August 10, 2011 Meeting Minutes

12 Aug
August 12, 2011

As recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary The meeting had 8 members present, with Board of Directors present as follows: Curtis Newsome, Jeff Turner, Nancy Turner, and Anne Parker. Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that the Minutes from July be read. Correction noted that Sherri Woodard’s name was mistyped (Wood instead of Woodard). Jeff Turner motioned the minutes be approved, seconded by Nancy Turner, and passed. Newsome then requested that Nancy Turner give the Treasurer’s report. July revenue was $5,522.66 (included contribution from Isle of Wight County and City of Franklin); expenses were $2,359.50. Bobby Turner gave the Membership Secretary’s report noting that there were no new members, membership holding at 130. Riverkeeper Report 7/19 Wrote Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli concerns about private ownership of rivers stemming from case on the Jackson River which is a tributary of the James. Under a Virginia statue that is more than 200 years, the beds of all rivers and streams “are the property of the Commonwealth and may be used as a common by all the people for the purposes of fishing, fowling, hunting, and taking and catching oysters and other shellfish.” The statue is being challenged with two 18th century land grants, 1743 and 1785, which predated the passage of that statue. Tim McCormick reported finding an abandoned campsite on the Blackwater above Steel Bridge on DCR land. Contacted Darren Loomis, DCR official, who said he would look into it. On 8/7 Loomis contacted me and said he had cleaned up the site. 7/20 Wrote the Governor a letter about lawsuit on Jackson River. Contacted Anne Parker about project to plant shrubs round concrete shoot at Sewage Treatment Plant, which should prohibit trash from entering the river. Also wrote a letter to City of Franklin, attention Donald Goodwin & Shelia Baker, asking to approve project. 7/24 Nancy Turner, Anne Parker, Curtis Newsome and Sherri Woodard vote yes to approve $436.22 for new trolling motor for pontoon boat. 7/27 Phil Sherman, City of Franklin, said they received permit for pier project at Barrett’s Landing. 7/29 Sent a letter to IOW BOS’ expressing opposition to Dendron power Plant. Signed up BNRP for International Coastal Cleanup. 8/1 Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP) takes Pretlow Farm case, in regards to cows ranging into and polluting the Blackwater. 8/4 Eco-Cruise for Kidd’s College at Paul D. Camp Community College. Took 9 Spent 3 days on Blackwater in Franklin area. 8/6 Sent Franklin City Manager June Fleming a letter with photo of kids fishing on STP pipe. I recommended fencing off the structure. 8/10 Phone call from Russ Pace about letter to Franklin City Manager. Meet with Police, Pace, Steve Cole on 8/11 at pipe. Contacted by Joel Rubin Communications. Wheelabrator possibly wants to contribute $500 to BNRP. Company runs the waste to energy plant in Portsmouth. No New Business Other Business Sean M. Maconaghy, EHS Manager for Ashland Hercules Water Technologies- Franklin, reported: Gas line being installed on Shady Brook Trail, 3.2 miles, for boilers; Eastman started demolition on the tall oil building and tanks; the boiler house, idle for 25 years, is also being demolished. A complaint from Checkerboard Corner in regards to oil-ish residue runoff was investigated and found to be usual swamp ‘crud’ which accumulates and not Hercules. No further items, Curtis Newsome concluded the meeting.

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