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VVA Board of Directors Call to Order Susan Zalenski, Lot 364, called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the upper level of the clubhouse. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation the meeting also had a Zoom connection for members who could not attend. Board members present were Mark Leggett, Lot 72, Mike Booth, Lot 1259, Tony Gronniger, Lot 2281 Celeste Armanees, Lot 62; Troy Lesan, Lot 576 and Marvin McNabb, Lot 28. Shad Mort led the Pledge of Allegiance and Troy Lesan led in prayer. Approval of Minutes Troy Lesan moved to approve the minutes of the May 3, 2020, board meeting. Tony Gronniger seconded; motion passed. Committee Reports Handbook Committee – Celeste Armanees proposed three handbook changes that will be presented during Board Action. Finance Committee Troy Lesan reported that the Committee met on June 10. Kim Spidle representing Edward Jones reported we presently have four CD accounts. Kim pointed out that two of these CDs will mature in July and we will have to make a decision on reinvesting the funds in what we all recognize is a market with diminished opportunities. Missy agreed to assist in shopping for rates. In old business, the committee addressed questions by members. Many of these questions are also on the agenda of today’s meeting and will be addressed in Dredge Committee Report and in Lake Manager’s Report. Missy Leggett introduced a Retained Earnings Document that she plans on elaborating further at next meeting. The committee began to develop goals and plan to finalize at next meeting. The Finance Committee will monitor our SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loan. We will continue to work closely with BTC, who issued the SBA loan, in the loan forgiveness application. The Finance Committee will also monitor and has sent an email inquiry to an accounting firm for the possibility of additional oversight. Troy stated the goal of strict compliance that will result in this 1% loan becoming a grant. We have more funds than this time last year due to dredging assessments. Approximately $277,000 of the additional $335,000 was due to the dredge assessments. This leaves an approximate $65,000 improvement over last year’s numbers. Dues and assessments are actually above last year’s numbers. On the expense side, we are at $15,000 over last year’s totals. One of the line item increases was due to a $1,000 expense for a software package for SAFETY that will greatly increase the department’s efficiency. Troy stated that this may well have been the best $1,000 that VVA has ever spent due to procedures that will be streamlined. The Finance Committee also agreed with a Fire Department proposal for a hydrant installation to be presented at monthly meeting. The committee further agreed to change their meeting time to 5 p.m. on the Thursday evening before the monthly board meeting. Troy made a motion that the Board approve the

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following changes in Committee Assignments: add Celeste Armanees and Marvin McNabb to Finance Committee and move Eric Odette from Finance Committee to Lake Committee. Mark Leggett seconded; motion carried. In questions, Mark Leggett asked Troy if he had omitted Finance Committee intentions to try and recruit two new Finance Committee members with high levels of accounting and business management backgrounds. Troy replied that it was going to be at the top of the list of goals to be reported in next month’s meeting. Mark then stated that he had already received commitments from two such highly qualified candidates – Association Members John Kmetz and Lyle Alexander and he made a motion to add the two to the Finance Committee. Troy Lesan seconded. Motion passed. Strategic Planning Committee Susan Zalenski announced that Kenny Southwick has agreed to be the new chairperson for this committee. Susan moved to add Sue Wolfe to this committee. Mark Leggett seconded; motion passed. Activities Committee Celeste Armanees reported the Poker Run set a new record for attendance, with 250 people registered. The next event is the Spring Garage Sale on June 27 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Mary Hibler reported on the next event, which is the “Now & Then Band” on Friday, June 19, from 8-11. Mary also reported the committee is working on their goals and should have them ready for the next meeting. Building Committee — Marvin McNabb reported 12 new permits were submitted and 11 of those were approved. One house permit was not approved for lack of septic permit and plan. Fire Department — Tony Gronniger reported the sirens were checked at their meeting Saturday. The Department submitted their list of goals to the Board and are about half way completed with those goals. They are in the final stages of SOP and application process. Campground – Mike Booth – The Committee is working on their goals. Mike thanked Shad and Maintenance for their quick response in replacing some old water spigots that were leaking. Mike also wanted to reinforce the speed limit in the campground and age limit for driving ATV/UTVs (16 years old). Mark Leggett said the ATV/UTV issue is lake wide, not just the campground. Mark also reminded Mike to call Jeff Sprague to join the Campground Committee. Lake Committee Troy Lesan reported on two Lake Committee meetings since the last Board meeting. On May 12, the Committee rolled out the big map of Lake Viking to determine a strategic placement of the forty zebra mussel detectors that were made by Jim Miller and Don Leeper. The committee compiled a list of lots with the plan being to install and monitor the detectors on those lots during the periodic trips around the lake made by committee members. At the June 9 meeting, the Lake Committee in-

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stalled the detectors on lots where members had been contacted and asked to help with the effort. Also, there have been around 40 letters, emails, and personal contacts to members for non- compliance items found during lake inspections. Most of the notices were in regard to lot numbers missing at both roadside and on docks. Many of these numbers were posted in the past but are now unreadable because of being worn and weathered. Troy also noted that many who received letters have already brought their properties into compliance. By next month’s meeting committee members will conclude compliance monitoring, compile goals, and begin monitoring the Zebra Mussel detectors. Infraction Committee Roger Lankford reported on this month’s tickets. There were five tickets before the committee and five fines were imposed, two for dogs roaming, two for decals missing on boats and one for misuse of a dumpster. Mark Leggett suggested that the Infraction Committee and Safety must work hand in hand. Mark presented an outline of these two working together: VVA BOD June 14th INFRACTION/SAFETY REPORT I. NEW Combo Report for both Infractions and Safety a. Basically go hand in hand and need to be in sync with each other b. Goals for Committee affect both areas II. Overall Goals 1. Streamline information and reporting 2. Improve overall experience with Safety and Infraction Pro cess 3. Introduction of warning tickets and monitoring process 4. Provide better tools for Infraction Committee to function a. Flexibility b. Provide feedback and improvement recommendations III. Infraction Committee a. 2nd meeting of the year yesterday b. May report-New format- see attached c. New flex ticket amounts is working & Safety App is working d. Recommendations: i. September Meeting will be moved to 9-19 due to Fall GS ii. Add Safety report in Paper in stand alone format iii. Signage for Safety vehicles IV. Safety Updates a. Address the recent answering machine issue and solution b. Staffing & recent results: Non membership guests c. Safety AP Updates i. 30 day adoption rate-early results ii. Improvements-document adds, warning text/email alerts, reports for infraction board d. Goals/Projects i. Address street signage issues- see report recommendations ii. Additional considerations of Product Availability 1. Next Steps 2. Follow Up budget? iii. Definition of Lake Closure? iv. Definition of Membership family/guest?

