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Lake Management Committee Remote Zoom Meeting Agenda / January 12, 2020 at 4pm

posted at 10:45am on 1/7/2021

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When: Jan 12, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Secretary’s Report - Approve previous minutes

 

OLD BUSINESS

Discuss LMC/Select Board meeting on January 27, 2021

Discuss Lake Management ATM inputs

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Discuss status of Plunkett Dam and Spillway – gate valve repairs/DPW/Future Repairs & Funding

  • Discuss lake drawdown and water level chart

  • Discuss future efforts to warn public of algae blooms – coordinate with BOH, HPD & Emergency Management

  • Open public comments on other issues not on agenda pertaining to Plunkett Reservoir

Ashmere Lake 

  • Open public comments on any issues not on the agenda pertaining to Ashmere Lake

 

NEW BUSINESS

Discuss new LMC member applicant letter

Review 2020 Fall Survey Report-Hinsdale Lake Management from Solitude for both lakes and discuss 2021 options

Solicit input from LMC members regarding how our committee should go forward

Review LMC correspondence and discuss any important matters for LMC that arose after the agenda was posted

Meeting Adjourned      

 

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Lake Management Committee Remote Zoom Meeting Agenda / December 8, 2020 at 4pm

posted at 12:45pm on 12/3/2020
 

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OLD BUSINESS
Discuss items for a proposed LMC/Select Board meeting.

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Report algae bloom update

  • Discuss status of Plunkett drawdown and dam valve replacement/DPW training

  • Update on retention pond dredging

  • Open public comments on other issues not on agenda pertaining to Plunkett Reservoir

  • Ashmere Lake

  Open public comments on other issues not on agenda pertaining to Plunkett Reservoir
 

NEW BUSINESS
Review 2020 Fall Survey Report-Hinsdale Lake Management from Solitude for both lakes and discuss 2021 options

Discuss proposed 2021 budgetary request for Lake Management
Discuss lake water quality and nutrient loading research being conducted by committee members
Discuss BOH/LMC requesting use of Code Red as a way to notify residents of Health Advisories
Review LMC correspondence and discuss any important matters for LMC that arose after the agenda was posted

Meeting Adjourned

Lake Management Committee Zoom Business Meeting Agenda / November 24, 2020 at 4pm

posted at 12:30pm on 11/17/2020

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Discuss LMC items to address with the Select Board

Discuss 2021 budget items
Meeting Adjourned

 

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Lake Management Committee Zoom Business Meeting Minutes / November 24, 2020 at 4pm

posted at 5:30pm on 12/13/2020

Members Present on Zoom: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Duane Bruce (DB), Rick Koch (RK), and Cynthia Grippaldi (CG)

Members Absent: Paul McMahon (PM) (Attempted but unable to connect)

Others Present: None

 

Meeting opened at 4:11 PM

This was a business only meeting. Members of the public could attend but none were present.

In preparation for a meeting with the Select Board, the LMC addressed agenda items for discussion.

  • Review LMC’s newly drafted Mission Statement

    • SB feedback/additions/deletions

  • Understanding the Select Board’s expectations for the Lake Management Committee

  • Improving Communications

    • If LMC is to be the town’s contact with the lake residents, then LMC asks to receive timely updates/feedback on lake related issues.

    • Newsletter

  • Determine/Understand Budget/ATM/Contract Responsibilities

    • LMC expenses: Membership/Dues, Stamps/Mailings, Signs, Flyer box supplies

    • List of projects – ATM appropriations/Responsibilities

      1. Yearly Plunkett Sediment Pond Silt Removal– ConCom

      2. Herbicide Treatments: (2) June/August, Phragmites - periodic at Ashmere – ConCom

      3. Plunkett Dam/Gate work – DPW;

      4. Spillway Repairs: Short term - Batter board repair, Gate valve, Engineer study for replacement; Removing debris/brush from spillway - DPW; Long term – Spillway reconstruction

      5. Lake Management Plans for both Lakes, priority Plunkett

    • Any Contract Responsibilities?

  • Plunkett residents' perception of LMC/SB elations

    • “No teeth”, cheap short-term fixes, reactive vs proactive

  • Discuss Solitude Contract – coordination needed with ConCom

    • Enforcement / 2021 Contract Changes

  • Public Comment – reserve comments until the end?

Andy will get copies of Solitude contracts for the committee to review.

Meeting Adjourned at 5:20.

Respectfully submitted, Monica Montferret

 

Select Board/Lake Management Meeting

Agenda – Date TBD

 

Open Meeting

Review Lake Management Committee’s newly drafted Mission Statement

Understand the Select Board’s expectations for the Lake Management Committee

Discuss Communications

Understand Lake Management Budget/ ATM /Contract Responsibilities

Discuss Plunkett Resident’s Perception of LMC/SB Relations

Discuss Solitude Contract Enforcement/2021 Changes to Contract

Public Comment

Meeting Adjourned

Lake Management Committee Zoom Meeting Agenda / November 10, 2020 at 4pm

posted at 8:40am on 11/5/2020

 

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Secretary’s Report - Approve previous minutes

 

OLD BUSINESS

Approve final version of letter to camps, campground and lake associations explaining the possible addition of August herbicide application to address warm water invasive species

 

Discuss LMC newsletter

 

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Report algae bloom update

  • Discuss Select Board’s decision regarding LMC’s request for them to consider hiring an engineering firm to measure the amount of water exiting via the toe drains and the undermined spillway.

  • Updates on dam inspection / spillway - batter board fix / valve repair

  • Open public comments on other issues not on agenda pertaining to Plunkett Reservoir

 

Ashmere Lake 

  • Open public comments on any issues not on the agenda pertaining to Ashmere Lake.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Discuss changing all LMC public meeting to remote Zoom meeting during current pandemic times

Create yearly calendar/list of LMC 2020-2021 Tasks and Goals

Develop protocols for working with Solitude

Discuss items to address with the Select Board

Review New Member applicants – if any

Review LMC correspondence and discussions of any other matters under the responsibilities of the Lake Management Committee.

Meeting Adjourned      

 

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Lake Management Committee Zoom Meeting Minutes / November 10, 2020 at 4pm

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Members Present on Zoom: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Duane Bruce (DB), Rick Koch (RK), and Cynthia Grippaldi (CG) (4:41)

Members Absent: Paul McMahon (PM)

Others Present: B. Logue on Zoom; Fred Wang (FW) on telephone.

 

Meeting opened at 4:07 PM

The LMC meeting minutes from October 8, 2020 were approved unanimously by AH,MM,DB&RK.

 

OLD BUSINESS

LMC members (AH,DB,RK & MM) approved the final version of the letter to camps, campground and lake associations explaining the possible addition of August herbicide application to address warm water weeds. The select board’s (SB’s) support will be needed to fund a second warm water herbicide treatment for both lakes. This August treatment was first added to Ashmere Lake’s orders of conditions in 2020 but not needed. In addition to ATM funding approval, the Hinsdale/Peru Conservation Commission’s (ConCom) will need to agree to include both a June and August treatment in the Ashmere Lake orders of conditions and the Hinsdale ConCom will need to address and add the June and August treatments to Plunkett Reservoir’s orders of conditions. AH will write to SB seeking their support for an increase in Lake Management’s appropriation at ATM for two herbicide treatments for each lake assuming the second possible August herbicide applications will be approved by ConCom for 2021.

MM relayed comments from Bob Graves that the SB had no problems with the LMC producing a newsletter to keep lake residents informed and educated on lake issues. The newsletter must receive SB approval before being issued. AH would like a future LMC business meeting to address assembling a contact list.

