LAKE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Agendas, Minutes, and other Documents

Click to read: Solitude Surveys of Ashmere and Plunkett June 2021           posted at 4:45 pm on 6/29/2021

Lake Management Committee Meeting Agenda / July 13, 2021 at 4pm-5:45pm

Downstairs Community Room, 39 South St., Hinsdale MA 01235

posted at 6:00 pm on 07/08/2021  

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Open meeting

Secretary’s Report - Approve previous minutes

Follow-up discussion on the July 1, 2021 herbicide applications.

Review herbicide treatment OCC’s changes before Conservation Commission

Follow up on newsletter communications. Discuss the next issue.

Discuss the status of sewer compliance near both the lakes.

Plunkett Reservoir

  • The Beach and Boat Launch / Plunkett Beach Committee

  • Plunkett Dam / Spillway update

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

Ashmere Lake

  • Update Ashmere Island / abandoned properties / DCR discussion

  • Steps for second Solitude treatment

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

Discuss the status of sewer compliance near both the lakes.

Discuss proposed RV Camp at Camp Emerson

Discussion of LAPA West algae bloom program 

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

Meeting Adjourned     

 

Lake Management Committee Meeting Agenda / June 8, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

Downstairs Community Room, 39 South St., Hinsdale MA 01235

posted at 2:15pm on 6/3/2021  

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Open meeting

Secretary’s Report - Approve previous minutes

Updates on Annual Town Meeting requests

Follow up on the 2021 herbicide process

Review the first newsletter progress and preparation for distribution

  • Welcome – Submittal/Publish Date

  • Herbicide treatment – Bulletin on June 8/9th

  • ATM lake management articles

  • Other

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Discuss the Plunkett spillway/dam updates

  • The Beach and Boat Launch

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

Ashmere Lake

  • Discussion of abandoned properties on Ashmere Island and at other possible locations

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

Discuss status of sewer compliance around both of the lakes. 

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

Meeting Adjourned      

Lake Management Committee Meeting Minutes / June 8, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

Downstairs Community Room, 39 South St., Hinsdale MA 01235

posted at 1pm on 7/18/2021  

Members present in-person: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Bill Logue (BL), and Rick Koch (RK)

Members present on Zoom: Duane Bruce (DB), Cynthia Grippaldi (CG)  Member Absent: Paul McMahon (PM) 

Others present: Stan Walczyk, Holly Logue, Gunther Breitmaier, Jeff & Tara Reynolds, and Gary Moquin

Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcuuqqT0uE9GYVFUkbdITWobLvVRT-g1t 

Opened meeting at 4:09 pm

Secretary’s Report – Approved minutes from May 11, 2021. (Motion BL, seconded RK: Passed, AH, MM, BL, RK)

A Lake Management email bulletin, with the June herbicide treatment date and public notice post, will be emailed to the public when the date is confirmed from Solitude. Survey maps and treatment maps will be distributed when available. Feedback can be solicited. Requesting changes from the Conservation Commission to the orders of conditions are necessary to receive timely responses from Solitude. The town newsletter and the lake associations did a good job getting members to join our newsletter’s email list. Areas that are lacking don’t have lake association and include people from the Lenore Drive area and the area near George Schnopp Road and Shore Drive. Efforts will be made to get the word out in those areas.

MM provided information to those present detailing the Annual Town Meeting’s Lake Management budget items and Article 15 which seeks funding for the second, August herbicide treatment at Plunkett.

Plunkett Reservoir

  • It was mentioned that the spillway has been cleaned up by the DPW and the brush and trees downstream have been cleared. Also a tree near the spillway was removed.

  • AH will contact the chair of the Plunkett Beach Committee. A joint meeting to understand their agenda and who is monitoring the public areas, the beach and boat launch, is needed. Gary Moquin and LMC members commented about the need for beach and boat launch rules, Zebra mussels/boat cleaning signage and signs stating basic boating rules, i.e., proper boat travel direction.

Ashmere Lake

  • AH and PM surveyed the south basin Ashmere Island properties. It appeared there were two rough, abandoned cottages. They could not tell if there is a pollution element entering the lake. AH has been in contact with DCR about this issue and they are investigating what should happen. There are also 2 properties abandoned and collapsed on the north basin of the lake. These properties would fall under the town’s jurisdiction.

