President’s Report, June 2019

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Written by Richard Traczyk

On June 18, 2019

SUMMERTIME ACTIVITIES IN FULL-SWING AT LAKE!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, fish are jumpin’ and activities at Lake Holiday (LH) are in full-swing.  The availability of the weekly food trucks has been well received.  The community is satisfied with the location, operation hours, and quality of the food.  The Activities Committee continues to look for other vendors offering a variety of meals.

As a continued effort to keep the community safe, the radar gun is being used by Haines Security.  A number of citations have been issued to drivers exceeding the posted speed limit of 25 mph.  Haines Security will continue a weekly patrol of our road system.

The Boat Patrol has also been active as the boating season heightens.  With citations on the rise, I ask boaters to review lake rules so all may safely enjoy the water.

The demolition of the old office building on Redland Road is complete and work continues to clean up the area.  Much research went into making the decision before the Board decided to demolish the structure.  Several restaurant start-up companies looked at the location, but felt it would not be feasible, with sustainability being an issue.  The building was in need of a major renovation that was cost prohibitive.  The reported high concentration of mold and the water penetration through the basement walls would require extensive excavation and drainage corrections.  Photos follow:

As President last year, I contacted the County offering to donate the building and property if they would start a satellite fire and rescue facility on the site.  The County respectfully declined the offer, stating staffing was a concern along with operating cost issues.  Since the building also needed electrical and plumbing upgrades to meet current County and State codes, the Board decided it was best to demolish the building and plan for long term possible uses such as a new parking and drop-off area at the school bus stop or expanded boat storage area.

Mark your calendar!  As part of the Board’s continuing effort to keep the community informed, a Town Hall meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 27th, 2019 in the Clubhouse.  Two interesting topics will be presented.

First, a representative from Aqua Virginia, the company that supplies water to the Lake Holiday community, will discuss water quality, testing, problems long-term, and sewer issues.  He will be available to answer questions.

Secondly, Chris Collins, our House of Delegates Representative in Richmond, will talk about the I-81 corridor improvement plan, the new gas tax, and other information from Richmond that will affect us here at Lake Holiday.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns.

Records show that 56 residents are on the waiting list for a boat slip at the marina, with approximately 11 slips vacated yearly.  Boat slip subleasing is permitted, so if interested, contact the Lake Holiday Administrative Office for information.

Using a stump grinder and chipper, the maintenance crew finished clearing the south side Parcel D of brush and stumps that had accumulated for years.  Money for the project was set aside last year based upon the Safety Committee recommendations.  The Board will decide what do with the mounds of wood chips, the equivalent of six tractor-trailer loads of mulch.  Photo:

The annual dam emergency practice drill was held June 13.  Protocol was reviewed by a State and County Emergency Response Team during a simulated disaster.  The group went through procedures and call lists in the event LHCC dam fails or some other local disaster occurs.

The annual fireworks display on July 3rd, 2019 is scheduled to start at approximately 9:20 p.m. and last approximately 20 minutes.  The fire marshal has issued Lake Holiday the required permit, and for safety reasons he must be at the scene when the fireworks are set off.  The rain date will be July 6, weather permitting.

Respectfully,
Richard Traczyk, LHCC President

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