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Corey Chamberlain with Dominion Energy requests we pass the word:

In the past few weeks, Dominion Energy has received many calls from people concerned about a potential lowering of Lake Gaston. I wanted to get the word out that Dominion Energy has no plans to lower Lake Gaston for any reason. 

For any questions about the lake, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Feel free to forward to your contacts on social media.

 

LGA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes - APPROVED
May 5, 2021
VIA Zoom

Note: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Board continues to meet via Zoom. This was our fifth meeting where we invited the membership.

Meeting called to order at 9:35 AM by President Don Carson. Those participating in the meeting were Directors Carol Warfel, Al Potter, Jeff Zimmer, John Cataldo, David Murphy, Judy Waters and Brian Goldsworthy. Also attending were Executive Director Moira Underwood and Luly Carson. We had a total of 20 attendees including one member of the press.

Today’s Agenda was approved (BH/JZ) and passed unanimously.

The April 7, 2021 meeting minutes approved (BH/JZ), passed unanimously and will be posted on the web site.

Luly Carson advised the LGA Finances are in excellent shape and we expect to have a Treasurer in place at the Saturday, June 12 Annual Meeting.

Don announced the Jack D Saunders Community Shred Event will take place on May 8, 2021. Please see the web site for more details.

Also, the Annual Lake Clean Up Day is scheduled for June 5, 2021. We ask all residents to dedicate this day to cleaning up their shoreline.

Brian introduced Fire Chief Lorenzo Wilkins, Roanoke Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department and LGA member Sherry Herzing as our guest speakers. Chief Wilkins began his remarks with an explanation of fire rates. The Chief went over the details when the RWVFD jurisdiction increased from Song Bird Creek to the state line. Planning is underway for a future station which, when built, would ensure the entire RWVFD coverage area will receive the very favorable 5 rating.

Chief Wilkins transitioned to the new Community Leader meetings he is hosting. The monthly meetings have prioritized a CERT program for Northampton County. He indicated Warren County will be next. Check the Public Safety Committee report in the June/July Bulletin for more information about CERT.

Sherry Herzing with the 911 Community Task Force provided an update on their current activities. What started out as highlighting the problem with connectivity using cell phones to request first responders has expanded to working with the fire chiefs around the lake, such as Chief Wilkins, to share best practices and identify common problems. Another project is putting signs on all the bridges with county name so a caller can quickly give an accurate location to the tele-communicators. Sherry asked us to help her group find a North Carolina resident who can work with NC based political leaders. The Task Force is offering a free 2 hour CPR and First Aid class. The participant will not be certified but will know the basics. The fact that a private citizen could orchestrate all of this good is a testament to her passion about life.

For more information about the Task Force, you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their web site: https://rural911taskforce.com or on Facebook.

Don then asked if the Committee Chairs present had an update on their activities.

Jeff Zimmer, Lake Environment Chair, said volunteers are needed to assist with cage repair on June 14-17. E-coli kits will be available at the June 12 Annual Meeting.

With no further questions or comments, motion by JZ/DM to adjourn and passed.

Meeting adjourned at 10:50 AM.

Respectfully submitted,
Brian Goldsworthy, VP and Acting Secretary

Many of you knew Jack was a long time volunteer Board member with the Roanoke Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department.  In recognition of his service, the RWVFD has named their Board room in Jack's honor.  There are two doors to enter and both are so identified to recognize his exemplary service.

 

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Please join us in setting aside some time to clean up your shoreline and nearby roadways.

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LGA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes - APPROVED APRIL 7, 2021
VIA Zoom
Note: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Board continues to meet via Zoom. This was our fourth meeting where we invited the membership.
Meeting called to order at 9:35 AM by President Don Carson. Those participating in the meeting were Directors Carol Warfel, Al Potter, Jeff Dowhan, Jeff Zimmer, John Cataldo, David Murphy and Brian Goldsworthy. Also attending were Executive Director Moira Underwood and Luly Carson. We had a total of 18 attendees.
Today’s Agenda was approved. (JZ/BH)
The March 10, 2021 meeting minutes approved (BH/JZ) and have been posted on the web site.
Don advised the LGA Finances are in excellent shape and we expect to have a Treasurer in place at the Saturday, June 12 Annual Meeting.
The Board announced the Jack D Saunders Community Shred Event will take place on May 8, 2021. Please see the web site for more details.
Don introduced Jessica Baumann, Extension Associate, Lake Gaston Aquatic Plant Management Program, NCSU.
Jess shared with us a summary of the Fall 2020 Vegetation Survey. In addition, she spoke of the treatment plans for Hydrilla and Lyngbya over the summer months. The presentation was very informative and we have attached on this page her PowerPoint. There is some excellent content which should be of interest to all who live or play on the lake. Some highlights:
• COVID-19presentedsomeuniquechallengesbutthesurveywassuccessfully completed. We had 65+ volunteers take the time last September and October for the survey. If you have never done this, it’s highly recommended. The fall colors plus cooler temperatures make the rake toss even more enjoyable. Even better you can do it with friends.
• 400volunteerhourswerespenttomakethishappen.
• Datawascollectedfrom5,368pointswithagoalevery200feetaroundthe
300+ mile shoreline.
• Therewasgoodnewsandbadnewstoanalyzewhichareexplainedindetail.

• ProfessionalsfromNCSUconductedasonarsurveywhichensuredtheentire shoreline was sampled.
• Lyngbya,anative,nuisanceblue/greenalgae,isexpandingonthelakeand throughout most of the Southeast.
Please take a few minutes to learn more about the 2021 Lyngbya treatment plan. If this of interest, please consider becoming a member of the Lake Environment Committee. Jeff Zimmer is the Chair and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. At the very least, we need more volunteers in the fall to dedicate a Saturday or Sunday to toss the rake. Training is provided.
If you have questions for Jessica Baumann, you can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Don then asked if the Committee Chairs present had an update on their activities.
Lake Clean Up Chair Carol Warfel advised on March 30 LGA Board members participated in a litter clean up along local roads. We are all disappointed by the unsightly clutter and figure we should walk the talk to join other groups doing similar activities. June 5 will be the Annual Lake Clean Up day. More details to come.
Jeff Zimmer, Lake Environment Chair, said volunteers are needed to assist with cage repair on June 14-17. This is a shallow water activity and is critical to keep grass carp and turtles away from the young vegetation.
Our next meeting on May 5 will also be by Zoom and our guest speakers are Chief Lorenzo Wilkins, RWVFD who will talk about fire insurance rates and Sherry Herzing, will provide an update on the 911 Community Task Force. Fingers crossed, we hope to resume face to face meetings in time for the Saturday, June 12, Annual Meeting at the Lake Gaston Baptist Church.
With no further questions or comments, motion by BH/JZ to adjourn and passed. Meeting adjourned at 11:05 AM.
Respectfully submitted,
Brian Goldsworthy, VP and Acting Secretary