August 2016 Annual Meeting

2016 August Annual Meeting

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Southside Township Hall

 

Meeting called to order at 11:02 a.m.

Officers present: Jack Gleason, Roger Rauschendorfer, Roger Halford, Shawnmarie Fitzgerald, Joel Von Ende and Keith Sadowsky. Not present Claire DesLauriers.

No Wake Ordinance in High Water

Officer Hammish from Stearns County and Officer Sherber from Wright County came to our meeting to give us information about the No Wake Ordinance and how it now concerns Lake Augusta. Officer Hammish informed us that the No Wake ordinance would take effect when the Grass Lake Dam hit it's high water threshold at 992.1. It may take a couple of days for the official No Wake to go into effect even if our lake is already at our high water mark. Stearns County will put No Wake signs at public accesses and will give a news release to the media. The No Wake Ordinance will be removed after it drops below the high water threshold for three days. Officer Hammish stated that Stearns County Water Patrol has three to four boats out on weekends. Officer Schrerber stated that Wright County has two to three boats out on weekends.

Lake safety:

Life jackets need to be accessible.

Deck riding is not allowed. It is easy for someone to fall off and get caught by the prop.

Jet Skis need fire extinguishers.

Jet Skis with no passengers need a rear view mirror.

Children 10 and under must have life vests on at all times.

The speed limit on any lake is 50 miles an hour.

On weekends and holidays Jet Skis require a spotter when towing a person behind on a ski or other floating device.

No Jet Skis allowed on the lake before 9:30 am and they need to stop one hour before sunset.

If there is a problem boater and you can provide an id, a warning can be issued by Wright/Stearns County.

How to report reckless boaters: call Wright County at 320-251-4240 or call 911 and ask for water patrol. For Stearns County call 763-682-7600 or 911.

The officers took time to introduce themselves: Joel VonEnde, Shawnmarie, Roger Rauschendorfer, Roger Halford and Jack Gleason. Keith Sadowsky was not present at this time.

 

Next to present was Dockside Aquatics to speak about the mechanical Aquatic Invasive Species that were pulled this year. The lake association decided to do a pilot project on the island using mechanical pulling verses chemical treatment. Matt is a root removal specialist from Dockside Aquatic which uses an eco-harvester and scuba divers to remove aquatic invasive species. When plants are killed by chemicals, they regrow. Phosphorus is produced when the plant which is killed by the chemical and starts decomposing. Milfoil can become chemical resistant when it becomes a milfoil hybrid. Native milfoil is good for the lake.

Mechanical pulling removes the weeds including the root and is removed from the lake thereby reducing phosphorus and improving lake clairity. The mechanical machine removed curly leaf pondweed and a bit of Eurasian watermilfoil. Dockside Aquatics removed weeds for the lake association and individual homeowners. 55,000 lbs of weeds were removed mechanically as well as handpicked by scuba divers. The weeds were recycled and some were moved to organic farms.

2,500 square feet of AIS can be removed for individual homeowners without a permit. Since this was a pilot project there is no way to yet determine it effectiveness.

Carli Wagner from the U of M is a Aquatic Invasive Species specialist who works for Dockside Aquatics. Carli explained the different aquatic invasive species that are typical to Minnesota and what they look like.

 

Treasurer's Report

Account held at the Annandale State Bank. As of August 1st there is $5,702.18 in our savings account. There is $1,786.86 in our checking account. We will be receiving a grants of totalling approximately $1,600 from Wright County and DNR. There is $17,490.86 in the AIS account and $2,735.58 in the Bog Fund.

A special assessment will be on the October property tax statements.

As of yesterday, not including today's new memberships there were 58 members 25 of which were from Timberwoods.

Motion made to accept Treasurer's report, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.
 

A lot of grants were missed this year due to timing; Stearns County grants were due the first week of December. Grant writing will start in November this year. Grants help offset the cost of AIS treatment as well as lake mapping. Remapping will need to be done this year in order to receive permits from the DNR for AIS removal. There was no chemical treatment of milfoil on the island because of lack of density.

More acres are allowed when mechanical pulling is done verses chemical treatment. 16.8 acres mechanical are allowed vs. 9.6 chemically. Dockside Aquatics pulled AIS for individual homeowners, no grant money or AIS funds are allowed to be used for that because the areas are considered recreation use.

Mapping needs to be done every three years. We are currently getting bids to remap the lake which will need to be done before the end of August. We are looking for more precise grid mapping.



On the membership/dues form included with the newslette89*r there is new information. There is now an Opt Out Option for AIS treatment. The DNR no longer requires permission from homeowners to treat for AIS in front of their property. The lake association will publish its plans to treat before treating the lake. If you don't want to have AIS treatment done in front of your property, it is now your responsibility to inform the lake association by sending a handwritten letter to the association before the treatment date.

A form was sent around confirming that members who were present understood the Opt Out program. All members present signed the form.

Motion made to use the Opt Out Program used by the DNR AIS verses the old process, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.


No bog issues have been reported.

 

Board member expectations were read by Roger Halford and the floor was opened to nominations for new board members. Three positions are open. Mike Elms of Timberberwoods and graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Aquatic Biology was nominated and he accepted the nomination.

Motion made to accept the nomination of Mike Elm to the board., seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

 

Jack said thank you to Ed Lais, not present, for the use of his property to place the dumpster there for the mechanical weed removal. Also to Donna Raushendorfer for taking care of refreshments and Shelly Halford for membership intake today.


Motion made to adjourn meeting at 12:32 p.m., seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

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