2015 August Annual Meeting

2015 August Annual Meeting

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Southside Township Hall

 

Meeting called to order at 12:00 p.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.

 

Review of June 20, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes.

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

 

Treasurer's Report

Account held at the Annandale State Bank. As of July 21, 2015 there is $6779.17 in our savings account. There is $183.23 in our checking account. We will be receiving a grant of $1,500 from Stearns County, $700-$800  from Wright County and a grant of $1,000 from the DNR.  Treatment for milfoil by Lakes Restoration was $2,763.63. There is $16,093.68 in the AIS account and $1,452.84 in the Bog Fund.

There were 66 paid members of 126 possible in 2014. As of yesterday but not including today's new memberships there were 32 paid members.

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

 

Board Members

We have three Board Members who have elected to step down. We would like to thank Gary and Liz Stigen and Dorothy Welch for their service and work on the board. We are looking for two members to fill the position. If you are interested please let Jack Gleason, Roger Halford or Roger Rauschendorfer know. Expectations of a board member are as follows: Be the neighborhood contact for your area of the lake; attend 1 to 2 scheduled board meetings per year; manage / participate in 1 of the 5 Lake Augusta concerns/projects/bylaws and lastly to attend at least 1 Clearwater Watershed District (CRWD) meetings per year. The CRWD is very familiar with the Lake Augusta Association and our presence has helped us to work more closely with the CRWD on projects in which we need help.

Please have your nominations in by November 1, 2015.

Motion made to have the officers and board select the new board members from any names that may be submitted, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

 

Bylaws

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.

 

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, which we would like to happen if the Pleasant Lake Damn closes, a No Wake situation would take place. The No Wake would be in effect until the water is below that mark for three days. We will follow up every 30 days until this is resolved. A member spoke with Roger R and brought up a previous vote on the no wake issue. This is from the newsletter and subsequent annual meeting in August of 2012.

 

From the 2012 Newsletter
Wake Ordinance

There was a memorandum sent out in April from the Wright County Attorney’s office concerning a “Permanent No-Wake Ordinance”. There were two options on which we, the Lake Association, could decide:

A: Seasonal Slow No-Wake Zone from Memorial Weekend to Labor day with either a 150’ or 100’ distance from shore

B:  High Water Slow No-Wake Zone, High water to be considered to be 12” above normal water levels, which will be monitored at Timberwoods Resort by Scott Niemann

Because a decision had to be made and submitted by May 15, 2012 for consideration by the Wright County Attorney, a vote was taken by members present at the April Board Meeting.

Motion was made to choose both options, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved


Motion made from option A to choose 150’ from shore option, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, one nay, passed and approved

 

Mark has moved forward and submitted the DNR Water Surface Use Worksheet to be reviewed and informally approved by the county attorney after which it must be reviewed by the township in which Lake Augusta lays.

 

Excerpt from the August 4, 2012 Annual Meeting Minutes

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.

 

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.

AIS – Aquatic Invasive Species

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. Curly leaf can only be treated by professionals when the water is 60 degrees 5 feet down.

Keith worked very hard 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. We will be remapping in the spring of 2016.

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 in the northeast corner. Clearwater has stickers that have been added to their AIS signs.

Zebra Mussels are very small; between a dime and a quarter. One zebra mussel can lay 50,000 eggs a year. If a boat sits in a lake that has zebra mussels and that boat comes into our lake, the zebra mussels can be transferred to our lake. Zebra mussels have very sharp shells and can easily cut skin/feet. The way the the county checks for zebra mussels is to drop a small net to the lake bed and see how much if any zebra mussel larvae they catch.

J&J Marine has the equipment necessary to clean your boat properly.

A discussion ensued concerning the milfoil treatment (Aquatic Invasive Species) permission slip. It says on the permission to treat slip that you need to be a member of the association and sign the slip in order for the lake in front of your property to be treated. There were members present who have spoken to other property owners who would like their area to be treated but do not want to be members of the association.

There was more discussion as to how much work was involved in applying for permits, getting the lake mapped, having the DNR come out to approve the area to be treated, having AIS treated, DNR coming back out to check to make sure it was done properly, posting signs for the 21 day period and applying for the three grants to cover the cost of mapping and treatment.

It was stated it would cost a homeowner more to do this for themselves than pay a membership due which included all involved steps. There was also concern that if you didn’t need to be an association member to have your area treated we would lose membership in the association. It was decided to leave the Due form and Permission slip form as is.

 

Bogs

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.

Community Activities

Highway 136 is going to be widened.

 

Website

We have acquired enough advertisers to cover the cost of the website.

 

Aerator

Kurt Krinke wondered what ever happened with the aerator. We had in previous years spoke about the idea of implementing an aerator. We remember that there were two options: the first option is that it would've cost approximately $500,000 to implement and maintain. The second option would be to hydraulically suck the phosphorous out in Clear Lake. The CRWD applied for a grant from the state to get an aerator but there was not enough data on the aerator to prove it's worth.

The CRWD will however maintain the pump house and equipment.

If we do get an aerator for our lake, we would still get the bad water from the chain of lakes above us which doesn't make sense. Our lake has cleared up a bit since we first spoke of the aerator and we have come to the conclusion that cleaner lakes above us is a better bet.

 

Dorothy stated that she thought our meeting was very positive and we had great participation. There were other comments from association members present which reinforced the comment.

 

Door Prizes

Petty Brothers            $10 gift certificate – Ellie Bovy

J&J Marine                 $150 gift certificate – DeAnn Gleason

Anchor Dock & Lift    Day Rental of Kayak or Paddle Board – Steve Zimmer

Backyard Reflections Sweatshirt – Kurt Krinke

Anonymous                Bird Feeder – Roger Halford

Little Jims                    Fishing Pole – Donna Rauschendorer

Jack Gleason               Fishing Pole – Jess Quiner


Motion made to adjourn meeting at 12:01 p.m., seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

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