The Lake Advisory Board met in regular meeting on Aug 6, 2012, Wiley Bourne, Vice-Chair Presiding.
Meeting was called to order. A motion was made and passed to approve the agenda. As July’s minutes were not readily available, a motion to approve was tabled until the Sept meeting.
Public forum was opened. Barry Capps asked the Board’s advice on how best to request to rent a slip for a service/repair boat. He said that being able to park his truck at the marina and take his boat to service his customers at various locations on the lake would save him time and money compared to driving all around the lake. The problem he is facing is that all of his boats are for sale so he has no guarantee that the service boat for which he bought his permit would be the same boat later in the season. He was inquiring if he could use his permit as a “portable” permit in the same fashion as his state permit (similar to a ‘dealer’s tag’). After a discussion that included various points and speculation, the board asked Mr. Capps to send in a written proposal of his needs and intentions to clarify exactly what was being requested. Public forum was closed.
The next item was a request by the Olympiad committee to discuss and propose safe access guidelines for the Olympiad swimmers to train in groups in specified areas of the lake. The number of swimmers was unknown at the time. The group requested the use of the Rocky Broad channel as their 1st preference. As part of their safety rules they would have kayak escorts on station over the course. A motion to grant approval through Dec. 31, 2012 was made and discussion followed. The stated reason for the expiration was to allow the board to learn from the results for the following year’s discussion and approval. Motion was passed.
A request for a 2nd buoy at the entrance of the cove at Grey Logs was rejected on the basis of not meeting the buoy approval guidelines.
Dean Givens gave his July lake operations report. 46 patrols totaling 101 hours were performed by Lake Operations (40) and the Police Dept.(6). 15 warnings and 6 citations were issued, 14 assists were given. He noted that 4 of the citations resulted from one incident where 4 people left their boat, trespassed on private property while climbing from the lake up to Tryon’s Bay bridge, and proceeded to jump off the bridge ignoring the warning signs. Water quality was better with the only marginal rating in the beach area. 20 new replacements buoys have been ordered.
A continuation of last month’s discussion on lake traffic was next. Most felt there was a noticeable increase in non-motorized traffic while a few thought there was an increase in both types. The comment was made that several rental owners had replaced their power boats with non-powered for cost cutting purposes. Mark Helms volunteered to write a list of etiquette guidelines for non-powered craft to present for comment at the next meeting.
Mary Ann Silvey, Marine Commission Liasion, reported that the Marine Commission was expected to act on the 2010 amendment to the Lake Use rules at the next meeting. She said she felt there was a strong sentiment on the Commission to rescind the amendment. There was a discussion about whether the Board should plan any action for the next Commission meeting to impress on the Commission their belief that the amendment is necessary. There was speculation about whether removing the amendment would or would not allow Camp Care or other camps access to boat permits. No conclusion was reached.
The meeting was adjourned.