Committee Reports:

Fundraising:
Our fundraising is $1,800 below last year at this time. The second fundraising letter for this year will be sent in September and the third in November. An expanded geographical area will be receiving the November mailing.

Lake Management:
* The lake was treated for algae on June 25 and July 10.
* From June 25 – July 24 we have had repeated heavy rains that have pushed algae down from the surface of the lake. Pond & Lake Connection (POCO) said “benthic mats” are under the surface and POCO treated these. POCO also reported coontail mats floating in the middle of the lake.
* The remaining 2018 treatments are scheduled for 7/24, 8/7, 8/21 and 9/11.

Special Projects:

May 15 Storm Recovery:
During the May 15 “macroburst” 12 large trees toppled into the lake. We contacted Rudy Marconi to request assistance with the storm damage in the lake and was directed to contact Dick Aarons, Ridgefield’s Emergency Management Official. We created a document with photos showing the damage, including GPS markings. The town will check to see what assistance is available for which MLIF might qualify. The town has applied for emergency relief funds through the “Federal Emergency Area.” If that comes through, MLIF could apply through the state and federal governments but these are overly labor-intensive documents.

Property Owner Biomass Removal Policy:
In anticipation of an approval for our grant submission to the Anne Richardson Fund, a committee worked on a policy to work with property owners to remove algae and biomass from the lake. The board discussed aspects of the program and guidelines for use of the grant funds. Dates for reserving funds and submission of invoices brought discussion. It will be decided if the guideline dates need revision based on receipt of funds and introduction of program.

CRM System Cost Proposal: We expect a report on this system in September.

Enhanced Geography for Fall Mailing: It was decided to send the fall mailing to property owners on the north side of Rte. 116.

Donation Recognition Sticker:
The board discussed options for a sticker that will recognize those who donate to MLIF. Suggestions included “Mamanasco Lake Supporter” “I Love Mamanasco Lake” and similar wording.

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