absence of the President or in the event of his/her death,
inability or refusal to act, or in the event for any reason it shall be impractical
for the President to act personally, the Vice President shall perform the duties of
the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject
to all the restrictions upon and responsibilities of the President. The Vice
President shall perform such other duties and have such authority as from time
to time may be delegated or assigned to his/her authority to act in the stead of
the President.
Section 6: It shall be the duty of the Secretary to:
(a) be present at all regular, special and Executive and Financial Committee
meetings of the Board of Trustees and at the annual summer meeting of the
property owners and officiate as clerk thereof
(b) take or cause to be taken accurate minutes of such meetings and keep such
minutes on record for the use of the Board of Trustees
(c) give proper notice of any special meeting of the Board of Trustees
(d) be custodian of all corporate record not held by other officers or agents of
the Institute
(e) prepare a list of the names, permanent or mailing addresses, Institute
addresses if different, and telephone numbers of the trustees and agents of the
Institute by the regular October meeting for each of the said trustees and
agents
(f) perform all duties incident to the office of secretary and have such other
duties and exercise such authority as from time to time may be delegated or
assigned to him/her by the President of the Board of Trustees.

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Section 7: It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to:
(a) receive, maintain custody of and disburse, under the direction of the Board
of Trustees, all moneys belonging to the Institute
(b) keep regular and systematic account of the same
(c) perform all the duties incident to the office of the Treasurer and have such
other duties and exercise such authority as from time to time may be delegated
or assigned to him/her by the President of by the Board of Trustees.

ARTICLE V - Committees of Trustees
Section 1: There shall be an Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees
consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the
Board of Trustees. The Executive Committee shall have and may exercise,
when the Board of Trustees is not in session, the full powers of the Board of
Trustees, except that the Executive Committee shall have no power to elect
officers or to enact, amend or repeal by-laws, rules and regulations or procedures.
The Executive Committee may meet at any time upon the call of the President. The designation of such committee and the delegation thereto of authority shall not operate to relieve the Board of Trustees or any member thereof of any responsibility imposed upon it or him/her by the law. The Executive Committee shall keep a record of meetings and make a report of all business done to the Board of Trustees.
Section 2: It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to:
(a) monitor the performance of the duties of the Administrator and standing
committee chairpersons and report to the Board of Trustees regarding the same
(b) conduct a search for a new Administrator in the event of the death,
resignation, or removal of the person currently appointed to that agency.
Section 3: The standing committees of the Board of Trustees shall be the
Finance, Program, Legal Affairs, Grounds, Historical, and Nominating Committees.
The members and the chairpersons of these committees shall be appointed by
the Executive Committee and announced at the regular September meeting,
except the Nominating Committee which shall be announced at the regular
October meeting. Each member of these committees shall serve a term of one
year or until her/her successors or appointed, or until his/her prior death,
resignation or removal. A committee member or chairperson may be removed
from his/her appointment by the Executive Committee or by action of the Board
of Trustees. The chairperson of each committee shall be a trustee. Two trustee
members of a committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of
business. Each standing committee may from time to time establish task forces
to facilitate particular projects, the membership of which are not limited to
members of the Board of Trustees.
Section 4: The Finance Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President,
Secretary, Treasurer, Tax Collector and one other trustee appointed by the
Executive Committee. It shall be the duty of the Finance Committee to:
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tax rate, the fees for services provided to property owners and residents and
the salary, wages and benefits of all employees for presentation at the regular
October meeting of the Board of Trustees
(b) monitor the performance of the duties of the Treasurer and Tax Collector
and report to the Board of Trustees regarding the same
(c) arrange for an audit of the records of the Treasurer, Tax Collector and
Administrator at the end of each fiscal year for presentation to the Board of
Trustees
(d) conduct a search for a new Tax Collector in the event of the death, resignation
or removal of the person currently appointed to that agency.
Section 5: The Program Committee shall consist of three of more trustees and
the Chaplain. It shall be the duty of the Program Committee to:
(a) develop and design the Sunday Morning worship services at Epworth Hall
and the Wednesday evening educational programs and publish a schedule of
same each spring to be mailed to each resident and property owner
(b) periodically present proposals to the Board of Trustees for the development
and promotion of new programs for the Institute
(c) negotiate with persons wishing to conduct special programs or classes on the Institute grounds and make proposals to the Board of Trustees regarding the same
(d) monitor the performance of the duties of the Chaplain and report to the
Board of Trustees regarding the same
(e) conduct a search for a new Chaplain in the event of death, resignation or
removal of the person currently appointed to that agency
Section 6: The Legal Affairs Committee shall consist of three or more trustees,
the Registrar, the Administrator and the Attorney representing the Board of
Trustees. It shall be the duty of the Legal Affairs Committee to:
(a) periodically review and present proposals to the Board of Trustees of
enactment, amendment or repeal of any portion of the information in the
Handbook of the Silver Lake Institute
(b) publish annually, in February, for all property owners of the Institute, all
such changes enacted by the Board of Trustees or the State of New York in the
preceding year
(c) republish the Handbook of the Silver Lake Institute in a revised form every
five years beginning in February, 1990, or more often if directed to do so by the
Board of Trustees
(d) monitor the performance of the duties of the President, Vice President,
Secretary, Registrar and Attorney and report to the Board of Trustees regarding
the same
(e) conduct a search for a new Registrar or Attorney in the event of the death,
resignation or removal of the person currently appointed to that agency
(f) annually review, update and reissue the book of policy statements of the
Board of Trustees
(g) review from time to time and propose procedures for enactment by the
Board of Trustees for assuring the security of persons and property on the Institute grounds and approaches thereto.

