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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

We are pleased to have two guest speakers at our meeting which will be on Zoom at 9:30 AM.  

RWVFD Fire Chief Lorenzo Wilkins and LGA member Sherry Herzing will speak from the heart about a topic deeply personal to each of them.  Chief Wilkins will talk about the new Ebony coverage and issues that the VFD could use help with and Sherry will talk about how the E-911 Border Response Workgroup is working on helping with Border issues for our first responders.  Learn how the task force and first responders are working together to educate the public on what they need to know to help themselves and to help our first responders get to them as fast as possible.  

We think this discussion should resonate with LGA members and non members.  Watch for the email.  

Our Annual Meeting on Saturday June 12 will be at the Lake Gaston Baptist Church.  I think we are all Zoomed out.  More details to come.  

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

 

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