MINUTES OF THE LAKE BARCROFT
ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
June 21, 2006
The meeting of the Lake Barcroft Association (LBA)
was called to order at 7:47 PM by President Stuart Feldstein at 6425 Lakeview
Drive, Falls Church, Virginia. Those present were LBA Directors Stuart
Feldstein, Jerry Mendenhall, Kevin Howe, Steve Klein, Bill Herz,
Mark Cavich, Pete Walker and Shirley Timashev. Board members Frank Aukofer,
Dave Goslin, Lark Lovering,
Carolyn Coldren and Mike Stahl were not
present. Improvements committee member George McLennan, realtors Andy Cambern and Burma Klein and lake residents Dennis &
Signe Merz and John Cannon were also present.
The minutes of May 10, 2006 were approved as presented.
CALENDAR REVIEW: The calendar was reviewed.
WEBSITE UPDATE: Mark reported that anticipated cost to update the
community website would be around $4,500. Discussion of allowing
advertising on the website took place without resolution.
A motion was made by Steve and seconded by Bill to authorize Mark to begin website
updating for a maximum cost of $4,500. The motion was amended to increase
the maximum authorization to $5,000. All
voted in favor.
Kevin thanked Mark for all of his efforts.
REVIEW OF REAL ESTATE SIGN POLICY: Dennis Merz
addressed the Board about LBA's sign policy and his concern about trying to
sell his house. He stated the need to place a few directional signs because of the house's location. Andy Cambern and his client John discussed the difficulty of
seeing his house as it was not located on a main street in the community.
They have asked the Board to be understanding when it comes to sign placement
due to the slow market at this time.
Burma Klein presented a letter from the local realtors and questioned the
inconsistency of the Board's enforcement . Andy
suggested an accommodation should be made on behalf of community members trying
to sell their house and asked the Board to reconsider their previous decision.
Burma made some suggestions for the Board's consideration. Stuart thanked
the guests for their presentation.
George McLennan presented pictures of signs from years past showing the clutter
on street corners and why a sign policy was then developed. He informed
the Board that he had recently contacted 23 realtors and that Burma Klein has
been kind enough to keep George updated on houses for sale within the
Stuart stated that the pipe stem streets are the issue and he suggested
allowing one directional sign at the base of a
pipe stem. Bill raised the issue that the house at the base of the pipe
stem would complain. Mark suggested mimicking the community signs with
standard blue realtor signs.
After a lengthy discussion, it was agreed to defer until next month as 5 Board
members were not in attendance.
IMPROVEMENTS: Steve called attention to Mike Niebling's
report. A meeting took place with Stuart Feldstein, George McLennan,
Steve Klein, Mike Niebling,
Davis Grant of the WID, Kevin Howe and Betsy Washington about coordination
between community groups. Kevin and Betsy have suggested turning a
section of beach 5 into an RPA area which could be funded by a grant from the
Fairfax Water Authority. They suggested having a demonstration garden of
native plants. WID would like to change the seawall to a riprap and the
WID would build piers.
George stated that he would continue as the Improvements chief until someone else can take over, preferably by
fall. He stated that the job presently involved about 20 hours a
week. Kevin stated that this position may need
to be a paid position.
Kevin reported on the stairs to Parcel A. A letter from Stuart should go
to a resident thanking him for preparation of drawings that he supplied to
LBA. Kevin informed the Board that he solicited
bids for the pathway and received 3. The bids ranged from $13,600
to $16,500. Kevin requested approval to issue a contract to the
contractor of $13,600 and to allow 10% for overage. The Board agreed to
have Kevin move forward.
Kevin discussed the engineers' work on the survey of the retaining wall.
He will have an interim report in July for the Board.
RULES ALLOWING LBA TO LEVY FINES AGAINST ARC VIOLATORS: Stuart expressed
concern that some residents are not abiding by
the ARC rules or they are deviating from what they submitted and was approved
by the ARC. The Virginia Property Owners Association Act has a provision
that we can have rules and regulations to enforce our covenants and that we can
impose fines. $50 for a single violation and up to $900
total for a continuing violation. If the fine remains unpaid,
since it is an assessment, beach privileges
could be denied. Stuart will present something in writing to the Board at
the next meeting. He asked for authorization to move forward on this and
to contact the attorney for the association about this issue.
A motion was made by Kevin Howe and seconded by Bill Herz
to authorize Stuart to contact the attorney and to move forward with this
action. All in favor.
Stuart suggested having Kevin contact Penny Gross about the RPA as well.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Shirley reported that the ice cream social was well
attended. July 4 parade and fireworks are on. She asked the Board
for approval for reimbursement for expenses
associated with the July 4 parade. Approval was duly granted. She
added that August 5 is scheduled for the LBA BBQ on
WATER SAFETY/BEACH MAINTENANCE: Stuart reported that things are going
well. Board members expressed concern about guards reading, using ipods and their cell phones while on duty. The Board
asked Chris to contact WSS Van Hoffman to make him aware of this.
TREASURER'S REPORT: Jerry called attention to the financial
statement. Kevin questioned dam insurance and Jerry agreed to check on
COMMUNITY WATCH/SECURITY: Pete reported that a recent trespasser arrested will
be going to court according to the police due to drug possession. Parking
for July 4 is a problem per police and Pete has agreed to post a notice on lakelink reminding residents that parking should be limited
to only one side of the street. Cones will be placed in these areas and
the police will be given the authority to enforce it. He reported that
there has been one arrest to date on the beaches. He asked if LBA wanted
to recognize a resident for his/her
outstanding contribution to the community. He will
solicit the Woman's Club and Newcomers for their input of candidates as
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: Bill reported all the Geese Peace documents were
delivered to the waterfront homes. Cameron Run watershed group met and
Diane and Bill met with them. Only two of the twelve priority projects
were selected and they were disappointed. He added that unfortunately
there is not much recourse that could be done
about this but added that potential funding will be given to 25 additional
projects pending complaints. Bill and Diane will be meeting with Penny
Gross to discuss this further.
Diane gave Bill documents for the handbook regarding environmental quality.
LEGAL: Nothing new to report at this time.
MEMBERSHIP: Delayed at this time.
PUBLICATIONS: Mark is getting quotes on different sizes of newsletters
and the use of color.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:07 PM.
Respectfully submitted by, Chris Lawson, Acting Secretary