1 billion years ago The oldest rocks in the Blue Ridge Mountains were created as magma deep within the earth’s crust moved upward. Over eons it cooled, fractured, and was joined by younger metamorphic rocks formed from sedimentary deposits.
6,000 BC Native Americans seasonally visit the area to hunt, and gather nuts, berries, and material for stone tools.
1700 AD Europeans pioneers first  arrive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Over the next century, hunters and trappers move into the lower hollows near springs and streams.
1800-1860 Homesteaders begin building mills and stores, plant orchards and crops, log and mine the mountains. The Long family acquires a large tract of land comprising most of the Naked Creek watershed. It passes through four generations, during which time the family builds a log cabin that remains standing today, clears the land for pasture and grazes several hundred head of beef cattle in the hollow, driving them down the mountain to market each fall. The first of two hotels is built on Tanners Ridge, this one northeast of the development, and a mission is constructed nearby.
9/9/1870 Page County experiences the worst flood in its recorded history. The Shenandoah River crests at 30 feet.
1886 Entrepreneur George Freeman Pollock inspects a tract of more than five thousand acres of mining land around Stony Man Mountain at Swift Run Gap owned by his father and several business partners.
1887 Pollock establishes the Stoneyman Park Preserve, a rustic vacation resort, after his father’s mines fail. He later renames it Skyland.
1900 Resort owners join the campaign for a National Park on the Blue Ridge. Pollock becomes a driving force in the park effort.
1920 Chestnut blight begins decimating the Blue Ridge forests of American Chestnut trees that comprise up to 25 percent of the forest. Many residents dependent on the trees for their livelihood move down into the valleys.
1924 The Secretary of the Interior appoints the Southern Appalachian National Park Commission, which evaluates potential park sites in the Southern Highlands. Tourism entrepreneurs convince the Commonwealth of Virginia to begin buying 176,429 acres on over 3,000 individual tracts in the Blue Ridge Mountains while they campaign for the establishment of a Blue Ridge National Park. Nearly 40 percent of the future park land is owned by only fourteen families and companies, including the Long and Graves families. The Long family agrees to sell the Commonwealth a large tract of land on the east side of the Blue Ridge, provided the Naked Creek tract will remain privately held.
1924 The Panorama opens at Thorton Gap.
1925 The adult American Chestnut is virtually extinct.
1926 President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill authorizing the establishment of Shenandoah National Park, but authorizes no funding to obtain the land. The State continues to buy land for the park.
1928 Park supporters near their goal of acquiring a contiguous tract of land large enough to satisfy the SNP authorization bill, but are frustrated by landowners who won’t sell and squatters who refuse to move. Virginia Governor Harry Byrd and Virginia State Commission on Conservation and Development chairman William Carson persuade the state legislature to pass the Public Park Condemnation Act, granting eminent domain to purchase of all land at fair market agricultural value. The Commonwealth condemns what property remains within the slated park boundaries. Price paid range from $1 to $131 per acre, with an average payment of $12.50 an acre.
1929 Carson convinces President Herbert Hoover to purchase 164 acres on the Rapidan River within the slated park boundary, at $5 per acre, for the site of his “Summer White House.”
1930 The worst drought in Virginia history gives Carson and Hoover an opportunity to hire out-of-work farm laborers to build a paved road to Camp Rapidan. Hoover backs a bill allowing Federal drought-relief funds to be used to pay the wages. This will becomes the first segment of Skyline Drive, linking Panorama to Skyland and ensuring the eventual establishment of the park. Virginia wins a Supreme Court suit challenging the constitutionality of its blanket condemnation law. It takes title to the remaining confiscated land, and begins forcing land sales.
1932 To ensure that the eviction process is not abandoned, Pollock gets unscientific “studies” published in newspapers, painting the local communities as isolated and primitive, and builds public support for displacing the local inhabitants by characterizing relocation as humanitarian assistance.
