Safety enforcement will be a priority this season

At the Lake Boon Association annual meeting May 21, the Police Patrol update indicated that more attention will be paid to enforcement of both State and Lake Boon safety regulations on the lake this year, beginning June 30. Of special concern:

Waterfronts must be identified with address (preferably) and/or name, prominently visible from the lake (preferably year-round), using contrasting color lettering at least 3 inches in height. This is a safety issue because emergency services may be called in from someone on the water (or ice), and first responders need to know the address, whether arriving by vehicle or by boat.

Docks must be functional, in good repair and visible above water. Failing, submerged or loose-floating docks are a significant hazard to boaters and swimmers.

Paddleboarders must have life jackets at all times. Following the same rules as other craft, they must be worn between Sept 15 and May 15.

Speed must not exceed 45 mph and will be checked by radar on the lake.

Personal watercraft have special restrictions including required wearing of life jackets at all times, no use at night, no towing and specific operator age restrictions.

We were reminded that a boat owner is liable for any infringement any operator of their boat commits, including damage cause by wakes. Also, operating a boat under the influence will apply to one’s driving record the same as a DUI.

Lake Boon rules are on the LBA website

Massachusetts boating laws can be found at: https://malegislature.gov/laws/generallaws/parti/titlexiv/chapter90b

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Agenda for Lake Boon Commission meeting on May 25

The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Thursday, May, 25 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Building, 380 Great Road (Route 118) in Stow.

 Agenda

  • Approving Minutes from previous meeting
  • Public Input
  • Paying bills outstanding
  • DEP visit to Lake Boon
  • Michelle Walsh discussion of proposed float at 76 Pine Point Road, Stow
  • Discuss updating MGL and LBC By-laws postings at Sudbury Rd. boat launch ramp
  • LBC recommendation to reappoint Theresa
  • Condition of Lake Boon Dam
  • Update on progress of renewing or reapplying for drawdown and weed management
  • Next meeting date

Upcoming public comment hearings on Eversource

The public can comment on proposed routes for Eversource’s powerline project at two upcoming hearings. Information on the routes, the siting committee, and how to participate can be found at this link on the Town of Hudson site.

Dates and locations for the hearings are:

Thursday, May 25
7 p.m.
Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School Auditorium
390 Lincoln Rd., Sudbury MA

Thursday June 1
7 p.m.
Hudson High School Auditorium
69 Brigham St., Hudson MA

Note that the Sudbury session is the same date as the Lake Boon Commission meeting.

You can access more documentation related to the Eversource project on the Hudson town website, here.