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
,
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

2017 Annual Meeting: Lake Buel Restoration/Preservation District

MINUTES OF THE

ANNUAL LAKE BUEL DISTRICT

Classification Hearing

Fiscal Year 2018

MAY 27, 2017

Peter Hagen brought the meeting to order at 11:27am.

Present: Peter Hagen, Mark Amstead, Chris Hassett, Kyle Pierce. Wayne Dolby

Pat Mielke, Clerk.

A motion was made by Peter Hagen to retain one tax rate for the Lake Buel District for the FY2018. Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Continuing Business:

Virginia Hyde volunteered to post minutes and other business on the lakebuel.org website. Pat Mielke will email Ginny the information after it is approved by the Prudential Committee.

Ed Weisman has experience with grant writing and has offered to volunteer to look for what could be available. Pete Hagen will follow up with him.

Mark Amstead will check with the Town of Monterey Clerk to retrieve the old commitment books for Lake Buel that were stored in the clerk’s office. In addition, Mark Amstead and Chris Hassett will locate the records at Dave Logan’s house. The object is to get all the records together and stored in the rented locker.

Peter Hagen stated that he tried to contact Madeline. Schwartzman concerning her complaint of displaced docks near her property. Peter was able to contact the owners and have the docks removed.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 29th, 7pm at the home of Kyle Pierce, located at 28 Seven Arts Road, Monterey, MA.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 11:50am.

Respectfully submitted,

Pat Mielke

LBD Clerk

 

 

MINUTES OF THE

ANNUAL LAKE BUEL RESTORATION/PRESERVATION DISTRICT MEETING

FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018

MAY 27, 2017

 

The meeting was brought to order by Peter Hagen at 10:05 A.M. with 61.62 % of the District area represented. In attendance: Prudential Committee members Peter Hagen, Mark Amstead, Kyle Pierce, Chris Hassett, Wayne Dolby and Peter Brewer, District Counsel. In addition, Peter Hagen introduced Mike Ordyna, the harvester operator for Lake Buel District, to speak prior to the warrant vote, about concerns with weed harvesting.

Mike opened by explaining his job as operator of the harvesting machine for the Lake Buel District. He stated that the lake is in great shape, with Milfoil being the primary weed in the lake.

Emphasis was given to safety of operation of the machinery while on the lake, Mike stressed the need to stay clear of the machinery, giving him plenty of room to maneuver. Mike starts at 5:45 am and is off the lake around 1:30pm. It takes 3-1/2 weeks to complete 1 full revolution on the lake. There is no set schedule as weather determines the area to cuts weeds.  If a property owner has an issue, it is best to signal from the land or if on the lake, stay back 20ft from machinery to get his attention.

Pete Hagen asked if there were any areas that the machinery cannot reach. Mike stated that the area across from Tin Can Point, and area of the beaver dam is too shallow for the machine. There are areas that are preserved for the fishermen.

In addition, Pete asked about how best the docks should be floated for minimal issues. Mike stated that anchoring the docks by rope is fine, other material could break the harvester cutters if it comes into contact. Mike reminded everyone that a center floatation works well, and to remember to pull up ladders and big tubes when not in use.

The machinery will be delivered and put in the lake on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Mike ended his presentation at 10:20am accepting many thanks for a job well done.

Regular Annual District Meeting Resumed

 

Article 1.  To bring in their nominations and votes for the election of District Moderator for a term of one year.   Voted – Unanimous, Peter Hagen

Article 2.   To see if the District will vote to accept the minutes of the previous Annual Meeting held on May 28, 2016.   Voted – Unanimous

Article 3.   To see if the District will vote to accept the Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017) YTD.  Pat Mielke reviewed the Treasurer and Tax Collector reports. Pat announced that the district will be aggressively collecting the delinquent taxes owed.  Voted – Unanimous

Article 4.   To bring in their nominations for the election of the following officers:

Voted – Unanimous

Prudential Committee Nominees

a. District Clerk for one year                                          Pat Mielke

b. District Treasurer for one year                                            Pat Mielke

c. Prudential Committee: one member for three years              Wayne Dolby

                                                                                                             (incumbent)

Article 5.  Motion to see if the District will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $ 82, 852.00

for the purposes constituting proposed expenses of the District for Fiscal Year 2017.

Line item #5006 Legal Counsel, was held for explanation of why a retainer was needed. Peter Brewer stated that the District is best served by having counsel present at the meetings and for legal advice when needed. # 5012 & 5013 Weed Harvesting Operations and Harvesting Contracted were held for an explanation of the budgeted amounts. Chris Hassett explained that the total budget for the 2 items had not changed, just the distribution. #5014 Water Outlet Maintenance was held for questions. Pete Hagen explained the regulations governing the trapping of beavers, maintaining the dam and the costs associated with it need to be budgeted. Mark Amstead stated that there will be work on the dam and materials purchased to maintain its integrity. All work is done to state specifications. #5026 Lake Recreational Activity was held for discussion about the expense. This item is used to provide fireworks on Labor Day weekend for the owners. The $8500 dollars was built into the budget at the request of land owners who enjoy the fireworks and understand that paying for the show on a voluntary basis did not generate enough funds for the fireworks to be held.

 

Motion was made and seconded to approve the 2018 operating budget in the amount of $82,852.

Voted, Unanimous

Article 6.  To see if the District will vote to authorize the Prudential Committee to borrow such sums as may be necessary in anticipation of tax receipts for the Fiscal Year 2018, and to issue District Notes therefore as provided under the Special Act. Voted – Unanimous

Article 7.  To see if the District will vote to authorize the Prudential Committee to accept gifts from proprietors or any other entity for the benefit of the District.  Voted – Unanimous

Article 8.   To see if the District will vote to establish a Stabilization Equipment Replacement/Repair Fund per the Department of Revenue regulations. Voted – Unanimous

All in Favor of establishing new Stabilization Fund(70 yes 0 no).

Article 9.    To see if the District will vote to transfer $40,000 (forty thousand dollars) from Free Cash to fund the Stabilization Equipment Replacement/Repair Account. Voted – Unanimous

 

 Article 10.  To transact any other business that may come before the meeting.

The Prudential Committee was asked if the Lake Buel district business could be posted to the web site Lakebuel.org. Virginia Hyde offered to upload the information to the site. A discussion followed with the request that the committee be required to post the meetings and the minutes on the website. The following motion was made and seconded:

Move that the Prudential Committee post all meetings and minutes on the Lakebuel.org web site.

Voted, Unanimous

**Jim Caron announced the passing of the following property owners;

Stanley Ross, Frank Ashen, Bill Kiron, Dr Mark Mishkin.

**The Committee asked about the ability to digitize the district records. At this time we have no ability to do so. All that can be saved on the computer is being done at this time.

Motion to adjourn the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual District Meeting at 11:10am. Unanimous

Respectfully submitted,

Pat Mielke, LBD Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new length of the Lake

This site’s FAQ has proudly stated that the length of the Lake at its longest stretch is “almost two miles.” It is with regret that we have updated that with a less impressionistic number. The Lake at its longest is in face 1.24 miles. Our source? The mighty Google Maps.

Google Maps has a feature that lets you stretch a line from any two points, and it tells you the length of the line. A line from 45 NE Cove Road to the very other end of the Lake is something like the longest straight line that doesn’t touch land. Google’s report of 1.25 miles is consistent with the Garmin watch worn by our swims-the-Lake-the-long-way nephew.

Those who are distressed that the length of their morning row or swim has now been seriously downgraded may want to switch to metric: Lake Buel is slightly more than 2km long.