 

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Today the initial algae report came back indicating the boat ramp/beach area is under the 70,000ml health advisory threshold at 3000ml. However, the Northwest shore area of Plunkett had a cyanobacteria concentration present at 74,000ml. Two additional treatments 7 days apart showing the bacteria concentration is under the 70,000ml threshold are needed to remove the Health Advisory issued by the BOH. B Logue said an effective drawdown helps to control the weeds and their decomposition which adds to algae growth. He asked if efforts to better control the drawdown will occur this year? The drawdown should be the same every year. It is set at 34 inches by ConCom in the orders of conditions. Although, residents have express to LMC that last year it did not go down to normal levels and that levels have not been consistently maintained through the winter for the last several years. If and when batter board repairs and value repairs happen then there should be two methods to control the drawdown that Plunkett does not have currently.  Fred Wang sent LMC a link to daily recordings of the lake levels. LMC forwarded this link to SB and ConCom.

  • MM was the LMC representative for Select Board’s Nov. 4th meeting. On the agenda was LMC’s request for the SB to consider hiring an engineering firm to measure the amount of water exiting via the toe drains and the undermined spillway. Due to technology issues the public was left waiting on Zoom and was never connected to the meeting. Eventually, a phone number was provided but the LMC agenda item was done. At the end of the meeting, MM was told that the SB will not pay for an engineer to evaluate the flow through the toe drains. They have to repair the damaged valve shaft and once the fall drawdown is complete the SB plans to fund a temporary fix to the rubber membrane and the spillway boards, to make the batter boards operational. If the boards had been open, the lake would not have refilled causing drawdown concerns.

  • The gate valve part was delayed until after the week of Thanksgiving, and repairs should happen within 24 hours of the part’s arrival. Bud Hall and his staff will be trained on valve operation by Foresight Land Service.

  • The SB’s current short-term plan to repair the batter boards is to slice/replace the membrane on the boards closest to the dam allowing them to swing inward to the spillway. The membrane will be modified on 3 of the swing doors so they can be operational, and the remaining boards will be covered with a solid membrane. The operational swing door can then be left open while the lake is drawn down keeping the lake at the -27” level. The last seven inches will need to be lowered and maintained by the gate value. The long-term plan when the spillway is replaced is to have individual boards that can be removed one board at a time. The current design groups stacked boards which then open like a hinged door.

  • Residents have expressed to LMC members that there is partying and ATV’s occasionally driving on the dam. Normally, lake residents will walk or fish on the dam. LMC will suggest the town add signage - NO ATV’s or motorized vehicles.

Ashmere Lake

  • No issues discussed.

 

NEW BUSINESS

The committee needs to define better protocols for dealing with Solitude especially making sure they adhere to the orders of conditions. AH will request a copy of the contract for LMC’s review to better understand Solitudes commitments and the defined scope of work.

No new member applicants to review. Feedback from some Plunkett residents to committee members has been they feel that since they are not full-time residents, they don’t feel the SB wants or values their input. Those who have volunteered in the past did not feel it was productive nor did they get the SB support that was desired. They expressed appreciation for the current LMC and feel we work hard but in general the Plunkett residents who have been poled feel we have “No Teeth.” AH and MM stated the current LMC committee has regrouped and been much more involved in issues other than herbicide treatments. LMC is working closely with town committees/boards to actively address the current Plunkett issues that have been neglected or received temporary fixes in the past and are now escalating and need more immediate attention.

BOH, Fred Sears, asked for LMC members assistance in helping with distribution and retrieval of public health advisories flyers around Plunkett. Three members offered future help CG, AH and MM. MM will provide email and phone numbers to BOH. LMC should create maps for both lakes indicating posting locations for these types of issues and herbicide treatment flyers (MM will find old maps).

LMC’s future public meeting will all be remote via Zoom during current pandemic times. LMC will start scheduling business only Zoom meeting to address other issues not relate to Plunkett Reservoir. LMC’s next business meeting will be to discuss items to address with the Select Board

The LMC did not get to the following agenda items because it’s meeting time ran out: Discuss lake surveys/management plans for both lakes and Create yearly calendar/list of LMC 2020-2021 Tasks and Goals.

Meeting adjourned at 5:52 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Monica Montferret

Lake Management Committee Zoom Meeting Agenda / November 5, 2020 at 4pm

posted at 10am on 11/3/2020

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Discuss better time management at public meetings.

Update on the cyanobacteria/blue-green algae Public Health Advisory at Plunkett

Compile a list of annual events that LMC should be addressing

Discuss the immediate vs long term options for repairing/improving batter board for Plunkett spillway and vendor accountability

Beginning looking at items for possible inclusion at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting (ATM)

  • Herbicide treatments at both lakes

  • Dredging silt from Plunkett settling pond

  • Plunkett spillway/batter boards and dam repairs

  • Lake management plans

  • Other LMC budget items

Discuss “Standard Operating Procedures” for the Plunkett Gate valve.

Discuss items to address with the Select Board

Meeting Adjourned

 

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Lake Management Committee Agenda / October 13, 2020 at 4pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted at 10:51am on 10/07/2020

 

Open meeting

Secretary’s Report - Approve previous minutes

 

OLD BUSINESS

Finalize mission statement for Lake Management Committee.

Update on fish tissue sampling – final report expected in the spring

 

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Updates on dam inspection / spillway / valve repair

  • Discuss preparation of NOI’s for Plunkett Reservoir

  • Open public comments on other issues not on agenda pertaining to Plunkett Reservoir

 

Ashmere Lake

  • Approve final version of letter to camps, campground and lake associations explaining the possible addition of August herbicide application to address warm water weeds. 

  • Open public comments on any issues not on the agenda pertaining to Ashmere Lake.

 

Discuss lake surveys/management plans for both lakes

 

NEW BUSINESS

Invasive Species Clean Boat Certification Form and Storage Boxes for both lakes

Create yearly calendar/list of LMC 2020-2021 Tasks and Goals

Develop protocols for working with Solitude

Discuss LMC Mailings for Important Notices & Newsletters

  • Name/Address/Email Database – Identify area for each lake, and others to be included

  • Budget

Discuss Zoom meeting protocols and schedules

Review New Member applicants

Review LMC correspondence and discussions of any other matters under the responsibilities of the Lake Management Committee.

Meeting Adjourned.

 

Lake Management Committee Minutes / October 13, 2020 at 4pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted at 5:10pm on 12/13/2020

 

Members Present: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Duane Bruce (DB), Rick Koch (RK) and Cynthia Grippaldi (CG); Members On Phone/Zoom: Paul McMahon (PM)

Others Present: Fred Wang (FW), Gunter Breitmaier, and two others.

 

Meeting opened at 4:02 PM

 

OLD BUSINESS

The motion to approve the Lake Management Committee Mission Statement was passed unanimously as amended (see attached). Motion made by MM and seconded by DB. All present members and PM on phone voted to approve the motion. The mission statement will be passed on to the Select Board for their input and approval.

 

Typically, in the winter months, the Hinsdale and Peru Conservation Commissions meet jointly to approve the orders of conditions for Ashmere Lake herbicide treatments and the Hinsdale Conservation approves the orders of conditions for Plunkett Reservoir. In recent years, LMC’s recommendation to the conservation committees was for two herbicide treatments at Ashmere, the first treatment in mid-June and sometimes fall spot treatments and at Ashmere small clusters of phragmites are sprayed. For 2020, Solitude suggested a additional herbicide treatment in early August to combat a late season weed problem at Ashmere. Last winter at the joint meeting of both conservation committees, this August treatment was added to the Orders of Conditions for Ashmere. The August treatment is only conducted if Solitude determines it necessary after a mid-summer survey. The pandemic caused the June 2020 treatment to be late and Solitude did not recommend an August treatment. This summer Plunkett experienced large weed growth late in the summer, the LMC would like the ability to provide an August weed treatment when necessary at Plunkett Reservoir. LMC plans to ask the conservation committee and select board to add the option for a second August treatment to the Plunkett orders of conditions. LMC reviewed a letter to notify the camps and lake associations about a possible second herbicide treatment in early August. There were a few suggestions that included making the letter more generic for future use, usable for both lakes and providing the details for multiple possible herbicide treatment that could occur when necessary. DB will work on the letter and MM will get contact information for camps and lake associations.  

 

The LMC members agreed that better protocols need to be established with Solitude. The goal is to improve communications with the company and require prompt receipt of data/maps/reports. The data once received must be distributed to the lake residents in a timely manner.

