WHEREAS, High Rock Lake in Davidson County is part of a four-lake system on the Yadkin River that generates hydroelectric power for Alcoa Power Generating, Inc.; and

WHEREAS, High Rock Lake contains many homes and businesses whose property tax value in Davidson County alone is over $200 million and said value is sustained by the economic activity created by the lake; and

WHEREAS, High Rock Lake is a tourist attraction for nationally-known fishing and water skiing events and plays and important role in enhancing the image of Davidson County as a good place to live, work and play; and

WHEREAS, the North Carolina Drought Monitoring Council designated the Piedmont Triad area in the worst classification of “exceptional” drought during Summer, 2002; and

WHEREAS, at their regular meeting held June 27, 2002, the Lexington Tourism Authority voted unanimously to support any efforts to help stabilize the water level of this important tourism asset; and

WHEREAS, on September 16, 2002 Alcoa Power Generating Inc., Yadkin Division (Yadkin) distributed an Initial Consultation Document (ICD) as the first step toward re-licensing in 2008 for the Yadkin Hydroelectric Project in accordance with the regulations of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and

WHEREAS, Yadkin is required to host joint meetings to discuss the information included in the ICD and the first meeting was held November 6, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center in Lexington ; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of the joint public meetings is to describe the Communications-Enhanced Three-Stage Relicensing Process, discuss and receive comments on the ICD, and to identify resource issues and interests to be addressed during the re-licensing; and

WHEREAS, all comments on the ICD and study requests are due to Yadkin within 60 days of the date of the last meeting or by January 12, 2003; and

WHREAS, numerous questions exist over Yadkin’s management of the lake system including lake levels in the midst of the drought, the recent suspension of operations at their Badin aluminum plant potentially costing 377 employees their jobs, and Yadkin’s continued generation of electric power being sold to customers elsewhere;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Davidson County Board of Commissioners hereby supports actions to stabilize the water level of High Rock Lake including seeking changes to Alcoa/APGI’s operating license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in order to protect this valuable natural and economic resource benefiting thousands of citizens and users for water supply, recreation, wildlife habitat, businesses, residential and tourism purposes.



ADOPTED ___________________________________




                                                                                    Cindy Aikens



                                                                                    Priscilla Hege



                                                                                    Billy Joe Kepley



                                                                                    Fred Sink



                                                                                    Don Truell



                                                                                    Max Walser



                                                                                    Sam Watford




Robert Hyatt-County Manager



            Stephen Holton-County Attorney