Lake Buel Tag Sale! Sunday August 21

The Lake Buel Lake Association invites you to our tag sale Sunday August 21st

New Marlborough Town Green, next to the Farmer’s Market 10:00-4:30

The fundraiser is to help offset maintenance costs of the Lake.

LAKE NEIGHBORS & TOWN FRIENDS: Please drop off goods to sell on Sunday morning between 8:30-10:00 AM.

All items should be “in good shape & not too large” to allow for their removal should they not sell. Collectibles, antiques, clothes, bric-a-brac, tools, etc will be allowed.

Hope to see you there!

Lake Buel District Board Meeting
December 8, 2021

Dolby – 28 Corshire Road, New Marlborough

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

Meeting was called to order by Chair, Pete Hagen at 6:08PM.

A motion was made, seconded and so voted to approve the minutes of August 31st as prepared.

New vendor for District billing:  

The Board reviewed a quote from Quality Data Service Inc. that includes software support, data conversion, training, software and hosting fees.  It was mentioned that this company only works with municipalities and is a member of the Massachusetts Collector Treasurer Association, works with 96% of city/towns in Connecticut and have a total of 250 city/towns in New England.  Quality Data Service Inc. offers online tax payments and the ability to see all their tax billing information.  After review a motion was made, seconded and so voted to accept the quote from Quality Data Service Inc. as long as the quoted amount stands.

Outlet discussions:

Ms. Shannon Poulin was present to review the year end water quality and cyanobacteria report for 2021.  Ms. Poulin mentioned that the water temperature was warmer in the beginning of the summer and cooler later in the summer.  Ms. Poulin also mentioned that a lot of nutrients are entering the lake and this year has been a usual year which also included flooding.  The Board thanked Ms. Poulin all of her work and will continue with the same testing for next summer. 

Create budget 22/23:

The Board reviewed and discussed article #5 General Government most of the line items were voted to stay level funded, with only a few increases.

New business:

Mr. Wayne Dolby mentioned that his two sons are interest in assisting the Board and possible serving on the Board.

Next meeting is scheduled for March 9th 2022 at 6PM – Dolby residence 28 Corashire Road.

A motion was made, seconded and so voted to adjourn at 7:47 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Chretien, Clerk

Lake Buel District Board Meeting

August 31, 2021

Hassett – 168 Peter Menaker Road, New Marlborough

Members present:  Peter Hagen, Kyle Pierce, Chris Hassett, Mark Amstead & 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 July 15th meeting as prepared.

Fireworks:  

Mr. Hassett mentioned that the display of fireworks is all set and ready to go.  Mr. Amstead mentioned that all permits required have been issued.

Year to date financials:

The Board reviewed account balances for both fiscal year FY21 & FY22 in preparation for FY23 upcoming budget. 

Outlet discussion/fish & game trapping assist/DEP:

The Board discussion hiring Gary O’Brien’s team to assist with clearing debris of the outlet from banks.

Mr. Hagen mentioned that he has tried to contact fish & game multiples time and no one has returned a reply call.  Mr. Hagen will continue to try to get in contact with fish & game since the Board needs an answer if the trapper can have someone assist him.

Mr. Hagen mentioned that he has spoken with Mark Stinson, Regional DEP representative for guidance and Mr. Stinson isn’t able to make any recommendations.

Signs/damage to dam:

Mr. Hagen had a few signs made to be placed around the dam area, to prevent damage occurring to the dam.  It was mentioned that 4 or 5 boats traveled through the dam area and did significant damage.

Testing results/weeds/continue harvesting/create committee/letter to land owners:

The Board mentioned that the testing results have been good so far regarding.  Phosphate testing has been high.  The Board will wait for the end of the year results.  The Board would be interested in having Ms. Shannon Poulin attend a meeting to discuss the testing results.

Mr. Amstead mentioned at this time there have been 86 truckloads of weeds removed so far this season.  The Board discussed having the harvester continue working 2 more weeks past labor day.

The Board discussed creating a committee to investigate zebra mussels.  It was mentioned that zebra mussels grow and grow like weeds, and boats should be clean when they enter into the lake.  It was decided to revisit this item again next year.

Mr. Hagen will draft a letter to send to land owners regarding trapping at the inlet to the lake.

District tax billing/district assessor:

The Board discussed the current company that handles the tax billing for the District.  This year they have made multiple errors, and have made errors in past years.  The Board is researching new billing companies for information and quotes.

It was mentioned that the district assessor died and a replacement has to be hired. 

Next meeting is scheduled for December 14th at 6PM – Dolby residents 28 Corashire Road.

A motion was made, seconded and so voted to adjourn at 7:32 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Chretien, Clerk

Correct mailing address for your tax bill

Attention all Lake Buel residents the billing company for your present tax bill made an error when processing the bills. The correct mailing address is:

P. O. Box 236

Mill River, MA 01244

TY & sorry for the inconvenience

The Monterey Post Office is ” forwarding to New Marlborough as many as possible incorrect mailings”.

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