Saturday, June 25, 2021 –We had a great turnout for the PBA semi-annual Homeowners Meeting at the Community House this morning.
Reports were presented by PBA committees about budget and dues collections, Community House activities, security, Deans Pond maintenance, roads and drainage, communications and beach accessibility.
We also heard from Mashpee Town Selectman Andrew Gotlieb about local water quality issues and future plans for wastewater management. Bob Hughes, representing Save Popponesset Bay, addressed us about their current progress and future plans to maintain the Spit. Barbara Reilly presented results of the 2021 PBA Survey.
To the Popponesset Community:
The PBA Board has been very active this winter addressing many significant community needs and projects. We have recently completed a two-month budgeting process and have made our initial budget recommendations for 2021.
Our operating budget has not changed from 2021 vs 2020. And while we have accomplished several of our important goals over the past two years, despite best intentions we weren’t able to move as fast as possible on some of our previous approved projects. The result is that we have some funds available to us this year that have carried over from the prior year. We plan to apply these carried-over funds to several prioritized projects this coming year. The projects include:
We have a new security task force and in January we held an online security meeting with the community resulting in recommendations for several new initiatives. We plan to work with our new security company, our neighboring communities, and the Mashpee town officials to send an early and consistent message on security, especially at the beaches. We will also use extra private and police details in the three weeks around July 4th.
We will continue to fund water quality studies to establish a good baseline of the water condition of the beaches.
We will expand on the progress we made in 2018 to increase accessibility to the beaches by adding a beach boardwalk on Squaws Lane and a mobi-mat at Sandy Beach.
We will purchase some new playground equipment plus some other exciting summer improvements and also budget for continued architectural work and future improvements to the house.
We will work with a nationally recognized firm (Solitude Lake Management) to address the biological health of the pond and perform recommended maintenance, as well as target critical areas to address invasive species. We feel very strongly that if we do not invest in the pond now, this precious resource will continue to deteriorate.
In 2020 we were able to complete several significant drainage projects. We plan to be more aggressive with drain cleaning this year and to use this time to assess our needs and designs rather than planning new larger projects.
We plan to apply most of the roll-over funds to the above prioritized projects, leaving some for any additional unexpected needs and costs. We strongly believe these collective expenditures are warranted. We will mail PBA members a more detailed budget letter.
If you are a member of the PBA and need to update your contact information please contact us here: UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFO
We will again open up our April 10th meeting to the community online at 9:30 AM. Login information for the meeting will be on the calendar [CLICK HERE] and posted on Facebook. You can feel free to ask us any questions during the meeting or contact us here: CONTACT
Looking forward to spring returning in Poppy,
The PBA Board
Popponesset Beach Association