Summer Events At Height of Activity! Summer events are in full swing at Lake Holiday. The two-day Fourth of July Celebration, sponsored by the Activity Committee, was a great success. On July 3, boaters and beach-goers enjoyed great weather, food vendors at the Clubhouse picnic grounds, and the music of a DJ. A hula hoop contest featured many skilled participants, with gift card prizes awarded in three age categories. The evening was highlighted by a spectacular fireworks display.
On the morning of July 4, we continued our tradition of the annual boat parade, organized by Michelle Catlett. Trophies and gift cards were awarded as follows:
- Most Original Decorations: The James Arnold family (with their floating car!)
- Most Patriotic Decorations: The Richard Traczyk family
- Most Entertaining: Lisa and James Cox—(with their Margaritaville theme)
The Thursday night food truck program has been successful for most of the vendors and a convenience for Lake Holiday diners. It’s good to see the community patronize the trucks that plan to continue service until October, weather permitting.
The old office building on Redland Road has been successfully demolished and the grounds have been cleared and seeded. The project was completed without complications.
A cost over-run for the 2019 budgeted allotment for refuse pickup is a concern of the Board and the Finance Committee. The three-year contract, expiring this year, was originally a good price with a few contingencies for increased county landfill cost, gas, and service charges. Over the years, the county tonnage fees have risen from $47.00 to the current rate of $62.22, which is the primary reason for the over-run. Lake Holiday also has added 50 new homes, representing approximately a 5% volume increase. Adjustment will be made in the 2020 budget.
Greenway Engineering has submitted its proposal for the Beach I erosion issue. The Building and Grounds and Master Planning Committees are reviewing the proposal and will be making recommendations to the Board. Director John Stover has volunteered to represent the Board during the plan development.
Excessive high winds resulted in some dock problems at the marina. Dock connectors broke, causing sections to come loose. Deep Creek Marine made repairs and secured the docking system.
Carroll Paving will begin the chip-and-tar process on some community roadways in late August or early September. A reminder and exact locations of the work will be announced as the time gets near. The resealing of the school parking lot and the Clubhouse parking lot should take place the first part of August before school begins.
The final Town Hall for summer was held on July 27th with two interesting topics. Jamie Silveus, Chief Operator for Aqua Virginia, the company that supplies water to our community, and Terry Blankenship, an engineer with the company gave a presentation on the use of grinder pumps in our community and explained about water quality and testing procedures.
A second presentation was given by Chris Collins, our district representative to the House of Delegates in Richmond. He gave the audience of approximately 65 community attendees a better understanding of the new tax structure related to the improvements slated for the I-81 corridor in Winchester, as well as other laws recently enacted. A handout was made available listing more high-profile legislation passed on a range of topics that affect our lives.
July Board Meeting Notes:
- The Board decided to approve all lot return requests, provided the lot is free of tax burdens and has a clear title. This process will begin September 1. All remaining Lake Holiday owned lots will be turned into common area after the lot swap program is completed January 1, 2020. This will reduce county tax obligations and eventually increase the value of privately-owned lots.
- Discussion was held on the lack of adequate parking at the Clubhouse, which is problematic during Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day celebrations. In some cases, private driveways were blocked, emergency vehicles were unable to service the needy, and cars were parked on the playground and grassy areas. No final solution was made, pending further recommendation from the Safety Committee.
- The Building and Grounds Committee has requested paving of the pathways at the Marina. The existing paths to the dock area are in need of repair. The Board decided to forward the request to the Finance Committee to be placed for review on the 2020 proposed budget.
Richard Traczyk, LHCC President