Lake Viking News - September 2018

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Viking Valley Association Board Meeting Call to Order Phil Stockard called the Sept. 9 meeting of the Viking Valley Association Board to order at 6:30 p.m. in the upper level of the clubhouse. Members in attendance were Troy Lesan, Flint Hibler, James Funk, Mike Booth, Susan Zalenski and Mike Krehbiel. Shad Mort led the Pledge of Allegiance. Troy Lesan led in prayer. Approval of Minutes Troy Lesan moved to approve the minutes of the Aug. 12, 2018, board meeting, with one correction. Troy moved to strike one sentence in the Lake Committee Report. Delete: Shawn responded to Mike that wake boats really should not be in coves, but more on the main channel and that they do their wake boarding early in the day when the water is more calm. James Funk seconded; motion passed. Board Action Prior to the regular session Board Meeting, the Incorporation Study Committee presented an overview of their findings of what benefit it would be for Lake Viking to incorporate. Susan Zalenski moved that the Board accept the recommendations from the Incorporation Study Committee. Those recommendations include: 1) Do not incorporate, but review the consideration at least every 10 years to coincide with the 10-year census data or if we reach a population of 1,000. 2) Board member and study committee member meet with Winston and Gallatin school officials to share information about financial contributions from Lake Viking homeowners. 3) Board member and study committee member meet with Daviess County Commissioners to share information about the contributions to county from Lake Viking and to develop a strong working relationship with county officials. Troy Lesan seconded the motion; motion passed. Committee Reports Handbook Committee: No report Finance Committee: Troy Lesan reported on the finances. Total income is up slightly and some expenses, such as credit card fees, are down. We are operating on a thin margin. The committee is continuing to work on the non-profit status of the Association. Strategic Planning Committee: There was no Strategic meeting this month, but Susan Zalenski did submit the minutes of their last meeting and the Incorporation Study. Susan also commented that the Communications Team is working with Gallatin Publishing to develop a protected password for our website, so members can see the financials and minutes of meetings. Activities Committee: Mary Hibler talked about the garage sales that were held over the weekend. The next event will be “Beer & Brats” on Sept. 29. Building Committee: The Building Committee approved nine permits at their last meeting. Fire Department: Tony Gronniger reported about their latest meeting that was held Saturday, Sept. 8. They checked the sirens and all were working fine. They cleaned up the new fire truck

that was just purchased last month and on Saturday, Sept. 1 they held a christening of the new truck. Members were able to buy water balloons and throw them at the firefighters standing in front of the truck. Campground: Mary Hibler proposed the winter camping fees for this year. Phil Stockard moved to accept Mary’s recommendation of $125 for winter electric. Mike Krehbiel seconded the motion; motion passed. Mary also reported the Halloween Party, on October 13, has been moved to Campground 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lake Committee: Mike Krehbiel moved to accept Ramona Miller as a new member of the Lake Committee. Flint Hibler seconded; motion passed. Most of the letters that were sent to property owners have complied, but there will be a few infractions written for those who did not comply. The committee had a meeting on wake damage on the lake. They will be presenting ideas to the board at a later date. Cemetery: No report. Infraction Committee: Roger Lankford reported the committee reviewed 23 infractions this month. They are averaging about 11 tickets per month on trash infractions and one per month on boating certifications. Dredge Committee: No report. Lake Manager Report 1. Dredge: Shad Mort reported we have had some breakdowns on the dredge, but repairs are being made. The pond at Pilot and Pirate is already full, so we are having to dip that area in order to keep dredging. 2. Road work: We are going to lay down 2-3 more loads of mix for patching and at the end of September will start the chip and seal process. 3. Lake levels: The lake was down a good portion of the summer about 21.5 inches. With the recent rains, that number has dropped to about 13

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inches, so it has come up considerably. 4. Pool attendance: The pool this summer was averaging about 156 people on the weekends and 56 people on weekdays. 5. Labor Day: Labor Day was a good weekend with no major problems or accidents. 6. Burn Pile: The burn pile will reopen Monday, Sept. 10. Financials: Troy Lesan moved to approve the financial reports. Flint Hibler seconded; motion passed. Guest Time: 1. Mike Wassmer addressed the Board about herbicides used near or in the water around the lake and would like to see the Board develop some regulations on what can be used. He noticed a neighbor across his cove spraying weeds and didn’t know what they were using, so he is concerned about kids swimming and what effect this is having on our lake. Mr. Wassmer could not find anything in the Handbook pertaining to herbicides, so he did some research and found that some herbiContinued on Page 9

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Nestled on top of Lot 56 you will find one of the sweetest families on Lake Viking. In 2008 Shawn and Rebecca purchased their lot and built their well known "cabin" in 2010. The Polowniak's reside full time in Stillwell, KS but are very familiar faces on the lake, usually doing some fancy surfing on the water! Becca is a horse lover and spends most of her time at the barn, managing their home, or caring for their 2 daughters Morgan and Molly. Shawn is an owner in Dumpster Guy, a commercial and residential roll-off dumpster company. When asked what their favorite thing about Lake Viking, Shawn said, "Life at such an incredible rate of speed. We all September 29 was ................................................ Beermoves & Brats yearn to spend quality time with those we love. Lake Viking gives us the gift of time, time spent on the boat, the October 20 ............................................... dock, the ranger, the deck, time spent with friends,Halloween time aroundParty the fire, time to tell our kids what's really important in life. Lake Viking makes us a better family." Stop by Lot 56 and meet the Polowniak's, you will be glad Campground 1, 2-5 p.m.


