Lake Buel District Board Meeting

June 29, 2021

New Marlborough Town Hall, Mill River

Members present:  Kyle Pierce, Chris Hassett, Mark Amstead, Peter Hagen.

Meeting was called to order by Chair, Pete Hagen at 6:05PM.

FY22 Tax Rate:

Mr. Hagen inquired if at some point the Board should have two tax rates, one for residents and one for commercial properties.  After a brief discussion it was decide to stay will one tax rate.  A motion was made, seconded and so voted to approve FY22 tax rate of $.99 per thousand.

A motion was made, seconded and so voted to adjourn at 6:12 PM.

Next meeting is scheduled for July 15th at Mrs. Pierce’s residence at 28 Seven Arts Road, Monterey.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Chretien, Clerk

Lake Buel District Board Meeting

May 18, 2021

Monterey Community Center, Monterey

Members present:  Kyle Pierce, Chris Hassett, Mark Amstead, Peter Hagen & Wayne Dolby.

Meeting was called to order by Chair, Pete Hagen at 6:18PM.

A motion was made, seconded and so voted to approve the minutes of January 2nd as prepared.

Discussion of: Covid impact on Warrant voting/Arrangements for Annual Town Meeting at Fire pavilion/proxies actually received to date:  

The Board briefly discussion the status of Covid and feel that the Annual Meeting will be more attended this year. 

Mr. Hagen has arrange for a portable toilet to be available for the Annual Meeting and he will call Attorney, Mr. Brewer to confirm that he’ll be in attendance. 

At this time there is amount 10% of proxies received.  The Board members will reach out to property owners for their proxies if they aren’t able to attend the Annual Meeting. 

Old Business/update on Lake Buel Testing/Trapping Update:

Mrs.  Pierce mentioned that the grant that Lapa applied for failed and the group is having a meeting at the same time as the Board meeting.

Mrs. Pierce mentioned that testing is happening twice every week in the beginning of summer, and later in summer once every two weeks and Ms. Shannon Poulin will be conducting the testing.  The Board would like Ms. Poulin research phosphorus operation.  Mr. Hagen mentioned that he has a study that was done in 2001.

Mr. Hagen mentioned that the trapper has seen no building of dams.  It was mentioned that water maintained high through the winter months.  Mr. Hassett will travel down the channel and see how the channel looks.

Mr. Hagen mentioned that the joint meeting with NM Planning Board, NM Conservation Commission, NM Board of Health Agent and NM Building Inspector to discuss bylaws for the Lake Buel District has been postponed.  Mr. Hagen will continue working on this.

New Business/Harvester Launch:

Mr. Amstead metioned that the Harvester machine is ready to launch on May 21st and the truck is ready as well.

A motion was made, seconded and so voted to adjourn at 6:30 PM.

Next meeting is scheduled for May 29th at Monterey Fire Department Pavilion for the Annual Meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Chretien, Clerk

Annual Lake Buel Restoration/Preservation District Meeting

FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2021 TO JUNE 30, 2022

MAY 29, 2021

The meeting was brought to order by Peter Hagen at 10:00 AM with 52.81% of the District area represented. In attendance: Prudential Committee members Peter Hagen, Mark Amstead, Kyle Pierce, Chris Hassett, and Wayne Dolby.  Also present was the District Attorney Peter Brewer.

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 23, 2020.   Voted – Unanimous

Article 3.   To see if the District will vote to accept the Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021) YTD.   Voted – Unanimous

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

                                                                                               Prudential Committee Nominees

         a. District Clerk for one year                                          Katherine Chretien

         b. District Treasurer for one year                                            Katherine Chretien

         c. Prudential Committee: one member for three years              Peter Hagen

                                                                                                             (incumbent)

                                                        Voted – Unanimous

Article 5.  Motion to see if the District will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $ 88,742.90

for the purposes constituting proposed expenses of the District for Fiscal Year 2022.

Mr. Hagen mentioned that the proposed budget is a decrease of $4,413.24 over last 

year budget.  A hold was placed on line 5012 for discussion.  A voter inquired on why the 

increase.  Mr. Amstead stated that there’s always work on the truck, and the Harvester.  A 

hold was placed on line 5014 for discussion.  A voter inquired on what are the funds used 

for.  Mr. Hagen mentioned that the funds are used for beaver control which is on-going.   

After the brief discussion on the hold lines a motion was made, seconded and so voted to 

unanimously approve the FY22 budget as presented.

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 2022, and to issue District Notes therefore as provided under the Special Act. A voter questioned what does this Article mean.  Mr. Hagen stated that the Article is authorization for the Board to borrow any necessary funds.  After the brief discussion a motion was made, seconded and so voted to approve Article #6 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 transfer from Free Cash $3,000.00 (three thousand dollars) to the Equipment Replacement/Repair Stabilization Account.    Voted – Unanimous  

Article 9.    To see if the District will vote to have the Warrant package emailed instead of using the United States Post Office.  A motion was made, seconded and so voted to table this Article #9.  