1933 The Civilian Conservation Corps joins in the construction of Skyline Drive.
1934 NPS Director Arno Cammerer announces that the Federal government will not accept land for the park from the State until all the residents have departed the area, but allows forty-three families to remain on their land, rent free, after selling their property to the state. The last to die is Annie Lee Bradley Shenk in 1979 at age 92. For the remaining residents and tenants, the Interior Department establishes the first of six homestead sites for resettlement of 500 displaced families on 343 acres just east of Stanley, at Ida Valley Farms. The program will also provide low-interest loans to purchase 2 to 5 acre tracts in these Government-created communities.
1935 The residents who remain in the park are forced out by the authorities. Their homes are quickly demolished as part of the effort to speed the land’s return to a natural state, and to ensure that residents do not return. Tenants make up more than half the population, and they receive no compensation. In one case, sheriffs forcibly evict tenant Walker Jenkins and his family from their Big Meadows home, tearing down the house in the process. For many, this seemed an echo of the burning of every barn in the Shenandoah Valley during General Sheridan’s 1864 Valley Campaign. Once they are evicted, Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes accepts title to the land from the Commonwealth of Virginia once he is satisfied that the park will be cleared of remaining residents. The CCC begins to build visitor facilities, roads and trails.
1937 The first of 172 families are moved into homesteads with assistance from the CCC. The small size of the homestead sites forces the resettled farmers to work in local agricultural or industrial enterprises. Those who are not eligible for the loans become tenants of State welfare agencies. In most cases, the rent they pay in a few months is more than what they had been compensated for parcels of land larger than the ones they now rent. The remaining families are resettled within a year.
1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates Shenandoah National Park.
1939 The CCC completes Skyline Drive.
1942 The CCC completes the Appalachian Trail.
1968 Price-Radin Associates, Inc. (PRA), a partnership of Martin Price and Arthur Radin, and Suzanne Price purchase the 490-acre Long brothers’ tract. They hire Bartenstein & Associates of Warrenton to survey, plat and subdivide the parcel, and Kibler Construction to build 11 miles of narrow, rudimentary roads at a cost of $70,000, according to Price. There are steep drop-offs on Lakeview Drive next to “borrow pits” with no guardrails, and dangerous, narrow switchbacks on the “Low Road” (Park Heights to High Hill) and on Park Line from Twin Creeks to Pond Heights. The road system includes several loop roads, and roads that change names at intersections, making navigation difficult.PRA files a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  subdivision report and Declaration and Plats, establishing the Skyline Lakes subdivision of some 500 lots designated as “camping only” lots, “building only” lots, or mixed use lots. Through further subdividing, there will eventually be 526 lots. Price has similar developments throughout the region.
1969 PRA opens the subdivision for occupancy and begins advertising lots for sale in Skyline Lakes, promising “Private Sand-beach Mountain Lakes, Excellent State Road Access to Mountain Top, All Weather Roads Maintained, Central Water Supply, Electric and Underground Telephone, Modern Restroom Facilities with Hot Water and Showers, No Dues, No Fees.” Lot prices begin at $1,450 an acre, and go up to $1,795 an acre for view lots. Camping lots sell for $300. Adjusted for inflation to 2007 dollars, the advertised 1968 price range would be $8,640 to $10,695 an acre.However, PRA soon runs into problems. Price claims that 94 percent of the development lots have been sold, but the promised two lakes and bathhouse have yet to be constructed. Price now promises the first lake and restroom by mid-May, beginning a long pattern of failed promises. Over the next eight years Price will change address five times and establish a number of shell companies such as First American Land Corporation (maintenance), Skyline Lakes Associates (water service), Holiday Homes, Inc. (construction), First American Group of Companies (holding) and L and L, Incorporated (land sales), which is later succeeded by Lanier-Hornung Companies. Within a year, In order to raise money, Price sells lots for under $700 an acre.After many complaints from owners, PRA begins construction of the bathhouse, installs a chain and combination lock at the front entrance, and drills the first development well on lot A-14. PRA also completes construction of “Lake Skyline” (AKA ‘Cabin’ lake, ‘small’ lake, ‘old’ lake or ‘upper’ lake) and the floodgate is closed. The dam has not been properly engineered and exceeds allowable regulations, so as it fills it encroaches on neighboring lots. The dam is composed of substandard material, is never seeded for grass and soon begins to show signs of seepage. Price promises to stock Lake Skyline and construct the second lake in the fall.
