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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. Board members present were Mark Leggett, lot 72; Tony Gronniger, lot 2281; Celeste Armanees, lot 62; Troy Lesan, lot 576; and Marvin McNabb, lot 28. Mike Booth was unable to attend. Shad Mort led the Pledge of Allegiance and Mark Leggett led in prayer. Approval of Minutes Mark Leggett moved to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2020, Board meeting. Marvin McNabb seconded; motion passed. Committee Reports Handbook Committee: No Report Finance Committee: Troy Lesan reported that the Finance Committee met twice this month. Both meetings were Zoom sessions. The first meeting, an organizational meeting, was on Sept 3. New committee chair John Kmetz went over protocol expectations he has for future meetings. He also addressed the fact that CD interest rates were down drastically. He brought up the possibility of moving some of our investments from the depleted CD market into corporate bond funds where risk is low, and liquidity is present. Another suggestion by John was in-house audits and reconciliations that could be done by a growing list of association members with CPA and accounting expertise. At the Sept. 10 meeting, financial statements were reviewed. At present, the association has 50 more due paying members on a comparative basis to last year. That alone accounts for more comparative income of around $119,800. Expenses are up $149,000 in part because of a big insurance bill paid that was not yet on the books at this time last year. In other business, the Finance Committee discussed and ultimately recommended three significant budget items which the board will be asked to vote on. Item # 1 — Several months ago, The association received an $81,800 stimulus package from the federal government to be spent on PPP items as a result of COVID-19. This amount was totally unanticipated when we made our 2020 budget and it has been spent in compliance with the required line items on payroll and other expenses specified by the Stimulus Act. Our committee has been tasked to make recommendation on how excess funds are to be invested. The committee entertained a proposal from Jason McTheeney for a very significant upgrade in our terribly depleted safety watercraft inventory. This proposal is a $73,000 expenditure on a new 2021 Rogue Jet Coastal “enforcement model” boat for the Safety department. Jason gave the Finance Committee a very focused and comprehensive presentation that provides tremendous clarity and insight into our position. As a result of an antiquated fleet of safety patrol boats, the association found itself in a position, on the past busy Labor Day weekend, where all our boats were out of service from breakdowns. It has never been clearer. The association needs to act on this significant upgrade. The new boat comes with cost, but it addresses years of deferred action as well as putting us in a strong position for water safety enforcement for the next two decades! The new boat being proposed is specially equipped to meet the challenges of effective enforcement and the physical beating endured by both our watercraft and the operators. This boat will be an absolute workhorse with the demands on the second boat, which we realize is still needed, being greatly reduced. In conclusion, this proposal was voted on by an overwhelming margin by the Finance Committee. Several members came into the meeting dead set against this but changed their views after listening to the facts and the data that Jason presented. It is also to be emphasized that Finance Committee Chair, John Kmetz, supported this proposal and stressed that the acquisition should not be made until after January 1, 2021, for the purpose of tax positioning. A vote of the Board will be requested on this motion. Item #2 — John Kmetz stressed that with interest yields down on investments, we need to pay off our dredge loan which is costing us 3.5%. Finance Committee overwhelmingly voted for this and a vote of the board will also be requested.

Next VVA Board Meeting:

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All members in good standing are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you want on the agenda, you must notify the office on or before the Monday prior to the board meeting.

Volume 33, No. 5

September 13, 2020

These two aliens were featured in the Third Annual Lake Viking Scavenger Hunt, hosted by the Activities Committee. More pictures inside! Item #3 — Discussed also was a proposal to outsource our chip and seal roadwork to Vance Brothers for 86,850. So far, we are way under budget with road expense because there is much left to do. One of the points in our strategic action plan is to explore outsourcing options and in the case of roadwork we will certainly want to look at this again next year when staff is even busier with dredging. Strategic Planning Committee: Per Susan Zalenski, the Strategic Planning Committee met on Sept. 9, 2020 to work on a document lining out the progress of the Community Strategic Plan. The next meeting will be Oct. 7, 2020. Susan would like Kenny Southwick to give an overview of the progress at the October Board meeting. Activities Committee: Celeste Armanees reported the committee had a successful Fall Garage Sale with 41 sales around the lake. The Fall Wine Festival was Sept. 19, 2020 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. There was a $20 charge and you got pulled pork, a bag of chips and a sample of 5 different wines. As a reminder, all events held by the Activities Committee through the end of the year, will be held outdoors due to COVID-19. Building Committee: As reported by Marvin McNabb there were 18 permits reviewed at their last building meeting. Two of those permits were new homes. There were four permits not approved at this time. Fire Department: Tony Gronniger reported they checked the sirens as usual every month. They were called to a camper fire in the campground. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished in a timely manner with thanks to Safety, a few campground members, KAW Fire District, and the Lake Viking Fire Department. Campground Committee: Mary Hibler reported Tony Gronniger would give a proposal for winter camping. The committee has been discussing having some cleanup days to get ready for fall. Mary and Sally Zerbe have been working on the campground waiting list and have recently shortened the list. Susan Zalenski asked when the new spaces would be complete. Flint Hibler responded they are waiting for Farmer’s Electric to get the new pole in. Mary thanked James Funk, Flint Hibler, Mike Booth, Jim Miller, and Bob Doupe for all the volunteer work getting the sewer lines for these spaces dug in and all the work they have done to get these spaces available. Lake Committee: Troy Lesan reported that the committee met twice, once on August 11 and again on Sept 1 with both meetings incorporating inspections on the water. In the August meeting, attention was given to the problem of “behaviors in coves” which was brought up last board meeting by Tim Knapp. The committee discussed making new rules but Safety Director Jason McTheeney was adamant that instead of making new rules, we ought to enforce the rules we already have – specifically the rule on Disorderly Conduct or Peace Disturbance, pg. 36 of the 2020 handbook. This rule clearly defines a broad range of situations in which safety officers can exercise authority and, if necessary, [Continued on Page 12]