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Flower bouquets are permitted any time of the year. For the spring and summer seasons beginning March 1st and extending to December 1st of each year, no wreaths or sprays, or other decorative materials shall be used on any lot, except such decorative materials as can be contained in vases mounted to the marker base. Exceptions will be made for a period of one week following an interment service, Easter Sunday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Wreaths, flowers, and other materials left on graves, which have withered or become unsightly, will be removed by the cemetery without notice. Wreaths and other decorative materials must be removed from shipping boxes and containers before placing said materials on any grave.

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Be aware: assessor’s staff may come on your property What is the assessor’s responsibility? The assessor’s responsibility is to value and assess real estate and personal property located within the county. Contrary to popular misconceptions, the assessor does not calculate taxes, collect taxes, set tax rates (levies), or create tax bills. The assessor is concerned with property values, not taxes. The collector’s office creates the tax bills and collects the taxes for the various taxing entities that are located within the county. The assessor is not responsible for establishing the tax rate for any taxing jurisdiction. The taxing jurisdictions (schools, fire districts, library, health department, townships, etc.) determine the tax levy, which is the rate of taxation required to fill

the gap between the operating budget and expected revenue. It is the taxpayer’s responsibility, as a property owner, to contact the appropriate taxing entities or attend their annual budget meetings if there are questions or concerns about taxes or how tax dollars are spent. The value of your property is subject to change every two years (excluding new construction). However, your tax rate (established by the taxing jurisdictions) is subject to change annually. Reassessment is the revaluing of all properties within a county (except for agriculture) on a mass appraisal basis, and the purpose of this reassessment is the equalization among taxpayers to ensure fairness to every taxpayer in the county. Next

year, 2019, is a reassessment year, so the assessor and her staff will be out in the county revaluing property, taking new pictures and possibly re-measuring, so that sketches can be put into the computer, as required by the State. The assessor will also be picking up new construction. Daviess County Assessor Sally Black and her staff are focused on accuracy and fairness, bringing clarity to the assessment process. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the assessment process, please contact the office. The assessor and her staff will be happy to answer questions and explain what they are doing on your property.



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PWSD #3 Water Department installs new smart radio-read meters By Troy Lesan Once again the arrival of another edition of the Lake Viking News draws near, and, once again, a great monthly ritual will unfold. Association members will get their mail, excitedly unfold the paper, and start eagerly turning pages in anticipation of reading the minutes of the latest . . . Public Water Supply District #3 monthly meeting. Right? Okay. So I exaggerate. For those who don’t always read the exciting minutes from PWSD #3, I’ll repeat the news about installation of new remote radio-read water meters. Even though it has been the standard procedure for 50 plus years, the task of physically checking each individual water meter each month is tedious and time-consuming. Besides the tremendous labor-saving aspect, the new system, the Kamstrup Smart Meter, will allow PWSD #3 to closely monitor usage and, more importantly, stay on top of water leaks which can

be costly to both customers and the water district. PWSD employees can actually stand at roadside with a smart-phone or a tablet, take multiple readings, and, if necessary, instantly pull up over a year’s worth of data if necessary. Readings are then transmitted and stored in the data base. PWSD vehicles are equipped with a transmission antenna, and when Roger or Gary log into the system, the first thing that appears is a map display showing each meter. When it is time to take a monthly reading, the meters will be lit up on the display until read. The smart meters are also equipped with warning lights that indicate a leak alarm or when the temperature in the pit is getting too cold. Other water districts with the new style meter report water loss reductions. Water loss is a major problem that in varying degrees plagues all water systems. Recently, I heard of one water district (I won’t mention names) that experienced a 30% water loss in a month. Ouch! Water loss is the difference between the amount of water processed (which is metered at intake) and the amount of processed water billed. We like to stay under a 10% monthly loss; sometimes we achieve as low as 5%, but recently, our water loss has been higher. Small wonder – in installing the new units Roger Barker has found almost 50% of the old meters to be worn out and shot. The timing on this project is good. It is anticipated that the new smart meters will pick up everything from slow-flow leaks to even an occasional dripping faucet. And yes, they are a labor saving device, except for right now when Roger and Gary are in the process of upgrading the entire system. They’re really humping. These new meters are a significant expanse – as reflected in those minutes from the PWSD monthly meetings – but funds for the cost are being made possible by the fact that 2019 will be the last year of making payments on the long term financing bonds that were issued during the water district’s creation. See what you can learn by reading those exGary King (right) displays one of the new radio-read water meters citing minutes of the PWSD #3 while Roger Barker (left) holds the transmitter attachment. monthly meetings!