1970/03/27 Price-Radin is having problems delivering the promised central water system, and instead offers individual wells or water delivered to individual cisterns, all at the owners’ expense.
1970/04/05 Price-Radin completes the bathhouse. For a brief period, it has hot water, but the wood floor and roof soon require repairs. The plumbing is disconnected in the fall to prevent freezing.
1970/09/22 Naked Creek floods and washes the access road and the sand beach into Lake Skyline. Price promises to repair the road and then begin work on the second lake.
1971/04/12 Edward (Ed) Glick organizes Skyline Lakes Property-holders Association (SLPA) as a voluntary membership organization.
1971/05/19 Price-Radin drains Lake Skyline in order to dredge the silting from the flooding and to repair the spillway.
1971/05/19 Price-Radin replaces the front gate padlock again, and hires SLPA member Maj. Alvin Snyder for 16 hours a week to perform daily security patrols. He informs owners of plans to close off the secondary entrances at the Breeden and Meadows properties (end of Mountain Spring Road and Lakeview Drive at west boundary, and to restrict discharge of firearms to deer-hunting season.
1971/05/29 SLPA hold its first meeting, electing three officers plus an Executive Committee of six members.
1972 Most owners have now provided their own water, with wells ranging from 75 to 632 feet deep. The mean well depth is 213 feet.
1972/02/18 Snowstorm dumps two feet on snow on development. One resident is snowed in for four days.
1972/03/31 Development has 21 “occupied” homes.
1972/06/25 Hurricane Agnes drops a foot of rain on the mountain over five days, causing the fourth worst flood in Page County recorded history. Shenandoah crests at 21 feet.
1972/06/25 The runoff from Hurricane Agnes exceeds the capacity of Lake Skyline’s primary spillway. Water rises to the auxiliary spillway on the south end of the dam crest and the lateral movement of water rushing into the spillway scours out part of the dam.
1972/07/26 Glick informs Price-Radin that the road leading to Lake Skyline had been completely destroyed, the lake is filling with sediment, and a large section has been gouged out of the rear of the dam, He expresses concern that a large downpour will destroy the entire dam.
1972/08/11 HUD charges Price-Radin with 20 violations regarding the Property Report and Statement of Record the Developer had filed on Skyline Lakes. The proceedings are eventually dismissed when Price agrees to amend the filing.
1972/09/09 SLPA decides to take legal action against the Price-Radin firm, to compel the developer to fulfill the terms of sales contracts, including the commitment to provide surveillance, construct the second lake and stock Lake Skyline, install a locked chain at entrance, close off the other two entrances, create sand beaches, provide trash removal, improve the restroom, install concrete headers at Twin Creeks, install a year-round central water supply system, and maintain the gravel roads for all weather. Many lots have been sold, and some 21 dwellings have been constructed in the development, but Price has not
1972/10/01 Lake Skyline is first stocked with bass and catfish.
1972/10/05 Price-Radin creates the second pond, which is intended to be smaller than Lake Skyline (thus the name “Little Lake Meadows”) but it is not properly engineered and ends up encroaching on the neighboring lots, resulting in a surface area nearly twice the size of Lake Skyline. However, it is better constructed, and has the same amenities as the first pond. The new pond is alternately referred to as the “lower,” “new,” “second,” “big” and “Beaver” lake.
1972/12/05 SLPA initiates legal action against Price.
1973 The steep hills on either side of Twin Creeks are referred to by the names of the nearest property owners. The north slope (Irons Hill) after Cecile and Getsel Irons, and the south slope (Glick’s Hill) for Edward and Florence Glick.
1973/03/05 Numerous requests from SLPA Maintenance Manager Gerald Hilty and other members to Price-Radin shadow maintenance company First American Land Corporation for repairs to the dam and roads are not satisfied. Year-round access is possible only with four-wheel drive vehicles. Hilty also urges installation of wood guard rails.