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Third Annual Lake Viking Scavenger Hunt One day after the Activities Committee hosted Patio Party #3, the committee presented the Third Annual Lake Viking Scavenger Hunt. The scavenger hunts have become a favorite and this year’s event lived up to its reputation. Is it my imagination? Or does this thing get a little more challenging every year? Take these hints for example: How does a glad rabbit feel? Or Quack, Quack, waddle waddle. Yep, the folks on the Activities Committee continue to come up with original ideas for concealing things in both high and low places. The winners in this year’s scavenger hunt were announced after a close battle. First place of $100 went to Mike and Katie McElhinney, and they promptly donated their winnings back to the Activities Committee. Second place went to TNT, Tina and Todd Baker, and third place in this wonderful event went to Team Burton. At left, these “lost sheep” were part of the hunt. Above left, the epitome of scavenger hunt success – finding Waldo! Above, JY announces the results. ~ Troy Lesan

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Stay Safe … Fall is right around the corner. Here are a few tips to remember when burning leaves … 15 MPH • Do not burn when winds are in excess of 15 mph.** • Do not leave the area unattended while the leaf pile is burning. ** • Plan to burn on a vegetation‐free, level patch of dirt no more than 4’x4’ and at least 50’ from any occupied dwelling. Try to find an area free of tree branches and power lines. [Please refer to the LV 2020 Handbook for Campground Rules] • Burn piles increase the level of carbon monoxide in the air. Note: If you receive enough exposure this may reduce the amount of oxygen in your blood and lungs, especially if you suffer from a respiratory condition. • Leaves should be dry. Wet foliage burns slower and produces more smoke. • Light a small branch or sheet of paper with a match and place it among the leaves to ignite the pile. NEVER use fire starters or gasoline. • Keep a garden hose, shovel, rake and/or fire extinguisher ready in case of an emergency. • Douse area thoroughly with water when finished. • If your fire gets out of control, call the fire department immediately! • Consider using a burn barrel. ** LV 2020 Handbook Rules and Regulations

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Safety Summary

The following are excerpts from over eight pages of documents produced by Safety Director Jason McTheeney for Board of Directors and Finance Committee. These documents in their entirety will be on A. Today’s Environment 1. Current Watercraft • 1993 Sunbird with a 1990 Yamaha motor – 90 HP • 1979 Boston Whaler with a 1999 Mercury – 90 HP 2. Things You May Not Be Aware Of • Majority of maintenance work is done by safety officers • Lake Viking Marina charges $126/hour • Conservative estimates of safety hours spent over 20192020 is 325 hours = $40,950 3. Estimated True Maintenance Cost • In 2020 alone the lost hours on the lake are equivalent of 2 boats on the water for 10 hours each on two 3-day holiday weekends. B. Why Now? 1. Importance to Our Members • Lake is busier than ever • Most deed changes in history 2. Promoting Safety • Shows membership the association is serious about safety • Taking care of our employees – Fatigue, Shade & Morale 3. Return on Investment • Utilize this unique opportunity to invest in a watercraft that is designed for enforcement AND will benefit the lake for 25+ years 4. Dependable, Warrantied, Depreciable Asset C. Proposed Watercraft 1. Three companies submitted bids for a welded aluminum boat with a T-Top (bids attached) • Silver Ships – Alabama – 23-foot vessel • Metal Shark – Louisiana – 20-foot vessel • Rogue Jet Boatworks – Oregon – 21-foot vessel • All vessels were basic necessity only equipment 2. Rogue Jet Boatworks Submitted the Lowest Bid. • 10 year hull warranty • 3 year motor warranty • Trailer included

