WINTER POOL LAKE LEVEL VARIANCE APPROVED
The Corps of Engineers has approved a temporary Lake Wedowee winter pool increase to 787' (two feet higher than the normal winter pool level) during the period from now until April 8th, 2017. Alabama Power Company will retain water from interim rains to achieve the 787' level. This temporary variance is designed to take advantage of winter and spring rains, and improve the chances that our lake can reach full summer pool later this year. Property owners should take action to protect their property consistent with the increase in the rising lake level.
For additional details, refer to the Alabama Power Shorelines Blog.
LWPOA WINTER BANQUET AND DINNER
The LWPOA Winter Banquet and Dinner is scheduled for Saturday night, February 4th, 2017. Invitations, with times, location, and food selection, will be sent by mail to all registered members.
CHRISTMAS TREES FOR FISH HABITAT
Lake Wedowee Property Owners Association and Alabama Power Company will be collecting Christmas Trees for installation in the lake for Fish Habitat. This will be the sixth year that trees have been placed in the lake at 64 different locations.
Trees may be left at Randolph County Concrete on Highway 431 north of Wedowee. Please contribute natural trees only and remove all decorations. Trees will be placed in the lake during February by volunteers from the community, LWPOA, and Alabama Power Company. To volunteer to participate, contact Bill Boozer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For GPS coordinates of the locations where trees have been placed in the lake, dating back to 2008, click to download the R. L. Harris Lake Fish Habitat GPS Locations spreadsheet.
Additional details of this annual event are provided on the Fish Habitat Program page.
VOTERS APPROVE SALES TAX INCREASE TO CONSTRUCT NEW JAIL FACILITY
In the November 8th General Election, Randolph County voters approved an increase in the Sales Tax Rate for the purpose of constructing a new jail. The Rate will increase from 9 ½% to 10%. The increased revenue, estimated to be approximately $1,000,000 per year, will be used to design and construct a new state of the art jail to replace the current outdated and high maintenance facility.
The new facility will be designed to accommodate additional inmates commensurate with the expected population. The existing jail was designed for 36 inmates and often holds more than 100 at various times. The new facility will also provide for increased security for officers, for improved facilities for inmates and for reduced operating costs.
Voters responded to reports of conditions in the jail, reports of excessive costs of maintenance of the existing facility and the prospect of increased expense of federally mandated construction.
LAKE LEVELS FALL TO WINTER POOL ELEVATION
The lake level reached winter pool elevation of 785 feet above mean sea level during the week ending November 12th. That is the level mandated by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and which is operative between the months of November and March of each year. The level typically rises during the months of April and May, reaching its Summer Pool Level of 793 feet mean sea level by the end of May.
Due to the lack of rainfall in the drainage area, Alabama Power Company has cautioned that the lake level may continue to fall, to levels below Winter Pool, until such time as rainfall rates recover. Alabama Power Company urges stakeholders to monitor lake conditions by reference to its Website in order to respond to further level reductions that may affect shoreline and boat facilities.
TAX BILLS PROVIDE FOR VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION FOR VOLUNTEER PERSONNEL
Your property tax bill includes an option for the making of a contribution to support volunteer Emergency Personnel. You can elect to contribute either $3.00 or $5.00, as an addition to your payment. The revenue would provide for funding in the amount of $3.00 toward retirement for Volunteer Firefighters and $2.00 toward retirement for Volunteer Rescue Squad members.
Property tax payments are now coming in and Pam Taylor, our Revenue Commissioner, indicates that a large proportion of taxpayers are participating by including the extra $5.00 in their tax payments as a way of showing support for our Volunteers.
For the Lake Wedowee Property Owners' Association, "Protecting Your Playground" is more than just our motto. It clearly states our mission of safeguarding and improving the quality of the lake environment and the interests of the property owners.
An important aspect of being .a member of the LWPOA includes volunteering to help with many of our ongoing events and services, some of which are shown below:
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