1973/07/18 Court issues Consent Decree, ordering Price-Radin to provide all-weather roads, a central water supply, year-round water service, sand beaches, and trash collection. Additional consent decrees will be issued through 1974.
1973/09 Price-Radin installs concrete headers at Twin Creeks
1973/10/25 Price-Radin places sand on shores of both ponds to meet “beach” requirement.
1973/11/09 Price-Radin promises not act on his threat to have the development rezoned as a wildlife sanctuary as a means of eliminating problems with poachers, road hunters and unsafe target practice.
1973/12/15 Development is buried under three feet of snow. Two families are snowed in for a week.
1974/01/21 Sand beach is eroding from Lake Meadows, but the retaining boards are holding the sand at Lake Skyline
1974/01/21 Glick reports that Meadows dam is holding up well, but is not optimistic about Lake Skyline
1974/07/01 Price-Radin proposes cisterns and water deliver rather than the promised centralized water delivery system
1974/09/08 Getsel Irons coordinates purchase and installation of first road signs.
1974/11 Price-Radin installs heaters in bathhouse
1975/01/13 Glick reports that Lake Skyline dam shows definite indications that it might collapse given heavy rains.
1975/03 Hilty notes that Price-Radin has still not repaired erosion damage from Agnes to Lake Skyline dam, raising concerns that it will fail altogether.
1975/05/06 Price-Radin begins marketing foreclosed lots for resale.
1975/05/20 The lock on the chain at the entrance has become a divisive issue in the development.
1975/08/30 SLPA decides to take legal action to enforce the 1973 consent decree.
1976 V. Folts establishes community “library”
1976 Virginia Land Reform Act
1976/02/19 Washington Star reports FALC could go bankrupt
1976/04/12 Price-Radin places loads of sand by both ponds. This is the first attempt to create a “sand beach” on the second pond. The sand quickly dissipates.
1976/05/29 Members approve construction of pavilion in principle, pending funding.
1975 Glick spearheads a ten-year campaign to get Tanners Ridge (Virginia Route 682) paved.
1976/09/11 Price-Radin agrees to provide land for the Association to use to construct a 24’ x 48’ pavilion next to the bathhouse.
1977 SLPA amends the Bylaws, increasing the Executive Committee from 8 to 12 members.
1977/02/17 Babst proposes to exchange the rights, burdens and duties under the restrictive covenants in exchange for a fee simple title of all parcels and easements owned by the development. The Association attorney recommends against this proposal.
1977/05/10 Price-Radin gives up on beaches and installs decks on each pond.
1977/05/28 Executive Committee earmarks some funds to begin as reserve fund for a pavilion
1977/05/28 Invasive carp are discovered in Lake Meadows.
1977/08/13 Executive Committee considers purchasing lot C-60 next to the bathhouse as a site to construct a pavilion or meeting hall.
1977/10/28 SLPA initiates new legal action against Price. The contempt hearings will continue through early 1979.
1977/11/17 Virginia State Highway Department announces plans to improve Tanners Ridge Road.
1978 Virginia Subdivided Land Sales Act
1978/05/27 SLPA members adopt ‘standby’ Articles of Incorporation until they can be filed.
1978/07 HUD is investigating Price-Radin and some 31 developments they own, including Roundhead and Battle Creek.
1979 There are 57 homes in the subdivision.
1979/01/30 Ellis Construction estimates that the cost of making all the roads adequate is $30,000.
1979/07/25 The Association offers to drop litigation in exchange for transferring title to the Common Areas.
1979/11/01 Price-Radin sells 28 lots, including three common area lots, to L and L Management Company (L&L) for $10.
1980 SLPA is mapped via satellite imagery. (Who has the photo?)
1980/05/15 SLPA is incorporated as a Virginia non-stock corporation, and the Association files Articles of Incorporation and amends the Bylaws. There is now a 12-member Board of Directors.
1981/02/25 Board posts speed limit signs and announces 15 mph policy in newsletter.
1981/07 Maintenance Committee considers renovating bathhouse, but recommends abandonment of the Bathhouse, as there are only two regular users. Board defers action.
1981/07 Maintenance Committee has Owen Bailey build a new road to Lake Skyline.