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PWSD #3 NOTICE PWSD#3 of Daviess County has installed radio read meters which work with a transmitter placed in the meter lid. We ask that customers be careful if removing lids to avoid any disruption to the signal or damage to the transmitter. New billing software will be implemented October 1st. Customers will now have the option to receive bills via email. A web portal will also be available for online bill pay or to sign up for a recurring draft using a checking, savings, or credit card account. Information will be provided on the back of the billing cards, or you can call the office at 660-663-2771 for assistance.

PWSD #3 Open Meeting

Sept. 18, 2018

CALL TO ORDER Kyle Parkhurst, President (2020), called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. Members in attendance were Troy Lesan (2021), Jeffrey Speaker (2019), Arlo Aschbrenner (2020), and Randy Tague (2021). Also in attendance were Roger Barker, water superintendent, and Diane Hulett, clerk. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Troy Lesan moved to approve the minutes of the Aug. 21, 2018, Board of Directors Meeting. Randy Tague seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. PUBLIC COMMENT There were no visitors in attendance for public comment. OLD BUSINESS Water tower repairs are scheduled to begin the first part of October. MidStates will use magnetic mounts to relocate their internet antenna to avoid interference with any repairs. Roger and Gary will have all radio read meters installed by the end of this week and the billing software conversion is nearing completion. Customers should watch their bills in the future for new payment methods that will be offered, as well as the option to receive bills by email. The application for an emergency connect grant did not meet the criteria for drought stricken districts and was denied. There will be another opportunity in the spring of 2019 to apply for grant money through DNR. NEW BUSINESS Financial Report: The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Arlo Aschbrenner moved to approve the August financial reports as submitted and approve the bills. Troy Lesan seconded. All members voted to approve; motion carried. Reorganization of the board was done with the following officers being appointed: Kyle Parkhurst, president; Troy Lesan, vice-president; Jeffrey Speaker, secretary. Bank signature cards were updated. A motion was made by Jeffrey Speaker and seconded by Randy Tague to purchase a UTV at Roger’s discretion. DISCUSSION Superintendent Report: Roger Barker reported that the latest eColi testing came back showing 1 colony reported, with anything under 100 considered normal. The eColi test sampling will be complete this month. Kyle Parkhurst, president, announced the next meeting would be Oct. 16, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the water plant. Troy Lesan moved to adjourn at 5:30 p.m. Jeffrey Speaker seconded. All members were in favor; motion carried. Respectfully Submitted, Jeffrey Speaker

Music favorites at the lake this summer! This summer, Lake Viking Association Members have definitely been able to connect with their favorite music groups. First, it was Country Music Group Post Monroe, who made a really cool music video at Lake Viking. Then, in August, Now and Then, a favorite from last year’s 50th anniversary returned to Lake Viking to play at a well attended Patio Party. The same night, country music artist Ted Stockton performed at the Speaker/Daffron Cove Party. This was the third appearance at Lake Viking for Ted this year! He previously played at the Grand Opening for Lake Viking Marine’s newly expanded facility last spring and again at Lake Viking Marine after the Cardboard Boat Races.

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Lot 675. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janet Lovick Lot 2424. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joseph & Vicki Greim Lot 422. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ronnette Sherman Lot 1769. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dustin & Amber Hook Lot 464. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deena Stous Lot 362. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh & Angela Joseph Lot 1560. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brooks Family Dentistry,LLC Lot S-124 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Stinson Lot 2302. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calvin Gunn Lot 2303. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Walter & Tracy Gunn

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Kickin’ Cancer on Oct. 6 By Troy Lesan It seems like this year, I have known more people with cancer than ever, and not just people my age (the AARP Crowd), but all ages. Two individuals I know have passed away in the last month while many of the victims are children of people I know – some as young as their 30s and even younger. Cancer can be an oppressive all-consuming reality to those affected while any form of relief or assistance is a tremendous blessing. That’s where Kickin’ Cancer with Kindness of Daviess County comes in by providing gas cards for cancer victims to defray the cost of traveling to and from cancer treatments. The program was started a few years ago by several men from the Gallatin Methodist Church. The 5th Annual BBQ block party will be 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, on Market Street between the lumber company and the Methodist Church. Free will donations are accepted and ALL proceeds from the event go to purchase the gas cards. BTC and Farmers Bank in Gallatin and Home Exchange Bank in Jamesport will continue to distribute the free $25 gas cards. Cancer patients going to treatment may request a gas card at the banks’ lobby or drive-up window. Many churches, businesses, clubs and individuals have joined together to provide the food and silent auction items for the fund-raiser. Again this year, Greg Houghton has donated his time to prepare the BBQ pork. Mark and Keith Gay, along with Christian Church Praise Team, and Harrison Pettit have volunteered their time for the entertainment. The silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6:15 p.m. In 2017, over 200 people attended, raising $8,456 from the meal donations and silent auction bids during the evening. So far this year, gas cards totaling $7,950 have been distributed to cancer patients. Those donating by check to this worthy cause of helping your neighbor should make checks payable to Kickin’ Cancer with Kindness. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held downstairs in the Methodist Church. For more information, contact Lola Critten, Johnny Brown, Nancy Tate or Jane McKinsey.

