time is about to begin. Summer thoughts and Basswood, not far
those of us who have been here through out the long winter, it
hasn’t been all that bad this year! Winter has been
unusually mild, same amount of snow, however, Basswood didn’t
freeze until January 27th this year. It was January
17th in 2005 and January 9th in 2004.
Global warming may be a factor? Temperatures averaged –7C
(20F) – not very cold.
out the winter months, your directors have been working on your
have enclosed a copy of our minutes of the 6th Annual
General Meeting (AGM) for your perusal. Discussions on any
points will be entertained at our 7th AGM. Please
note Annual General Meeting will be:
Sunday July 16, 2006
Day & Bright Community Centre
location as last year)
have also enclosed the names of your directors, for your records, in
case you left your last year’s copy at the cottage.
SURVEY - conducted last spring. Bob Running
reports that the MNR has not
concluded their results and his read is that it doesn’t appear to
be a high priority on their list at present, however it is hoped
results will be available in time for the AGM.
– Dan Kacher is
working diligently on our behalf in order to
obtain “High Speed Internet” for the lake area. It is not
easy to obtain in a sparsely populated area. However the
possibilities are improving with new technologies such as WI-MAX
coming on line, which could be a strong candidate for the Basswood
area. In the meantime Dan deserves accolades for his creation
of the Basswood web page – www.bigbasswood.ca.
You can access the page under firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again Dan. Please use this medium!
Regretfully, Ken McLarty has resigned from the Board
of Directors, however he is still very interested in compiling
information on the history of Basswood and its residents. Any
personal anecdotes or family experiences that would contribute to
the history could be forwarded to Ken at email@example.com
– Clean Water Act - The
Ontario Ministry of the Environment is
still formulating the Clean Water Act. Municipalities and or
the MNR will be responsible for establishing the source of their
water supply and protection and maintenance of that source.
Water is our base and life sustaining resource.
refer you to Paul Roebuck’s enclosed letter. I believe it
says it all! The major cause of deteriorating water quality on
is out of date septic systems. Systems that have not been
replaced in the past 20 years or longer are definitely at risk.
Sooner or later these systems will be detected, and must be
replaced. The longer they are left, the more it will cost the
owner and will be a greater hazard to the lake quality. When
did you check your system last?
Thomson has been in contact with Bob Shamas of “4 Seasons
Septic Systems” along with island and non-road access property
owners’ to arrange for pump-out to barge this summer. Bob
has names and numbers of those requiring a pump-out and is supposed
to contact each in order to schedule a date and time. If you have
not been contacted, give Bob a call at 705-356-3444
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
has been working with the Sault College Environmental Staff, Algoma
Health Unit, and the Municipality of Huron Shores in having Basswood
project on septic systems inspections. He will report further
on this at the AGM.
– Marilyn Kellum is
in the process of lining up a speaker for the
AGM to address numerous aspects of vegetation and shoreline
– will be available again this year through Jane
Mason and the Association. If you
wish framed & customized maps, you can contact “Watercolours
by Sheila” –Sheila Currie – 705-842-3599.
– Please mail your dues to Jane Mason or Barb
Lajoie. The dues are the same -
$25.00 per property. Make cheque payable to:
encourage you to go on the FOCA website www.foca.on.ca
for updates. Also use your Basswood website as a forum.
is a new bio-degradable laundry soap, dishwasher detergent and
cleaning product called “Sun & Earth”. For info go to www.sunandearth.com.
It appears to be very effective and economical.
newsletter is going by “snail mail” as well as email to those
addresses we have. Please forward this on to other family
Regards, drive safely! Basswood will be here when you arrive.
you on the
Letter from Paul Robuck
of the 6th Annual Meeting of the Big
6th Annual Meeting of the Big Basswood Lake Association
was held Sun. July 17th, 2005, 10:30 a.m. at the Sowerby
Hall. 75-85 members were present.
Called the meeting to order, welcomed all in attendance and
introduced the present Board of Directors.
of the 5th Annual meeting were read by Jane Mason.
Adopted by Bob Kellum, 2nd by Marge Conley
report: Jody reported there have been 4
director meetings in 2005, and an informative newsletter was sent
out in March. This was sent to the addresses on the Municipal
tax roll. 210 were sent out with 70 replies to date.
Jody also reported taxes did not go down in 2005 nor did they go up.
Jody also gave a short report on the Clean Water Act and how it can
affect the municipality.
Report: was given by Barb Lajoie with a
balance of $2403.97. Adopted by Jack Hodgson, 2nd
by Mel Mackay
Report: We have
71 paid members to date plus today’s will bring it to apprx 100.
