2012 Annual Meeting

Lake Augusta Association Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Southside Township Hall

Meeting called to order at 10:00 a.m.
38 Members Present          

Introduction of Officers Present

President Mark Kampa, Vice President John Chell, Treasurer Roger Rauchendorfer, Roger Eckhoff, Kurt Krinke, Secretary Shawnmarie Fitzgerald, Greg Alberg and Dorothy Welch.

There was no review of 2012 minutes Annual Meeting minutes.

John Chell announced that his property was for sale and that there was an open house today, August 4. He also stated that he will not be retaining his board position after the sale of his property.

The Board Minutes were not read. Motion made to approve minutes, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

Treasurer’s Report was read by Roger Rauschendorfer. There is currently, $1,236.75 in checking, $6,861.20 in savings and $2,648.53 was dispersed.
More “No Wake” signs can be made if needed.
There was no treatment of milfoil as there was only sporadic plants on the south side and were considered non-problematic.
There is $878.28 in the Bog account and $13,726.23 in the Milfoil account.
 Milfoil – There was no treatment of milfoil this year. We need to change the Milfoil Treatment Plan to include more than just milfoil. A petition was passed among the members present to move forward with this issue. 25% of property owners are needed to sign the petition in order for it to pass.  As of now only milfoil can be treated with the money in the milfoil account. We need to change the name of the Milfoil Treatment Plan to Aquatic Invasive Species Treatment Plan. The money in the account can then be used to treat Curly Leaf Pondweed, Zebra Mussels or other invasive species. Curly Leaf Pondweed needs to be treated by professionals because it can only be treated at a certain temperature with different chemicals. A different permit is also required. A petition needs to be signed in order for the Watershed to change it. It will cost an estimated $3,000 - $4,000 to change the plan. The cost of the change will come out of the milfoil account which has $13,726.23 in it. The treatment of the milfoil in the past has allowed the coontail and lily pads to come back.

A question was asked if Silver Carp could be treated too if they appear in our lake. It was stated that it seemed unlikely that they would make it into Lake Augusta because of the 13’ dam at Stearns County Highway 75.

Motion made to approve petitioning for the treatment plan change, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

No Wake Issue – No action has been taken thus far. Approval is needed from Stearns County in order for Wright County to issue tickets. The “No Wake” signs which are currently up around the lake cannot legally be enforced. Wright County is currently debating the No Wake Issue. Wright County will decide on August 26 whether or not to adopt a No Wake from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day and/or a 150’ No Wake from the shoreline and/or a No Wake due to ordinary high water in which there is a 300’ from shore.
The CRWD can adopt it and have tickets issued if they decide to but as of yet, no decision has been made.
Roger Rausendorfer spoke with Water Patrol about the wake issue and found out that it is a Minnesota Statute that states that homeowners cannot be restricted from pulling a tuber or skier by boat or jet ski to or from their dock/property. On weekends and holidays a spotter is needed when pulling a tube or skier. During the week a mirror is okay to use. The best way to deal with the issue of wakes is to “self patrol” by talking with your neighbors about your concerns and to talk with your guests who are using the lake about courtesy on the water.

The main concern of wakes is that they cause property damage and wash nutrients back into the lake.

Chara, the mossy green looking algae, can be treated with granulated copper sulfate. Once you get a permit from the DNR, which costs $4.00, they will send you signage which needs to be posted in accordance with the DNR. An area of 50’ (shoreline) and 15’ deep out in the water, can be treated. If you don’t have 50’ of shoreline, then half of the distance can be treated. It only takes a couple of days for the copper sulfate to take effect. It will thin out the coontail a bit. The permit deadline was August 1st. Two applications are required. There are no known long term effects. You can be fined if you are caught treating without a permit. The blue green algae that can appear is deadly to animals.

A Motion was made to choose option B (from the newsletter), High Water Slow No-Wake Zone, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load – This is the amount of phosphorous which contributes to lake plant growths. Lake Augusta is currently below the set limits and will hopefully be removed from the Impaired Waters List.

A question was asked about leaving your boat motor on high idle to remove weeds. It is not illegal but a 200 hp motor can affect the lake bottom up to 15’ below the sediment bottom.

Another question was asked about how to get broken weeds and grass clippings removed from property shorelines. It was suggested to use a water rake.

A question was asked about the Purple Loose Strife Beetle. The insect larvae does damage to lake plants. It can lay eggs twice a year if conditions are right. The insect winters in bogs. Once they decimate the plants the larvae doesn’t change into beetles and will die off for a while.

Website – Shawnmarie explained the new website and navigation of it. The website can still be found by typing www.lakeaugusta.com It will automatically redirect to www.lakeaugusta.mylaketown.com

Navigation Menu

About Us
Board of Directors with names, addresses, emails and phone numbers
Mission Statement
Meeting Minutes - Board and Annual Meeting minutes as well as past minutes

Lake Issues (Information pertaining to our lake)
Wake Ordinance
Boating Safety

Events Calendar
A calendar with upcoming lake events
Please email Roger or Mark to see if your event should be included

Image Gallery
An album of images from around the lake (please email to Shawnmarie put “Lake Augusta” in the subject line)

Post your classified items here for free

Business Listings
Local businesses are able to purchase an ad here. For more information contact Shawnmarie and she will get you to the right person for advertising.

Discuss topics which concern our lake

Community links
Getting Started - videos on how to navigate the website as well as how to work with your profile

Eventually we will be able to collect dues online

Find Members at the top of the page next to login - Send an association friend a request

Dredging of the North East Bay was approved by the DNR but until it is figured out how it will be paid for, it is on hold. $2,000 will be paid out by the Lake Association as a partial match of funds.

There was consideration for geese control. A shoreline buffer will help the shorelines with short cut grass which the geese seem to flock to. Getting a goose permit or a dog were two other suggestions.

A question was asked as to whether or not there is a way to restrict tournaments on Lake Augusta. Unfortunately there is no way to do this. The DNR has set rules for tournaments. Minnesota statute requires tournaments to obtain a permit from the sheriff of the county where the event is to originate.

Door Prize – Gary Stigen won the $50 door prize to J&J Marine, donated by J&J Marine.

Motion was made to adjourn, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

Meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m., August 4, 2012


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