August 10th, 2016
As recorded by John Bunch, acting Secretary
The monthly BNRP meeting held at The Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center had 6 people attending. Board Members were only Jeff Turner and Curtis Newsome. Bobby Turner, Felice Hancock, Scott Thomson, and John Bunch (acting Secretary) were also in attendance.
Curtis Newsome opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and then asking that John Bunch read the minutes from the July meeting. They were read and a comment was made by Bobby Turner that the June Treasurer report had an error in it concerning a $400 payment to Britt and Peak for an audit. After discussion it was decided that John Bunch would amend the June minutes and send them to Jeff Turner to be sent out via email for approval as there was not a quorum of Board members to be able to vote.
Curtis then asked for the Treasurer’s Report which was given by Bobby in Nancy Turner’s absence. Expenses for the month of July were $1684.15, revenue was $146.00.
Bobby then gave the membership report saying that the member count remains at 141, but noted that a portion of that number included quite a few civic groups as single numbers.
August 2016 Riverkeeper Report
7/15 Requested salary funding from Franklin and Southampton
Sent detailed recommendations for Nottoway No Wake Zone to Southampton County Board of Supervisors.
7/19 Southampton County Sheriff Jack Stutts called to ask about my recommendations concerning the No Wake Zones on the Nottoway.
7/22 Received word that Norfolk Southern has cleared drift from trestles at Courtland and Franklin.
Refrigerator in Nottoway case has gone cold
Received Franklin funding, sent letter of thanks.
8/1 Sent Sgt Tim Worrell VDGIF info about turtles being sold on Craigs List.
8/2 Asked Franklin Mayor Rabil about pier and boardwalk rebuild. He told me measures would be in place to keep building materials out of the river. Synthetic planking is replacing original wood.
Received Southampton funding, sent letter of thanks.
8/8 FINALLY got back on patrol. Last was on 7/10. 3 days on Nottoway and Blackwater launching from Rt. 258 because Franklin ramp closed for renovations. Trash was light. Franklin ramp work looked great. Lowes employees and city of Franklin along with John Kirk from VDGIF were doing a great job. Lowes employees were also painting railing on boardwalk. Lowes Hero Project is really nice.
CSX train derailment at I.P. was pretty scary. 13 cars derailed Tuesday morning about 9:30. There was no spills that were reported. I had spent the night under the Rt.58 Bridge 300 yards from the derailment, but I do not think I heard it. I did wake up about that time, maybe that’s what it was. Could not fly drone over site because it is considered an emergency situation and Channel 10 chopper was in the sky. It’s also within 5 miles of the airport and I have to ask permission to fly if I’m within that distance.
8/10 Received permission from Franklin airport manager Jimmy Gray to fly over Franklin Boat ramp area.
Contacted Jenny Railey again about trashcan at old I.P. First reported in May, its still there. She contacted me and said she would follow up after train derailment problem is gone.
The printer that Jeff had been using has been replaced by a newer model that will now print on both sides at a time. Jeff had put out an inquiry to the BNRP participants on who might could use the old one. It was donated to Wyatt Newsome to be used at his first year in college.
Scott Thomson reported out that all test results for Solenis had returned as passing for the month of July and that the stormwater drains had been cleaned. There was no word yet from Ashland on the question posed to them on an expected end date for the remediation that they are currently performing.
Curtis then asked around the room if anyone else had any other comments or business to discuss. As there was none, he adjourned the meeting.