give you a better understanding of the types of activities for which the LGA
becomes involved, we list current and past categories, activities and
GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT &
LGA Directors have been and are currently involved in numerous
county & state boards and commissions
candidate forums at the county & state level for citizens education
5-county meeting and brought the Economic Development Officials together to
discuss the future of lake area development & county plans (2004)
government meetings attended regularly by LGA Director representatives
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 weed control treatments.
in establishing and participating on the Lake Gaston Stakeholders Board.
LGA Directors serve on the 2006 Board of Directors for the Stakeholders’
LGAlert Program which is a system of prompt communication with subdivisions,
members and the public in the event of threatening weather conditions and
lake water levels that could affect public safety on the water and possible
damage to boats, and boat slips.
In 1997 the
five LGA Directors from
County called a town meeting resulting in the Brunswick County Lake Gaston
Water Safety Committee.
in securing the Warren County Sheriff's Substation at the LG Chamber
against boat racing on
program to fund and install the mile marker buoys on the Lake.
Worked with Al Hartley to create the Lake Gaston Neighborhood Watch program.
Influential in the counties decision to implement E-911 phone number and
addresses around the
both of the Emergency Preparedness Team / Network for both Kerr Dam & Lake
PROTECTING PROPERTY VALUES
Served as the
voice of property owners of Lake Gaston on the Federal Energy Regulatory
Relicensing Committee that worked through the eight-year process of renewing
Dominion’s license to operate the lake and dams in Roanoke Rapids and
new Operating License, the LGA successfully negotiated “grandfather” rights
for adjoining property owners to maintain
grass lawns on Dominion’s property
non-conforming boathouses and bulkheads
application approval, the ability to landscape and
underbrush on Dominion’s property
cut limbs to
create an open “window” through the trees from 2’ to 20’ above ground.
prevent the 2001 attempt by Kinder-Morgan for an inter-basin water transfer
out of Lake Gaston.
influential position on the US Army Corps Task Force on Water Management for
Lake Gaston, and prevented the lowering of Lake Gaston’s water level during
the major drought of 2002.
assertion and action in 2004-5, Dominion and SEPA improved their
communications and operating procedures to better maintain a more constant
water level in Lake Gaston.
lakefront property owners to the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA)
in the opposition of the 2003 Flood Zone remapping affecting parts of the
lake. As a result, FEMA gave attention to lake property owners by
expediting the map amendment (LOMA) process.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION /
The LGA has
sponsored or co-sponsored many seminars and forums to keep lake property
owners aware of current issues and events. Among those are:
Fishing Forum (co sponsored with Striper Club)
Tax Seminar – invited county representatives from all five lake counties to
speak to public on local tax issues.
forums at the county & state level
public forum on home fire dangers and wildfire threats.
LGA education initiative...bring volunteers in touch with local
July 2003 –
Instrumental in the erection of the Henderson NOAA weather broadcasting
tower to improve coverage on the lake for the emergency weather broadcasts.
support animal protection to government in all 5 counties.
of the LGA resulted in the erection of a tower in
Littleton to improve cell
phone coverage in the area.
maintains an informative website to enhance lake-wide communications.
member email list to communicate with members on time-sensitive weather
conditions, events and issues.