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ASSOCIATION MEETING MINUTES



FY17 PPA Spring Meeting: 11 June 2017 xxx


Present were:

26 properties were represented.  Please see membership attendees at the end of these minutes.

 

The meeting was held at Mary Ellen and Glenn Severance, 185 Lower Pratt Pond Road.  Mary Ellen and Glenn were gracious hosts – providing coffee, tea, muffins and Mimosa’s.  Thank you!

 

Current PPA Officers: Joe Woodworth, President; Dwayne White, Vice-President; Bill Symonds, Treasurer; and Sandy Heim, Secretary.  PPA Board Members are Mary Fortier, Brett Kivela and

 Tom Moran.

 

Remembrance of past PPA members

The PPA spent a few minutes recognizing PPA members lost during this past year.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families; many of these were longstanding members of the PPA

 including Ed Blanchette, who was one of the founders of the PPA.

  • Warren Carey: Upper Pratt Pond Road
  • Francis DeLorme: Middle Pratt Pond Road
  • Marshall Wallace: Upper Pratt Pond Road
  • Ralph Kelly: Upper Pratt Pond Road
  • Ed Blanchette: Upper Pratt Pond Road

Topics:

Treasurer Update

Bill Symonds reviewed the FY16 PPA Treasurer’s Report (attached).  The current balance is $5,940.57.

 

Of this, the current balance includes road maintenance – a total of $2,455 is available from the FY16 appropriation and donations.  Please reference the attached Treasurer’s Report.

 

Bill is accepting membership dues.  Please mail your dues to 99 Lower Pratt Pond Road, or feel free to drop the dues of with one of the PPA officers or board members.

 

Growing / Maintaining PPA membership has been a challenge; only a portion of PPA residents pay their annual dues. Since road maintenance consumes the majority of PPA dues

 (and donations have been required in order to have sufficient budget), we are in a position where we would like to increase membership.  Tracy Koutonen volunteered to walk around to

 visit the residents of PPA, discuss the importance of membership, and request that they join the Association.  Annual dues are only $60 – the majority of which goes directly into road maintenance. 

  It is important to note that the PPA Officers and Board are not paid (strictly volunteer), and the frequent road repairs are also performed by volunteers (Dwayne, Lance, Bill, Marshall, Jim, Dave, etc.).

 

Road Committee Update

Dwayne White provided an update on the roads.  Jon Flagg will be grading the roads again this year (soon).  Jon and Dwayne inspected the roadways, and suggested we apply ~140 yards of gravel to

 various sections of the three roadways.  Jon will provide both the grading efforts and trucking for the gravel.   PPA currently owns ~100 yards of gravel at the town Transfer Station.   

Mary and Dwayne are working with the New Ipswich Highway Department to procure the remaining ~40 yards of gravel needed this year.  Funds were appropriated in the FY16 and sufficient funds

 are available for this effort.  The grading effort is estimated at $2,000.

Dwayne recommended we allocate funds for road maintenance for next Spring.  After some discussion, a decision was made to allocate $1,000 to purchase gravel from the town

 (generally costs ~$4 per yard at the Town of New Ipswich rate), $1,200 for the grading efforts, and an additional $300 for trucking expenses.   This appropriation was approved by vote.

It was noted that some residents are placing their leaves in the ditches and culverts alongside the roadways.  This causes water flow to enter the roadways, creates erosion, and results 

in more potholes. Please refrain from placing your fallen leaves in these ditches.

There was also a discussion about water flowing down the new driveway on Middle Pratt Pond Road. A culvert needs to be added to prevent more degradation to the roadway. 

Dam Update

Per the PPA handbook, the drawdown started the day after Columbus Day (October 11, 2016). The drawdown was slow with no more than one board removed per day. 

  It took one full week for the pond to drop to the winter level.  Note that this year is not a full drawdown; the full drawdown is not planned for until 2020 per the PPA bylaws.

 

Ice was out early this year, March 12, 2017.   Boards were installed gradually and the water level was raised to full height.  Throughout the Spring Brett has been maintaining the water 

level making sure not to significantly exceed the 48” mark.  Everything has been going very well with no complaints about the water level.

 

The team continues to monitor boulder movement near the original spillway.  Brett estimates that the boulder may have moved as much as 1/8”. The Dam Committee will continue to check 

for any movement of material at the dam and spillway.

 

The dam is up for inspection this summer. The inspectors will notify Joe Woodworth a day or two prior to the inspection so that he may be in attendance.

 

Water Report

Ralph Barker provided the attached water report.  All test results were positive (good) including phosphorus which is lower than it had been.   Note that last year’s drought may have 

contributed to lower than normal readings as runoff from roads and properties was decreased.

 

Ralph also reviewed the Voluntary Lake Assessment Program (VLAP) and their schedule and recommended testing methodology, and also provided an overview of the results compared

 against NH lakes.  This was very informative, and provided significant background of the testing done at Pratt Pond over the last several years. 

 

Ralph has decided to step down as our lead for the VLAP assessment efforts.  Norm Sheppard volunteered to be our focal point for the VLAP assessment.  Joe will introduce Norm to the VLAP team.

Water Testing Schedule:

  • Test 1: Equipment reserved for Thursday, June 29
  • Test 2: VLAP Biologist visit Thursday, July 27
  • Test 3: Equipment reserved for Wednesday, August 23

Work Detail

The next scheduled work detail is on Saturday June 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM. Members will meet at the dam.

 

Dwayne recommended we focus some of our FY17 pond clean-up day efforts on trimming the branches along the entrance to Upper Pratt Pond Road. These are overgrown, and were not 

addressed during the FY16 pond cleanup efforts. 

 

PPA clean-up day typically consists of cutting back brush along the spillway and dam, digging culverts and ditches, picking up trash along the roadways and trimming branches along the roadways.   

Help is always appreciated, and the comraderies built as a result of the members working together is great for the pond. 

 

Nancy Redling, a longstanding member and key contributor to the PPA, emphasized the importance of members cleaning the roadways in front of their lots.  When possible, PPA residents should 

take a few minutes to occasionally pick up trash, trim branches, and clear the ditches and culverts in front of their property; this will significantly decrease the workload and stress on the work detail 

volunteers. 

 

Location for Next Year’s PPA Meetings

Tom Moran volunteered to host next year’s PPA Spring Meeting.  Per the bylaws, the Spring Meeting occurs on the 2nd Sunday in June. 

 Our Spring Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018, 10:00am at Tom and Mandy Moran’s – 140 Upper Pratt Pond Road.

 

The Fall Meeting will be held at Dan Blanchette’s house.  The Fall PPA meeting will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017, 10:00am at 113 Lower Pratt Pond Road.

 

The PPA Officers and Board express their appreciation to Tom and Dan for volunteering to host these meetings.

 

Additional topics

Mark Roth raised a point about his homeowner’s insurance policy.  When his insurance agent contacted the Fire Department regarding time to respond, apparently a town assistant 

raised concern about inclement weather and an inability to respond, resulting in his inability to obtain insurance through that broker.  No other members present had similar issues,

 and Mark is going to bring this concern up to the Town Administrator. 

 

Meeting Adjourned

 

Property Owners in Attendance:

 

Sharon Atwood & Ken Osbourne

60 Middle

Ralph Barker

155 Lower

Caitlyn & Brian Baumler

159 Lower

Dan Blanchette

113 Lower

Brenda Bloomgren

49 Upper

Bruce Brennan

202 Upper

Jenn & Marshall Cain

27 Middle

Dave Cotzin       

105 Lower

Mary & Marc Fortier      

158 Lower

Sandy & Ron Heim 

216 Upper

Brett Kivela

210 Upper

Tracy Koutonen

50 Middle

Alice & Dale MacConnell

170 Upper

Deborah May

38 Middle

Tom Moran

140 Upper

Josie & Dan Nason

151 Lower

Sharon Oikelmus

48 Middle

Judith Prager & John O’Brien     

88 Upper

Nancy Redling

190 Lower

Mark Roth

184 Upper

Glenn & Mary Ellen Severance

185 Lower

Elizabeth Shelly

159 Lower

Joanie & Norm Sheppard

185 Upper

Bill Symonds

200 Upper

Diane Tardiff         

119 Lower

Dwayne White

120 Upper

Joe Woodworth              

174 Upper

Attachments

2017 Treasurer Report

2017 Water Report

FY16 PPA Fall Meeting: 18 September 2016

Present were:

16 properties were represented.  Please see membership attendees at the end of these minutes.

The meeting was held at Camp Woodworth, 174 Upper Pratt Pond Road

Topics:

Treasurer Update

Bill Symonds reviewed the FY16 PPA Treasurer’s Report (attached).  The remaining balance is $4,241.57.

Action:Joe / Ralph to contact Sara Steiner (VLAP coordinator) to determine if we have any outstanding bills. 

Dam Update

The new boards appear to be working very well; it was believed that these new boards helped to maintain a somewhat reasonable level of the pond given the drought. 

Per the PPA handbook, the drawdown is planned to begin the day after Columbus Day (October 11, 2016). The drawdown will be slow with no more than one board removed per day.  

 Note that this year is not a full drawdown; the full drawdown is not planned for until 2020 per the PPA bylaws.

The team continues to monitor boulder movement near the original spillway.

Road Update

Dwayne White provided an update on the roads. 

Jon Flagg did an excellent job again grading the roads, and spent only $900 of the budgeted $1,400.  No additional material was brought in, but Jon recommended we plan for material during the

 FY17 grading effort. We have $1,200 planned for the FY17 grading effort.

There are a few areas needing attention: 1) entrance to Upper Pratt Pond; 2) washout at the corner at Flinkstrom; 3) the hill past Dwayne’s house; and 4) a hole from an old culvert near Diane Tardiff’s

 house. 

Action: Dwayne to reach out to Jon Flagg to get a ballpark price for specific road cleanup.  The board will meet to determine what if any additional grading efforts will take place prior to the Spring effort.

Dwayne recommended we focus some of our FY17 pond cleanup day efforts on trimming the branches along the entrance to Upper Pratt Pond Road. These are overgrown, and were not addressed 

during the FY16 pond cleanup efforts. 

Eversource notified residents that they will be trimming branches along the roadways.   Some members received notification through the mail (others may have missed them as it appeared to be junk mail).

 The notification form requested permission or objection, and also indicated that failure to respond was accepted as permission for them to trim the trees and branches.

Water Report

Ralph Barker provided the attached water report.  All test results were good including phosphorus which is lower than it has been.   Note that the drought may have contributed to lower than

 normal readings as runoff from roads and properties was decreased. Also, Marshall Cain pointed out that years following the full drain have traditionally been lower, and this is consistent with the test results seen.

Pond Stocking

Members were aware of only one group that was fishing for bass to stock Pratt Pond.  Bill Symonds’ friend caught and stocked six (6) bass ranging in lengths from 6” to 12” (2-6”, 2-8”, 1-10”, and 1-12”).  Fish were safety placed in the pond.

Dan Blanchette mentioned his intention to fish the stocking pond this fall, and Tom Moran was going to reach out to his family and neighbors for assistance. It was noted that fall is an excellent time to fish for bass in the stocking pond. 

We still have an abundance of funds available for fish stocking.  If interested, please contact Dave Cotzin or any of the PPA Officers and Board Members.

Fireworks / Cannons

Briefly discussed the PPA Board position on cannon approvals.  The PPA board will not approve or deny permit requests for cannon fire, nor is the PPA Board an enforcement agency.   There are no plans to update the PPA bylaws, but the following text will be inserted in to the PPA Officer’s Handbook.


The PPA Board/Officers will not provide letters of permission to fire cannons over the pond; permits to fire cannons from the landowner’s property can be obtained from the New Ipswich Police Department.

(Reference NH RSA 644:13 Unauthorized Use of Firearms and Firecrackers and NH RSA 1568:30 Classes of Explosives)

New Items

Dave Cotzin provided a memorandum from Mr. Donald Carlson, Chair of the New Ipswich Planning Board dated November 14, 1996. In this memo Mr. Carlson referenced a few of the conditions required to subdivide their lot: titles must include the term Easement; agreement must state the assertion that the PPA “owns and controls” this private portion of Lower Pratt Pond Road; and that the Agreement applies to all heirs and subsequent owners and runs with the land in perpetuity.   Per a prior agreement with Dave and prior PPA Board, Dave and Dana Dahlbeck have been maintaining the section of roadway immediately in front of their property.  A copy of this memorandum has been placed in the PPA files.

Reminder

Spring Meeting: June 17, 2016 at Glenn and Mary Ellen Severance (185 Lower Pratt Pond Road).

Meeting Adjourned

Post-Meeting Discussions

A “dead-end” sign was re-attached on Lower Pratt Pond near the dam in August.  There was a discussion for adding a “dead-end” sign for Upper Pratt Pond Road in hopes to reduce traffic.  Issue to be discussed at Spring meeting.

