Opposition to Industrial Complex Buildout

February 28, 2018

Dear Selectmen,

Board of Selectmen
807 Mill River Southfield Road
Mill River, MA 01244

I am writing to you as a board member of the Lake Buel Restoration and Preservation District (LBD). The LBD, created approximately 25 years ago, is a unique municipality representing all property owners with access to Lake Buel. The Board represents both New Marlborough and Monterey landowners.
It has come to our attention that a Special Permit Hearing is scheduled for March 12, 2018 to consider Mr. Setiz’s application to construct an Industrial Complex in Hartsville. The application survey shows that the complex will consist of over 110,000 square feet of covered space and indicates future expansion to include a Solar Farm, Lodging of some sort, parking spaces planned for 48 vehicles, and creation of a new access road.

Passage of this application will bring dramatic change to Hartsville with increased traffic, and potential adverse affects to wildlife, environmental and other impacts we may not foresee today. The processing of Marijuana produces many by-products, both liquid and solids, that need to be labeled Hazardous Waste. Oversight by the town would need to be comprehensive and expensive.

The legalization of marijuana is not a closed issue, as the Federal Government still lists Marijuana as a controlled substance. As you know, the areas that lie below the proposed project are sensitive wetlands as a ride along Adsit Crosby road will demonstrate. These wetlands receive drainage from the mountain above and then drain into the Konkapot River. The Konkapot River over the last 15 years has flowed backward into Lake Buel at least three times. Contamination of these wetlands backing up into Lake Buel could have very negative consequences. These sensitive areas should be protected and the construction of a large Industrial Complex will pose serious problems.

Aesthetically, the project will be a disaster to the beauty of New Marlborough. Being perched on the hillside, visible in all directions, is not how we want to grow Hartsville or New Marlborough. Future plans for lodging will only bring further blight to that area. Lake Buel landowners, who represent a very significant portion of the taxes raised in New Marlborough, currently pay a large premium for the views of the lake and surrounding hills and mountains. The proposed project would be visible from most of the Lake and even worse, 24 hour security lighting will create severe light pollution!

Lake Buel is a significant asset to New Marlborough which attracts tourists and second home owners that demand very little from the towns’ resources. Let’s try to keep this asset intact and allow future generations to appreciate it as it is today.

In conclusion, let it be clear that the Lake Buel District Board, representing landowners of New Marlborough and Monterey who have access to the lake, strongly oppose the construction of this large Industrial Complex at the currently proposed site. Your negative vote will help protect Hartsville, the environment, and preserve the unique beauty of our community.

Respectfully,
Cc: New Marlborough Conservation Committee
Peter Hagen, Chairman
Lake Buel Restoration and Preservation District Board

Lake Buel District Meeting September 18, 2017

LAKE BUEL DISTRICT
MINUTES
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Date: September 18, 2017

Place: Kyle Pierce house at 28 Seven Arts Rd, Monterey, MA

Meeting call to order 7:18 pm by Peter Hagen

In Attendance: Pete Hagen, Mark Amstead, Kyle Pierce, Chris Hassett; Absent,Wayne Dolby, Pat Mielke

Minutes from August 29, 2017 were approved.

Prudential Committee – The Committee reviewed the August 29, 2017 meeting for Chris Hassett. EdWeissman is willing to assist in the Grant Writing for the District.

Outlet Maintenance – Mark Amstead talked to Chris Tryon about the outlet and possible work on the levee. Lake Buel has 20 feet on Wyman’s side of the lake and Lake Buel owns the other side, we need to prove erosion. Chris Tryon is willing to report on conditions of the dam/levee. Water is spilling over the top board due to beaver activity. We agreed that Pete would call the trapper and ask for aggressive trapping. We will ask Chris Tryon for a proposal for looking at the dam/levees.

Other Business – The Fireworks were great. Judy will send the invoice to pat for payment.

Kyle pierce reported on the LAPA meeting she attended. Kyle stated that there may be funds for dredging the lake. Due to the size of the documents from the LAPA meeting, they will be made available upon request.

Next meeting is set for Wednesday January 3, 2018 at Peter Hagens’ home at 62 Lakeside Ave, New Marlborough, MA.

Motion to adjourn 9pm.

These minutes are transcribed from notes of Kyle Pierce.

Respectfully submitted,

Pat Mielke, Clerk

Lake Buel District Minutes August 29, 2017

LAKE BUEL DISTRICT
MINUTES

Date: August 29, 2017

Place: Kyle Pierce house at 28 Seven Arts Rd, Monterey, MA

Meeting call to order 7:05 pm by Peter Hagen

In Attendance: Pete Hagen, Mark Amstead, Kyle Pierce, Wayne Dolby, Pat Mielke
Guest: Ed Weissman

Minutes from the Annual District Meeting, May 27, 2017 approved unanimously, and posted on line.

Financial Update – Pat Mielke reviewed the finances with the Prudential Committee. Total revenue from tax collections was $ 149, 857.61 for fiscal year 2017 ending June 30, 2017. Both Fiscal Year 2016 & 2017 were billed and collected in the same year to recognize the fiscal year being billed in the proper time frame. Current invoices for Lake Harvesting Operations and Outlet Maintenance were reviewed for payment.

Tax Title – Tax liens were recorded on 4 District owner properties in the Lake Buel District for non-payment of district taxes. In addition, approximately $8,000.00 in delinquent taxes was collected in Fiscal Year 17.

Lake Harvesting – Mark Amstead reported that Mike Ordyna hit something at the community dock with the equipment. There was no significant damage to report from the incident. Mike believes it may have been an old cement anchor that caught the equipment about 6ft below the water surface. The last day of equipment on the lake will be September 9, 2017.

Outlet Maintenance – Mark Amstead and Chris Hassett added the rubber lining as planned. All agree that more work needs to be done at the outlet control site. The beaver issues continue to be monitored and dealt with.

5 Year Plan – Peter Hagen introduced Ed Weissman to speak to the possible grant potential for Lake Buel Mr. Weissman has offered to donate his time and grant writing expertise to the district. Following an open discussion on the importance of preserving Lake Buel, surrounding properties and controlling the lake level, the Prudential Committee unanimously approved the appointment of Ed Weissman as the Lake Buel Voluntary Grant Adviser. In addition, a new line item was approved; Lake Level Control Assessment, funding it with $10,000.00 to be determined for the FY 19 budget year. The specific project would be to replace the present levy/dam structure to control the lake water level.

Kyle Pierce has agreed to attend the LAPA meeting on September 9, 2017. Kyle will seek out funding sources available and what projects would qualify for grant funding.

Other Business – The Prudential Committee approved changing the Lake Buel District Post Office Box from the Monterey facility to the Mill River Post Office facility. The box number will change as well as the zip code. Notices will be sent to the owners in the next billing cycle.

-Fireworks are set for Labor Day weekend
-Pat will purchase a backup drive for the records to be stored.
-Mark Amstead will visit D. Logan to retrieve any records stored at his home.
-Mark also has the title to the new truck in his possession.

Next meeting is set for Monday, September 18, 2017 at the home of Kyle Pierce at 7 pm.
Located at 28 Seven Arts Rd, Monterey, MA

Motion to adjourn 8:47pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Pat Mielke, Clerk

New feature: Lake Stories

We’ve added a new feature to this blog: Lake Stories, a place where you can post stories and memories of life on the Lake.

This feature was inspired by a message from Steve Hall who came across this site while editing his father’s memoir. He gave us permission to post a memory of Camp To-Ho-Ne and the Guest Camp in the early 1940s.

If you have something you’d like to post, the Lake Stories page has contact information.

Thanks, Steve, and we look forward to hearing more stories of the lake from all of you…

LBD Prudential Committee Meeting

Posted on behalf of Pat Mielke

 

LBD Prudential Committee Meeting

Home of Kyle Pierce,  28 Seven Arts Road, Monterey

Monday September 18, 2017    7:00 P.M.

 

AGENDA:

Approve minutes from August 29, 2017

Lake Outlet Maintenance Update

Lake Harvester

Five Year Plan

Any other business

 

Next Meeting Schedule

 

Pat Mielke

LBD Clerk

Fireworks – 2017 !

Whether you view it as the end of summer, or the beginning of a spectacular Autumn in the Berkshires, the Lake Buel Labor Day weekend fireworks display will be this Saturday starting around 9:00 PM. In the event of rain, unlikely based on current weather forecasts but we all know New England weather’s predictability, the fireworks would shift to Sunday evening.

Enjoy!