2004 LMA ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
The Lake Meddybemps Association meeting was called to order at 1:05 PM on August 1, 2004 by President Hy Adelman. The guest speaker, Jacob van de Sande, Outreach Educator, from the Downeast Salmon Federation (DFS) in Columbia Falls, made the presentation.
DFS was founded in 1982 by a local sporting club. The goal today is to conserve wild Atlantic salmon and its’ habitat, restore a viable sports fishery and to protect other important river, scenic, recreational and ecological resources in eastern Maine as well as educate students from Washington County grades K-12.
In 2002 the Downeast River Land Trust was established with 1800 acres that include 12 miles of rivers, 2 campsites, 2 trail and 6 public access points.
East Machias Aquatic Recreation Center (EMARC) acquired a donated building on the East Machais River. This building will be a future museum. A grant was secured to replace the septic system at this site.
No adult salmon returned to the Dennys River this year and the theory is it’s due to low PH levels in the river during the spring and fall. Low PH causes damage to the salmon’s gills. Adding lime to raise the PH level in the river was approved for the spring of 2005.
More information can be found on their web site @ www.mainesalmonrivers.org
Jacob’s presentation ended at 1:45 PM.
Motion to approve the 2003 minutes, seconded by Cary James.
$4649.17 in LMA account ($1100 is allocated to Holloway Memorial Fund)
Dues remain $15 a year
Motion to accept the report by Ted B. seconded by Cary J.
Holloway Memorial Fund will purchase a community sign to be placed at the town dock, Sherri Bagley and Tanya Trioani will research and purchase.
Signs should be posted discouraging cars from parking in long stalls designed for boat trailers.
Karen Cook passed out materials from the lake monitoring workshop she attended on July 28 in Princeton. She is now a qualified member of the (VLMP) Volunteer Lake Monitor Program. This program is the most effective in early detection of invasive plants. The program she attended was funded by the $10 sticker fee included in our boat registrations. Sherri asked if online workshops were available, but at this point people must attend in person. The Meddybemps Community Center would like to offer this location for the workshop to be held in 2005.
Water Level and Testing
Water level targets and achieved readings are to be posted on the Atlantic Salmon Commission’s web site via Greg Mackey.
Cary James began water testing ten years ago to obtain a baseline. In 2005 we’re due to have completed testing again. Doug Wright motioned we include 16th stream in next year’s testing. This will add approximately $500 to the total cost, motioned seconded by Sherri and approved.
DEP Site Cleanup
There is the addition of a new DEP site at Charlotte Smith’s house. Barrels of toxic material were located, secured and removed from inside the home.
The annual loon count took place on July 17 from 7-8PM. Weather conditions were foggy and unfavorable, however 15 adults were spotted, no chicks. Karen Cook reports that chicks have been seen around Goose Neck, Sager Island and other parts of the lake. Adopt a loon program available at
Paul Bloomhartd motioned to donate $50 to DSF for sending today’s speaker, so moved
Ted Bloomhardt motioned to donate $50 to The Quaddy Land Trust, so moved
Ted Bloomhardt motioned to donate $25 to COLA with annual info sent to David Mauk, so moved
Milton Adelman motioned to donate $100 to the fire department in memory of Roberta Palmeter, so moved
www.meddybempslake.com is up and running! Thanks to Beth Teele-Haidinger for hours of work in designing and keeping the site updated.
Polar Fleece pullover jackets and glow in the dark flashlights are being sold by the LMA with profits going towards the 2005 water testing. They can be viewed on the website.
LMA Officers elected and approved for the 2004-2005 year are:
David Mauk – President
Hy Adelman – VP (1 yr.)
Karen Cook – Treasurer
Meg Teele Rothberg – Secretary
Board of Directors elected and approved for the 2004-2005 year are:
Paul Bloomhardt (1 year 04-05)
Beth Teele Haidinger (04-07)
Carey James (04-07)
Lance Bagley (04-07)
Ed Ketchen (04-07)
?IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING
PLEASE MAIL DUES ($15) TO:
KAREN COOK SMITH
224 STONE ROAD
MEDDYBEMPS, ME 04657
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?Don’t forget to visit the website at www.meddybempslake.com and send in your contributions!
Margaret T. Rothberg Secretary
Meeting Ended at 2:50PM