Sign Up For Free Smoke Alarms The Red Cross is teaming up with the Lake Viking Fire Department to provide free smoke alarms for residents at Lake Viking. The Red Cross will be furnishing the smoke alarms and members of the Fire Department will be installing them. The smoke alarms will be available after Sunday, July 1. Each household can have up to three (3) smoke alarms, so if you are interested, please call the Association Office @ 660-663-2131 and put your name on the list and how many you want.

About your Trash Service ... Just a reminder to all members with dwellings or commercial buildings, you must pay for trash service to the trash removal company providing the service. Full time residents will pay for 12 months of trash service and weekend or part-time residents will pay for 6 months of trash service (April 1 thru September 30.) If you need the phone number for our trash service, please contact the association office, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for more information @ 660-663-2131. Anyone setting trash out prior to pickup day must have trash in a container with a closeable / sealable lid. (This was adopted, by motion, at the Board of Directors meeting on August 10, 2008.)


Safety Patrol Report August 2018 8-1 8-2 8-4

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8-14 8-15 8-16

Replaced no wake buoy at 900 cove. 30 day letter issued to lot owner for abandoned watercraft. Requested guests of lot owner not to swim off boat dock by Beach 1, directed them to beach area designated for swimming. Responded to medical emergency. UTV stopped for no flag. Report of dock loose - secured. Picked up trash from LVT. Resolved complaint between parties at Beach 2. Directed contractor remove vehicle from LVT. Complaint of JS about hit downed skier, located operator of JS, matter resolved. Collected funds for rental spot at campground. Directed contractor remove vehicle from LVT. Trapped raccoon, set free off Lake property.

8-17 8-18

Responded to vehicle accident/medical emergency. Resolved complaint between parties at Battle of the Bands.

8-21 8-22

Removed floating device from main channel of lake. County pulled burn ban; Lake followed and burn ban signs removed. Picked up trash behind clubhouse and LVT. Removed dead deer from shoreline. Released catfish caught in line attached to dock by dam Picked up dog running at large and returned to lot owner. Responded to complaint of skier skiing after dark.

8-23 8-24 8-25 8-26 8-27

Directed contractor move vehicle from LVT. Removed dead raccoon from owner’s lot. Removed dead fish from Beach 2.

8-28 8-29 8-30

Removed dead possum from LVT. Replaced no wake buoy at Marina. Directed contractor to move vehicle from LVT.

Infractions 19 Stickered Watercraft 29 Stickered Campers 7 Hot washed 9 Building Permits set Gate Cards Issued

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cides can be used around areas like the lake, but others should not be used. Mr. Wassmer shared information from a report he found online that stated people in some areas have to fill out a form before they spray, stating what they are using. Shad Mort commented that some members call him to see what they can use safely on their shorelines. Shad asked Mr. Wassmer how we would be able to know where, what and when people would be spraying. Mike Booth did not believe there would be any way to police this and comPrice Reduced mented that the dilution ratio of over the counter herbicides is probably 1/10 of the natural strength and once it hits water it would dilute to 0. Susan Zalenski asked Troy Lesan if the water district does any testing for herbicides. NEW LISTING Troy responded that they are mandated to run quarterly tests on our water for a variety of chemicals and those tests are always well under the tolerance levels. Mike Booth offered to contact some friends that work for Department of Natural Resources and ask them some questions about using herbicides. 2. Mike Feiden asked the Board to make an exception to Section 3 of the campground agreement, on prorated camp fees. Mike rented a camp space in Campground 1 at the beginning of the season and paid $399 for the season. He pulled his camper out on May 31 and gave up the spot. He asked the Board to grant him a $266 prorated refund for not using the space for the balance of the camping season. Flint Hibler asked if we had ever given prorated camp fees in the past and Shad Mort responded, not to his knowledge. Troy Lesan stated that Mr. Feiden signed the campground agreement knowing that Section 3 stated the fees are non-refundable. Mr. Feiden thought since he gave up the space and someone else was able to utilize it for the rest of the season, he should be entitled to a prorated refund. The Board took no action on Mr. Feiden’s request. Sale of Lot S155: Phil Stockard reminded the members about the sale of lot S155, that the Association has available. Stop by the office Monday - Friday if you want to submit a bid. Adjourn: Troy Lesan moved to adjourn into Executive Session at 7:15 p.m. Mike Booth seconded; motion passed.