 

AH provided an update on fish tissue sampling. On Sept 22nd and 23rd, the DEP began the process of collecting fish for tissue sampling for both Plunkett and Ashmere. Five different species were caught at each lake. The final tissue sampling report is expected in the spring 2021. This is one of LMC’s initial efforts to determine the water quality at both lake bodies.

 

Plunkett Reservoir

  • The dam was inspected by the MA Dam Safety this day. For LMC, AH and Fred Wang, a Plunkett resident, attended along with other representatives from the town. The dam inspector stated the spillway was not in good shape and was substandard in every respect. After the extremely low lake levels seen this summer, LMC had send a request to the Select Board and asked them to consider hiring an engineering firm to measure the amount of water passing through the toe drains and the other amounts of water being lost due to leakage. Partly, this request was to determine if the constant flow of water through the tow drains was the minimum needed to meet the 0.5 cfs stated in the orders of conditions. At the dam inspection, the engineer stated the toe drains have nothing to do with regulatory compliance for conservation purposes. The amount of water passing through them will vary based on pressure from water levels. The inspector said the state feels the .5 cfs called out in the orders of conditions is not an absolute fixed value that must be maintained and is only a guidance. It was noted that outflow should match inflow which would be very little during drought conditions. Mr. Wang stated that if LMC’s goal is to measure total amount of water lost from spillway and toe drains then a Spring measurement will demonstrate the maximum lost.

  • Drawdown is 34 inches from the top of the batter boards and the lake is currently down 17 1/2”. Bob Graves told AH the town will be updating the Plunkett dam operations for monitoring and maintain water levels and will train town highway department who will be performing the daily task. Mr. Wang requested the LMC ask the town what the written protocol will be to maintained lake levels during drawdown, during winter months and during the spring refilling process. The town plan is to work with the engineers who will replace the bent shaft to train town personal on dam valve operation and procedures.

  • AH explained that the town plans to address membrane changes to the batter boards in the Fall after the drawdown. The dam inspectors expressed concern that the boards might not release as designed in an emergency situation with the membranes attached.

  • AH will work with Bob Graves and the select board to develop LMC funding request for 2021 budget. Funds will be necessary to contract an engineering firm to redesign the spillway. The dam inspector felt that this is a critical dam and should be moved up the priority list for funding and grant awards. AH and Bob Graves will meet and start to draft plans for an engineering redesign/reconstruction of the spillway.  Ultimately the town hopes to seek grant funds to rebuild the spillway, the long-term plan. DB asked if the town has made any effort to hold accountable the company responsible for the problems at the spillway. AH does not believe this to be so. The dam Inspector stated the spillway is noncompliant because it does not hold 1½ times the volume of emergency release. This is the main reason the spillway needs to be redesigned because it is not compliant but during the redesign the batter board system should also be redesigned to use the states recommended method. The short-term goal is to identify an economical fix for proper functioning of the batter boards.

  • Residents stated they never had a problem with the spring ice sheets damaging their docks until the last 3 years when the water levels have been erratic. For 3 years, since the gate valve has been replaced, they complained the lake water level has not been consistently maintained which was not a problem before then. They want answers on what will be done to resolve this problem.

  • LMC proposed the select board be asked to meet jointly with LMC to discuss the many issues and problems the Plunkett residents have been bringing to our meetings. Understanding their concerns, might help the town to establish the protocols and procedures for monitoring and maintaining proper water level during the various season. In addition, LMC would like to discuss and identify the responsible parties for complying with the orders of conditions. Finally, the residents attending out meeting are upset about uncontrolled weed growth and silt filling the lake at multiple locations.

 

NEW BUSINESS

AH requested a brochure box from DEP to put at the Route 143 parking area for small boat launching at the Ashmere Lake causeway. The box will hold documentation provided by the state, such as the flyer to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species/Zebra Mussel and the Clean Boat Certification form. The CBC form is required and must be filled out and placed on car dashboards for anyone launching a boat at the causeway and similar forms are available at the state boat launch. These forms provide proper boat cleaning protocol and users must sign the forms stating they adhered to them before launching their watercraft at Ashmere. AH would like to make similar boxes for Plunkett Reservoir but will need to request some funds for lumber and fasteners. The committee should also think about other small budget funds LMC would like to request from the 2021 budget.

LMC will start scheduling business only Zoom meeting to address other issues not related to Plunkett Reservoir. The LMC did not get to the following agenda items because its meeting time ran out: Discuss lake surveys/management plans for both lakes, Develop protocols for working with Solitude,

Create yearly calendar/list of LMC 2020-2021 Tasks and Goals, Discuss LMC Mailings for Important Notices & Review New Member applicants.

Meeting adjourned at 5:47 PM

Respectfully submitted, Monica Montferret

 

Hinsdale Lake Management Committee Mission Statement

At the Hinsdale Lake Management Committee, our mission is to aid in the preservation and protection of Lake Ashmere and Plunkett Reservoir from environmental harm on behalf of present and future generations of Hinsdale residents, while respecting the interests of property owners and the public at large. We are motivated by a desire to enhance the water quality of both lakes, while maintaining the natural beauty of our town and its surroundings. We will attend to such matters as: lake water quality, the management of invasive weed species, the drawdown of lake water each fall, as we strive to maintain consistently high Spring and Summer water levels that enhance the enjoyment of the lakes.

The Lake Management Committee will seek funding to finance periodic evaluations of water quality and the overall ecological health of our lakes. Large scale development on or near the lakes will be carefully monitored along with any other issues that have the potential to negatively impact the natural ecology and quality of life on the lakes. 

The Lake Management Committee listens to and responds to all stakeholder concerns, and communicates these to our select board while working closely with all of the relevant local and state agencies (Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, DEP, DCR, etc.)

10/13/2020

 

10/26/20 Draft of Letter informing camps, campgrounds, and associations on Plunkett and Ashmere about herbicide treatment

Dear_____________]:

The towns of Hinsdale funds and authorizes (through the Conservation Commission) yearly treatments of Lake Ashmere and Plunkett Reservoir with EPA approved herbicides designed to control the proliferation of aquatic vegetation, especially invasive, non-native aquatic plants.

For the past several years, Solitude Lake Management has treated the lakes two times per year, once prior to mid-June and once in the Fall. In 2019 Solitude informed the Hinsdale and Peru Conservation Commissions that moving the second treatment from the Fall to a date between the first and fifteenth of August would enhance the effectiveness of the treatment of Ashmere. Consequently, at a joint meeting on December 12, 2019, the Conservation Commissions of Hinsdale and Peru authorized moving the second treatment at Ashmere to a date between August 1 and 15. As it turned out, Solitude did not do the early second treatment, and we do not yet know what dates will be recommended for 2021. Nor do we yet know if Solitude will recommend a second application in August.

 As soon as the Lake Management Committee is informed by Solitude of the dates of the applications for the coming year, we will inform you and signs will be posted around the lakes. The Lake Management Committee is aware that the prohibition against swimming on the day of the application can be inconvenient, especially for the camps. However, to control lake vegetation the applications are necessary.

Please feel free to contact the Lake Management Committee if you have questions about the treatment of the lakes. The Committee can be reached at….

Lake Management Committee Agenda / September 8, 2020 at 4pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted at 8am on 9/02/2020

Open meeting

Secretary’s Report - Approve previous minutes

OLD BUSINESS

Finalize mission statement for Lake Management Committee

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Updates on herbicide treatment and weeds delivered to last meeting

  • Update on spillway

  • Open public comments on other issues not on agenda pertaining to Plunkett Reservoir

Ashmere Lake

  • Final review of letter to camps/campground and lake associations explaining possible addition of early August herbicide application to address warm water weeds. 

  • Open public comments on any issues not on the agenda pertaining to Ashmere Lake

Discuss lake surveys/management plans for both lakes; priority being Plunkett Reservoir

NEW BUSINESS

Discuss LMC Mailings for Important Notices & Newsletters

  • Name/Address/Email Database – Identify area for each lake, and others to be included

  • Budget

Create yearly calendar/list of LMC 2020-2021 Tasks and Goals

Discuss Zoom meeting protocols and schedules

LMC member's resignation; Post for new member preferably from Plunkett Reservoir area

Review LMC correspondence and discussions of any other matters under the responsibilities of the Lake Management Committee.