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VVA Board Minutes newspaper. Mark Leggett reported there were six infractions in May and 38 warnings given out. Those warnings are all logged into Safety’s new system, so it is easy for them to pull up a lot number and check for warnings. If they have already had a warning and are stopped again, it is an automatic ticket. Robert Walton had concerns about road signage, particularly a current tube that needs to be replaced. Robert thought this spot in the road should have better signage to warn people of the upcoming dip in the road. Shad Mort commented the tube would be replaced on Monday. Robert also had a concern about a boat on the water after dark that was running way too fast for that time of night. Troy Lesan asked if we had any cost projection for signs. Mark Leggett replied it depended on the type of sign we need. Some of them being looked at will be $80. It may be that we have to do some signs this year and the rest next year. There has also been a lot of discussion about ATV /UTVs having stickers on them so they can be identified and if they are members. Mark suggested that stickering ATV/UTV vehicles might be a consideration for funding signs and help Safety identify our members versus non-members.

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Dredge Committee Shawn Hepinstall stated the Dredge Committee has met multiple times over the last 30 days. Shawn reported on the Community Area Sales and the good news was that two of the original four lots that were put out for bid have sold. Community Areas 21 and 14 have sold. Community Areas 22 and 4/59 are still for sale and will be advertised to the public. We had intended to put them on Zillow, but that has not worked out. Shawn and the committee would like to go back to the realtors that gave us appraisals on these properties and list them with the realtors. Shad Mort reported to the Board that we have had calls about Community Area 15 since the bidding ended. Shad asked the Board for direction as to what we tell this person that is inquiring about it. Do we offer it to them for minimum bid or do we put it out there for all members to have the opportunity to bid on it? Susan Zalenski suggested we put it out there for all members to have a chance to bid on it. Shawn Hepinstall agreed that is should be offered to the members. It was decided to put Community Area 15 out for sealed bid. We will use the same process as done with the original

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4 lots. There has been a lot of activity at the south end silt basin. We have had the engineer come back out and we are drying it out. We are beginning to move dirt down there. The dozers will be back very soon. We have also seen preliminary plans and will continue to work with the engineer on those. The Garney Area is the first area we are looking at our long term planning. Garney was last dredged about eight years ago. It is beginning to fill in some, but is not at a critical stage yet. By the time the south end is done in a couple of years it will be time to do Garney again. Bob Hayes and our engineer have designed a drainage system to dry out that area. We will be installing that as we rework that area. We have more streambank stabilization to do in three tubes and once the dredge is back in the water we will clean out the danger area again. Troy Lesan asked if we should talk with our attorney about the capital gains that we will have to pay on the sale of the community lots. Mark Leggett commented that we just nominated two people for the Finance Committee that can help with that. Lake Manager Report (Shad Mort) 1. Dredge pump repairs: The pump has been returned. We have some work to do on the head. When the dredge is reassembled we are going to clean out the danger area and do some clean up in the Garney Area. 2. Pool: The pool is open, but there are some rules to follow. Friday, Saturday and Sundays we are doing 2-hour sessions with a shut down for 30 minutes in between sessions. You will need to bring your own chairs. Susan Zalenski commented there was a study session with members to decide what to do with opening the pool. 3. Proper use of passes: This plays into the pool and beaches. Shad commented that we have been in summer mode since the first of March. A lot of people have sheltered here this spring. There were 70 people thrown off the beach one Tuesday for not having proper passes. In our handbook on page 16 it states: “Only one family is allowed per Guest Card, a guest of a property owner may not bring a guest. We are requiring people to call Safety when they give out a guest pass and let them know who is using it. Shad asked the Board if they wanted to continue this practice. Celeste Armanees said there was a proposal for a rule change on guest passes in

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Board Action, later in the meeting. Susan Zalenski commented this was the only proposed change to the rule on guest passes. 4. Lake Closure: We have been through one lake closure this year. Last August there was a Special Meeting and on the agenda was a motion to allow non-motorized and human powered watercraft on the water during lake closures. Also in the motion was to allow boats at idle / no-wake speed on the lake during a closure at the Lake Manager’s discretion. This motion failed so as it stands there are no watercraft of any kind allowed on the water during closure with exception of maintenance to collect debris. Shad asked the Board what they thought about people swimming during a lake closure. Mark Leggett pointed out there is nothing in the handbook about swimming during a closure. Donna Redden Archibald brought up the fact if a dock has electric run to it and not GFI it could be a safety issue. Shawn Hepinstall commented that if the lake is closed, it’s closed, period. Troy Lesan moved to add to the existing rule “No swimmers or watercraft of any kind, including non-motorized or human powered watercraft...(remainder of existing rule.) Mike Booth seconded. The motion passed with fiveyes votes to one no vote. 5. Dam: One of Shad’s goals is to work on the traffic on the dam. 6. Another of Shad’s goals is the Onboarding process for new Board members. 7. Sale of assets: Shad has been asked about equipment that is no longer used and if we are selling. He reported we have sold a zero turn mower, two pickups and an asphalt roller this spring. 8. New Office employee: Ellen Dors has been hired to take Tiffany’s place in the office. Ellen started on May 20. Susan Zalenski thanked Shad, maintenance and all employees for their hard work getting the lake back open after the high water. Financials: Mark Leggett moved to accept the monthly financial statements. Troy Lesan seconded; motion passed. Guest Time: 1. Eric Hoel: Eric received an infraction ticket for dumping trash in the clubhouse dumpster. He stated he does pay for trash service, but the trash truck did not pick his up, so he just put it in the dumpster. He got a fine of $260 and asked the Board for some compassion on the amount of the fine. Tony Gronniger asked if he contacted the trash company about the oversight of not picking up his trash. Eric responded that he had contacted the trash company. Susan Zalenski asked if he had gone before the Infraction Committee. He could not make the scheduled meeting, so he went to the next meeting and was told he would have to go to the Board. Eric stated he paid the Office $100 last year to dump some extra trash that he had. Troy Lesan moved to reduce the fine to $125 + $10 costs. The motion did not get a second. Troy amended the motion to reduce the fine to $80 + $10 costs. Mark Leggett seconded. The motion passed with five yes votes to one no vote. Mark Leggett asked Eric to find out when he paid the $100 for trash, as the Office staff did not remember that. Eric said he could look up the check and when it was written. 2. Tina Danner: Tina left the meeting before her time to speak. Tina was going to speak about campers being in the campground, but not being used. Mary Hibler stated she knew there were people on a waiting list for the campground and some have two spots and use one for parking. Mary asked how you can tell people they can’t have those extra spots if they are paying for them. They are not using any utilities. Susan Zalenski asked that a report be done for the next meeting giving the Board statistics of the campground. She asked for data of how many are on the waiting list, how many people have more than one space and take a look at all our processes dealing with the campground. Mark Leggett has had several campground questions asked him, so he shared some research he has already done. There are 60 people on the campground waiting list. Twenty of those people are in the campground already, but want to move to a different space. So that leaves 40 people on an active list for a camp