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Lake Viking MUST upgrade our boats. Currently, safety has a 1979 Boston Whaler and a 1993 Sunbird for water patrol. The 1993 Sunbird is not operational and repairs would cost more than the boat is worth. The 1979 Boston Whaler is not in good shape but it does run and would be sufficient as a second boat for another year; however, capital will be needed to replace this boat after a year. Lake Viking has never had a boat that was designed for the work that Safety is tasked with completing. The added weight from the required equipment and the choppiness of our lake destroys fiberglass boats and greatly fatigues our employees. Additionally, our current boats place our employees in unsafe working conditions, especially since they don’t have any shade and they have to constantly work on the deficient boats. The lake NEEDS a dependable, warrantied boat that is designed to withstand the rigors of enforcement work. We need an all welded aluminum boat with a built in T-top with standard emergency lights, siren and radio capabilities. The boat will also be approximately 3,000 pounds heavier than our current boats, which will reduce employee fatigue and provide them with shade. The aluminum hull will last 25+ years, which is more than 5 times longer than our current fiberglass boats lasted. After receiving bids from three companies, I propose Lake Viking Association purchase a custom order 21 foot Coastal boat from Rogue Jet Boatworks located in White City, Oregon. The custom build boat will come with all equipment necessary to complete the tasks the handbook charges Safety to complete. The boat will also have a 10-year warranty on the aluminum hull and a 10-year warranty on the trailer. The Mercury motor will have a 3-year warranty from Mercury and the rest of the boat’s components will be covered under a 1-year bumper to bumper warranty. Rogue Jet Boatworks has also agreed to contract all warranty work locally for the lake’s convenience. Although the boat has a large purchase price of $73,270 it will service our community for decades to come. This boat has the best return on investment as it will increase the total number of hours that the Safety Department can patrol the lake and promote safety. More hours on the lake with better capabilities, creates an avenue to make our vision and mission statements a reality.


Safety Corner

Water Safety: Stepping it up

by Troy Lesan Last month, Jason McTheeney wrote an article in this publication about Activity in Coves. I will expand on this topic, but in doing so, I am tempted to give the subject a new title – The Tip of the Iceberg. That’s because events this summer have made it more apparent than ever that the Association has arrived at a pivotal moment. We are at the proverbial fork in the road where the Board of Directors needs to choose the path that squarely confronts a future of more boats on the water and bigger than ever challenges to our Safety Team. We need to “step it up.” It should be noted that a huge percentage of our members exhibit good boating behavior while on the lake, but occasionally things get a little out of control. Again, referring to last month’s article, it took “push” from an appearance by Association Member Timothy Knapp, at the August board meeting, to consolidate focus. Mr. Knapp expressed frustration and disgust over activity that he viewed from his property during a busy holiday weekend. Next, the Lake Committee and Safety Director Jason McTheeney unified our thoughts on issues of water safety which are growing in scope. Often, when the Board of Directors or a committee is confronted with a challenge, the first instinct is to change a rule or make another new rule. But in communicating with the Lake Committee, Jason was adamant that we don’t need to add another rule. He insisted that we embrace a more stringent enforcement of existing rules! And as it turned out, the Safety Department had already issued several infraction tickets that Mr. Knapp and other members had been talking about. In my work on the Board of Directors and Lake Committee, I have gained a tremendous appreciation for the wisdom of the early founders of Viking Valley Association – especially in the construction of the Rules and Covenants. We have all probably read horror stories of HOAs whose rules are so strict that members can’t fly the American flag or are told what sort of a car they can have on their property. The beauty of our rules is that they are painted in broad strokes that allow for flexibility while still being clear on compliance. Jason pointed out an example in his article last month, by focusing on a DISORDERLY CONDUCT or PEACE DISTURBANCE rule. In efficient and streamlined language, the rules in our VVA Handbook define compliance. Here’s another rule, on page 28 of the VVA Handbook: CARELESS AND IMPRUDENT OPERATION: Any careless, unsafe, reckless, imprudent or negligent operation of any watercraft, which creates, or increases the risk of bodily injury or property damage, is prohibited. This rule, one sentence, addresses the very behaviors and actions that are a subject of concern to membership. We have the rules and it is now clearer than ever before that in terms of enforcement, we need to step it up. Meanwhile, Safety Director Jason McTheeney has also been working on an approach that ties everything together. In eight pages of supporting documents, he has put together a Mission Statement, a Vision Statement, a Core Value Statement and goals for one year, three years, and five years which clearly outline the total picture in a very professional manner. One point from the plan stresses that we have had a tremendous turnover in property ownership which makes educating membership on our watercraft rules a priority. We need to step it up. Finally, we need to step up our enforcement of Water Safety with a significant upgrade of Safety Patrol watercraft. In another point from his proposals, some of which are presented in abbreviated form in this edition (See Safety Summary), Jason points out a theoretical expenditure of over $40,000 by Association during the past two years in keeping our old water patrol boats running. As if this were a foreshadowing, the Association was made painfully aware of the situation, on the recent Labor Day holiday when all of our safety boats were out of service because of breakdowns. It is not an exaggeration to say that in recent years budgeting for Safety Boats has run on a shoestring. This is not necessarily to blame anyone. We have all been guilty of kicking the can down the road when it comes to making meaningful upgrades Simply put, the Association needs to make significant investment in our Water Safety Fleet, and we have unique opportunities built into this year’s Financial Summary. Membership will be hearing more about this. There will be a continuing dialogue. Yes, stronger effort is needed in the enforcement of all rules. We all need to step it up. See Minutes from September Board of Directors Meeting and Safety Summary for more information on Safety Director Jason McTheeney’s proposals.

