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LFRPOA Annual Meeting Proposed Minutes
28 September 2013
Chester Gap Fire Department
Call to Order: Michael Yoka (President) called meeting to order at 10:02 am.
In Attendance: Michael Yoka (President), Azlee Bates (Vice President), Betty Boyd (Treasurer), and Elaine Ryan (Building, Grounds, Safety and Nominating)
Absent: Linda McCarthy (Secretary) and Ricky Singleton (Road Maintenance)
Minutes of Last Annual Meeting: The minutes from the last Annual Meeting were accepted as written.
Election of Three Board Members
Mike Yoka verbally explained the balloting process and requested any nominations from the floor. There were no nominations from the floor.
There was a request from the floor for those members on the ballot to introduce themselves so that community members could “put a face with the names.” Azlee Bates and Dale Spurlock were in attendance and identified themselves. Ricky Singleton was not in attendance.
Paper Ballot voting took place with those in attendance and with ballots from the newsletter.
Final Ballot Results:
All three members on the ballot were unanimously voted in with a final result of 23 votes counted.
All amendments to the by-laws passed with a final result of 23 in favor and 0 against for amendments #4, #6, and #7. Amendment #5 passed by a vote of 21 in favor and 2 against.
There was a brief discussion from the floor about posting information on future annual meetings on the bulletin board, in addition to placing an announcement in the newsletter.
President: Mike commended Azlee’s and Betty’s hard work in transferring the financial information into the new computer program and for comprising a very professional and thorough report.
Vice President: Azlee commented on the ongoing process relating to reviewing the existing by-laws and writing updates.
Treasurer: Betty reviewed the current financial reports. She advised that even with the current collection actions there are still residents that will be referred to legal collections. This must be done due to the refusal of these residents to pay the POA dues.
There was a question from the floor regarding category #64300 - Meals and Entertainment. This category was explained by both Betty and Azlee to be related to refreshments that were served at a previous BOD meeting. Refreshments were served to encourage more residents to attend the meeting. Betty stated that the category could/would be changed to better reflect the actual expense.
Architectural: Position Currently Vacant
Articles, Covenants, and By-Laws: (See Vice-President’s prior comments.)
Buildings, Ground, Safety: No issues to report. The installation of the fence has reduced and/or eliminated many of the previous nighttime issues at the lake. Elaine thanked the community members who have been volunteering to open and close the gate in the morning and evenings.
A community member for the floor reported that a snake has been seen at the lake and it is unknown if it poses a danger to persons or animals. Another community member commented that there has been previous issue with Copperheads around the lake and that caution should be exercised.
There was discussion about posting the area where the snakes are observed with warning signs to make users aware of the possible dangers. There was also a suggestion for a notice to be placed on the bulletin board warning residents.
Betty mentioned two recent cases where aggressive snake behavior had resulted in injuries to two children and one elderly woman in Warren County. These incidents did not take place in LFR.
Nothing for the record.
Discussion from the floor regarding a different meeting schedule to include Saturdays so that people could attend the meeting.
Mike raised the subject of possibly video recording future meetings, similar to the way the local government entities do for recordkeeping purposes. There was discussion about the POA possibly purchasing a camera for this purpose.
Discussion from the floor about future paving in the community. Mike commented that the dam project is finished, so there would be plans to begin the paving cycle for the unpaved roads in the community.
Discussion from the floor about the need to maintain the paved area the community already has finished. Issue with cracks in the roads will be further complicated by water freezing in the future.
Discussion from the floor with questions about the costs of the dam regulation compliance and repairs. Elaine explained that the costs were due to the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning to adopt or model FEMA regulations as it pertains to dams and manmade waterways.
Comment from the floor: Thanks to all the BOD members for the roadway improvements in the area of Chestnut, in addition to the new barrels.
Comment from the floor: Thanks to all the BOD members for their hard work, efforts, and for volunteering their time for their community.
Discussion from the floor with questions about what is being done to maintain the current state of the face of the dam with regards to vegetation and remaining in compliance. There was discussion about using a herbicide to control plant growth. A community member suggested that warning would need to be given to residents about the application of a chemical to prevent contamination of pets or users. There was also a suggestion to post the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) on the product that is used.
Discussion from the floor about the beaver activity. It appears that the beaver is not using the lodge on a regular basis. There have been no new indications of tree banding or damage to trees in the area. The BOD will discuss the removal of the lodge to discourage future use by beavers.
Meeting adjourned: 10:43am.