The Jackson Lake Association general meeting was held on Friday, May 17, 2019, at the FFA/FCCLA dining hall, with around 130 in attendance.
President Vance Burgess called the meeting to order around 7:15 p.m.
After recognizing elected officials and military, he introduced new directors, Rhonda Smith (District 9) and Bill English (District 2). He also recognized Debra Laabs, who is retiring from Georgia Power after forty years of service.
Nick Ellis took the podium and announced the winners of the ‘Lake Life’ art contest. Art students in Butts, Newton, Henry and Jasper counties competed for middle school and high school prizes. The winning entries will be used on various JLA promotional materials. Nick and his wife, Tasia, coordinated this effort with local schools. Olivia Miller won first place for the Middle School award. Allison Aguiliara won first place for the High School award.
The dinner speaker was Adam McGinnis, of Southern Edge Realty in Monticello. Adam has been involved in the development of “The Peninsula at Jackson Lake” since the prior owners of the property approached him for advice on the best means of selling the large tract of land. The property was previously owned by seven individual family members before being sold to Premier, the development company for The Peninsula. The development will include a clubhouse, a saltwater pool and a common boat slip.
McGinnis said that the property includes 114 lots, with 77 being waterfront. Some of the lots are not dockable. Eighty-two of the lots have been sold at prices ranging from $14,900 to $249,000. According to McGinnis, many of the sales were to local, cash buyers.
McGinnis said that he will have exclusive rights to sell any remainder unsold lots and said that other agents with interested clients should contact him.
Jared Godin provided an update on the debris removal systems. The first litter trap is out for bids by DeKalb County and a location has been identified for the second installation, which is visible from the bridge on Hwy. 81. The second installation will be engineered locally.
Jared also provided an update on upcoming events, including paddling events, Ice Cream Giveaway and the Poker Run. He announced that JLA will sponsor a professionally run fireworks display on July 6th, along with the boat parade. It will be held at the Georgia Power Dam.
Committee updates included a trash and water quality update from Smitty Smith, a finance committee update from Vance Burgess, and a scholarship update from Ken White.
After awarding door prizes, the meeting was adjourned.