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The Fall Meeting of Joe's Pond Association opened at 10:10 with attendance of about 35-45 members and three canines.
President Dente welcomed the group, commenting on the chilly weather being quite like what we had at our Spring Meeting.
Secretary's and Treasurer's reports were presented and accepted. Treasurer George Anderson commented that the healthy balance shown is because the retractable awning and the water survey have yet to be done.
President Dente said there have been more geese around recently than we'd seen earlier in the year and they seem to particularly like chairman of the goose committee Richard Gagne's lawn. Tom said Richard has "left town", and asked Jack LaGue if he had a report for the committee. Jack confirmed there are some geese, but not as many as last year, and all property owners can do at this point is harass them. He also said plastic tapes or baler twine will usually keep them from coming onto lawns. Someone mentioned there are earlier goose hunting seasons this year.
Don Sherwood confirmed next year's fireworks would be on July 3rd with a rain date of July 5th, the same as recent years.
Pam Hebert reported the water survey will be next week and although so far they have not found any worrisome plants growing in Joe's Pond, there are some, like Japanese knotweed and some other stuff that needs to be watched. She said boat inspections will end on Labor Day; no invasive species were found on the many boats inspected - one day inspectors examined a total of 30 boats.
Larry Rossi was not present, but Tom said there had been no major projects this year and the work done three years ago on the tennis courts had held up well and been very effective. Minor work will be done next year.
Ginger Erdmann asked if anyone had wooden oars she might use to paint and decorate her grandchildren's rooms with.
Andy Rudin spoke briefly thanking Bill Rossi for letting photos from his book, "Around the Pond", be used on the Joe's Pond website.
Diane Sherwood reminded people about the donation basket for the upkeep of the rail trail.
Ted Chase reported he has been elected chair of the Rail-Trail Committee. He said progress has been made and we should have access on the trail all the way from the trestle over the channel near Channel Drive to St. Johnsbury, connecting to the already completed bike path leading into St. Johnsbury shopping district. He said not only VAST will be using the trail this winter, but also hikers, dog sledders, snowshoers and skiers. People in these organizations will hopefully be contributing and will share responsibility for the trail, trail heads, etc. There is a video on the LVRT.org website which he recommended.
George Baxter asked if the shortfall of capital might delay the project, and Ted said that might be an issue but there would be matching funds and he expects a "groundswell of support" now the project is becoming a reality.
Judy Lewis mentioned JPA should consider carefully before they commit any funds, particularly future funds or future in-kind service for the rail/trail project. Tom responded that the Board would be looking at the viability of the project in the spring and would only recommend an outright donation to the members.
Butch Bouchard asked about remaining funds from Green Mountain Power Corp., and Tom said there is a small amount remaining. Because JPA has used the funds for shoreline protection and inspection to prevent milfoil and other invasive species, we continued to receive funds.
Tom explained a request from Eric Hansen who heads the Loon Recovery Project, seeking donations to help replace or renew signs at our pond, and members were directed to the Joe's Pond website for further information and directions regarding how to donate.
The meeting adjourned at 10:45, and members pitched in to help put furniture and curtains away for the season.
Jane Brown, Secretary
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