December 2012 Meeting Minutes

17 Dec
December 17, 2012

Blackwater/Nottoway Riverkeeper Program December 12, 2012 as recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary The meeting had 8 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, Nancy Turner, Anne Parker and Sherri Woodard. Guest included Tim McCormick from Blackwater Outfitters. Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that the minutes from the November meeting be read. Jeff Turner then motioned that the minutes be approved, and the motion was seconded by Anne Parker. The minutes were passed. Newsome next requested that Nancy Turner give the Treasurer’s report. Nancy reported a revenue of $83.63; expenses of $1,311.11. Bobby Turner gave the Membership Secretary’s report noting 142 members, with no new members. Riverkeeper Report by Jeff Turner 11/15 Jerry Kee from the Virginia Department of Transportation/VDOT said he would look into litter signs to place along roadway at Burdette Bridge. 11/25 Three day patrol on Blackwater River below Steele Bridge. No issues; minor trash. 12/3 Sent comments in on Route 189 Bridge to Mike Johnson (Southampton County), Donald Goodwin (City Franklin), Brian Reed (VDOT) and Lynn Crump with Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation. Main points were: Roadbed piping, removal of bulkhead, and bridge height. It was stressed that the bridge location is a choke point in the river, and that all measures should be taken on rebuild to not impede flow as much as possible. City of Franklin worried that with no drawbridge it could impede larger vessels from visiting Franklin in the future. Tim McCormick discovered (again) trashed campsite on DCR land (East shore) of the Blackwater upriver from Steel Bridge. Returned and cleaned it up this week. Contacted Tom Alphin about incident to inquire if he had any idea who it was. He stated that there was open access to an irrigation pump station on the river (West side) which is where we believe the campers are getting access to the river. Alphin said he would look into gating the access. I also contacted Darren Loomis and Lynn Crump of DCR and informed them. 12/5 After receiving several complaints about railroad trestle at Courtland becoming blocked up again; I contacted Ronald Patton of N&S RR. He said they would take care of it. Received last of the first edition of The Blackwater, Nottoway and Meherrin Rivers Atlas. I have about 35 copies left after Blackwater Outfitters took possession of 15. I am waiting to hear if Downtown Franklin wants any. The Virginia Canal & Navigation Society are making progress in a second printing. . Other Business Newsome requested the current BNRP Board of Directors and officers serve one more year in their present positions. Jeff Turner motioned that the current slate of officers be carried forward, which was seconded by Newsome. All voted in favor, none opposed. It was noted that no other volunteers have come forward to request serving on the board. The BNRP banquet was discussed and it was agreed to keep this event as a bi-annual. So the next banquet will be in 2014. Jeff Turner requested consideration of printing a second edition of the Water-mill booklet. Felice Hancock reported that a second 250 copies could be printed at just over $1000.00, which would include shipping. There are at least two corrections to be made: addition of an eminent domain example and reversing the image of one of the old Johnson Mill photographs. Hancock will try to make these corrections after Christmas and have the booklet ready for printing in February. This second printing would be funded by the BNRP and the booklet could be sold for $5 – 10.00 for fund raising purposes. No further business presented, Newsome dismissed the meeting.

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