Big Alum Lake Association Meeting
July 6, 2013
The meeting was called to order at 10:00 AM.
The minutes of the August 2012 meeting, which had been posted on the
BALA website and which were available at the meeting, were accepted.
Janet gave the Treasurer's Report. Income since the August 2012 meeting
had come from 2012 and 2013 dues. Expenses included 2012 and 2013 dues
mailings, Lycott weed treatments and year-end reports, the Annual Report
filing fee, Bash costs, and Talbot Embroidery's set-up charge. Janet noted
that there was a discrepancy and that she would find it and would submit
an amended report in a few days. (See attached Checkbook Reconciliation
7/11/2013). The five CD's are in the Southbridge Credit Union. The
Treasurer's Report was accepted pending reconciliation of the checking
Boating - Matt Kibbe reported that the rock buoys are in and asked
residents to notify him if any are missing. He had made several observations
in recent weeks: boats not following the counter-clockwise direction rule
(this "rule" is just a safety suggestion by the Association), underage jet
skiers, swimmers too far from shore, boats traveling at night without bow
and stern lights, overloaded boats. He suggested that boaters be aware of
their wakes, both in the no-wake zone between the island and the shore, and
when their boats are at half-plane. Joel noted that the Association is not
the governing authority on the lake. If residents see a problem, they should
call the police and file a report.
Dam - Ken Gajewski said that the dam is closed and the lake has been
full since Memorial Day.
Environmental - Tammy Chase reported that the weed treatment in mid-June
had gone well. There had been no fish-kill this year and no algae blooms,
probably due to the high water levels in the spring. Tammy will be giving
up her chairmanship of the Environmental Committee and Bruce Gran will take
over in August.
Fishing - Rob Scoble said that fishing has been good this season.
Lisa Dalberth had been planning a kids' fishing tournament, but has postponed
the event until next year.
Membership - New residents Mike and Barb Gionfriddo (#332) and Nancy
Mangari (#206) were introduced. Tim Gresenz reported that dues have been
paid for 108 lots so far. This year residents who join the Association will
receive two stickers with the new logo for use on their cars or boats. The
Membership Committee members will distribute the stickers to the residents
in each section of the lake: Paul Lamarine - Lots 1-66, Al Johnson - Lots
68-120, John Argitis - Lots 122-172, Rick Predella - Lots 174-220, Ginnie
Roscioli - Lots 222-302, Tim Gresenz - Lots 306-332 and the Trail
Bash - There will be no bash this summer due to decreasing attendance
and the difficulty in finding anyone to chair the event.
History - Joel said that a newly formed History Committee had met
and will actively engage in interviewing older residents about their memories
of earlier times at the lake. The Board had approved the purchase of a small
video camera to record the interviews. Joel had inquired if a WPI student
might be interested in collating the material as part of a college project;
he is waiting to hear from the school in the fall.
Joel reported that SLAC had sponsored a boating safety course in May
and that thirty-eight people had attended. Some states require anyone driving
a boat to have a license and Massachusetts may make this a law as well. The
course will be offered next year too. The dock regulations project has been
temporarily tabled by the Board of Selectmen. Articles on environmental concerns
will appear monthly in local newspapers.
Andi Cropley said that the Boat Parade is scheduled for 4:00 PM, Saturday
The Tag Sale on June 29 went relatively well. Pat Howard had sent
out an e-mail explaining that she knew of a non-profit charity where people
could donate items that did not sell during the tag sale.
The man in the green kayak, who came to the lake frequently last summer,
has returned and is spending time on the island. Matt and Joel have both
spoken to him and the Sturbridge Police know who he is and of residents'
concerns about him.
At last year's meeting members decided that our August meetings will
be held on the third Saturday of the month instead of the second Saturday.
This requires a By-Law change. A motion was made and approved unanimously
to make this By-Law change.
If anyone is interested in Web advertising on the BALA site, please
contact Barbara LaRochelle or Janet Garon.
The Association is ordering tee shirts and polo shirts with the new
BALA logo. Chris Casaubon had samples of both at the meeting; tee shirts
cost $8.00 and polo shirts $34.00. Orders will be placed every two
Geese have become a problem this summer. They spend their evenings
on the island and their days eating the grass in everybody's yards. Joel
had a flyer about an amber flashing light that can be purchased online and
used as a deterrent.
Last year Cedar Lake sponsored a Kayak for the Kure fund raiser and
raised several thousand dollars for their cause. Joel asked if people wanted
to do something similar. No decision was made regarding this matter.
Janet reported that the Sturbridge Trails Committee had planned to
make the roads around the lake a public trail. Because many of the roadways
are private property, the Big Alum "trail" was removed from the Trails Plan.
Unfortunately, there was a recent article in the newspaper saying that Big
Alum was part of the public trail. Janet said that she would speak to the
publisher of the article, but that residents should inform any potential
"trail users" that the roads are private property and only those who live
on the roads have access.
Ken Gajewski said that there is a loon on the lake. Tim Gresenz noted
that the sign at the base of the ramp is down.
The meeting adjourned at 10:50 AM.
Barbara LaRochelle, Secretary
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