A first-time commissioner, Terry Everhart also serves as an officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department lake enforcement unit. Everhart has been attending meetings regularly and reporting for his office about 15 years.
In fact Everhart, along with law enforcement from York County, Gaston County and wildlife agencies in both states, has been instrumental in creating many of the marine commission policies through the years. Everhart sees his new role as allowing him to have a little more active a role with more input.
The Steele Creek resident calls the lake home, and says he would attend meetings even if his job--and now his volunteer role--did not require it. His department is still working out the details of how much monthly reporting duties Everhart will retain, or whether another officer will step into that role.
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Everhart hopes to continue working toward improving the quality of life surrounding the lake, including people who do not live on the water.
Howard "Biff" Virkler
Virkler lists quite a few accomplishments on his resume before coming to marine commissioner, including memberships with the Lake Wylie and Charlotte chambers of commerce, co-owner of Commodore Yacht Club, chemical manufacturer with a factory on Steele Creek Road, Army officer, board member with Palisades Episcopal School and partner with several charitable groups. He also raised support for the U.S. National Whitewater Center just north of Lake Wylie.
Now he'll serve a little closer to home, with three decades living on the water at Boyds Cove.
Virkler has an idea or two of issues he might like to introduce, but mainly plans on waiting to see where the commission is going and then joining the effort.
Vernon Peers is a River Hills resident who also once lived in Tega Cay. An outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, canoeing and kayaking, Peers is concerned with water quality and the impact of silt caused by construction. He also hopes to help keep Lake Wylie clean by taking the standards of River Hills Marina and spreading them.
Peers has more than 30 years experience in the textile business, and until recently devoted his time to the Boy Scouts as his son was working toward Eagle Scout. After sending his son off to college in Kentucky last year, Peers plans to devote his volunteer hours to the lake, both in terms of water quality and safety.
A River Hills resident of 18 years, Wanless retired four years ago from engineering and became more involved in his condo association, where he currently serves as buildings chairman. Wanless read recent articles in the Lake Wylie Pilot on open positions with the marine commission when his interest piqued.
Building on or near the lake and runoff--including maintenance of sewer systems as well as new constructions--are concerns for Wanless, who wants to make sure as a commissioner that people impacting the lake are responsible with their actions.
The other main concern, Wanless said, is safety.
About the Lake Wyie Marine Commission
The Lake Wylie Marine Commission is made up of seven commissioners appointed by York County Council, Mecklenburg County Commission and Gaston County Commission. Each county has two commissioners with a third commission position rotating from county to county; this year being York County. Commissioners serve three- and four-year terms. The new Lake Wylie Marine Commission Executive Director is long-time commissioner Joe Stowe. Visit lakewyliemarinecommission.com for more information.
The next Lake Wylie Marine Commission will be held March 23 at Belmont City Hall, 115 N. Main St., Belmont.