Lake Viking News space. Twenty-nine percent of the campground spaces are tied up by people with multiple spaces. There are 17 people that have multiple spaces. Mark takes issue with having a waiting list so long and then we have 17 people that are utilizing 29% of the campground. After many comments, Susan Zalenski asked that this be researched more and discussed again at the next meeting. Board Action 1. Campground gravel: Susan Zalenski brought this to the Board’s attention due to the large amount of gravel that has been hauled to the campground this year. Susan had the office do a comparison of the last five years of what has been spent on gravel in the campgrounds. In 2016 and 2017 both years were about $3,000. In 2018 and 2019 the money spent was $1,400 and $1,800, respectively, but in 2020 we have already spent $6,245. We have had a request for another 150 ton that we have not fulfilled. We need to have a process in place instead of individuals calling the office saying they need gravel. Mark Leggett agreed with Susan that we need a process for hauling gravel and would ask the Campground Committee to look at this and come back to the Board with a recommendation. 2. Lake Road Signage: Mark Leggett presented a plan to the Board and they will discuss next month. 3. New Fire Hydrant: Tony Gronniger presented the Board with two bids for a new fire hydrant to be placed at Community Area 5. There is a lot of new construction in that area. The bids are $5,260 from Decker Construction Services and materials only for PWSD#3 would be $4,505.61 (bid did not include labor or equipment rental. Tony moved to accept the bid from Decker Construction Services. Mark Leggett seconded; motion passed. 4. Campground mowing: Celeste Armanees presented a proposed change from the Handbook Committee on campground mowing. The main purpose of the change is to make it more specific in order to enforce it. The current rule basically states grass and weeds must be kept trimmed at a reasonable length and the other issue is enforcement. The current rule (pg. 30) reads as follows: Grass and weeds must be kept trimmed and manicured at a reasonable length at all times. This will be monitored weekly by the lake manager and/ or campground manager. The Association will mow and trim at their discretion and bill the member $50 per mowing. “NO EXCEPTIONS” will be made after you have been billed. The Campground Committee shall report to the Lake Manager anyone who does not comply with these regulations. The Association has the right to mow the campground space and bill the property owner accordingly. Celeste Armanees moved to accept the following proposed changes: “Campground sites must have grass and weeds trimmed and manicured at six inches or below at all time. Partial mowing of sites will not be allowed. This will be monitored weekly by the Lake Manager, Campground Manager and/or Campground Committee. Violations will be reported to the Lake Manager and/or Safety Office. Upon notification, Safety will take a photo to document that a violation has occurred. Member’s failure to adhere to this rule shall result in an infraction being issued. The Lake Manager, Association Maintenance, Campground Managers and/or Committee member has the right to mow and the office will bill the member $50 per mowing. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made after you have been billed. Each mowing shall result in an infraction. Three (3) infractions in a twelve month period single camping season or four (4) infractions over any time period, shall result in expulsion from the Campground.” Mark Leggett seconded the motion and Susan Zalenski opened it up for discussion. Mark Leggett suggested taking the Lake Manager out and have it reported directly to Safety. Susan Zalenski questioned the part of Safety taking a picture. It was suggested to change that to just Safety will document that a violation has occurred. After discussion Celeste amended her motion with the above changes struck. Mark Leggett seconded; motion passed. 5.Guest Cards: There has been a lot of confusion about the use of Guest Cards. The Handbook Committee is proposing a change to the last sentence of the rule Guest Cards on pg. 16. Celeste Armanees moved to change the last sentence to the following: “If member is present with guest: Guest card is