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Section 7: The Grounds Committee shall consist of three or more trustees and
the Administrator. It shall be the duty of the Grounds Committee to review and
monitor the operation and maintenance of the private roads, parking areas,
parks, buildings, public waterfront facilities, leased waterfront spaces and other
facilities of the Institute and to report to the Board of Trustees regarding the
same.
Section 8: The Historical Committee shall consist of three or more trustees and
the Historian. It shall be the duty of the Historical Committee to:
(a) review the operation of the museum of the Silver Lake Institute
(b) monitor the performance of the duties of the Historian and report to the
Board of Trustees regarding the same
(c) conduct a search for a new Historian in the event of the death, resignation
or removal of the person currently appointed to that agency.
Section 9: The Nominating Committee shall consist of one trustee from each of
the other standing committees designated by each such committee, but no
trustee shall be appointed to this committee whose term of office as a trustee or
as an officer of the Board of Trustees expires in the year following the appointment.
If no member of a standing committee is eligible for appointment to the
Nominating Committee, that standing committee may designate any other
eligible trustee to represent it on the Nominating Committee. It shall be the
duty of the Nominating Committee to:
(a) prepare and submit suggestions of persons to the Western New York
Annual Conference Nominating Committee for nomination for election to the
Board of Trustees of the Silver Lake Institute by the Western New York
Conference of the United Methodist Church
(b) nominate persons for election to the Board of Trustees by the property
owners at the annual summer meeting in July
(c) nominate persons for election as officers of the Board of Trustees at the
regular August meeting of the trustees
(d) monitor the attendance of all trustees for each year of service starting with
the date of election of each trustee. No trustee or officer shall be recommended
for reelection who has attended less than fifty percent of all regular and special
meetings
(e) interview any trustee who has attended less than fifty percent of all regular
and special meetings to explore the possibility of resignation
(f) prepare and submit suggestions of two (2) persons to the Board of Trustees
for appointment as Institute representatives to the Silver Lake Cottage Owners
Association
Section 10: All standing committees shall have such other duties and exercise
such other authority as from time to time may be delegated or assigned to them
by the President or by the Board of Trustees.
Section 11: The Executive Committee or the Board of Trustees may designate
from time to time one or more special committees, each of which shall consist of
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other persons as deemed necessary. Each special committee shall have the
authority, duties and responsibilities to the extent provided in such resolution.
The designation of such special committees and the delegation thereto of
authority shall not operate to relieve the Board of Trustees or any member
thereof of any responsibility imposed upon it or him/her by law.