1981/10/10 Board authorizes bulletin board.
1982/06 Articles and Bylaws amended
1982/07 Board purchases forestry trimmer at cost of $400.
1982/07 SLPA wins lawsuit against Price-Radin. Judgment is executed by conveying subdivision from Price to SLPA.
1982/07/31 L&L Inc. grants title to well on lot F-67 and right-of-way to the well to SLPA.
1982/07/31 Board decides to lock chain across entrance at night.
1983/10/03 Board approves hunting policy, which includes requirement that guests be attended.
1983/10/04 Standards committee reviews covenants and considers new housing standards.
1983/9/16 SLPA Facilities Manager Raimon Lehman and SLPA Director William Darrow drain Lake Meadows to remove invasive carp. Using 250 feet of 4” diameter drain tile to siphon the water, it takes several weekends, draining around the clock.
1984 Lehman and Darrough speak with two engineers, who recommend hiring a civil engineer to redesign the Lake Skyline dam. Lehman and Folts inquire into buying adjacent lots for soil to repair the dam, and find that lots B57 and B59 are available.
1984/03/17 Lehman has the dam and spillway of Lake Meadows repaired after damage by heavy rains, at a cost of a few hundred dollars.
1984/06/02 L&L grants a Quit Claim deed to the Association, conveying all the common areas originally set aside by the developer
1984/06/07 Lehman restocks the lake with 900 bass, bluegill and catfish
1984/07/14 Lehman reports that Lake Meadows is full again, but the drain valve is leaking, and he plans to investigate installing a second valve on the outlet end. Gerald Schuldt repairs the shut-off valve.
1985/01/21 SLPA attorney Price advises the Board that “if limited funds are available, you should establish a logical system, of priorities and adhere to it. On the basis of priority, I should think that snow removal necessary to permit ingress and egress for permanent residents within the subdivision would be a high priority. Beyond that, I would consider snow removal a low priority compared to other necessary maintenance.”
1985/01/26 Board abandons efforts to restrict hunting in the Development.
1985/03/23 Lehman and Darrough publish Building and Property Guidelines Handbook
1985/05/11 Lehman reports that there is a “sizable area” washed out on the back of the dam since Hurricane Agnes.
1985/07/20 Board adopts policy allowing members who have installed gates across cul de sac roads, on which they own all lots adjacent to the restricted portion, to keep the gates in place, provided they are not locked outside of the hunting season.
1985/08/18 Board convenes a special meeting to rescind their policy of locking the gate at night when Breeden’s attorney asks them to reconsider the policy or issue keys to all members.
1985/09/02 Consensus of the General Membership is to leave the gate open year round.
1985/10/10 Hurricane Gloria, followed by tropical storm Isabelle, dumps 10 inches of rain. Flooding completely washes out the access road to Lake Skyline, burying the dock, silting the pond, and gouging out the dam around the auxiliary spillway located on the crest at the left (south) end of the dam.
1985/11/06 Hurricane Juan causes third worst flood in Page County recorded history. Shenandoah crests at 27 feet.
1985/11/21 Development has 75 dwellings; six are occupied on a year-round basis.
1985/11/23 Foster receives a letter from Page County Administrator Goode, written at the direction of the Board of Supervisors, inquiring about the dams in the Development, after the Supervisors receive an inspection report from the state Water Control Board. The WCB finds that the upper dam has continued to erode and must be repaired, and recommends that an engineer be hired to ensure the safety of the dams. The Board replies to Goode, assuring him that the Association is applying for Federal Relief Funds, although no such application is ever filed.
1986/07/19 Lehman unearths and repairs the dock at Lake Skyline.
1986/09/06 Foster receives another letter from Goode inquiring about the dam, and reports the state of the dam at the General Membership meeting, where the members present call for the lake to be drained immediately. Lehman drains Lake Skyline that day.
1986/12/13 Lehman receives estimates of $5,000 to $10,000 to repair Lake Skyline dam, excavate the silted-in lake bottom and replace the spillway. Although the lake has been drained, water is still seeping from the downstream slope, which is covered with cattails, indicating that there may be a spring within the dam.