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Patio Party #3

Once again, the Lake Viking Activities Committee has provided a busy venue for membership during the past few weeks. The recent lineup started with Patio Party #3, held once again in the clubhouse area and featuring a group called Cheap Thrills. This group was a recent addition to the scheduled events, but they were no less exciting than the excellent groups featured earlier. There was nothing cheap about Cheap Thrills. Putting it plainly – they rocked and rocked all night long. ~ Troy Lesan

Cheap Thrills fired up the crowd with a great performance

Young sailor, brother returns home after 78 years Fallen soldier honored as remains are taken to final resting place Nobody there knew Orval Tranbarger, a young sailor killed at Pearl Harbor 78 years ago. He would have been 99 years old this year, and all his friends and classmates have passed away. Yet, everybody there honored him and wanted to pay their respects. “It was an awesome processional and burial,” says Burl Tranbarger of Gallatin, Orval’s brother. “People lined the roads, standing in their driveways or at crossroads, some Orval Tranbarger saluting, some waving American flags and ‘welcome home’ signs. Traffic pulled over, even on the divided highway. More than 63 Patriot Guard motorcycles riders accompanied the procession.” The procession carried Orval to his final rest near his hometown of Mountain View on Aug. 5, less than five miles from where he was born. Orval was born in 1921 and joined the Navy the day after he turned 18. After basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class Orval Austin Tranbarger was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma. On Dec. 7, 1941, the Oklahoma was sunk by several torpedoes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A total of 429 crew members of the Oklahoma died. At first the family decided to let Orval’s remains stay in Hawaii where he was listed as Missing in Action. Then the family learned that his remains had been transferred to a laboratory in Nebraska for identification, using family DNA, with a new advanced technique. “We decided since he was so close to home, why not bring him back?” Burl says. And so, they did. The procession was headed by the police and

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dered and brought an end to the war. “We can’t begin to know my parents’ loss,” Burl says. “I recall a framed banner hung in our home -- Gone But Not Forgotten -- with their pictures at each end. There was some anger, but mostly just a lot of grief. The amazing thing is that people all over the nation have suffered the same, losing family members who still haven’t been accounted for.” Burl, who served in the Navy from 1957-1960, during peacetime, adds: “It’s not just about my brother. I have two questions I’d like to ask others. Did Orval and thousands of other men and women die in vain for our nation? What are we doing to make sure they did not?” Military funeral honors were by Naval Operation Support Center Springfield and Naval Support Activity Mid-South. Orval’s name, along with those still missing from World War II, is listed on the Courts of the Missing. A rosette has been placed next to his name, as is done with each name of MIA’s to indicate that they have been accounted for.