Meeting Adjourned

 

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Lake Management Committee Minutes / September 8, 2020 at 4pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted at 5pm on 12/13/2020

 

Members Present: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Duane Bruce (DB), Rick Koch (RK) and Cynthia Grippaldi (CG); Members On Phone/Zoom: Paul McMahon (PM)

Others Present: Bob Graves, Caleb Mitchell, Fred Wang (FW), G. Breitmaier, V. Cambell, G. Mougin, D. Coughlin, D. Eulian, Duquette, Logue. On Phone: S. Wagonbach

 

Opened meeting at 4:05.

Secretary’s Report – Meeting minutes for 8/11/2020 where approved as written.

 

OLD BUSINESS

The mission statement for Lake Management Committee was discussed and a few minor changes where added (mission statement attached). An updated statement will be reviewed at the October meeting.

 

Plunkett Reservoir

  • There was a great deal of discussion about the uncontrolled weed growth and poor results from the June herbicide treatment at this meeting. Fred Wang asked if Solitude had provided maps of the Spring weed surveys or June treatment maps. These maps should be received before the June herbicide application. LMC had 2018 maps, none from 2019.  Bob Graves and Caleb Mitchell do not recall seeing these documents. B. Graves will search for the 2019 maps. C. Michell stated he would send Solitude a letter explaining they are representing the Town of Hinsdale and must adhere to the orders of conditions which states this data must be supplied to Conservation Commission before herbicide treatments. LMC stated in the future when they receive the maps, they would like them to be posted on the town/LMC webpage and hopefully a newsletter will be created as another form of information distribution.

  • Fred Wang had brought some weed samples to the August meeting mostly from the large overgrowth of species in the North shore area of Plunkett Reservoir. A few days after the meeting he observed Solitude on the lake doing a mid-summer observation. Mr. Wang sent an email to LMC detailing his conversation with the two employees from Solitude. They explained that the invasive curly leafed pondweed was targeted in June and appears to have died off. If not treated it would spread throughout the lake. However, they thought if might be reasonable to alternate treating the pondweed and treating the North basin if finances are an issue. They showed him the invasive Eurasian milfoil in the beach area that had regrown since the June treatment. They helped to identify many of the species of aquatic growth that concerned him from the North basin. There were some native plants, samples A,B,E & F. Tapegrass and thin leafed pondweeds were two they agreed could become quite a dense and bothersome. They agreed the tapegrass was a nuisance in the north basin and it would/could be treated it if the conservation committee approved it. Solitude employees stated that since there was an invasive species, sample G, stonewort, in the north basin, this would be an additional justification to treat the north basin besides the simply control of nuisance weeds. Sample D was a common, noninvasive algae that was very widespread in the North basin. It likes shallow water and its growth can be quite aggressive/explosive and foul smelling. Some lakes treat for this if approved.

  • Members of the audience continued to express their concerns and frustration about Plunkett water level being so low and they don’t feel the drought is the only cause. Bob Graves explained that when Dam Safety came by to view the dam and spillway in July, they identified some issues such as the brush growing in the spillway. The Hinsdale highway department will be removing the brush and debris. He acknowledged that some water is leaking under the spillway and that long term it will need to be repointed and rebuilt. This will be a large expense and likely grants will be needed to complete. The membranes added to the batter boards in the spring have reduced the leakage. The gate valve at the dam is closed but also the shaft has been bent by someone over tightening it. The town had Foresight Engineering in to examine it 2 weeks earlier. They will order and repair the bent shaft. Mr Graves believes and said that the dam safety inspector acknowledged that the drought is a big contributing factor to the low lake level. He also stated that Plunkett unlike Ashmere has few inflow sources to help refill the lake. Dam Safety will be back in the fall to perform their evaluation which is done every 2 years.

  • The LMC approved the following motion (made by MM, seconded by RK, passed unanimously): LMC is requesting the Select Board consider hiring an independent engineer to determine the actual amount of water being discharged from the toe drains at Plunkett Reservoir dam. (How does this amount differ based on lake level?) LMC’s goal is to know if this amount equals or exceeds the required 0.5cfs per sq. mile of watershed. Additionally, Mr Wang, a resident of the Plunkett lake area asked that we try to understand how much lake water is being discharge at the dam area. Water is continuously flowing under the concrete spillway into the brook. If the toe drains are working correctly then any amount of spillway water being discharged into the creek exceeds the required amount and is contributing to the lower lake level at Plunkett Reservoir. If the board chooses to hire an engineer, please consider having them examine the water levels flowing out of the spillway branch of the creek. Unfortunately, with the lake levels so low, measuring at this time will likely be understated.

  • Mr. Wang asked how the drawdown will be done, who will be communicating to the workers, and will the town share the logbook with the public?

Ashmere Lake

  • AH asked DB to be the camp liaison/dialogue point person for LMC. Duane agreed to take on this role and do a final review of letter to camps/campground and lake associations explaining possible addition of early August herbicide application to address warm water weeds.

 

Lake surveys/and management plans will be discussed at future meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Time ran out to discuss LMC mailings/newsletter and also LMC tasks and goals.

The LMC will try a test case Zoom call just to familiarize members with the tool, no business will be discussed.

Greg Tremblay resigned from the LMC. Andy Hagadorn will ask that the open position be listed on the town website and will confirm LMC’s part in recommending a candidate for appointment by the Select Board.

Meeting adjourned 5:50.

Respectfully submitted, Monica Montferret

 

Attachments:

Draft 2 - Hinsdale Lake Management Mission Statement:

The primary purpose of the Hinsdale Lake Management Committee is to preserve and protect Lake Ashmere and Plunkett Reservoir from environmental harm on behalf of present and future generations of Hinsdale residents, while respecting the interests of property owners and the public at large. Our activities are motivated by a desire to enhance the water quality of both lakes, while maintaining the natural beauty of our town and its surroundings. We will attend to such matters as: lake water quality, the management of invasive weed species, the drawdown of lake water each fall, while striving to maintain a consistently high Spring and Summer water level that enhances the enjoyment of the lakes. Large scale development on or near the lakes will be carefully monitored along with any other issues that have the potential to negatively impact the natural ecology and quality of life on the lakes.

The Lake Management Committee will listen and respond to all stakeholder concerns. We will communicate all concerns to our select board and work closely with all relevant local and state agencies (Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, DEP, DCR, etc.) as well as with any contractors doing work on or in the vicinity of the lakes.

The Lake Management Committee will seek funding to finance periodic evaluations of water quality and the overall ecological health of our lakes.

September 2020

Lake Management Committee Agenda / August 11, 2020 at 4pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted at 1:52pm on 8/04/2020

Open meeting.

Secretary’s Report - Approve previous minutes.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Discuss July 16, 2020 meeting with DCR/Dam Safety and town representatives concerning the dam.

  • Address herbicide treatment and residence’s concerns with current weed overgrowth

  • Open public comments on other issues not on agenda pertaining to Plunkett Reservoir

Ashmere Lake

  • Decide if changes to order of conditions are needed to treat phragmites in Fall 2020

  • Open public comments on any issues not on agenda pertaining to Ashmere Lake

 

Final review of letter to camps/campground and lake associations explaining possible addition of early August herbicide application to address warm water weeds. Not planned for 2020.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Address new lake surveys/management plans for both lakes; priority for Plunkett Reservoir.

Begin process of building a list of future lake issue that should be addressed and a 5-year plan.

Create a mission statement for Lake Management Committee.

Correspondence/Discussions of any other matters under the responsibilities of the Lake Management Committee.

