LAKE WEDOWEE PROPERTY OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 55 Wedowee, Alabama 36278
Working to ensure Lake Wedowee is a safe, clean and pleasant place to be.
SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2011
LETTER FROM THE CHAIRPERSON
Over the years, LWPOA has been blessed to have the leadership of outstanding individuals
to guide it in its mission to promote and enhance the quality of Lake Wedowee and
surrounding area. Over the last year, under difficult personal circumstances, Mellie Parrish
has provided inspired leadership to the organization. She has presided over the work of the
organization in its actions to protect the interests of membership in the time of the water
wars with Georgia and Florida and with the relicensing of Lake Martin, with its potential for
affecting the water flow within our lake.
We have also enjoyed the contributions of Jack Duncan and Janice Flournoy, our two
members of the Board who have completed their three year terms and retired effective June
Jack served as Treasurer of the organization for the entirety of his three year term, and has
performed the duties of the office with efficiency and dedication. He has also chaired the
Standing Committee on Water for several years. This committee performs the premier work
of the organization through its testing of the lake water and through its constant scrutiny of
Janice served as Chairperson of the Hospitality Committee and coordinated the winter
dinner and summer picnic events. She and her husband, Terry, himself a founding member
of the Association and former Officer of the Board of Directors, have hosted the summer
picnic at Rice Pavilion. They have instituted substantial enhancements of these events in
As we look forward to the next year of the Association, we will strive to continue and
enhance the important contribution which it provides to the protection of the lake, its water,
and the interests of members.
In cooperation with Upper Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership, and its local coordinator,
Charles “Sut” Smith, LWPOA will sponsor a seminar on Runoff and Sedimentation Control
at Roadways. Some areas of the lake are beginning to experience siltation as the result of
runoff from unimproved roads, construction sites, and even residential lots. This seminar
will present economical, common sense measures to reduce the runoff and the resultant
sedimentation. Members are encouraged to attend.
L.W.P.O.A BOARD The Randolph County Commission, and the Mayor of Wedowee have
TOM GARLAND committed to allow and encourage their design and maintenance personnel
256-357-2706 to attend the seminar to learn about measures that can be instituted to
email@example.com alleviate runoff. The seminar is tentatively scheduled for 8:00 am to 12:00
Noon on Tuesday, August 30, at First Baptist Church. Reservations will be
Vice-Chairperson needed in order to insure adequate space and to plan for the meal to be
256-395-0393 served. Make your reservation by contacting a board member or through a
note in the “Contact US” tab on the Website. Your contact will also allow
DENNIS HIGHTOWER us to notify those planning to attend of any changes in the schedule. Notice
256-357-0252 of any change will also be posted on the Website.
Mile Marker Signs have been installed on the lake to aid boaters in finding
NAN FEREBEE their way around the lake and to provide a location reference to those
firstname.lastname@example.org experiencing trouble on the water. Go the Website article to learn more
about the sign program and those who participated in the program.
256-405-8124 Plans are underway to install name signs at creeks and branches which
email@example.com intersect with the lake. The plan is to install these signs on posts within the
two foot flood easement on the upstream side of the intersection. Some
770-823-6761 locations will fall on private property. If you are favored with a sign at your
firstname.lastname@example.org property, please provide your consent to the installation.
Secretary The LWPOA Website (www.lakewedoweepoa.com) will become more and
256-357-0165 more important as a means to communicate with Membership. Articles of
current interest, and schedules of events will be updated and posted there.
256-357-0330 Please utilize this resource to stay in touch with the activities of the
404-449-3452 As we go forward with the mission of the organization, we will continue to
email@example.com rely on members to step up and contribute to the work. The need for
volunteers to serve on committees and to assist with activities has never
256-396-5526 been greater. We need for members to step forward and assist with
firstname.lastname@example.org traditional activities and with new programs to be undertaken in the work of
COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS the Association. Volunteer work can be performed effectively by resident
members and by part-time resident members. Look to the Newsletter and to
MELLIE PARRISH the Website to learn about new initiatives of the Association and new
opportunities to contribute, and contact a Board member or committee
TOM GARLAND chairperson to volunteer.
Water Testing Chairperson
Kids Fishing Day
Another Fiscal year is coming to an end. Below is the information for June
SHELIA SMITH Membership Dues Budget $ 21, 525
256-357-4700 or 256-396-5093 YTD Expenses 19,455
Marine Radio Dennis Hightower, Treasurer
LAKE MARKER SIGNS
LWPOA has installed Marker Signs on Lake Wedowee. The purpose of the signs is to
provide a location reference for boaters experiencing problems on the lake and to help
boaters find their way on the lake. The signs do not reflect navigability or water level
conditions at the locations. Boaters should become familiar with water levels and other
conditions affecting safety on the lake.
Signs consist of panels 18 inches wide and 24 inches high with single black numerals on
high intensity reflective yellow backgrounds. Signs requiring two numbers consist of two
panels, mounted vertically.
