Lake Anna Life & Times Spring 20 1 8 7 Lake Anna Civic Association Works To Recognize Member Needs Rt 208/522 Roundabout Plans In Design Phase But Not Off Table When it was made public over last summer that one key gateway to Lake Anna will be receiving a major facelift in the coming years the proposed solution gen- erated quite a bit of commu- nity discussion on the Lake Anna Life Facebook page. With some in the lake com- munity scratching their col- lective heads and wondering if it is the best solution and others agreeing the proposal would be a good idea. A $5.4 million roundabout for the intersection of Routes 208 and 522 (Wares Cross- roads) has received funding from the Virginia Common- wealthTransportation Board. The roundabout is intended to improve vehicle move- ment and safety at one of Lake Anna’s most dangerous intersections. The intersection is a Cul- peper District Top 100 inter- section, identified for im- provements based on the number of serious or fatal crashes. Issues have become more frequent over the years as activity at the intersection has increased. With the fore- casted growth at the lake, the traffic issues will only in- crease, both seasonally and long term. According to VDOT’s 2015 traffic counts approximately 3,900 vehicles use this por- tion of Rt. 522 daily. The numbers for this section of Rt. 208 are even greater – 5,900 vehicles per day. “VDOT’s official status of the project is ‘In Design,’ continued on page 13 noted Louisa County Ad- ministrator Christian Good- win recently.  “The project is administered through the State’s SmartScale program, which advances projects through phases over a six- year period, which may be shortened based on funding availability.  Engineering for the project is slated for 2019 with public hearings planned at that time as well.  Con- struction is currently sched- uled for 2023. ” Over the years, Louisa County staff have communi- cated safety and congestion concerns with this intersec- tion with VDOT. In turn VDOT added an offset right turn lane to the northbound lane of Rt. 522.To further mitigate peak traffic concerns, VDOT also placed staff to control traffic during peak usage. In May 2016 the LCBS publi- cized and held a work session to discuss potential highway projects. Along with other projects considered for ap- plication, the intersection of 522/208 was discussed. The project list was prioritized by the BOS at a regular meet- ing and staff was directed to develop applications for final BOS approve later in 2016. At the October 2016 BOS meeting, staff presented the final project applications. BOS approved and staff sub- mitted the applications to the state. State funding was ap- proved in June 2017 . While the initial cost of construction a roundabout exceeds that of a signaled continued on page 13 See Also: Lake Anna Real Estate p. 8 Brewfest p. 10 Dr. Dan Slovis p. 16 Yurts At State Park p. 19 Rumble Strips p. 20 Annual Fishing Events p. 21 When Jack Bertron, Al Phil- lips and C.C. McCotter began meeting in 1992 to discuss and organize a representa- tive group for Lake Anna each man had no clear vision what the future held for the then 22-year-old lake. Of the three, the late Ber- tron did have a pretty good idea that whatever was to come, a citizen association was needed to make sure residents’ and owners’ con- cerns were addressed by County officials. Now some, 26 years later, the Lake Anna Civic Associa- tion (LACA), the organization born of those meetings in Philip’s basement represents approximately 800 owners around the lake, finances the annual Fourth of July Lake Anna Fireworks Dis- play, worked to create and install a dock and landmark recognition plan and per- forms regular water quality monitoring. There’s even a Jack Bertron Award: a presti- gious, semi-annual recogni- tion by LACA of notable Lake Anna residents. LACA has over $100K in funds and an annual budget of $16,000. Funding for all activities comes from grants, contributions and $15 mem- bership dues. County State and federal grants cover the main ex- penses of the water testing program and some buoy maintenance activities. The annual 4th of July fireworks event is totally supported by specific contributions. Fire- works funds are accounted separately and not spent on anything but the fireworks program. LACA is led by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. Board meet- ings are the first Thursday of each month and open to members and the public. Of- ficers are elected annually at the General Meeting. Each of six regions (Mineral and Lou- isa are combined) around the lake has a Regional Director on the Board to represent is- sues and concerns specific to that region. Members in each region elect their repre- sentative. LACA is guided by a set of by-laws and articles of incor- poration. It has met the re- quirements to be a nonprofit organization. Mission and goals have been identified and a policy manual guides the Board of Directors in op- erating procedures. The stated purposes of LACA in the by-laws includes: the purposes of the Association The Lake Anna Civic Associa- tion has been pre- serving, protect- ing and conserving the lake for over 20 years. are to further the preserva- tion and conservation of Lake Anna and its watershed as a clean and beautiful resource, through education, advocacy and broad-based community involvement. Further stated purposes of LACA include the acquisition of all nature of personal prop- erty, acceptance of grants, gifts in order to lend money, invest and reinvest its funds and to solicit, apply for and receive donations and grants from manners of donors. Doug Smith has served as president of LACA since 2012 as well as treasurer and vice president earlier. He’s seen a number of changes to the lake during his time at the helm of the organization. “LACA has changed as the issues that impact the lake and its users have changed.  Focus on shoreline manage- ment plans and establishing structure have given way to work on large scale develop- ment such as Cutalong and the Lake Anna Resort, Do- minion’s Unit 3 permitting, and water quality issues.  “The key change for LACA has been one of strategy.  Early on, LACA fought vari- ous developments and took an adversary role to most is- sues.  Now we try to get in- volved in inevitable change and tilt it toward better out- comes for Lake Anna.  “Accordingly we have been able to influence Unit 3 plans to better protect the lake level impact, effluence water with- drawal permits, effluence DEQ work in management practices in the upper water- shed, get more protections in wastewater treatment plants and many others. ” We asked Smith what he saw in the future for LACA, as in what issues does he be- lieve LACA will face and what dock talk BY C.C. MCCOTTER BY WALTER CLAXTON