ARTICLE VI - Agents of Trustees
Section 1: The Board of Trustees shall appoint a Tax Collector, Registrar,
Administrator, Chaplain, Attorney, Historian and such other agents as it shall
deem necessary, and fix their compensation, which shall be paid by the
Institute. Each agent shall serve until his/her successor is appointed or until
his/her prior death, resignation or removal. Such agents may be removed and
vacancies filled at any meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Section 2: It shall be the duty of the Tax Collector to:
(a) collect all Silver Lake Institute taxes and special assessments, waterfront
and marina space rent and rent from public Institute property as assessed by
the Board of Trustees
(b) pay the same to the Treasurer.
Section 3: It shall be the duty of the Registrar to:
(a) provide application forms and deed forms to prospective purchasers of
private real property on the Institute grounds
(b) record all transfers of such real property in a book provided for that purpose
(c) be custodian to the Institute seal and see that the seal is affixed to all
documents the execution of which on behalf of the Institute under its seal is
duly authorized
(d) keep a register of the mailing address of each trustee, agent and property
owner of the Institute
(e) provide annually revised information regarding property owners of the
Institute to the publishers of the Silver Lake Directory.
Section 4: It shall be the duty of the Administrator to:
(a) operate and maintain the buildings, parks, waterfront, parking areas and
private roads of the Institute including the supervision of the groundskeeper
and lifeguard
(b) inspect private property, leased waterfront and marina spaces and leased
private road parcels to insure conformity with the rules and regulations of the
Institute
(c) issue permits of the Institute
(d) maintain the office of the Institute
(e) perform other duties as agreed upon between the Administrator and Board
of Trustees.
Section 5: It shall be the duty of the Chaplain to conduct or supervise the
conducting of the Sunday morning worship services and the Wednesday
evening educational programs and other religious or educational programs as approved periodically by the Board of Trustees.

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Section 6: It shall be the duty of the Attorney to:
(a) provide advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees as needed from time to
time
(b) act on behalf of the Board of Trustees in legal affairs as directed by such.
Section 7: It shall be the duty of the Historian to operate the museum of the
Silver Lake Institute.
Section 8: All agents of the trustees shall have such other duties and exercise
such other authority as from time to time may be delegated or assigned them by
the Board of Trustees.

ARTICLE VII - Legal Affairs
Section 1: The Board of Trustees may authorize any officer or agent to enter
into any contract or execute or deliver any instrument in the name of or on the
behalf of the Institute and such authorization may be general or confined to
specific instances. In the absence of other designation, all deeds, mortgages
and instruments of assignment or pledge made by the Institute shall be
executed in the name of the Institute by the President or Vice President, and
when necessary or required, the Registrar shall affix the Institute seal thereto;
and when so executed no other party to such instrument or any third party
shall be required to make an inquiry into the authority of the signing officer or
officers.
Section 2: No indebtedness for borrowed money shall be contracted on behalf
of the Institute and no evidences of such indebtedness shall be issued in its
name unless authorized by or under the authority of the Board of Trustees.
Such authorization may be general or confined to specific instances.
Section 3: All checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money, notes
or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the Institute, shall be
signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents of the corporation and in
such a manner as shall from time to time be determined by or under the authority
of the Board of Trustees.
Section 4: All funds of the Institute not otherwise employed shall be deposited
from time to time to the credit of the Institute in such banks, trust companies
or other depositories as may be selected by or under the authority of the
Board of Trustees.

