April 9, 2009



President Sherwood Zimmerman called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Officers present were:, Sherwood Zimmerman, President, Fred Tannehill, Vice President, Gerry Caprario, Treasurer, Phyllis Garlick, Secretary, Richard Beaton, Gordy Bratz, Bill Estes, Sue Glasscock, Mike Lobue, Carmen Perri, Julie Moore, and Doc Wasicko. Absent were Pete Pettit and Sharon Reilly. There were approximately 20 members present.

MINUTES: Gerry noted a correction to the March 12th minutes. Under the Safety Committee report the minutes stated “30 vests” and it should have been “10 vests”. Gerry made the motion to have the minutes accepted as corrected. Fred seconded the motion. All approved.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Gerry Caprario provided the Treasurer’s report. Total receipts in the amount of $326.50; total expenditures in the amount of $16,022.34, leaving a total of $45,810.96 on deposit. Fred made a motion that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted. Gordy seconded the motion. All approved.

Mike Lobue questioned the status of the funds due from Bedford Co. and Campbell Co. Gerry stated that the money has not been received .


Membership: Julie Moore reported that the current membership is 338 members. This is an 82% renewal rate. There have been 10 new members to date from Sept. 1st to April 8th. She also reported that we still have 2009 calendars and hats for sale. A status report was submitted for the record.

Newsletter: Julie stated that all articles need to be in by April 10th. She reminded everyone that anyone is welcome to contribute articles to the newsletter.

Debris: Sherwood reminded everyone of Beautification Day being Saturday, May 16th from 9 am to 4 pm. The picnic is Sunday, May 17th from 2 pm to 4 pm. Phyllis asks if approval was needed from the Board to hire a musician to play for the picnic. That did not have to go to a vote and was approved. A mass email has been sent to the members with the registration included. Gordy submitted copies of the news releases that he has contacted. Sherwood stated that Bob Rankin is designing the 2009 t-shirts.

Navigation: In Pete Pettit’s absence, Sherwood reported that $25,000 has been received from the State towards the Navigational Aids. These funds may be used even if AEP comes through with putting in the aids. Mike suggested using the funds for lights on the Toler’s Ferry bridge. Another suggestion was to install shoal markers.

Water Quality: Mike reported that a meeting with the Secchi depth/water sample teams will be held in early May. The water testing will begin in mid-May. He has picked up the monitoring probe from DEQ and the probe team will begin collecting data in early May. Mike also reported that DEQ plans to monitor Leesville Lake once a month from April to October for a total of 7 months. Next year AEP will be giving $25,000 for water quality monitoring which will allow LVLA to partner with Lynchburg College. This will provide a much higher quality of monitoring with a lot more data. A status report was submitted for the record.

Safety: Gerry reported that the Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct the required Safe Boating Class Saturday, April 18th in Hurt at 9 a.m at Holy Pentecostal Church. He also reminded everyone that he is still available for vessel safety checks and that he has the 2009 stickers once he has conducted the safety check and the vessel complies with the requirements. Gerry is still waiting for the information about the Life Jacket loaner program for children. He priced some life jackets at $15 each which would be a total of $150. He reported that there was $250 in the budget that could be used for this program.


Debris removal was discussed more in detail after our guest speaker, Pete Cox, gave his presentation on the subject.


Funding for Debris Removal: It was reported that Pete Cox of Lakeside Services has covered the major portion of the lake and would like to have 1 to 2 weeks more. This would total $20,000. Pete gave a brief overview of the operation up to this point. Doc made the motion to hire Lakeside Services for two more weeks at a cost of $20,000. Gordy seconded. All approved. Motion was carried. Doc Wasicko asked that a formal appreciation for the work that has been done be noted in the minutes. So noted.

Guest Speaker: Pete Cox, owner of Lakeside Services gave a very information presentation on Shoreline and Dock regulations and Lake clean-up. He covered how to apply for the different permits from AEP and supplied some very important tips in approaching AEP for these permits.

Other: Phillip Lovelace expressed his concern about the uranium mining issue trying to come into the area. He reported that the impact on LVL can be astronomical and invited everyone to attend the meetings every Monday at 6 pm at the Gretna Library.

Mike Lobue gave a brief overview of the progress with the Relicensing application. The comment cut-off is May 14th. He recommends that LVLA submit comments. Mike stated that comments can be sent to him and he suggested that a link to the relicensing be posted on the website.

Door prizes were given to attending members.

The next meeting will be a meeting of the Board on Thursday, May 7th at the Altavista Train Station at 7.

Sherwood made a motion for the meeting to adjourn at 8:35. Julie seconded.

Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis H. Garlick, Secretary

April 21, 2009