Location: Zoom Virtual Meeting
January 14, 2021
A Davidson Lake Association (DLA) Board of Directors’ Zoom Virtual Meeting was held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Ken introduced Chelsea Whidden to the group.
Approval of Minutes
Motion: Arnie moved that the minutes of the November 12, 2020 Board of Directors’ meeting be adopted as circulated. Claude seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Arnie reported that the New Brunswick Alliance of Lake Associations (NBALA) have been expanding their efforts to acquire additional funding for the purchase a mobile boat wash station as provincial government was not available. The Project Manager, Brianna Cowie, has been seeking funds from the federal government and commercial sponsorships which hopefully will cover the costs.
Pamphlets will be made available for distribution on the Invasive Plant Patrol Program. A New Brunswick Invasive Species Summit will take place online on Feb. 24-25. The purpose is to increase collaboration around invasive species management in the province. Ken and/or Arnie plan to attend.
The Clean, Drain & Dry initiative continues to be promoted.
The NBALA has submitted an application for the Environmental Trust Fund grant for 2021.
The Skiff Lake Assoc., a member of the NBALA, is looking into the potential need for liability insurance for marker buoys.
Claude reported that the Davidson Lake Association financial documents for the year 2020 have been posted on the Davidson Lake Facebook site.
A discussion took place about the recent criminal activity in the area and what steps may be taken to prevent this from recurring. Ken & Claude will meet to put a plan together. Ken asked Arnie if he would talk to the other lake associations to see what they are doing to curb this type of activity.
Chelsea suggested that a Neighbourhood Watch sign be placed along the Davidson Lake Road.
Ken asked the group to let him know if they have any additional information to put in the Directory.
Ken reported that the sheds were in pretty good shape over the holiday season compared to last year.
Crownland Protected Natural Area (PNA)
Andy reported that on November 26th the Dept. of Natural Resources and Energy issued a news release about the conserved areas to be protected. The NB Nature Legacy Initiative has an information hub on the DNR Website including a map which shows the area between the TransCanada Highway and the Lake as Candidate Conservation Area (CCA) Site ID 0069. This 65.7HA plot can be accessed from the Map and individuals may comment on the area through a short series of questions. Andy encouraged other members to complete the survey information, the deadline is January 31st.
Roger has a new bulletin box ready to replace the one by the mailboxes.
Andy identified the need to provide a step on the southern end of the outlet bridge.
A section of boardwalk at the northern end of the trail needs replacing, Ken and Andy will look for materials that can be reused to complete repairs in the spring.
Megan is interested any suggestions pertaining to stories pertaining to the lake. She wrote a story about the “Haunted House” and would like to hear about any other stories that people may have.
The signs for Gillis, Loon, Clark and Scott Lanes have been on order with the Province since last summer. Ken has spoken to Bliss Hayward, Chair of the Local Service District for Dumfries, and Bliss will contact Richard Ames, MLA for Carleton-York, to see if he can speed up the process.
Ken advised that he has started to clear out a walking/snowshoe trail on the old winter road that intersects the existing trail at the break in the berm on the west side of the lake. He suggested that this could be extended to meet up with the lumbering road which parallels the Trans-Canada highway and then loops around to Loon Lane. It would be mostly a winter foot trail not for ATVs or snowmobiles. The new trail would run adjacent to the outlet brook that feeds into the Pokiok Stream from the Lake, Claude and Andy volunteered to help with the project. A work day will be planned for later this winter.
The next DLA Bd. of Directors’ Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. with attendance either in person or by Zoom.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.