ARTICLE VIII - Indemnification
Section 1: The Institute shall indemnify and save harmless its trustees, agents
and employees in the amount of any judgement obtained against such trustees,
agents and employees in a State or Federal court, or in the amount of any
settlement of a claim, or shall pay such judgement or settlement, provided, that
the act or omission from which such judgement or settlement arose, occurred
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or employement; the duty to indemnify and save harmless of pay prescribed by
this article shall not arise with the injury or damage resulting from intentional
wrong doings or recklessness on the part of the trustee, agent or employee.
Section 2: Any trustee, agent or employee represented by the Institute - or
private counsel pursuant to this article shall cause to be submitted to the
President of the Board of Trustees any proposed settlement which may be
subject to indemnification or payment by the Institute and if not consistent
with the provisions of this article, such settlement shall be reviewed as to form
and content by the Institute through the Board of Trustees. Nothing in this
article shall be construed to authorize the Institute to indemnify and save
harmless or pay a trustee, agent or employee with respect to a settlement not
so reviewed and approved by the Institute.
Section 3: Nothing in this article shall authorize the Institute to indemnify or
save harmless a trustee, agent or employee with respect to punitive or exemplary
damages, fines or penalties, or money recovered from a trustee, agent or
employee for conduct which provides grounds for the same; however, the
Institute shall indemnify and save harmless its trustees, agents and employees
in the amount of any costs, attorney’s fees, damages, fines or penalties which
may be imposed by reason of an adjudication that a trustee, agent or employee,
acting within the scope of his/her Institute duties or employment, has, without
wilfulness or intent on his/her part, violated a prior order, judgement, consent,
decree or stipulation of settlement entered into any court of this State or of the
United States.
Section 4: Upon the entry of any final judgement against a trustee, agent or
employee, or upon the settlement of a claim, the trustee, agent or employee
shall caused to be served a copy of such judgement or settlement, personally
or by certified or registered mail within thirty (30) days of the date of entry or
settlement, upon the President of the Board of Trustees of the Institute and if
not inconsistent with the provisions of the article, such judgement or settlement
shall be certified for payment by the President.

ARTICLE IX - Seal
Section 1: The Board of Trustees shall provide a corporate seal which shall be
circular in form and shall have inscribed thereon the name of the Silver Lake
Institute.

ARTICLE X - Fiscal Year
Section 1: The fiscal year of the Institute shall be the calendar year.

ARTICLE XI - Repeal of Inconsistent By-Laws
Section 1: All previous by-laws or parts thereof inconsistent with or not
included in these by-laws are hereby repealed.
Section 2: These by-laws shall take effect immediately.

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Appendix E
Silver Lake Institute Endowment Fund

PURPOSE
The endowment fund of the Silver Lake Institute is established for the purpose of
receiving, holding, and administering gifts and bequests of any kind as principal to invest which will provide Silver Lake Institute with annual income in addition to current fees received.

KIND OF PROPERTY
Only those gifts and bequests which are neither designated nor restricted shall be
placed in the Endowment Fund.

ADMINISTRATION
The Board of Trustees of Silver Lake Institute shall have, the responsibility to administer all of the assets placed in the Endowment Fund, subject to the charter of the Silver Lake Institute and the laws of the State of New York. The Board of Trustees may assign this reponsibility or seek professional advise from a bank or other investment counsel.

INVESTMENT
The principal of all assets placed in the Endowment Fund shall be invested in a wise and prudent manner with emphasis on obtaining maximum income without undue risk or loss of principal.

INCOME
The use of investment income shall be determined annually by the Board of Trustees.

PRINCIPAL
To provide for future flexibility in meeting the needs of the Silver Lake Institute, the principal may be invaded according to the following procedure: Approval of invading the principal be a vote of two thirds of the directors at two consecutive meetings held at least fifteen days apart.

FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year shall be the same as the calendar year.

REPORTING
The Board of Trustees shall report annually to the property owners at the annual
meeting the amount of the principal, the current market value of the assets, where the assets are invested, the income earned, and how the income was dispersed.

