Interesting Facts

LBCA and LBCAF Interesting Facts

DID YOU KNOW THAT:

  • The first recorded meeting in the Minutes Book of LBCA was for a meeting of Lake Burton Civic Association on December 22, 1968. Then, on January 18, 1969, there was a meeting of the LBCA Board of Directors at which the Board discussed a hearing on an injunction against the collection of 1968 taxes by Rabun County to be held on January 23, 1969. At that meeting the Board changed the name of the Association to the Tallulah River Civic Association (TRCA) to bring in members from Lake Rabun and Seed Lake and voted to pay for the cost of incorporation.
  • The original requirement for membership in TRCA was the ownership of a cabin on Lake Burton, Lake Rabun or Seed Lake and the payment of a $25 fee, part of which was applied to the first year dues.
  • The name was changed back to the Lake Burton Civic Association at a meeting of the TRCA Board on September 1, 1974. LBCA became a 501(c)4 not-for-profit Civic Association in 2000.
  • LBCA currently has approximately 900 Regular Memberships out of approximately 1,400 to 1,500 residencies and properties in the Lake Burton area. These current memberships represent about 1,800 individuals who have an important voice in Rabun County.
  • LBCA is a not-for-profit Civic Association and not a Homeowners Association. As such, it has a responsibility to be a good citizen in the greater Rabun County community.
  • LBCAF was formed in 2000 as a 501(c)3 Charitable Foundation. Your contributions through LBCAF and a portion of your dues to LBCA are deductible on your income tax return as charitable contributions.
  • During the last 15 years, LBCA & LBCAF have contributed over $550,000, through your dues and your contributions to the Home Tours and Golf Tournaments, to support the three Volunteer Fire Departments around Lake Burton through purchase of necessary equipment, supplemental insurance, and other needs not funded by Rabun County.
  • Your contributions of over $115,000 to LBCAF enabled your Association to purchase the Fire and Rescue Boat on Lake Burton and help build the boat house in Murray Cove to house it and the GA DNR Ranger Boat. The Fire and Rescue Boat and the Volunteers who man it have been instrumental numerous times to help contain fires and to rescue persons in need.
  • LBCA was instrumental the establishing the Wildcat Volunteer Fire Station on Hwy 197 to serve that section of the Lake.
  • LBCA has researched, funded and paid more than $82,000 for the installation of Dry Hydrants and Stand Pipes in strategic locations around the Lake. These Dry Hydrants and Stand Pipes are necessary to supply water to the Volunteer Fire Department Tank and Pumper Trucks to fight fires. This program and funding of the instillation is continuing.
  • LBCA worked closely with the West Rabun Property Owners Association (WRPO), the Rabun County Fire Committee, the Volunteer Fire Departments and other organizations, and furnished part of the dollar funding need for Fire Station improvements, to lower the Insurance ISO ratings around the Lake and elsewhere in the County. This has enabled a reduction in your annual insurance premiums by several hundred dollars.
  • LBCA worked closely with the County and the WRPO to get the Recycle Center on Laurel Lodge Road.
  • LBCA has worked closely with the County and WRPO to get the County to pave and improve the roads around the Lake.
  • LBCA has been concerned with Lake environmental issues for many years in order to monitor and protect your Lake. This was started by Mason Whitney in the late 1970’s. He would regularly take water samples around the Lake in various locations and send them to be tested.
  • LBCA is currently working with and furnishing funds to the Tallulah River Watershed Council to implement testing throughout the watershed that will supplement the testing currently being conducted by Georgia Power Company on the North Georgia Lakes.
  • LBCA is conducting periodic Environmental Seminars on Best Ecology Practices to provide information to you about helping to keep your Lake pristine.
  • LBCA has for many years encouraged voter registration in Rabun County. In Georgia, your voting residence does not have to be at the same location as your IRS residence or the County in which you claim a homestead exemption for property tax purposes.
  • LBCA & LBCAF have made donations to various Rabun County Charitable Organizations of over $110,000.
  • LBCA maintains liaison with Georgia Power Company Land Office personnel on your behalf.
  • LBCA sponsors with Georgia Power Company an Annual Lake Cleanup Day. After the tornado, many LBCA Members made a significant impact cleaning up large debris around the Lake.
  • LBCA worked closely with Georgia Power Company to allow your Lease to be placed in the name of a Family Entity to accommodate the many extended families on the Lake.
  • LBCA sponsors with Georgia Power Company and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources an Annual Boating Safety Course for you and your teenagers.
  • LBCA periodically promotes the Georgia Boating Safety Laws.
  • LBCA provides necessary funds for off-duty Deputy Sheriffs to ride in DNR Ranger Boats on Lake Burton with the Rangers on the weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is considered to be very beneficial for safety of all who use the Lake. They will also perform complementary safety and equipment checks for your boats and PWCs.
  • LBCA has furnished funds for the purchase of life vests, a sun top and new seats for the DNR Ranger Boat used on Lake Burton.
  • You can order 911 Address signs and “No Wake within 100 Feet” signs for your boathouse through LBCA. The 911 sign provides your 911 address on the Lake-side of your home for the Emergency Responders coming to your home by boat.
  • In 2012, LBCA purchased 500 Vials of Life in cooperation with the Rabun County Sheriff Department to give to Members and other families in the County. These Vials of Life are to contain your important emergency contact and medical information and are to be placed in your refrigerator for use by Emergency Responders should you have an emergency.
  • The LBCA website at www.lbca.net provides excellent and beneficial information useful to you about your Association and Foundation, including Officer, Director and Committee contact information, financial information, minutes of actions taken by your Officers and Directors, prior Newsletters and other information about the Lake.
  • LBCA continues to publish an Annual Membership Directory and periodic Newsletters. The Newsletters can be sent to you by email. The names listed in the Directory with no contact information are not current members, but are included so that friends and neighbors can encourage them to join LBCA.
  • Scot Roberge and LBCA were instrumental in bring High Speed Internet service around the Lake.
  • LBCA continues to give you important information about current issues around the Lake (new real estate developments, zoning and building code matters, the high voltage transmission lines, etc.)
  • In the past, LBCA sponsored an art show in connection with the Annual Members Lunch meeting and served Bloody Mary cocktails donated by Cynthia Whitney and Whitney Realty.
  • The concerns addressed by TRCA in the early 1970’s were much the same as ours today and included roads, road signage, garbage disposal, security, fire protection, election of County Commissioners, and purchasing equipment for the VFDs. TRCA spent several years putting up road signs at road intersections around the Lake. In 1970-1972 TRCA worked with Georgia Power Company on the placement of garbage dumpsters in several locations around the Lake (which preceded the Recycle Centers of today). In 1974-1975, TRCA provided a boat, water pumps and other equipment to Mountain Patrol for use on the Lake. For several years, TRCA offered a standing reward of $1,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone for breaking and entering the Lake Residence of a TRCA Member. In 1975 it was reported in a TRCA Board meeting that a young lady was run over by a boat near the Hwy 76 bridge.
  • In 1982, Mason Whitney reported to the Board that he could no longer assume responsibility for the fireworks since several Association members witnessed an intoxicated man jump from a boat and refuse to get back aboard, and that we as a group are fearful of a tragedy for which we might be held responsible. Hal Rhoads took over the sponsorship of the fireworks at that time.