LAKE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Agendas, Minutes, and other Documents

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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 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 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.

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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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