Signs are installed on the West or left hand (proceeding north) bank of the lake within the 2
foot flood easement, and are numbered consecutively from the dam going north. The
combined lake includes markers 1 through 9. The Tallapoosa River includes markers 10
through 27, and the Little Tallapoosa River includes markers 10 through 27. Wedowee
Creek includes markers 1 through 3
To differentiate the sections of the lake, markers on the Tallapoosa River and Wedowee
Creek have a black border at the edge of the panels, and those on the Combined Lake and
Little Tallapoosa River have no border.
The basis of the marker spacing is the approximate boat path from the Dam proceeding
north along the lake and rivers. Spacing is approximately one mile. Some locations were
shifted to enhance visibility. The marker locations will not correspond with the mile
markers on commercial maps of the lake which depict the channel path as basis.
LWPOA will soon begin installing signs denoting the names of Creeks and tributaries at
their intersection with the Lake.
This program is a cooperative effort of LWPOA, Alabama Power Company, County
Officials, and Emergency Agencies.
Signs on the combined lake, from the dam north to the confluence of the rivers just above
the Highway 48 Bridge include Markers 1 through 9. These signs are single panels, with no
border at the edge of the panels.
Little Tallapoosa River
Signs on the Little Tallapoosa River, consist of Numbers 10 through 27. Number 10 is
located just north of the confluence of the rivers. Number 27 is located approximately 3
Mles North of the Old Hwy 431 Bridge. These signs have no border at the edge of the
Big Tallapoosa River
Signs on the Big Tallapoosa River consist of Numbers 10 through 27. Number 10 is located
just North of the Confluence of the Rivers. Number 27 is located approximately three miles
north of Lee’s Bridge. Signs on this section of the Lake have a black border on the edge of
Wedowee Creek Section
Signs on Wedowee Creek consist of Numbers 1 through 3. Number 1 is located about one
mile upstream from the intersection of Wedowee Creek with the Little Tallapoosa. Number
3 is located at the Hwy 431 Bridge.
LWPOA Members participating in the Lake Sign Program
Tom Garland Jack Duncan Warren Sides
Bill & Dee Sammon Jim McAlear Bob Davis
Ron & Terri Mattocks Jim & Dianne Reynolds Jack Burnside
Mellie and Mark Parrish Bernie and Sharon McKeone
Kevin O’Neal and Wellborn Cabinet
Visit Lakewedoweepoa.com for pictures!
LAKE MARTIN RELICENSING-PROPOSED LAKE LEVEL CHANGE
FERC has submitted their recommendations on the renewal permit proposal for changes in
the Lake Martin winter pool elevation along with a fall enhancement PME
(extension) of the summer pool rule curve. The following is a recap of these proposed
changes in Lake Martin and their effect on lake Wedowee by Charles Smith an LWPOA
member active in representing the LWPOA at the relicensing meetings. His recap is
followed by the technical report.
The big change is that the Martin winter pool elevation will be changed from
10 feet drop to seven feet except for every six years when the level would
be dropped back to 10 feet for lake dock repair, etc.
The higher Martin winter pool elevation should enhance the filling of both
Harris and Martin lakes. It should satisfy the early fill request that was
made by Martin stakeholders.
The proposed Martin rule curve will give Lake Martin four months at full
summer pool elevation, 3 1/4 months at winter pool and 4 3/4 months in
transition from winter to summer and vice versa.
A fall enhancement (extension) is also proposed allowing Martin summer pool
elevation to be extended for six weeks if many conditions* are met. There
would have to be almost record rain falls, river flows and lake levels for
this enhancement to be enacted.
*One of the conditions is that the Lake Harris water level (and other Coosa
Lakes) has to be within one foot of its rule curve elevation through
September for the Lake Martin enhancement to be enacted. This is highly
unlikely since the weather pattern always leaves the both Harris and Martin
lakes well below their rule curves in late summer.
QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The quarterly General Membership Meeting of the Lake Wedowee Property Owners
Association will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Hub Restaurant in
Wedowee. The meeting is scheduled for 9:00 am CDST.
The Hub Restaurant has been offered for sale, and this may affect its availability for the
meeting. Should a change of venue be required, a notice of the change will be posted on the
In addition to the regular business, we will have speakers to make brief presentations as
A representative of Alabama Fish & Wildlife will speak about the Lake Wedowee Fishery
Josh Burns, Randolph County Tax Commissioner will speak about Ad Valorem Taxes
Make your plans to attend, meet the new Officers and Members of the Board of Directors,
interact with the Board Members and Committee Chairpersons, and learn more about the
work of the LWPOA.
Changes or additions to the program will be posted on the Website.
The annual Lake Wedowee clean-up, sponsored by the LWPOA and Alabama Power, will
be held Oct. 26 through Oct. 29 from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. Volunteers and boats will meet
at Hwy. 48 boat ramp at 8:00 each morning. Gas for boats will be furnished by LWPOA.
