September 19, 2007

The meeting of the Lake Barcroft Association (LBA) was called to order at 7:35 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, Bill Herz, Kevin Howe, Steve Klein, Lisa Levine, Joe Pisciotta, and Shirley Timashev. Pete Walker was not present.

The minutes of August 15, 2007 were presented. Dave Goslin moved to accept with a second by Carolyn Coldren. The minutes were approved unanimously.

A review of the agenda noted that Seth Ahlborn and Missy Henriksen, representing The Congressional Schools of Virginia, were in attendance for a presentation. They presented information on two events being sponsored by the School, “Movie Under the Stars” and the Fall Carnival. They also expressed the School’s desire to work with Lake Barcroft on water improvement projects including dealing with Tripps Run trash and an engineered wetlands. Dave Goslin suggested that they contact WID for further discussion.


CALENDAR REVIEW: A review of the calendar noted that the Newcomers Oktoberfest will be held on October 6 and that the Woman’s Club House Tour has been moved from October 2007 to April 2008.

WATER SAFETY DISCUSSION: Dave Goslin, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Boating and Water Safety Rules, presented the Board with a written report summarizing comments from Lakelink, Board input, and conversations within the community as well as recommendations from the Committee. The Committee, which also included Joe Pisciotta and Pete Walker, met with Stuart Feldstein and Kevin Hardy to discuss the issues. The Committee recommended no changes in the boating and water safety rules. It did recommend developing an enhanced program to educate residents about the rules. Following a lengthy discussion, the Board eventually agreed that the best solution was to educate the community about the existing rules.

COMMON AREAS SPECIAL COMMITTEE: Steve Klein reported that his committee visited the common areas and will provide recommendations at the next Board meeting. Stuart asked about the hillside in Parcel A. The builder has agreed to plant $20,000 worth of native plants, but we might cut back on the number of plants and put the balance of funds toward maintenance.

FIREWORKS UPDATE: Lisa Levine indicated that she had a discussion with a resident who might be interested in succeeding Amon but is hesitant to commit. A suggestion was made that perhaps this individual might agree to combining efforts with Walter Cate, who has also been approached to possibly succeed Amon. Otherwise, we may have to go forward with contracting with Zambelli, a move which would likely contribute to a dues increase. The question was posed: to for volunteers or go to Zambelli right away. Eleven Board members approved of volunteers; one chose Zambelli. Lisa and Cindy will approach the two volunteers and report back to the Board in October. At that time, a final decision will be made.

CAMPING REQUEST: A resident has approached the Board with a request to conduct a “camp out” at one of the beaches. Shirley indicated that we could consider this as an LBA-sponsored event in the fall or the spring. It was agreed that a proposal should be prepared for the Board to consider and that, further, the Board would need to bear in mind issues such as insurance, fire and the effect on neighbors.


LBA CIVIC AFFAIRS MEETING: The meeting will take place at Belvedere Elementary School on October 24. Topics for the agenda will include: community awareness campaign concerning boating and swimming (Dave Goslin); common areas (Steve Klein); WID (Chuck De Seve); notification of probable dues increase in the next two to three years (Stuart Feldstein); and nominating committee (Stuart). Local candidates will also be in attendance.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINEES: After some discussion of possible awardees, it was decided to present plaques to Carol and Tom Donlan and to Amon Nixson for their efforts on behalf of the community.

BEACH SEASON REPORT: Joe Pisciotta provided a detailed written report prepared by Kevin Hardy. Shirley moved that the Board make an initial offer of $22,000 to Kevin Hardy for next summer, to be negotiated by Joe Pisciotta in consultation with Stuart Feldstein. Kevin Howe offered a second and the motion passed unanimously. Following some discussion about the lifeguards, Dave moved to approve $1,500 in bonuses for the lifeguards and a $1,000 bonus for Kevin Hardy. Cindy Waters offered a second and the motion passed unanimously.

TREASURER/FINANCE & AUDIT: Jerry noted that we are scheduled for a preliminary draft of the budget at the October meeting and that all Board members should provide as much background information as possible. He noted that maintenance and water safety are the two big categories of expenditures.

IMPROVEMENTS: Steve noted that trees on the common areas need to be watered.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Lisa Levine inquired about the need for ABC licenses for beach parties. While LBA does not require the license, the police would require a license for any community activities involving alcohol.

ARC: Kevin and Stuart reported that they attended a meeting in Ravenswood concerning a proposed house of 16,000 square feet to be constructed on Juniper Lane.

PUBLICATIONS: Mark Cavich provided a three part report. Website: He will be updating the website with a new link. Newsletter: While we do not have a new editor, Joel Gregorio has agreed to be the new photo editor. Directory: The directory should go to the printer in approximately two weeks.

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: Bill had no updates.

LEGAL: Stuart had no updates.

MEMBERSHIP: Carolyn reported that there were four transfers for a total of $400 in fees. Currently, we have 1028 members, one partial member, four non-members and 11 outstanding transfers for a total of 1,044.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Cindy Waters

LBA Secretary