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Foster's Pond Corporation

31 Glenwood Road

Andover, Massachusetts 01810

United States

Company Description

Home page of the Foster's Pond Corporation, Andover, MA. News about Foster's Pond, the Foster's Pond Corporation, the Foster's Pond Dam, Weeds, and Current Issues. ... more

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Foster's Pond Corporation


Foster's Pond Corporation

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Foster's Pond, Andover, Ma [cached]

President: Stephen E. Cotton

Untitled Document [cached]

The Officers for 2005 are: President - Steve Cotton, Vice-President - Lynne Whitefield, Treasurer - Dave Brown, and Secretary - Janet Kenney.

At the hearings, Steve gave the Conservation Commission an overview of the Foster's Pond Corporation's Vegetation Management Program (with the help of Dave Adilman, co-chairman of the Weed Committee).
At the December 21 hearing, Aquatic Control Technology president Gerry Smith and senior biologist Marc Bellaud joined Steve and Dave to answer the Commission's questions about using Sonar.
At the end of that hearing, the Commission voted informally to approve the Corporation's plan, and asked Steve to draft an "Order of Conditions" for the Commission to take formal action on at the Commission's next session. On January 4, 2005, the Commission formally adopted the "Order of Conditions," with a few changes. As of tonight's FPC meeting, the Commission had not released the final text of its Order. [The final text was released on January 21, and is on the Corporation's web site.]
Steve said that he expected that someone will appeal the Conservation Commission's decision.
Steve noted that hydroraking is part of our existing permit, and will still be permitted as part of the overall week management program. Another question was raised as to toxicity to animals or fish.
Steve said that the Order of Conditions may have additional restrictions, if the Andover Board of Health recommends any.
Steve noted that up until this point, the Corporation had voted to seek Conservation Commission approval for the use of Sonar but had specifically decided to postpone a decision on whether to go forward with the Sonar program if the Conservation Commission gave its okay.
A motion was approved for Steve to draft new Articles of Organization and new by-laws to change our tax status to tax-exempt, and to present them for a formal vote at the next meeting.
If you have questions or comments, contact Steve Cotton.

2008 Annual Meeting [cached]

Steve Cotton opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m with an overview of the FPC, noting if the Corporation had met every year since it was formed in 1939, this would have been our 69th Annual Meeting.

Steve presented a slide show on the Corporation's achievements in 2007.
The Nominating Committee (Sandy Minkhinen) recommended re-electing the current officers: President Steve Cotton, Vice-President Lynn Whitefield, Treasurer Dave Brown, and Secretary Janet Kenney.
Steve said he would send out an e-mail inviting people to serve on a committee to discuss what can be done to deal with the condition of private ways around the pond.
If you have questions or comments, contact Steve Cotton.

Weed Update: Latest Developments on Foster's Pond [cached]

Before starting the treatment May 27, technicians from the Corporation's long-time lake management consultant, Aquatic Control Technology, took FPC President Steve Cotton on an inspection tour to examine effects of the first herbicide infusion earlier in the month.

On July 16, FPC president Steve Cotton took a biologist from the Corporation's lake management consultant, Aquatic Control Technology, on a canoe tour, drawing water samples for laboratory examination.
Accompanied by FPC President Steve Cotton, Bellaud on July 6 maneuvered a rowboat into the two shoreline areas where spiny naiad was detected last year.
The Commission's vote came at a meeting March 17, following presentations by FPC President Steve Cotton and Marc Bellaud, senior biologist for Aquatic Control Technology.
The vote approved the recommendation of FPC President Steve Cotton, who briefly addressed the Commission and thanked members for their long-standing support of efforts to protect and preserve Foster's Pond.
In a telephone conversation with FPC President Steve Cotton following submission of the Geosyntec report, Hartzel urged the Corporation to "be a little on the conservative side" in considering when to treat the Pond with Sonar again.
Bellaud inspected the Pond's vegetation May 23 with FPC President Steve Cotton, focusing on these "hot spots," which had been identified last fall for treatment this summer.
Marc Bellaud informed FPC President Steve Cotton of his conclusion after consulting with field technicians who had inspected the 3.9-acre swimming hole on August 2 and found neither fanwort nor Brazilian elodea, the two nuisance weeds targeted by this year's Sonar treatment.
FPC President Steve Cotton signed the treatment contract with Aquatic Control Technology May 16.
In a letter mailed to residents in the Glenwood Road/Morningside Drive area, FPC President Steve Cotton asked for contributions "to save this wonderful resource in your backyard."
Details of the 2006 treatment plan are contained in a two-page letter to FPC president Steve Cotton from the Corporation's consultant, Aquatic Control Technology . It was this plan that the Commission voted to approve.
Cotton asked the Commission to act at its next meeting, pointing out that Sonar - the only herbicide that works on the nuisance weeds in the basin - must be applied during a narrow window from mid-May to early June in order to be effective. He said the FPC would need time to raise the $5,500 to $6,000 cost of the project and sign a contract with the applicator - who, in turn, will need approximately a month to secure the State permit required for each use of an aquatic herbicide.
FPC President Steve Cotton will present the consultant's findings and urge the Commission to authorize treating the basin with Sonar, the herbicide used in the 2005 to get rid of the nuisance weeds in the main pond.
FPC President Steve Cotton is scheduled to discuss the matter with the Andover Conservation Commission on January 24. He will recommend that the Commission vote to approve treatment of the basin under the provisions of the same Order of Conditions which authorized the Corporation's 2005 weed program.

Summer Meeting [cached]

FPC President Steve Cotton called the formal meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

Steve reported that volunteers had meeting kept track of algae densities in the Pond, and that treatment had not been needed this year. He also reported that a comprehensive vegetation survey in August had confirmed that we would need to treat the Pond for fanwort in 2015. He said that the dam would need further work this Fall. He also reported that this year AVIS would allow bow hunting for deer on the Wilkinson Reservation, and that the Town would allow bow hunting on its portion of the Foster's Pond Reservation. He said that, after surveying residents in the Willard Circle neighborhood, the FPC Board of Directors had voted not to allow bow hunting on the FPC portion of the Foster's Pond Reservation.
He asked residents of Foster's Pond Road and Pomeroy Road to let Dot Tyler know if they were interested in helping to help beautification of the little traffic island at the intersection of Foster's Pond Road and Rattlesnake Hill Road.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.
If you have questions or comments about the Corporation, contact Steve Cotton.

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