Vol. III No. 7 4/1/2022
Notes from the Stockbridge Bowl Stewardship Commission, March 18, Hybrid Meeting
- Jamie Minacci, Chair
- John Loiodice, Vice Chair
- Roxanne McCaffrey
- Michael Buffoni
- Michael Nathan
- Present via Zoom: Charlie Kenny
- Marc Volk, Foresight Land Services
- Pat Kennelly, President Stockbridge Bowl Association (SBA)
- Minutes approved
- Chair asked for public comment. Anita Schwerner said she watched the PB meeting wherein 8 Hawthorne Street was considered. She felt there was potential impact on the lake and hoped SBSC would be involved in the process.
- McCaffrey said according to Stockbridge Updates it was already approved by ConCom
- Minacci, who serves on ConCom as well as chairs SBSC, said there were conditions placed on the Order of Conditions and ConCom is awaiting results. She also expressed some of her concerns — size of house, pushing boundaries of what is allowed, number of trees to be cut, and blasting.
- Buffoni said if there is blasting there are state regulations controlling.
- Chair moved to topic of lake management and read a statement. She asked SBSC to come to a consensus about the order of procedures necessary to manage lake. "Which comes first: herbicide, dredging, or harvesting?" She went on, what if all three are not allowed in the same year, which is the priority? As Chair she wanted SBSC to state in open meeting their recommendation.
- Nathan said dredging should be priority
- Kenny said dredging was "at top of the list"
- Kennelly said SBA met with Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program (NHESP) onTuesday March 15 (See Special Report below) and she "opposes the narrative that these cannot go forward simultaneously. She felt DEP and NHESP said it was up to SBA to figure out if dredging interferes with testing (for Eurasian Milfoil to justify herbicide treatment). She wanted to "discontinue this narrative." She also mentioned that test plots and harvesting have happened in same year but not in same locations.
- Chair inquired "why was I not invited to that meeting?" and added "It was inappropriate."
- Kennelly said Roxanne "graciously" provided SBA with map of proposed dredging sites
- Kenny returned to issue of the attendees at March 15th meeting saying SBSC is advisory to Select Board (SB). "We cannot advise SB based on a report from Roxanne. SBSC needs rep in meeting with DEP and NHESP." He added, "SBSC cannot be a Commission and yet be subordinate."
- Nathan said he would appreciate having a SBSC rep at meetings with DEP.
- Chair, next step is to set down priorities and send to consultants GZA who are writing the Lake Management Plan
- Buffoni said testing would continue once ice off lake.
- Two harvesters are needed — Hugh Page is working on fixing the broken one.
- Liodice reported on topic of extending Town sewer, especially to houses on the lake. However, the decision seems to have been made that maintenance and repairs to sewer and water must be done first
- Kennelly restated her position that dredging, testing, and harvesting can be done simultaneously.
Editor's note: 1. Stockbridge Updates did not report on the Conservation Commission meeting in the last issue. McCaffrey must have been referring to the SU Editorial which read: "So, with ConCom's conditions attached to the Order of Conditions, the applicant will move forward preparing the ground to build his house by the lake." 2. Kennelly may be correct about more than one procedure occurring in the lake simultaneously. However, only DEP can make that decision. To get a definitive answer, SBA would have to submit a proposal that detailed the impact of one process on the other and ask DEP to approve more than one.
Photo: Joan Gallos