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Minutes of Meeting held on July 9, 2017

The annual meeting of the White Island Pond Conservation Alliance convened at 12:08 p.m. with approximately 60 members present. President Jim Sullivan presided.

 

Approval of Minutes: The July 10, 2016 Minutes were approved on a voice vote.

 

Financial Report: The financial report was distributed showing deposits of $2,980 and expenses of $1,113.18 resulting in a June 30, 2017 balance of $23,356.32. A motion was made and seconded to accept the June 30, 2017 W.I.P.C.A. Financial Report. The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

Old Business: On a motion and vote from the floor, W.I.P.C.A. annual dues will increase to $30 effective July 9, 2017.

 

New Business: Several members commended the Board on its tremendous success in facilitating the restoration of water quality. Mr. Sullivan reported 100% clarity and the adherent danger of weed growth now that the sun can reach the bottom of the pond.

Discussion followed regarding further increasing annual dues in order to build funds in the event future water treatments become necessary. 

After a brief discussion, a motion was made and seconded to increase dues by $5 annually for four years starting July 08, 2018 with the aim of achieving $50 annual dues. The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

A motion was made to accept three newcomers to W.I.P.C.A. The new members introduced themselves and were welcomed by association members.

 

Elections: On a motion and vote from the floor, Jim Sullivan was reelected President; John Kelly reelected Vice President; John Dawes reelected Treasurer; Kathy Chisholm reelected Secretary and John Zanardelli reelected to the position of Director.

 

The Board of Directors responded to questions and concerns from members. One member informed the Board that a developer had purchased the Federal Furnace bogs, reportedly with the intention of building 35 new homes.

 

Members were reminded to be diligent in reporting any sighting of bog water being pumped back into the pond.

 

The meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

 


 

Minutes of Meeting held on JULY 10, 2016

The annual meeting of the White Island Pond Conservation Alliance convened at 12:05 p.m. with approximately 50 members present. President Jim Sullivan presided.

Approval of Minutes: The July 12, 2015 Minutes were approved on a voice vote.

Financial Report: The financial report was distributed detailing deposits of $3,825 and expenses of $573.01 resulting in a June 30, 2016 balance of $21,489.50. A motion was made and seconded to accept the June 30, 2016 WIPCA Financial Report. The motion passed on a voice vote.

On a motion from the floor, Wayne Fisher was reelected to the position of Director by a unanimous vote.

Old Business: President Sullivan informed members that results of the latest water testing have indicated that phosphorus levels remain the same as last year. He reminded members to use only zero phosphorus fertilizers and suggested that seasonal residents have an annual septic clean out at the end of the season.

He stated that the DEP has indicated that the invasion of the weed cabomba in the area of the third lake bogs must be removed and warned boaters to avoid the bog area as propellers will cut through the weed, spreading it throughout the pond. Signs have been posted warning boaters of the hazard. 

 

In response to concerns regarding Redbrook developments access to the pond, Mr. Sullivan noted that as the agreement currently stands, Redbrook does not have pond access, although Makepeace does still own the bogs. It was reported however that at a recent meeting a Redbrook representative stated to the audience that at the present time there is no plan to access the pond. The apparent contradiction will be looked into.

It was noted that unknown people with a boat and jet ski have recently entered the pond through the bogs. President Sullivan will investigate.

A discussion took place with regard to maintaining a healthy bank balance in the event of unexpected expenses, members present voted a small dues increase.

On a motion from the floor, commencing July 1, 2017 the annual membership dues of the White Island Pond Conservation Alliance Inc. will be set at $30.00. The motion passed on a voice vote.

The meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.

 

 


 

Minutes of Meeting held on JULY 12, 2015

The annual meeting of the White Island Pond Conservation Alliance convened at 12:10 p.m. with approximately 60 members present. President Jim Sullivan presided.

Approval of Minutes: The July 13, 2014 Minutes were approved on a voice vote.