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VVA Board Minutes write infractions. Jason and Troy both followed up with replies to Mr. Knapp. He was agreeable and his reply was “membership needs to see results.” Troy connected Mr. Knapp’s narrative at the last board meeting to the proposal for the significant expense of a new boat. It’s been busier than ever on the lake this year – and obvious that the presence of many new members, who are not fully acquainted with VVA rules, has been an additional challenge. Troy stated that things are quickly getting more out control out on the water, and that the new boat proposal is a strong proactive approach to water safety that will begin with a significant investment. Troy also reviewed the policy of members closing off their private ramps that could potentially be used as access by outsiders. This policy was started by John Allen several years ago, as a voluntary effort by membership. The Lake Committee has reviewed the private boat ramp situation. Inspections suggest minimal use of private boat ramps with most still featuring barriers. As for private ramps that still do not have barriers, Eric Odette has talked to several owners. This is a program of voluntary compliance. There are no rules in our handbook on this topic, but we will continue to monitor. Troy reported that the Lake Committee also did an inspection of waterfront properties. Infraction Committee / Safety: The infraction meeting was postponed a week due to the garage sales. Mark Leggett reported there would be a record setting meeting Saturday, September 19, 2020. Tony Gronniger will replace Mark Leggett as the board contact for this meeting, as Mark will be out of town. Jason McTheeney will conduct the meeting and present the cases and the Roger Lankford will oversee. There will be 45 tickets on the docket for Saturday’s meeting. Mark thanked Jason for his presentation and work on the boat proposal for Safety. Jason followed up on some questions asked from the Finance Committee and got those answers from the company selling the boat they have asked to purchase. Troy Lesan asked if the Infraction / Safety Committee would be having a meeting in November. Mark responded that with the amount of tickets this month that there will probably be some carryover. Mark asked Sally Zerbe for some property owner statistics because this has been such an unusual year for everyone. Mark started by saying that we have approximately 1,100 members. He asked Sally in a typical year how many land transfers does the office do. Sally replied probably 50 – 75 a year. This year there have been 233 transfers with 127 of those transfers being new members. Susan Zalenski asked if maybe over the winter months we could come up with some ways to educate our new members on our rules. Mary Hibler said the Activities Committee is working on a handout for new members. Eric Odette, as a member of that committee, asked Safety to give them the top five infractions people are being ticketed for. John was able to provide the top ten. Mark challenged Celeste Armanees and the Handbook Committee to work on this. Dredge Committee: The Dredge Committee met on Sept. 10, 2020. Shawn Hepinstall thanked Tony Gronniger for attending the meeting to get a feel of what this committee is working on. The Garney silt basin is now complete thanks to Bob Hayes, Brett Bush, and Pat and Riley from our maintenance team. We will be putting the dredge in the water around Sept. 23, and pumping by Sept. 28. Our engineer will be watching the operation to check the flows and how it is draining. Regarding our Community Area Sales, we have sold two of these lots and have a third under contract. The long reach will be moved to 3 tubes September 23 or 24 to clean out that area this fall. The committee has reviewed the three options from the engineer for the south silt basin. The committee would like to have Steve Warger on the October board meeting agenda to go over these options and allow the board to think about these options. The committee will then meet again on September 24, and pick an option. From there we would have Steve Warger back at the November board meeting to make his final presentation. This will allow the committee to move forward in getting bids. According to our contract with Steve Warger, once we have chosen an option, he has six months to finalize the plan so we can get started in the spring. Shawn gave Troy Lesan and Missy Leggett the finances needed for this project the next few months. Mark Leggett thanked the Dredge Committee for all

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their efforts and the work they have done. Lake Manager Report (Shad Mort) 1. Fall road work: we will be putting down nine loads of mix next week to fill in some potholes and bad spots on the roads. 2. We have three more tube replacements we want to try to get done by the end of the year. 3. Chip & Seal: Shad gave the board a list of the benefits of outsourcing this project. Vance Brothers will be using Haydite and it has no dust. It also frees up the maintenance department for other projects and it cuts out a capital expenditure of renting a roller for road work. The Special Road District is also using Vance Brothers. They will be doing a 3-year plan and starting with 1.7 miles this year. Tony Gronniger asked if Shad would be sealing over the new tubes this year and Shad replied he would probably leave them till next year. Tony also asked how much area we would be doing with Vance Brothers. Shad explained he is looking at three different areas to seal this year. Those areas are Cessna Rd at the west entrance, Beach 3 loop, and the main entrance. 4. Cares Act: There are county funds available, due to COVID-19. We will be filing the paperwork between now and October 15 for what we may qualify for. 5. The dog pound had a surprise inspection last month and we passed the inspection. 6. Ramp gate problems: The mother board went bad last month and was replaced, but the replacement was bad also. We are waiting for the new board to come in. If you have any problems at the gate, call Safety @ 660-663-9185. Financials Mark Leggett moved to approve the financial reports. Tony Gronniger seconded; motion passed. Eric Odette asked if the members would get to vote on the boat for Safety. Susan Zalenski said the boat would be discussed in board actions. Guest Time 1. Beth Strein addressed the board about an infraction ticket she received for unauthorized watercraft that resulted in loss of lake privileges. Beth explained that she thought the ticket should be thrown out because of procedural inconsistencies. Mark Leggett commented this was their fourth ticket, which also results in loss of privileges. There were tickets for other issues written on May 23, June 20, and July 7. Beth stated that she disagreed with this because she had been led to believe privileges would not be suspended. Susan Zalenski asked if there was any discussion from the board to rescind this ticket and restore lake privileges. Not hearing a motion, Susan reaffirmed that infractions would stand as would loss of lake privileges until May 2021, and Ms. Strein must remove the boats from the water. 2. Vicki Walton expressed her disappointment with last month’s meeting and raised examples of how she felt the board acted inappropriately toward one another. Susan Zalenski thanked her for her comments and Mark Leggett informed Vicki that he had apologized to Troy. Vicki closed by saying she wanted to thank all the people on committees and especially Sally and Shad for the jobs they do. 3. Mary Hibler addressed the amenities of the lake including the pool, the airstrip, the beaches, and the campgrounds. Mary questioned why, as Campground Manager, and Mike Booth as Campground Committee board contact were not asked to be on the Campground Study Group. Mary commented that transparency is often talked about, yet campers are saying they have heard the campgrounds are to be closed, that there will be no more RV ports, and that campground spaces will be taken away. Mary doesn’t believe this to be the intent but she, Mike Booth, and James Funk have not been included in the Study Group. Mary went on to say that all members should strive to get along and that this group should be neutral and unbiased. The campers pay extra to have those sites. They mow and help their neighbors when needed. Mary referenced amenities, because she supports all amenities whether she uses them or not. Mary reiterated that she, Mike Booth, and James Funk would like to be able to attend study group meetings. Susan assured Mary the rumors of the campground being shut down were totally false. She asked for patience and to let the study group bring their findings to the board. James Funk mentioned that he had volunteered to be in this group but was never called. James feels that we already have a com-

