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.

Lake Buel Boat Ramp employment opportunity

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is seeking candidates to monitor the Lake Buel public boat ramp off of Route 57 in Monterey, and inform boaters of the Zebra Mussel threat.  The hiring window will close June 11th so interested candidates should act quickly.  Apparently there has not been a lot of interest expressed in the position previously, so our recruiting efforts would be appreciated.  Listed below is the information provided to us from the State, along with a link to the job requirements and how to apply.  It’s a great opportunity for an environmentally minded individual to make a difference (and get paid!).

Posting ID: J36046

Position Number: 139893

Agency: Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

Official Title: Contracted Seasonal Employees

Functional Title: Seasonal Environmental Educator/Boat Ramp Monitors

View this job at https://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/recruit/public/31100001/job/job_view.do?postingId=J36046&code=search.public&federalStimulus=no&companyId=53

Message from the Lakes and Ponds Association of Western MA (LAPA)

BOATING SAFETY TRAINING BY THE U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILLARY

To: all LAPA  friends

The USCG Auxiliary has asked that we help get the word out about an upcoming boat safety presentation being offered.  They are looking to assist local Berkshire lake associations with free boater safety education trainings at local boat ramps.   The USCG Auxiliary will be giving a presentation about what specifically they have to offer lake associations on: Wed. April 24, 6 pm at Pittsfield City Hall council chambers.   So if your lake association is interested, send someone to attend and learn the details of the program.

Jack Hickey lapa-west

If you are interested in attending and representing Lake Buel, please note in the comment box below or contact Paula Hatch at phatch19@verizon.net.  You may also contact Jack Hickey, jhickey@jhrcs.com, for more information regarding the meeting.

 

Message from the District Tax Collector

It has come to my attention that some or all of the Lake Buel District Tax bills to owners in Monterey  may be doubled. The Commitment Book and software program are correct. You may contact me at pmtreas@yahoo.com to confirm your bill or just mail in 1/2 if you are in Monterey and you are sure your bill has been doubled. The New Marlborough bills appear to be correct.
Thank you,
Pat Mielke
District Collector