May 4th, 2022

Meeting called to order at 7:03 PM

Board Members Present: Pam Reid, Del Shoopman, Lacy Minard, Cece Stramsak, Pat Betcher, Derek Morey, Brian Menard, Alex Nikora, Teresa Rolland

Guests: Jackie & Cory Compeau, Burns Rolland, Rich Dickson, Tom & Laurie Petts, Burt Bentley, Doug Macha, and Ed St. Pierre

Minutes of Last Meeting: Cece Stramsak made a motion to accept the minutes of the last meeting and was seconded by Teresa Rolland. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: There was a donation made through PayPal for lawn maintenance and the down payment of the fireworks has been paid. Our balance is $9756.17. Brian Menard made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report and was seconded by Pat Betcher. Motion passed.

Membership Update:  147 members so far. Last year there were 176.

Bills for Payment: None

Special Events Reports:

  • A. Garage Sale and Beach Concert: There was a discussion about whether or not to purchase banners to advertise the sales that could be reused every year. The cost estimate for this was $264. Alex Nikora made a motion to purchase banners with a cost not to exceed $300 and was seconded by Del Shoopman. Motion passed. Derek will have flyers and information posted on the website for the June 11th concert.
  • B. Annual Picnic: Ideas were shared about food for the picnic, and it was decided that we will stick with the sandwiches like last year. Pat and Linda are working on finding someone to organize the raffle prizes.
  • C. 4th of July Fireworks: The deposit is down, and we will pay the balance the day of.

PayPal and BLC Website Update:  Cece thanked Derek and Lacy for all their help getting the site running and working. Teresa reminded everyone to send pictures after events so they can be posted on the site.

Beach/Pavilion Maintenance Report:  Alex reported that he’ll put the buoys in and get the pump working soon. Tom and Laurie Petts informed us that the goose egg round up garnered 48 eggs and 9 nests were destroyed. All of these were found in the wetlands.

Park Lot Maintenance:  Registration is ongoing but will wrap up next week. Jackie Compeau brought up the fact that adults and kids are throwing rocks from the top of the drainpipe on lot G into the lake. We spoke about putting up fencing to prevent this.

Scouting Report: 15 Scouts and 12 leaders rechartered this year. December and April were their Courts of Honor which boasted many rank achievements and two Eagle Scouts. They have many campouts and activities planned for this summer and are happy to have some normal gatherings. Their garage sale fundraiser will be May 21st at the Deerfield Township Hall. Donations will be accepted on May 20.

Barnes Lake Improvement Board:  Burns let us know that the dredging project has been postponed until the end of June due to the spawning fish. The job wasn’t completed as they ran into some issues. The lot it was on had just enough of a slope that as it filled it would roll toward the lake. Oliver up the hill has offered to put the bag in a hollow in his yard and Burns is working to renegotiate the contract with the dredgers and EGLE. We had our first spray on April 27th and can only spray a limited amount until after July 2nd. The kind of copper spray was adjusted and although it was more money it should be gentler to our aluminum boats and not cause pitting. We are testing phosphorous and chlorophyl levels in the lake. Free training is available and anyone wanting more info should contact Burns Rolland.

Correspondence: none

Old Business:

  • A. Lawsuit: No updates
  • B. Donations: Tabled until closer to July.
  • C. Neighborhood Creeper: The police talked to him, and he works for Spectrum and was checking homes to drum up new business.
  • D. Forest Place: Burns recounted info from the last meeting about the home next to the lot and their flooding issues.

New Business: 

  • A. Clubhouse Event Rental: Since our clubhouse desperately needs some TLC, Pam Reid wondered if charging to rent the clubhouse for special events could help with some of that cost. Alex shared which repairs need to be made and pros and cons of renting were discussed. Burt Bentley suggested having a volunteer workday for people to help out. Ed St. Pierre said that we should have raffles at all the events this year like the meetings, coffee hours, and concerts.

The next meeting will be June 1st, 2022 at 7 PM.

Lacy Minard made a motion to adjourn and was seconded by Cece Stramsak. The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Lacy Minard

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