The PPA takes responsibility for road maintenance of Upper Pratt Pond Road (from Poor Farm Road to the end), Middle Pratt Pond Road, and Lower Pratt Pond Road (from the intersection of Middle to the end).  It was discussed whether the PPA should ask permission to trim branches along Upper Pratt Pond Road to Poor Farm.  Since trimming is general road maintenance, residents should be notified of the activities but landowner permission should not be a requirement.  Item to be discussed at Spring meeting.

Many road repair activities go unappreciated. As examples: Lance Rautiolla frequently grades and repairs the hills along Upper Pratt Pond Road; Bill Symonds has been improving culverts alongside Upper Pratt Pond Road; Jim Shultz had been grading the roads augmenting the annual service that Jon Flagg provides for the PPA; and almost all residents have been cleaning and maintaining the roadway at their property.   A few members discussed the possibility of the residents providing the fall cleanup / road repair efforts as opposed to funding someone external to PPA.  Here were a few thoughts:

  • Consider budgeting for two road grading efforts per summer - Spring and Fall;
  • Have the PPA pay for fuel and expenses (and time) for members and their use of their personal equipment; and
  • Borrow a mechanical grader that attaches to a heavy duty truck for grading small areas of the road (Dave Cotzin working this request).

PPA membership dues have not been increased in many years.  Since the PPA relies on dues and donations to maintain the roadways, maintain the dam, perform water testing, etc. an increase in dues was considered. As an alternative to increasing the dues, it was discussed to review resident membership status and send follow-up requests for continued support. Issue to be discussed by PPA Board and/or at Spring Meeting.

Prior year fishing derbies were great methods for getting to know other PPA members, and bringing the people closer together.  The thought was to plan for a fishing derby in 2017; volunteers interested in driving or participating in a fishing derby effort can reach out to any PPA Board Member.

Property Owners in Attendance:

 

Bill Symonds

200 Upper

Dan & Josie Nason

151 Lower

Glenn & Mary Ellen Severance

185 Lower

Judith Prager & John O’Brien     

  88 Upper

Mary Fortier      

158 Lower

Dwayne White

120 Upper

Dan Blanchette

113 Lower

Dave Cotzin       

105 Lower

John Koutonen

  50 Middle

Joe & Allison Woodworth            

174 Upper

Tom Moran

140 Upper

Marshall & Jenn Cain

27 Middle

Bruce Ouellette

139 Lower

Diane Tardiff         

119 Lower

Ron & Sandy Heim 

212 Upper

Sharon Atwood & Ken Osbourne

60 Middle

Attachments

Fall 2016 Treasurer Report





PPA Treasurer's ReportFall 2016 Meeting
Beginning Balance (as of 06-05-16) $                         3,846.17
Dues/Donations $                         2,790.00
Dues (40) $                              2,400.00 Sum $                         6,636.17
Donations $                                 390.00 Expenses Paid $                             984.60
Sum $                              2,790.00 Sum $                         5,651.57
Statement Fees (May thru Sept) $                               10.00
Sum (End Balance as of 09-24-16) $                         5,641.57
Expenses PaidExpenses Projected $                         1,400.00
Dam Repair $                                   44.60 Projected Balance $                         4,241.57
Road Repair $                                 900.00
VLAP $                                   40.00
 $                                 984.60
Expenses Projected
Road repair $                              1,000.00
Roller $                                 400.00
 $                              1,400.00
DUES HISTORY
FY 16/17: 51 Contributions (40 Dues - 11 Donations $    2,790.00
FY 15/16: 44 Contributions  (36 dues - 8 donations) $    2,630.00
FY 14/15: 58 Contributions (50 dues - 8 donations) $    3,325.00
FY 13/14: 63 Contributions (50 dues - 13 donations) $    4,463.00
FY 12/13: 55 Contributions (47 dues - 8 donations) $    3,085.00
FY 11/12: 50 Contributions (47 dues - 3 donations) $    2,985.00
5 year average $    3,258.60



Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Annual Meeting

June 12, 2016

President: Dan Blanchette; Vice President: Dwayne White; Treasurer: Mary Fortier

Secretary: Ginger Hill

Attendance:  23 properties were represented.   See property owners in attendance below.

The meeting was hosted by the Pagliccia’s (143 Lower).   Thank you Tony & Sharon!

Minutes:

September 20, 2015 meeting minutes were reviewed and accepted.

Finances:

Treasurer Mary Fortier reported on finances.  Fund balance is $3,844.17.  Report was accepted.

*Report attached

Dam

Chair, Brett Kivela gave dam report.   New boards were purchased from Luke Beausoleil and installed.  New boards are working great.  Special thanks to Brett, Joe and Marshall for working on the board project.   The committee continues to monitor boulder movement near orginal spillway at the dam (estimate of less than ¼” of movement since the Fall).  Bridge sign was installed and No Trespass sign was removed.

 *Report will be posted on the website

                                        

Road:

Dwayne White, Vice President informed that Jon Flagg will finish grading the roads the week of June 13th.

Motion made to appropriate $1200 toward road maintenance.

*All in favor

Water Report:

Presented by Ralph Barker.  Milfoil continues to be a concern in New Hampshire, and has been found in local ponds and lakes (as close as Jaffrey).  Milfoil can be brought into our pond by transporting boats from contaminated ponds in Pratt Pond.  Please caution your guests. If you suspect milfoil in our pond, please contact a board member. 

 

Per our Fall meeting, we will be testing 3 times a year; at the end of June, July and August.

Volunteers are needed to drive to Concord to pick up and/or drop off bottles/water samples.

*Water report attached.

*Native & Invasive Lake Plants attached.

Pond Stocking:

Volunteers are still needed to fish in Hillsborough at the bass breeders.  You will need to bring a cooler to transport fish back to the pond and the permit (no fishing license is required).  No payment is required at the time of fishing.  $530 ($230 held by the PPA and $300 donations Dave Cotzin has received) is available for fish stocking and donations are accepted. 

Any questions, please contact Dan Blanchette @ 603-291-0393.

*fish permit attached

 

 

 

Fireworks/Cannon:  

Permit is required 14 days prior to lighting fireworks from the town of New Ipswich.  If fireworks are going to be lit off of a floating raft, the town will require written permission from the PPA before issuing a permit.

Canons require a separate noise permit, obtained from the Police Department.

Nominations:

President – Joe Woodworth

Vice President – Dwayne White

Treasurer – Bill Symonds

Secretary – Sandy Heim

Board of Directors: Mary Fortier, Tom Moran and Brett Kivelar.

*All in favor 

Future meeting locations:

Fall: September 18, 2016 meeting will be hosted by Joe & Alison Woodworth (174 Upper). 

Spring: June 11, 2017 meeting will be hosted by Glenn & Mary Ellen Severance (185 Lower). 

Anyone wishing to volunteer to host a meeting can be reimbursed for items served or forgo paying dues.

Announcements:

Anyone wishing to contribute to the $4000 road work that was done at the beginning of Upper Pratt, please contact Bob Ojala.  Donations would be greatly appreciated.

 

Please keep an eye on beaver activity and report to a board member if necessary.

 

Judith Prager wanted all to know that her art work is on display at Sunflower’s in Jaffrey.

 

Fire pit permits are free at the Fire Department or online for a small fee.

 

The PPA Officer and Board created a PPA Officer’s Manual that documents the major responsibilities of the Board. If you are interested in checking it out, it will be posted on the website.

Concerns:

Geese on the pond.  They are beautiful and fun to watch but make a mess of our pond.  Please do not feed.

 

Lisa Oden’s fence.  Please be cautious of the fence when doing road maintenance and snow plowing.

 

Next Work Detail:

Saturday June 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM.  Please meet at the dam.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Dan thanked everyone for attending.   The meeting adjourned at 11:50 AM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Ginger Hill, PPA Secretary

Property Owners in attendance:

Bill Symonds                                         200 Upper

Dan & Josie Nason                                 151 Lower

Glenn & Mary Ellen Severance              185 Lower

Judith Prager & John O’Brien                   88 Upper              

Marc & Mary Fortier                               158 Lower

Dwayne White                                       120 Upper

Dan Blanchette                                     113 Lower

Dave Cotzin                                          105 Lower

Ginger & Steve Hill                                   70 Middle

Tracy Koutonen                                       50 Middle

Joe Woodworth                                     174 Upper

Tom & Mandy Moran                               140 Upper

Brett Kivela                                               210 Upper

Marshall Cain                                            27 Middle

Bruce & Andrea Ouellette                        139 Lower

Sharon & Tony Pagliccia                         143 Lower

Diane Tardiff                                           119 Lower

Ralph Barker                                           155 Lower

Tom May                                                   38 Middle

Kathy Niles                                               109 Middle

Jutka Verhegyi                                           Flinkstrom

Andrew Glavey                                          Flinkstrom

Ron & Sandy Heim                                    212 Upper

Attachments:

2015/2016 Treasurer Report

Water Report

Native and Invasive Lake Plants

Fish Permit


TREASURER'S REPORT PPA June 12 2016 SPRING MEETING

Donation/DepositsExpenses Paid: 10/2015-5/2016

Oikelmous Memorial Donation$50.002016 Dam Reg$400

VLAP (was $60, has gone up)$80

Stmt fees (as of 1/16 new exp) 5 mos.$10

Total$50.00PPA fee to State for name rights$75

Productive Power culvert work Upper Pratt$400.00

Brett Kivela reimbursement

Board hardware (nuts, bolts)$86.52

Total

Potential Expenses Budgeted for 2016$1,051.52

Beginning Balance (8/31/2015)$4,845.69(yet to be expended in the 2016 FY)

September Treasurer's Report2016 Grading$1,000

Donations/Deposits$50.00Spread gravel$200

Expenses Paid-$1,051.52Roller$375

Postage ( unknown if $ expended)$50

Balance as ofJune 5, 2016$3,844.17Fish stocking$230

Total$1,855

Dam Board Balance $600-400-86.52=$113

increase not budgeted VLAP-20

new fee not budgeted $2/mo.-10

new fee not budgeted PPA name

extra $ dam board allotmt covered-75

unexpected expenses w/a credit bal$8

DUES HISTORY

FY 15/16: 44 Contributions (36 dues - 8 donations) - $2,630.00

FY 14/15: FY 13/14: FY 12/13:

FY 11/12:58 Contributions (50 dues - 8 donations) - $3,325.00

63 Contributions (50 dues - 13 donations) - $4,463.00

55 Contributions (47 dues - 8 donations) - $3,085.00

50 Contributions (47 dues - 3 donations) - $2,985.00

$3,298 average(5yr

TREASURER'S REPORT PPA MEETING sept. 20.2015

Donation/DepositsExpenses Paid: Meeting Sept 2015

2015 Road $ Donation$50.00NH Fish License$10

Fish stocking ($230 total)$110.00Private Drive grading$200.00

2015 Culvert $ Donated$140.00Mike Halliday-Culvert$200.00

SubTotal$300.00Total$410.00

Deposits: Meeting Sept 2015

(Monies received not a donation)Anticipated Expenses 2015-2016

Fortier,Greene,Redling,Severance$200.002016 Dam registration$400.00

for pirvate driveway gradingCulvert ($600-$200) balance$400.00

Total$500.002016 Grading$1,000

Spread gravel$200

Roller$375

Beginning Balance (5/31/2015)S2,415.69VLAP water testing$60

Receipts: Dues$2,340.00Postage$50

Donations/Deposits$500.00Dam Boards ($500-$300) balance$200

Expenses Paid-$410.00for hardware and milling

Total$2,685.00

Balance as ofAuq. 31,2014$4,845.69

DUES HISTORY

FY 15/16: YTBD

FY 14/15:

FY 13/14:

FY 12/13:

FY 11/12: FY 10/11:58 Contributions (50 dues - 8 donations) - $3,325.00

63 Contributions (50 dues - 13 donations) - $4,463.00

55 Contributions (47 dues - 8 donations) - $3,085.00

50 Contributions (47 dues - 3 donations) - $2,985.00

52 Contributions (47 dues - 5 donations) - $3,571.00

$3,486 average/5vr



Pratt Pond Association

June 12th 2016 Annual Agenda

Hello PPA Members:

The PPA annual meeting will be on Sunday, June 12th 2016 hosted by Tony & Sharon Pagliccia (143 Lower Pratt Pond Road) @ 10:00 am.  Please bring your chair.

Attached is the annual dues form. It would be greatly appreciated if you could mail your dues before the annual meeting and/or bring them to the meeting with you. 

 

oIntroduction of PPA members

oRemembrance of PPA members no longer with us.

oSecretary report: Ginger Hill

oTreasurer report: Mary Fortier

  

Below are the present officers (two year term 2014-2016): 

President, Dan Blanchette

Vice President, Dwayne White

Treasurer, Mary Fortier

Secretary, Ginger Hill

 

Present at large board members are (two year term 2015-2017)

Joseph Woodworth

Bill Symonds

Open position for one year term 

 

New business – Topics will include but not limited to:

oWork detail date June 27 at 8:00 AM meet at the dam.

oRoad committee 

oDam committee 

oWater testing

oOpen to discussion

oNomination and election of officers.

oNomination of election of board member open position.

oLocation for spring 2017 and fall 2016 meetings.

