Note: The record of the meetings reflects the salient points; not all of the discussions or in their order.
+ The meeting was called to order at 9:05 a.m. Nine of the twelve lake associations wererepresented. Shady Nook, Whitehouse Road, and Wyman Point were not represented. Also inattendance were Pat and Ray Boyd. They and several other camps are nestled between theWise Cove Assn. and the Walden Assn. and are not affiliated with an existing association butwere eager to help BLIMP’s efforts.
+ Lake leadership in the context of BLIMP’s and the association’s officers role in milfoilmitigation was first on the agenda. To quantify and characterize the challenge the followingdata was presented. For the period beginning in 2012 and ending in 2015: 35,701 pounds ofmilfoil have been physically removed by professional divers (an average of 4.5 tons per year).More than 80 acres (in NH) have been treated with herbicides. There are 17 majorinfestations in the lake, the latest one discovered in 2014. Since 2012 $158,500 has beenspent on milfoil mitigation Since there are no know methods of eradication the mission,season after season, is to treat and harvest. So the question before the group and itsmembership is what would the lake look and be like if there was not the money or volunteersavailable for the mitigation efforts. Discussion ensued regarding the roles/responsibilities ofBLIMP and the association’s officers. Summarily, BLIMP applies for and manages money fromstate grants, local governments, and organizes private fund raisers. And while BLIMP has nogovernance relationship with the lake associations it communicates the present and futuremilfoil challenges as it knows them and makes appropriate recommendations to the lakeassociation’s officers. The lake association’s officers in turn have the challenge to transfer thatinformation and develop with their membership the importance of financial contributions.
+ Michael Kattman presented the financial statements reviewing the detail of our sources anduses of funds. One note was made to change the State of ME mgmt. grant to $8891 from$6000. The impact of OSHA requirements -a $2,500 onetime expense for communication gearand $6,000 of additional labor costs was noted. While the ‘static’ financial forecast summarylooks good year to year the cash flow challenge is quite different. Cash balances during thecourse of the season can change significantly for many reasons but generally they changebecause of timing differences between cash in and cash out. Last season, for example, BLIMPstopped diving operations two weeks earlier than planned because of a cash balance concern.The timing and amount of camp contributions is a critical factor in the timing equation. Theamount and timing of state grants and town contributions is predicable.
+ Nick Stadtfeld led a report and discussion on diver status, DASH boat operations and newOSHA requirements. Operations on Balch began in mid-May and will continue to the Fourth ofJuly weekend. The DASH boat crew then will work July and August at Lake Arrowheadreturning to Balch Labor Day and will work through to Columbus Day. It was noted that in thefuture we may have to consider an increase in diver compensation.Nick recognized Jack McAdam (Pres. Wyman Cove) for agreeing again to let the DASH boatcrew stay at his place while working here.Additional volunteers would be appreciated to help with scouting and marking milfoillocations. No marking activity will occur during July and August as DASH boat operations aresuspended until September. Marking will pick up again beginning the Labor Day weekend.A question was raised regarding the use of a weed rake and the response was to discouragesuch use because of fragment distribution and the result therefrom.BLIMP’s herbicide vendor has not yet received a permit for the application which had beenscheduled for June 15. They report that the NH Dept. of Agriculture is short staffed. BLIMP’sposition with the vendor is that if the herbicide cannot be applied by June 27 then we shallwait until after the Labor Day weekend to apply it.OSHA requirements were first learned at the annual Maine Milfoil Summit, a conference heldeach year in Lewiston. BLIMP is moving to comply as quickly as possible but is facing logisticaland human resource challenges along the way. The penalty for non-compliance is $7,000 perviolation. On August 1, 2016 the penalty will increase by 80%.
+ BLIMP has scheduled a yard sale/auction to be held at the Shady Nook rec center on July 23.Don will ping the associations three weeks ahead of the event and all were encouraged toparticipate in the fun event by donating items no longer wanted (but still useable) andattending the event. Drop off will be the day before (7/22). More details will follow with thereminder. This event produced nearly $4,000 when held two years ago.
+ BLIMP will also be having a metal drive on Saturday August 13 in Shady Nook. A reminderwill be sent three weeks ahead. This is an opportunity for your membership to “clean house”of any metal that’s not doing anything useful. Any metal is acceptable -- wood burning stoves,bikes , bed springs, weights, pipes, etc. In two previous drives $1,900 was deposited.
+ Nancy Charest agreed to do the net cleaning schedule again this year and will soon besending out the schedule. Nick said the net would be up within the week.
+ Don asked that each association send its current list of officers and their email addresses sothat the BLIMP contact list will be correct. Once done Esther will broadcast the latest listing toyou. Please do this while it’s new news and send to Esther at
+ There are two changes upcoming with the BLIMP board that need to be addressed. EstherW is stepping aside as secretary this coming Labor Day weekend and we need someone totake her place. Esther is willing to take direct inquiries regarding the position. Don isintending to step aside as well in the same timeframe but will remain on as an advisor.During our first agenda item discussion regarding lake leadership we agreed that donationsand volunteers are what make this wheel turn.
+ Two other ways to contribute are through employer matching programs and theAmazonsmile program. Please broadcast this to your membership.
+ Russ Merrill (Pres. Shepards Isl) cautioned those associations that are road associationsabout mixing BLIMP donations with dues for the roads.
+ Russ Cooke (Pres. Lakewood Dr.) encouraged all to increase BLIMP dues/donations to atleast the $50 level.
+ Wendy Rigazio (Treas. Jennifer Lane) suggested a Milfoil surtax be assessed by owners totheir renters. The BLIMP crew will pick up on this suggestion.
+ Meeting adjourned at 10:35 a.m.Should anyone find a correction to be made or an omission please contact Don or Kathy Pierceat
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