mittee that can do what the study group is doing. He also commented that the campground is an amenity and does not need a mission statement. Board Discussions Motions from Troy Lesan of Finance Committee. Motion #1: Troy Lesan moved that the board approve a $75,000 expenditure for a new 2021 Rogue Jet Coastal Enforcement Model boat for the Safety Department. Mark Leggett seconded the motion. • Discussion for Motion #1: Shawn Hepinstall was concerned spending that much money on one boat. He feels like we need at least two boats, so why not split that money, and buy two. Missy Leggett explained this boat would be around for a very long time and we still have one boat that should get us through next year. There will be more recommendations from Safety in the next five years. Mark Leggett commented Safety has a 5-year plan that Jason McTheeney has put together. Eric Odette commented that he respects Safety and their needs, but feels the decision to spend $75,000 on a boat should go to the membership for a vote. After discussion, Tony called for the vote. The vote was 4 yes votes to 1 no vote. Marvin McNabb voted against the boat. Motion #2: Troy Lesan moved to pay off the dredge loan of $51,000 which is costing the VVA a 3.5% interest rate. Mark Leggett seconded the motion. Motion passed. Motion #3: Troy Lesan moved to approve the proposal for a Chip and Seal on roads, submitted by Vance Brothers, for $86,850. Tony Gronniger seconded the motion. Motion passed. Other motions • Susan Zalenski moved to add Brad Trenkle to the Strategic Planning Committee. Mark Leggett seconded the motion. Motion passed. • Mark Leggett moved to add Kyle Loehnig to the Infraction Committee. Marvin McNabb seconded the motion. Motion passed. • Tony Gronniger moved that winter camping be offered to campground members for the months November through March for a fee of $150. Troy Lesan seconded the motion. Motion passed. Campground Study Group Frank Armanees updated the board on their study group. Members of this group are Cindy Wolfe, Lana Southwick, Kathy Price, and Patty Reynolds. The group has met twice, and the board has given them the scope of work to perform. They are gathering information and will present it to the board when complete. They are just researching on how we can make it better and sustainable for the future. Office Technology Mark Leggett gave an update on new technology for the office. We are creating an app for the membership that would allow a bar code to be scanned at annual meetings and other areas. The info is confirmed on the app. Adjourn Tony Gronniger moved to adjourn into executive session to discuss personnel and board organizational matters at 8:22 p.m. Celeste Armanees seconded; motion passed. Attendance Robert Hayes, lot 389; Len Zalenski, lot 364/365; Shawn & Paula Hepinstall, lot 543; Robert & Vikki Walton, lot 217; Janet Yuratovich, lot 563/564; Flint & Mary Hibler, lot 183; Missy Leggett, lot 72; Doug & Resa Wiltse, lot 494; Tony Southwick, lot 1594; Mark & Stephanie Closterman, lot 1900; Frank Armanees, lot 62; Bret & Gail Bush, lot 324-325; Don & Carolyn Leeper, lot 22; Kathy Price, lot 153; Roger Shewey, lot 2390; Ramona & Jim Miller, lot 455; Gary & Nancy Salmon, lot 202; Allan Slavin, lot 181; James Funk, lot 2904; Phyllis Williams, lot 436; Linda Bolin, lot 338; Eric & Jody Odette, lot 220; Shad Mort, Lake Manager; Sally Zerbe, lot 2045/Office. 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. Respectfully Submitted, Tony Gronniger - Secretary Board of Directors Viking Valley Association