Specific actions from our spring and fall meetings:

Spring:

1.Marshall/Brett: Have dam boards milled and new hardware installed. COMPLETED.

2.Dan: Fishing license needed to fish in private pond? YES

3.Dan: Coordinate volunteers to fish in Hillsborough to restock the pond. COMPLETED

4.PPA Officers / Board Members: Remove No Trespass sign. COMPLETED

5.Dwayne White obtained an E2 rating sign to be installed at dam. COMPLETED

Fall meeting:

1.Board to meet and discuss possible boulders movement on dam. COMPLETED

2.Dwayne White: installation of E-2 sign for bridge weight. COMPLETED

3.Install culvert on upper road. COMPLETED

4.Clean brush at Dam, annual event. COMPLETED

5.  Dan Blanchette and board to create Officers Handbook covering all aspects of managing the PPA association. COMPLETED

6.Increase water testing in to include June and August. On-going


I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting   Sincerely, Dan Blanchette, PPA President



PPA DUES FORM                                       DUES $60



Dues are for year _________ Paid on date: _______________


Name:  ________________________________________________________


Mailing Address: Street____________________________________________________


City_____________________________________ State _______ Zip ______


Home phone #:  ____________________Email address:  ___________________________________

(Communication happens more often via email)


Pratt Pond Address:   ______________________________Pratt Pond Phone: _________________

(If different than mailing address)                                                          (if different)


Road maintenance donation in the amount of______________.


Please mail to Pratt Pond Association, 99 Lower Pratt Pond Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071 or bring to the annual meeting.


Thank you very much for supporting the PPA.



Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Annual Meeting

September 20, 2015


President: Dan Blanchette; Vice President: Dwayne White; Treasurer: Mary Fortier; Secretary: Ginger Hill 


Attendance:  10 properties were represented.   See property owners in attendance below.


The meeting was hosted by the Woodworth’s (174 Upper).   Thank you Joe & Allison!


Minutes: 

June 14, 2015 meeting minutes were read and accepted. 


Finances: 

Treasurer Mary Fortier reported on finances.  Fund balance is $2,685.00 and Dave Cotzin has $300 for fish stocking. Report was accepted.


Dues history – fifty members have paid and 8 have made donations (all donations are very much appreciated).  Dues helps maintain the roads we all travel, stock the pond some members and their guests enjoy fishing for, registration for the dam, water testing of the pond; probably the main attraction for a large share of us, just to name a few of the expenses incurred.  


If you have not paid your 2015 dues, you may do so by mailing to:

Pratt Pond Association

99 Lower Pratt Pond Road

New Ipswich, NH  03071


*Treasures’s report attached


Dam:  

Boards will be milled by Joe Woodworth, hardware purchased by Brett Kivela and numbered by Marshall and Brett before installation. 


Road: 

Private driveway on Lower from Fortier’s to Redling’s has been worked out with Jon Flagg. 

No Trespass sign on Lower has been removed.

Goal to repair culvert on Upper is for fall 2015.

 

Water Report: 

Ralph Barker was not available to attend.  Dan Blanchette shared the water report.  It was reported the chlorophyll and phosphorus levels measured slightly higher the normal.  Although these numbers increased from last year; they are still within a good range for a Mesotrophic lake.

It was suggested to increase testing in June and in August next year rather then in just July to see if July 2015 was just a spike. We have had higher readings in the past in 2011. The additional testing will require a volunteer to pick up bottles and delivery then to Concord.  It was also suggested that rain fall be tracked during the last year or so to see if lack of rainfall could have contributed to the issue. 

Everyone in attendance agreed on any actions being data driven.


*Water report attached.






Pond Stocking: 

No license required to fish.

Dan Blanchette will coordinate a fishing trip in October.  Feel free to go on your own but you will need a copy of the permit from Dan Blanchette.  Contact Mary Fortier with your receipt to be reimbursed for fish caught.  There is currently $230 held by the PPA. David Cotzin was given a copy of the permit and he has $300 in donations. 

No license required to fish.


Any volunteers to fish, please contact Dan Blanchette @ 291-0393.  


REMINDER:

This year is a full drawn down for the pond.  Per the bylaws, the PPA will begin pond drainage on Tuesday, October 13th.  The draw down will be gradual and the pond will be at its lowest point this year as it is a full draw down. We expect to begin refilling the pond around November 8th and the pond will be raised to half full as stated in the By-laws.


Lost members:

Bill Tardiff

Bob Kaarto

Jim Keurulainen  


Specific actions from our meeting:

1.Dan Blanchette and board to meet with Dave Cotzin: to review boulders near dam.

2.Dwayne White: installation of E-2 sign for bridge weight.

3.Install culvert on upper road.

4.Clean brush at Dam, annual event

5.Dan Blanchette and board to create Operating Procedural Manual to be presented at next 2016 annual meeting.


Future meeting location:  

June 2016 meeting will be hosted by Tony & Sharon Pagliccia (143 Lower)

 


Respectfully submitted,


Ginger Hill, PPA Secretary 


Property Owners in attendance:


Bill Symonds200 Upper

Dan & Josie Nason           151 Lower

Glenn & Mary Ellen Severance 185 Lower

Mary Fortier           158 Lower

Dan Blanchette113 Lower

Dave Cotzin105 Lower

Ginger & Steve Hill             70 Middle

Joe & Allison Woodworth           174 Upper

Tom Moran                                               140 Upper

Marshall Cain                                            27 Middle



Attachments: 

2015/2016 Treasurer Report

2015 Water Report



Pratt Pond Association

September 20th 2015 Fall Agenda

Hello PPA Members:

The PPA fall meeting will be on Sunday, Sep 20th 2015 at 10:00 AM and will be hosted by Joe & Alison Woodworth (174 Upper).   Loss of Bill Tardiff and Bob Karto


oIntroduction of PPA members

oSecretary report: Ginger Hill

oTreasurer report: Mary Fortier

oWater report

oDam report

oReview activity on open action items

oReview any new issues to be discussed

  

 Specific actions from annual meeting 2015:

1.Marshall/Brett: Have dam boards milled and new hardware installed.

2.Dwayne: Prior to the next road grading efforts, request quote from Jon to include private driveway from Fortier’s to Redling.

3.Dan: Fishing license needed to fish in private pond? 

4.Dan: Coordinate volunteers to fish in Hillsborough to restock the pond.

5.PPA Officers / Board Members: Remove No Trespass sign

6.Dan: Investigate the purchase of a sign indicating maximum tonnage over dam, and coordinate installation. 

7.Carry over from September 2014 meeting, There was an action to have the board review adding to the by-laws the requirement of a bond for trucks with heavy loads or construction.  These was not discuss during the spring meeting and will be covered during the fall meeting in 2015.


 

I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting. 


Sincerely, Dan Blanchette, PPA President



 

Pratt Pond Association, 99 Lower Pratt Pond Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071


Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Annual Meeting

June 14, 2015


President: Dan Blanchette; Vice President: Dwayne White; Treasurer: Mary Fortier

Secretary: Ginger Hill 


Attendance:  23 properties were represented.   See property owners in attendance below.


The meeting was hosted by the Green’s (159 Lower).   Thank you Steve & Margaret!


Minutes: 

September 14, 2014 meeting minutes were read and accepted. 


Finances: 

Treasurer Mary Fortier reported on finances.  Fund balance is $2,415.69 and $120 carry over for fish stocking. Report was accepted.

*Report attached


Dam:  

Chair, Brett Kivela gave dam report.   New boards were purchased from Luke Beausoleil and will be installed in the fall.  Boards still need to be milled, hardware purchased and numbered before installations. The amount of $350 dollars was appropriated to cover this cost.


The PPA approved changing the bylaws for pond lowering to the day after Columbus Day and when  the boards will be put back in the spring.  By-law now reads:

Pond Levels will be as follows – The draw down will always begin the day after Columbus Day. The Pond will be lowered every five (5) years as far as we can to permit cleaning of beaches starting with 2005. All years in-between, the pond will be lowered about half way. The majority of the boards will be replaced in mid-March (depending on the ice thickness) with all boards replaced once the ice has melted.   The Dam Committee will determine the timing of replacing the boards with approval by PPA Board.  

Road: 

Dwayne White, Chair.  Jon Flagg again did a great job grading the roads.   The cost of grading was $1,000.  We still have gravel remaining from last year.  It was determined that the roads would not be rolled this year due to expected rain.  Rolling needs to take place immediately following the grading for best results.


Motions made to grade roads in the spring of 2016, $1,575 which will cover grading, gravel trucking (transport from Transfer Station) and a roller, approved.  This way we can have the roads grading earlier in the year.  Replacing or repairing the culvert on Upper road was discussed and $600 approved to replace culvert. 


Water Report: 

Presented by Ralph Barker.  Ralph noted the Turbidity was up slightly due to the water being tested just after heavy rain.  He also noted the pH level has remained the same for the past six years.  The state VLAP will perform testing again this year and Marshall Cain has volunteer to assist in taking the water samples with VLAP.

*Water report attached.




Pond Stocking: 

Dan Blanchette has been in contact with a bass fish breeder in Hillsborough.  Cost of fish is $.65 per inch.  $420 ($120 held by the PPA and $300 donations Dave Cotzin has received) is available for fish and donations are being accepted.  Volunteers are needed after we receive our fishing stocking permit to fish for bass in Hillsborough NH to bring back the pond. Question was raised in regards to having to have a license to fish in the breeders private pond. Dan will confirm if a license is needed. A motion was passed by the PPA to approve stocking of bass.  $10 was approved to file a permit with the State.


Any volunteers to fish, please contact Dan Blanchette @ 291-0393.


Marshall Cain indicated that pickerel over 12” become a predatory of small bass and it would be beneficial to the bass population to remove pickerel over 12”.  


Liability insurance:  

There was a discussion of liability insurance for land owned by the PPA at the dam. In review of state statures, Fish and Game Chapter 212 Liability of Landowners Section 212:34 and Landowner Liability Limited Section 508:14 and two case laws it was agreed by a motion and approval that we do not need to have liability insurance.  


*RSA’s and case laws attached


Fireworks/Canon:  

Permit is required 14 days prior to lighting fireworks from the town of New Ipswich.  If fireworks are going to be lit off of a floating raft, the town will require written permission be obtained be the PPA before issuing a permit. 


Canons require a separate permit, obtained from the Police Department.


Dam Load Weight:  

Fire apparatus weight is 40,000 lbs, it was suggested to use that number as the weight limit.  Board of directors still investigating the axl weight limits and will state the weight by using recognized DOT signage.


Nominations: 

There were no new nominations for PPA board members.  


Motion was made and approved that Joe Woodworth, Bill Symonds and Marshall Cain remain on the board.

 

Future meeting locations:

September 2015 meeting will be hosted by Joe & Alison Woodworth (174 Upper).  

June 2016 meeting will be hosted by Tony & Sharon Pagliccia (143 Lower).  


Announcements:

Nancy Redling (190 Lower), announced a canoe has washed up on her beach.  If it belongs to you, please come and get it.


Tracy Koutonen (50 Middle) offered a water trampoline free for the taking.


Mary Fortier (158 Lower) announced Wapack Trail, accessed from her property will no longer be open to the public after this year.  Flinkstrom Road Trail can be used to access the Wapack Trail. 


Welcome new members:

The Pomerleau family (129 Lower).


Concerns:

Poison ivy near the road on Upper.  Judy Prager to bring to homeowners attention.


Four wheelers/dirt bikes speeding.  It is the responsibility of Fish & Game to enforce OHRV rules.  It was suggested that concerned individuals speak with riders involved and/or their parents, if known, prior to involvement of the authorities.


Next Work Detail:

Saturday June 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM.  Please meet at the dam.


Dan thanked everyone for attending.   The meeting adjourned at 12:00 PM.


Specific actions from our meeting:

1.Marshall/Brett: Have dam boards milled and new hardware installed.

2.Dwayne: Prior to the next road grading efforts, request quote from Jon to include private driveway from Fortier’s to Redling.

3.Dan: Fishing license needed to fish in private pond? 

4.Dan: Coordinate volunteers to fish in Hillsborough to restock the pond.

5.PPA Officers / Board Members: Remove No Trespass sign

6.Dan: Investigate the purchase of a sign indicating maximum tonnage over dam, and coordinate installation. 

7.Carry over from September 2014 meeting, There was an action to have the board review adding to the by-laws the requirement of a bond for trucks with heavy loads or construction.  These was not discuss during the spring meeting and will be covered during the fall meeting in 2015.


