September Meeting7 P.M. July 15, 2006
Altavista Train Station
Board of Directors
the association was viewed as negative to growth. They now have 1350 members out of 15000 owners on the lake. In 2004 they had 750 man days of volunteers. It has a 501-c-3 tax status which helps with fundraising. Their specific issues are similar to ours; i.e.; debris, maps, navigational aids, water quality and safety. Their current emphasis is on water quality, Royal Flush, riparian buffer zones, invasive species, leaking underground tanks, disappearance of islands, debris, speed and noise.
Bedford County supervisor, Chuck Neudorfer believes the Tri-County Relicensing Commission (TCRC), with 4 counties working together will be much to our benefit and feels it would help if LVL was part of the Tri-County Lake Committee (TLAC) and have both lakes served out of the same organization. He thanked us for inviting him and his wife to the picnic.
President Stan Goldsmith pointed out that Bedford County is in the forefront of support for our association's efforts.
OTHER NOTES of INTEREST:
There were questions regarding rumors that AEP is going to outlaw cable anchoring systems for docks. Officially, it's unknown if this is true at this point. Unofficially, President Stan Goldsmith thinks it's under consideration. LVL will continue to support requests for cable anchoring systems.
Sherwood Zimmerman suggested that we have a historian position. There was no action taken on this issue at this meeting.
Julie Moore has free LVL stickers for your car window for members.
Bill Morgan has LVL hats for sale at $10 each. All proceeds go to the association.
The September Board meeting will be held Thursday, September 14th, at 7 P.M. at the Altavista Train Station.
The 3rd Annual Beautification Day was a major success. Sam Skillman and Sherwood Zimmerman coordinated the day this year. They estimated we had 100+ volunteers working along with cranes, backhoes and the AEP skimmer. We completely filled 3 dumpsters and 1 partially, in addition to what was removed by those working on their own waterfronts. This year we had 4 drop off sites. Fred Bragg, Joe Weatherspoon, Pete Pettit, and Fred and J.B Tannehill, co-coordinated the efforts at those 4 sites. Thanks to all who turned out either by boat or on land to help keep our lake beautiful, and to Westlake Printing who put together the banners, Bob Rankin who designed the t-shirts and has volunteered to do it again next year, and to Richard Beaton for taking the pictures which are posted on the LVL website.
Our thanks go to the sponsors who donated over $7000 this year. The "Demonstration Project" which involved our own "pusher boat" and a large number of volunteer hours, removed 900 cubic yards of debris. We will be meeting soon with our county administrators to hopefully raise more funds to help with clean up. We're requesting $15,000 from each of the 3 counties and AEP. In the future we will also need emergency funds to deal with debris from storms and for a 70hp pontoon motor. Members should contact their supervisors requesting their support. Members are also urged to report contractors who are dumping debris too near the water's edge to their County Building officials and to AEP.
Phone numbers for the three county Building Inspectors offices are: Bedford Co. 540-586-7611 Campbell Co. 434-592-9596 Pittsylvania Co. 434-432-7750
NAVIGATIONAL AIDS & MILE MARKERS:
The mile markers are in place! Foliage is blocking a few markers but the committee is
working on getting it removed. Bill Wallace, Mike Lobue and Pete Pettit coordinated the placement of each marker. Bill Estes manufactured and installed them. The cost to the association for 16, 2'x2' sq., 18 gauge aluminum, night reflective, with contrasting colors, including installation was $4200.
Regarding the need for navigational aids, Bill Wallace reminded us that it is often treacherous past Tolers Bridge and there are some significant dangers. The committee is working toward finding funds and a method to get help with these issues.
Members are reminded that business card size ads can be put in the newsletter for $50 a year (4 issues).
The Association has purchased a laser color printer/copier with an extended 3 year warranty after researching purchasing vs. leasing. The total cost for the copier/printer and extended warranty after a $100 rebate was $739.99.
Anyone who has an article of interest to the general lake population is welcome to submit it for review and publication.
The newsletter will have a new editor for the next edition. Richard Beaton will be taking over the job, as I (Linda Morgan) am resigning as editor. My husband, Bill, (a Board member) and I have taken leave of our senses and are moving away from the lake at the end of September.
COMMENTS from BOARD MEMBERS:
The Prez Sez: (Stan Goldsmith)
As we begin a new fiscal year it is natural to reflect on what has happened not only during this past year but over the past several years we have been in existence as an Association.
