2014 HLCL Town Meeting
The annual town hall meeting was held at Kamp Kennedy Marina on Thursday, April 24. Frank Graham, President of the HLCL Board, presented on 2013 accomplishments and financials. Two three man crews worked 24.5 weeks and cleaned up an estimated 450 tons of wood debris from the Lake. The crew also filled 24 dumpsters, an estimated 910 cubic yards of manmade debris.
Financials for 2013 saw total revenues of $68,154.50. Membership dues totaled $22,505. Clean-up expenses totaled $48,675. Frank issued a reminder that membership forms were sent out with the recent newsletter and so please send your dues in so that we can begin cleaning the lake for this season.
A new clean-up contractor has been hired, Clint Voris. Clint had worked with previous contractor John Tudor and so is very familiar with the lake and its clean up issues. If you have large trees, styrofoam, or other debris mass that you need help cleaning up, please contact HLCL Board member, Linda Alexander, (
) to get put on the clean-up schedule.
A reminder that dead docks are the responsibility of the homeowner. If you wish to sell a dock, local dock maker, Robert Hall, will post an "advertisement" for your dock on a bulletin board in his business.
The meeting was then turned over to Fish and Wildlife (F&W) officers Jason Wells from Mercer County and Josh Robinson from Franklin County. Officer Wells said that F&W mission is to keep Herrington Lake safe for everyone. They keep a boat at Chimney Rock and one at Gwynn Island. The Kentucky State Police dispatch F&W and so contact KSP to report any issues at 1-800-25ALERT or 911 in an emergency. F&W officers are trained in first aid and rescue.
Officer Wells offered the following reminders:
Operating a boat while intoxicated (above 0.8 limit) and you will go to jail; Drinking in public, even on your private dock, is drinking in public, and is against the law; children under 12 are required to wear a life jacket while on boats, jet skis and tubing; there is no tubing in no wake zones; boaters education is required for those 12-16 to operate jet skis; it is strongly recommended that everyone wear a life jacket while operating any moving vehicle on the lake; all tributaries are no wake zones.
You will see increased F&W presence on the Lake on holiday weekends, during tournaments and other high traffic times. Officer Wells reminded everyone to use good judgement on the Lake and that will keep everyone safe.
Frank then continued his presentation with a reminder of the Pump It, Don't Dump It law. All marinas have pump out ability, please use them.
HLCL will have three fundraisers this year: the Spring Fling Fish Fry at Sunset Marina on Saturday, May 10 between 1-5PM; the Golf Outing at Peninsula Golf Resort on September 24; and the Pig Roast in October with details to follow. Funds raised help clean the lake.
Finally there was a discussion of what YOU can do. If you are reading this you are interested in keeping the Lake clean. Organize a neighborhood clean up, if you need help contact HLCL; stack and burn wood piles on your bank but make sure conditions are safe to burn (contact your local fire department) and maintain a controlled burn; Keep a net and garbage bag on your boat and pick up bottles, cans, cups, small stryofoam; and DO NOT LITTER on the lake or the banks. The less man-made debris we have to clean up, the more we can focus on the debris Mother Nature puts into the lake.