Present were: Jon Hanson, Harlan Meints, Jim Teschendorf, Gordy Behm, Jerry Ebersviller, Tim Groshens, Ken Gutzwiller, Richard Phillips, Lisa Piotrowski, Colleen O’Leary. Not attending, Gordon Bloomquist, Elaine Sietsema. Also present was Josh Kavanagh of Ducks Unlimited. A quorum being present, the meeting proceeded.
Harlan introduced Mr Josh Kavanagh of Ducks Unlimited. After attending the most recent meeting of the TMDL, he felt that the folks at Ducks Unlimited had some good information for us to consider. Ducks Unlimited specializes in the management of shallow water lakes. They strive for better water quality and wildlife management through a “draw down” to control both internal and external nutrient loads. Josh indicated that DU could partner with the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District and DLARA in the management of Wheeler, Hubbard and Schultz Lakes to draw down the lakes and manage the vegetation for fewer nutrients, if a feasibility study showed to be a positive tactic. The DNR cannot be the primary on projects that involve lakes that have no public access, so Ducks Unlimited in this case fits well for the desired outcomes of this project. Since the TMDL study will show that a the pollutants from Hubbard Lake (5.5ft deep), Wheeler Lake (5 ft deep), and Schultz Lake (~8 ft deep) are the primary source of the Diamond Lake “impaired water” status, this is of great importance to our lake association. Any management of these lakes would require easements, permits, and approval of 70 75% of the 7 owners around these lakes. If these items look positive, a Phase 1 Feasibility Study could be requested. This study could not take place until after June 1, 2011 and would require a financial commitment of DLARA and possibility the Watershed District. After discussion, it was Moved by Jerry and 2nd by Tim to support the efforts of Ducks Unlimited and the Watershed District to initiate a Phase 1 Feasibility Study on the management of the internal and external nutrient loads on Hubbard, Wheeler, and Schultz Lakes. Motion passed.
The meeting returned to the scheduled agenda:
Minutes of the July 23 meeting were presented, and corrected to show that Gordon Bloomquist was not present. It was Moved by Jerry, 2nd by Lisa, to accept these minutes as corrected. Motion passed.
The Treasurer’s reported indicated that 213 persons had paid dues to this point. The ending balance, as of 23Sep10 of the checking account was $8144.89; the savings account $26777.04, CD’s $13672.49, cash on hand $35.00, for a total of $48629.42.
Motion by Ken, 2nd by Bob to accept the Treasurers Report. Motion passed.
Bills were presented as follows:
Ramsey press$270.52 Harlan Meints(mileage)$ 63.00
Moved by Richard, 2nd by Ken to accept and pay the above the bills. Motion passed.
Harlan reported that Tommy Swenson has still not cleaned up the brush pile, and probably would not get it done. The Association has held back $100 of payment. After discussion, it was decided that Harlan will contact some other local folks and see if they will accomplish this task.
Jim reported that the Fish Barrier will not be in place this year. He did write to Leroy Dahlke to ask for a current update on the project. To date, the DNR has paid $14000 and DLARA and the Watershed District have contributed an additional $14000. Mr. Dahlke responded that the survey was likely this fall, the design in the spring, and the work done in late summer or early fall of 2011. He indicated that the money would be moved into the 2012 fiscal year budget.
Jim also reported that the Fish Trap grant request has been dropped at this time, as it does not fit the criteria and would be very low on the long list.
Harlan has attended the KCLA meetings. That association is posting signs at the public accesses regarding the care to prevent Zebra muscles. They are also updating the yellow signs with the list of infected lakes. Invasive vegetative species is the most discussed topic. Each lake is to pay for their signs and brochures. Diamond Lake is “the” compliant lake in the association.
Harlan and Gordy Behm were recognized for their 5 years of participation in the Citizens Committee of the Watershed District. Congratulations and thank you to both from all! Green Lake hosted the meeting, the speaker was an ecologist. Harlan has a CD copy of the presentation if anyone wants to listen to it.
Richard will remind Waste Management of the need for trash containers at the access points. The bill will be sent directly to Jon. Motion is previous meeting to pay this bill.
Jim reported that he spoke with Joe Eisterhold of the New Ulm DNR regarding the timetable for requesting a Control of Invasive species grant. He reported that Joe said the PI survey on Diamond Lake is scheduled for early spring 2011. Jim is checking to see that since we are scheduled for this survey, if we are qualified as eligible to apply for the grant. He will keep updated through the winter.
No loon nests were put out this year. Lisa will talk to the Boy Scouts about helping to get them out and about building 2 additional ones. The Boy Scouts are currently storing them; however, there is space to store them in the shed at the park.
Tim reported that there are no state forms to be filed at this time. He will continue to monitor this.
Harlan gave a sewer project update. The trunk line is expected to be completed and tested this fall. Also expected to be complete, are the laterals. The company is about 3 weeks behind, partially because of the wet weather and partially because they need more crews. Ellington was told to get busy—the force main is still not complete. The grinders will be installed next year; homeowners will receive a letter ~ one week prior to grinder installation. There will be an option to have the line form the electric box to the grinder done by direct bore at a cost to the homeowner of $12 per foot! Perhaps a 3rd party will be less. If it is trenched, there is no cost.
TMDL –Harlan attended the meeting and the final outcome will be reported as above.
Homeowner Sewer Assessments—The meeting will take place at the end of the October. The rate of interest to be announced will be 4.68% for 20 years including the handling fee by the county.
The minutes should be updated on the website. Judy has not been heard from for about 2 to 3 months. In addition to not being current, some of the links do not work well. Jim will email her and follow up on the importance of keeping the website current.
The President will contact all board members by email in the spring to schedule the next meeting. There is a request that it not be the third Saturday of the month.
Moved by Richard, 2nd by Jerry to Adjourn. Motion passed.