Respectfully submitted,


Ginger Hill, PPA Secretary 


Property Owners in attendance:


Bill Symonds200 Upper

Dan & Josie Nason           151 Lower

Glenn & Mary Ellen Severance 185 Lower

Judith Prager & John O’Brien  88 Upper

Nancy Redling190 Lower

Marc & Mary Fortier158 Lower

Dwayne White120 Upper

Dan Blanchette113 Lower

Dave Cotzin105 Lower

Ginger & Steve Hill             70 Middle

Tracy Koutonen  50 Middle

Joe Woodworth174 Upper

Mandy Moran                                           140 Upper

Brett Kivela                                               210 Upper

Marshall Cain                                            27 Middle

Bruce & Andrea Ouellette                        139 Lower

Sharon & Tony Pagliccia                         143 Lower

Penny Yunuba                                          12 Middle

Janet Vanzandt                                         12 Middle

Tim Pumerlan                                         129 Lower

Mark Roth                                               184 Upper

Ann Rittenhouse                                       16 Middle

George Crawford                                      16 Middle

Diane Tardiff                                           119 Lower

Ralph Barker                                           155 Lower



Attachments: 

2015 Water Report

2014/2015 Treasurer Report

RSA’s & Case laws

Updated By Laws



Corrected Agenda for meeting date

Pratt Pond Association

June 14th 2015 Annual Agenda

Hello PPA Members:

The PPA annual meeting will be on Sunday, June 14th 2014 at Steve and Margaret Greene’s (159 Lower Pratt Pond Road) @ 10:00 am. Please bring your chair.

Attached is the 2015 dues form. It would be greatly appreciated if you could mail your dues before the June 14th meeting and/or bring them to the meeting with you.

o Introduction of PPA members

o Secretary report: Ginger Hill

o Treasurer report: Mary Fortier

Below are the present officers (two year term 2014-2016):

* President, Dan Blanchette

* Vice President, Dwayne White

* Treasurer, Mary Fortier

* Secretary, Ginger Hill

Present at large board members are (two year term 2015-2017)

* Joseph Woodworth

* Marshall Cain

* Bill Symonds

New business – Topics will include but not limited to:

o Work detail date June 27 at 8:00 AM meet at the dam.

o Road committee

o Dam committee

o Water testing

o Pond stocking status

o Fireworks (new rules in New Ipswich regarding permits)

o Lower Pratt Pond Trail will no longer be open for use to get to Wapack trail

o Review of Liability insurance quotes

o By-laws

* Review proposed changes to update the by-laws and vote on them.

o Open to discussion

o Nomination and election of Board of Directors.

o Location for spring 2016 and fall 2015 meetings.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.

Sincerely, Dan Blanchette, PPA President

Pratt Pond Association, 99 Lower Pratt Pond Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071



PPA DUES FORM for 2015 DUES $60

Name: ________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: Street____________________________________________________

City_____________________________________ State _______ Zip ______

Home phone #: ____________________Email address: ___________________________________

(Communication happens more often via email)

Pratt Pond Address: ______________________________Pratt Pond Phone: _________________

(if different than mailing address) (if different)

Pratt Pond Association, 99 Lower Pratt Pond Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071


Pratt Pond Association

June 7th 2015 Annual Agenda

Hello PPA Members:

The PPA annual meeting will be on Sunday, June 7th 2014 at Steve and Margaret Greene’s (159 Lower Pratt Pond Road) @ 10:00 am.  Please bring your chair.

Attached is the 2015 dues form. It would be greatly appreciated if you could mail your dues before the June 7th meeting and/or bring them to the meeting with you.

 

o   Introduction of PPA members

o   Secretary report: Ginger Hill

o   Treasurer report: Mary Fortier

 

Below are the present officers (two year term 2014-2016):

§  President, Dan Blanchette

§  Vice President, Dwayne White

§  Treasurer, Mary Fortier

§  Secretary, Ginger Hill

 

Present at large board members are (two year term 2015-2017)

§  Joseph Woodworth

§  Marshall Cain

§  Bill Symonds

 

New business – Topics will include but not limited to:

o   Work detail date June 27 at 8:00 AM meet at the dam.

o   Road committee

o   Dam committee

o   Water testing

o   Pond stocking status

o   Fireworks (new rules in New Ipswich regarding permits)

o   Lower Pratt Pond Trail will no longer be open for use to get to Wapack trail

o   Review of Liability insurance quotes

o   By-laws

§  Review proposed changes to update the by-laws and vote on them.

o   Open to discussion

o   Nomination and election of Board of Directors.

o   Location for spring 2016 and fall 2015 meetings.

 

I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.

 

Sincerely, Dan Blanchette, PPA President

 

 

 

 

Pratt Pond Association, 99 Lower Pratt Pond Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071

 

 

 


Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Annual Meeting

September 14, 2014

 

President: Dan Blanchette; Vice President: Dwayne White; Secretary Pro-Tem, Nancy Redling; Treasurer: Mary Fortier

 

Attendance:  12 properties were represented.   See property owners in attendance below.

 

The meeting was held at Judith Prager and John O’Brien’s, 88 Upper.   Thank you.

 

Our Secretary, Maureen Lund has resigned, so Nancy Redling took the minutes.  Her resignation was accepted.  We thank Maureen for her many years as PPA secretary.   Ginger Hill, a new property owner at 70 Middle, has volunteered to be secretary.   She will start as we prepare for the next meeting.

 

Minutes: The minutes of the June 8, 2014 meeting was read and accepted.

 

Finances: Treasurer Mary Fortier verbally reported on finances.  We have $120 for fish stocking and there is about $1,500 left from this year’s $2,500 budget for road work.  Report was accepted.

 

Dam:  Chair, Brett Kivela was unable to attend.   New boards will be needed in 2015 and it voted for Dan to pursue the purchase of boards from Luke Beausoil including purchasing for a second set.  The $50 for dam repair has not been spent yet and expect it will be done when water is down.  Pond lowering procedure was read and will be revised to include following: change date for every five years to Tuesday after Columbus Day and when the boards will be put back.  The rest of the years will stay the same in past November 1st lowering half way.   Brush near dam will also be trimmed. Discussed snow fence parallel with dam; Dave and Dana (not PPA) to coordinate installation and removal of snow fence (to be removed once ice is thawed).

 

Road: Dwayne White, Chair.  Jon Flagg again did a great job grading the roads.   Two loads of gravel were purchased.   We were unable to roll this year as the roller was out of town when Flagg did the grading.  Glen asked why the final section of Lower Road was not graded. It was explained that it is a private common driveway.  Dwayne will get a quote from Flagg, present it to the property owners of Private Common Drive for next year, and get a quote for grading Flinkstrom.

 

Environment Report was presented by President Dan.  A handout is attached.  We are in excellent position and very little change from last year.   Thanks to Marshall Cain for taking the DES person around the pond as Ralph Barker and Nancy Redling were not available.

 

Pond Stocking: Dan will continue pursuing a breeder to get fish.

 

Liability insurance was again discussed and we continue to look for prices.  Dan talked with gentlemen from Keene and dam insurance would cost $7,000 and Board Directors insurance is $1,500.   Dan is going to contact Beth Roth, an attorney on pond, for her recommendations.

 

Dam Bond Policy was discussed.  It will be reviewed by the board and added to the bylaws.  Currently there is logging on Flinkstrom using Lower Road.  PPA was not informed.  Check with town on this.   Also discuss with Forester about the Lower Road. 

 

Dam Load Weight:  it was suggested to add a sign (at the dam)  indicating the weight limit. The weight limit will be based on  the largest fire engine in town.  The  PPA agreed in the purchase and installation of said sign.

 

Members have past:  In the past, we have always mentioned our property owners who passed within the year.   At our annual meeting it was omitted.    The following have passed since June 2013: Connie Blanchette, Lisa Allen, Dorothy May, Margaret D’Ambrosia and Deborah D’Ambrosia D’Dlimpio.   Please inform President or Secretary if anyone you know has passed.   Hazel Oikelmus passed within the last couple of years.

 

June 2015 meeting will be held at Steve and Margaret Greene’s (159 Lower).

 

Judith Prager and John O’Brien announced that they are again hosting the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour on October 11th and 12th.

 

Dan thanked everyone for coming.   The meeting was adjourned at 11:40 AM.

 

Specific actions from our meeting:

1.    Dan/Brett: Purchase the cypress boards for the dam from David Beausoleil

2.    Dam Committee: Coordinate efforts to cut the brush along dam.

3.    Dwayne: Prior to the next road grading efforts, request quote from Jon to include a): private driveway from Fortier’s to Redling; and b) Flinkstrom road from Upper Pratt to Jeremy and Beth’s house.

4.    Dan: Continue to search for a breeder to stock fish.

5.    Dan: Follow-up with Beth Roth to discuss liability insurance for the PPA and board members.

6.    PPA Officers / Board Members: Draft changes to bylaws to include requirement for bond for all vehicles over x lbs.

7.    Dan: Investigate the purchase of a sign indicating maximum tonnage over dam, and coordinate installation.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Nancy Redling, Secretary Pro-Tem

 

Property Owners attending:

 

         Bill Symonds                                                       200 Upper

Dan and Josie Nason                                 151 Lower

       Glenn and Mary Ellen Severance                        185 Lower

Judith Prager and John O’Brien               88 Upper

                               Nancy Redling                                                 190 Lower                              

Mary Fortier                                                   158 Lower

Dwayne White                                              120 Upper

Dan Blanchette                                            113 Lower

Dave Cotzin                                                  105 Lower

Ginger and Steve Hill                                  70 Middle

John Koutonen                                            50 Middle

Joe Woodworth                                            174 Upper

 

Attachments: 2014 Water Report

 

 


Pratt Pond Association

June 8th 2014 Annual Agenda

Hello PPA Members:

The PPA annual meeting will be on Sunday, June 8th 2014 at Dan & Josie Nason, 151 Lower Pratt Pond Road @ 10:00 am.  

Attached is the 2014 dues form. It would be greatly appreciate if you could mail your dues before the June 8th meeting and/or bring them to the meeting with you.

The agenda will be the standard:

 

o   Secretary report: Maureen Lund

o   Treasurer report: Mary Fortier

o   Dam Report: Brett Kivela, Chairman, Marshall Cain and Steve Green members

o   Road report: Dwayne White, general discussion of work performed

o   Environmental report: Ralph Barker

 

Below are the present officers (two year term):

§  President, is Dan Blanchette

§  Vice President, Dwayne White

§  Treasurer, Mary Fortier

§  Secretary, Maureen Lund

 

Present at large board members are: (voted in annually)

§  Joseph Woodwoth

§  Marshall Cain

§  Nancy Redling

 

New business – Topics will include but not limited to:

o   Road work committee

o   Work detail date June 28,  at 8:00 Am meet at the dam.

o   Dam committee

o   Water testing

o   NH Fish and Game

o   Pond stocking for 2013/2014

o   Review of Liability insurance quotes

o   By-laws

§  Review proposed changes to update the by-laws and vote on them.

o   Open to discussion

o   Nomination and election of officers

o   Nomination and election of Board of Directors.

o   Location for spring 2015 and fall 2014 meetings.

 

I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.

Sincerely,

Dan Blanchette, PPA President

 

Pratt Pond Association, 99 Lower Pratt Pond Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071

 

 

 

PPA DUES FORM for 2014                                      DUES $60

 

Name:  ________________________________________________________

 

Mailing Address: Street____________________________________________________

 

City_____________________________________ State _______ Zip ______

 

Home phone #:  ____________________Email address:  ___________________________________

                                                                                                (Communication happens more often via email)

 

Pratt Pond Address:   ______________________________Pratt Pond Phone: _________________

                                    (if different than mailing address)                                                          (if different)

 

Pratt Pond Association, 99 Lower Pratt Pond Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071

 

 


Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Fall Meeting

September 15,  2013

 

 

President: Dan Blanchette Vice President: Dwayne White Secretary: Maureen Lund Treasurer: Ralph Barker

 

Attendance: 13 properties were represented.  See property owners in attendance below.

 

The meeting was held at the home of Dwayne & Lynn White.  Thank you.

 

Minutes of the Spring 2013 meeting were read by Maureen and accepted.

A reminder that this meeting is an informal one as it is not in the bylaws.  No votes will be taken.

 

Mary Fortier told us that the ending balance for 2013 was $2,807.29.

 

Road work  - the town grader is too big / our roads too narrow to put on a good crown.  Jon Flagg was hired to grade the roads ($1200) and by all accounts did a terrific job.  $2k was voted on at the spring meeting for road work.  Ben Croteau, Dave Cotzin & Dana Dahlbeck donated funds for the lower road.    There were several other donations from PPA members for the project and we have $271 left for the 2014 road budget.  Thank you to all involved in the project – it was a large job and again everyone seems to be pleased with the results.

 

There are some areas in the roads (lower, middle & upper) where large rocks protrude from the road.  These may be rocks, or larger, and discussion was to try to chip them down or somehow level them to the road, as they create potholes.  The road committee will spray paint the spots so they can be avoided when driving. 

 

The PPA is looking forward to a continued relationship with Jon Flagg.  Perhaps we can rent a roller next time gravel is laid to pack the roads a little better.

 

A reminder that the speed limit on the pond roads is 15 mph – please drive slow.

 

The water report was read by Nancy and accepted.