DISSOLUTION
In the event of the merger or dissolution of the Silver Lake Institute, the assets of the Endowment Fund will be transferred pursuant to the original charter and the amendments thereto of the Silver Lake Institute.

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Appendix F
Application for Transfer of Real Property
Application For Consent For The Transfer Of Private Real Property
At The Silver Lake Institute
Property Address and Description ________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
Applicant(s) __________________ __________________
Permanent or __________________ __________________
Mailing Address ________________ ________________
Institute Address __________________ __________________
if different __________________ __________________
Telephone Number __________________ __________________
Proposed Use of Property _____________________________________________
I have received a copy of the Handbook of the Silver Lake Institute containing the rules,
regulations and procedures of the Institute.
Signatures: _____________________________ Date: ___________
_____________________________ __________
_____________________________ __________
For Institute Use Only
1) Taxes Paid To Date: Property Yes ______ No ______
School Yes ______ No ______
Institute Yes ______ No ______
2) Property Meets Standards in
Sections 3.1.0 and 3.2.0 Yes ______ No ______
3) Property conforms With
Zoning Laws Yes ______ No ______
Submitted By ________________________________________________ Registrar
Date Approved By The Board Of Trustees _________________________________

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Appendix F
Deed Form

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Appendix F
Deed Form

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Appendix G
Waterfront Space Lease
SILVER LAKE INSTITUTE
P.O. Box 20, Silver Lake, New York 14549
Waterfront Space Lease
Waterfront Space Number ______________________________
Frontage __________ Feet @ $__________ per foot = $__________ Total Rent
Tenant ___________________________________________
Permanent or ___________________________________________
Mailing Address ___________________________________________
Institute Address ___________________________________________
if different ___________________________________________
Telephone Number ___________________________________________
I/We agree and consent to the following terms with respect to the leasing of the above
indicated waterfront space:
1) The term of the lease is from September 1, 20____ to August 31, 20____.
2) The payment of rent is by the year and is due before September 1, 20____.
3) The amount of the rent is a rate per front foot which shall be determined each year by
the Board of Trustees.
4) To terminate the lease at any time, the tenant shall notify the Administrator via
certified mail.
5) If the tenant ceases to be a property owner on the Institute grounds, the lease shall
be terminated on the closing date of the property transfer. The tenant shall notify the
Administrator via certified mail of the closing date.
6) The Institute may terminate the lease with thirty-one (31) days notification for
(a) nonpayment of rent
(b) violation of any part of Section 4.0.0 of the rules and regulations of the
Institute, or
(c) violation of any part of Section 12.10.0 of the procedures of the Institute.

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Appendix G
Waterfront Space Lease
7) To transfer the lease to another member of the family or to exchange spaces with
another tenant, the tenant shall receive the written consent of the Board of Trustees.
The tenant shall apply to the Administrator via certified mail.
8) Any person wishing to exchange spaces with another person must receive the
written consent of the Board of Trustees. Such person shall apply to the Administrator
via certified mail.
9) Waterfront spaces may be subleased under the following conditions:
(a) sublet only to Institute residents
(b) sublet only to those persons listed on the waterfront waiting list
(c) sublet only to residents not in violation of any of the Institute
rules and regulations
(d) the fee charged shall not exceed the annual fee charged by the
Institute
(e) Approval must be obtained from the Board of Trustees on an
annual basis.
10) The tenant shall have the exclusive right of use of the space except that the Institute
reserves the right to enter the space for the purpose of inspection or to show the space
to a prospective tenant.
11) Fixtures or structures attached to the land of a leased waterfront space become the
property of the Institute upon the termination of the lease if not removed or transferred
to the next tenant prior to the end of the lease term.
12) The Institute reserves the right of immediate re-entry upon the termination of the
lease for any reason.
13) The tenant waives any liability of the Institute and will hold it harmless and waives
any cause of action arising out of the tenant’s leasing of the waterfront space.
14) The tenant assumes any liability for any cause of action arising out of the use of the
space by any person or persons other than the tenant.
Tenant _________________________________ Date ______________
Witness _________________________________ Date ______________
For the Institute ___________________________ Date ______________
Witness ___________________________ Date ______________

