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SLCOA seeks funding to mark Ellis Pond
ROXBURY- The Silver Lake Camp Owners Association (SLCOA) has approved pursuing the installation of Navigational Aids (buoys marking rocks), requested by some citizens of Roxbury that have been asking about hazard marking of Ellis/Roxbury Pond. The last time this was done was in the 1970's.
SLCOA member Tim Derouche took the reigns and contacted the appropriate state office to get details of what can be done to improve the town lake.
“We received from the State of Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands (Tim Thurston) the state's requirements to continue this project. As requested from the state, we were asked to bring the information to the SLCOA to oversee this project. We will be forming a committee to start brainstorming fundraising ideas, as well as to hash out the details for locations of the hazard markers. Our goal is to have them installed in the spring of 2012.”
The SLCOA will be responsible for obtaining a permit (WM-11) to place navigational aids or regulatory markers, the SLCOA will also be expected to use a nationwide, uniform marking system to adhere to national waterway navigation laws. All markers will be configured, colored and lettered in accordance with Maine State Aids to Navigational System rules & regulations.
All of the markers will be installed as soon as possible after ice out and remain in the water until at least October 1 on a yearly basis. SLCOA will be responsible for inspecting the location and condition of the markers regularly (at least every 3 weeks) with written records of these verifications, with copies sent to Navigational Aids Supervisor yearly.
The cost for the buoys through the Maine State Aids to Navigation System is $45 each and standard signs for placement at all access sites stand at $25 each.
The buoys will be held in place by 40-pound recycled anchors, that are free of charge through the state, but are subject to availability. A 3/16” chain fastened to itself with 3 shackles each will also need to be purchased by SLCOA.
A detailed map of the work done in the 70's will assist in the marking of 25 buoys that were installed on the lake. Marking of the lake this time will be for marking of rocks only, thus, somewhat different than the 1970’s Markings of (Hazards and channels).
With the number of buoys and replacements for damaged equipment, the approximate cost to be raised through fundraising to allow SLCOA to implement this project is $2,630.
Derouche noted, “This would greatly improve the safety of the lake and attract more outdoor enthusiasts to Ellis/Roxbury Pond.”
Anyone interested in assisting with this project may meet at the boat launch on Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m. or you may call Tim Derouche at 441-3630 for more details.