not required. “If member is NOT present with guest: Guest card is required and member must notify Safety Dept. via text or phone at 660-663-2204. RE: member’s name, guest name(s) and date(s) using the Guest Card. Note: This is to prevent legitimate guests from passing along Lake Viking Guest Cards to unknown persons who use it , then pass it on to other unknown persons who re-re-reuse it … who then overcrowd or disrupt our beaches, pools, etc.” Marvin McNabb informed the Board that in the month of June, so far, Safety has had to run off 92 people from beaches who don’t have proper passes. Some of those had a guest card, but brought other guests. Susan Zalenski checked with other lakes on the use of guest cards. Lake Lotawana she could find no information about them having guest cards. Weatherby Lake and Lake Winnebago requires the member to be present with their guest. Celeste re-read her motion. It was brought to the attention of the Board that the 2204 number is a landline and cannot accept text. Jason McTheeney addressed the Board about the number of phone calls Safety would have to take if this passes. Jason introduced another feature of their new computer app that is capable of reading bar codes. Susan Zalenski agreed the idea of bar codes would be nice maybe in the future, but how do we address the problem now. Mark Leggett thinks voting this change is just putting a band aid on our problems. Mark would like to move forward with exploring the bar coding. Susan Zalenski suggested we give this some more thought and talk about it again next month. 6. Political signs: The law was changed in 2018 to state that Homeowners Associations cannot prohibit political signs. The Handbook Committee proposed a new rule for Political signs as follows: POLITICAL SIGNS ON DEVELOPED LOTS: •Political signs are defined as any fixed, groundmounted display in support of or in opposition to a person seeking elected office or a ballot measure, excluding any materials that may be attached. •Political signs are prohibited on any Association owned property. •Members are allowed three (3) political signs on lot with dwellings. •Balloons, streamers, audio device attachments and lighted signs are prohibited. •Political signs shall be no larger than 36 in. x 36 in. (not including the ground-mounted display). •The political signs may only be displayed fourteen (14) days prior to an election and removed three (3) days after the election. •Members will be allowed a three (3) day period to correct any written notice of violation of this rule. •Non-compliance may result in a fine and/or removal of the sign. Celeste Armanees moved to accept the new rules for political signs. Mark Leggett seconded; motion passed. 7. Sal Paris letter: Shad Mort addressed the Board about a letter he received from a property owner about “No Wake” buoy placement. Susan Zalenski asked if this was something the Lake Committee could look into. Shad offered to go out and check the buoy placements again, possibly with a Board member. Troy Lesan asked if Shad could just go out with the Lake Committee. 8. Mark Leggett moved to allocate up to $1,000 to explore the bar coding app. Tony Gronniger seconded; motion passed. Adjourn: Tony Gronniger moved to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss personnel and Board organizational matters at 9:12 p.m. Marvin McNabb seconded; motion passed. Attendance: Robert Hayes, Lot 389; Gary & Kathy Buck, Lot 2257; Kim Spidle, Lot 341; Len Zalenski, Lot 364/365; Robert & Tina Danner, Lot 725; Roger Lankford, Lot 644; Shawn & Paula Hepinstall, Lot 543; Eric Hoel, Lot 2; James Funk, Lot 2904; Robert & Vikki Walton, Lot 217; Donna Redden, Lot 1279/80/81; Janet & Jeff Yuratovich, Lot 563/564; Flint & Mary Hibler, Lot 183; Missy Leggett, Lot 72; Shad Mort, Lake Manager; Sally Zerbe, Lot 2045/ Office. Those attending via Zoom: Stephanie Closterman, Lot 1900; Sue Wolfe, Lot 1188; Resa & Doug Wiltse, Lot 494 Mike & Sherry Krehbiel, Lot 559; Nadja McCubbin, Lot 222; Bo Steed, Lot 444. Let the record show that these Minutes are a record of the business transacted at this meeting and a sampling of the discussions. Comments and discussions are not reflected in whole or as actual quotations in the minutes, nor do they reflect all comments by members.

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Gone but not forgotten

by Troy Lesan

Here are obituaries of two former Lake Viking Association Members who were well-known and beloved during the years they were here. The third obituary is for Glenda St. John, who has a sister and several close friends at the lake. Jim Rash served on the Association Board of Directors but was perhaps most known for his work with Special Olympics and the Lake Viking Polar Bear Plunge. Because of Jim and Judy Rash, Lake Viking was one of the few select locations each year in the State of Missouri where the Polar Bear Plunge occurred. The 13- year run of Polar Bear Plunges held at Lake Viking, quite simply, would not have occurred without the efforts of Jim as fund-raiser extraordinaire, and Judy as the hard-working organizer. This is evidenced by the fact that within two years of Jim deciding not to continue the plunge, due to health reasons, the event has relocated. For those who missed attending those plunges, consider the fact that they were mini-extravaganzas. It was like being at a fun, crazy, and surreal carnival culminated by wildly costumed characters eagerly dashing to plunge into ice-cold water. The thirteen years of those events were a special time in Lake Viking’s history. Thanks Jim; sincere condolences to Judy and Pierce.


Gorden Harrah was Lake Viking Security officer for many years. He and wife Bonnie were full-time Association Members and active in Association events. As security officer, Gorden helped out a lot of people during the years he was on the department. Many of us can remember times when he went the extra mile to assist. A memory of Gorden Harrah submitted by Association Member Stephanie Chesney from her sister: My name is Bridget Harrah McMullan, or as Dad would say, number 4. Some of my fondest memories are from my 5-year-old eyes and mind. My sisters 1, 2, & 3 were in school as I should have been, but due to a previous medical condition, I only went to school for half a year my kindergarten year. I remember going to the supply houses with dad to order and or pick up supplies for Pizza Hut. When Dad and I would walk in, Dad was asked, “who is that with you?” He would just smile and tell everybody that I was his bodyguard. That always made me feel so grownup and proud that I was Dad’s “bodyguard.” As we made our rounds to the supply houses, I would ride standing behind Dad‘s right shoulder. That made me feel like a big shot. Dad told me years later that one time he had to slam on the brakes and I went tumbling to the floorboard. He would just laugh about that. I have so many good memories that I could go on and on as anyone who loses a loved one is able to do. I will miss our talks and seeing his little smirks. Forever in my heart and mind. Love you Dad!!

Glenda R. St. John 1943-2020

Glenda R. St. John, 77, of Gallatin, passed away on June 10, 2020 at her home. Glenda was born in Coffey on May 20,1943 to Glenn B and Rosalie Lary Knott. She graduated from Coffey High School and continued on to receive a BS degree in secondary education with an emphasis in English and history from Wichita State University. She taught high school English with the Gallatin R-5 School District for 20 years. Glenda was born to be a teacher and her students loved her. Her academic team placed third in statewide competition. She always had a love for animals and in her early years raised and bred quarter horses in Wichita, KS. She successfully showed her horses on the Midwestern Quarter Horse circuit for several years. Glenda had a love for gardening, and she was admired for her beautiful yard and flowers surrounding her little white house in Gallatin. Glenda was well known in the Gallatin community. The outpouring of condolences, funny stories, and precious memories from her friends, co-workers, and students about her sharp wit, her positive influence in the classroom and her intellectual prowess as a teacher is a legacy, we all can envy. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Glenda is preceded in death by her parents and by her sister Kelly L. Knott. She is survived by brothers, Stephen L. Knott and Mark A. (Barbara) Knott; sister, Julie (Richard) Reynolds; nieces, Tawnya K. Quiet and Tracy K. Frye; and nephew, Ben Booth. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in care of the funeral home. Private family graveside services at a later date at Coffey Cemetery. Cremation arrangements entrusted to the care and dire ction of Stith Funeral Home, Gallatin. Online guestbook at