1987/06/06 Lehman gets new quotes to simply fill the gap in the dam, ranging from $3,000 to $5,000.
1987/06/17 Board decides to request donations to pay for the repairs, and, that failing, to go with the cheaper repair.
1987/10 The Lake Skyline drain gate is damaged, so water collects with every heavy rain. Contractors make two attempts to work on the dam, but each time a sudden rainstorm creates pools that prevent work. The work is rescheduled for the next summer.
1988/08 Lehman contracts Max Smeltzer to repair the Lake Skyline dam. The work requires two pieces of heavy equipment for one week. They are financially constrained, so they borrow soil from the road bank on S. Lakeview Drive to fill in breach. They relocate the emergency spillway from the left side to the right side. Lehman and Darrow construct a new drain system, comprised of a slide gate valve on a worm gear, a 24’ control tower supporting the gear shaft and a turn wheel about six feet higher than the top of the shaft spillway. They shut the gate and allow the lake to refill. The cost of repair is $3,700.
1988/11/19 Opper recommends the Board issue Policy memoranda to members, and draft roads maintenance policy. but the Board takes no action
1988? Virginia State Highway construction inspectors determine that new paving on Tanners Ridge Road is substandard, and order it repaved. A VDOT representative offers to transport and spread the waste asphalt in Skyline Lakes. The Board Declines the offer. (Is this accurate? Is the date correct?)
1989 Tanners Ridge paving is completed.
1989 Virginia Property Owners Association Act
1989/03/18 Lake Skyline is full again and restocked.
1989/06/03 Lower Lake Dock must be rebuilt
1989/06/03 Board orders 20 MPH speed limit signs
1989/07/01 Virginia Property Owner’s Association Act (VPOAA) is passed, but SLPA is exempt because membership is not mandatory
1990/07/30 A gate committee, led by Glick, urges installation of an entrance gate, but Faubion reports that SLPA legal counsel advises against a gate, citing uncertainty of legal authority to do so.
1994/03 Skyline Lakes gets 74 inches of snow over the winter.
1994/07/30 SLPA amends its Declarations, Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws to remove some restrictions on owners and conform to, and incorporate, VPOAA
1995/03 Cliff Opper notes Ailanthus invasion.
1995/10 Board authorizes $5,000 of reserve funds to purchase a mower with sickle bar.
1995/10 Security budget is $2,650; additional $5,500 of reserve funds is budgeted for an entrance security gate.
1996/01/08 Three-day Nor’easter dumps 47” of snow on the Development. Residents can only be reached on horseback. Snow removal efforts cost nearly $6,000.
1996/01/10 Melting of the snow in a 24-hour period causes flooding that exceeds the drainage capacity of the roads and Lake Skyline. Floodwater erodes and breaches the dam around the auxiliary spillway, much as in 1985. The breach is about 10 feet deep.
1996/01/16 Residents of Weaver Hollow, located downstream of Lake Skyline, file complaints with Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Dam Safety Program regarding problems caused by the large amount of runoff, which might have been exacerbated by the sudden release of impounded water during the dam breach.
1996/01/20 Dam Safety Program officials, accompanied by Town of Stanley Fire Chief Terry Petit, make a field visit to Lake Skyline and Lake Meadows to investigate the dams for safety. They also visit Weaver Hollow.
1996/01/22 Dam Safety Program officials file a Dam Safety Assessment with recommendations for correction of dam deficiencies. The 3-page report concludes: “The Lower Dam presents no imminent danger. However, the Cabin Dam presents an imminent danger due to undermining integrity of the embankment structure as long as the dam continues to impound water at or near its current level of overtopping its crest. It could fail on either a sunny or a rainy day, therefore the reservoir needs to be drained immediately to alleviate the threat of dam failure. The alternatives of improving the dam’s safety include implementing rehabilitation of the dam on the basis of appropriate standards or breaching it at a weak portion of the embankment.”
