Big Alum Lake Association Meeting
July 5, 2014
The meeting was called to order at 10:00 AM.
The minutes of the August 17, 2013 annual meeting, which had been posted
online and which were available at the meeting, were accepted.
Janet Garon gave the Treasurer's Report:
The checking account included income from dues, web site ads, and interest,
and expenses for a computer for the corresponding secretary, a camcorder
for the History Committee, weed treatments, and mailings. The Treasurer's
Report was accepted.
Danny Molta was introduced as a new member of the Association.
Dam - Ken Gajewski reported that water was going over the dam when
the ice thawed. The dam is in good working order.
Boating - Matt Kibbe said that all buoys have been in the water since
Memorial Day. The island has been getting a lot of use by off-lake people.
Rick Predella noted that residents should make sure their guests know the
rules for using jet skis. Joel provided our 2014 version of the Big Alum
Boating Rules and encouraged people to take them.
Fishing - The Northern Bass Alliance had held a fishing tournament
on the lake on June 1st. The Selectmen had approved the permit. Joel has
spoken to the Selectmen concerning weeds being brought into the lake by off-lake
Membership - Tim Gresenz reported that so far 105 people had paid
their dues. Last year we had 144 paid members which was about 75% of households
on the lake. Joel pointed out that this is due to the fine work of the Membership
Committee, because other area lakes have only 30-60% participation. Tim noted
that Paul Lamarine is the representative for lots 1 to 66, Al Johnson for
lots on Paradise Lane to 120, John Argitis for lots 122 to 172, Rick Predella
for lots 174 to 220, Ginnie Roscioli for lots 222 to 300, and Tim himself
for Trail Road. John Argitis is giving up his position on the committee,
so Tim is looking for a volunteer to replace him. BALA stickers are available
again this year for residents to put on their cars or boats.
Environmental - Bruce Gran said that the weed treatment had taken
place in early June. He will be sending out an electronic survey to ask people
about any weeds in front of their properties. Currently there are some weeds
near the dam that were not treated.
History - Joel Casaubon reported that John Puffer had taken charge
of the History Committee. He has organized a group of volunteers to contact
residents about the potential history of each property around the lake. Progress
is slow but promising. The Executive Board had purchased a camcorder to record
interviews with people who have been on the lake for a long time. A meeting
with John Freeman who is a local historian is planned for later this summer.
Pictures and new information will be added to the history pages already on
the BALA web site.
SLAC - Joel said that the group had asked the Town to allocate State
funds for weed treatment to each of the lakes that do treat their water.
Big Alum expects to receive $1600 for future treatments. Bruce Gran
reported that a safe boating course had been offered in May and that SLAC
plans to offer another in September. Only three Sturbridge residents had
attended the May class although there were 50 people in attendance. BALA
will be notified early about the Sept. class. A Lake Appreciation Day will
be held on Cedar Lake in October.
Upcoming Social Events:
Boat Parade - July 5 at 4:00 PM from Lamarines' dock.
BALA PAL gatherings - July 16 and August 20. The June gathering was a great
Wine and Cheese Tasting - August 8 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Garons' yard,
hosted by Janet Garon, Chris Casaubon, and Jill Roy.
Old and New Business:
* Joel noted that LogoUp is handling the BALA shirts for us now. The
company has all types of apparel, hats, bags, etc. - there is no charge for
the logo. There is a link to LogoUp on the BALA web site or people may go
online to logoup.com to order their own items. At check-out, it is necessary
to put our logo code AB-54108 in the "comments box" at the bottom of the
page. Donna Talbot can still put our logo on items that residents take to
* We have a new post office box #355. The Board of Directors felt
that we needed a Fiskdale address.
* We also have a Facebook page for Big Alum Lake Association where
people can find pictures of recent events and see notices of upcoming
* Janet is looking into electronic collection of funds through Pay
Pal. At some point members may be able to pay dues electronically.
* It was announced that Ted Gawron had passed away recently, and that
Ray Taylor had died earlier in the year.
* Paddle-boarders have been coming on the lake for the past couple
of weeks. In answer to a question, Joel said that they do not need life
preservers except before April 15 and after September 15.
The meeting adjourned at 10:45 AM.
BALA Minutes - Archives
July 8, 2006
August 12, 2006
July 7, 2007
July 5, 2008
August 9, 2008
July 11, 2009
August 15, 2009
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July 6, 2013
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|July 5, 2014
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||June 27, 2015
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||July 2, 2016
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July 1, 2017