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Retired Chief Master Sergeant James Leonard Rash passed away unexpectedly on May 22, 2020. James was born in Kansas City, MO, to Clarence Leonard Rash Jr. and Teresa Marie Landers Rash on Jan. 22, 1947. After completion of high school, he enlisted in the Air Force. James entered the United States Air Force on Jan. 29, 1965, and was assigned to Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), TX. Upon graduation from basic training, he reported to the Ground Radio Equipment Repairman School at Keesler AFB, MS. In 1968, he was then assigned to Pope AFB, NC, for specialized training for an assignment to Vietnam. After training, he was sent to Panama for Jungle Survival Training. In Vietnam, he was a radio operator assigned to the 903rd Aeromedical Evacuation Flight at Phu Cat AFB, Republic of Vietnam. Jimmy worked at several sites throughout the country and then was permanently assigned to Tan San Nhut AFB, located in Saigon Vietnam. He was then selected to become part of the Special Activities Squadron located in Washington DC. In this assignment, he was responsible for communication equipment on presidential airplanes. Part of his assignment included him traveling with presidential candidates, including George Wallace and Ronald Reagan, in 1972 and 1976. He then was selected for another special assignment to Detachment 3, 1814th Communications Squadron, at a classified location as the NCOIC of Ground Radio Communications. He continued in this assignment eventually becoming the squadron superintendent. He retired from the United States Air Force on Nov. 30, 1985. His military decorations include Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award with four oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three devices, Air Force Presidential Unit Citation with one device, Air Force Outstanding Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Citation. After retirement from the Air Force, James continued to work in the National Defense Industry and became a member of Hughes Aircraft Company in December 1985. During the rest of his career he worked in the communications field. He worked for General Motors, Raytheon, and JT3. In 2005, after 40 years of service to his country, he retired as the director of remote operations and maintenance for JT3. James was a loving husband, father, brother, and uncle. Sadly, James leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Judy; son Pierce; brother Mark Timothy Rash (Ute); brother John David Rash (Kumari); niece Cailan in Fallon, NV; niece River Grace in London, United Kingdom; and a large family of cousins, nieces, and nephews in Missouri, Kansas, Nevada, and Mississippi. Jimmy also leaves behind friends and fellow patriots from his many years of service to his country. He was the type of person who would do anything to help anyone. When he entered a room, the entire atmosphere changed because of his huge heart and personality. He was not one in a million he was one of a kind. CMSgt James Rash you are a true patriot and your dedication to your family, God, and country gives you the right to rest in eternal peace! We will all miss Jimmy or as he often signed off “James L. Rash, (Esq).” Written by Jerome Digiovanni. In 2004, the Rash family relocated to Lake Viking, for Jim to enjoy one of his favorite pastimes, fishing. While here, Jim started the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics in 2008, and was instrumental in the success of the Plunge to increase funds every year until 2018, which was his last year to participate. In 2011, Jim moved the family to Galt, to get his son Pierce involved with the DAWGS, Disabled Athletes with Grundy Support. Jim became a coach of seven sports, year-round, drove the bus all over Missouri, raised funds all across this great country, and gave much love and support to all of the team. At every tournament, athletes from across Missouri would come to the DAWGS' tent looking for Jim, aka Papa DAWG. They all wanted to be on his team because he found a way to connect with every single athlete in a way that they loved. His bigger than life personality would have him crossing his eyes, acting goofy, telling stories of his career, and posing for the silliest of photos and loving every minute. The year 2013, found the Rash family being honored by Special Olympics as Family of the Year. Make no mistake, this honor was based on the fund-raising ability of Jim Rash and his hundreds of friends near and far who always answered his call for donations for his “kids” as he belly-flopped into the icy waters of Lake Viking for the Polar Bear Plunge. In 2015, Jim was overjoyed to be selected to travel to Washington D.C. on the Honor Flight. Jim was thrilled to get to tour all the monuments as an honored guest. During the flight, he was presented with a multitude of comments from his friends across this great nation. Everywhere they went, the highways were lined with flags and people cheering. He would become overcome with emotion trying to tell of this once in a lifetime opportunity. Jim was an avid fan of every sport, but his love was first for the Royals and George Brett, and was even at the World Series when they won in 1985. He also loved the Kansas City Chiefs and the Mizzou Tigers. Jim was thrilled when the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl this year. There is not enough time to name all James' accomplishments and honors, but it is sufficient to say, he was one of a kind and no one who ever met him will forget him. The Rosary will be said at 5 p.m. followed by the burial mass on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Slater-Neal Funeral Home in Trenton. The entrance is located at 813 Custer Street. Family visitation will follow the Rosary and mass until 7 p.m. and will conclude with the military services. Burial will be Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS. Family only, no visitors. Memorials to either DAWGS or SOMO and they may be left with or mailed to the mortuary.

Gorden L. Harrah 1931-2020

Gorden L. Harrah, 89, of Laferia, TX, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Gorden was born on February 23, 1931, in Daviess County, Missouri, to Hobart and Iva (McDonald) Harrah. Gorden was a Korean War veteran, 1950 -1954, receiving four medals. He married Ruth Cunningham in 1955. After Ruth's passing in 1985, he married Bonnie Higgins in 1988. She survives of the home. Gorden lived most of his life in Saint Joseph, MO. In 2017, he and Bonnie moved to Laferia, TX. He was an entrepreneur of many trades, beginning with Pizza Hut and owned other food services. Later in his career Gorden worked for Bestgen Inc., operating his own equipment. After retirement, Gorden and Bonnie moved to Lake Viking, Missouri, where they co-owned a C store. Gorden also worked security for Lake Viking. Before his work journey ended, he drove a school bus for the Gallatin schools. Gorden was a member of the Church of Christ and a member of Lake Viking Lions Club. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed playing cards and the local race car circuit. He was preceded in death by a baby son Gorden Junior; sister Nadine Hillyard; and two great grandsons Seth and Cooper. He is survived by four daughters, Laura Harrah, Edina, MN, Stephanie (David) Chesney, Lake Viking, MO, Michelle (Mike) McIntyre, Lawrence, KS, and Bridget (Jim) McMullan, Pittsburg, MO; stepdaughters Amy (Pete) Moutray, Stewartsville, MO and Angie Simmons, Saint Joseph, MO; stepson Brian Higgins, Saint Joseph, MO; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Condolences can be sent to Bonnie Harrah 600 East Expressway 83, Laferia Texas 78559. A memorial/celebration for Gorden L. Harrah will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in the Yacht club at Lake Viking. Adhering to social distancing; the event will be comfy casual dress. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the animal shelter of St. Joseph or Scotland Cemetery, send via Stephanie Chesney, 826 Lake Viking Terrace, Altamont, MO, 64620.