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Attendance: Len Zalenski, lot 364; Tony Gronniger, lot 2281; Ron & Kim Spidle, lot 341; Jim & Ramona Miller, lot 455; Mark & Stephanie Closterman, lot 1900; Nadja McCubbin, lot 222; Cindy Wolfe, lot 580; Mary Hibler, lot 183; Sherry Krehbiel, lot 559; Dennis Schlaiss, lot 1080; Frank Armanees, lot 62; Robert Hayes, lot 389; Scott & Mary Miller, lot 3012; Dennis Peterson, lot 3020; Larry A. Wood, lot 340; Sue & Jack Morris, lot 332; Markay August, lot 349; Mike Feiden, lot 243; Mark & Patti Adams, lot 566; Jim & Marnie Weidmaier, lot 534; Harlan Horst, lot 317; Lynn & Jean Dustman, lot 652; Jean Fales, lot 66; Steve & Nancy Campbell, lot 12562; Bo & Kitty Steed, lot 444; Roger & Maggie Lankford, lot 644; George & Jan Beckwith, lot 432; Missy Leggett, lot 72; Mike Wasmer, lot 32; Shad Mort, Lake Manager; Sally Zerbe, lot 2528/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.

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a) All King Citydwelling Lumberowners (houses, mobile homes and dwellings of a similar construc208 E. Putnam tion) will have their lot number prominentKing City, MO 64463 ly 660-535-4337 displayed so that it is clearly visible from theCurrent roadway. Notes: July 2016: Four New Pix b) Lettering and numbering needs to3716, located h/customers/king city lumber/ be0174, at least 3 inches high and sign colors 3808, 4466 need to be contrasting colors so the sign is easily read. c) Owners having multiple adjoining lots may include on the sign at the principle residence. d) Lots with structures (shelters, sheds, boat or swimming docks, decks, etc.) will have their lot number(s) prominently displayed so that it is clearly visible from the water (on lake front lots) and from the road way. e) As of August 1, 2014, all docks must have their lot numbers displayed on the lower right side of the dock, facing the water. All lake front dwellings will have lot numbers clearly visible from the water. This rule is in place for your safety in case of an emergency! Safety, Fire Department, First Responders and Ambulance personnel need to be able to see your address and lot numbers to respond!!

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Lake Viking 2018 Boards & Committees Activities Committee Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Dustin Hibler, David Hibler, Eric and Jody Odette, Gail Bush, Ramona Miller, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Board of Directors President, Phil Stockard; 1st Vice President, Mike Krehbiel; 2nd Vice President, Flint Hibler; Secretary, Mike Booth; Asst. Secretary/Sgt. of Arms, James Funk; Treasurer, Troy Lesan; Asst. Treasurer, Susan Zalenski. 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 David Hibler, Dustin Hibler, Chuck Weldon, Jim Miller, Flint Hibler (Board Contact) Building Committee Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Association office. Building Permits require approval by the Building Committee prior to the start of any construction as stated in the Covenants, Restrictions, By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of Viking Valley Association. Campground Committee Mary Hibler (Chairperson), Marion Crawford, Mike Wolfe, Charles Sudduth, James Funk, Flint Hibler (Board Contact) Cemetery Committee Shad Mort, Mike Booth (Board Contact) Cemetery plots are available; contact the Association office at 660-663-2131 for further information. Communications Susan Zalenski, Dennis Schlaiss Community Strategic Planning Tony Gronniger, Missy Leggett, Shawn Hepinstall, Paula Hepinstall, Dennis Schlaiss, Robert Hayes, Sherry Parkhurst, Carolyn Leeper, Don Leeper, Susan Zalenski (Chair/Board Contact) Employee Board Contact Phil Stockard Finance Committee Mike Kemna (Chairman), Donna Archibald, Shad Mort, Sally Zerbe, Mike Krehbiel, Glenn Miller, Len Zalenski, Phil Stockard, Missy Leggett, Troy Lesan (Board Contact) Handbook Committee Kyle Parkhurst, Donna Archibald, Kim Spidle, Terri Schlaiss, James Funk (Board Contact) Infraction Committee Roger Lankford, Carl Butcher, Bob Clemens, Tom Archibald, Jim Gibbany, James Funk (Board Contact) Infraction Committee meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m., Lower Level Clubhouse. Lake Committee Troy Lesan, Shirley Leakey, Don Leeper, Carolyn Leeper, Bo Steed, Sherry Krehbiel, Mike Krehbiel (Board Contact) Special Road District Mark Leggett, Ron Spidle Volunteer Fire Department Jeff Johnson, Rusty Hendricks, Gary King, Tony Gronniger, Dennis Schlaiss, Riley Blades, Luke Threlkeld, Len Zalenski, Mike Booth (Board Contact) Fire Department Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month, 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 4/2020 - Sub-District #3; Troy Lesan, Vice President, term expires 4/2018 - Sub-District #2; Jeffrey Speaker, secretary, term expires 4/2019 - Sub-District #4; Gary Teegarden, term expires 4/2018 - Sub-District #1; Arlo Aschbrenner, term expires 4/2020 - Sub-District #5; Roger Barker, Superintendent; Gary King, Water Operator; Diane Hulett, Clerk. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 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. 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.



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Office Office Address: Address: 144 E. Main, 144 E. Main, Gallatin, Gallatin, MO MO 64640 64640 Office Hours: Office Hours: April April 1 1 -- Labor Labor Day Day Monday-Friday: Monday-Friday: 88 a.m.-4 a.m.-4 p.m. p.m. Saturday: Saturday: 88 a.m.-12 a.m.-12 p.m. p.m. Day Day after after Labor Labor Day Day -- March March 31 31 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. p.m. 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.

