At its June 10 meeting the Lake Norman Marine Commission unanimously approved a revised budget for fiscal 2012-13 that reflects changes needed to deal with cost increases in its navigational aids program.The revised budget, which runs through June 30 and must be submitted to state officials before the 2013-14 budget can be approved, increased the amount budgeted for navigational aids and maintenance to $67,500.The commission’s total budget of $116,600 did not increase because of the additional costs, according to executive director Ron Shoultz. Instead, funding was shifted from other line items to cover the gap.“The bottom line is cash flow, and we’re in pretty good shape there,” Shoultz said.The navigational aids line item is the single largest expenditure in the annual budget for the marine commission, which gets most of its funding from the four counties that surround Lake Norman: Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg.In other business before the marine commission:• Four navigational aids – two bridge buoys at the N.C. 150 bridge and shoal markers near Bell Island and channel marker No. 18 – will be replaced within the next week, according to Aids To Navigation committee co-chairman Gus Gustafson.• The lake’s water level continues to stay at record levels because of recent showers, Duke Energy lake services manager Joe Kluttz reported. The water level in Lake Norman the afternoon of the marine commission’s meeting was at 98.97 feet, just 1.03 feet below full pond, according to Kluttz, and had actually been higher earlier in the day.• The commission unanimously approved moving the date of its next meeting to July 15 because of the July 4 holiday. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 15 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville.Boating safety classes• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13, Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius. $45 per person, $25 for each additional family member. Advance registration is required. www.usps.org/lakenorman or call 704-895-4994 or 704-846-2865.• 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 27, Kings Point Marina, 18020 Kings Point Drive, Cornelius. $45 per person. For information or to register for a class, call 704-663-5733, 704-663-3333 or 828-478-2507 or www.cgaux.org.• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17, Lake Norman Volunteer Fire Department, 1518 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. Cost: $45 per person, $25 for each additional family member. Advance registration is required. For information or to register, visit www.usps.org/lakenorman or call 704-895-4994 or 704-846-2865.T
Monday, Jun. 17, 2013
Marine commission steers budget to navigation aids
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