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2020 Poker Run a Big Winner


By Troy Lesan

Once again, hats off to Mary Hibler and her Activities Committee for a job well done. Would you believe 250 entries? It was a busy day and Activities Committee volunteers were kept hopping. After travel around to each station to draw a card, the winning hand was brought in by Tony Mattivi and he claimed the $200 prize. Marj Locker won $100 in the 50-50 drawing, and in typically gracious fashion, she immediately donated her winnings back to the Activities Committee. Would you believe: all totaled, the event cleared over $5,000. Of course there are always expenses to large events like this one. Example: when Committee Members received the Poker Run 2020 t-shirts they ordered, it was feared that they had mistakenly ordered way too many causing a bigger expense. Not a problem. Those t-shirts were all sold in the event’s first hour. This year’s fourth annual Poker Run was a smashing success that far exceeded expectations. Since events like Cinco de Mayo had been cancelled due to social distancing requirements from COVID-19, and most recently Patio Night cancelled because of heavy rain in the forecast, the Poker Run was actually only the second Activities Committee event of the season. This year’s Fourth of July activities present another mixed bag of on/off events. Several, like the bazaar and Lions breakfast have been cancelled and perhaps wisely so, as Coronavirus numbers seem once again to be edging upward. Factor in the fact of a lot people saying that this is the busiest year ever for the lake. While some events have been cancelled, the fireworks are on for sure! Look for a big turnout on the Fourth of July weekend. Be safe . . . and enjoy.

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49 Years Later – Still on a Winning Team

In this photo from 1971, Richard Reynolds (#14) is standing next to GHS Basketball Coach Weissenbach. The next picture (below) is of Viking Valley Association Maintenance, taken in 2019, with Richard at the far left

cluded Keith Morrissey who was later a defensive standout and co-captain of the Mizzou Football Team. Believe it or not Keith Morrissey once scored 50 points and hauled down 39 rebounds in a single game as a GHS player. Wow! As for as the aside from the “old coach”— Lake Manager Shad Mort has no plans to ask Richard to “run through a brick wall.” But the entire VVA maintenance group has been known to perform Herculean tasks from time to DEFAULT - Do Not whaddya Change T time. Thanks for all you do VVA Maintenance Staff! And Richard, Save to current week folder before alterin know – you’re still on a winning team.

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By Troy D. Lesan With virtually all sports events cancelled due to COVID-19, media venues began to scramble to fill the void. Cable sports channels suddenly filled their time slots with historic sporting events. In one 24-hour period, I watched both of the classic Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Fraser boxing matches and later viewed the baseball network rerun of the famous wild card game of 2014 when the Kansas City Royals made that epic twelfth inning comeback that began the remarkable run that took them to two consecutive World Series. Ah, the memories! On a local level, the Kansas City TV stations have featured home video type productions to fill part of the huge void. And even the Gallatin North Missourian Sports Editor Dennis Cox came up with a virtual High School Basketball Tournament. The championship, determined by voters, was between all of the good Gallatin High School Teams . . . to determine the alltime best GHS team. What a novel idea. Contestants (again, they were all Gallatin Teams) were placed in brackets and voted on by readers at each level of elimination. Eventually, the champion – the greatest Gallatin High School basketball team of all time – was awarded the Virtual Championship. The winner was the squad from 1970-71 On a personal note, I was not around the area in 1970 and 1971, but I know all about this team. That is because Ed Weissenbach, who was a Lake Viking resident and Association Member, and a good friend, was the coach, and he talked to me about this team often. In 1968, Ed Weissenbach, age 22, and only recently graduated from NWMSU, at Maryville, became the high school basketball coach at Gallatin. He was told that he was walking into a program with an exceptional group of underclassman. By the time those underclassmen became high school seniors, they had realized their potential with an impressive record of 27-2. They fell short of winning a state championship but had actually beaten State Champ Stanberry during the regular season . . . and those were the credentials that earned them the title of GHS Virtual Champs Ed Weissenbach coached high school basketball for ten years before moving on to a successful career in insurance, and he has always kept a special place in his heart for that GHS team from 1970-1971. Part of the reason for the bond was that, in his youthful age, Ed was more of a big brother to the team as opposed to the father figure that most coaches project. If the reader is wondering where I am going with this article, allow me introduce Association Member Richard Reynolds. Richard also works parttime, in a semi-retirement mode, for Lake Viking Maintenance. Richard was one of the leading scorers on that 1970-71 team. (He also had more fouls than other teammates, but I won’t talk about that – I promise, Richard). Coach Ed Weissenbach once told me that if the 3-point shot had been a rule back then, Richard’s scoring average would have been much higher: “He could hit a shot from anywhere on the floor.” “Richard was fearless. He would run through a brick wall for me,” Coach Weissenbach once reminisced. Yep, the 70-71 team was a special group. It also included Association Member Howard Weldon who was the tallest player and leading scorer. There was plenty of talent on that team which, in addition, in-