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Appendix G
Marina Space Lease
SILVER LAKE INSTITUTE
P.O. Box 20, Silver Lake, New York 14549
Marina Space Lease
Marina Space Number ________________________ Rent $_____________
Tenant ____________________________________________
Permanent or ____________________________________________
Mailing Address ____________________________________________
Institute Address ____________________________________________
if different ____________________________________________
Telephone Number ____________________________________________
I/We agree and consent to the following terms with respect to the leasing of the above
marina space:
1) The term of the lease is from September 1, 20____ to August 31, 20____.
2) The payment of rent is by the year and is due before September 1, 20____.
3) The amount of the rent shall be determined each year by the Board of Trustees.
4) To terminate the lease at any time, the tenant shall notify the Administrator via
certified mail.
5) If the tenant ceases to be a property owner or resident on the Institute grounds, the
lease may be terminated. The tenant shall notify the Administrator via certified mail of
such a change in status.
6) The Institute may terminate the lease with thirty-one (31) days notification for
(a) nonpayment of rent
(b) violation of any part of Section 4.0.0 of the rules and regulations of the
Institute, or
(c) violation of any part of Section 12.10.0 of the procedures of the Institute.
7) To transfer the lease to another member of the family or to exchange spaces with
another tenant, the tenant shall receive the written consent of the Board of Trustees.
The tenant shall apply to the Administrator via certified mail.

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Appendix G
Marina Space Lease
8) The tenant agrees not to sublet or assign the marina space.
9) The tenant shall have the exclusive right of use of the space except that the Institute
reserves the right to enter the space for the purpose of inspection or to show the space
to a prospective tenant.
10) The Institute reserves the right of immediate re-entry upon the termination of the
lease for any reason.
11) The tenant waives any liability of the Institute and will hold it harmless and waives
any cause of action arising out of the tenant’s leasing of the marina space.
12) The tenant assumes any liability for any cause of action arising out of the use of the
space by any person or persons other than the tenant.
Tenant _________________________________ Date ______________
Witness _________________________________ Date ______________
For the Institute ___________________________ Date ______________
Witness ___________________________ Date ______________

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Appendix H
Silver Lake Institute Rental Agreement
I, ___________________, tenant of __________________ (property owner)
at _____________________________ (address) agree to abide by all the Silver Lake
Institute rules and regulations, as do all property owners on the Silver Lake Institute.
Tenant: _________________________ Date: ______________________
Witness: ________________________ Date: ______________________

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Appendix I
Address & Telephone Number of the Silver Lake Institute
Silver Lake Institute
P.O. Box 20
Silver Lake, NY 14549
Office Phone: (585) 237-6639

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Appendix J
Addresses & Telephone Numbers of Local Officials
Fire or First Aid Emergency Town of Castile Zoning Officer
46 North Main Street 11 Lake Street
Perry, New York 14530 Perry, New York 14530
(585) 237-2050 (585) 237-6240
New York State Police Silver Lake Watershed Protection
North Main Street Commission Inspector
Warsaw, New York 14569 46 North Main Street
(585) 786-2220 Perry, New York 14530
(585) 237-2424
Wyoming County Sheriff Department
145 North Main Street Silver Lake Institute Water Dist.
Warsaw, New York 14569 4 Lakeside Avenue
(585) 786-2255 Silver Lake, New York 14549
(585) 237-5262
Wyoming County Health Department
338 North Main Street
Warsaw, New York 14569
(585) 786-8310
Wyoming County Fire Coordinator
151 North Main Street
Warsaw, New York 14569
(585) 786-8867
Wyoming County Dog Warden
Gainesville, New York
(585) 322-7253
(585) 535-7547
Wyoming County A.S.P.C.A.
P.O. Box 93
Warsaw, New York
(585) 786-5272

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