 

Meeting Adjourned

 

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Lake Management Committee Minutes / August 11, 2020 at 4pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted at 10:20am on 10/07/2020

 

Members Present: Andy Hagadorn (Chair), Duane Bruce, Rick Koch, Paul McMahon, Monica Montferret, Greg Tremblay and Cynthia Grippaldi

Others Present: Bob Graves, Caleb Mitchell, B&L LaPlante, J&L Jones, D. Coughlin, P. Walczyk, B. Eulian, S. Wagenbach, V. Cambell, F. Wang, and D. Eulian,  (a few others after the meeting began)

 

Meeting called to order at 4.

Secretary’s Report – Minutes for the January 14, 2020, March 10, 2020 and July 14, 2020 were all approved unanimously as presented.

Plunkett Reservoir

  • There was a July 16, 2020 meeting with DCR/Dam Safety and town representatives concerning the dam and spillway.  Bob Graves provided a summary of this meeting and the minutes are included below.  It was suggested that the single membrane that was attached to the batter boards to prevent water leakage be modified.  They believe the membrane will not allow the doors to open properly in an emergency.  They suggested that each board be covered individually.

  • Several Plunkett Reservoir residents attended the meeting and were concerned over the abundance of weeds especially on the North shore above the island and most were upset over the very low water level of the lake. Fred Wang provided LMC with several weed samples that he gathered from the North shore area.  The committee was going to try to identify them and reach out to Solitude to determine if they are invasive vegetation that was missed or native.  The committee did its best to try to answer resident’s concerns.  It is believed that the draw down for repairs in the spring and the draught are the primary causes of the low lake levels.  The gate valve is currently closed but water must continuously flow out through the two toe drains to maintain 0.5 cfs per square mile of watershed.  LMC agreed that the engineering company who designed and oversaw the gate valve installation should be asked to examine the Plunkett Lake gate valve and dam to be sure it’s operating correctly.  In addition, the water outflow from the toe drains should be measured to confirm it is operating at the minimal level necessary.

  • The maximum elevation of the lake is 1502’.  When the spillway was rebuilt, the batter boards were a different size but still maintain the exact same level.

  • Barry O’Keefe monitors and keeps a log of the dam and spillway activities.  He is backed up by the Hinsdale DPW.

 

Ashmere Lake

  • LMC decided not to treat phragmites in Fall 2020

 

  • Time did not allow for the final review of the letter to camps/campground and lake associations explaining the possible addition of early August herbicide application to address warm water weeds. This will be on next month’s agenda.

 

Andy asked members to review the draft mission statement for Lake Management Committee and plan to vote on it at the next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 5:59.

 

Respectfully submitted, Monica Montferret

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July 17, 2020 

 

To: Andy Hagadorn, Chair, Lake Management Committee

From: Bob Graves, Town Administrator

Re: July 16 DCR/Dam Safety meeting notes and action plan           

 

Thursday morning, a small group including representatives of Hinsdale’s Select Board, Lake Management Committee, Conservation Commission, Plunkett Residents, and both the Mass Department of Dam Safety and the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation met out at Plunkett Dam. We gathered to look at the batter board system, learn more about water levels, emergency dam management, and why we work to control the water level throughout the year (which we also learned is an art, not an exact science). By the time our discussion was complete, we had begun forming a plan that we want to share and further develop. To ensure success, this will call for the active involvement of Plunkett Community members. Allow me to explain.            

Briefly, the State’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is made up of various organizations, including the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and DCR/Dam Safety, that supervises the regular inspection, maintenance, and compliance of dam regulations. Further, as earthen dams, Plunkett and Belmont (Hinsdale’s water reservoir) are rated as “high-hazard” dams, which require an engineer’s biennial evaluation reporting requirement for Dam Safety’s review.            

In 2018, the Town hired Pittsfield’s Foresight Land Services to engineer and Ware’s Roach and Son’s Construction to replace Plunkett Reservoir Dam’s gate-valve. During that same period, we contracted with Ware’s Fay Engineering, a vetted dam engineering firm, to conduct our biennial inspections of Plunkett and Belmont dams. One of several items identified as deficient was the batter board system, which, if replaced that same summer, the State allowed be included as part of the gate-valve grant.              

Fay Engineering designed, built, and installed the “swing-board” system currently in place. And yes, before construction, Fay submitted the design to Dam Safety for review. However, our DCR and Dam Safety visitors explained yesterday that they do not have approval authority for an engineer’s design. As a courtesy, they reviewed Fay’s swing-board design, and while not a typical batter-board design in Massachusetts, the system is sound.              

After hearing more from those present and seeing the system first-hand, our visitors acknowledged our concerns. They suggested that the membrane, which engineer Bill Fay installed before his untimely death in early June, be modified and reattached to each individual swing-door.  They  believe  the  membrane  is  holding  the  water,  and  this  modification  will allow the  doors  to open properly  in an  emergency.    They  suggested  we  consult  with Fay’s  successors and ask that  they  drawdown this  fall, covering  each swing-door  individually.  They  believe  that doing  so will  further  improve  the  system  as  designed, and allow  the  Town to manage  a  potential flooding  event  in extreme  conditions. (Parenthetically, batter  boards  are  designed to break  in extreme  weather  conditions. The  swing-door  design would allow  us, in a  hurricane-type situation, to open a  door  or  two, allowing  water  to  flow  out  of  Plunkett  in a  less-harmful  manner, mitigating  the  flow  and  potential flooding  damage  a  complete,  momentary  breach  might  cause.)

Next,  we discussed  the drawdown. So, we  said that  DCR  Dam  Safety  has  jurisdiction over  the Dam, and the  Town’s  Conservation Commission  (ConCom)  is  responsible  for  enforcing  the Mass  Wetlands  Protection Act  for  Hinsdale. Typically,  ConCom issues  a  permit with  a  written Order  of  Conditions  (OOC), and these  must  be  registered and approved by  the  MA  Department of  Environmental  Protection (DEP)  to be  valid. Mass  Fish and Game  has  a  role  in the  drawdown, too, due  to overlaps  in the  respective  jurisdiction.   The Select  Board  (or  their  designee)  applied  for  and  received  a written  Permit  from  ConCom, which includes  an OOC, allowing  the  drawdown  Plunkett  Lake  each  fall  and the  refill  each spring  [see  https://www.hinsdalemass.com/lake-management-committee-1].  Our  DCR  visitors  told us  that many  towns  with  dams  manage  winter  runoff  by  removing  their  batter  boards  rather  than by  adjusting  the  gate  valve  during this  period. Still, they  must  restore  the  boards  each spring  at the  right time  to  refill their  lakes.  Hinsdale  seems  to  manage  the  water  level  through  the  gate valve  (at  least  for  the past  10+  years  or  more,  and  perhaps  always).  If  we  get  the  swing  board system  working  consistently,  Lake  Management  may  want  to consider  operating  the  winter  level in this  manner.

Action Plan for  Plunkett  Lake

1.  Contact  Fay’s  successors  regarding  the suggested  changes  to  the  swing-doors.

2.  Identify  one  (or  more)  Plunkett  Lake  residents  to take  on the  task of  managing  both the Gate Valve and  the  Swing-Door  System.

3.  Connect  the  individual(s)  with the  Lake  Management  Committee  and ConCom  Agent, and drawdown permit  and OOC.

4.  Connect  the  individual(s)  with  town  staff  who may  be  called on in an  emergency  or consulted at  will  for  assistance  or  support, and set  an annual  follow-up plan.

5.  Work with all  parties  (Select  Board, Finance  Committee, ConCom, and  Lake Management)  to  ensure  the  future  viability  of  Plunkett  Lake, the  dam, and the  spillway.

6.  Improve  communication  with those  living  on and  around Plunkett  and the  greater Hinsdale  community  about  Lake  Management  issues  and concerns.

 

Respectfully submitted, Bob

Lake Management Committee Agenda / July 14, 2020 at 4pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

 

Open meeting

Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.

Election of Committee Chairperson and Secretary.

Discussion of Level 2 Drought declaration and it’s possible effect on Plunkett & Ashmere Lakes.

Discuss need for lake quality survey for both lakes.

Discussion of recent herbicide treatment and possible second treatment of Ashmere & Plunkett lakes with Solitude rep. Also, letter to camps in regard to treatment permit changes.

