MINUTES OF THE LAKE BARCROFT ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
April 9, 2003
The meeting of the Lake Barcroft Association (LBA) was called to order at 7:32 PM by President George McLennan at 6425 Lakeview Drive, Falls Church, Virginia. Those present were LBA Directors George McLennan, Karen Wehner, Frank Aukofer, Ralph Smalley, Regina Derzon, Uri Arkin, Mac Canter, Diane Davidson, Peter Browne, David Dale and Peter Walker. WID Operations Manager Stuart Finley was also present. Also present were lake residents Rosanne Rubin, Ginger Hayes, Vickie Ingalls and Chris Pabalonia from the Innovative Concepts.
The minutes of March 12, 2003 were approved as presented.
A letter drafted by Marty Convisser complaining about loud leafblowers and to be sent to landscape companies, was revised and referred back to Marty for distribution.
CALENDAR REVIEW: George McLennan reviewed April & May upcoming events.
PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT UPDATE
Ginger Hayes, chair of an Ad Hoc Playground Committee stated that funds have been collected towards playground equipment for Beach #4. Chris Pabalonia presented a site plan for the proposed layout with pictures of the equipment. The Board previously has authorized the installation of this equipment. George asked that the playground committee track incidents of vandalism at Beach 4 to determine if the new equipment will have any impact. For safety and liability reasons, Ralph Smalley urged the committee to follow the same governmental guidelines and regulations regarding playgrounds as are required by child care centers.
WID: Stu Finley reported that three 20x8x8 storage containers are in the process of being delivered to the WID area of which two have been purchased by LBA. Stu reported that 23 tons have been collected and removed over a 4-day period. The dam has been certified for a six-year period, with improvements being noted. This is a state requirement.
WID ENVIRONMENTAL CREDITS
The board discussed the recent decision by WID to sell environmental credits to Eckert Drug Store. The WID's justification for this action was that a very small quantity of phosphorus would be generated from the drug store site and that this would have negligible impact upon the lake; thus the sale of these "environmental credits" for $50,000 was considered a prudent decision.
In the Board's opinion, however, there were other, complicating legal and regulatory issues to be considered as well and after discussion, it was
MOVED by Mac Canter, seconded by Frank Aukofer that:
Mac Canter and President George McLennan meet by telephone with legal counsel to draft an agreement with the WID limiting the solicitation and sale of environmental credit to developers in the WID watershed.
The Board supported Frank Aukofer in his acknowledgement and appreciation to Diane Davidson for her extensive research on this effort.
MOVED by Diane Davidson, seconded by Regina Derzon that
the law firm of Chadwick, Washington, Olters, Moriarty and Lynn, P.C. be retained to provide a confidential opinion to the LBA Board as to the affect, if any, of recent changes in Virginia Homeowners Association Act vies a vis LBA.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Uri presented a document from Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms that contained proposed revisions to Federal regulations pertaining fireworks, which he will pass along to Amon Nixson. Ice Cream Social is set for June 22 at Beach 5. He looked into LBA joining Community Association Institute (CAI) but didn't feel a membership was necessary at this time for the cost involved.
TREASURER'S REPORT: In reviewing the recent financial statement, Karen asked committee members to watch their expenses. She added that she plans on meeting with an auditor shortly to move forward with an annual audit.
COMMUNITY WATCH/SECURITY: Pete Walker stated that the expense to buy electronic speed signs was extremely high and was encouraged to work with the local police department instead regarding speeding throughout the community.
WATER SAFETY/BEACH MAINTENANCE: Peter Browne and George conducted the annual inspection of the Beaches. The lifeguard stand at Beach 3 needs a new post and may have to be replaced. Several other lifeguard stands need a few minor repairs. The beaches are generally in good condition.
ARC: David Dale reported that there are ten pending applications and that two have been approved.
MEMBERSHIP: Regina is planning a handbook for realtors working in the community that will provide information about LBA dues and rules that all prospective buyers need to know before purchasing a home.
PUBLICATIONS: Frank reported that the newsletter is going well. The Publications Committee is planning to update the community telephone directory. The Committee will also issue a new "governance book" that will contain LBA rules and other materials related to the Association. He would like to have these delivered by the first of the year. Karen stated that the reserve fund guidelines should be added to the book as well.
ENVIROMENTAL QUALITY: George reported that the WID has begun oiling geese eggs. The geese patrols with our border collie will start in May. A goose repelling product called Flight Control is being tested on the lawns of several homeowners.
IMPROVEMENTS COMMITTEE: With help from the WID, restoration of the Beach 2/Parcel A parking lot has begun.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:47 PM.
Respectfully submitted by,
Ralph Smalley, Secretary