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
Due to the consistent rainfall this spring resulting in higher ground water levels, a board will be removed from the dam outfall which will lower the lake level a few inches in subsequent weeks.
This dock has been in the 2nd basin at 25 Worcester Ave a few weeks. The owner is requested to retrieve it. Let us know if you need help.
The Hudson Public Forum on the proposed Wetlands Protection Bylaw sponsored by the Hudson Conservation Commission has been canceled for June 22 and will be rescheduled to a later date.
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.
- 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
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
Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School Auditorium
390 Lincoln Rd., Sudbury MA
Thursday June 1
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.
This dog was found this morning and is being kept at 204 Barton Road.