Beach II Site Plan Status Update
Draft site plans for the Beach II area are currently under review by Frederick County. Site plan approval requires submittal to and approval by four agencies. Initial reviews have been completed by The Department of Planning and Development and by the Frederick County Inspections Department. Both agencies have provided their initial comments to Greenway Engineering for revisions. Reviews are still pending from the Public Works Department and from the Fire Marshall.
Significant comments received thus far relate to the current proposed parking arrangements, curb and gutter requirements and a necessity to specify plantings for installation as a part of the project. Current codes mandate the addition of concrete curb and gutters bordering all parking areas, and entrance requirement codes are not met when parking spaces are perpendicular to the roadway and a divider between the road and the parking area is not provided. Greenway will continue discussions with the County regarding the possibility of a variance which would allow the parking area to remain as proposed (and as currently configured, with car parking perpendicular to the roadway surface). The primary purpose of the applicable code is to prevent vehicles from backing out of a spot and onto the roadway surface when exiting a parking spot. If a variance is not granted, the parking spaces would need to be reconfigured to run parallel to the roadway (greatly reducing the number of spots available). Greenway will update me regarding talks once they have met with the County Officials again regarding options and a possible variance.
Application for the Nationwide (42) Recreational Facilities Permit has been made with the Army Corps of Engineers, and we are currently awaiting their initial review response/permitting.
Dam Inspection and Annual Report
The annual dam inspection and the subsequent Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VDCR) filings are coming due again later this month. Current requirements call for a professional engineer to inspect the dam every other year, with the dam owner / operator conducting inspections during the years between. 2020 will be an operator conducted inspection year, and as such, I will be thoroughly inspecting the dam and documenting current conditions in the coming days and filing the necessary paperwork by month’s end. A professional engineer conducted inspection will be required again in June of 2021.
The current Dam Safety Regular Operation and Maintenance Certificate remains valid through September 30, 2025. Other than yearly inspections and normal maintenance and upkeep, the only other routine compliance requirement is that a table-top emergency exercise be conducted with the County EMS department on a routine basis. This should occur again in 2022.
Audit Preparations and Schedule
Staff and I are currently gathering information and preparing selected documentation for the 2019 financial audit. We are tentatively scheduled with representatives of Decker & Company PLLC, to meet on July 9th for management interviews and select document reviews.
Mike Goodwin, LHCC GM
June 16, 2020