AH will talk with the Hinsdale Sewer Department to determine the state of compliance of non-sewer users around the lakes.

Meeting Adjourned at 5:44PM. (BL motion, RK seconded: Passed unanimously)

Respectively submitted, Monica Montferret

Lake Management Committee Remote Meeting Agenda / May 11, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

posted at 10:30am on 5/7/2021    Remote Zoom Meeting, Hinsdale MA 01235

 

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Open meeting

Secretary’s Report - Approve previous minutes

Updates on the Lake Management’s budget requests for the Annual Town Meeting

Review the first newsletter progress and preparation for distribution

Follow up on the 2021 herbicide process including contract, sign location mapping

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Discuss the Plunkett spillway/dam updates

  • 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

Discussion of abandoned properties on Ashmere Island and at other possible locations on both lakes.  

Discuss status of sewer compliance around both of the lakes. 

Update on returning to in-person, town hall meetings beginning in June.

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

Meeting Adjourned      

Lake Management Committee Remote Meeting Minutes / May 11, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

posted at 1pm on 7/18/2021    Remote Zoom Meeting, Hinsdale MA 01235

Members present on Zoom: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Duane Bruce (DB), Cynthia Grippaldi (CG), Bill Logue (BL), Rick Koch (RK) and Paul McMahon (PM).   Others present: Vivian Mason

Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcuuqqT0uE9GYVFUkbdITWobLvVRT-g1t 

Opened meeting at 4:04pm

Secretary’s Report – Approved minutes from April 8, 2021, March 30, 2021 and February 9, 2021. (Motion BL, seconded CG: Passed unanimously)

The Hinsdale Annual Town Meeting will be June 9, 2021. Bob Graves asked for a short explanation for the warrant article requesting funds for the second herbicide treatment at Plunkett Reservoir.

The plan is to publish the first Lake Management Newsletter the week or so before the herbicide treatments of the lakes on June 15, 2021. The newsletter would include the poster notice, preseason survey and treatment maps provided by Solitude. MM will publish email bulletins/newsletters and other members will provide the articles. A Mailchimp account has been created and residents can sign up and maintain their own contact information. A link for signups has been placed on the Lake Management page of the town website, hinsdalemass.com, under the Departments/Lake Management tab. 187 email addresses have been collected.

The herbicide posters notices will be placed in sheet protectors and attached to new stakes with wood backing built by AH. They will be distributed to members who will post in their areas on June 6th, 11am at town hall. Members should review the list of current posting location for each lake and provide feedback to AH.

DB will email a notice to the camps and the campground with tentative herbicide treatment date, June 15th.

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Bob Graves had applied to FEMA for a grant to repair/replace the spillway. Vivian Mason noted they were told Hinsdale would not receive a grant because not enough people downstream would be affected if the spillway were to give way. Bob will continue to look for other grant options

  • AH suggested purchasing a remote camera and mounting it outside to capture the water level daily. He will research it more and discuss with the select board.

Ashmere Lake

  • AH contacted DCR to discuss the abandoned properties on the South basin island of Ashmere Lake. They appreciated LMC looking into this and asked to be informed of any abandoned properties/debris. Vivian Mason noted an ATM article was suggested to fund dealing with dilapidated properties. She stated the BOH requested it be removed because the town could be liable if contaminants or other hazards were discovered.

AH noted that the report from the fish tissue sampling that occurred last Fall will not likely be released this Spring as previously stated. The state has instituted some rule changes on data releases.

Lake Managements inputs were not published in the 2020 Town Report. Vivian Mason apologized and said she would try to rectify the error.

Meeting Adjourned at 5:39PM. (RK motion, BL seconded: Passed unanimously)

Respectively submitted, Monica Montferret

Lake Management Committee Remote Meeting Agenda / April 13, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

posted at 1pm on 4/8/2021

Remote Zoom Meeting, Hinsdale MA 01235

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Open meeting

Secretary’s Report - Approve previous minutes

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Discuss the Plunkett spillway/dam emergency

  • 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

Discuss any changes to the Lake Management’s budget requests for the Annual Town Meeting

Follow up on the 2021 herbicide process

Take steps to build out our mailing list/ contact info for our newsletter/ notification network.