Discussion of any other matters under the responsibilities of the Lake Management Committee.

Meeting Adjournment.

 

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Lake Management Committee Minutes / July 14, 2020 at 4pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 8/21/2020  at 2:30pm

Members Present: Andy Hagadorn (Chair), Duane Bruce, Rick Koch, Paul McMahon, Monica Montferret, & Greg Tremblay;   Member Absent: Cynthia Grippaldi

Others Present: Bob Graves, Caleb Mitchell, Dominic Meringolo, Matt Jones, Tom Kinnas, & Paula Walczyk

 

Meeting opened at 4:06

Secretary’s Report – Greg Tremblay presented the June 30, 2020 meeting minutes which were approved with a name spelling correction change.

LMC members unanimously voted to approve Andy Hagadorn as Chairperson and Monica Montferret as Secretary.

 

The LMC plans to investigate options to have a survey and lake management plan developed for both lakes.  The priority is to start with Plunkett Reservoir.  A very comprehensive plan was previously published for Ashmere Lake in 2003.  Caleb Mitchell requested a copy of this plan.

 

Bob Graves provided some background on the previous work performed on the Plunkett Reservoir dam. The batter board height is regulated by the Mass Fish and Wildlife and DEP and the drawdown process is permitted by the state. The summer lake level is believed to be 1502’ and its lowest drawdown point should be 34” lower. Last year, a membrane was attached to batter boards to reduce water leakage. A small amount of water is continuously flowing from the gate valve to keep the creek from running dry.  It was thought that this, along with a lower than normal starting level and the drought, has the Plunkett water level extremely low. Bob Graves arranged a meeting with a small group of Hinsdale representatives and members from Dam Safety and DCR. Matt Jones and Tom Kinnas raised concern about the water level and will try to attend the dam meeting to represent the lake population.

 

Herbicide treatments were discussed. Ashmere residents seem happy with the results this year.  LMC had received a complaint from a Plunkett neighbor, concerned the treatment was sparse and it was a very windy day.  Dominic Meringolo, SOLitude Lake Management representative, explained that the hose releasing the chemical is about 2½ - 3 feet below the airboat under the water.  So, the wind and waves have very little effect on the chemical dispersement. Caleb Mitchell, Conservation Agent, asked that the map surveys identifying the weeds, and thus the herbicide treatment areas, be provided to the town before the applications occur. Dominic was out on Ashmere today and does not believe there is a need for an August treatment this year. He mentioned that the phragmites might need another treatment in Fall of 2021, but previous treatments have had good results. If a 2020 fall treatment of phragmites is desired, then the decision must be made in August to update the order of conditions. He commented that the cattails seem to be becoming excessive in areas of Ashmere.  Dense native plants are not good and can be treated. The next survey is planned to be performed in late August or early September and the final report will be generated in October/November.

 

Since the cyanobacteria algae bloom occurred a day after the treatment, Dominic was asked if the herbicide treatment could cause it. He replied that the treatment would not cause that. The blooms occur from nutrients in the water. Eventually, when the weeds die and decompose, they will add to the nutrients in the water, but that process takes weeks and it’s not a significant increase in nutrients. Dominic also mentioned the extreme heat and sun will draw the bacteria from the lakes bottom to the surface, also contributing to the bloom. He mentioned that conducting a lake study and having that baseline to compare to will be very helpful in the future. His company does do water quality testing and he can assist us if we have any questions.

 

Duane Bruce will provide members with a draft copy of the informational letter explaining the process for an August herbicide treatment when needed. This letter will be reviewed at the next meeting and distributed to the lake associations and camps.

 

Andy would like to see a list of inputs from LMC members on what the committee should plan to address in the future. Eventually, creating and maintaining a 5-Year Plan would be beneficial.

 

Meeting adjourned at 5:49.

 

Respectfully submitted, Monica J Montferret

Lake Management Committee Agenda / June 30, 2020 at 4pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 6/22/2020  at 10:40am


* Open meeting

1.    Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.
2.    Election of Committee Chairperson & Secretary.

3.    Discussion of Plunkett Lake Health Advisory.

4.    Discussion of recent herbicide treatment of Ashmere & Plunkett lakes and amendment to herbicide treatment permit changes for Ashmere lake.

5.    Discussion of any other matters under the responsibilities of the Lake Management Committee.

* Meeting Adjournment.

Please Note:

  1. Facemasks (or coverings) and social distancing is required during the meeting

  2. The Public may attend via teleconference

  • Dial 413-449-5095

  • Enter code 706954#

    • call line opens 5-minutes prior to the start

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Lake Management Committee Agenda / March 10, 2020 at 5pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 3/2/2020  at 12:00pm

* Open meeting

1. Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.
2. Discussion of Lake Ashmere amendment to herbicide treatment permit changes. Review possible letters to camps on the lake and to all lake associations.
3. Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.
* Meeting Adjournment.

 

Lake Management Committee Minutes / March 10, 2020 at 5pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 8/21/2020  at 2:30pm

It was mentioned by Andy that we should try to contact

Members Present: Duane Bruce, Andy Hagadorn, Cynthia Grippaldi, Greg Tremblay, Paul McMahon

Members Absent: Jodi Ouimette, Rick Koch

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:08pm.

Notice: The February meeting of LMC was cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

 

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus this meeting was held short.

•A few questions were asked in reference to the previous lake study conducted around 2004.  Andy commented that the committee should try to contact the original company that was hired to conduct the study and see what would be involved in getting an update study completed. 

•Someone noted that there are two abandoned cottages on the south basin of Ashmere lake.  We think this is state land and wondered if the state is responsible for them.  Paul said he would try to contact Jim Manning (former LMC Chair) to see if he might have any information.

There was no other business conducted and the meeting was adjourned at 4:30pm.

Respectfully submitted, Greg Tremblay/ LMC Secretary

Lake Management Committee Agenda / February 11, 2020 at 5pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 2/7/2020  at 3:15pm

Open meeting

1. Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.
 
2. Discussion of Lake Ashmere amendment to herbicide treatment permit changes. Review possible letters to camps on the lake and to all lake associations.
 
3. Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.
 
* Meeting Adjournment.

 

Lake Management Committee Agenda / January 14, 2020 at 5pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 1/7/2020  at 11:30am 

 

Open meeting

 

1. Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.

2. Discussion of Lake Ashmere amendment to herbicide treatment permit changes. Review possible letter to camps on the lake.

3. Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.

Meeting Adjournment.

Lake Management Committee Minutes / January 14, 2020 at 5pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 8/21/2020  at 2:30pm

Members Present: Duane Bruce, Andy Hagadorn, Greg Tremblay
Members Absent: Jodi Ouimette, Cynthia Grippaldi, Rick Koch, Paul McMahon

The meeting was called to order at 5:10pm.
Due to only three members present discussions were limited.

  • Duane Bruce submitted a draft for our review of a letter that will be sent to the camps. The letter outlines the change to the herbicide treatment permit for Lake Ashmere. The change would allow a second application, if needed, between August 1st and August 15 . The members will review the draft and discuss at the next meeting.

  • Water quality testing for the lakes was brought up by Andy. It was mentioned that we might be able to get free testing from the state such as heavy metals concentration in fish, etc. The committee will look into finding who would be able to help with this.

    There was no other business conducted and the meeting was adjourned at 4:45pm

  • Respectfully submitted, Greg Tremblay/ LMC Secretary

 

Lake Management Committee Agenda / December 10, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 12/4/2019  at 12:35pm 

 

Open meeting

1. Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.

2. Continuation of Lake Ashmere amendment to possible lake weed treatment permit changes w/Solitude representatives’ recommendations.

3. Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.

Meeting Adjournment.

Lake Management Committee Minutes / October 8, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 1:45pm on 11/14/2019

Members Present: Rick Koch, Jodi Ouimette, Andy Hagadorn, Greg Tremblay, Paul McMahon, Cynthia Grippaldi         

Members Absent: Duane Bruce,

Visitor: Ron Galvin

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:05 P.M.