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Almost everything... you need to know about Lake Viking Lake Viking 2020 Boards & Committees Activities Committee Ramona Miller, Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Dustin Hibler, David Hibler, Eric and Jody Odette, Gail Bush, Resa Wiltse, Janet Hillman, Leanne Lee, Vikki Walton, Janet Yuratovich, Celeste Armanees (Board Contact) Board of Directors President, Susan Zalenski; 1st Vice President, Mark Leggett; 2nd Vice President, Mike Booth; Secretary, Tony Gronniger; Assistant Secretary, Celeste Armanees; Treasurer, Troy Lesan; Assistant Treasurer, Marvin McNabb. Viking Valley Association Board of Directors Meetings are held the second Sunday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the clubhouse. All members in good standing are welcome to attend. Building Committee Marvin McNabb (Board Contact), Doug Wiltse, Jim Miller and Tom Johanson. Building Committee Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Association office. Building permits are required to be approved by the Building Committee prior to the start of any construction as stated in the Covenants, Restrictions, By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Viking Valley Association. Campground Committee Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Marion Crawford, Mike Wolfe, Charles Sudduth, James Funk, Mike Booth (Board Contact) Community Strategic Planning Kenny Southwick (Chairman), Tony Gronniger, Missy Leggett, Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Dennis Schlaiss, Lana Southwick, Kim Spidle, Carolyn Leeper, Don Leeper, , Susan Zalenski (Board Contact) Dredge Committee Paula Hepinstall, Robert Hayes, Brett Bush, Tom Johanson, Shad Mort, Rick Roberts, Shawn Hepinstall (chairman), Mark Leggett (Board Contact) Employee Board Contact Tony Gronniger Finance Committee Mike Krehbiel (Chairman), Donna Archibald, Shad Mort, Sally Zerbe, Len Zalenski, John Kmetz, Lyle Alexander, Missy Leggett, Flint Hibler, Tom Johanson, Marvin McNabb, Celeste Armanees, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Handbook Committee Donna Archibald (Chair), Mary Miller, Kyle Parkhurst, Kim Spidle, Terri Schlaiss, Celeste Armanees (Board Contact) Infraction Committee Roger Lankford (Chairman), Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Jim Gibbany, James Funk, Mark Leggett (Board Contact) Lake Committee Shirley Leakey, Don Leeper, Carolyn Leeper, Bo Steed, Mike Krehbiel, Sherry Krehbiel, Eric Odette, Robert Walton, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Special Road District Mark Leggett, Ron Spidle, Troy Knight Volunteer Fire Department Rusty Hendricks, Gary King, Tony Gronniger, Dennis Schlaiss, Riley Blades, Luke Threlkeld, Len Zalenski, Mark White, Mark Closterman, Anthony Dirks. Mike Booth (Board Contact). Fire Department meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the firehouse in the association main parking lot. If you have the interest and the time to serve your community, be sure to attend the next meeting.

Public Water Supply Dist. #3

Kyle W. Parkhurst, President, term expires 4/2023 - SubDistrict #3; Troy Lesan, Vice President, term expires 4/2021 - Sub-District #2; Jeffrey Speaker, secretary, term expires 4/2022 - Sub-District #4; Mark White term expires 4/2021 - Sub-District #1; Harlan Horst, term expires 4/2023 - SubDistrict #5; Roger Barker, Superintendent; Gary King, Water Operator; Diane Hulett, Clerk. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the PWSD No. 3 office. Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. All payments for metered water bills are to be made payable to Public Water Supply District No. 3 of Daviess County, Missouri. You may abbreviate as PWSD #3. If you have any questions, contact the PWSD No. 3 office, 116 Waterworks Dr., Gallatin, Mo. 64640 (located at the water plant). Phone 660-663-2771. Online payments can be made at https://pwsd3daviess. For the convenience of customers of Public Water Supply District No. 3, a drop box is available at the front door of the office located at the water plant for the payment of water bills. Payments received after 4 p.m. in the drop box will post the following day. For the convenience of Association members, a drop box is available in the front door of the association office for the payment of association bills.


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Property Owners

Emergency Phone Numbers * DAVIESS COUNTY EMERGENCY ...................911 Ambulance - Fire - Rescue * Fire - Lake Viking Fire Dept ..............................911 To Report Fire Only * Lake Viking Safety Patrol ................660-663-2204 * Sheriff, Daviess Co. .........................660-663-2031 or 663-2149 * Highway Patrol (Emergencies) ...1-800-525-5555

***************** Important Phone Numbers * Association Office ............................660-663-2131

You are responsible for your guests and their actions. It is your responsibility to educate them on the rules and regulations of Lake Viking. Lake Viking is private property, but all lots are owned by some other individual. Please do not drive or ride ATV vehicles or bicycles on neighboring lots, or walk across lots to fish or use others’ property without first getting the property owner’s permission.

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Fishery Guidelines

* Lake Viking Sales Office, Lot #Z-9..660-663-2134

Bass: Release all bass 12” to 19”. Fishermen can keep one bass per day of 19” or longer. Crappie: Keep all crappie caught, within the state limit, which is 30 per day. Walleye: Fisherman can keep Walleye at least 21” in length, release all catches under 21”.

Mowing Regulations

You are required to have your lot mowed by May 1st, June 1st and September 1st of each year. If you do not keep your lot mowed, or hire a contract mower, the Association will mow it, and bill you $90.00 for each mowing.

The Association does not want to be in the mowing business.

Please self-mow your lot or hire a contract mower to do it for you. All contract mowers are required to submit a customer list to the Association office. If you are not on their initial list, you may be accidentally billed by the Association, so please contact your mower early. The below listed mowers have registered with the Association office and can usually be reached in the evening. There may be other mowers who advertise in the Lake Viking News.

Contract Mowers Can Save You Money Jason Burns ........................................ 660-605-2151 Mike Cline ............................................ 816-465-0092 Eric Critten ......................................... 660-663-9122 Randy Gatton ...................................... 660-663-9348 Mark Hoig ................ 816-716-1896 or 660-663-4244 Ron Huston .............660-663-3234 or 816-390-5161 Jeff Johnson ....................................... 660-334-0604 Jim Miller .............................................816-520-3280 Gary Salmon .......................................660-663-9363

Please Keep Control of Your Dogs

Dogs are not allowed off the member’s property and shall be contained by a fenced enclosure or controlled by a leash. Guests’ dogs are included. Violation of this rule may be subject to an Infraction Ticket issued to the property owner.

Building Permit Notice

Building Permits are required, but not limited to the following projects: fences, storage shed, shelters, decks, boat docks, boat houses, room additions, porches and any alteration of the roof line; and any other construction that requires large earth moving equipment, concrete trucks and other equipment that requires multiple axle trailers. Failure to comply with building regulations could result in a minimum fine of $500 and loss of lake privileges. Any construction not in compliance with these regulations could result in forced relocation of the structure.



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Watch When & Where You Burn!

Anytime you are burning brush, etc., on your lot, make certain you are burning on your lot and not someone else’s property. Unattended burning is prohibited and burning is not allowed when winds are in excess of 15 mph and shall be subject to an Infraction Ticket and fine.

Member Reminders

• Helmets are required to be worn when operating a motorcycle within the Lake Viking Subdivision. • Goose population control is hard to manage... The first step in this process is DO NOT FEED THE GEESE!