Establish sign posting protocols and lake locations. Develop a purchase supply list.

Discussion of abandoned properties on Ashmere Island and at other possible locations on both lakes.

Discuss status of sewer compliance around both of the lakes. 

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

Meeting Adjourned      

Lake Management Committee Remote Meeting Minutes / April 13, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

posted at 10am on 5/18/2021

 

Members present on Zoom: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Duane Bruce (DB), Cynthia Grippaldi (CG), Bill Logue (BL), Rick Koch (RK) and Paul McMahon (PM)

Others present: Fred Sears (FS), Paul Bazanchuk

Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcuuqqT0uE9GYVFUkbdITWobLvVRT-g1t 

 

Open meeting at 4:01

Secretary’s Report – no minutes to approve.

Plunkett Reservoir

  • During the thaw, large chunks of ice were pushed across the lake and likely the cause of the damaged batter boards. AH explained that Bob Graves applied for a grant to repair the spillway.

  • DB asked the committee to send the Select Board a 2-part letter of support from the LMC. Part 1. thank and support Fred Wang for all his help and meticulous observations and information that he has provided to the LMC and town. Part 2. since his information is beneficial to the town, he should be given access to the dam and spillway to continue his lake water level measurements. The committee feels Fred was unjustly treated and his actions have been educated and identified several critical issues and problems. He tried to warn the town by sending the town a recommendation to lower the lake level below the batter boards expecting a large snow melt and high damaging winds. It was his observation that first alerted the town of the damaged batter boards. DB and BL will work to craft the letter. BL stated we need a public statement stating the LMC is not responsible for the lake level and is not participating in the dam/spillway management. To date LMC has not received any gate logs or SOPs. The Plunkett lake monitoring is now done by the Hinsdale DPW. RK will reach out to talk with Bob Graves to communicate our concerns directly.

The LMC is moving forward with plans to publish a periodic newsletter. Committee members need to get their association’s contact info. LMC will create a mailchimp signup form and plans to send the signup link out to camps, associations, through the towns newsletter list and add to the town website. MM will investigate mailchimp and set up the signup form.

PM and AH plan to access the abandoned properties by the island near the Ashmere Lake dam and other properties around the lakes. AH will contact Dom Sacco. In addition, the LMC should follow up an any lake dwellings not hooked to sewers. AH will review the local and state mandates. This is all part of our committee’s commitment to work towards improving our lakes water quality.

Committee members should review the poster sign locations around both lakes to determine if sign locations are adequate. AH will purchase more stakes and add plywood for behind the 8x11 posters. MM will look into “Lake Closure” sandwich poster signs for the causeways. These signs are used for herbicide treatments and lake closures such as algae blooms.

Meeting Adjourned at 5:37PM. (PM motion, RK second)

Respectively submitted, Monica Montferret

Lake Management Committee Remote Meeting Agenda / March 30, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

posted at 12:30pm on 3/25/2021

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When: Mar 30, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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•Open meeting

•Approve LMC meeting minutes provided by the secretary.

•Continue discussions on this year’s herbicide treatment at both lakes. Dominic Meringolo from Solitude will join the meeting to answer questions or concerns pertaining to upcoming herbicide treatments.  LMC will review proposed changes in Solitude’s contracts reflecting multiple treatments.  Committee to create a list of recommendations to pass on to the Select Board.

•Discuss lake management’s public communication efforts including BOH’s recent request for LMC involvement.

•Discuss any Lake Management ATM budget requests updates.

•Open public comments on any issues not on the agenda.

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

•Meeting Adjourned      

Lake Management Committee Remote Meeting Minutes / March 30, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

posted at 10am on 5/18/2021

Remote Zoom Meeting, Hinsdale MA 01235

Members present on Zoom: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Duane Bruce (DB), Cynthia Grippaldi (CG), Rick Koch (RK) and Paul McMahon (PM). Members absent: Bill Logue (BL),

Others present: Fred Wang, (FW), Caleb Mitchell, Dominic Meringolo (Solitude)

This meeting’s Zoom links: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUodu2trT4tHdTXNE9xOaXdI5tyJhia3c2k

Opened meeting at 4:03 PM

OLD BUSINESS

Dominic Meringolo from Solitude joined our meeting to discuss the herbicide treatment process and answer question. The penciled in date for this year’s first herbicide treatment is June 15, 2021. Dominic agreed that increasing the notification timeline is possible. Solitude will do the early spring survey two weeks before the intended treatment date. This allows them to prepare the survey and application maps and provide them to Conservation Commissions a week before the treatment date. They will also submit draft abutter/poster notices and the newspaper ad 2 to 3 weeks before for proofing. Solitude sends out the public notice to the newspaper two weeks before intended date.

