Minutes of the Meeting
FOREST LAKES OWNERS ASSOCIATION
April 21, 2001
THOSE PRESENT: Frank Astemborski, President; Ralph Springer, vice-President, Edna McKnight, Secretary; Virgilee Scholl; Patti Phillips; Jack Greenleaf, Bill Henry
Absent: Jane Weathersby, Chick Ideker There were 19 residents in attendance.
President Astemborski called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m. and led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Minutes of the March 17, 2001 Forest Lakes Owners Association meeting were read by the secretary. There being no additions or corrections, and
ON A MOTION DULY MADE By Ralph Springer and seconded by Bill Henry, the minutes were accepted as read.
Frank announced that the burn pit was open Saturday and Sunday. It will be open weekends until volume picks up and will then go to four days a week.
Treasurer's Report: Treasurer was absent; there was no report. Frank did update the board and audience on the status of the books which are with the accountant. They hope to have the problem of the missing tax returns settled within the next month or two.
Website: Virgilee reported on the new sheriff's page and the response to the entire site. Membership is currently at 566, with ten classified ads. Newsletter should be out within the next week.
Roads: There are new no passing signs posted and signs indicating the passing zone west of Forest Lakes. County has agreed in principle to the new passing lanes and the state is requesting safety funds from the federal government to help offset the cost of putting in these lanes. Still in process of finalizing total cost of project.
Ralph Springer reported on Senate Bill 2749, Educational Land Grant Bill. Didn't learn anything positive during his trip to Washington. When the recreational and other public use part was removed from HR-iSO and put the educational part of it into 2749, interest was lost for small communities to get land. He will be meeting with Pine Top because they want 150 acres for a park and then will meet with Senator Kyle again to see if he can do anything with it. At present education is the only thing anyone is interested in.
Ralph introduced Bruce Shank, a new community member and member on the CCC.
Jan Walls reported that Blue Ridge has petitioned the school Board regarding the 40 mile trip that their students are having to take everyday to school. They want to know what can be done and a special school board meeting has been called for May 1. Taxes, breaking away from Blue Ridge, and the full scope of what the consequences might be due to a split are to be discussed and how this might be affected. A carpool will be going for anyone who is interested in attending.
Jack reported the phone book is at the printers and should be available within two weeks. There will be 600 available; price will remain at $1.00.
Memorial Day breakfast will be May 26, at the fire station, and anyone wanting to help should contact Frank Astemborski.
Patti Phillips reported on the 4th of July picnic planning meeting held before today's FLOA meeting. Another meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. before the next FLOA meeting on May 19. Help for this event is also needed.
Frank reported on the Forest Service analysis for thinning the forest area surrounding Forest Lakes north of highway 260.
Discussion was held regarding thinning on the south side of the highway, part of which is being tied up in court by environmentalists who apparently don't want this thinning to be done. One section has been released for thinning.
We have a year lease for the burn pit for $1000 a year or the profits whichever is greater.
There being no further business and, on a motion by Edna McKnight and seconded by Patti Phillips, the meeting was adjourned at 2:37 p.m.