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Ira Johnson of Jameson was on a rock bar on the Grand River looking for antiques when he found the fossil of a Mastodon’s tooth. Ira, 18, found the fossil on Aug. 29. A graduate of North Daviess High School, he now works at the school as a janitorial assistant. It’s a stressful job due to COVID-19. When he’s not working, he likes to go treasure hunting, mostly just walking around a couple of sites he knows, or using a metal detector. He was searching around an old dump site on the side of the river. In the past he’s found silver-plated spoons, a Zippo lighter, a pocket watch, and a World War One button. “I collect that kind of stuff,” Ira says. “I was walking along the bank near the water. I noticed this big rock about 10 feet away, and I thought that ain’t no rock. It was out of the ordinary. Not like any other rock, so I picked it up.” Ira thought the strange, smooth, pointed rock looked like a tooth, but didn’t think a lot more about it. He hunted for another 30 minutes or so and went home and showed the rock to his parents, Stacey Rhoades and Scott Johnson. His father likes to hunt for arrowhead and Indian artifacts and knew right away he’d found something. “I showed it to my dad and his face brightened,” Ira says. “That’s when I knew it was no ordinary tooth.” They looked online and found a picture of a fossil-tooth that was close. It was a Mastodon tooth. His mother was tasked with getting hold of somebody who could verify the find. She reached out to two professors from the University of Iowa. Tiffany Adrain is the collections manager of the paleontology repository. Katherine McCarville is the professor of geo science. They verified that it was a mastodon’s tooth. Mastodons were forest-dwelling herd animals. They lived on a mixed diet obtained by browsing and grazing. They are distant relatives of the modern elephants. Ira says the fossil doesn’t weigh a pound; it’s about six inches long and a couple of inches wide. Ira has gone back looking for more fossils, but has had no luck yet. His uncle found part of a mastodon tooth in the same general area four or five years ago, so he’ll keep walking those stream beds. For now, he just plans to keep the fossil. He is displaying it in a case. “I don’t plan to sell it; it has too much sentimental value,” he says. It’s not every day you find a fossil from an animal that’s been extinct for about 11,000 years. “I honestly thought it was just a cow tooth or a horse tooth,” Ira says. “I wasn’t thinking much about it. When I figured out what it was, I was astonished.”

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Pennsylvania native gives Missourians a few tips on rattlers by T.L. Huffman, staff writer

Karl Miller says that besides the organized catch and release hunts in Pennsylvania, there is actually a permit that can be purchased from the fish and boat department that allows a person to take one timber rattlesnake per year as long as it is a male and is a minimum of 42 inches; the same permit also allows the holder to take one copperhead per year. [photo courtesy Karl Miller]

What most people think are den sites are actually gestation sites, according to Karl Miller on Rattlesnake Renegade. A den is off the side of the rock. Most of the time it’s no more than just a little opening in the dirt, by a tree, or next to a small rock. [photo courtesy Karl Miller]

Tread carefully in the woods and keep an eye out for the snakes, especially in July and August when the male timber rattlesnakes are on the prowl for mates. Few Missourians realize that all snakes native to our state are protected. The Wildlife Code of Missouri treats snakes, lizards, and most turtles as nongame. This means that there is no open season on these animals, and it is technically unlawful to kill them. There is a realistic exception, however when a venomous snake is in close association with people, which could result in someone being bitten. Every snake species in Pennsylvania is also protected. However, unlike Missouri, the state of Pennsylvania does hold rattlesnake hunts. There are four organized rattlesnake hunts held during the year. No snakes are harmed during the hunts. Karl Miller, who lives in north central Pennsylvania, won Pennsylvania’s state championship in 2019. The hunt is a point system from the three biggest snakes of the year the hunter turns in. Karl turned in a 54-inch yellow phase that was 4 pounds and 6 ounces; a 52-inch black phase that was 4 pound, 10 ounces, and a 50-inch black phase that was 3 pounds, 8 ounces. Though it is called ‘phases’, the snakes are born either yellow or black and stay that way The five venomous snakes in Missouri are their entire lives. the Osage Copperhead; the Western “I put in a hell of a lot of miles as did all the Cottonmouth, commonly known as the Water other hunters that attend all four hunts reachMoccasin; the Massasauga Rattlesnake, also known as the Swamp Rattler; the Western ing for the state championship,” Karl wrote on Pygmy Rattlesnake, also known as the his Facebook post, called Rattlesnake RenGround Rattler; and the Timber Rattlesnake. egades. “I saw a lot of snakes, caught some big boys. There was some fierce competition for state, and I got lucky enough to win it.” Karl said he had won the state championship twice before, but 2019 was the most important win to him. It was his last year of rattlesnake hunts. “I thought long and hard and talked about it with my other half and decided to stop doing all the hunts and instead be able to spend all those weekends with my family,” Karl wrote on his post. “Anyone who spends all those weekends at events can relate to the stress it puts on home life.” Karl says the biggest rattler he’s caught was 56-1/4 inches. It’s still out there. “I just take pictures and put them back,” Karl says. “If a snake is used for an organized hunt, it is returned to the same spot where it was found after the hunt ends. I do not extract venom. That is all done in labs with captive snakes.” Why would anybody in their right mind pick snake hunting for a hobby? It all started when Karl was a teenager. “When I was around 18, I found a dead rattlesnake in the road and I really had no idea we had them around where I live,” he says. “So, I began looking for them and well I’m 39 now. It just became my favorite thing to do.” Karl says Pennsylvania has a widespread and very healthy timber rattlesnake population. That is clearly evidenced on his posts. In June of this year, he reports he did a “little roaming the woods this morning” and saw 24 timber rattlers and three copperheads. Karl says it took him years to discover all the places the snakes hang out. It does take an eye to see the timber rattlers in the leaves and brush. “After spending time looking for them it gets easier to pick out areas where they like to be,” he says. “Southern exposure mountain sides, rocky areas and such. It does take a good eye sometimes; they blend in quite well with their surroundings.” Lots of people cringe at the idea of seeing a venomous snake, and not very many people want to get close enough to pick one up. “I’m not scared of them,” Karl says, “but I do have a lot of respect for what they are capable of doing to me. Last time I was bit was five years ago and I spent around two weeks in intensive care.”