We have accomplished a great deal, thanks to Board members and many of our members, who have been responsible for keeping the Association moving forward. We have made a significant impact on the debris problem in the
lake, even though there are still times when it may not seem so. We have developed a process, fabricated some equipment, identified some excellent contractor support, had wonderful volunteer help and received some initial funding from the counties.
We have replaced the mile markers on the lake, a need that has existed for many years, and established a presence in the minds of the people from AEP and the three surrounding counties. We have created an outstanding newsletter, become better educated to the needs of our lake membership, and begun a significant safety awareness program, begun work on a map and much more.
All of this is through the efforts of many people who have been willing to give of themselves for the corporate benefit of all.
As some members of the Board step down we need to find others who are willing to take up the mantle and be willing to continue the momentum they have created. We will miss Sam Skillman and Bill Wallace for their hard work as V.P. and Treasurer, respectively, as well as Bill and Linda Morgan for their willingness to take on our picnics, the newsletter and hat sales.
As Stan Smith said about the SMLA, it takes a lot of commitment and a long time to see your goals become a reality, but we are doing a good work and it must continue. Safety of all lake users must be assured and property values protected. We will, and must have, the financial support of the three surrounding counties as well as AEP, and/or seek grants and outside resources.
Thanks to all of you, our members, for your continuing support. We, as volunteers on the Board merely act on your behalf. Our request is that you continue to help us help you, however and whenever you can. Together we have, can and will make a difference.
I am sure you have heard the saying, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease". The LVL Association isn't trying to grease any wheels, but we are trying to influence the actions of the
Pittsylvania, Bedford and Campbell County Supervisors. We need their help to provide the
assets the Association needs to make LVL a place that all can enjoy. To accomplish this, the
LVL Board needs the assistance of each and every person that lives on or around the lake. This means attending and speaking at the supervisors meetings when proposals are brought before their boards. If you can't attend the meetings, call or write and let them know you are concerned.
HOAs at Smith Mountain Lake have been and continue to be supporters of their lake. We need the associations on and around LVL involved in this effort, as well. I have tried to contact the Directors of the various LVL associations but haven't had much success. Members who live in a Common Interest Community please have your President or one of the other officers, contact me at 540-297-1673 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I know everyone wants LVL to be a place where you and your friends can enjoy the water and also expect your property to appreciate. Just give the County Supervisors and the LVL Board your support and it will happen.
Call or write your County Supervisors at:
TIPS from the LAKESIDE GARDENER:(Julie Moore, Master Gardener)
In our last edition I wrote about common problems with shoreline landscapes and introduced the concept and benefit of creating a "buffer zone" between your yard and the lake to correct those problems. In this edition we'll look at what makes up a buffer zone.
First, every bit of buffer counts. Any amount is better than none.
The most effective backyard buffer has three zones:
Streamside: From the water to the top of the bank. It protects the bank and offers habitat. The best buffer has mature forest but large shrubs may be a better choice where trees have collapsed a bank. Let it grow and let it go for the best protection.
Middle zone: From the top of the bank inland. It protects stream water quality and offers habitat. The area can vary in width, depending on the slope and use of nearby land. The best buffer has trees, shrubs, and perennial ground plants. Portions can be cleared for water access.
Outer zone: The yard, garden, or woods between your home and the rest of the buffer. This area traps sediment. Play areas, gardens, compost piles, and other common residential activities occur here.
To begin your buffer, spend some time outside during a heavy rainstorm, watching to see where the water goes. Your buffer will do the best job of filtering runoff when the water spreads out and does not flow straight to the lake in a channel. Re-grade, or use stones or landscape timbers to divert runoff into flatter areas where it can soak in.
Avoid planting a lawn to the water's edge. Lawns have no habitat values (except for mice
and moles). It puts your property at risk for erosion and delivers lawn chemicals directly to
the lake and ruins fishing. You don't have to return your entire yard to a natural forest to protect the water. A lawn nearer your house can work as part of your buffer by soaking up runoff and catching sediment from driveways and bare ground.
If you have native vegetation along the lake, think about incorporating it into a landscaping plan. If you have lawn down to the lake, think about the three buffer zones and what you could begin planting to help save the shoreline.
In our next edition I will talk about the best grasses, ground covers, perennials, and shrubs and local sources for native plants.
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