Property Owners

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.

Fishery Guidelines

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 $70.00 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.

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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!

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 * Maintenance Barn.............................660-663-2777 * Public Water Supply District #3 of Daviess County (Water Plant).....660-663-2771 Roger Barker - (Emergency after hours)....660-663-3600

* Lake Viking Marine, Inc., Lot #1000.660-663-3722 * Lake Viking Sales Office, Lot #Z-9...660-663-2134 * 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).1-800-501-1754 * Repair Service.............................1-800-782-6206


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Once again Serrone’s garage is full of goodies. This sign in their garage says it all.

2018 Fall Garage Sale Photo Album The Lake Viking Fall Garage Sale is always an eagerly anticipated event. Usually a post or two will start popping up on the group facebook page in August. And on the actual day of the event, even though the starting time is announced at 8, there are some early birds that begin showing up at 6:30. This fall’s version (the third annual) featured a few less sellers than the spring version and it was a rainy day, but that didn’t to discourage buyers. Everyone concerned seemed to be pleased with Saveseem to current week folder before altering this ad. Phil Stockard a.k.a. “the M&M King” displays an offering from his vast collecthe results. tion.

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JUST A REMINDER SPEED CREATING EXCESSIVE WAKE: Trolling speed will be used when approaching within seventy-five (75) feet of boat docks, marina, and coves marked with Association buoys, or other areas marked with permanent or temporary Association buoys.

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Cole D. Merrill • 1973-2018

More Roadside Attractions from Jeff Hower’s motorcycle trip to Alaska in June. An avid photographer, Jeff has taken thousands of photos and often comes up with unique perspectives. Below is a sign marking a “Toad Crossing” while above is perhaps the world’s most luxurious highway “Rest Area” located outside Alliance, Nebraska.

Cole Damon Merrill, 45, Cameron, passed away on Sept. 17, 2018. at his home surrounded by his family. Cole was born March 4, 1973 in Princeton, Missouri to Myron and Mary Jane (Millemon) Merrill. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane. Cole was a 1991 graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School and earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University, Springfield. Cole attended the Cameron United Methodist Church, was a member of the Cameron Rotary Club and an alumni of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He was dedicated to his clients as a financial advisor for Edward D. Jones in Cameron. On Sept. 16, 2006, Cole married Natalie Lynn Stevenson in Godfrey, Illinois. Cole was an avid hunter, loved traveling with his family and spending time with his family and friends at the cabin in Lake of the Ozarks. He was a loving husband, father, son and brother. Survivors include his wife, Natalie, and daughter, Vivian; his father, Myron Merrill, Merriam, KS; and his brother, Kip Merrill, Overland Park, KS. Visitation was Friday, Sept. 21, at Cameron United Methodist Church in Cameron with the service immediately following at 7 p.m. Burial was Saturday, Sept. 22 at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Cameron United Methodist Church Building Fund, Cameron, Comfort Care Hospice, Cameron, and/or Lake Viking Church, Gallatin. Arrangements are by Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron.

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Measuring the drought: August surprise By Tim Baker, MU Regional Horticulturist

As a weather observer, I knew that we had been getting some pretty good showers here in Gallatin during August. But at the end of the month, I was surprised that we were actually above normal for the month. That was certainly helping our drought situation, at least here in Daviess County. If you are interested in seeing my observations for Gallatin, check out the climate page on my website. There is a link to it on my drought web page ( Some graphical representations of the drought can be found in my water balance charts, on the climate page, under evapotranspiration (ET). The May through August chart shows the dramatic decline over the summer in how much moisture we lost through ET versus how little rainfall we received. But then it also shows the improvement that started with August. And on the precipitation page, you can see my measurements here in Gallatin for August… actually 2.60 inches above normal. Of course, my observations are only for one point on the map. To gauge the overall extent of the drought, people such as Dr. Pat Guinan, Missouri State Climatologist, will have to look at the big picture, taking into account measurements from all over the state. While the situation has improved, we still have a way to go, to recover the low lake levels in some city reservoirs, and to improve our soil moisture. To show how short we are, I found some interesting statistics that Dr. Guinan had put together. In his presentation to the Drought Assessment Committee (which I mentioned in an earlier column), Dr. Guinian gave some background on how this drought had developed starting in July, 2017. In the year from July 2017 to the end of July 2018, Gallatin received 25.61 inches of precipitation. The normal amount is 44.09 inches, which means we were 18.48 inches below normal through that time period. Cameron came in at 15.67 inches short, and St. Joseph was 17.62 inches below normal. The August rains did improve the situation. The Drought Monitor of Sept. 4 has removed all D4 drought in Missouri except for a small area around Kansas City. Most of Daviess, DeKalb, and parts of a few other counties remained in D3 drought. When the remnants of Hurricane Gordon were first forecasted to come to Missouri, it looked like the center of low pressure would track up to Kansas City and then curve to the northeast, right through Daviess and Caldwell Counties. That isn’t what happened, needless to say. In fact, most of the rainfall we got that week occurred before Gordon was even close to Missouri. So I doubt that much of what we did get can be attributed to Gordon. So is the drought over? For much of our region, it isn’t. D3 drought maintains its grip on parts of several counties, including Daviess. And as I write this column on the morning of Sept. 13, there isn’t a drop of rain in the forecast for Gallatin over the next seven days.