 

Water Testing / Water –  VLAP (Volunteer Lake Assessment Program) tested samples from 07/30/13.  All our levels are at or below state averages.  E.coli level was excellent as usual in the South inlet. There was not enough water to sample the stream by Kivela.

 

The only item that continues to be an issue with NH waters in general are invasive weeds (none spotted by me around the lake), the Chinese Mystery Snail and Asian Clam. Attached is a copy of an article on the CMS from the NHDES.  Also, please wash any boats brought in from another body of water BEFORE putting them in Pratt Pond to avoid bringing in any foreign matter. 

The topic of beach sand was brought up.  While an email mentioned that sand is OK for beaches if it is sanitized, the attached NHDES fact sheet states that a permit is required before any sand can be dumped.  It also speaks of how adding sand can negatively impact water quality.  The sheet talks about the physical, chemical and biological impacts of adding sand.  The bottom line, adding can hurt the pond. Please refrain from doing so. 

 

Pond Stocking – There is $120 in donations to stock the pond.  Dan will be checking with the State to see what they recommend stocking the pond with. It was decided that Dan will find out from the experts which type of fish we should stock.  Also, he will call early – February or March – to order.  Dave Cotzin also mentioned that he would see about collecting more donations.

 

Liability insurance – Mark Roth's wife Beth, suggested we speak with an insurance company.  Nancy was going to speak with Debby May  about this as she has contacts in the field.   Glenn Severance is also very knowledgeable in the field and will connect us with a broker / insurance agent.  Dan has asked his agent for information and was told there were different types of liability insurance – coverage for the dam and D&O coverage – for the Directors & Officers.  Information will be gathered and the board will review – will make a decision if needed over the winter.

 

Diane Tardiff has had some damage from beavers but no one else has seen any problems.  Information noted. 

 

Dam Maintenance & Survey – boards are still seeping.  Water height maintained all summer due to the plentiful rain.  Dam Committee to meet to determine the amount of work needed to repair the dam.  There is a crack which will need hydraulic cement to repair.  The committee will work on board replacement over the  winter.   Glenn Severence stated he can obtain boards either very inexpensively or donated.  He needs to know what type of wood and the dimensions.  We were also told of a gentleman who may have some cypress boards – Dan will reach out to him to check on that availability. 

 

There were fireworks recently on the pond very late one evening.  The next day there was a large pile of firework debris at the intersection of Middle & Lower roads.  Please pick up after your party.  If you are walking around the pond and see trash, pick it up.  Please keep the pond safe and clean.

 

The bylaws currently state that there are no gas powered motors allowed in the pond.  With technology changing every day we felt it was time to look at this area and see what we need to do to keep our water and members safe.  We have started a discussion about the size / hp of electric motors and the speed limit.  Also about limiting the size of boats in Pratt Pond.  We also need to discuss changing the bylaws to include no propane motors.  In developing the rules we will need to look at what are the concerns – noise, pollution, speed, etc.  Some of the NH boating rules are  - Boats are to be operated at “Headway Speed” —The slowest speed at which it is still possible to maintain steering or 6 miles per hour – and a  “No wake area" means an area where a boat is to be operated only at headway speed -  these are rules to abide by when you are 150 feet from any object in the water.   We will hold further discussion about these and other boating issues in the spring.

 

Another reminder that when building docks or floating docks that the wood used must meet environmental guidelines  - please see attached fact sheet from the NHDES

 

Judith Prager and John O’Brien are once again participating in the FFAST (Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour).  For more information go to sitekreator.com/fallfoilage or www.pragerart.com.  The tour is being held Columbus Day weekend, October 12th and 13th .  Hours are 10-5pm.  Feel free to stop by 88 Upper Pratt.

 

Don’t forget to check the Pratt Pond website at: www.prattpond-nh.org

 

Meeting adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Maureen Lund

Secretary

Property Owner’s in Attendance 09/15/13

 

Name                                                                          PropertyAddress

 

Dan Blanchette                                                           113 Lower Pratt

Maureen Lund                                                               78 Middle Pratt

Nancy Redling                                                            190 Lower Pratt

Dwayne White                                                            120 Upper Pratt

Mary & Marc Fortier                                                   158 Lower Pratt

Judith Prager & John O’Brien                                        88 Upper Pratt

Donald Lewis                                                                    Upper Pratt

Marshall Cain                                                              27 Middle Pratt

Lance Rautiola                                                            145 Upper Pratt

Glenn & Mary Ellen Severance                                  185 Lower Pratt

Mark Marble                                                               126 Upper Pratt

Joe Woodworth                                                          174 Upper Pratt

Brett Kivela                                                                210 Upper Pratt

                          Dave Cotzin                                                             110 Lower Pratt (non-member)



Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Spring Meeting

June 9, 2013



President:                    Dan Blanchette          

Vice President:            Dwayne White

Treasurer:                    Ralph Barker  

Secretary:                    Maureen Lund

 

Attendance: 21 properties were represented.  See property owners in attendance below.

 

The meeting was held at the home of Glenn & Mary Ellen Severance.  Thank you.

 

Minutes of the Fall 2012 meeting were read by Maureen and accepted.

The Treasurer report was read by Ralph and accepted.

The Water/Environmental report was read by Ralph and accepted. 

 

Dam Report was given by Brett – In October tress were cut down on each side of the dam.  The trees are still on the side of the dam and anyone wanting to take the wood is welcome.   It was a good six hours worth of work.    On October 26th, we prepared for Hurricane Sandy.  All boards were out by October 30th.  One board was put in in March, the remaining were in by the middle of April.  We are in need of new boards for the dam.  Brett is looking into prices.  We would like boards made from cypress, white oak or a composite material.  It was stressed again that we need to be diligent with the record keeping of the dam information.  We also need to confirm with the State that all the brush left at the dam is OK.  It is also important that we continue to maintain the water at the correct height.  Dam report was accepted.

 

 

 

New Business

Road Report was given by Dwayne – again it was stated that the town will not grade our roads – Dwayne spoke with a gentleman from Rindge – Jonathan – who owns a small grader.  He gave us an estimate of $1200 to grade the roads, add $800 to add gravel.  He is willing to work with us  - will do work in pieces if needed.  Dave Cotzin & Dana Dahlbeck would like to be notified when the roads will be done so they can do work at the same time.  They are required to maintain their section of the lower road.  There was discussion about road maintenance with full time vs summer residents.  This topic has come up before.  The PPA maintains the roads only during the summer season and the full time residents maintain the road during the balance of the year.  We all benefit during the summer months and the f/t residents pay dues that contribute to the maintenance during that time. Thanks to Jim Shultz for the grading that he has done.  Also thanks to Marshall & Greg Cain for all of their hard work on the roads.  We can buy processed gravel from the town for $90 load.  A suggestion was made to have a representative from each road determine where gravel is needed.  A motion was made to allot $2,000.00 for gravel and grading with the BOD determining what areas need to be maintained.  Motion seconded and all accepted.  Last time we spent money on the roads was 2011 and $3,000 was spent.

 

Dam Issues:

The dam survey was completed by Rogers Engineering.  The dam is all marked.  It was determined that the Devits' dock was on the dam property.  The dock was moved prior to the meeting. 

 

Elections:

It was time again for election for the PPA Board of Directors.  Ralph Barker submitted his resignation as Treasurer for the PPA.   Ralph has served as treasurer for 7 years and is now facing issues with elderly parents.  Living in Connecticut makes his participation at the Pond difficult during these times.  We would like to thank Ralph for his dedication to the PPA.  Mary Fortier graciously offered to take on the role of treasurer.  A motion was made to elect Mary as treasurer  and all accepted.  Since Mary was a Board Member a new member was needed to fill that vacancy.  Joe Woodward was nominated and accepted.   

 

Board Members 2013-2014                          Board of Directors 2012-2014

Marshall Cain                                                  Dan Blanchette - President

Joe Woodward                                                Dwayne White - Vice

Nancy Redling                                                Mary Fortier – Treasurer (2013-2014)

                                                                        Maureen Lund – Secretary

 

Water Testing:

Annual water testing will be done July 30. VLAP (Volunteer Lake Assessment Program) will do the testing.  Ralph will continue taking care of the water sampling.   Two water samples are taken at a cost of $40.00.  Marshall asked if we could do an additional sample this year due to possible septic issues.  No one felt that there were issues but if someone has a concern please bring it to the attention of the BOD and they will look into it. 

 

Other issues:

The PPA website is up and running. Please visit it at www.prattpond-nh.org.   The cost for the website is $82.00 per year.  Jan Shultz will use her Pratt Pond dues to cover the first $60 and donate the balance of $22.00 in addition to maintaining the site.  Thank you Jan.

 

 

Dan & Ralph did some research about stocking the pond.  They were planning to purchase fish this spring but all fish were gone by early May.  We can only purchase from the State and Dan will order fish this fall.    Again there was discussion as to whether we need to stock at all.  It was brought up at last year's meeting.  There is no issue with the water, people just are not seeing as many fish as we used to have.  Dave Cotzin stated that he knows people are ice fishing and they are keeping the fish they catch.  Many people fishing during the summer catch and release, but not all.  Dave said he would look into getting some donations for the pond stocking.  Anyone wishing to contribute may send donations directly to Dan Blanchette.  The pond stocking will be covered entirely by donations.

 

Liability insurance was brought up.  The PPA does not have any insurance coverage and the discussion ensued that it may be beneficial.  Mark Roth agreed to submit a written request to an attorney (his wife) for review.  Nancy will write the request.

 

Beavers have once again been spotted on the pond.  We last used money in 2009 to have some removed.  If they become an issue contact the BOD and they will look into it. 

 

A reminder that no gasoline motors are allowed on the pond.  Some have seen a boat with a motor that looks to be gas, but it has been confirmed to be electric.  Discussion about limiting the size of engines was brought up but quickly tabled.  We have not had any issues, we have good water quality, just make everyone aware of general boating rules of the State. 

 

 

There will be a work party to trim brush, dig out culverts clear dam area and do necessary roadwork on Saturday June 22nd   Those interested in helping please meet at the dam at 8am.  Bring shovels, pitchfork, gloves, loppers, chainsaw, etc.  We also need folks to walk the pond and pick up rubbish.  Remember the more the merrier!

 

 

The Pratt Pond Association Fall Meeting will be September 15, 2013 at  Dwayne White's home, 120 Upper Pratt Pond Road @ 10:00 am.

 

 

The Pratt Pond Association Annual Meeting will be June 8, 2014 at Steve & Margaret Green's home , 159 Lower Pratt Pond Road @ 10:00 am.

 

 

 

Be sure to check the Pratt Pond website at: www.prattpond-nh.orgfor updates and calendar items.

 

 

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Maureen Lund

Secretary

 


Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Fall Meeting

September 16, 2012

 

President: Dan Blanchette Vice President: Dwayne White Secretary: Maureen Lund Treasurer: Ralph Barker

 

Attendance: 13 properties were represented.  See property owners in attendance below.

 

The meeting was held at the home of John O’Brien & Judith Prager.  Thank you.

 

Road work was done, a culvert was put in place by the Cain property on Middle Road.  There was brush cutting on Middle Road, ditches & culverts were cleaned out on all roads.  Thank you to all who worked on the roads.  Nice job.  There was talk again of getting the town to grade – discussion about the town grader being too large as it is unable to crown the road.  Glenn Severence suggested the PPA purchase its own grader – he saw one online for $1300.00 and thought it might work – more discussion followed about whether or not this is a good idea or if we should continue as we are doing as the roads are in pretty good shape.  No voting took place. 

 

The cost of gravel has gone up from the town.  The town has a new policy regarding gravel purchases.  They will only sell to PPA as residents have been buying gravel and using it commercially. 

 

Also, there was mention that someone has been working on the Upper Road @ Poor Farm and has been doing a nice job. Thank you whoever you are.

 

It was mentioned that the culvert near the Keste (sp?) camp is washing out their driveway – the board will review and see if action needs to be taken. 

 

The speed limit on the pond roads is 15 mph – please drive slow.

 

 

Treasurer's Report – Ralph presented the total balance as of the September meeting.  He stated that some additional money received for the teeth for Greg Cain's bucket is not included in the numbers.  Nancy will be speaking with PPA members about their outstanding dues. 

 

Dam Maintenance & Survey – Dan & Brett attended a 1 day seminar at the State of NH over the summer.  They made some good contacts and learned about how important it is to keep maintenance records for the dam.  We must remove brush & trees 15 feet beyond the footprint of the dam.  We also must have a 50 year floodplain plan by 2016.  Currently we do not meet the requirement but we may be able to obtain a waiver if the records are kept well.  We have been found to be a low risk dam.  The Association is very involved and that is a plus in the eyes of the State.  Any work done on the dam must be done by a PE (a professional engineer).    We will be scheduling a meeting with  Rogers Engineering Solutions.  He will be available the end of September.  All boards are in, still out of order.

 

Tree cutting and brush clearing is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct 13 at the dam. 

