As described in the history, the West Hill Pond Association is an Organization of Organizations. Through its ownership of the Water Rights of West Hill Pond, it is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the sluice gate and spillway located within the gatehouse on the dam. Through the operation of the sluice gate it controls how much water can be let out of the Lake. Raising the Lake is a function of rainfall and the flow of the springs that are it’s principal water source. In other words, the Pond Association can lower the Lake but it cannot raise it without cooperation from nature. The Pond Association does not own the dam. The Town of Barkhamsted owns the roadway across the dam, while the Laurel Acres Property Owner’s Association owns the land upon which the dam is situated. The Pond Association members pay annual dues to cover the liability insurance on the gatehouse and sluice gate and to provide the money for repairs and maintenance.
More recently, with concerns about water quality and the recreational value of the lake, it was natural for the West Hill Pond Association to become the steward of caring for the water quality through monitoring and education. Water quality has become the top priority and most complex management task for the association’s trustees.
The President of the West Hill Pond Association is Nelson (Skip) Sly.
The organizations comprising the West Hill Pond Association include:
- West Hill Lake Shore Property Owners
WHLSPOA is a voluntary association of the lake shore property owners with the primary purpose of preserving the quality of West Hill Lakes pristine waters.
Trustee: Bill Adamsen
- Camp Sequassen
Camp Sequassen consists of 540 acres of forest with over 2500’ of shoreline on West Hill Pond, one of the most beautiful spring fed lakes in Connecticut. The camp is operational year round except for Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend, Winter Holidays (December 24-January 1), Spring Holidays (Good Friday – Easter Sunday) and Memorial Day weekend. Weekend camping is not available from mid-June through August due to summer resident camp programs
Trustee: Dave Boyajian
- Camp Workcoeman
Camp Workcoeman consists of 550 acres on the western shore of West Hill Pond. Established in 1924, it is one of the oldest continuously operated Scout camps in the country. Camp Workcoeman is used year-round for short-term camping for all Scouting Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Venture Crews as well as district and Order of the Arrow activities.
Trustee: James Waters
- Laurel Acres
Trustee: Larry Gauvain
- West Hill Beach Club
Founded in 2006, West Hill Beach Club is a member-owned and operated social and recreational club of outdoor enthusiasts who love picnicking, swimming, sailing, and kayaking on beautiful spring-fed West Hill Pond, one of the most spectacular bodies of water in Connecticut. It is located on the south-western shore and occupies land and facilities that were once the property of (Boy Scout) Camp Pioneer.
Trustee: Mary Hourdequin
- Marsten Trails
Trustee: Tom Sloss
- New Hartford
The Town of New Hartford acquired Brodie Park in 1986 where it maintains recreation fields, playgrounds, skateboard park, a conference/dining center and of course the waterfront beach and boating areas for recreation.
Trustee: Dan Jerram
- plus an Acting Legal Counsel