* Public Water Supply District #3 of Daviess County (Water Plant) ....660-663-2771 Roger Barker - (Emergency after hours)....660-334-0100

* Lake Viking Marine, Inc., Lot #1000 660-663-3722 * Farmers Electric Co-op., Inc. * During business hours ...........1-800-279-0496 * After Hours ..............................1-800-927-5334 * Advanced Disposal Services, Inc 1-800-346-6844 or 1-800-778-7652 * Windstream Telephone Company * Customer Service (Residential) 1-800-347-1991 * Repair Service ............................1-800-782-6206

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Meet the 2020 Safety Team

The Viking Valley Association is happy to introduce this year’s team. An advantage to this group is that both Leanna and Marvin are Association Members, which, we feel, will result in increased attention to the interest of membership. Dustin Royse, although the youngest of the group, is actually the senior member of water patrol in length of service. In my opinion, he has proven to be a capable and highly conscientious employee. Leanna is retired military, Air Force, where she was a member of that branch’s Security Force. Marvin previously worked as an I.T. specialist on both the government and private sector sides, and his Navy background is useful in bouncing around on Lake Viking water on a busy weekend. Again, we are excited about the quality of this year’s Safety Water Patrol. Again, the Association feels fortunate to have all of the members of our Safety Team. There will be a feature about the other team members in next month’s edition. It may also be noted that

PWSD #3 of Daviess County Open Meetings June 16, 2020 CALL TO ORDER Kyle Parkhurst, President (2023), called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. Members in attendance were Harlan Horst (2023), Mark White (2021), and Troy Lesan (2021). Jeffrey Speaker (2022) was unable to attend. Also in attendance were Roger Barker, water superintendent, Gary King, operator, and Diane Hulett, clerk. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Harlan Horst moved to approve the minutes of the May 19, 2020, Board of Directors meeting. Troy Lesan seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. PUBLIC COMMENT There was no public comment. OLD BUSINESS Rules and regulations were reviewed. A motion was made by Troy Lesan and seconded by Mark White to add Policy #2020-01 detailing the final billing procedure for tap fee bills. All voted in favor; motion approved. A motion was then made by Harlan Horst and seconded by Mark White to add Policy #2020-02 limiting water connections to within district boundaries. All voted in favor; motion approved. NEW BUSINESS Financial Report: The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Harlan Horst moved to approve the May financial reports as submitted and approve the bills. Troy Lesan seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. DISCUSSION Superintendent Report: Roger informed the board that there has been high water usage over the past few weeks and suggested the district publish information via social media about conserving water over the July 4th weekend. He reported that the new church line has been mapped out with no date for installation set at this time. Roger also noted that VVA needed approval to install an additional fire hydrant. Troy Lesan moved to approve installation of the fire hydrant requested. Mark White seconded. All voted in favor; motion approved. Kyle Parkhurst, president, announced the next meeting would be July 21, 2020, at 4 p.m. at the water plant. The meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m. Respectfully Submitted, Harlan Horst

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this year, already, has not been without challenges for Safety. In a month’s time, TWO members were called to active duty for the National Guard, while Safety Director Jason McTheeney, as a member of the Missouri Highway Patrol, was called out for three days duty during the recent protests in Kansas City. Also, on a personal note, I have heard several Association Members say that they are taking video of reckless behavior on the lake, by both boats and jet skis, and sending to the Safety Department. Maybe this has already happened – maybe not. Video evidence is becoming more and more a reality of everyday life, as recently evidenced nationwide during the past month. I really hate to say this (especially because the expression dates me and tells the reader how old I am), but . . . ‘Smile, you’re on candid camera!” In other SAFETY NEWS, department employees are excited about a new computer software program that allows them to bring up data from anywhere on land or water. This program is a tremendous improvement and it will streamline procedures allowing the Safety Department more time for their important work.

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VVA Approved Rule Changes Notice: The Board of Directors has approved the following new or amended rules. These changes (underlined below) will be published in the 2021 VVA Handbook. LAKE CLOSURE Rule Change page 29, VVA 2020 Handbook. All language stays the same except all caps sentence which is changed to the following LAKE CLOSURE: …. NO SWIMMERS, OR WATERCRAFT OF ANY KIND including nonmotorized or human-powered will be allowed on the lake …. Note: The rule below is due to a recent law passed by the state of Missouri that an HOA cannot prohibit political signs, as this infringes on an individual’s First Amendment rights. Please reference page 37, 2020 Handbook. In the 2021 Handbook, this new rule will be placed below FOR SALE SIGNS ON DEVELOPED LOTS and will read: POLITICAL SIGNS ON DEVELOPED LOTS: Political signs are defined as any fixed, groundmounted display in support of or in opposition to a person seeking elected office or a ballot measure--excluding any materials that may be attached. Political signs are prohibited on any Association-owned property. Members are allowed three (3) political signs per lot with dwellings. Balloons, streamers, audio device attachments, and lighted signs are prohibited. Political signs shall be no larger than 36” x 36” (not including the ground-mount). Political signs may only be displayed fourteen (14) days prior to an election, and removed three (3) days after the election. Members will be allowed a three (3) day period to correct any written notice of violation of this rule. Non-compliance may result in a fine and/or removal of the sign. Reference page 30, 2020 VVA Handbook CURRENT RULE: Grass and weeds must be kept trimmed and manicured at a reasonable length at all times. This will be monitored weekly by the lake manager and/or Campground Manager. The association will mow and trim at their discretion and bill the member $50.00 per mowing. “NO EXCEPTIONS” will be made after you have been billed. The Campground committee shall report to the Lake Manager anyone who does not comply with these regulations. The association has the right to mow the campground space and bill the property owner accordingly. New rule: Campground sites must have grass and weeds trimmed and manicured at six inches or below at all times. Partial mowing of sites will not be allowed. This will be monitored weekly by the Campground Manager and/or Campground Committee. Violations will be reported to the Safety office. Upon notification, Safety will document that a violation has occurred. Member’s failure to adhere to this rule shall result in an infraction being issued. Association Maintenance, Campground Manager and/or Committee member has the right to mow, and the office will bill the member $50.00 per mowing. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made after you have been billed. Each mowing shall result in an infraction. Three (3) infractions in a single camping season, or four (4) infractions over any time period, shall result in expulsion from the Campground.

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