Big Alum Lake Association Meeting
July 7, 2012
The meeting was called to order at 10:00 AM. The minutes of the August
2011 meeting, which had been posted on the BALA Website and copies of which
were on the tables at the meeting, were accepted.
Andi Cropley read the Treasurer's Report including Checking Account,
Savings Account, and CD balances. Income since the August 2011 meeting
included dues, interest, ad sales, and the 2011 Bash.
Expenses included filing fees, awards,
liability insurance, stationery and postage, donation for St. Anne's meeting
room, and 2011 and 2012 weed treatments.
Boating: Officers Lombardi and Paciorek of the Sturbridge Police
Department addressed the members about boating safety. They said that most
problems they encounter on Big Alum are caused by off-lake boaters or by
jet skiers. They suggested that if residents witness poor boating practices,
they should get the registration of the offending craft and call the police
station. The police can issue citations by mail or can come to the lake and
take care of the problem using their jet ski, their fire boat, or by using
a PA horn to call the offenders to shore. To questions about loud noises
late at night from party boats and from events at Hyland Orchards, the officers
noted that "quiet hours" are from 10 PM until 6:00 AM. When Hyland's has
an event they must get a permit from the Town. Loud lake-parties at 2:00
in the morning disturb the peace and the police should be called. The officers
clarified swimming rules - swimmers should tow a swimming buoy and should
use common sense when venturing far from shore. By law, boats should be 150
feet from shore but that does not make sense in a lake the size of Big Alum
the officers said. People who are snorkeling do not legally need to have
a flag, but the police can educate them about safety if they see them in
In other boating matters, Matt Kibbe noted that some of the newer
boats create massive waves and recommended that those owners keep their
wave-making in the middle of the lake. Rick Predella thanked Joel for putting
a clear plastic container with copies of our boating rules at the boat ramp.
Matt reported that the island had been getting a lot of use including bonfires
and day-long activity. He reminded residents that there are no restrooms
on the island. He also noted that in Massachusetts young people cannot operate
jet skis until age 18 (16 with a certified boater's course).
Bash: Tracy Murphy reported that the Family Picnic/Bash is scheduled
for 2:00 PM on July 21st at the Italian Club. Steve Small from the Village
Grille will be catering the party. Mary Roy noted that the 21st is Claire
Roy's 88th birthday. Mary will bring a sheet cake to celebrate and asked
if Noah Lis would sing Happy Birthday to Claire. Tracy assured her that he
Dam: Ken Gajewski noted that the lake is still 3 to 4 inches below
normal for this time of year.
Environmental: Rob Wheaton from Lycott Environmental spoke about the
weed treatment completed on June 21st. Lycott had treated the small stringy
starwort plant which is brought to the boat ramp by off-water boat trailers
and filamentous algae near the island. Because of the lack of ice this past
winter the algae did not die off and Rob said that it is important not to
allow it to mat. He added that residents should use phosphorus and nitrogen-free
fertilizers and mow lawns away from the lake.
Fishing: Rob Scoble noted that the lake had been stocked in the spring.
There was a lighter fish-kill this spring as well.
History: Joel said that the History Committee was hoping to collect
information from older people who still live on the lake. Rick Predella has
scanned many documents and pictures and a small group will meet with Martha
Fearing to record some of the stories she has.
Membership: Tim Gresenz reported that $6000 had been collected in
dues so far this year. He noted that his committee includes Paul Lamarine
(Lots 1-66), Al Johnson (Lots 68-120), John Argitis (Lots 124-172), Rick
Predella (Lots 174-220), Ginny Roscioli (Lots 222-302); Tim covers Trail
Joel welcomed Mark and Theresa Minnucci who have purchased the home
at 306 Trail Road.
Old Business: Joel noted that the boat parade is scheduled for 4:00
PM on July 7th. In addition the Tag Sale on the lake was a success, especially
New Business: Joel reported that SLAC had reviewed dock regulations
for the Town and had suggested a few changes. He said that the regulations
will not be enforced unless problems occur on one of the Sturbridge lakes.
The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing in August about the
The Sturbridge Trails Committee recently presented its Master Plan
to the public. The goal of the Trails Committee is to give people places
to walk and bike in town, but the Town Assessors' maps that the Committee
and its consultants used were not accurate. As a result the "trail" planned
around Big Alum goes through private property. The Trails Committee had asked
SLAC to negotiate with property owners to give access to the "great ponds"
but, Joel said, SLAC will not support any public access through private property.
If greater public access is given to Big Alum at the boat ramp, the Town
will be required to provide, among other things, a "wash-down" station for
boats at the Sturbridge Police Station, rangers at the ramp to check permits,
and outside parking on Clarke Road. The Board of Selectmen will hold a public
hearing on July 23rd to discuss the Trails Committee's plan and its impact
on the lakes.
Janet Garon has proposed inviting businesses to advertise on the BALA
Website and she has already secured ads from three local businesses.
Joel said that there had been some discussion at the Board of Directors
meetings about changing the BALA logo. He had posted pictures of several
suggested designs and asked residents to offer their opinions.
It was noted that long time resident Ellen Speed had passed away on
July 4, 2012.
Robin Richey said that she would like help removing the tree that
had fallen from her property into the lake. David Bellerose pointed out that
the hemlocks around the lake are infected with insects and need to be
The meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM.
Barbara LaRochelle, Secretary
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