Lake Anna Life & Times Summer 20 1 8 5 dock talk Louisa County Drops Funding For Two Lake Watchdog Groups Two lake watchdog groups were uncer- emoniously denied funding requests by the Louisa County Board of Supervisors (LCBS) at their May budget review meet- ing. The Lake Anna Advisory Committee (LAAC) and the Lake Anna Civic Associa- tion (LACA) each requested annual funding from Louisa County and each was denied their requests. LACA requested $3,000 from Louisa County to help fund the lake’s safety buoy program. LACA Navigation & Safety Subcommittee Chairman, Jean McCormick, who submits the numbers used in the funding request proposal was surprised when she learned Louisa County would not fund LAAC. “We are maintaining the lake’s hazard buoy system with volunteers and request- ed funds as we do each year to help pay for purchasing new buoys, cable, lights and hardware that wears out. It’s disap- pointing.” LAAC Finance Subcommittee Chairman and treasurer Dick Shrum, who wrote the funding request proposal noted, “Yes, we have $60K in the bank but what if hydrilla surges and we have to spend all our money treating it? We need to keep a healthy re- serve in place for just such a contingency. The annual funding from Louisa and Spot- sylvania Counties help LAAC do this while addressing annual buoy maintenance.” Tom Benson, Spotsylvania County Super- visor for the Livingston District and LAAC Vice President told those in attendance at the May LAAC meeting that if Louisa con- tinued to deny LAAC funding, Spotsylva- nia might have to consider stipulating that funds received by LAAC be only used for maintaining buoys in Spotsylvania County areas of the lake. Louisa County Jackson District Super- visor Toni Williams supported the funding denial and shared the process with L&T. “The budget process starts a year in advance with the Finance Committee meeting many times. It is made up of two Board members: Troy Wade and myself currently serve. The Finance Director and the County Administrator also work with the committee. The result of the meetings is a recommended budget from the County Ad- ministrator to be reviewed, modified if the Board so chooses and eventually approved by the Board of Supervisors.” Williams explained his reasoning for not supporting the LAAC funding request.  “LAAC’s funding request was not approved because they had enough money unspent from the three previous years to cover the entire budget expense for this year.” When asked if he thought this was the end of Louisa County funds for LAAC, Williams Hydrilla To Be Monintored, Treated Possibly In July By Licensed Applicator told L&T: “I absolutely believe that LAAC will receive funding in the future if they have a need for funding that meets their charter, the Counties agree with LAAC’s position and they would not have adequate funds on hand to accomplish the task.” He also noted, “The non-funding of LAAC was neither a statement of LAAC’s rel- evancy or a political statement. It was a plain old fiscally responsible decision not to give extra money to a group that already has adequate money set aside for their budget needs for the year.” LCBS Chairman Troy Wade (Louisa Dis- trict) the other Supervisor on the Finance Committee told Lake Anna Life & Times, “The Louisa County Board of Supervisors takes water quality and water safety in the County seriously. The Lake Anna Advisory Council plays an integral role in this regard, and the Board has provided public funds for LAAC for a number of years. Members of the Lake Anna Civic Association and Lake Anna Advisory Com- mittee attend a training session teaching them how to monitor water quality. Lake Anna’s most controversial resident, Hydrilla verticillata con- tinues to be closely monintored by volunteers reporting to the Lake Anna Advisory Committee’s (LAAC) Environmental & Water Quality Subcommittee. At the May 23 LAAC meeting subcommittee chairman Doug Smith reported that most of the lake’s hydrilla is now located in the back of Freshwater Creek off Contrary Creek. This is the location where LAAC approved funding to treat the weed and paid a state licensed applicator to do so in September 2017 . Only a state licensed appli- cator can apply aquatic herbicide on the lake. Smith noted the herbicide does the job but expressed concern the extreme shallow water in the rear of Freshwater Creek might be un- treatable and continue to “seed” the main creek. LAAC approved $3,000 for Smith to use should aquatic her- bicide be necessary in 2018 to control hydrilla. Smith noted his volunteers would continue monitoring and decide if a July treatment was necessary. DUKE’S CREEK MARINA Mold Inspections & Remediation 540.895.5065 3831 Breaknock Rd., Bumpass PONTOON BOAT SALES & RENTALS BOAT SERVICE - STORAGE Camping - Convenience Store - Ramp - Fuel LKA Are You Getting The Best Deal On Storage? continued on page 18 Grass carp stocking into the WHTF in 2017. BY C.C. MCCOTTER