Accomplishments 2005 and Prior
INVOLVEMENT & REPRESENTATION
LGA Directors continue
involvement in numerous county & state boards and commissions.
owners to the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) in
opposition of the 2003 Flood Zone remapping, resulting in FEMA
expediting the map amendment (LOMA) process for Lake Gaston.
Hosted candidate forums at
the county & state level for citizens’ education.
Sponsored a 5-county
meeting in 2004 to bring the Economic Development Officials together to
discuss the future of lake area development & county plans.
Created and organized the
LGA Weed Monitors Group to support the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council
in determining the growth patterns of aquatic weeds, primarily
Hydrilla, and effectiveness of treatments.
Authored, printed and
distributed the educational publication on the historical perspective of
Hydrilla control and the impact and effect of having Special
Service Tax Districts for weed control.
Took a leadership role in
the establishment of the Lake Gaston Stakeholders Board - an
organization of national experts in noxious weeds, government
representation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, lake organizations and
others - to help manage the aquatic plant growth in Lake Gaston.
Funded a legal research
and review of Dominion’s potential responsibility for weed control
Created the LGAlert
Program, a system of prompt communication with subdivisions, members and
the public to warn against threatening weather and lake levels that
could affect personal safety & damage to boats & docks.
LGA Directors from
Brunswick called a town meeting in 1997 resulting in the Brunswick
County Lake Gaston Water Safety Committee.
Instrumental in securing
the Warren County Sheriff's Substation at the Lake Gaston Chamber
Worked against hazardous
boat racing on Lake Gaston.
Initiated the program for
Dominion to fund and install the mile marker buoys on Lake Gaston.
Worked to support the
creation of the Lake Gaston Neighborhood Watch program.
Influential in the
counties decision to implement E-911 phone number and addresses around
Participated in both of
the Emergency Preparedness Team / Network for both Kerr Dam & Lake
PROTECTING PROPERTY VALUES
Served as the “voice” of
Lake Gaston property owners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Relicensing
Committee through the eight-year process of renewing Dominion’s license
to operate the lakes and dams. Under FERC’s new operating License, the
LGA successfully negotiated
“grandfather” rights for
adjoining property owners to maintain pre-existing grass lawns on
Dominion’s Property, and maintain non-conforming boathouses and
the ability to landscape
(after application approval) and clear out underbrush on Dominion’s
property, and cut limbs to create an open “window” through the trees
from 2’ to 20’ above ground.
WATER MANAGEMENT EFFORTS:
Helped prevent the 2001
attempt by Kinder-Morgan for an inter-basin water transfer out of Lake
Held influential position
on the US Army Corps Task Force on Water Management for Lake Gaston, and
prevented the lowering of our lake’s water level during the major
drought of 2002.
Through LGA assertion and
action in 2004-5, Dominion and SEPA improved communications and
operating procedures to better maintain a more constant water level in
The LGA has sponsored &
co-sponsored many seminars and forums.
Co-sponsored with Striper
Club the 2003 Forum on Lake Gaston’s Fishing.
Sponsored Public Tax
Seminar in 2001 & invited representatives from all five counties to
Hosted several Candidate
Election forums at the county & state levels.
Hosted 2005 public forum
on home fire dangers and wildfire threats.
Instrumental in the 2003
erection of the Henderson NOAA emergency/weather broadcasting tower.
LGA efforts resulted in
the erection of a cell phone tower in Littleton to improve area
Resolved to five county
governments our support of animal protection and the safety of handlers.
Negotiated discount &
weekend only rates for members using Telpage as their internet service
education initiative to put volunteers in touch with local school needs.