The minutes from last 3 meetings were approved by Rick and second by Andy.

 

Lake Ashmere Drawdown-Extension Permit

Discussed the lake drawdown permit for Lake Ashmere and extension of OOC. 

DEP Permit 181-185 (Hinsdale)

DEP Permit 260-015 (Peru)

Permit ends in December 2019.  Application for permit extension was prepared by Hinsdale LMC and will be submitted to the Hinsdale Conservation Commission on October 8, 2019.  The Peru ConCom has already reviewed there’s and approved.

 

Ashmere Lake Herbicide Treatment w/Solitude

The expected visit by a representative from Solitude to discuss herbicide treatment timing had not attended this meeting do to scheduling commitments.  Jodi said the email she got from Solitude suggested that they would attend the November meeting of the LMC and also the following Hinsdale/Peru ConCom meetings on Nov. 12th. 

Dominic Meringolo a Solitude representative is planning on attending these meetings to answer any questions.

 

With no additional comments a motion was made by Rick and second by Jodi to adjourn at 5:50 P.M.

Respectfully submitted, Greg Tremblay, LMC Secretary

Lake Management Committee Meeting Agenda / November 12, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 11/4/2019  at 2:05pm 

 

Open meeting

1. Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.

2. Continuation of Lake Ashmere amendment to possible lake weed treatment permit changes w/Solitude representatives’ recommendations. Dominic Meringolo, Solitude Regional Manager, is planning on attending this meeting.

3. Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.

Meeting Adjournment.

Lake Management Committee Minutes / September 10, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 6pm on 11/10/2019

Members Present: Duane Bruce, Andy Hagadorn, Greg Tremblay, Paul McMahon, Cynthia Grippaldi     

Members Absent: Rick Koch, Jodi Ouimette

Visitor: Ron Galvin

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 P.M.

 

Lake Ashmere Drawdown-Extension Permit

Discussed the lake drawdown permit for Lake Ashmere and extension of OOC. 

DEP Permit 181-185 (Hinsdale)

DEP Permit 260-015 (Peru)

Permit ends in December 2019. Application for permit extension is being prepared for both Hinsdale & Peru ConCom review.

 

Lake Herbicide Treatment-Lake Ashmere

There were some discussions by a few lake Ashmere residence about continued weeds growth is some areas. One in particular was the channel on the North Basin that is on the east side of the island. These weeds were not identified but may be native to the lake. A map from Solitude completed in late July indicated a concentration in that area also. These weeds are mostly a nuisance weed. It’s noted that some residence said the last treatment form Solitude in late June had a positive effect on weed control.

Dominic Meringolo a Solitude representative is planning on attending the LMC October 8th meeting and the joint meetings of the Hinsdale/Peru ConComs to answer any questions.

 

Other Business

Paul McMahon commented on concern about abandoned property around Lake Ashmere and the trash, etc., that could be harmful to the lake. It was suggested that the LMC contact the Hinsdale Board of Health to see if anything can be done.

 

With no additional comments a motion was made by Andy and seconded by Paul to adjourn at 5:55 P.M.

Respectfully submitted, Greg Tremblay, LMC Secretary

Lake Management Committee Minutes / August 13, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 6pm on 11/10/2019

Members Present: Duane Bruce, Andy Hagadorn, Rick Koch, Greg Tremblay, Jodi Ouimette, Paul McMahon,    

Members Absent: Cynthia Grippaldi

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 P.M.

All members, except Cynthia Grippaldi, were sworn in by Town Clerk.

 

Lake Ashmere Drawdown-Extension Permit

The drawdown permit for Lake Ashmere ends in December of this year.  Jodi said she is working on the permit extension and should be ready to submit by November.

 

Lake Herbicide Treatment-Lake Ashmere

There was some extensive discussion about Solitude and their missing the treatment date by June 15th. Solitude did send someone from their corporate office to check on what was happening and why. (It is noted that Solitude was able to treat on June 27th due to an emergency permit extension from both the Hinsdale & Peru ConCom.) The issue with Solitude was internal with their main treatment specialist leaving the company thus putting Solitudes schedule behind. It was recommended that the LMC request that a representative from Solitude attend one of our meetings to answer any questions we have. The LMC will try to set up this meeting for the September mtg.

Jodi said we also need to contact Solitude to find out if and when they would be treating in the fall.

The LMC was told that Solitude produced a report on weed conditions for lake Ashmere on July 24th. We will get copies of that report for the next meeting.

 

With no additional comments a motion was made by Duane and seconded by Andy to adjourn at 5:55 P.M.

Respectfully submitted, Greg Tremblay, LMC Secretary

Lake Management Committee Minutes / July 9, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 6pm on 11/10/2019

 

Members Present: Duane Bruce, Andy Hagadorn, Greg Tremblay          

Members Absent:, Paul McMahon, Jodi Ouimette,  Rick Koch

Also Present:  Cynthia Grippaldi (yet to be appointed to LMC)  

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 P.M.

 

Lake Herbicide Treatment

There were a number of Lake Ashmere owner/residents in attendance to discuss the remaining weeds in Lake Ashmere.

(As a matter of record, the June time frame herbicide treatment of Lake Ashmere had been delayed past the permitted OOC date of June 15th.  This was due to Solitude having internal issues and missed the cutoff date for treatment. A temporary emergency permit to extend the date for treatment to June 27th was issued by both Hinsdale & Peru Conservation Commissions. Solitude did treat both Lakes on June 27th.)

Some of the members on the LMC had noted there were still a number of weeds remaining in Ashmere that seemed to not be treated by the herbicide. This was at least two weeks after the treatment on June 27th. Those concerned wanted to know what the LMC was going to do about these weeds. It was commented that we were not exactly sure if the remaining weeds were invasive of not but they were still a nuisance weed.  It was also suggested by the LMC that the committee needed some professional help in managing the weed issues other than relying on just Solitude. Cynthia Grippaldi had been in contact with the DCR and will see if they can provide assistance. There were no motions made and no vote was taken.

With no additional comments a motion was made by Duane and seconded by Andy and voted unanimously to adjourn at 5:55 P.M.

Respectfully submitted, Greg Tremblay, LMC Secretary

Lake Management Committee Minutes / June 11, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 6pm on 11/10/2019

Members Present: Jodi Ouimette, Duane Bruce, Andy Hagadorn, Rick Koch, Greg Tremblay     

Members Absent: Paul McMahon

Also Present: Caleb Mitchell, Monica Montferet, Cynthia Grippaldi       

                              

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 P.M.

Lake Herbicide Treatment

There was discussion about when Solitude will conduct the June time frame herbicide treatment.  Jodi had indicated that she has tried to contact Josh from Solitude to get a date but he has not responded. Also no one else from Solitude has responded to any of Jodi’s requests.  Andy commented that Solitude’s performance is lacking and the results we get from them is very poor for the amount of money we spend.

 

Zebra Mussel Discussion

Monica Montferet (Ashmere Lake) had attended the LMC meeting and brought to our attention the issue of invasive species which can be introduced to the lakes in via any watercraft. She had said that Ashmere was listed by the state as medium risk and she wanted to know what the LMC was doing to help prevent this contamination. The LMC members stated there was no plan at the moment but we did have a concern and wanted to address the issue. Monica had received from the state some information and a single sign that will be placed at the SGA association boat ramp. The committee will look into this further. No vote was taken.

 

Introduction of LMC Membership Request

LMC membership requests were opened and 1 applicant was reviewed. Cynthia Grippaldi made a request to be considered to fill the vacant seat on the LMC. Cynthia has a great background in environmental studies and would the Committee agreed she would be a great asset to have as a member. Committee members agreed to forward her name to the Select Board.

 

With no additional comments a motion was made by Jody and seconded by Andy and voted unanimously to adjourn at 5:55 P.M.

Respectfully submitted, Greg Tremblay, LMC Secretary

Lake Management Committee Minutes / May 14, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 6pm on 11/10/2019

Members Present: Duane Bruce, Paul McMahon, Andy Hagadorn, Greg Tremblay         

Members Absent: Jodi Ouimette, Rick Koch

Also Present:  Dale Pringle, Cynthia Grippaldi  

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 P.M.