Michael Wayne Lang (Shadetree), 59, went to be with his Lord while at his home in Gallatin, surrounded by his family on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin. Visitation was Sunday afternoon 2-4 p.m. Burial was at the Alta Vista Cemetery, near Weatherby. Memorial contributions may be made to Kickin’ Cancer with Kindness in care of McWilliams Funeral Home. Michael was born on Sept. 29, 1958, the son of Leo and Beverly (Bridgeman) Lang in Cameron. On Aug. 10, 1980, he was united in marriage to Cindy Ann Doll. Together they raised their two children, Brett and Ashley. Michael was employed at General Motors for 30 years, retiring in 2007. Michael loved playing golf, was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed farming. He was at his best when he was spending quality time with his family and friends. Michael was always willing to go out of his way to help someone in need. We will always carry the love and memory of Michael in our hearts. Michael is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cindy of the home; son, Brett Lang of Gallatin; daughter, Ashley Rehagen and husband Travis of Columbia; parents, Leo and Beverly Lang of Winston; brothers, Mark Lang and wife Connie and Justin Lang and wife Monica, both of Winston; two grandchildren, Carson and Arianna, and many nieces and nephews.

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July, 1918, marks the 100 year memorial of the worst train wreck in United States history, and John Whitfield and Pam Parton of Gallatin attended a get together for survivors of the victims. They were joined by John’s two nephews, John J. Whitfield and Judd Whitfield. John’s grandfather, John Thomas Whitfield, was among the 102 passengers killed in the train wreck. Another 170 or more people were injured. Growing up, John never heard anything about the horrific accident. His grandfather John Thomas Whitfield died long before John was born. “My grandfather was killed in a train wreck. That was about all I ever knew,” John says. “My grandmother said not one word; she just never talked about it. I think she was so grief stricken she just couldn’t. And my dad was too little to remember much.” Ida Mae Hawkins Whitfield was originally from the Gallatin-Pattonsburg area. After her husband died in the wreck, she came back to live. Ida Mae and John Thomas had three children at the time of the train wreck: Cloria, 10; Jeff Cleavlan, 8; and John C. Bill, 4. Jeff Cleavlan Whitfield was John’s father.

Tenn., working for Illinois Central Railroad. A DuPont plant had just opened in Hickory, TN, a neighborhood of metropolitan Nashville. It was a gunpowder plant and was doing big business while World War One raged overseas. John’s grandfather switched jobs. The plant had built a village called Jacksonville to house its thousands of employees. John Thomas worked at the plant for about a week and then decided to go back to Paducah to get his family and move them to the ‘village’ where his new job was.

John Thomas got on the train at Union Station at Nashville at 7:20 on the morning of July 9, 1918. John Thomas was on Train No. 4. It was leaving Nashville to go to Memphis. At about the same time, Train No. 1 was leaving Memphis to go to Nashville. When John Thomas had worked in Tennessee many years before as a blacksmith just starting out on the railroad, he worked in “The Shops.” The Shops was a massive repair and refueling segment. The single track that ran through The Shops was about 10 miles long. You have to wonder if John Thomas was reminiscing about the work he’d done on this narrow stretch of track when the accident happened. Both trains were late. After a series of missed signals, the two trains met on the single track at Dutchman’s curve near White Bridge Road. It is estimated that the westbound train was traveling at about 50 miles per hour while the Nashville-bound train was running at 60 mph. Many of the wooden cars were crushed or hurled sideways. The sound of the collision could be heard two miles away. The life story of John Thomas came to an abrupt and tragic end. It was the search for more information about family and the train wreck that led John and Pam to take a vacation to Tennessee last year. They didn’t know anybody in Tennessee