 

Water Testing / Water – Water testing was done with the help of Nancy & Jim.  Thank you.  VLAP (Volunteer Lake Assessment Program) tested samples from 07/31/12.  E. Coli levels are low – no issues, phosphorous count good.

Weeds have been heavy throughout the state.  Per Sara, the VLAP Coordinator at the State of NH DES “it has been a particularly healthy season for aquatic plant and algal growth.  Due to the warmer winter and earlier ice out, a lot of aquatic vegetation got a head start on growing”.  There was talk about the growth of weeds in PP and native milfoil & bladderwort are good weeds to have in the pond.  The south end of the pond has more weeds. The following is a link which talks about bladderwort and can be interesting reading.   http://www.mainevolunteerlakemonitors.org/mciap/herbarium/Bladderworts.php. 

 

We will be pulling the boards Nov 1 (low enough to fix boards) – pond will be at about ½ full.  Boards will be replaced when ice sets in.

 

Website – we are still trying to obtain the domain name – the original Pratt Pond site.  It has expired and Debby put in a bid to keep the name.  She is waiting to hear the result.

 

Pond Stocking – Dan has received $120 in donations to stock the pond.  We do need a permit – Dan will be checking with the State to see what they recommend to stock the pond with.  Several suggestions were made – hornpout, bait fish -  but Dan will stick with what the State recommends. 

 

Bylaws review – Many of the bylaws need to be rewritten – they are in the Red binder that was distributed to each camp they are also on the website @ http://prattpond-nh.org  Please take some time to review and please submit any ideas to Nancy. 

 

Beavers – There have been beaver sightings in the south end of the pond.  There were at least 2 beavers enjoying our woods but one was found dead on a beach. 

 

Winter raft removal – please remove your rafts from the pond for the winter.  It is a good practice to remove the rafts so there will be clear ice in the winter for snowmobiles.

 

Again the Red binder was mentioned – Nancy will be working on updating the map that is included in the binder – property owners map./  If you have any info to share please contact Nancy.

 

Judith Prager and John O’Brien are once again participating in the FFAST (Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour).  For more information go to sitekreator.com/fallfoilage or www.pragerart.com.  The tour is being held Columbus Day weekend, October 6th and 7th .  Hours are 10-5pm.  Feel free to stop by 88 Upper Pratt.

 

Don’t forget to check the Pratt Pond website at:   http://prattpond-nh.com

 

From Dan – we are here to enjoy the pond, let's work together.  This is a great association!

 
 

 

Meeting adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Maureen Lund

Secretary

 

Property Owner’s in Attendance 09/16/12

 

Name                                                                          PropertyAddress

 

Dan Blanchette                                                           113 Lower Pratt

Maureen Lund                                                                        78 Middle Pratt

Nancy Redling                                                            190 Lower Pratt

Dwayne White                                                            120 Upper Pratt

Mary & Marc Fortier                                                   158 Lower Pratt

Judith Prager & John O’Brien                                    88 Upper Pratt

Ralph Barker                                                               155 Lower Pratt

Brenda Bloomgren                                                      49 Upper Pratt

Scott Allen                                                                  84 Upper Pratt

Marshall & Jenn Cain                                                  27 Middle Pratt

James Oikelmus                                                          48 Middle Pratt

Glenn & Mary Ellen Severance                                  185 Lower Pratt

Diane Tardiff                                                              119 Lower Pratt

 

 



Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Meeting

June 10, 2012

 

President:                    Dan Blanchette          

Vice President:            Dwayne White

Treasurer:                    Ralph Barker

Secretary:                    Maureen Lund

 

Attendance: 24 properties were represented.  See property owners in attendance below.

 

The meeting was held at the home of Tony & Sharon Pagliccia.  Thank you.

 

Minutes of the Fall 2010 meeting were read by Maureen and accepted.

The Treasurer report was read by Nancy and accepted.

The Water/Environmental report was read by Nancy and accepted. 

 

New Business

 

Jim Shultz announced he was stepping down as President.  He nominated Dan Blanchette for the position.  Dan accepted the nomination, no other nominations, a vote was taken and passed.  Marshall Cain was also nominated as a Board of Director.  He accepted, vote taken and passed.  The current BOD is as follows:

 

Board of Directors 2012-2013

 

Dan Blanchette

Dwayne White

Ralph Barker

Maureen Lund

Marshall Cain

Mary Fortier

Nancy Redling

 

Dan took over running the meeting. 

 

Water Testing:

 

Annual water testing will be done July 31. There has been some talk about possible septic leakage on the pond.  Some PPA members were concerned about water quality and did not want to wait until the end of July for testing.  It was explained that the testing is done in July because typically that is when the usage is the highest.  Water test results have never shown an unsafe level.  Still members were concerned and wanted an E.Coli test done in areas of concern.  A motion was made to test for E.Coli  in areas of concern.  If results show a problem then the state will provide dye to be placed in area septic systems to look for leaks.  Motion was passed.  Water test to be done for E.Coli soon.  

 

Ralph was told that since we only test once a year VLAP (Volunteer Lake Assessment Program)  will do the testing each year instead of every other year.  Dan Blanchette volunteered to obtain the water samples. 

 

Road issues:

 

Overall the roads are in pretty good shape.  Road Committee members - Walter Saari, Brett Kivela, Marshall Cain and Jim Shultz have all been doing a great job on the roads.  An area that needs to be addressed is the culvert on Middle near the Cain home.  The Cain's were asked to use their equipment to help with the roads.  Greg stated the bucket needs to be repaired but then it could be used.  Donations were made by Glenn Severance and Dave Devits to put towards fixing the teeth on the bucket.  A motion for a maximum of $500 for the culvert work along with fuel costs and tooth repair was passed.  

Brett mentioned that there are new selectmen in town and we should approach them about grading the road.  The PPA BOD will send a letter or speak with the town directly to find out whether the town will grade the roads for free or for a small fee (gas & time).   A motion was passed to set aside a maximum of $600.00 to pay the town for grading and for any gravel that is needed for the work.  Since the land at the end of Flinkstrom is now conservation land and open to the public the public benefits from Upper Road and this may help in getting the town to grade for us.

 

Dam Issues:

 

We received a proposal not to exceed $2500.00 from Rogers Engineering Solutions to survey the dam last year and a motion was passed to have the dam surveyed this September.  While folks may be in agreement now about cutting brush around the dam it is still necessary for liability reasons to determine the boundaries and who owns what.  During the work party the brush around the dam will be cleared.  Dave Devits and Dave Cotzin have both agreed to clear whatever needs to be cleared on what may be their part of the dam.  Fifteen feet on both sides needs to be cleared to meet state requirements. 

 

Once again there have been issues about the water level.  There are two sets of boards and apparently people who are not on the dam committee have been moving the boards and putting them in the wrong order.  Because of this a lock was put on the dam boards.  A motion was passed to make Brett Chairman of the dam committee and Steve Greene and Marshall Cain will be the other committee members.  They will be in charge of both sets of boards.  They will also be marking the 4 foot spot where the top board should be by measuring and drilling a hole in the dam so there will be no further problems.  This will be a permanent marker. 

 

 

Other issues:

 

The annual meeting letter will be sent to everyone on the pond.  Any other information, minutes etc. will be sent only to those who have paid dues. 

 

There was discussion about the PPA website.  The last website address is no longer available.  Jan Shultz has found a new business program which is free until Oct 31, 2012, then a fee of $6 per month.  Jan transferred all the information from the old site and is maintaining this new site until further notice.   http://prattpond-nh.org

 

When PPA is Googled, the original site that the Gaskells started is what you find.  Motion was passed for Nancy Redling and Debby May to speak with Hazel &/or Rosemary and ask if they will let us purchase the domain name from them.  Debby has offered to pay the domain fee as long as she is on the pond. 

There was also talk of adding Paypal to the website so members could pay their dues online. 

 

Once again the topic of ATV's came up.   Please teach children proper road etiquette – watch speeds, watch for traffic, use trails and please don't tear up the roads.  A question of liability was brought up and Dan stated that there should be no issues.  Nancy wanted to make everyone aware that there is no thruway from the Carey's or the Redling camps.  Upper Pratt and Lower Pratt each are dead ends. 

 

Some PPA members asked about stocking the pond.  Marshall Cain explained that the bass eggs need constant water height and temperature to survive.  Moving the boards, constantly changing the water level disturbs the eggs.  He feels there are there are plenty of fish in the pond.  Nevertheless, donations were being accepted to stock the pond next year.  We can only purchase from the State and the time to do it has passed this year.  Dan will pay for and obtain the permit for next year. 

 

Mary Fortier announced that camps are required to obtain permits for campfires.  Permits are free and can be obtained at the fire station on Saturday mornings between 8-10 am or at the Highway Dept during the week from the fire warden.  Please get your permit today!

 

 

There will be a work party to trim brush, dig out culverts clear dam area and do necessary roadwork on Saturday June 23rd   Those interested in helping please meet at the dam at 8am.  Bring shovels, pitchfork, gloves, loppers, chainsaw, etc.  We also need folks to walk the pond and pickup rubbish.  Mary Fortier will get the blue bags needed and blue trash bags can be put in Nancy's dumpster on Saturday. Remember the more the merrier!

 

 

The Pratt Pond Association Fall Meeting will be September 16, 2012 at the John O'Brien and Judith Prager's camp, 88 Upper Pratt Pond Road @ 10:00 am.

 

 

The Pratt Pond Association Annual Meeting will be June 9, 2013 at Glenn and Mary Ellen Severance's camp, 185 Lower Pratt Pond Road @ 10:00 am.

 

Be sure to check the Pratt Pond website at: http://prattpond-nh.orgfor updates and calendar items.

 

 

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Maureen Lund

Secretary

 


Property Owner’s in Attendance June 2011

 

 

Name                                                                          PropertyAddress

Jim & Jan Shultz                                                         66 Upper Pratt

Dan Blanchette                                                           113 Lower Pratt

Marshall Cain                                                              27 Middle Pratt

Steve Greene                                                               159 Lower Pratt

Bruce & Andrea Ouellette                                          139 Lower Pratt

Glenn & Mary Ellen Severance                                  185 Lower Pratt

Norm Sheppard                                                           185 Upper Pratt

David Devits                                                               111 Upper Pratt

Brenda Bloomgren                                                      49 Upper Pratt

Joe Woodworth                                                          174 Upper Pratt

Diane Tardiff                                                              119 Lower Pratt

Marc & Mary Fortier                                                   158 Lower Pratt

Bill Symonds                                                              200 Upper Pratt

Scott Allen                                                                  84 Upper Pratt

Judith Prager & John O’Brien                                    88 Upper Pratt

Nancy Redling                                                            190 Lower Pratt

Deborah May                                                              38 Middle Pratt

Walter Saari                                                                198 Upper Pratt

John & Tracy Koutonen                                              50 Middle Pratt

Brett Kivela                                                                212 Upper Pratt

Maureen Lund                                                                        78 Middle Pratt

Greg Cain                                                                    24 Middle Pratt

Tony & Sharon Pagliccia                                            143 Lower Pratt

Kimberly Valliancourt                                                66 Middle Pratt

 

 

 



Spring meeting


June 12, 2011

 

President:                    Jim Shultz      

Vice President:            Dwayne White

Treasurer:                    Ralph Barker

Secretary:                    Maureen Lund

 

Attendance: 16 properties were represented.  See property owners in attendance below.

 

The meeting was held at the home of Marc & Mary Fortier.  Thank you.

 

The Treasurer report was read by Ralph and accepted.

The Water/Environmental report was read by Ralph and accepted. 

Ralph discussed the possibility of the funds for VLAP (Volunteer Lake Assessment Program) being cut due to the economy. If this happens we may need to use an outside lab to do water testing and the cost may go up significantly.  Will know status sometime in July as the State fiscal y/e is June 30.

Ed Blanchette gave us the Dam report – all is well, water down just ¾ inch.  All boards were removed last year to remove weeds.  Boards replaced after all ice out – April 18.  Some issues with people not on the dam committee removing boards.

Minutes of the Fall 2010 meeting were read by Maureen and accepted.

 

Old Business  Correction for the Fall minutes –Marc Hopkins was omitted as a donor for the

Upper Pratt Pond Road 
street sign.  Marc, along with Dwayne White & Lisa Polselli all made donations so there was NO cost to the PPA for the sign.  Thank you Marc, Lisa & Dwayne.  The Upper as well as the Middle signs have not yet been erected but will be done.

 

New Business 

 

Thank you to Nancy Redling for dues collections.  Great job.  Also Nancy collected the water samples for Ralph last year.  Thanks again.  Nancy will go again this year with Dan Blanchette to collect dues.

 

It was time again for election for the PPA Board of Directors.  A motion was made to keep the BOD as they stand and accepted.  Those who previously served on the board will continue to serve in those positions. 

 

Board of Directors 2011-2012

 

Dan Blanchette

Mary Fortier

Nancy Redling

Ed Blanchette (Honorary)

 

Water Testing:

 

Water testing was done July 30, 2010.  No problems reported.  See water report. 

