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Big Alum Lake Association Meeting
August 17, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 AM.

The minutes of the July 6, 2013 meeting, which had been posted online and which were available at the meeting, were accepted.

Treasurer Janet Garon was not present, but had provided an updated report which President Joel Casaubon read. Income since the July meeting had come from dues, Website ads, the Fishing Derby donation, and interest. Expenses included the Membership Decal printing, the Boat Parade prizes, and the D&O Liability Policy. There was an outstanding expense for the video camera. Projected expenses through June 30, 2014 include: 2013 second dues mailing, 2013 weed treatment reports, 2014 weed treatments, and 2014 dues mailing. The Treasurer's report was approved.

Committee Reports:

Boating - Matt Kibbe said that fortunately there had been no accidents on the lake. Some concern was expressed that jet skiers have been cruising at night with no lights and otherwise driving erratically. Matt reminded residents to call the Sturbridge Police if they witness boaters behaving badly.

Dam - Ken Gajeweski reported that the dam opening will be done in accordance with Big Alum's NOI. He will open the dam on November 1, draw down the water 30 inches from the top of the spillway and maintain it at that level until December 31, at which time he will close the dam. Every five years, the water is lowered 36 inches; the next time this will happen is in 2015.

Environmental - Bruce Gran reported that on August 9th water samples and Secchi disk readings had been taken. The tests showed that the water was not as clear this year as it usually is - the reading had been 10½ feet rather than previous readings of 15-17 feet - probably due to the hot weather, the run-off after the June rain, and the fact that the readings were done on a gray, overcast day. Scott Sanderson has equipment to do another test and will notify the Association of the results. Bruce noted that residents should avoid mowing near the shoreline to prevent grass clippings from going into the lake.

Fishing - Rob Scoble said that there had not been a fish-kill in the spring and that fishing this summer had been good. The Dalberths had held a private fishing tournament for twenty-five participants, and had donated $60 from the tournament to the Association.

History - Joel reported that he had tried to have a small get-together for older residents who might like to share their memories of earlier days at the lake. His attempt was not successful; he plans to send out a survey during the winter to see if there might be some interest for next season. Rob suggested approaching people who used to get together as kids and inviting them to a social "event" like a mini-reunion.

Membership - Tim Gresenz reported that dues had been collected from126 properties. A second letter had gone out to encourage those who have not joined the Association yet to do so.

Bash - Joel asked if there had been any feedback about the bash's not being held this summer. He will add a question about it in the survey he sends out during the winter.

SLAC - Joel noted that SLAC will sponsor a boater's safety course again next May.

Nominating - Paul Lamarine read the nominations for officers and directors for the 2013-2014 year: President - Joel Casaubon, Vice President - Andrea Cropley, Treasurer - Janet Garon, Secretary - Barbara LaRochelle, Corresponding Secretary - Pat Howard; Directors - Martha Fearing, Ken Gajeweski, Bruce Gran, Tim Gresenz, Matt Kibbe, Paul Lamarine, Tracy Murphy, Rick Predella, Rob Scoble. A motion was made that the Secretary cast one ballot for the slate. The motion passed.

Under Old Business, Joel noted that the sale of t-shirts and polo shirts has gone well. We will now be offering hats and other apparel items with the Big Alum logo. Chris Casaubon has the catalog of offerings and said that residents may bring their own clothing to be embroidered as well.

Joel reported that the Board of Selectmen had approved the Silver City Lunkers fishing group's request to hold a tournament on Big Alum on Sept. 14th. Because of a delay by the Town Administrator in getting the request to the Selectmen, the fishermen have apparently scheduled their tournament at another lake. Concerns about parking at the boat ramp and boats from other lakes coming onto Big Alum were expressed, but Joel noted that the tournament will not be held at Big Alum this year.

Joel said that the geese have definitely been a problem this summer. He had spoken to an expert on geese and was told that while the parents will most likely come back next year, the babies will not since they do not have eggs for three years. He recommended watching for the adults early in the spring as they will no doubt return to the island to have another family.

The meeting adjourned at 10:55 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara LaRochelle,
Secretary

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