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Joe's Pond Association - July 2, 2016

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Joe's Pond Association opened at 10:07 a.m. on July 2, 2016. There was a large attendance. The weather was cool but pleasant. President Dente welcomed all and asked new members to stand and be recognized. Thomas and Karen Lauzon, who recently purchased Injun Joe Cabins introduced themselves. Scott and Geraldine Pelok have purchased the Richer's property on Sandy Beach Road, and Geri introduced herself - Scott was unable to be at the meeting.

Vice President Don Sherwood read the poem, "The Dash," by Linda Ellis in rememberance of members and friends who have passed away in the last year.

The minutes of the spring meeting were read by the secretary and accepted. In his usual style, Treasurer George Anderson declared his treasurer's report had been handed out and he would answer any questions. Both secretary's and treasurer's reports were accepted without questions or changes.

Tom introduced Perry Thomas, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, who spoke briefly about protecting and managing Vermont lakes, ponds and wetlands, and the Shoreline Protection Act, describing ways land owners can help our lake stay healthy. She pointed out the large display of materials set up behind her and invited the audience to examine and take home pamphlets, and said she would remain to answer questions after the meeting.

Gina Kurrle mentioned the lake monitor position has yet to be filled. Pam Heffernan volunteered.

Upcoming events were listed on the Meeting Agenda, and Tom elaborated upon them briefly.

Susan Bouchard reported there are about a dozen boats entered in the sailboat race; she is still looking for sailors and boats. She said forms have been printed with some basic sailing rules, and asked that during the race other boats stay away from the sailboats.

Larry Rossi reported that maintenance on the tennis courts has been done, lines painted - including new ones for "pickleball." He said the tennis courts will need major renovations in about 10 years, and the estimated cost is between $15,000 and $20,000. Pam Heffernan suggested starting a fund for that purpose now; Larry responded that he was open for donations. Jane Milne asked the question: "What is pickleball?" Jack LaGue described it as being less energetic than tennis and said paddles are used instead of rackets.

Diane Sherwood asked if there was evidence of geese on the pond this summer. Someone mentioned there are some in the channel, but they seem to be content to stay there; then someone else said they'd had way too many of them on their lawn this summer. No further discussion.

Ron Gauthier reported the rail trail is open and being used, but the present equipment for keeping it mowed is inadequate. He asked if JPA would help by donating $4,000 for new equipment. Tom said the Board will look at that and report at Fall Meeting.

President Dente announced that George Anderson, JPA treasurer for 16 years, is retiring from that job. He said that, being a forward thinker, George had picked a replacement, Jack LaGue, and there would be "good continuity." Members applauded George's many years of service. Jack will assume treasurer's responsibilities on August 1st, hopefully with George's unique brevity.

Tom answered a member's question asking if the water can be lowered in the pond as used to be done, simply with, "No." He went on to explain the State of Vermont Public Service Board has set strict limits that must be maintained.

The meeting adjourned at 10:46. Many people remained to chat with Ms. Thomas and examine the display she had set up.

Respectfully submitted,

Jane Brown, secretary