November 2014 Board Meeting

November 2014 Board Meeting
2014 Lake Augusta Association
November Board Meeting/Workshop
Saturday, November 21, 2014 Southside Township Hall  

Meeting called to order at 6:07 p.m.

Members present: Jack Gleason, Roger Rauschendorfer, Keith Sadowsky, Gary Stigen, Liz Stigen, Joel Von Ende, Scott Niemann, Roger Halford and Shawnmarie Fitzgerald. Not present Dorothy Welch.


Review of August 2, 2014 Annual Meeting.


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


President to board members; board members need to be a contact for their lake neighbors and answer questions they may have and remember that the responsibilities of the committees of the board are important.


Lakes Restoration Chad Hadler Special Guest Lakes Restoration has been in business for 37 years. They did the mapping and the treatment for Lake Augusta. Four trained crews and seven boats were used to do the mapping/treatment. 400 acres were treated for milfoil. The application was done using GPS navigation for accuracy of the treatment. The application process used 30 feet of weighted hose to reach the bottom of the plant resulting in a 90% kill rate. The herbicide used to treat milfoil works best at 60 degrees or above and when the milfoil reaches 2-3' below the surface. The application time is quick. In areas that are treated, there is a recommendation of no irrigation or domestic use and zero fishing or swimming for 21 days after application.

There are two areas of the lake that need to be treated for curly leaf. Treatment for curly leaf can only happen between the temperature of 50 and 60 degrees; also professional treatment is required.

Mapping is not required every year. If the same areas are to be treated the next year, the association can submit the application to the DNR who may approve it and then the lake will be treated by Lakes Restoration. If the DNR questions the areas then Lakes Restoration can suggest the area to be treated to the DNR. The DNR will then check the areas visually and if approved, Lakes Restoration will treat the areas. It will be necessary to map the lake every three years. If the acreage to be treated increases, it is possible to request an increase in the grant. Thank you Chad.


It was the agreement of the board to send Chad a “Thank You”. If there is need to treat curly leaf pond weed or milfoil in front of Timberwoods, Timberwoods will be notified so that they can hold off putting their docks in to make it easier to treat.

Lake Safety Wright County is in agreement that action needs to be taken concerning the No Wake issue. Stearns County still needs to agree to the proposed No Wake plan. Southside, Fairhaven and Wright have all agreed. As soon as everyone is in agreement Wright County can issue citations concerning this issue. River Buoy It is under discussion with the CRWD to put a permanent No Wake Buoy in the river.


Bog Removal Timberwoods brought forth to the board an invoice for approximately $400 for past bog removal. It is possible to pay for the invoice with bog funds.

A signed agreement between Timberwoods and Lake Augusta Association needs to be done to manage bog removal and management. There is a need to define the process of how bogs are removed and an agreement needs to be made concerning cost sharing of removal. The board needs to be notified if bogs larger than 15x15 need to be removed. A clarification needs to be made by the CRWD about when the bog fund kicks in to help pay for removal.


Motion made to table the payment of the $400 until after December CRWD meeting and clarification, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.


It was agreed upon to have another board meeting on Saturday, April 11 at 10:30 am at the Southside Township Hall.


Business to take care of:

Send Chad a Thank You

Make the Dues/Permission Slip Printable

Dues change to $30 and add additional information about what you get out of being a member

Keith will promote LAA to Timberwoods members

It was discussed that Timberwoods will possibly take water levels.

Keith will do some research with Wright County and find out if a portion of the boat registration can be used for A.I.S. and bogs.


Motion made to adjourn meeting at 9:08 pm, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.


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