Last summer, LMC received several resident’s complaints concerning a hardy nuance tape grass and a bladderwort species that were taking up the whole water column in the North cove. In addition, along the shoreline of the rest of the lake, an increased abundance of brittle naiad carpeted the bottom surface with a large bushy biomass. Should the town choose to treat Plunkett for the non-native spiney brittle naiad, the tape grass and bladderwort, then a second late July/early August treatment would be needed. This requires an Orders of Condition, OCC, change. In addition, tape grass requires a low concentration of copper-based chemical that will need approval by Conservation Commission. This chemical will be used in combination with the Diquat to target these three species. If the Phragmites treatment is necessary at Ashmere then the chemical will need to be approved by Conservation. Dominic talked about the need to balance between beneficial plant life and controlling non-native and invasive plants. Left untreated they will out compete native plant species and take over. The goal is to manage native plants only as much as necessary to allow the safe uses of the lakes such as swimming and boating. FW asked a question, Should the settlement pond should be surveyed for milfoil, could this be the source? It’s not believed to be part of the Reservoir but possible to do if allowed. Milfoil is often called a phosphorus pipeline. Its roots pull phosphorus from the sediment and disburse it into the water. Dominic best recommendation for Plunkett is to also treat last week in July/first week in August.

CG asked about algae blooms seen after herbicide treatment. Dominic responded that this is possible, especially if the lake is not treated regularly and there is a large biomass present. The treatment will kill off the biomass which then decomposes and adds to the nutrients in the sediment and water column. The goal is to keep the plant life density under control and to treat earlier in the growing season, so the biomass is lower. Dominic noted the best way to deal with algae blooms is to regularly monitor algae population and water nutrients, mainly phosphorus levels. Dominic recommended it’s important to do water quality studies in addition to algae monitoring.

Dominic stated he could revise his FY22 Plunkett contract for a second treatment. Basically, a firm price on the first treatment and an optional second treatment that will use the survey to decide the herbicide application acreage. A second treatment for Ashmere this year is basically covered by the FY22 contract so that one will not change much until next fiscal year. We ask Dominic for contract submittal soon to incorporate into ATM budget.

The Plunkett lake level is refilling and currently about 8 inches below the top of the boards. With the lake levels up it does not appear the town will be modifying the spillway boards. However, FW indicated the boards appear to be damaged some now that the ice has come off the lakes.

LMC will ask the Select Board to discontinue the herbicide treatment letters to direct abutters. Electronic notifications, sandwich boards and upgraded signage should be more effective and reach more people.

MM attended the recent BOH meeting and offered to help them with posting signs at public locations around the lake. LMC will also make our email list available to notify resident about health concerns such as an algae bloom.

PM would like to address the issue of abandoned properties around the lake and be proactive about clean up. This item will be added to future meeting agenda. Another add, will be a review of lake homes not on sewer.

The committee agreed to continue to have a Zoom only meeting in April

Approve LMC meeting minutes for March 9, 2021 with one date typo change. (RK motion, PM second; passed: AH, PM, RK, CG, MM, DB-lost sound)

Meeting adjourned at 6:08 pm. Respectfully submitted, Monica Montferret

To read a summary of the March 9 phone call with Dominic Meringolo, click here.

Lake Management Committee Remote Meeting Agenda / March 9, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

posted at 8:25pm on 3/3/2021

Please note: the public may attend this meeting via Zoom.us online or by telephone.

