February 24, 2009

The meeting of the Lake Barcroft Association (LBA) was called to order at 7:34 p.m. by President Cindy Waters with a brief announcement that the meeting must adjourn by 9:30 p.m.

  1. Introduction of LBA Board and Candidates: Cindy introduced existing LBA Board members, including Stuart Feldstein, Dave Goslin, Jerry Mendenhall, Joel Gregorio, Steve Klein, Kevin Howe, Mark Cavich, Kim Smith, Lisa Levine and herself. Board members Bill Herz and Joe Pisciotta were not present.  Cindy then introduced the Board members running for re-election including herself, Stuart Feldstein, and Joel Gregorio as well as the community members running for the Board including Aras Butas, Sally Determan, Bob Finley, Greg Kinzelman, Eva Koszterab and Warren Russell.
  1. Minutes from 2008

The minutes of February 11, 2008 were approved as presented.

  1. Bailey’s Revitalization: Angie Allen, Bailey’s Revitalization Program Project Manager, and Caijun Luo, Fairfax County Department of Transportation presented the current Bailey’s revitalization plans, including the Columbia Pike Transit Initiative. The presentation included a detailed description of the project and process and was followed by several questions and comments from the audience.


  1. President’s Report:  Cindy reported that 2008 saw several successful programs, including the new tree replacement program and the installation of new boat racks as well as the return of some projects including Geese Peace and the annual fireworks.  Two other matters came before the Board in 2008, including the Waterway Traffic Calming Task Force and convening the Futures Committee that was put in place as a result of several recurring requests to the Board. Cindy highlighted Lisa Levine and Joe Pisciotta who are both resigning from the Board.  Cindy also thanked Chris Lawson for all the work she does for the community. Lastly, Cindy acknowledged George McLennan who has done so much for the community, not the least of which has been the volunteer maintenance supervisor, and that he has been elected to serve as a WID trustee.
  1. Treasurer’s Report and 2009 Budget Presentation: Jerry Mendenhall reported that the state of our finances are sound. He recommended that members refer to the budget and noted that the categories of water safety and maintenance consumed most of our budget again in 2008. Jerry lastly reported that in 2010 there will be an increase of $40 to the annual dues, noting that there has not been an increase in over five years and this increase will be in line with inflation increases.


  1. Selected Committee Reports
    1. Futures Committee: Lisa Levine introduced the members of the committee, including herself, Steve Klein, Jerry Mendenhall, Kevin Howe, George McLennan and Chuck De Seve. She then reported that the Futures Committee had met several times and was nearing completion of its report. The committee is hoping to make a presentation to the Board at the next meeting.


    1. Water Safety: Cindy reported that Kevin Hardy has accepted the position of Waters Safety Supervisor for one more year.
    1. Security Committee: Kim reported that over 140 households have signed up to volunteer for the revitalized Neighborhood Watch program and that 75 people have been trained.  She announced additional training sessions scheduled for March 9, March 11 and April 7.  Kim noted that Sections 9 and 11 neighborhood watch patrols are rolling and Sections 2 and 5 should be running by mid-March.  Sections 1, 3, 4, 7 and 9 all have Section Chiefs in place and are actively recruiting.  Sections 6 and 11 do not have anyone identified yet.  She showed an example of the neighborhood watch vests that had been ordered.  Kim reviewed several other program ideas that the Security Committee could work toward, noting that this is a committee of volunteers and that it will be as active as the committee members involvement allows. A question was asked as to why neighborhood watch patrols would not occur during the night. Kim explained that most burglaries occur between 9am and 3pm and that the overriding concern is the safety of the volunteers. A comment was made that if off-duty patrols were increased, the need for such increases should be weighed against the added costs.


    1. Traffic Calming Task Force: Kevin Kampschroer reported that the Task Force has looked at all options for slowing traffic on Waterway Drive.  They have met several times to consider input from the community and to consider the available options.  Their next step is to meet with VDOT and FC-DOT to walk Waterway Drive.  A comment was made that the Board should own the traffic calming process and that, as the community’s elected officials, should make the decisions pertaining to the community.  A second comment supported that view, further noting that the group opposed to traffic calming had not been given the opportunity to make a presentation at this meeting.
  1. WID Report: George McLennan reported that $249,000 budget was presented to the VA Water and Conservation Board.  The WID started building its reserves by increasing the WID tax by 11%.  The WID tax will increase by about 5%.  The other good news is the dredging program.  In the past WID has paid an outside contractor to dredge the lake. George also reported that there is no way to do dredging on a mid-scale basis, such as after a storm.  The WID has found mid-sized dredging equipment which will give us the ability to dredge small and mid-size coves.  The equipment has been purchased and it should be on the water by May.  The WID will hire another full-time person, but after just a few months, the equipment will be fully paid off and will save about $500,000 annually.


  1. Community Q&A: Cindy noted that several questions and comments had been made throughout the meeting; no other questions were raised.


  1. Election Results: Cindy reported the election results announcing the new two year terms: Eva Kosztarab, Sally Determan, Joel Gregorio, Warren Russell, Cindy Waters, Stuart Feldstein.  All were welcomed to the Board.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 PM.  The next Board meeting is March 11, 2009.

Respectfully submitted by,
Kimberly Smith
LBA Secretary