GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
LEESVILLE LAKE ASSOCIATION
JANUARY 8, 2009
President, Sherwood Zimmerman called the meeting to order at 7:10pm. Present were President, Sherwood Zimmerman, Treasurer, Gerry Caprario; board members Richard Beaton, Sue Glasscock, Mike Lobue, Julie Moore, Carmen Perri, and Sharon Reilly. Absent were Vice President, Fred Tannehill; Secretary, Phyllis Garlick; and board members Mike Skillman and Pete Pettit.
In addition to the above mentioned board members there were also 4 guest speakers from the Hurt Volunteer fire department whom Sherwood introduced and about 30 Association members.
Having recently been to a TLAC meeting, Sherwood gave us a very positive update regarding our position and standing with TLAC. He reported that Leesville Lake representation has been well received and although Campbell County/Leesville Lake is not yet a member of TLAC, he expects membership within a year.
Carmen Perri moved that the minutes of the last meeting be approved and Herb Miller seconded. Motion passed.
Mike Lobue moved that the Treasurer’s report be accepted as presented and Sue Glasscock seconded. Motion passed. A detailed Treasurer’s Report passed out at the meeting will be attached to these minutes as a permanent record.
Sherwood introduced Bryan Miller and several others from the Hurt Volunteer Fire Department who were at the meeting to talk about getting a fire boat on Leesville Lake. Bryan started his talk by noting that there were multiple fire departments on the lake but Hurt was probably the closest and he mentioned the very quick response rate of the Hurt unit compared to other units in the country. The initial thinking is that the boat would be stored at the Pit Stop Marina. The response time to the Pit Stop is 7-8 minutes for them. He sees their major benefit as being able to supply water to trucks on land and protection of boats and docks. Currently they are checking into grants, working with Appalachian Power and FEMA grants and would like our support and any funding we could provide. His boat preference is a Rescue1, which are interlocking—providing more options for use. Fire boats can range in price from $40,000-$250,000. They are looking at a Rescue 1 boat for approximately $40,000. Smith Mountain Lake has agreed to do training for Hurt. The boat would be staffed with fire department, EMT and CPR, and AED folks at all times when the boat is out. Hurt currently has two certified divers. They plan for the boat to be on the water and manned for a set number of hours. When he finished speaking, Bryan asked for questions. To close, Sherwood told the group that LVLA would be happy to provide a letter of support.
Julie Moore for the Membership Committee reported that there are currently 336 members at an 83% renewal rate. She encouraged current members to speak to neighbors and friends about joining. She also reported that Newsletter articles are due this coming Monday, January 12.
A debris update presented by Mike Lobue reported that although Larry and Phyllis Garlick had volunteered space for debris removal, Paul Maddox would not be able to get his tub grinder onto their property. Pete Cox who has been contracted for 80 hours of debris removal can’t get started until we have a place for him to unload. Several other spaces are still being studied. If these fail, we still have one place we can unload where we will have to pay.
Sherwood presented the Navigational Aids update in the absence of Pete Pettit who had submitted a report for the record. The highlights of his report were that Appalachian has approved 43 lighted aids (installed in 2010 most likely with the renewal of their license); and we have received a $25,000 grant for 2009 and $25,000 grant for 2010 to help pay for this project.
The Adopt a Mile Post program was mentioned and Al Whitehead volunteered to care for #4. Several others have already been adopted. The remaining ones which need adoption will be mentioned in the next newsletter.
Mike Lobue reported that 2008 was a very good year for Water Quality. Only 1 sample was bad for bacteria and some areas were low for dissolved oxygen when areas stratified. He asked us all to continue to be vigilant about using low phosphorus fertilizers and only fertilize in the fall. For 2009 we’ve received a $1,500 grant to continue our citizen volunteer program. We have asked for $25,000 from the state. If we get it we would like to partner with Lynchburg College to expand the water monitoring program. We don’t expect this to be approved for 2009. However, for 2010 Appalachian has approved $25,000 per year. At that time we can definitely partner with Lynchburg College. Monitoring alerts us if the water exceeds state standards and gives us a baseline for future testing.
Gerry Caprario, Safety Committee Chair reminded us that this was the year that PWC operators 20 or younger must be certified to continue operating PWC’s. Stan Goldsmith suggested that we put that schedule in the newsletter again. Gerry also reminded us that he continues to do Vessel Safety Checks for free by appointment.
Kyle Goldsmith, an attending member, asked if anything were being planned as a permanent solution for the debris coming out of the Pigg River. Appalachian will look at the feasibility of a debris trap as part of its Debris Management Plan, but it was generally felt that it is unlikely that a debris trap would be installed.
Gerry asked about approval for LVL to remain members of ALAC and the Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce. Carmen Perri moved that we remain members and Sue Glasscock seconded. Motion was passed.
The meeting adjourned 9:00pm. The next meeting is a regularly scheduled meeting of the board at 7:00pm, Altavista Train Station on Thursday, February 12.
Julia B. Moore