June 13, 2001
The meeting of the Lake Barcroft Association (LBA) was called to order at 7:50 PM by President David Feld at 6425 Lakeview Drive, Falls Church, Virginia. Those present were LBA Directors: David Feld, George Waters, Nan Brent, Garrett Green, Sue Nixson, Therese St. Hilaire, Peter Browne, George McLennan and Ralph Smalley. Also present were Improvements Committee Chairman, Ernie Rauth, WID Operations Manager, Stuart Finley, Mary Larson of Newcomers Club, Marty Convisser and lake manager, Chris LaChance.
The minutes of the May 9th meeting were approved as corrected, with the Special Events report attached.
Chris LaChance advised the Board that a new insurance policy had been instated. Of eight solicitations, only one underwriter responded with a bid that is $5,600 higher than last year. Additional funding for the policy will come from the reserve account. Objection was raised to placing warning signs in Spanish as originally requested by the underwriter on the basis that this raises various social and legal issues.
Bob Foster reported on various beach improvements, noting particularly (a) the improvements to Beach One which includes handicap access (particularly to accommodate a nearby resident) and picnic tables, (b) increased need for boat racks, (c) need for parking lot striping and the need to evaluate the condition of the lifeguard stands at all beaches. After some discussion on numerous details of the stands, it was agreed that Bob would report back to the Board at the next meeting with recommendations for capital improvements.
Sue Nixson reported on the forthcoming Ice Cream Social on June 24th, at Beach 5, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Announcements of the event will be made through various media. A highlight of the occasion will be the burning of the bond for the re-construction of the lake dam after the 1972 disaster. It was recently paid off by the community.
Marty Convisser reported on the sign sub-committee's recommendations. Thereupon,
MOVED by Therese St Hillaire, second by George McLennan that:
1) non-real estate commercial signs in the right-of-way should be removed by the sub-committee, and
2) owners of other non-real estate commercial signs (which are not legal on single family residential properties) should be sent letters, in the near future, similar to those sent to the real estate brokers. PASSED.
MOVED by George McLennan, second by Therese St. Hillaire, that LBA actions be published on the Lake Link, within seven days of the board meeting. AMENDED by George Waters that the board be given 24 hours advance notice to review. PASSED with 6 for, 2 opposed.
Mary Larson of the Newcomers Club was introduced. She requested $700 to underwrite the cost of welcome baskets which the club, at its own expense, was distributing to new residents.
MOVED by George Waters, second by Therese St. Hillaire, that $700 be given for this purpose. PASSED.
Nan Brent reported on substantial landscaping renovation of property at 6339 Waterway Drive was being undertaken without approvals from the Architectural Review Committee nor from Fairfax County. The project included significant "hardscape" elements and major re-grading. The occupant has been advised to desist from further work. The infraction is considered by ARC to be egregious.
MOVED by Garret Green , second by Ralph Smalley, that, at his discretion, the president was authorized by the board to advise the offending neighbor that legal action would be taken. PASSED.
Ernie Rauth reported that Beach One landscaping and signage were completed. Parking lots were being striped where necessary. Fencing at Beach Four has been completed.
Meeting was adjourned at 10:45 PM., 45 minutes past scheduled conclusion.
Ralph Smalley, sec'y.