May 19th, 2016, and the Kids' Fishing Day has come and gone... but the memories remain!
Kids' Fishing Day 2016 was a great success. More than 300 kids, parents, and grandparents enjoyed the event at Rice Family Pavilion on Lake Wedowee. Click to view the complete write-up and browse the many pictures added to the page.
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.
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$1,000,000 per year, will be used to design and construct a new state of the art jail to replace the current outdated and high maintenance facility.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.
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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