May 9, 2007

The meeting of the Lake Barcroft Association (LBA) was called to order at 7:40 p.m. by President Stuart Feldstein at 6425 Lakeview Drive, Falls Church, Virginia. Those present were LBA Directors Stuart Feldstein, David Goslin, Cindy Waters, Jerry Mendenhall, Mark Cavich, Carolyn Coldren, Kevin Howe, Steve Klein, Lisa Levine, Joe Pisciotta, Shirley Timashev and Pete Walker. Board member Bill Herz was not present.

The minutes of April ll, 2007 were approved as amended.


CALENDAR REVIEW: The calendar was reviewed.


Information Item:

Stuart noted that Amon Nixson will not be coming back to run the Fourth of July fireworks next year (2008). It was suggested that an article be written for the newsletter to serve as a reminder that this is a community activity and that there is a need for volunteers. Kevin discussed what is required of the volunteers and the need to have someone experienced in charge. The back up is to ask the fireworks company to do it for us – Chris will look into this.


IMPROVEMENTS: Steve reported that the RPA is coming along and that $5,400 has been received to date in donations. While the work is not yet done, some of the completed items include having the docks and beaver wire in place. The sea wall will be repaired but the material to do so has not been decided upon.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Lisa reported that the Newcomers have been promoting Sand Day. Sand has been delivered at all beaches except for Beach 5, for a savings of $700. Shirley indicated that Janet Kerley will be heading up the Ice Cream Social.

WATER SAFETY: Joe reported that Beach Clean Up was successful but would like to find a way to get more children involved. Joe met with Kevin Hardy and 3 lifeguards and gave a list of items which need attention: grass is encroaching on the sand at Beaches 3, 4 and 5; Beach 2 needs to be dredged; and there is a dead tree at Beach 3 which needs to be removed. He also outlined some concerns with beach equipment which included information concerning the Stuart HS crew team’s misuse of the boat and motor they borrowed (it was not returned properly, the battery was under water, rusted tools at the bottom, etc). We have sent a letter to the crew team requesting reimbursement. The condition of the motors is bad and we will only have one at the end of May. We currently do not have a complete lifeguard crew but there are enough to open the beaches.

Joe reported that we still do not have a water safety supervisor. The person we had lined up backed out. Joe has gone to the high schools to no avail. He suggested having guards who have worked as managers in the past work with Kevin as a consultant and that those guards split the responsibility of the position. The question arose as to whether those two guards would be able to step up for next year. Dave Goslin suggested that we might have to offer those two and Kevin Hardy a significant contract and that would potentially have to increase the budget. He then offered a motion: To authorize up to a ten percent increase in the water safety budget if necessary. Dave Goslin moved, Steve Klein offered a second and the motion passed unanimously.

Kevin Howe mentioned that at the end of last year, Van Hoffman gave a good report on what was needed, but added that there were issues left unresolved.

TREASURER: Jerry called attention to the financial statements. He had no special items to discuss. The invoice for insurance has been received; net change of $169. We are on target.

ARC: Kevin reported that there were no issues pending. He then discussed the boat auction – we realized $3200. There followed a discussion concerning hostile phone calls to Davis Grant and Bill Herz concerning stored boats and what could be done to relieve WID of the burden. A suggestion was made to refer to the area as the LBA Impoundment instead of the WID compound.

COMMUNITY WATCH/SECURITY: Pete indicated that the police patrols have started as of May 1. Stuart asked Pete to write an article for the newsletter concerning issues at Culmore.

LEGAL: Stuart reported that there are no issues currently.

MEMBERSHIP: Carolyn reported that six transfers had been made bringing in $600 in fees. Currently, there are 1030 members, 4 non-members, 1 “partial” members and nine outstanding transfers.

PUBLICATIONS: Mark distributed a page of information prepared by the publications subcommittee consisting of three parts.

Newsletter: Due to the rise in mailing costs and probable increase in paper costs, the subcommittee has discussed raising ad rates. A re-bid for printing will be going out within the next two months. Carol Donlan and Ellen Feldstein will be asked to help in the selection of a candidate for the editor’s position. Mark has agreed to succeed Tom Donlan as photographer and Dominique has agreed to succeed Debra Lee on production and layout.

Directory: We will print 2500 directories. Ad sales calls are underway with $6,000 in verbal confirmation (three covers). All previous advertisers have been sent notices and community-wide notices will go out shortly. Projected production cost is $7,800. Don Christian has agreed to ad/layout production. A determination as to cover design (photography vs. art) has yet to be made. The target for directory completion is end of August/early September.

Web: Bob Finley has been working on merging the information from the current site to the new one. Mark is writing a story for the newsletter announcing the new site.

Mark reported for Bill Herz that he is continuing his work on the environmental handbook.


Lake Barcroft Foundation: Dave received a report from Ralph Smalley representing the Thurgood Marshall Committee that there is not a current slate of scholarship candidates. However, by the June LBA meeting, scholarships will have been awarded.

Environment and Safety: Joe raised the growing concern of foxes in our area.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Cindy Waters

LBA Secretary