Article 10.  To see if the District will vote to transfer $20,000.00 from free cash to the Eutrophication Remediation Account.  A voter inquired on what the funds would be used for, if approved.  Mr. Hagen stated that the funds are to handle the future lake needs.  Mr. Hagen also mentioned that this is the beginning amount to build up the fund account.  Another voter stated they agreed the fund should be built up and the District should get more proactive.  Another voter asked if the State would be able to assist the District with funds.  Mr. Hagen stated that no the State hasn’t been assisted the District on obtaining funds.  Mr. Hagen also mentioned that the Board couldn’t use any chemicals in the lake without the property owner’s approval.  After discussion a motion was made, seconded and so voted to approve Article #10 as presented.

Article 11.  To transact any other business that may come before the meeting.  A voter mentioned that they are concerned about fishing and hunting.  Another voter mentioned that they are concerned about what will happen if Camp Half Moon is sold.  Another voter is concerned about the work the Harvester does.  Mr. Amstead stated that the Board works with the contractor of the Harvester and will keep the Harvester informed of any concerns.  After discussion a motion was made, seconded and so voted to approve Article #11.  

Mr. Hagen announced that there was some people who would like the voters to stay and talk about Camp Half Moon when this meeting is dissolved.

Motion to adjourn the Fiscal Year 2022 Annual District Meeting at 10:31AM. Unanimous

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Chretien, LBD Clerk

Lake Buel District Board Meeting December 1, 2020

Lake Buel District Board Meeting

December 1, 2020

Monterey Fire Department Pavilion, 411 Main Road, Monterey

Members present:  Peter Hagen, Kyle Pierce, Chris Hassett, Mark Amstead, & Wayne Dolby.  

Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Mr. Hagen at 6PM.

A motion was made, seconded and so voted to approve the July 16th minutes as prepared.

A motion was made, seconded and so voted to approve September 1th minutes as prepared.

Harvester – potential maintenance issues/expenses:

Mr. Amstead mentioned that he has spoken with Mr. Ziegler regarding the maintenance to the harvester and Mr. Ziegler would like to install new teeth on the harvester machine for cutting the weeds.  Mr. Amstead also mentioned that there is a leak in the fuel oil system and he will research which company to purchase the part that is needy for replacement.  Mr. Amstead stated that there’s currently one storage bin on the harvester but would like to purchase another one.  A motion was made, seconded and so voted to purchase one storage bin.  It was noted that the Board will purchase a gift certificate in the amount of $200.00 from John Andrews Restaurant for Mr. Ziegler. 

Weeds/Water Testing:  

It was noted that the Board all agreed that Mr. Zeigler had done a great job this year and the two extra weeks was a help.

Mr. Hagen mentioned that all the Board members have seen the report Ms. Shannon Poulin submitted.  Mr. Hagen also had a report on the phosphorus testing that Microbac had completed.

Beavers/Outlet Condition:

Mr. Hagen mentioned that Mr. Chris Bloom has agreed to work with the District since Mr. Ives has left.  Mr. Hagen stated that Mr. Bloom began work in late October and the first item was the three inch drawn down of the lake.  Mr. Hassett will travel through the area on his canoe to see how things are progressing.

New Business:

Mr. Hagen mentioned that he has been having conversion with the New Marlborough Planning Board regarding zoning, Mr. Hagen is hopeful that the Planning Board will established zoning for the District.

Mr. Hagen mentioned he has located a study report done in 2001 Phosphorus Operating.  The Board briefly discussed that they would like Ms. Poulin to research and teach the Board on Phosphorus.

Next meeting is scheduled for January 2, 2021 at Monterey Community Center at 6PM.

A motion was made, seconded and so voted to adjourn at 6:36PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Chretien, District 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

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.

Fireworks 2015!

As in years past, Saturday evening of Labor Day weekend brings the annual Lake Buel Fireworks show!  Set to begin once it is sufficiently dark, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular fireworks launched from the lake shore.  Heavy rain however would force postponement and the rain date is the next day, Sunday.

Enjoy!

2015 Annual Meeting: Lake Buel Restoration / Preservation District

Just a reminder the annual meeting will be held May 23rd at 10:00 AM in the UCC Meeting House in Monterey on Main Road (across from the Monterey General Store).  Participation by district proprietors is requested as no business may be conducted without a quorum.  You may provide a proxy if you can not attend in person as outlined in the meeting materials mail to you.

Please bring your meeting packet with you to the meeting.

Additional cell phone option for Sprint customers

With quiet fanfare, Sprint announced last month that their customers using newer cell phones (iPhone 5c and up, and certain Android phones) would be able to use their phones for WiFi calling.  What this means is that if you are a Sprint customer in a Wi-Fi zone, you can initiate and receive calls EVEN IF THERE IS NO SPRINT SIGNAL!!! Designed primarily to address dead zones in buildings and basements, for us Lake Buel residents it suddenly means additional cell service along Lake Buel provided you have WiFi in your home.

I tested it out yesterday and it worked well.  For the telecom geeks out there, my home internet is via an AT&T mobile MiFi unit tapping into the new Monterey cell tower along route 23.  AT&T runs on the GSM mobile technology; Sprint and Verizon run on the competing CDMA technology.  So the call I made on an ‘incompatible’ CDMA Sprint iPhone 6 went out through an AT&T GSM tower! Pretty cool (for some people at least!)

Verizon doesn’t not currently allow WiFi calling, and has indicated no immediate plans to offer it.  If you’re a Sprint customer though, full details on how to enable it are available on the Sprint site.  Also of note is WiFi calls do not count against any minute caps on the Sprint plans.