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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, Flint Hibler. 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), Mike Wolfe, Charles Sudduth, James Funk, Mike Booth (Board Contact)

Viking Valley Association Office Address: 144 E. Main, Gallatin, MO 64640 Office Hours: April 1 - Labor Day Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Day after Labor Day - March 31 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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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.

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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.

* 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

* 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

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.

Infraction/Safety Roger Lankford (Chairman), Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Jim Gibbany, James Funk, Kyle Loehnig, Mark Leggett (Board Contact)

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Dredge Committee Paula Hepinstall, Robert Hayes, Brett Bush, Shad Mort, Rick Roberts, Shawn Hepinstall (chairman), Mark Leggett (Board Contact)

Handbook Committee Donna Archibald (Chair), Mary Miller, Kyle Parkhurst, Kim Spidle, Terri Schlaiss, Celeste Armanees (Board Contact)

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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.

Finance Committee Mike Krehbiel (Chairman), Donna Archibald, Shad Mort, Sally Zerbe, Len Zalenski, John Kmetz, Lyle Alexander, Missy Leggett, Flint Hibler, Marvin McNabb, Celeste Armanees, Troy Lesan (Board Contact)

Emergency Phone Numbers

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.

Community Strategic Planning Kenny Southwick (Chairman), Tony Gronniger, Missy Leggett, Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Dennis Schlaiss, Lana Southwick, Kim Spidle, Carolyn Leeper, Terry Nibarger, Sue Wolf, Brad Trenkle, Don Leeper, Susan Zalenski (Board Contact)

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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 Lyle Hoover..........................................816-244-0752

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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of Daviess County Open Meeting September 15, 2020

Call to Order Kyle Parkhurst, president (2023), called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. Due to an increasing spread of the coronavirus in the area, the meeting was held at the Lions Club Pavilion outside the lower level of the Viking Valley Association Clubhouse. Members in attendance were Harlan Horst (2023), Jeffrey Speaker (2022), and Mark White (2021). Troy Lesan (2021) was unable to attend. Also in attendance were Charlie Zitnik with DA Davidson, Roger Barker, water superintendent, and Diane Hulett, clerk. Approval of Minutes Harlan Horst moved to approve the minutes of the Aug. 18, 2020, Board of Directors meeting. Jeffrey Speaker seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. Public Comment There was no public comment. Old Business Roger informed the board that DNR approved the Final Engineering Report, as well as the Design Standards Exception Request submitted by the engineers. The final reimbursement payment was also received from DNR. Additional information was received by the Daviess County Clerk with regard to the CARES Act application. Harlan Horst made a motion that the governing body of PWSD#3 of Daviess County adopt the Daviess County Intergovernmental Agreement to participate in the 2020 CARES Act Funding program as presented, and further motioned to appoint Kyle Parkhurst, president, to sign the agreement on the board’s behalf. Jeffrey Speaker seconded. Four members voted to approve

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with none opposed. Motion passed. New Business Financial Report: The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Jeffrey Speaker moved to approve the August financial reports as submitted and approve the bills. Harlan Horst seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. Charlie Zitnik with DA Davidson discussed financing options with the board for any future improvements that may be needed. Discussion Superintendent Report: Roger reported that due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the area, stricter social distancing is being implemented between employees. The decision was also made to once again keep the office door closed to foot traffic. Customers are encouraged to use the drop box for payments and, if assistance is needed, call the number posted on the door. Kyle Parkhurst, president, announced the next meeting would be Oct. 20, 2020, at 4 p.m. at the water plant. The meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m. Respectfully Submitted, Jeffrey Speaker


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The Activities Committee sponsored the Lake Viking Garage Sale on Sept. 12. It seemed that this year’s fall edition was actually busier than the garage sale last spring. For one thing, the weather was nicer – it was a beautiful day – and there were also a few more vendors — 42 to be exact. The Activities Committee just keeps getting better. Right after this feature goes to press, there will be yet another event: The Fall Wine Festival, and there will be good pictures in next month’s Lake Viking News. ~ Troy Lesan

The 2020 Fall Garage Sale was definitely a buyers’ market. Some garage sale treasures included, far left, an antique saddle; left, an African war shield; top left, an armload of noodles!

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