 

Road issues:

 

Dwayne White, Greg Cain, Brett Kivela and Dave Devits have all been quietly working on the roads.  Thank you for the upkeep.  Little work was done last year on the roads.  It was decided that we would some major upkeep on the roads this year.  A suggestion was made to purchase gravel from the town and to hire the town to grade the road.  Brett Kivela, Steve Greene and Walter Saari have all volunteered to help with the roadwork.   Rocks need to be pulled, gravel needs to be spread.  A vote was taken to budget $3000 for roadwork to include grading the roads.

 

Dam Issues:

 

There was a lengthy discussion about the water level.  Several camps complained that the water level was low and they had no water.  They were looking for the pond to be filled earlier than what is the current policy.  Ed Blanchette & Brett Kivela stated that there were issues with people who are not on the Dam Committee pulling boards and taking boards.  A motion was made to appoint Steve Greene and Brett Kivela as helpers for Ed Blanchette.  The three will monitor the pond level and decide when to pull or put boards in.  Without the pond there are no property values so it is in everyone’s best interest to trust the Dam Committee.  The current policy regarding raising and lowering the water will stay in effect.  The Dam Committee members will be more diligent about the boards and will keep a watchful eye so that interlopers do not interfere.

 

2011 PPA Budget

 

$3000  roadwork

$400    Dam registration

$300    water testing

$300    Wildlife management

$40     meeting mailer

$4040

 

Other issues:

 

The annual meeting letter is currently being sent only to those who pay the dues.  Nancy Redling requested that we send the letter to all camps/property owners in the hopes of having more participation.  It was agreed that the letters would be sent to everyone except those whose mail has been returned by the USPS.

 

On a sad note, Pat Butcher Molignano, wife of George Molignano, passed away May 28, 2011.  George and Pat were residents of the pond for some time.  The PPA will send a sympathy card. 

 

Conservation land at the end of

Upper Pratt Pond Road
Flinkstrom Road is now open to the public. The town will be advertising access by the Wapack Trail but is expected by locals will use Upper Pratt Pond Rd. If this happens we may go to the Town to ask for assistance with the road work,

 

There will be a work party to pick up rubbish, trim brush, dig out culverts and do necessary roadwork on Saturday June 25thand Sunday, June 26th.   Those interested in helping please meet at the dam at .  Bring shovels, pitchfork, gloves, loppers, chainsaw, etc.  Remember the more the merrier!

 

The Pratt Pond Association Fall Meeting will be September 18, 2010 at the Barker Meeting Hall,

155 Lower Pratt Pond Road
@ .

 

Judith Prager and John O’Brien at

88 Upper Pratt Pond Road
will have an open house Columbus Day weekend.

Margaret Greene has a blue / white floating chair that washed up on her property if anyone is looking for it.

 

Be sure to check the Pratt Pond website at: http://prattpond.community.officelive.comfor updates and calendar items.

 

 

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Maureen Lund

Secretary

 

 

 

Property Owner’s in Attendance June 2011

 

 

Name                                                                          PropertyAddress

 

Ralph Barker                                                               155 Lower Pratt

Ed & Connie & Dan Blanchette                                 113 Lower Pratt

Nancy Redling                                                            190 Lower Pratt

Bill & Diane Tardiff                                                   119 Lower Pratt

Deborah May                                                              38 Middle Pratt

Brett Kivela                                                                212 Upper Pratt

Ken & Maureen Lund                                              78 Middle Pratt

Judith Prager & John O’Brien                                       88 Upper Pratt

Marc & Mary Fortier                                                   158 Lower Pratt

Dwayne White                                                            120 Upper Pratt

Jim & Jan Shultz                                                         66 Upper Pratt

Walter Saari                                                                198 Upper Pratt

Rosemary Gaskell                                                       194 Upper Pratt

Lisa Polselli                                                                 151 Lower Pratt

Steve & Margaret Greene                                           159 Lower Pratt

John & Tracy Koutonen                                              50 Middle Pratt




Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Meeting

June 12, 2010


President:                    Jim Shultz      

Vice President:            Dwayne White

Treasurer:                    Ralph Barker

Secretary:                    Maureen Lund

Attendance: 15 properties were represented.  See property owners in attendance below.

The meeting was held at the home of Jim & Jan Shultz. 

Minutes of the June 2009 meeting were read by Maureen and accepted.

The Treasurer report was read by Ralph and accepted.

The water test report was read by Ralph and accepted. 

Ed Blanchette gave us the Dam report – all is well.  Boards were put in at the usual times however the pond was slow to fill due to the lack of rainfall.

Brett Kivela gave us the Road report – 27 loads of gravel were purchased from the town and put down on the roads.  The town graded the road and they are in fairly good shape. There is still a lot of brush along the roads and in the ditches from the ice storm.

Old Business – There was a discussion about the dues increase and whether or not it has helped the association increase its’ revenue.  There are fewer camps paying dues but with the increase the income is static.  Is the loss of the anticipated revenue due to camps not paying because they are unhappy with the increase or is it due to the number of empty camps or those that are currently unemployed?

As mentioned at the fall meeting, the State of NH issued the PPA an administrative fine of $700 for non- payment of registration fees. The fee was paid – albeit late and Jim was appealing the fine.  He had asked for a hearing and on March 1 went to Concord.  No settlement was reached but on April 29 the PPA paid a reduced fine of $350. At least 24 other dam owners were contesting the increased registration fee. 

Fixing the apron at the entrance to  Upper Pratt Pond Road is being looked at. $500 in donations were received for this project.

New Business 

We welcomed Walter Saari of 198 Upper as a new PPA member.  This brought up the topic of how to welcome new owners in the future.  A number of years ago red binders were developed and given to all owners.  The binders are still available to anyone who may not have one.  Marc Fortier suggested forming a welcome committee.  This blossomed into an idea to have a website that was kept current.  Jan Shultz volunteered to do that.  The new Pratt Pond website is: http://prattpond.community.officelive.com

Also, the BOD will be drafting a short welcome letter to include in the red binder that they will give to new owners.

It was time again for elections for both the PPA Board of Directors and Officers.  A motion was made to keep the executive boards as they stand and accepted.  Those who previously served on the board are continuing to serve in those positions. 

Officers and Board of Directors (7) 2010-2011

President:                    Jim Shultz      

Vice President:            Dwayne White

Treasurer:                    Ralph Barker

Secretary:                    Maureen Lund

Dan Blanchette

Mary Fortier

Nancy Redling

Ed Blanchette (Honorary)

Water Testing: Water testing was done July 31, 2009.  No problems reported.  See water report.  Water testing is scheduled this year to be done on July 30.

Road issues:

The apron at Upper road entrance is a priority.  The road committee will assess the best way to complete the project.  It all needs to be dug up, gravel and stone dust laid and then it needs to settle.

The ditch on Middle Road by the Cain property needs to be fixed and the Lower road is in need of work.

A vote was taken to budget $1200 for roadwork with the apron being the priority. Accepted with one no vote.

Dam Issues:

The dam is scheduled to be inspected sometime between April and November of this year. The last time the dam was inspected was 2004.  When we know the date it will be posted on the website.  Attending the inspection is very informative and everyone is welcome.  Jim will speak with the engineer at the inspection to discuss the possibility of changing the dam classification.

Other issues:

A motion was made to reimburse the host of the annual meeting for donuts and such.  The motion was withdrawn when it was noted this was covered in prior minutes.  The host has the option to not pay dues or to be reimbursed for the annual meeting necessities.

Nancy Redling (190 Lower) has firewood if anyone is interested.  Bring a wheelbarrow or a truck.

Nancy has also volunteered to go around the pond and collect outstanding dues.  Thank you Nancy.

2010 PPA Budget

$1200  roadwork

$500    donations

$400    Dam registration

$80      meeting mailer

$60     water test

$2240

There will be a work party to pick up rubbish, trim brush, dig out culverts and do necessary roadwork onSaturday June 26thwith Sunday, June 28thbeing a raindate.   Those interested in helping please meet at the dam at 

The Pratt Pond Association Fall Meeting will be September 26, 2010 at the Blanchette Camp,

113 Lower Pratt Pond Road
@ 10:00 am.


Meeting adjourned.


Respectfully Submitted,

Maureen Lund

Secretary

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PPA June 13, 2010 Meeting

Treasurer Report

Beginning balance:                             $2,813.25

Receipts:                                             $3,295.00

           $   276.00 – Greene/Fortier/Redling (gravel)              

           $3,571.00    

Expenses:                   Budget                  Actual

                                $   800.00                           $   800.00 – Dam registration (2009, 2010)

                                $       0.00                           $   350.00 - Dam registration late fee

                                $     80.00                           $     68.01 – PO Box, Postage, Meeting mailing

                                $3,000.00                           $2,690.00 – Road work - Gravel trucking (Saari)

                                                                           $     75.00 – Road Work – culvert cleaning (NIFD)

                                                                           $   125.75 – Road work - fuel & parts 

                                $       0.00                           $       1.00 – Bank charge            

                        $     60.00                   $     60.00 – Water testing, State of NH DES                  Total:                $3,940.00              $4,169.76                                                                    

                                                                           $   276.00 – Gravel for Greene/Fortier/Redling

                                                           $4,445.76    

Balance as of 5/31/10:                                        $1,938.49 – (Includes $500 for Upper Road work)

·         38 contributions in FY09/10 vs. 53 in FY08/09, 56 FY07/08

·         2 contributions of $200, 1 - $100, 1-$90

Water Report

·         Three samples taken on July 31, 2009

1.        Deep spot:

Category

Total Phosphorous

ANC

Chlorophyll-a

Conductivity

PH

Secchi Disc

Turbidity

7/31/09

8.7

1.5

1.97

18.19

6.22

2.5M

0.89

NH Median

12.0

4.8

4.58

40.00

6.60

3.7M


2.        South Inlet – E.Coli level <10

3.        West Inlet – E.Coli level 10

Definitions of categories on reverse side of this report.





Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Fall Meeting

September 27, 2009

 

 

President: Jim ShultzVice President: Dwayne White Secretary: Maureen Lund  Treasurer: Ralph Barker

 

Attendance: 10 properties were represented.  See property owners in attendance below.

 

The meeting was held at the home of Trish & Ralph Barker a.k.a. the Barker Meeting Hall.  Thank you.

 

 

The treasurer report was read by Ralph and accepted.

It was stated that there was a drop in the dues payments by about 20 camps.  Judith Prager felt that some of that might be due to confusion about how much the annual dues are.  Also, since the post office box was closed there may also be confusion as to where to mail the dues.  Nancy Redling also suggested that we obtain another change of address kit from the post office.  Jim will send an email clarifying the annual dues amount ($60.00) and where to mail (PPA,99 Lower Pratt Pond Rd. New Ipswich, NH 03071

 

The water test report was read by Ralph and accepted. 

 Three samples were taken July 31, 2009.

 

1. Deep spot – Results were listed for Total Phosphorous only.  Ralph will contact the State and

    obtain the rest of the readings.

            2. South Inlet – E. Coli level <10

            3. West Inlet – E. Coli level 10

 

Consensus was that the water was in good condition this year.  Very little weeds but some thought the water was cloudy.  Dwayne White said the mountain runoff included a lot of iron that may have contributed to the cloudy water.

 

Ed Blanchette will lower the pond on November 1.

 

Jim Shultz, Greg Cain, Marc Fortier and Ed Blanchette did most of the roadwork.  Those attending the meeting felt the roads were in very good shape.  Thank you to all those hard working folks.  Great job!

 

The New Ipswich Fire Department visited and washed out the culvert on

Middle Pratt Pond Road
A donation in the amount of $75.00 was given to the FD.

 

Jim received a notice of non-payment from the state for dam dues.  The annual fee is $400.00 and due in January.  Jim paid the annual fee and we were assessed a fine of $700.00 for being late.  Jim is appealing the fine and has asked for a hearing.  Jim will update the Association once a decision has been made.  Jim is also going to speak with the state about reclassifying the dam. We were due for an inspection from the state this year but they are too busy.  The state said they would inspect the dam next year.

 

The topic of the apron at the beginning of Upper Pratt Pond Road came up. The cost of paving the entire apron would be prohibitive so there was discussion of just patching. Jim will look into that possibility.

 

There were many volunteers (Scott Allen, Ralph Barker, Judith Prager – to name a few) who came out to clean the Pratt Pond end of the Wapack Trail.  The trail is clear after much hard work and is in great shape. Thanks to all those that volunteered their time and effort.

 

Don’t forget Judith Prager and John O’Brien’s camp –

88 Upper Pratt Pond Road  will be included in the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour Columbus Day weekend.

 

 

Meeting adjourned.