Topic: Hinsdale Lake Management Meeting

Time: Mar 9, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89134851039?pwd=amNOektyY3JQUnBhNVhOdkhtQnhSZz09

Meeting ID: 891 3485 1039

Passcode: 213183

Open meeting

Secretary’s Report - Approve previous minutes

 

OLD BUSINESS

Discuss Lake Management’s budget requests for the Annual Town Meeting

Continue to address the Solitude herbicide process and develop recommendations

Discuss public communication efforts for Lake Management issues, (newsletter, email list…)

 

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Discuss updates with the Plunkett Dam and Spillway operations

  • Discuss lake water levels

  • 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

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

 

Meeting Adjourned

 

Lake Management Committee Remote Meeting Minutes / March 9, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

posted at 9:25am on 5/3/2021  Remote Zoom Meeting, Hinsdale MA 01235

 

Members present on Zoom: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Duane Bruce (DB), Cynthia Grippaldi (CG), Bill Logue (BL), Rick Koch (RK) and Paul McMahon (PM) during the early meeting

Others present: Fred Wang, (FW)

 

This meeting’s Zoom links:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89134851039?pwd=amNOektyY3JQUnBhNVhOdkhtQnhSZz09
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpcOCgrjIpG9cJNkGQLJYgLkdyZE8SUDzC

 

Opened meeting at 4:00 PM

Secretary’s Report – Minutes approved for February 25, 2021. Motion DB, 2nd RK - Members polled in favor RK, CG, BL, DB, AH, PM and MM.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Lake Management’s Annual Town Meeting budget requests were submitted to Bob Graves. AH and MM will attend the joint meeting between the Select Board and the Finance Committee on 3/13/21 at 11:30 AM. AH sent emails to Select Board and Finance Committee in support of an engineering study to address the upgrades and redesign of the current spillway at Plunkett. AH will ask Bob Graves if the 2020 Dam Safety report is available. BL and FW will reach out to local engineering firms for advice on the spillway needs and they will seek copies of recent Dam Safety inspection reports from the state. MM will forward joint budget meeting email to LMC.

MM recapped an hour-long call with Dominic Meringolo* from Solitude to discuss ways to treat the abundance of weeds seen last year at Plunkett Reservoir and to discuss the FY22 contract with possible modifications for single/multiple treatments. It was noted during the meeting that the chemical suggested to treat tape grass in the northern cove does not seem like one that would be considered acceptable due to fish concerns. Dominic accepted LMC’s request to attend a Zoom meet in March or early April with the entire committee. Attached is a brief summary of the phone conversation.

About an hour into the meeting, three rude and disruptive people showed up and the Zoom meeting was shut down. All the original attendees were emailed a new Zoom meeting notice and shortly thereafter the meeting continued.

AH has had ongoing talks with Bob Graves concerning a public communication pipeline for Lake Management issues. The plan is for LMC to have their own notification platform and build a contact list using MailChimp. Once established, LMC will use for periodic newsletters, emergency notifications such as algae blooms, and important updates such as herbicide applications.

Meeting adjourned at 6:01 pm. (CG motion, RK Second)

Respectfully submitted, Monica Montferret

* To read the notes from the phone call, click here.

Lake Management Committee Remote Zoom Meeting Agenda / February 25, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

posted at 4:45pm on 2/22/2021

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Topic: Lake Management Committee Meeting

Time: Feb 25, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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Open meeting

Secretary’s Report – Review and approve previous minutes

OLD BUSINESS

Discuss Solitude herbicide treatments at Ashmere and Plunkett.  Decide on a list of recommendations to forward to the Select Board.

Discuss the newsletter/inputs/distribution list

Update on the Lake Management’s ATM budget requests submitted on 02/22/21

 

NEW BUSINESS

Review LMC correspondence and any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Meeting Adjourned      

Lake Management Committee Remote Zoom Meeting Minutes / February 25, 2021 at 4pm-5:50pm

posted at 10am on 5/6/2021   Remote Zoom Meeting, Hinsdale MA 01235

 

Members present on Zoom: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Duane Bruce (DB), Cynthia Grippaldi (CG), Bill Logue (BL), and Rick Koch (RK).  Not present: Paul McMahon (PM)

Others present: Fred Wang, (FW)

 

This meeting’s Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6378217520?pwd=Mms3SjZwaGh4K3JITkdqVlNiZ0ZUUT09

Opened meeting at 4:04 PM

Secretary’s Report – Minutes approved for January 12, 2021. Motion RK, 2nd CG - Members poled in favor RK, CG, DB, AH, and MM. BL & PM not present.

