HAMILTON RESERVOIR ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER  AUGUST  2000

KIOSK PROJECT
The spring meeting of the Hamilton Reservoir Association was held Saturday, June 3 at 9:00 a.m. with 52 members present.  Jim McKenna gave a report on the kiosk project, which is completed and very successful.  He thanked Deb Benvenese who helped write the grant, Stan Kaufman who designed the kiosks; Rich Herman who installed them with a donation from Howlett Lumber and Marilyn LaPlante for keeping them stocked.  There is one next to the boat launch on both the south and north side of the lake and a third by the Holland Market.  One is in front of the police department and the third across from PJ's bar by the beach.   Jim reminded all members to observe the boating safety rules and to help remind others.  Anyone noting violations is encouraged to telephone the Holland Police Department with violations giving the make and model of the boat along with the registration if possible.  There was a lively discussion concerning the present rules and regulations regarding boat and jet skis.  Copies of all regulations are kept in the kiosks.
 
LAKE REGULATIONS
Speaking of lake regulations, the planning board is currently reviewing the town lake regulations, which at present are inadequate and outdated.  Members of the Executive committee have been invited to participate in this process.  Hopefully we will have information back at our August meeting on how things are progressing.

SAFETY COMMITTEE
Jim McKenna asked for volunteers to work on a lake safety committee.  Members of this new committee include Tom Sargeant, Ed Hughes, Rick Ross, Mildred Mather, Tony Scott, Brian Bullock and Tom Skowyra.  We look forward to some ideas to promote lake safety at our next meeting.

MEMBERSHIP
Jim Tufts reported that at present there are over 150 members who have paid their 2000 dues.  Jim is trying to keep up with real estate changes with the help of Pat Caron.  If you know of a change, please call Jim and invite the new lake homeowner to our next meeting.  If you haven't paid  your dues for the year 2000,  please do so soon.

RAMP
Lynn Arnold spoke on the progress being made on the ramp for the south lake.  It is not finished as yet and we will continue to monitor  progress.

GRANT
Lynn also reported on a grant that the HRA received.  It is a matching grant for $20,000.  The town contributed $10,000 and the state matched another $10,000.  The grant funds were distributed for seeding the lake, which included the new additional weed, and for three additional catch basins on Shore Road, Lost Acres and Island Road to keep sand out of the lake.  The lake was seeded on Monday June 5 for the regular weeds and will be seeded  for the new celery grass Vallisneria the first week of August.

WATER TESTING
The water was tested in early June on both lakes under the auspices of the Conservation Commission.  The lake was tested down near the CT end of the south lake and by the causeway.  On the north lake the water was tested by the marina, by the fishing pier on Leno Road and in front of PJ's Tavern.  We are presently awaiting the results of the tests from the Health Dept.  The Health Dept. has agreed to post the results at the Holland Market and at the Town Hall.

WEB PAGE
A special thank you to Dave Bauchiero who worked with Mike Paige to design the Hamilton Reservoir web page that should be up and running by September.  We plan to have boat and dock regulations, news of town meetings, information on upcoming HRA meetings and copies of our newsletters for reference.  You will reach the website by logging onto Hamiltonreservoir.com.

NEW LOGO
Stan Kaufman and generously designed two new possible logos for the HRA.  He has graciously done the artwork on this newsletter showing his rendition.  We will discuss and make our choice at the next meeting.

CONWAY PROJECT
Mike Paige spoke about environmental issues including the Conway Watershed Project, which was presented to the town in mid June.  This was a joint study, which was paid by the town and the HRA.  Mike announced that Ralph and Marianne Martone and Sarto and Pat Caron have agreed to work with him as a conservation sub-committee to look into providing residents with solutions regarding problems with  sand run off into the lake.  They hope to pull together information focusing on priority areas of the Conway study as a guide.  Copies of the full study are available at the library.  The HRA also has a few copies available for loan to HRA members.   A copy of all the maps will also be at the next meeting.

SELECTMEN'S MEETING
On Wednesday July 19 the officers met with the newly elected Holland selectmen to review ongoing projects and discuss possible collaboration on future lake issues.  The selectmen have agreed to look into the water testing of the lake, continue work on the south lake ramp and give us information pertaining to this year's drawdown.
 
NEXT MEETING
The next meeting will be held Saturday, August 26 at 9:00 a.m. at the Holland elementary School auditorium on Sturbridge Road.  All are invited to attend.  During this meeting there will be an election of officers for the year 2001.

EXERPTS FROM THE CONWAY STUDY
Below are a few ideas from the hand out given to all who attended the presentation.  These are planned with the homeowner in mind.