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LGA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes - APPROVED
March 10, 2021
VIA Zoom

Note: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Board continues to meet via Zoom. This meeting was originally scheduled for March 3 but had to be rescheduled due to technical difficulties with the Zoom application. This was our third 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, Brian Goldsworthy and Executive Director Moira Underwood. We had a total of 28 attendees.

Today’s Agenda was approved. (JZ/DM)

Don began the meeting to mention the passing of our Treasurer Jack Saunders. Jack was a long time contributor and he will be greatly missed.

Luly Carson has been appointed as a Bookkeeper to manage the books until a new Treasurer can be elected at the June Annual Meeting.

Don also mentioned Brian Goldsworthy will now head up the Public Safety Committee due to Jack’s passing.

Don introduced Corey Chamberlain from Dominion Energy who gave an interesting Lake Gaston Update presentation. We are appreciative Corey has made this available for the membership. It is posted nearby. Finally, further questions about Lake Gaston can be sent to 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 LGA Board members on March 30 will be doing 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.

Jeff Zimmer, Lake Environment Chair, said volunteers are needed to assist with cage repair on June 14-17. This is a shallow water activity is critical to keep grass carp and turtles away from the young vegetation.

Public Safety Chair Brian Goldsworthy said the annual shred event, now named the Jack D. Saunders Community Shred Event, will again take place at the RWVFD on May 8.

Our next meeting on April 7 will also be by Zoom and our guest speaker is Jessica Baumann, Lake Manager from NCSU Extension program. She will discuss the results of last fall’s vegetation survey.

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

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 AM.

Respectfully submitted,
Brian Goldsworthy, VP and Acting Secretary

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Emergency Cut Off Switch.  You are going to need to wear it after April 1, 2021.  This is a new USCG regulation and not optional on Lake Gaston.   Take the time to know.  

A little more of the backstory.  Thanks to NASBLA*, we learned ECOS was incorporated into the National Defense Bill of 2021.  On December 23, 2020, President Trump vetoed this bill.  Congress overrode his veto and it became law.   Buried in this law on page 2,814 is a section entitled "Engine Cutoff Switches, Use Requirements".  This section is part of Title 46 of the US Code.  It requires a mandatory wear requirement of the engine cut-off devices on all recreational crafts equipped and traveling above displacement speed.

If you Google HR 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, you can read the 2,000+ page act.

As previously stated this will be enforced by the USCG.  It's not totally clear what NC Wildlife will do (we've been told yes to enforcement) and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources said no.  Stay tuned.

*Nasbla.org

Save the date:

May 8 LGA Shred Event

Same place as last year.  RWVFD parking lot and begins at 10:00 AM.

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Jack Saunders on February 8, 2021. Jack was a pillar of the Lake Gaston community contributing his talents and time to many organizations in the Lake Gaston area. For the LGA, he was an invaluable member of our team, not only a member of the LGA Board of Directors, he was our Treasurer, and chair of our Public Safety Committee. 

More importantly, Jack was a close and dear friend. Jack’s spirit of friendliness, caring, and community giving will live on through his influence on all of us. 

We are all thankful for the opportunity to have worked with and alongside him. We truly will miss him, but will never forget him.

LGA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes - APPROVED February 3, 2021
VIA Zoom
Note: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Board continues to meet via Zoom. This was our second 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, Judy Waters, Brian Goldsworthy and Executive Director Moira Underwood. We had a total of 28 attendees.
Today’s Agenda was approved. (JZ/JD)
Don explained we do not have a Treasurer report this month due to the excused absence of Jack Saunders.
Don then introduced Ms. Leanne Patrick, President/CEO of the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce. Leanne was born and raised in Roanoke Rapids and graduated from Meredith College. She spent some time in real estate before joining the Chamber last August.
Leanne explained the Chamber of Commerce has been around for over 400 years in some shape or fashion. With 450 members, the Chamber is an advocacy group to represent its membership around the lake in the 5 counties. Her task has certainly become more complicated due to the pandemic. The popular Business After Hours event has been a great opportunity to network and welcome new members. That is on hold but the Chamber has resumed ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses. She stated the Big Splash Raffle will take place this summer which is a great fundraiser for the Chamber. It was clear Leanne is rising to the challenge in this era of social distancing and has lots of ideas once face to face meetings can again take place.
Don thanked Leanne for speaking to the LGA and she will be presented with an LGA thank you coffee cup.
Don then asked if the Committee Chairs present had an update on their activities.

Jeff Zimmer, Lake Environment Chair, noted the committee is reviewing a video that the NC Department of Environmental Quality has produced which we plan to post on our web site. Jesica Baumann, Lake Manager from NC Extension, will be presenting the initial results from the 2020 vegetation management actives at an upcoming LKG stakeholders meeting. This will be the subject of the April LGA monthly meeting. Jeff concluded by stating his committee continues to meet in support of E coli testing kits, cage repair and vegetation planting as well as the fall vegetation survey. It’s an active committee and more volunteers are needed.
Education Chair Jeff Dowhan encouraged everyone to support your local elementary school by donating books.
Lake Clean Up Chair Carol Warfel noted the large amount of trash along our roads. Her committee is working on a clean up effort this spring. During the Q&A, a question was raised about the water level at the lake. Don responded the lake isn’t abnormally high. We have had a fair amount of rain end of last year and first of this year but Dominion is doing a good job keeping the water level within the range previously agreed (less than 200.5 feet above sea level). He reminded everyone if you live behind a culvert, it isn’t uncommon for the water level to be high since it takes longer for the water to pass through the culvert.
Our next meeting on March 3 will also be by Zoom and our guest speaker is scheduled to be Corey Chamberlain with Dominion Energy.
With no further questions or comments, motion by DM/JZ to adjourn and passed.
Meeting adjourned at 10:35 AM.
Respectfully submitted,
Brian Goldsworthy, VP and Acting Secretary