December 2013 Meeting Minutes

09 Jan
January 9, 2014

Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program
December 11, 2013
As recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary

The meeting had 7 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, Nancy Turner, and Sherri Woodard. President Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that Felice Hancock read the minutes of the November meeting. Following the reading, Sherri Woodard motioned that the minutes be approved and this was seconded by Jeff Turner. The minutes were approved with minor change of who motioned approval of minutes.
Newsome next requested that Nancy Turner give the Treasurer’s report. She noted that revenue for the month of November was $115.00; expenses were $1,778.83; and the balance was $27,747.76.
Lastly, Newsome asked Bobby Turner to give the membership report. There are 136 members at this time. Welcome to new member, James Johnson of Courtland.

Riverkeeper Report
By Jeff Turner, Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper

11/13 Richwood Graphics, Franklin, has proofs ready and is printing new flyers and stickers.

11/18 Contacted by Rex Alphin, farmer on Blackwater River in Isle of Wight County, about an abandoned boat. Contacted Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries/VDGIF and it was found to be a boat that had got away from folks at boat landing.

11/21 Contacted by Chee Saunders about a $60,000 Supplemental Environmental Project/SEP for Iluka. Logjam removal for increasing herring and shad spawn is what I have submitted as a possible project.

11/25 Contacted by Chris Thomas about streamside shoreline destruction on Nottoway River below Iluka. Property owned by Julie Parsons Boyd.
Jesse Drewry wants to fix up Round Gut Landing. I contacted VFDIF and they said they had talked to him; he had not followed up.

11/29 Three-day patron on Nottoway River below Bronco Club. No water quality issues. Lots of BNRP boat motor issues and boat now in shop.

12/2 Dogwood Alliance sends a preview of infomercial entitled “Our Forests Aren’t Fuel” video. BNRP member Tim McCormick highlighted in video, which emphasized bottomland logging.

Old Business

* Bi-annual “BNRP Festival” for May 10/Saturday, 2014 at the Bronco Club: Steve Ivey can cater for $14.50/plate with butt plate which will include everything or a whole pig at $700 plus $8/plate for setup. Jeff Turner to ask more specifics, but butt plates agreed to. We will plan on 80 members attending at this time.

New Business

* New laptop computer discussed. Refurbished vs. new model has similar 3-year warranty, but refurbished model not always available. Motion by Nancy Turner, seconded by Sherri Woodard, that $1600 to $2100 to be accepted as a line-item for 2014 since the new budget year is near. Motion passed.

* Membership renewal-letters will be mailed after Christmas season so members will not be overwhelmed by the holidays and forget. BNRP Festival invite will be mailed separately in March.

* Jeff Turner received a letter from Virginia’s U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in regard to the approximate $200,000 costs for channel clearing of the Blackwater River from downriver at Franklin, as there is no longer a commercial reason for this expense. Accountability was questioned.

There being no further business, President Newsome adjourned the meeting.

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