Over the last few years, John and Pam have gotten more and more interested in genealogy. Their research is heavy on John’s side because Pam was adopted. They learned a lot about John’s family history just searching on the internet. They traced John’s family name all the way back to an 1180 Northern England Whitfield Manor. The king apparently gave the Whitfield family 35,000 acres. Whitfield Hall and a town called Whitfield existed at some point. “Most of the names were John and Thomas; we thought that was really wild,” says John, the grandson of John Thomas. While it has been fun and interesting doing the searches, it has not been without frustrations, especially when they began searching closer to home. They wanted to find out if John had any kin still living in Tennessee, and who might know more about the train wreck. “We were extreme novices,” says John. “We can find dead peoJohn Thomas Whitfield, the grandfather of Gallatin’s John ple down there in Tennessee, but Whitfield (shown lower right), is shown in the top row at left in the we can’t find anybody alive.” group photo below (wearing a dark shirt). It’s vexing that they can’t find his great-grandfather’s gravesite. Shown at right is the Nashville Union Station. His name was Andrew Willis McHenry Whitfield. He was born in Rutherford County, TN, and had three wives. They think the family is buried on a farm somewhere. “We had good luck with census information, but 1890 is missing,” John says. “There was a fire or something. We lose them after that.” They have managed to find out quite a bit about his grandfather, John Thomas, the one killed in the wreck. John Thomas was born and raised in mid-eastern Tennessee. He was a blacksmith and followed the railroad through Tennessee, Kansas and Colorado John Thomas met his wife, Ida Mae Hawkins, in La Junta, CO. He was blacksmith for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Ida Mae was a waitress in town. By 1910 John Thomas had moved to Wellington, KS, still working for the same railroad. By 1914, he wound up in Paducah,

and were mostly just exploring. They found John’s grandfather’s gravesite. They were walking to a memorial at the site of the train wreck when they had a stroke of luck. “This lady happened on us and started visiting,” John says. “She turned out to be a wealth of information.” The lady was Betsy Thorpe. She has written a book about the train wreck called “The Day the Whistles Cried: The Great Cornfield Meet at Dutchman’s Curve.” It was through Betsy Thorpe that they found out about a get-together, the first one ever held, that was planned for the next year, 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the train wreck. All the relatives of the train wreck victims were invited. So, this year the Whitfields took their second vacation to Tennessee to participate in the 100th year memorial celebration of the famous train wreck. It was a trip full of surprising and helpful coincidences.

On Friday, July 6, they met Bessie Thorpe. That evening they had dinner and watched a movie which interviewed Ms. Thorpe and other historians of the wreck. On Saturday, they followed a walkway made from an old railroad bed and met the rest of the survivors at the site of the wreck. That afternoon John and Pam went sightseeing. They took off down Whitfield Hollow Road, which was in Readyville, TN, southeast of Murfreesburough, and explored the beautiful country up in the mountains. On Sunday, a funeral service was held for the engi-

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neer of Train No. 4, the one John’s grandfather had been a passenger on. The engineer was David Kennedy. “They blamed him for the wreck at the time and “Shelter from the Storm,” a Judgment House drama, didn’t give him a proper Catholic burial,” says John. will be presented at First Baptist Church of Cameron from “They just put him in his grave with nobody there.McATEE's So MAYTAG.qxp_McATEE's MAYTAG 9/4/18 10:26 AM Page 25 4-9 p.m. on Oct. 21-27-28, and from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 24. Sunday we had a proper burial for him.” On Monday at 7:20 a.m., the time of the wreck 100 The audience will walk through the drama in tour groups years before, a memorial service was held on the bridge of 25 individuals. A new tour begins every 20 minutes. It over the site of the wreck. “The old White Bridge was takes one hour and 15 minutes to walk through the entire Appointments Available still there and has been reconditioned,” John says. drama. The mayor of Nashville was in attendance at the memorial. John mentioned to him that he was on the board A donation of $2 is suggested and advanced reservaof aldermen at Gallatin and that there were four memtions are strongly suggested. Individual and group resbers on the board. Mayor David Briley laughed and told ervations are now being accepted and can be made by him to multiply that by about 10 for Nashville’s city calling the church office at 816-632-7251. First Baptist is council of 40 members. On Monday at noon, Pam and John took a tour of the located at 202 East Ford Street in Cameron. Nashville Union Station, which is now a luxury hotel. Channel 4, a television news show out of Nashville, was doing a spot about the train wreck and interviewed the great-grandson of the engineer, also called David Kennedy. John didn’t get interviewed, but heingot caught on (from Excavator, maybe a Viking Man the corner film, atlink leastbetween the top of his visual thehead. two businesses Monday evening, they traveled around to do more family research and to look for a family history book in the libraries. A librarian in Carthage suggested they get hold of John Wagner, the county historian in charge of the county archives. They found out they were distant relatives of John Wagner’s through Henry Whitfield who married Era Lee Wilkerson. Era Lee was his third wife. John Wagner had Era Lee in his family tree. Owner Owner “He helped us find relatives we would otherwise never have found,” says John. “Some of them were buried in cemeteries no bigger than a big desk.” 660-973-0464 Septic Installs The next day, John Wagner took them to Granville 660-605-0665 and showed them where he thought the Whitfield old SPEEDS AVAILABLE: Maintenance and Pumping home place would be. It was back in the hills and woods. 1, 3, 6, 15 & 25 Mbps “We couldn’t get back there without chainsaws,” says Portable Toilet Rental John. “But we could see the tombstones from the road.” *Call for details 106 Waterworks Dr. & availability in your area! In the Thyatira Cemetery they found the grave of ImMissouri Licensed Installers Gallatin, MO maline Lyons Whitfield, John’s great-great-grandmoth2626 Oklahoma Ave., Trenton, MO er. “It was years since anybody had been to it,” John says. “We decorated it, probably for the first time in decades.”

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