President’s Report::
– The 2017-18 Town Community Grant of $6,000 has been received.
– The CT Lakes Conference will be held this year on October 14, 8:00 to noon in Goshen.

Committee Reports:

Lake Management: – All lake treatments have been completed for the year. The last treatment was done at no cost. Pond & Lake Connection (PLC) recommends early drawdowns.
– A number of complaints were received regarding algae and weeds. We will talk with PLC regarding areas to concentrate on. We will mark up a lake map and send our recommendations to PLC.

Spillway/Dam: We discussed liability/safety related to drawdowns. A two-foot drawdown is planned for this fall.

Dam Inspection: An engineering firm inspected the dam in mid-July. Brush and tree growth on the dam need to be removed as they could undermine the stability of the dam. After this is done, the engineering firm will return to re-evaluate the dam.

Old Business:

Policy for Tree Removal: Policy for Tree Removal – It was suggested at a previous meeting that we create a policy regarding trees that fall into the lake. Twice in the past, we have had grant money to remove fallen trees from the lake but do not have enough funds without receiving grant funding. The policy is meant to treat all property owners equally.

Draft Policy: In the event that MLIF receives grant funding that is designated for tree removal, the MLIF President will appoint a board member to chair a committee that includes two other non-affected board members and may include non-board members. The committee members will act in the interest of improving the recreational use of the lake. Based on the grant funding amount available, the committee will provide a recommendation on which tree or brush should be removed from the lake and/or proactively trimmed or removed along the shoreline before they fall into the water. The recommendation will be presented to the full MLIF board for vote and majority approval. In the event that time or money is available later in the funding cycle, the board may repeat this process later in the year. If the MLIF Board choses to allocate funding from the annual operating funds for tree removal, the same approach as above will be utilized.

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