To advise the Board of Selectmen on matters regarding the six Great Ponds (Big Alum Pond, Cedar Pond, Lead Mine Pond, Long Pond, South Pond and Walker Pond) in regard to protection, improvements or enhancements, to study and maintain records regarding the lakes and to serve as a mechanism to coordinate between the affiliated lake associations.
The Committee will:
Serve as a coordinating Committee between various town departments, boards and the lake associations.
Seek to improve public access to the Great Ponds
Develop consistent policies throughout each of the Great Ponds in matters of common interest (i.e. boating regulations or “rules of the road”)
Make recommendations regarding weed control through chemical and non-chemical treatment and prevent spread between lakes through boater education.
Identify funding opportunities and grants to improve lake and watershed quality.
Prepare educational packages for town residents on the lakes and watersheds.
The Committee shall consist of two members from each of the Lake Associations to be designated by the Lake Association to serve a three year term; one member of the Conservation Commission designated by the Conservation Commission; and one member of the Board of Selectmen designated by the Board of Selectmen and one member that is a representative of either the East Brimfield Dam or abutter to Long Pond.
Or take any action in relation thereto.
Board of Selectmen
RECOMMENDATION OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE: That the Town vote to approve the article as written. Voted 9-0.
RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN: That the Town vote to approve the article as written. Voted 5-0.
VOTE OF THE TOWN MEETING: The vote of the Town Meeting was to approve the article as written as declared by the Moderator. However, it was not unanimous.
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING