November 14, 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, Joe Pisciotta, and Pete Walker. Bill Herz, Lisa Levine and Shirley Timashev were not present.

The minutes of October 10, 2007 were presented. Dave Goslin moved to accept with a second by Jerry Mendenhall. The minutes were approved unanimously.

A review of the agenda noted that Dockser Terrace resident Nancy Jones was in attendance to present an appeal to an ARC decision. Two more items of note for the agenda were the budget and a proposal for a Lake Barcroft community center.


CALENDAR REVIEW: A review of the calendar noted that the Nominating Committee will present its slate of candidates at the meeting in December. The date for the auction of unclaimed boats will be left open.

FIREWORKS UPDATE: Stuart reported for Lisa that a two year commitment to run the fireworks has been given by Walter Cate and Bryant Snee. A discussion of the ATF requirements followed.


ARC APPEAL: Nancy Jones of Dockser Terrace presented an appeal to a decision by the ARC to allow a fence to be erected between her property and that of her neighbors, the Kleimans. Ms. Jones showed photographs of the fence that was (1) erected without prior notice and (2) violated both ARC and County guidelines as to its height. Her request is that the fence be removed or, at the least, have the fence altered to adhere to ARC guidelines. (ARC guidelines stipulate that a fence should be no higher than four feet. This fence is six feet in some places.) Stuart thanked Nancy for her presentation. (Stuart noted that the Kleimans would not be attending the meeting and that he, as a neighbor to both, would recuse himself from any substantive discussion.)

Upon Nancy’s departure, Kevin Howe indicated that the ARC had approved an exemption for a six foot fence, in part to block the outside lights from Ms. Jones’ home. He also indicated that the fence had been mistakenly built with the good side “in.” The issues are: does the Board affirm the decision on the fence at all; the height of the fence from the house line back and the house line forward; should the fence be four feet overall; the composition of the fence; and what is the finished side. The question was then raised: should the ARC have approved the fence and the Board indicated its approval. The next question: should the ARC have approved the exception from four feet to six feet. Dave noted that the exception should not have been approved -- we did not follow our own procedures in notifying the neighbors and there were no adequate grounds for the height exception. The question put to the Board then was: should we modify or affirm the ARC decision? Six Board members were inclined to modify, two were inclined to affirm the decision. On the appearance question, the Kleimans have agreed to pay for the reversal of the fence and to reduce the height of the fence from the house line forward. It was finally agreed that the Board would discuss the height issue with the Kleimans and the lighting issue with Ms. Jones. Jerry and Kevin proposed that Dave and Cindy meet with the Kleimans and Ms. Jones to negotiate.

BUDGET DISCUSSION: Jerry had provided copies of the budget in advance to all members of the Board. He indicated that he would rerun the numbers and send it out again.

WATER SAFETY/BEACH MAINTENANCE: Joe said that he had offered a contract to Kevin Hardy for a three year period beginning in 2008. Kevin accepted the contract for one year at $24,000 with a one week paid vacation.

COMMUNITY CENTER: Joe offered a proposal to purchase a lakefront home for $2 million to be used for a community center. Cindy said that a study had been conducted on the issue of a community center several years ago and Chris agreed to look for that report.

PUBLICATIONS: Mark said that the directory was being bound and would be distributed shortly.

IMPROVEMENTS: Steve noted that the RPA garden had been vandalized with several plants having been thrown into the lake. WID was able to save some of the plants.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Cindy Waters

LBA Secretary