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Wayne Crawford, Jay Goldman elected to POA board

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Newly elected POA Board members, Wayne Crawford, far left, and Jay Golden, far right, stand with current POA Board President, Phil Anderson. Photo by Jim Francis.

POA President Phil Anderson introduced Wayne Crawford and Jay Goldman—Big Canoe’s newest POA directors—at the POA’s Dec. 2 annual meeting in the Big Canoe Chapel. Crawford and Goldman will fill the board seats vacated by Tony Galioto and Carolyn Littell, whose three-year terms ended with this meeting.

Anderson thanked Rick Williams, the third candidate for POA director, and asked him to share his considerable talents with the board in an unofficial capacity.
New POA officers for 2018 include Phil Anderson, president; Steve Wilson, vice president; Dudley DeVore, secretary; and Jay Goldman, treasurer following a vote by the directors immediately following the meeting.

Anderson reviewed the 2017 strategy and goals then addressed the six major issues currently facing the community: water, high speed internet, management, fire station, long-range planning, and clubhouse.

“It’s in our interest to establish a water and sewer authority,” he said, explaining the action the board is currently taking. As a non-profit water and sewer authority, there are many advantages including access to grants and the ability to issue bonds.

An independent, non-profit authority typically is concerned with acquiring, constructing, equipping, maintaining and operating adequate water supply, treatment, and distribution facilities and sewage collection, treatment, and distribution facilities on behalf of its users. In this case the users and board of directors for such an authority would be property owners of Big Canoe.

Proposed legislation to enable an authority has been sent to the boards of commissioners of Pickens and Dawson counties. Big Canoe POA representatives are scheduled to meet in work sessions with the Pickens’ board on Dec. 7 and the Dawson board on Dec. 14. The proposed legislation will then move on to Speaker of the House David Ralston (R Blue Ridge, District 7) and Rep. Rick Jasperse (R Pickens, Murray, Gordon, District 11).

“The goal,” said Anderson, “is to have the proposed legislation introduced in the Georgia legislature early in 2018. We hope to have it approved and legal by March.”

Without going into detail, Anderson said the high-speed internet task force has received some new “unsolicited proposals.”

Finance and operations

Director of Finance Jayne Hagan reviewed the POA’s 2017 income statement, capital expenditure, cash position and estimated 2018 expenditures and income statement. She also broke down how monthly dues are spent and explained the POA’s new “value add” for golf and tennis, golf and medallion amenity members. Her presentation is available on the POA website.

“The driving range money was well spent,” Director of Operations Jason Brownell said, during a review of operations. The marina operation is very successful with plans for “refleeting” underway. “The marina has become a destination amenity,” he added.

The addition of a brine solution truck will enable the operations department to pre-treat roads when storms threaten this winter.

Questions from the audience

The first questions focused on acquiring the water company. Two property owners asked: How would we buy it? What funds would be allocated to acquire it? Anderson replied that it would be acquired by the proposed water authority. “A water and sewer authority would have ways to attain ownership. It will be a challenging time.”

Other questions included:

  • Are there any plans to improve the Main Gate entry? Anderson replied that architectural considerations/design work will be done in 2018 with a plan “to do the work in 2019.”
  • Are there any plans to expand the garbage and recycling center, to prevent overflowing bins? “There are no plans to increase size but we do plan to increase efficiency by having more frequent emptying of dumpsters,” Brownell responded.
  • Can we further improve our ISO rating? “We are at ISO 3, up from 4. The new fire station will help us maintain a 3 rating but I don’t expect an ISO 2,” said Anderson. Many locations outside of Big Canoe are rate d ISO 5 or 6, he noted.

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