Beals and Thomas recently hosted the Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations (MACOLAP) Board of Directors meeting on March 25, 2014. Eric Las, Principal at Beals and Thomas, serves on the MACOLAP Board of Directors and as Treasurer. The MACOLAP is a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the environmental, aesthetic, recreational and economic values of lakes and ponds, and to promote watershed management within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The main discussion items at the meeting included the following:
- The group reflected on the 2014 Annual Winter Workshop held in January and it was generally concluded that the event was a success with nearly 100 attendees. The group discussed the results of an online survey of the preferred times to schedule the Annual Workshop. The results indicated a preference for March/April, followed by January/February.
- The group discussed that the Massachusetts Environmental Bond Bill had been released from the House Committee and it contained $25 million for lake and pond dredging with earmarks for a little more than $6 million for specific projects.
- The group remains focused on identifying a new President to lead the organization, as long-time President Al Collings will be stepping down at the end of this year.
- The group discussed that to facilitate the leadership transition, Al Collings as President will be approaching this year as a consultant to those who will assume the responsibilities listed in the Transitional Task List that has been developed.
- The group discussed that until a new President and/or other new Directors become involved in the organization, MACOLAP should focus primarily on the Annual Workshop and the website.
The next MACOLAP Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm on June 10, 2014 at the office of Beals and Thomas at 144 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested is encouraged to attend.
MACOLAP membership consists of private lake and pond associations, publicly appointed lake committees, professional organizations, private individuals and students. MACOLAP’s member and public outreach efforts occur through electronic media and the organization of an annual workshop that features keynote speakers and a variety of breakout sessions. Refer to: http://www.macolap.org/ for more information.