Big Alum Lake Association Meeting
July 2, 2011
The meeting was called to order at 10:10 AM. President Janet Garon
asked if there were any new members present and Mary Roy of 222 Roy Road
and Richard Domash of 160 Lake Road introduced themselves.
The minutes of the August 14, 2010 meeting, which are posted on the
BALA website and were available at the meeting, were accepted.
Janet introduced Rob Wheaton from Lycott who spoke about the recent
weed treatment and the condition of the lake. Rob said that the water has
shown continuous improvement both in clarity and in the slow growth of
vegetation. There are no invasive weeds, phosphorus levels are low, and there
is clarity of 16 to 18 feet. In the northwest cove there are some filamentous
algae blooms that may be caused by construction run-off. Lycott can do spot
treatments if necessary. He suggested leaving root structures in place when
landscaping, using phosphorus free fertilizers, and keeping grass clippings
out of the lake.
Janet gave the Treasurer's report:. One CD had matured and Janet
had moved it from Southbridge Credit Union to Southbridge Savings Bank. Expenses
had included costs for BALA mailings and buoy replacement, as well as payments
to Lycott . The Treasurer's report was accepted as read.
Committee reports followed:
Boating Committee - Matt Kibbe said that the buoys have been in the
lake since Memorial Day. He noted that during the previous week a small boat
pulling a tube had gotten out of control. The young drivers who were thrown
from the boat were picked up by lake residents and dropped off at the boat
ramp where they were met by police. Joel Casaubon's son, son-in-law, and
a friend were able to board the small boat and stop it from circling. It
was towed back to the boat ramp.
Joel said that the Sturbridge Lakes Advisory Committee is planning
to offer a boating course. Young people must be age sixteen to drive a boat
in Massachusetts, age twelve if they have taken a course. The State boating
rules are posted at the boat ramp. John Argitis suggested changing the verbiage
of the Big Alum Boating Rules to include the sentence, "Please keep speed
to "no wake idle" before 9:00 AM."
Environmental Committee - Tammy Chase was not present to give a
Fishing Committee - Rob Scoble noted that the fish kill this spring
had not been severe.
Dam Committee - Ken Gajewski reported that everything at the dam is
fine. Lowering the water 36 inches last fall gave people time to work on
their walls, and he plans to recommend lowering the lake the usual 30 inches
History Committee - Martha Fearing was not present. Barbara LaRochelle
asked that members look at the "Cottages" pages on the web site to see if
they recognize any of the old homes pictured.
Membership Committee - Tim Gresenz said that last year's membership
was 134 giving the Association $6,700 in dues. So far this year, 98 people
have joined, which is more than at the same time last year. Tim and his committee
members will try this summer to encourage more people to join.
A motion was made and a vote taken to accept the Committees'
Boat Parade - Andi Cropley said that the parade is scheduled for 4:00
PM on July 3rd. If the parade must be postponed due to rain, Paul Lamarine
will circle the lake with his bull-horn and announce the change of plan.
BALA Bash - Tracy Murphy said that the picnic will be held on July
23rd at the Italian Club. Steve Small of Karin's Kitchen will cater the event
and appetizers and desserts are being coordinated by Christine Casaubon and
Kathy Lamarine. Once again, Noah Lis will provide musical entertainment.
Part of the cost of the picnic is being covered by our dues. Tim said that
he and Rob would be looking for raffle and live auction items soon. Two banners
announcing the Bash have been made by the Center of Hope in Southbridge;
some residents will hang the banners from their party boats and "tour" the
lake to advertise the party.
Under New Business, Janet said that nominations for the Friend of
Big Alum Award should be made by July 22nd. At the August 13th meeting, there
will be an election of officers, and the President's seat will be open this
year. Nancy Molta, Ann Marie Argitis, and Rick Predella volunteered to serve
as the Nominating Committee.
Janet noted that three long-time residents had passed away: Owen Luce,
Grace Grant, and Emily Faxon.
There was some discussion about the pine tree that fell into the lake
from the Ricci property. The tree cannot be seen at night and has become
a hazard to boaters. Joel noted that stumps that are 2½ to 3 feet in
diameter have been found floating in the lake as well. The Boating Committee
will talk to Jason about removing the tree, and in the meantime Matt will
place a buoy to mark its furthermost branches.
Ann Marie Argitis said that she will start the "circulation" of the
flamingo again this year...
The meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM.
Barbara LaRochelle, Secretary
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