1996/01/24 The Page County Board of Supervisors directs Lee to drawdown the reservoir immediately until it can be repaired. Lee reaches Delmer Breeden after dark, but Breeden uses an inflatable boat to reach the floodgate wheel and standing in the boat, opens the gate. The lake drains. Lee circulates the Dam Safety Report to Directors.
1996/03/30 Lee and Lehman meet with an engineer who specializes in the construction and repair of dams. Lee reports that the engineer assures them the dam poses no threat to the residents of Weaver Hollow. Lehman reports that the engineer advises that the dam should be taken down and rebuilt with a clay core, and the auxiliary spillway should be routed around the dam instead of over it.
1996/05/18 The Board approves a proposal from Gate Committee chair Glick to erect a security gate at the Development entrance, authorizing $5,500.
1996/07/13 The Board authorizes $5,700 payment for the gate, but assures the membership that it will not increase the maintenance assessment for the following year.
1996/07/13 Based on advice from counsel, Board notifies members who have installed dead end gates that they must be removed.
1996/09/06 Hurricane Fran drops 15 inches of rain, causing the second worst flood in Page County recorded history. The Shenandoah crests at over 27 feet, causing significant damage to much of the County, including SLPA Common Areas. Page is declared a Federal Disaster Area. The Lake Skyline floodgate is at capacity and rising water levels further erode the dam, bringing it down another ten feet. The access road is washed out again, the lake bed is silted in again and the dock is buries again. The annual membership meeting is postponed.
1996/10/12 This is the first Board meeting after Fran. While $24,000 was budgeted for 1996, actual expenses are twice that, including $10,000 for the entrance gate, $13,000 for road repairs and $26,000 in operational expenses. The reserve funds are depleted, but assessments are not increased.
1996/10/12 Board funds another $2,000 for the completion of the gate, for a total of $10,000, although incidental costs (repairs, cards, remotes, electricity and phone) over the next decade will ultimately double that cost.
1997/01 Erosion of the Lake Skyline dam has continued until the breach reaches the toe, and the dam no longer impounds water, satisfying Dam Safety requirements. Preventative maintenance is no longer possible.
1997/06 Page County installs new road signs in Development.
1998/02/06 Three days of El Nino rain, sleet and snow topple hundreds of trees and leave the Development without power for three days. Fallen trees and deep snow require tree crews and plows to inch their way forward together. Removal costs are $3,500.
1998/04 SLPA has a civil engineer who specializes in dam design inspect the Lake Skyline dam. He estimates that the replacement cost is between $15,000 and $20,000 ($19,000-25,000 in 2007 dollars).
1998/04/25 Project Team Lead Burns uses a hydraulic breaker to reduce the height of rocks protruding from the roadbed on Cliff Heights, Irons Hill and Cherry Tree, at a cost of $182.
1998/07/11 SLPA member Clark Comer offers to pave from entrance to his lots near Petes’s Place.
1999/04 Facilities Manager Jayne organizes removal of trees growing on Bathhouse drain field.
1999/05 Allegheny Power clears easements under power lines.
1999/06 Rural Neighborhood Watch program is implemented by Floyd Frazier and Delmer Breeden.
1999/07 Facilities Manager Jayne organizes volunteer renovation of Bathhouse. Fraziers and Haycraft assist. Cost is $145, but electric bills for the bathhouse and pump are $600 a year.
1999/12 Board publishes in Skylines a reminder to members of the 15 mph speed limit policy in the development.
2000/02/07 Burns purchases “Snow Route” signs.
2000/02/20 Faculties Manager Jayne rents a tractor for the week at $1,000 to demonstrate that small equipment can be used to maintain the roads. The Board deems the experiment a success.
2000/03/25 Faculties Manager Jayne has Donelson install a second 30” culvert where naked creek passes under S. Lakeview Drive, across from the old cabin. Cost is $1,465.
2000/04 A 20-ton boulder rolls into Paris Road, blocking access.
2000/04/29 Jayne uses an electric breaker (jackhammer) to remove four rocks from the roads. Cost is $52.
2000/06 Board hires Sue Dawson to serve as accountant.
2000/07/17 SLPA purchases a used 8’ grader blade for $376.
