2015 August Board Meeting
2015 August Board Meeting
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Southside Township Hall
Meeting called to order at 9:05 a.m.
Members present: Jack Gleason, Roger Rauschendorfer, Roger Halford, Shawnmarie Fitzgerald, Gary Stigen, Liz Stigen, Joel Von Ende and Dorothy Welch. Not present Keith Sadowsky and Scott Niemann.
Border Lakes Agreement / High Water No Wake
The proposed agreement concerning High Water/No Wake is currently being worked on by the Wright County and Stearns County lawyers. Stearns County has sent the proposal to Wright County to approve. Once approved if the water is at the high water mark, the No Wake will take effect until the water is below that mark for three days. We will follow up every 30 days until this is resolved.
AIS – Aquatic Invasive Species
Keith has been working very hart to get all the necessary permits and grants for the treatment of AIS on our lake. We will be receiving a grant of $1500 from Stearns County, $700-$800 from Wright County and a grant of $1,000 from the DNR. The grants will cover the cost of the milfoil treatment that was done by Lakes Restoration; the approximate cost of which was $2,700. The DNR is requiring us to remap every three years so we will be remapping next spring.
Curly leaf pondweed will need to be treated next year. There was none present when the DNR checked the areas to be treated. After Lakes Restoration treated for milfoil and the DNR came back out to check, there was found to be an overabundance of curly leaf. The DNR stated that this has happened a lot on area lakes this year.
Three signs have been acquired by the association to make people aware of Aquatic Invasive Species. The Boy Scout Camp has put one up at their landing. We are hoping to put one up at the Timberwoods landing and in the river. We will have to state where the signs are being put up and have it notarized and return the notarized letter to the DNR in St. Cloud.
It has been recently confirmed that Clearwater has zebra mussels. Clearwater has stickers that have been added to their AIS signs.
The CRWD retains money for out Bog Fund. In order to receive the funds, we must meet the criteria which is stated in the agreement that we signed with the CRWD.
Timberwoods has had a proposal from the Lake Augusta Association since March/April concerning how the association will help with the removal of bogs. Timberwoods gave the association a $400 invoice for bogs that have been removed over the last three years. Until the agreement is signed or one is made that both Timberwoods and LAA can agree upon we will not be paying the invoice.
If a bog is over 15' x 15' please notify one of the officers of the lake association, do not push the bog out as it is illegal and could result in fines. The officers will contact the CRWD to help remove the bog and share in the cost of the removal. Anything under 15' x 15' is considered a nuisance bog and is the responsibility of the property owner that the bog has landed on. Once again it is illegal to push a bog and there may be fines or assessments.
Highway 136 is going to be widened.
The bylaws are very antiquated and need to be reviewed and amended. We will be creating a bylaw committee to draft changes to the bylaws. Some of the changes concern terms for officers and board members as well as what happens if an officer or board member can no longer fulfill their duties.
A question was posed to the current board members, since there was nothing in the bylaws concerning the length of terms, if there was anyone who wanted or needed to step down no questions asked. Dorothy Welch and Gary and Liz Stigen stated they wanted to step down due to time commitments and not living on the lake full time. We will need to replace them and will state that at the annual meeting.
We have acquired enough advertisers to cover the cost of the website.
Motion made to adjourn meeting at 9:50 am, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.
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