MEETING  SUMMARY OF FEBRUARY 19, 1018

Election of Officers for 2018 was held.  The following slate was proposed by the HCPOA Board and approved by the membership.  President – Mike Buckel.  Board members – Terry Chenoweth, Bill Fogerty, Connie Hamilton, Pat Ranels, David Sewell, and Dottie Williams.

President Mike presented a power point presentation on Hartwell Lake Hartwell Issues.

Hartwell Lake has not been full since June 6, 2016 and the lake level average for the past 652 days is 7.5 feet below normal pool.  Using graphics and text, Corps management and downstream issues were discussed as some of the reasons contributing to the problems we continually face in our upstream lake.   Lake management issues must be done at the legislative level.  At our next meeting on March 19, HCPOA will be hosting a seminar with Corps Hydrologist, Stan Simpson, plus representatives from offices of State legislators Doug Collins and Johnny Isakson and U.S. Senator David Perdue.    This will present a unique opportunity for citizens to address elected officials who can help address our ongoing problems regarding Lake Hartwell.  Key points need to be:  depressed property values, how we are subsidizing downstream pollution with our water, how industries can use benefits of recent tax cuts to eliminate river pollution, and fundamental changes needed in Corps rules.

The Hart County Recreation Department has invited citizens to a March 6 meeting to express their views on future projects they would like prioritized by that department.