2016 Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting
THANK YOU to the nearly 60 people that joined us Saturday July 9, 2016 at the Standish Congregational Church. The meeting began with a silent auction and raffle, followed by a lasagna dinner prepared by the Congregational Church. We reviewed our recent “Risk Assessment Report”, heard from Forrest Bell of FB Environmental on Watchic Lake, congratulated eight new LakeSmart award recipients, and provided a status report on all WLA activities. Three new board members were voted on to the board, and three officers were voted into new positions.
Overall the quality of Watchic Lake remains good. We are fortunate to have no invasive plant species in the lake. Water quality remains good (secchi disk at ~4.5 meetings similar to past years), but is under pressure from polluted runoff from a number of locations.
They key message to our members is to protect the lake we need to reduce runoff! Whether it be by participating in LakeSmart or doing some research, we ask that you do your part to keep nutrient rich runoff water out the lake.
- Click here for the DRAFT 2016 Annual Member Meeting Minutes. Approval of these will be voted on at the 2017 meeting.
- Click here for the 2016 Treasurer’s Report, which was approved at the meeting.
- Click here for Forrest Bell’s presentation on challenges to lakes, including Watchic Lake
- Click here for Paul McNulty’s Executive Summary of 2015/2016 activities.
- Click here for the 2016 Risk Assessment Report commissioned by the WLA and completed by FB Environmental.
Again, thank you to all our silent auction contributors, members and sponsors for your support!
2015 Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting Summary
Saturday July 11, 2015, Standish Town Hall community Room. THANK YOU to all attendees!
President Patty Guenthner thanked association members and the board of directors for their support of the association and the work that it does to preserve the quality of Watchic Lake.
A special note of good news was the report of the sale of a large parcel of woodland betweent. 113 and Oak Hill Road to the Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM). With this area being in the direct watershed for Watchic Lake, having it remain as woodland will have a major beneficial impact on the lake. Dale Rines was instrumental in the work that culminated in this acquisition.
Paul McNulty discussed the results of a survey sent to Watchic Lake property owners in the spring. The top concerns from the 81 respondents were 1) continue to avoid infestation by invasive species, 2) water clarity/quality, 3) protecting the loons, 4) managing runoff, and 5) maintaining septic systems.
Dave Bradbury reported on the dam. Minor repairs were made to the dam this spring and everything seems to be working well, requiring fewer adjustments to maintain the water level. Safety bouys are in place for the season.
Treasurer Bob Joslyn spoke briefly about the solid state of the association finances. Click here for the 2015 Treasurers Report. Steve Center reviewed the Capital Fund. While the fund drive is complete, collecting pledges will continue for several more years, and donations are still being accepted. Members were encouraged to include the association in their estate planning, as well. Steve emphasized the need for a healthy reserve (given the lack of readily available local, state or federal funding), to be able to make an immediate response to threats to the lake.
Eben Joslyn reported on his monitoring of the lake, which measures many factors that affect water quality. Overall the monitoring results are positive and the lake continues to maintain favorable levels for a lake of our size and depth. The full report can be found here WLA Water Quality Report 2015.
Three LakeSmart awards were presented by Patty Taylor. Linda and Paul Martenson, Kim and Steve Lajoie, and Victoria Chesley-Brega had all met the criteria. Click here for more LakeSmart info.
The following nominations for board members for re-election to the board of directors were presented by Owen Smith: Patty Guenthner (1 year – filling the vacancy created by Eben Joslyn’s resignation), Patty Taylor (3 years), and Robert Joslyn (3 years). The nominees were elected unanimously.
The following nomination for new member to the board of directors was presented by Owen Smith: Nancy McNulty (3 years). The nominee was elected unanimously.
The following officer nominations for the board of directors were presented by Owen Smith: President – Paul McNulty, Historian – Donal Drew. Both positions were for two year terms.
The nominees were elected unanimously. Martha Drew continues as Secretary and Bob Joslyn continues as Treasurer.
The financial report for the current year and the minutes from the July 12, 2014, annual meeting were presented for acceptance and unanimously approved.