 

OLD BUSINESS

The LMC discussed some changes they would like to implement with herbicide treatments at Ashmere and Plunkett. MM took an action to contact Bob Graves concerning how expenses have been billed in past years. She will also contact Dominic Meringolo at Solitude to get a better understanding of Solitude’s typical timeline for the herbicide treatment process, more information around an August treatment at Plunkett and a few financial clarifications. RK will talk with Caleb Mitchell concerning changes/clarification to OCC notification process and how best to document them.

 

The LMC decided they would prefer to create their own newsletter rather than include articles in the town wide newsletter. A main factor in this decision was needing to create an email database for other times when lake residents need to be notified, such as the algae blooms that occurred the previous years. The Town did not want Code Red used for algae bloom notification when asked. AH and CG will take the lead on looking into Mail Chimp, its forms and the logistics needed to initially set up an email database.

 

The LMC was provided with the attached copy of the Lake Management Budget Worksheet submitted by MM on 2/22/21.

Meeting adjourned at 5:55pm

Respectfully submitted, Monica Montferret

Lake Management Committee Remote Zoom Meeting Agenda / February 9, 2021 at 4pm

posted at 5:25pm on 2/3/2021

Open meeting - Lake Management Committee has invited you to a Zoom meeting.

When: Feb 9, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdO2gqzoqGd3jOf1JqV-tnw-cxrLb5m_e

Meeting ID. 891 3485 1039

Passcode  213183

Please note: the public may attend this meeting via Zoom online or by telephone. Zoom attendees must register the first time attending a LMC meeting via Zoom, so please do this a few minutes early. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Open meeting

Secretary’s Report – Review and approve previous minutes

 

OLD BUSINESS

Discuss and finalize Lake Management’s ATM budget requests

Discuss Solitude herbicide treatments at Ashmere and Plunkett.  Decide on a list of recommendations to forward to the Select Board.

Follow up on the joint meeting with the Select Board

Plunkett Reservoir

  • Updates on the Plunkett spillway, drawdown, and gate valve operations

  • 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 joining LAPA West

Review LMC correspondence and any new business not reasonably anticipated before posting agenda

Meeting Adjourned      

Lake Management Committee Remote Zoom Meeting Minutes / February 9, 2021 at 4pm

posted at 10am on 5/18/2021

Members present on Zoom: Andy Hagadorn (AH), Monica Montferret (MM), Duane Bruce (DB), Cynthia Grippaldi (CG), Paul McMahon, (PM), Bill Logue (BL) and on phone: Rick Koch (RK) (4:40).

Others present: Fred Wang, (FW)

This meeting’s Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdO2gqzoqGd3jOf1JqV-tnw-cxrLb5m_e

Opened meeting at 4:09 PM

Secretary’s Report – No minutes to approve today.

The Lake Management’s budget from the previous year was provided and the items reviewed. The Committee is considering joining LAPA. Those dues are $100 and will be budgeted from LMC funds. We are waiting for Solitude’s FY22 inputs. Slight increases for Ashmere but a more significant one expected if a second herbicide application is pursued at Plunkett. LMC recommends the town returns to yearly dredging of the Plunkett settling pond. Two contractors were contacted for quotes and that item was level funded from previous years. In the future, we will need to discuss the more significant cleaning of the silt from the retention pond which is currently scheduled for $100,000 capital expense in FY2025. The causeway side of the lake has significantly filled with silt washing through the culvert. However, for now, the committee feels the spillway redesign is the higher priority capital expense compared with the major dredging of Plunkett retention pond. The solidified budget numbers need to be submitted to Select Board and Finance Committee by 2/22/2021. LMC proposed sending two letters off to the Select Board. First letter recommends the Plunkett spillway batter boards be repaired soon before the lake starts to refill and removal of the bushes/trees from the spillway basin. LMC was told this work would likely be done/overseen by the highway department. A second letter to Select Board would request there be four lake managements items included in the future capital expense plan. The capital expense proposals are 1. Plunkett Spillway Redesign and Rebuild, 2. Complete dredging of the Plunkett retention pond, 3. Plunkett Lake Management Plan, 4. Ashmere Lake Management Plan.

