Big Alum Lake Association Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 10:00 AM.
The minutes of the August 20, 2016 meeting, copies of which were available at the meeting and which had been posted on the Big Alum Website, were accepted.
Janet Garon gave the Treasurer's Report. Income included 2016
dues , 2017 dues, the 2016 Wine and Beer Tasting, advertising, interest,
and deposit of a stale-dated check.
President Joel Casaubon asked if any new members were present; Mark and Barbara Smith introduced themselves and said that they had purchased the Field house on Lake Road.
Boating - Matt Kibbe reported that the buoys are in place - yellow
are hazard buoys and orange mark the slalom course. He asked that jet skiers
and tubers stay away from the orange buoys to avoid cutting them loose. He
noted that the Sturbridge Police have a new Zodiak boat with a 175 hp engine,
which allows them to patrol at night, so he advised residents to use bow
and stern lights on when boating in the evening. Also, he said that Massachusetts
Law states that boaters are responsible for their wakes, and asked residents
to inform their guests of the State and local boating rules. To a question
about how close fishermen are allowed to come to shore, Matt said that there
are no restrictions.
Dam - Ken Gajewski said that the dam is in good shape. The lake is full and has been since mid-May.
Environmental - Bruce Gran was not present, so Joel reported that the lake had been treated for nuisance weeds on June 19th. Solitude Lake Management will come back to spot check for weed growth and Joel suggested that if any residents are having problems near their properties to let him or Bruce know.
Fishing - Rob Scoble said that the lake had been stocked in the spring and will be again in the fall. Trout fishing was great this spring.
History - Joel noted that John Puffer is still looking for old pictures and information that residents would like to share. Joel said that Scott Phipps had found a 1923 depth sounding chart of the lake; it was on the front table for anyone interested in looking at it.
Membership - Rick Predella reported that membership was off to a good
start this summer. He introduced his committee: Tom Clark, Mari Roy, Dave
Bellerose, Jamie Skowyra, Laura Elisson, Barbara Hitchcock, and Peg Predella
and noted the areas of the lake for which each is responsible: He distributed
BALA stickers to paid members who were present.
Recreation - Mari Roy introduced her committee: Liz Detarando, Kathy Harrington, Barbara Hitchcock, Taylor Nelson, Marion Reilly, and Marnie Treitman. During the winter, the group had planned an Ugly Sweater party and the BALA at Baba event. For the summer, they have organized the Pontoon tie-ups, the Boat Parade and lighting of the lake (July 2), a kayak breakfast, and the BALA Gala (August 4). On August 12, they hope to hold a golf outing - 9 holes at Hemlock Golf Course on Holland Road. The group will post details on Facebook, on the Web site, and by e-mail.
By-Laws - Janet Garon said that there has been a change in demographics
at the lake since 2013 when the By-laws were last revised. Therefore a committee
had been formed to review the "mission statement" and the membership and
voting sections of the document. Committee members included Janet, John Fearing,
Gary Galonek, Sam Gilbert, Beverly Litchfield, and Chuck Roy.
SLAC - Joel said that he will be stepping down from SLAC next year
and that Chuck Roy will be taking his place. He noted that the Boating Safety
courses are sponsored by SLAC. Mike Detarando asked about the possibility
of a "boat-wash" at the State ramp, but Joel said that it would require a
Ranger to supervise. The DOT is studying water running off the Pike from
Draper Woods. Mark Minnucci said that he is looking into this and will report
on the matter when he learns more.
Old Business - Joel said that our lake logo is still available at LogoUp where people may purchase t-shirts, hats, bags, etc. A link to LogoUp is on the Web site.
New Business - Barbara Hitchcock noted the passing of Linda DeMaio, Robert and Nancy Allan's daughter.
Joel reminded members to check the web site for Lost and Found items and for ads for businesses that are posted on the site.
To a question about how many properties are seasonal, Ken replied that last year he estimated about 65.
The meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM.