Lake Buel District Board Meeting
July 16, 2020
Outside of 807 Mill River Southfield Road, Mill River
Members present: Peter Hagen, Kyle Pierce, Chris Hassett, Mark Amstead, & Wayne Dolby.
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Mr. Hagen at 7PM.
A motion was made, seconded and so voted to approve the Annual Meeting minutes May 23, 2020 as prepared.
A motion was made, seconded and so voted to approve May 14th minutes as prepared.
The Board review the new tax rate of .90 per thousand set by Department of Revenue, which is an eight (8%) increase from last year rate. After the brief review and discussion a motion was made, seconded and so voted to accept the new rate of .90 per thousand.
Ms. Shannon Poulin, Biologist appeared before the Board to review and discuss the Cyanobacteria testing done in the lake. Ms. Poulin mentioned that testing is done every other week now and in August testing will be done each week. Ms. Poulin mentioned there is some blue/green algae and a few are toxic and that they looked white hairs by the camp. Ms. Poulin also said that they are doing cell counts this year. Mr. Hassett inquired on where are the locations in the lake for the testing being taken from. Ms. Poulin mentioned that they have used the area by the docks at the camp in the past, but since the camp is closed this year they will use a boat to go out a depth of 30 feet for testing. Mr. Hagen inquired on what depth is required for testing completed. Ms. Poulin said that the testing is done about 12 feet down and a net is used to assist with the sample, then put the sample under the microscope and samples are sent to EPA for more in depth testing. Ms. Poulin mentioned that Mr. Mike Germain has order a kit for testing. Ms. Poulin mentioned that the Lake is in better condition that Lake Garfield. Mr. Hagen mentioned that the Lake is fed by springs and inquired if the Board could receive more results. Ms. Poulin said that she will continue to email the reports to Mrs. Pierce. Ms. Poulin mentioned that there is a proposal for next year to purchase a new more advance kit, which the cost can be shared with four other Lake communities. It was mentioned that Lake Garfield has purchased the testing kit and lets the Lake Buel District use at no cost. Mrs. Pierce inquired if the Board is interested in purchasing the kit with the other Lake communities. Yes the Board is interested but would like to wait to see if any grants can be obtained. The Board thanked Ms. Poulin for all the information provided.
The Board received a letter from the New Marlborough Fire Department regarding obstacles to providing emergency response to the District area. Mr. Hagen mentioned that he was asked to mention this concern at the Annual Meeting since it is a concern in some of the areas. It was mentioned that the Board/District will have the letter put on Lakebuel.org.
Mr. Amstead mentioned that the Harvester machine now has five oils booms.
Mr. Hagen mentioned that he has submitted another beaver permit to the New Marlborough Board of Health. Mr. Hagen will inquire if it is possible that Mr. Ives can spend some more time opening up the dams.
Weeds: Mr. Hassett mentioned that the Harvester is doing a fine job. It was mentioned that the Harvester takes two full loads of weeds away a day. Mr. Hagen mentioned that the weeds seem to be growing quicker this year
There has been a few complaints about loud noises from two boats with skiers that have loud speakers.
Some residents have complaints about air b & b’s and if they are allowed in the District. It was noted that there’s nothing the Board can do about air b & b’s, it’s a property owner’s decision and responsibility.
Next meeting is scheduled for December 1, 2020 at Mr. Dolby residence 28 Corashire Road.
A motion was made, seconded and so voted to adjourn at 8:24PM.
Kathy Chretien, District Clerk
Lake Buel District Board Meeting