Little time remained to discuss the Solitude herbicide treatments. It was suggested the town eliminate the letters of certificate to direct lake abutters. (A small percent of overall residents receives them because most are not considered direct abutters. No Pine Cone Lane residents get letters). Treatment notices need to be more visible and LMC plans to seek other avenues of notifying people. The timeline should be more than 2 days. LMC received the Ashmere OCC but not Plunkett. Bob Graves said the OCCs will be scanned and posted on the town website. The committee will add a future agenda item to create a list of changes they would like to see in the lakes OCCs to improve notification and timing.

The town should be posting the Plunkett SOPs and gate valve log around the middle of February.

Meeting adjourned at 5:52pm. Respectfully submitted, Monica Montferret

To see the LMC FY 2022 budget worksheet click here.

SELECT BOARD & LAKE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE JOINT MEETING AGENDA / January 27, 2021 at 6pm   

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South Street, Hinsdale MA

​Posted at 7:45am on 1/25/2021  

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Discuss Committee Mission Statement; items of interest

Discuss the Select Board’s expectations for the Lake Management Committee; Committee parameters

Discuss Communications

Discuss Lake Management Budget / ATM / Contract Responsibilities

Discuss Solitude Contract Enforcement / 2021 Changes to Contract

Public Comments

Adjournment to regularly scheduled Select Board Meeting at 7 p.m.

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

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

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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 Minutes / January 12, 2020 at 4pm

posted at 9:15am on 2/26/2021

 

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

Others present: Bill Logue (BL), Fred Wang, (FW) Gunter Breitmaier (GB), Caleb Mitchell (CM), Vivian Mason (VM)

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Opened meeting at 4:00 PM

Secretary’s Report – Meeting minutes for December 8, 2020 were accepted and approved by DB, PM, AH, CG, MM.

 

OLD BUSINESS

There was discussion on the upcoming LMC/Select Board joint meeting to be held January 27, 2021 was centered around proposed agenda items. LMC would like to understand what our function is according to the Select Board and regroup after that.

 

MM explained to the committee how lake management budget request process works leading up to the annual town meeting. The LMC would like to resume removing 99 yards of silt from Plunkett retention pond. LMC should prioritize the big tickets items including the engineering study for spillway redesign before presenting to Select Board and Finance Committee. Attached budget worksheet shows line items discussed.

 

Plunkett Reservoir

Caleb Mitchell explained the town requested the Conservation Commission issue an emergency drawdown permit to do a late drawdown and stated that anyone who disagreed had the opportunity to contact and discuss it with MA DEP. The Commission approved the permit because they felt the winter ice would damage the batter boards. Hinsdale DPW personnel will be trained to work the valve to maintain the lake level. Fred Wang has been keeping Plunkett drawdown water level data and AH showed the committee the data chart, attached. Members of the public are looking to see the SOPs and Bob Graves has indicated that this and value management log books will be posted soon on the town website’s lake management page. AH will send an email to follow up.

AH discussed future efforts to warn public of algae blooms. Board of Health and LMC wanted to use Code Red but Hinsdale Police Chief and Emergency Management do not want to use this tool for an algae bloom. In the past, signs were posted, and lake residents' doors stuffed with notices by BOH. The LMC will continue to explore further options.

Ashmere Lake

No issues to report pertaining to Ashmere Lake.

 

NEW BUSINESS

A motion was made (AH) and seconded (MM) that LMC’s recommendation be the Select Board appoint Bill Logue as LMC’s newest member. The Select Board is expected to consider this appointment at their meeting on 1/13/21. Members polled: yes votes: AH, MM, DB, CG, PM, and RK.

 

In the remaining time, a quick discussion occurred around the 2020 EOY Reports supplied by Solitude. Caleb Mitchell was concerned that surveys before treatments were not provided in a timely manner and will send Dominic an email reminding him of the information and communication as outlined in OCC that should be supplied to Conservation Commission directly. The commission needs this information, especially pre and post treatment maps, in a timely manner. Goal of herbicide treatment is to do less over time once vegetation is under control. The LMC plans a future meeting to discuss all parties' responsibilities. CM will send out copies of OCC and MM will send out the Solitude contract for review.

 

Meeting adjourned at 5:59pm

Respectfully submitted, Monica Montferret