 

Property Owner’s in Attendance 09/27/09

 

Name                                                                          Property Address

 

Dan  & Ed Blanchette                                                            113 Lower Pratt

Ken & Maureen Lund                                                78 Middle Pratt

Nancy Redling                                                            190 Lower Pratt

Jim & Jan Shultz                                                         66 Upper Pratt

Dwayne White                                                            120 Upper Pratt

David Cotzin, Sr.                                                        110 Lower Pratt

Mary & Marc Fortier                                                   158 Lower Pratt

Ralph & Trish Barker                                                  155 Upper Pratt

Judith Prager & John O’Brien                                                88 Upper Pratt

Steve Greene                                                               159 Lower Pratt

 

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Maureen Lund

Secretary

 



Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Meeting

June 8, 2008

 

 

President:                     Jim Shultz        

Vice President:             Dwayne White

Treasurer:                     Ralph Barker

Secretary:                     Maureen Lund

 

Attendance: 23 properties were represented.  See property owners in attendance below.

 

The meeting was held once again at the home of Jim & Jan Shultz.  Thank you.

 

Minutes of the September 2007 meeting were read by Maureen and accepted.

The Treasurer report was read by Ralph and accepted.

The water test report was read by Ralph and accepted.  One request was made that all reports – water, treasurer, dam and road be sent via email along with the minutes.

Ed gave the dam report and it was accepted.

Brett gave the road report and it was accepted.

 

New Business 

 

Elections were held for the PPA officers as well as the Board of Directors.  Election results as follows:

An asterisk (*) marks those who previously served on the board who are continuing to serve in those positions.  According to the by-law’s of PPA, the President serves “ex offcio” on all committees, voting only in case of a tied vote):

 

 

Officers and Board of Directors (7) 2008-2010

 

President:                     Jim Shultz*      

Vice President:             Dwayne White*

Treasurer:                     Ralph Barker *

Secretary:                     Maureen Lund*

Dan Blanchette*

Mary Fortier (absent, but her husband Marc confirmed her request for the post)

Nancy Redling

Ed Blanchette (Honorary)

 

Water issues:

 

Beavers:  It has been noted that there are several beavers in the pond doing damage to property.  Jim has contacted the State of NH and they will be sending out a list of nuisance trappers.  A vote was taken to allocate no more than $500 to pay the trappers should they need to be brought in.  Jim will review the list and obtain quotes.  If necessary, the BOD will vote to hire a trapper.  The trapper would only set traps on properties that have given their permission to do so.  There was also concern about beaver fever. Giardia is a parasite that infects the intestines of humans and animals. When a person gets sick, the infection is called giardiasis, or 'beaver fever'.  Giardiasis is usually a water-borne disease.  (See attached spec sheet). 

There were some suggestions made to keep beavers from attacking your property - Spread oil around the base of the trees; placing a small fence around the trees is another option.

 

Water Testing: We have been testing the water twice each summer at a cost of $380. Using the State.  Each time samples are taken it is time consuming and costly.  Samples must be kept cold and taken to Concord within 24 hours.  Dan Blanchette stated that there is no mandate as to how often we need to sample the pond.   He suggested that we only test once each summer to keep the costs down.  The suggestion was also made that we do the testing with Chemserve as they are less expensive than the State. They are also less comprehensive. After ten years of testing, the State will provide reports covering the past years.  This will give us a good history for reference. 

A motion was passed that we would continue to use the State for testing.  We will test once each summer – in August.  We will take samples from 2 areas – one in the area of the Tardiff and Blanchette camps (119 & 113 Lower) and one in the deepest spot – the cove at the opposite end of the pond near the White and Allen camps (124 & 84 Upper).  A motion was also passed to spend no more than $200. for water testing for the summer. 

 

Road issues:

 

Overall roads are in good shape.  Jim and Brett have put in a lot of hours on the roads and have done a great job.  Education needed for property owners on how to keep ditches clean.  Please keep ditches in area of your camp free of leaves and debris.  Any questions contact Brett or Jim. 

Several areas were discussed for possible repair but it was ultimately decided that since the roads are in such good shape, the road committee would prioritize and repair the badly needed areas.  A motion was passed to set the budget for roadwork this year at $1000.00.  Also noted that Judith Prager & John O’Brien of 88 Upper Pratt made a donation of $200 to be used towards the road upkeep. Thank you.

 

There will be a work party to pick up rubbish, trim brush, dig out culverts and do minor roadwork on theweekend of June 21 & 22.   Those interested in helping please meet at the dam at 

 

There is talk of a couple of property owners looking at subdividing their property.  This would lead to more road use.  The PPA needs to do some strategic planning for the years ahead.  The PPA roads have always been private roads maintained by the Association.  Some deeds list the road as part of the property, some list it as a right of way.  Jim proposed spending some money to speak with an attorney to discuss the pros and cons of the PPA taking ownership of the roads to help control subdivisions.  A motion was passed to allow Jim not to exceed $300. to speak with an attorney.

 

 

 

The Pratt Pond Association Fall Meeting will be September 27, 2008 at the Redling Camp,

190 Lower Pratt Pond Road

 

 

Meeting adjourned.

 

Property Owner’s in Attendance June 2008

 

Name                                                                          PropertyAddress

 

 

Lisa Derby Oden                                                          6 Upper Pratt

David Cotzin                                                                105 Lower Pratt

Jame Oikelmus                                                 48 Middle Pratt

Mark Hopkins                                                              129 Lower Pratt

Scott Allen                                                                   84 Upper Pratt

Greg Cain                                                                     24 Middle Pratt

Nancy Redling                                                  190 Lower Pratt

Marc Fortier                                                                 158 Lower Pratt

Dwayne White                                                  120 Upper Pratt

Deborah May                                                               38 Middle Pratt

Lance Rautiola                                                  145 Upper Pratt

Ken & Maureen Lund                                                  78 Middle Pratt

Ralph Barker                                                                155 Lower Pratt

Ed & Connie & Dan Blanchette                                    113 Lower Pratt

Brett Kivela                                                                  212 Upper Pratt

Bill Webb                                                                     71 Middle Pratt

John & Tracy Koutonen                                               50 Middle Pratt

Judith Prager & John O’Brien                                       88 Upper Pratt

Jutra Varhecki                                                              3 Flinkstrom

Norm Sheppard                                                           185 Upper Pratt

Bill Tardiff                                                                    119 Lower Pratt

Jim & Jan Shultz                                                           66 Upper Pratt

Margaret Greene                                                          159 Lower Pratt

 

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Maureen Lund

Secretary

 




Minutes for the Pratt Pond Association Fall Meeting

September 30, 2007

 

 

President: Jim Shultz              Vice President: Dwayne White          Secretary: Maureen Lund

 

Attendance: 20 properties were represented.  See property owners in attendance below.

 

The meeting was held at the home of Jim & Jan Shultz.  Thank you.

 

This meeting was scheduled per a vote taken at the June 2007 annual meeting.  An email was sent September 17, 2007 with a draft of the topics to be discussed.  These topics were:

 

State Dam fee

Road grading

Making the PPA year round

PPA annual dues increase

 

Other topics discussed: water quality, lowering the pond and beavers.

 

The meeting started with a brief history lesson from Ed Blanchette.  Ed wanted to remind us of how and why the Pratt Pond Association was started 55 years ago.  The PPA was formed to protect the pond.  Without the pond there is no need for the PPA.  Approximately 25 years ago the PPA petitioned the town to grade the roads. The town agreed to grade the roads twice a year.  Ed feels strongly that we take care of our roads ourselves.  Those that use the roads should pay for the roads.  It should be independent of the PPA. 

 

Ed also wanted to thank us for his ‘rock’.  Nancy Redling spearheaded the dedication of the dam in Ed’s name and has memorialized Ed forever with his own rock.  Please stop by and check it out.  Also, anyone interested in helping to defray the cost of the ‘rock’ is welcome to send a donation to Jim Shultz.

 

State Dam Fee: The State of New Hampshire charged us $100.00 to register the dam in 2007.  In 2008 the registration will cost PPA $400.00.  There were no details in the letter from the State as to why a fourfold increase.  There was discussion about what we would lose if we don’t register the dam, but ultimately it was decided that we need to continue to pay the yearly fee.  We are inspected every six years by the State and we do want to stay in their good graces. 

 

Road Grading: The PPA received a letter from the town telling us that they will no longer grade our roads as part of the town duties.  They will grade our roads at a cost of $50.00 per hour, which would translate into roughly $800.00 per year.  The selectmen feel that it is against the law to use public money to grade private roads.  Even though the grading was voted in at a town meeting the current board of selectmen feels that the warrant articles put to the town were illegal and therefore choose not to grade our roads without a fee.  Legal action was discussed but it was decided that it would be costly and we needed to research other avenues. It was agreed that there was no benefit in arguing with the town.  One suggestion made was for all the PPA taxpayers, especially the non-resident taxpayers, to file for abatement after paying the December tax bill. The properties on Pratt Pond are the highest taxed properties in town.

 

Jim Shultz has purchased an old grader which he feels can be used on our roads.  The dilemma is finding a grader operator.  Please contact Jim if you know of an operator.

 

When Nancy Redling was President, she had done research on establishing Village Districts.  Due to the lack of town assistance, this was brought back to the PPA for review.  There is an 8 page document that was given to Jim Shultz to peruse regarding the possibility of setting up the PPA as a separate Village District within the town of New Ipswich.  Jim will do some research and bring his findings to the annual meeting.

 

Making the PPA year round: This issue was brought up once again due to the road conditions.  Currently PPA is a seasonal association that runs from April 15 thru October 15 each year.  Since there are more year round folks using the roads and since the seasonal folks are coming up more frequently during the off season there was a proposal to change PPA to a year round association.  Discussion revealed that in the past, if there was a problem with one of the roads during the winter someone fixed the road.  If the road crew felt that the road repair would have been needed anyway, they have brought it up at the annual meeting and it was voted on as to whether the PPA would cover the costs.  Since those that repair the roads the majority of the time (Brett Kivela, Lance Rautiola, Jim Shultz) live year round and spend their time and much of their own money to repair the roads, it was decided that we would keep the PPA as is.  The PPA is still considered a seasonal association and should a road need emergency repair, the road crew will assess the situation and present their findings to the BOD (as they currently do) and the BOD will determine if road repair is needed and it will be brought to the annual meeting. 

 

PPA annual dues increase:  There was a lengthy discussion about the annual dues and whether an increase is needed.  The treasurer was unable to attend the meeting but it was determined that there was not much of a balance in the PPA fund at the end of this season.   While the PPA was formed to protect the pond, we need the roads to access the pond.  The roads are our responsibility and we must take that into consideration when determining dues.  With the dam registration increasing fourfold, and the loss of the town grader, the PPA costs have risen dramatically.  A motion was passed to raise ALL dues to $60.00 per year. There is no longer a differentiation between road access and water access when it comes to the cost of annual dues. It was determined that this increase in dues would maintain the status quo in the PPA account. This means that the difference between the increased cost of dam and road maintenance will be offset with the increase in dues and we will continue to maintain a very small balance in the checkbook. 

 

Water quality:  It has been reported that the water samples that were taken over the summer came back with very high E Coli levels.  This is very unusual for us.  Water samples may have been compromised or there may have been a testing error, either way it was voted that the water needed to be retested.  Jim Shultz agreed to take samples from the two highest E Coli locations the first week of October and take the samples directly to Chemserve.

 

Lowering the pond: A motion was made to change the time at which the pond is lowered each year in the fall.  There was discussion about how the weather has been favorable the past few years and seasonal people are coming up later and later.  People come up to see the fall color change and still need water so a motion was made not to lower the water until November 1st of each year.  The motion passed.  It was also mentioned that there were many fewer weeds this year than last.  Dan Blanchette stated that there is a cycle to bladderwort and that the entire state had fewer weeds this year.  Dwayne White mentioned that the state conservation department was contacted to help rid the pond of the beavers.  They have a large dam and are destroying a lot of foliage. 

 

 

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

Property Owner’s in Attendance June 2008

 

Name                                                                          PropertyAddress

 

 

Lisa Derby Oden                                                          6 Upper Pratt

David Cotzin                                                                105 Lower Pratt

Jame Oikelmus                                                 48 Middle Pratt

Mark Hopkins                                                              129 Lower Pratt

Scott Allen                                                                   84 Upper Pratt

Greg Cain                                                                     24 Middle Pratt

Nancy Redling                                                  190 Lower Pratt

Marc Fortier                                                                 158 Lower Pratt

Dwayne White                                                  120 Upper Pratt

Deborah May                                                               38 Middle Pratt

Lance Rautiola                                                  145 Upper Pratt

Ken & Maureen Lund                                                  78 Middle Pratt

Ralph Barker                                                                155 Lower Pratt

Ed & Connie & Dan Blanchette                                    113 Lower Pratt

Brett Kivela                                                                  212 Upper Pratt

Bill Webb                                                                     71 Middle Pratt

John & Tracy Koutonen                                               50 Middle Pratt

Judith Prager & John O’Brien                                       88 Upper Pratt

Jutra Varhecki                                                              3 Flinkstrom

Norm Sheppard                                                           185 Upper Pratt

Bill Tardiff                                                                    119 Lower Pratt

Jim & Jan Shultz                                                           66 Upper Pratt

Margaret Greene                                                          159 Lower Pratt

 

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Maureen Lund

Secretary