2000/08/15 Project Team Lead Lee installs an entry sign and garden. Cost of sign is $600, mostly covered by donations.
2000/10/29 Largest fire on record in SNP consumes 24,000 acres of woodland on east side of ridge.
2001 Virginia state dam regulations are tightened.
2001/01 Faculties Manager Jayne removes the boulder blocking Paris Road.
2001/07/26 SLPA purchases a GPS device for $315.
2001/09 Declaration Amendment to allow sale of Common Areas fails to gain 2/3 membership vote.
2002/02/02 Facilities Manager Housden proposes reclaimed blacktop on Glick’s Hill.
2003/01/07 SLPA purchases a gravel and sand spreader for $3,200
2003/02/14 A Valentine’s Day blizzard dumps 36” of snow. Plows do not respond quickly enough, and snow quickly accumulates to the point where plows cannot push the snow off the roads. Front-end loaders must be brought in. Coupled with January snowstorms, the total snow removal costs are $8,000. The loaders also cause road damage.
2004/09/07 Hurricane Isabel dumps 9.5 inches of rain on the Development.
2004/09/11 Lehman reminds the members of the snow removal policy.
2004/10 Burns applies for and receives $21,000 of Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) Firewise Program Grants for widening the Twin Creeks intersection and the Lake Meadows cul-de-sac and installing culverts under the lake access road.
2004/12 Hallinan establishes Skyline Lakes web site.
2004/12 Board publishes the Snow Removal Policy in Skylines.
2005/02 Burns applies for and receives approval for the first of several Firewise grants for removal of brush (fuel reduction).
2005/03 The Twin Creeks Widening project and the Lake Meadows Access project are completed. Final costs are estimated to be $30,000, with the Association’s 20 percent share made through “in kind” contributions (labor).
2005/04 SLPA purchases a York rake for $700.
2005/04 SLPA volunteers cut and stack brush, and a Firewise grant pays for a chipping crew to remove the brush. The crew takes nine days, at an estimated cost of $5,000 paid by the Firewise grant.
2005/08 Burns creates a fire management plan that qualifies SLPA for Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) Firewise Community Status.
2005/10/25 Halloween ice storm. Freezing rain followed by 6” of snow weighs down trees still covered with leaves, dropping many and bowing others to the ground. Volunteers spend several days clearing the roads.
2006/02 Gate is damaged from forced entry and control cable is accidentally severed during spring grading operations. Estimated repairs are $2,200. Board decides to defer decision on repairing the gate until fall.
2006/04 Hallinan applies for and receives the second Firewise grant for removal of brush. SLPA volunteers cut and stack brush, and the grant pays for a chipping crew to remove the brush. The crew (Gordon Richards and Donny Good) takes five days, charging $5,000, which is reimbursed by the Firewise grant.
2006/11 Page County real estate appraisals increase by 400 to 700 percent when the Board of Assessors switches to a “lump sum” basis rather than per acre rate on unimproved land. The SLPA Board works with the Tax Equalization Board to have the appraisals reduced.
2006/11/22 Thanksgiving ice storm devastates the development. Ice is an inch thick, and topples or breaks off thousands of trees. Power and phone service is lost for several days.
2006? Board authorizes bulletin board.
2007/02 SLPA purchases a tractor with front-end loader and backhoe for $17,100.
2007/03/17 The Finance committee offers scenarios for financing and funding the lake restoration project. The options for repaying a $50,000 loan are a single $108 assessment, three annual $39 assessments, or five annual $25 assessments.
2007/08 SLPA purchases a dump truck for $2,500.
2008/01 SLPA purchases a wood chipper for $1,300.
2008/01 SLPA purchases a box scraper for $550.
2008/02 Board institutes a maintenance request log and progress-monitoring process.
2008/02/16 In a special membership meeting, Burns is removed from the Board by a 2-1 margin of 40 percent of eligible member votes.
2008/07 The board conducts a newsletter survey of members, requesting comment on lake restoration and other matters. Twenty percent respond. Most rank maintaining roads as the number 1 priority. Responses are evenly divided on supporting a special assessment to restore the lake.
2008/09 SLPA purchases a grader blade for $?.