Vol. II No. 10 5/15/2021
Notes from the Stockbridge Bowl Stewardship Committee May 7 via Zoom
- Jamie Minacci, Chair
- Michael Nathan, Stockbridge Bowl Association
- Charles Kenny — Board of Health
- Roxanne McCaffrey — Select Board
- John Loiodice– Sewer & Water Commission
- Mike Buffoni — Water and Sewer Department
- Gary Kleinerman — Stockbridge Harbormaster
Others present named as they speak (could not be seen)
- Report from Michael Nathan in response to letters from Lake Drive requesting sewer connection, and from folks who live on The Cove requesting dredging beyond the pipes. Wellenkamp reported there was no silt build up in The Cove. Nathan said, "that was absolutely wrong", and "Wellenkamp does not have final say". Nathan recalled The Cove was in original dredging plan. He will track down how/why it was removed from this version.
- Another aspect of the dredging was moving the silt out of the lake (dredging directly to Bullard Woods or to private lake property and then trucked to Bullard Woods.) Of the two plans, the most cost effective will be followed. ZBA (the engineering firm) is getting estimates. The dredging would go on from April to October.
- Buffoni supported de-silting The Cove, remembered swimming there as a boy, but now growing in (see photo). He was also concerned about impact on Larrywaug Brook and asked if gate in outlet was working. Kleinerman said yes. (Gate controls out-flow of water from lake)
- Bruce Rubin, a lake resident, was concerned about noise of dredging as lake is "echo chamber". Peter Strauss, a lake resident, wanted to "hear the concerts from Tanglewood" so was also concerned about noise. Nathan said dredging must be done. If Stockbridge loses the lake, the "loss would be devastating" to the town. He urged long-range planning — the lake could be lost, that is, revert to wetlands.
- Someone else was concerned about water level, but evidently dredging does not affect water level.
- Kleinerman had four agenda items:
- Increase salary of lake inspectors from $13.50/hr. to $15/hr. and name a manager of inspectors at $20/hr. Reduce the hours from 12 to 10/daily, and thereby, keep the total expenditure the same.
- Town contracted with Public Access, and Kleinerman requested they pave parking lot, build floating dock for boat boarding, and look at trees on shoreline. Patrick White said he inspected the tree situation with Minacci. It appears to be serious problem to be evaluated and addressed.
- Kleinerman requested that white line on ramp painted so two boats could launch.
- Requested port-o-potties installed from Memorial Day to Labor Day
- Finally, Nathan wanted a full discussion on the agenda with respect to Stockbridge Bowl Stewardship becoming a commission rather than a committee. There was no discussion before adding it to the warrant. In an earlier SB meeting, Chair Minacci mentioned she was not consulted before the warrant item was proposed. Roxanne said committee/commission was "just semantics".
Editor's Note: Apparently there was agreement to discuss the change in Stockbridge Bowl Stewardship from a committee to a commission, but apparently it will occur after the town is asked to vote on the change.
The town is reconsidering the omission of the Cove at the end of the Outlet from the dredging plan. Photo: Anne Rabinowitz