LAKE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE - Agendas & Minutes

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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