Lake Wedowee Area Upcoming Events
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:
September 2021 LWPOA Update...
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Notes from the Chairman
Greetings! My name is Tom Lettieri and I have the honor of being elected chairman of the LWPOA for 2021/22. I will continue the great work of my predecessors to keep Lake Wedowee a great place to live, work and play. That means listening to you, the members, and working with everyone who has a hand in keeping the lake the best in the state.
My sincere thanks go to departing board members Crystal Barnes-Key, Tom Comte and Lynn Amason for their hard work during their three-year terms. Thanks also to Barry Morris for chairing the organization for the past year. Joining the board are Claudette Brown, Rob Perry and Laura Krug. Check out the new committee assignments on Our Mission page.
We’re really hoping to get the LWPOA back to a “normal” schedule of events after a year and a half of working around COVID. Be assured, whatever we do will be done with the safety of our members foremost in our decision making.
Lake Clean-Up is a GO this fall, October 26, 27 and 28. Even though Alabama Power will not be providing their barge and manpower, we will be picking up trash and taking it to dumpsters provided by Andy Etheridge of Ala-Ga Roll-offs placed around the lake. We won’t be able to cover as much of the lake but we’ll get the worst areas. After missing last year, many coves need a good trash pick-up. Volunteering for lake clean-up is a great way to make new friends in our organization while protecting your investment in a trash-free lake.
Mark your calendars for the fall general membership meeting on Saturday, October 16, 9-11 a.m. at Wedowee Marine South. It’s a chance for everyone to hear about our plans, ask questions of board members, and make suggestions for the direction of the organization.
Finally, and most importantly, I ask that everyone who has not renewed their annual membership do so soon. Also tell your neighbors about what the LWPOA does for the entire lake community and urge them to join as well. Our collective voice is powerful in dealing with lake-wide issues and the more members we have, the better we are heard.
Lake Clean-Up: Rob Perry
As Tom noted above, clean-up will be different than in the past. Without Alabama Power’s barge, we will probably be staging from different locations each morning to be near the dumpsters. We’re working on the day-to-day logistics and will be getting detailed plans out to you as we nail things down. What we need more than anything else is pontoon boats and lots of volunteers! If you have a boat that’s a little old and smells more like fish than new carpet, we need you.
Clean-up is messy and, even though we pressure wash all boats at the end of the event, we don’t recommend volunteering your brand new beauty. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can share your boat one or more days. As always, LWPOA provides all fuel and lunch for the workers. Be watching your email for the final plan including where you should show up to volunteer to clean-up those thousands of plastic bottles and crumbling swim noodles from the coves. Dates: Tuesday through Thursday, October 26-28.
Water quality: Frank Varisco
The water remains excellent in spite of the crazy rains of late. Alabama Water Watch is finally restarting water tester classes and we hope to have several new monitors over the next few months, covering more of the lake again. If you are interested in becoming a water monitor, or if you see a problem with water quality, please contact me via email at email@example.com and we’ll check into it.
Lake Safety: Tommy Bell
The buoys we placed around the lake in early summer have been very well received by everyone. In fact, the buoy near Allen Creek was literally a big hit and will be replaced after being destroyed by an errant boater. We hope to set out more buoys in hazard areas after the lake drops to winter pool. In the meantime, please boat safely and wear your life jackets. Please be courteous of other boaters, people’s docks and swimmers. Lake safety is everyone’s responsibility.
Relicensing: Barry Morris
Alabama Power filed their preliminary license proposal with the Federal government this summer. The document is available on the FERC website for anyone wishing to comment through the end of this month. The LWPOA asked for a higher winter level that we determined would have minimum impact on landowners downstream but the data analysis led the company to deny the request. Since the filing, many lake landowners – members and non-members alike – have filed comments with FERC asking for a higher winter level. The license application will be filed in late November, after which FERC and other agencies will study it for up to two years, making changes as necessary before granting a new 40-year operating license.
Membership: Ed Sloman, Cherry Ward. and Melinda Hardwick
The Association is way behind where we should be on renewals for 2021/22. Some of this is because we mailed the annual renewal notice with the Summer Picnic notice and folks who didn’t want to attend the picnic probably didn’t see the included renewal paperwork. You can renew your membership using the membership application form on our Get Involved page. If you’re not sure if you renewed, please check with association secretary Melinda Hardwick at firstname.lastname@example.org. The LWPOA protects your investment in your lake property and it is important that we all work together to maintain our quality of life.