Drinks, snacks and lunch will be provided each day. All volunteers will receive a "RENEW
OUR RIVERS" teeshirt.
We need YOUR help to keep Lake Wedowee clean and beautiful. Come out for a little
work and a lot of fun.
If anyone has a boat we can use, or needs additonal information, please contact Marlon
Glover at 770-823-6761, Bob May at 256-357-2656 or Sheila Smith at 256-396-5093.
KIDS FISHING DAY
The 2011 Kid’s fishing day held May 14th was a huge success. The event held at the Rice
Pavilion was open to kids under the age of 16. Kids were waiting to sign up well before the
7:00 start time for their chance to catch some of the 1200 lbs of pond raised catfish brought
in for the event. Before the event was concluded at 12:00 we had over 200 kids participate.
With the parents in attendance to help bait and take the fish off the hooks, we had well over
400 people involved with the event.
With the contributions from several local businesses and community leaders, we were able
to present over 100 of the children with door prizes; including tackle boxes, hats, shirts and
60 rod and reel sets. There were enough hot dogs and chips to feed everyone and provide
bait for the catfish. Plans are already underway for next year’s event tentatively scheduled
for May 19th. So mark your calendar
Lee & Nancy Bennet Mark & Lorrie Chapman Paul & Vickie Free
701 Mill Walk NW 1249 Nicholson Run 145 Meeting House Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30327 Kennesaw, GA 30152 Fayetteville, GA 30215
Roger & Nancy Hollon David & Valorie Joiner Ben & Diana Pool
250 Walnut Street 1124 County Rd 816 5128 Lido Street
Wedowee, AL 36278 Wedowee, Al 36278 Orlando, FL 32807
Roger & Paula Sharp Lonnie & Cookie Smith Leisel Caldwell
P. O. Box 1032 92 Red Eye Lane Lake Wedowee Life
Wedowee, AL 36278 Wedowee, AL 36278 18285 Hwy 431
Wedowee, AL 36278
The summer LWPOA picnic provides us with a great opportunity to enjoy our beautiful
lake, come together to have fun and fellowship and to meet old friend and make new ones.
Participation continues to grow as we had a record crowd of 270 people for the 2011
LWPOA picnic despite the threat of stormy weather. While the weather kept some away,
(we had 50 no show reservations), those that attended had a great afternoon of enjoyment.
There were games for all ages, a delicious bar-b-que dinner, great entertainment and all
topped off by a spectacular fireworks display.
While the LWPOA membership sponsors and supports the event, it could not be the success
it is without support from many individuals and organizations. Hoping we don’t leave
anyone out, we would like to thank:
o The Rice Family for providing the Luther and Laska Rice pavilion and the
preparation of the meal as well as the volunteers who helped serve during the event.
o Those who brought the delicious deserts and entered the baking contest
o Jerry Rogers for an evening of enjoyable music
o The Billy Herren family for a beautiful fireworks display
o Those who helped with the games
o The Rice family for the tractor wagon shuttles and Jerry Rice for opening his antique
and toy tractor museum.
o Don East for his presentation on native history and flowers
o All of our volunteer organizations who willingly gave their support to the event:
Southern Ambulance Auxiliary Police
Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Management
One of Luther and Laska’s grandchildren summed the event perfectly; “Pawpaw and
Grandmother loved people and good food and today they have to be smiling as they had
The Water Quality Monitoring Committee needs a few volunteers to take and test water
samples to ensure the long term health of the lake's waters. The job is easy: once a month
take a water sample off your dock or other assigned location and test the sample for various
impurities. Enter your information in a web-based database and you're done. The LWPOA
provides the test kits.
It only takes about an hour and a half a month but the information gained is invaluable in
tracking long and short term trends in water quality. Volunteers will need to serve for at
least a year, and longer terms are better. If you are selected you will need to attend a half-
day certification training course.
Please contact Barry Morris at email@example.com if you are interested. Thanks!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
August 9, 2011 @ 4:30 p.m. August 30, 2011 @ 8:00a.m.-12 noon
LWPOA Board Meeting Seminar on Control of Runoff and
Wedowee Fire Station Sedimentation at Roadways
Wedowee 1st Baptist Church
September 17, 2011 October 11, 2011 @ 4:30 p.m.
LWPOA Board Meeting @ 8:00 a.m. LWPOA Board Meeting
Quarterly Membership Meeting @ 9:00 a.m. Wedowee Fire Station
Hub Restaurant, Wedowee
November 8, 2011 @ 4:30 December 13, 2011 @ 4:30
LWPOA Board Meeting LWPOA Board Meeting
Wedowee Fire Station Wedowee Fire Station
May 19, 2012 @ TBD June 9, 2012 @ TBD
Kid’s Fishing Day Membership Picnic
Rice Pavilion Rice Pavilion
Lake, Wedowee Lake Wedowee