& Water Quality: Bob Running reported
there were 13 sechi readings with an average of 10.9 m. 2004
readings had an average of 11.3 m There is no indication of
zebra mussels in Basswood but
has reports of being infected with spiny water fleas. It is
hoped that education of Basswood residents and all that use the
will keep these invasive species out of it. Bob
Running introduced Don Oeshch , President of the Northshore Fishing
Management Association. This group trains volunteers to take
lake surveys. Don covers the MNR District of Blind River and
he and his group are funded by the MNR. Don reports fish
sampling was done the 2nd week of May in Basswood.
The last reading was done in 2001. Don and his group have surveyed
75 lakes not done since 1965. They identified 20 lakes that
should be stocked. The results will go to MNR for they are not
qualified to read the survey. Basswood will have two surveys
to compare and see if fish stocks are improving. Ralph
Coventry was thanked for providing his camp to Don and his group.
If you wish to help Don please call 848-6169.
& Roads: Jim Thomson noted there is slim
on rocks in many areas of the lake. Jim would like to
introduce an inspection system or program updating septic systems.
He will approach
hoping summer students would be available. Please check your
own system to make sure it is not contributing to the problem.
Bob Shamas will have service for pumping Water Access Only
properties in 2006. He has a barge and will service the lake.
Fees are not known. It was stated Norm Giguere ‘s
mandate is drinking water and lake water is not suppose to be for
drinking but he will test lake water for us. The question “
Can the Municipality be responsible to oversee septic systems be
pumped out once every 3-5 years with the tax bill?"” was
discussed and will be followed up on.
McLarty passed out an initial sketch of his writings and asked for
any corrections and suggestions to be forward to him at 842-6225 or rkm.rof@shaw.
Dan Kachur was introduced as new member who is highly qualified in
the online communication field. Dan gave a brief report on the
Basswood webpage already set up. Go to www.bigbasswood.ca
and under email@example.com
he has a very informative brief on the
and area. This can be used for simple communication, pictures
of the lake, businesses in the area etc. Users Account
is: bigbass and the password is: members (all in lower case)
Dan is trying to get high speed in the area for $29- $39 and will
get back to us. Thanks to Dan who has done so much for the
association in the communication field.
Liability Insurance: Insurance liability
is destroying volunteerism! This is a fact that has
received much attention within our association. The average
cost to run our organization is $600 a year. It will cost
$1400 -$1600 a year for 1 million coverage for liability insurance
for the Board of Directors. A lengthy discussion was made of
many ideas. A motion to buy liability insurance for the
Board of Directors from FOCA was made by Don McCallum, 2nd
by John Allison - Passed. Bill Beach, a lawyer in
, volunteered pro bono his
office to help the Basswood Association with its legal matters.
Business: Randy Glibota has a concern
the water levels are so low and also the damage the low water levels
can do in the Winter. Jody explained the dam levels were
controlled by the MNR and the water level has been affected by huge
evaporation with no precipitation.
Shaw is having a hard time getting a policy for his road insurance.
Other road committees are having the same problem sighting new
carriers every year are causing the delay.
Allison thanked the Board for all the work they have done in the
Gardiner moved the meeting be adjourned, 2nd by Harold
Shaw - passed
D. “Jody” Fullerton
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Ste. Marie, Ont.
Ste. Marie, Ont.
Ste. Marie, Ont.
Camp & Trailer Park
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from Paul Robuck
Sunday, July 17, I attended the Big Basswood Lake Cottage Owners
Association annual general meeting in Sowerby. I was surprised that
only seventy of the two hundred and thirty-six cottage owners have
joined this important group. As a concerned cottage owner of forty
years on the north shore, I asked if I could write a personal letter
to all who have not yet joined. They gave me permission without
years ago, we pumped lake water into our cabin and drank this water
unfiltered until about 5 or 6 years ago when testing indicated that
we were having a trace of e-coli. We are now filtering our drinking
water. This is only one of the many changes I have noticed these
past many years, changes that concern me.
personally know many of the owners on the lake and I am sure that
they are as concerned as I am about the future of
. Many have not joined the association either through their
complacency, oversight or lack of understanding of the purpose of
the association. Listed on the attached sheet are their intentions
and actions to date.
small annual dues of $25.00, (less than a case of beer), is
necessary to cover expenses incurred. For example, a mailing to all
owners is over $100. Simply put, if the association cannot get more
owners to join, they will be forced to disband. Individually,
nothing can get done. Collectively, much can be accomplished to the
benefit of all. Many of you will be leaving your cottages (or homes)
to your loved ones and others will be selling in the future. We all
want our loved ones to continue to enjoy the qualities of
as we have and / or obtain the highest resale value. Please
reconsider and join this important association. The committee is
working hard, and for free, to protect your investment.
you and I hope to see you all at next year’s meeting.
Dunn Farm Trail