Financial Report: The financial report was distributed detailing deposits of $3,125 and expenses of $2,418.17 resulting in a June 30, 2015 balance of $18,237.17. Among the expenses was approximately $1300 to treat the invasive weed Cabomba (AKA Fanwart) in the canoe basin. A motion was made and seconded to accept the June 30, 2015 WIPCA Financial Report. The motion passed on a voice vote.

Old Business: President Sullivan reported that the pond has exceeded TMDL (total maximum daily load) goals and has reached 100% clarity following the second alum treatment; monthly water testing will continue at WIPCA expense. He warned boaters to avoid the bog area of third lake as propellers will cut through the weeds, spreading it throughout the pond. Signs will be posted warning boaters of the hazard.

 

It was noted that the State is in the process of repairing the fish ladder, and is monitoring the low water level with the intention of bringing it up. A brief discussion took place regarding the future plans for the herring run and fish ladder with Mr. Sullivan stating that a Hearing on the DEP plan will take place on July 21.

In response to concerns regarding Redbrook developments access to the pond, Mr. Sullivan noted that as the agreement currently stands, Redbrook does not have pond access, although Makepeace does still own the bogs.

New Business:

  1. New members were welcomed.
  2. On a motion from the floor, Jim Sullivan will continue as President, John Kelly will continue as Vice- President, John Dawes will continue as Treasurer, Kathy Chisholm will continue as Secretary, and Peter Barrows will continue as Director. The motion was approved on a voice vote.
  3. Members were reminded to remain vigilant with regard to lawn fertilizers, etc. He asked all members to report sightings of invasive weeds.

A round of applause was given for the spectacular condition of our pond and to the Officers and Directors of the White Island Pond Conservation Alliance for their diligence in making it happen!

The meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

 

 


 

 

Minutes of Meeting held on JULY 13, 2014

The annual meeting of the White Island Pond Conservation Alliance convened at 12:10 p.m. with approximately 25 members present. In the absence of President Jim Sullivan, Vice President John Kelly presided.

Approval of Minutes: The August 31, 2013 Minutes were approved on a voice vote.

Financial Report: The financial report was distributed showing deposits of $2,950 and expenses of $847.28 resulting in a June 30, 2014 balance of $17,530.68. A motion was made and seconded to accept the June 30, 2014 WIPCA Financial Report. The motion passed on a voice vote.

Old Business: A brief discussion took place regarding the great improvement to the water of White Island Pond.

New Business:

  1. No new members were introduced.
  2. Director Wayne Fisher noted that Jim McCabe had resigned from the position of Treasurer and that Director John Dawes had volunteered to serve the remaining year of Mr. McCabes term. A motion to elect John Dawes to the vacant one year term as Treasurer was approved on a voice vote. The approval of Mr. Dawes to the position of Treasurer necessitated the appointment of a new Director to fill his now vacant three year term. John Zanardelli volunteered to fill the position. A motion to elect John Zanardelli to the three-year term of Director was approved on a voice vote.
  3. Mr. Kelly informed those in attendance that the second phosphate treatment was completed this spring at no cost to the association.
  4. A brief discussion took place regarding the possible increase of annual dues. After discussion it was the consensus of those in attendance that dues remain at $25 but that members have the option of adding an additional $25 to be held for any future pond remediation. A motion to approve this optional contribution passed on a voice vote.
  5. Mr. Kelly noted that the recent 8 rainfall overwhelmed the Federal Furnace retention system and that the bog released water back into the pond; an occurrence that must be stopped from happening again. He asked all present to report any suspected releases.
  6. Mr. Kelly reported that with the increased clarity sun can now reach the bottom of the pond and weeds will grow. The DEP has reported that other than the canoe basin the lake at this time is free of invasive weeds. He asked all members to report invasive weeds and asked for volunteers to monitor and keep a record of sightings.

 

Information was handed out regarding boating laws. A brief discussion took place regarding the Red Brook Restoration Project. A.D. Makepeace will cease operation of those bogs this year and the State will assume control of the property with the intention of restoring Red Brook back to its original condition in the upcoming years. Several agencies, both state and private, are on board with this project.

 

A round of applause was given for the spectacular condition of our pond and to the Officers and Directors of the White Island Pond Conservation Alliance for their diligence in making it happen!

The meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

 

 

WHITE ISLAND POND CONSERVATION ALLIANCE Inc.

Minutes of Meeting held on August 31, 2013

 

 

The annual meeting of the White Island Pond Conservation Alliance convened at 10:05 a.m. with approximately 45 members present. President Jim Sullivan presided.

Approval of Minutes: The July 8, 2012 Minutes were approved on a voice vote.

Financial Report: The financial report was distributed showing deposits of $32,695 and expenses of $30,823.58 resulting in a June 30, 2013 balance of $15,427.96. A motion was made and seconded to accept the June 30, 2013 WIPCA Financial Report. The motion passed.

Old Business: President Sullivan informed members that the first of two alum treatments for phosphate remediation was performed during March and April.

He stated that the Town of Plymouth had applied for a $260,000 S319 grant to be used for further treatment of the East basin at a cost of $150,000 and treatment of the west basin at a cost of $110,000. Approval of the grant is expected in October with funds made available next spring and treatments performed in the fall of 2014.

President Sullivan stated that all five agencies involved in the water treatment effort are cooperating with one another for the betterment of our pond. He stated that the WIPCA plan for remediation is now being used in five other Massachusetts ponds.

New Business: Members were told that the DEP has informed the Alliance that the invasive weed cabomba must be removed from the canoe basin. After discussion, a motion was made and seconded to allocate up to $5000 to facilitate the removal of cabomba from the canoe basin. The motion passed.

Elections: On a motion and vote from the floor, Jim Sullivan was reelected President; John Kelly reelected Vice President; Jim McCabe reelected Treasurer; and Kathy Chisholm reelected Secretary. On a motion and vote from the floor, Wayne Fisher was reelected to the position of Director.

Other: President Sullivan suggested that a dues increase could to be considered as a means to fund future water conservation needs. After discussion and suggestions from the floor, no action was taken.

The Board of Directors responded to questions and concerns from members. Members were reminded to be diligent in avoiding all products containing phosphorus.

 

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 am.

 



 

 

Minutes of Meeting held on Sunday, July 8, 2012

 

 

The annual meeting of WIPCA began at 12:08 p.m. with President Jim Sullivan presiding. Approximately 45 members were in attendance.

 

Approval of Minutes: The July 10, 2011 Minutes were approved on a voice vote.

 

Treasurers Report: Treasurer Jim McCabe reported income of $2400 with

miscellaneous expenses totaling $1000. The June 30, 2012 balance on hand was reported at $13,500.

 

Old Business: The following informational items were reported:

Discussion of the proposed Alum treatment has continued with the Alliance, the DEP and bog owners. Alum has been used to seal phosphorus in sediment for over 25 years with no reported detrimental effects. White Island Pond has an 80 year buildup of phosphorus primarily due to the cranberry bogs discharges into the pond.

Professional opinions differ on the length of time needed for the natural regeneration of affected ponds; some experts claim five years, others 30-50 years. Phosphorus levels have dropped in the last three years, but remain unacceptable.

While DEP scientists are in favor of the Alum treatment sooner than later, bog owners are delaying action until at least 2013, in the hope that grant funding will be secured to help defray their share of the cost. The cost of the treatment is $300,000; White Island residents will be responsible for $30,000 (10%). An Alum treatment can be done in the fall only, and without the cooperative efforts of all parties, a 2012 treatment doesn't appear possible.

It was the consensus of members that the pond is not satisfactorily regenerating naturally. It was reported that an algae bloom occurred in mid June of this year. President Sullivan suggested that a copper sulfate treatment be considered in the next two weeks to explode existing algae and sink it to the bottom of the pond. The cost of this treatment is $3500. After discussion, a motion was made and unanimously approved, to accept the recommendation of President Sullivan to proceed with a copper sulfate treatment as soon as possible.

Suggestions were made regarding fundraising for the cost of the Alum treatment. A brief discussion of the low water level also took place.

 

Elections: Voted on a motion from the floor, to reelect Peter Barrows to the position of

Director of WIPCA.

 

The next annual meeting of WIPCA will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013. The meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

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