Minutes of Meeting for April 9th, 2019 were reviewed. A motion was made by Andy and seconded by Duane to accept minutes and approved unanimously.

As a matter of record, Dale Pringle brought in for the Committees review a copy of a Lake Ashmere report entitled “Diagnostic & Feasibility Study of Ashmere Lake.” He will let us borrow it so we can make a copy.

 

Proposed lake treatment permit amendment for Ashmere Lake, Herbicide Treatment (DEP 181-77)

(For Reference) From January 2019 minutes

(The committee discussed the need for a possible NOI amendment for changing the time frame for herbicide treatment of lake Ashmere.  The present permit precludes treatment between June 15th and Labor Day due to the two camps being in session. Solitude, our lake treatment contractor, has suggested we treat closer to the end of June to get better treatment results and possibly eliminate a second treatment. LMC will further review this and discuss with new Conservation Agent.)

 

The Committee again used meeting time to review the permit amendment for Ashmere and discussed what Solitude has proposed for extending the treatment time to later in June. There were no proposals or motions to consider. This was just a review of the permit amendment.

 

Study of Plunkett and Ashmere Lake

Since both lakes (Plunkett & Ashmere) are economic drivers for the town of Hinsdale the Committee discussed possible ways it could suggest to the town a plan to increase the value of each lake. Also, part of the discussion was how to properly maintain each lake.  No decisions were made and no vote was needed.

 

With no additional comments a motion was made by Andy and seconded by Paul and voted unanimously to adjourn at 5:50 P.M.

Respectfully submitted, Greg Tremblay, LMC Secretary

Lake Management Committee Meeting Agenda / October 8, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, Downstairs, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 9/30/2019  at 11:05am 

 

Open meeting

1. Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.

2. Preparation for an Extension Permit for Order of Conditions for the annual winter drawdown of Ashmere Lake. 

Permit Reference: Peru, MassDEP File number 260-015, Hinsdale, MassDEP File number is 181-185.

3. Continuation of Lake Ashmere amendment to possible lake weed treatment permit changes w/Solitude representatives recommendations.

4. Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.

* Meeting Adjournment.

Lake Management Committee Meeting Agenda / September 10, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 9/3/2019  at 2:35pm 

Open meeting

Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.

Continue discussion of Lake Ashmere amendment to possible lake weed treatment permit changes w/Solitude recommendations.

Discuss request for an Extension Permit for Order of Conditions for the annual winter drawdown of Ashmere Lake. Permit Reference: Peru, 
    MassDEP File number 260-015, Hinsdale, MassDEP File number is 181-185.

Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.

Meeting Adjournment.

Lake Management Committee Meeting Agenda / August 13, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 8/5/2019  at 9:37pm 

Open meeting

Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.

Discuss Lake Ashmere amendment to possible lake weed treatment permit changes w/Solitude recommendations.

Continue discussion of invasive Zebra Mussel & Plants that could contaminate Plunkett and Ashmere lakes from non-clean water craft.

Vote on Cynthia Grippaldi for membership to LMC.

Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.

Meeting Adjournment.

Lake Management Committee Meeting Agenda / July 9, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 7/1/2019  at 5:37pm 

Open meeting

Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.

Discuss Lake Ashmere amendment to lake weed treatment permit changes.

Review possible future issue of invasive Zebra mussel that could contaminate Plunkett & Ashmere lakes.

Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.

Meeting Adjournment.

Lake Management Committee Meeting Agenda / June 11, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235 

posted 6/4/2019  at 8:37am 

Open meeting

Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.

Discuss Lake Ashmere amendment to lake weed treatment permit changes.

Review possible future issue of invasive Zebra mussel that could contaminate Plunkett & Ashmere lakes.

Interview any possible applicants for LMC.

Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.

Meeting Adjournment.

Lake Management Committee Minutes / April 9, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235

posted 9pm on 5/14/2019

Members Present: Jodi Ouimette, , Duane Bruce, Paul McMahon, Andy Hagadorn, Greg Tremblay         

Members Absent: Rick Koch

Also Present:  No Visitors       

 

                             

The meeting was called to order at 5pm.

Minutes of Meeting for March 12th, 2019 were reviewed.  A motion was made by Jodi and seconded by Paul to accept minutes and approved unanimously.

 

As a matter of record, Nancy Smith resigned from the Lake Management Committee.

 

Proposed lake treatment permit amendment for Ashmere Lake, Herbicide Treatment (DEP 181-77)

From January 2019 minutes

(The committee discussed the need for a possible NOI amendment for changing the time frame for herbicide treatment of lake Ashmere.  The present permit precludes treatment between June 15th and Labor Day due to the two camps being in session. Solitude, our lake treatment contractor, has suggested we treat closer to the end of June to get better treatment results and possibly eliminate a second treatment.  LMC will further review this and discuss with new Conservation Agent.)

 

The Committee used meeting time to review the permit amendment for Ashmere in order to prepare for the following combined meetings of the Hinsdale & Peru Conservation Commissions.  There were no proposals or motions to consider.  This was just a review of the permit amendment.

 

Plunket Drawdown Permit

It was noted by Jodi that the Plunket drawdown permit needed to be recorded at the Registry of Deeds.  Jodi will see that it’s recorded.

 

With no additional comments a motion was made by Greg and seconded by Andy and voted unanimously to adjourned at 5:50 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Greg Tremblay, LMC Secretary

Lake Management Committee Meeting Agenda / March 12, 2019 at 5pm

Community Room, 39 South Street, Hinsdale, MA 01235                                                                                     posted 3/5/2019  at 8:47am 

Open meeting

Approve any previous meeting minutes if necessary.

Follow-up on permits for lake treatment for Ashmere lake.

Discuss possible changes in treatment dates for Ashmere in order to get best benefit from treatment.

Discussion of any other matters that should come before the LMC Board.

Meeting Adjournment.

Lake Management Committee Minutes / March 12, 2019 at 5:00pm

Community Room  39 South St, Hinsdale, MA

posted 9:03pm 5/14/2019

Members Present: Jodi Ouimette, , Duane Bruce, Paul McMahon, Greg Tremblay          

Members Absent: Nancy Smith, Rick Koch, Andy Hagadorn,

Also Present:  Visitors, Laura Munch, Bruce Alexander

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 P.M.

 

Minutes of Meeting for January 8th, 2019 were reviewed.  A motion was made by Jodi and seconded by Paul to accept minutes and approved unanimously.

 

As a matter of record, the February LMC meeting was cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

 

Visitors Munch & Alexander had a few questions for the LMC.  One question was what Solitude uses for the herbicide that they treat the two lakes with.  At present the LMC doesn’t know what herbicide is used and will check with Solitude.  However, it was noted that the treatment and chemicals used has to be approved by the state.

 

Proposed lake treatment permit amendment for Ashmere Lake, Herbicide Treatment (DEP 181-77)

From January 2019 minutes

(The committee discussed the need for a possible NOI amendment for changing the time frame for herbicide treatment of lake Ashmere.  The present permit precludes treatment between June 15th and Labor Day due to the two camps being in session. Solitude, our lake treatment contractor, has suggested we treat closer to the end of June to get better treatment results and possibly eliminate a second treatment.  LMC will further review this and discuss with new Conservation Agent.)

 

The discussion of amending the permit was continued and agreed that the LMC would pursue it.  Jodi will set up a meeting with both the Hinsdale & Peru ConCom.  This will include the necessary Conservation Commission joint public meeting.  We will try to set this for April 9th.    

 

Budget Review

The committee reviewed the budget for submission to the town.  It was also suggested to propose in the budget for a lake water quality review by way of an environmental study.  This would include consideration for water quality, Invasive Species, Lake Drawdown and Silt Penetrations.  The LMC will review this with the Town Administrator.

 

                   

With no additional comments a motion was made by Duane and seconded by Jodi and voted unanimously to adjourned at 5:50 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Greg Tremblay, LMC Secretary

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