The January White Lake Town Board meeting began with the recognition of the retirements of four long-time employees. Mayor Goldston Womble recognized Tim Frush, Public Works Director; Town Board Member, Brenda Clark, (not present) Town Clerk; Bill Stafford, Sewer/Waste Director; and Ricky Smith, Police Officer, who have retired in the last few months. Mayor Womble praised them for their professionalism and their loyalty to him and the Town.
Several utility releases ($951.42) and tax releases ($196.83) were approved. The Limnosciences was included in the Commissioner's agenda packet. It reported on the total annual rainfall and lake level variability for 2021. Since "the pH of rain has changed considerably over time," the lake has trended from 4.6 in the 1970's to 5.9 recently. Much information about the lake water quality can be found at whitelakewatch.com.
The biggest part of the meeting discussed a preliminary strategic plan for the lake management plan. The Town has partnered with the Lumber River Council of Governments to begin the process of developing a lake management plan. The cost of this work would be $22,000 during the time frame of February 1 - September 30, 2022. Mr. Jim Perry outlined several preliminary work tasks to be undertaken as part of the strategic planning process:
Delineation of Authority - there needs to be a clear understanding by all involved parties of the state's goals and objectives and how they mesh with the town's desires for the use of lake.
Popular Opinion Tasks
Connection to Land Use Planning
Motion was passed to move forward with this process.