August 2017 Annual Meeting

Lake Augusta Annual Meeting August 5th


Called to order at 10:07 a.m.


Members present: Jack Gleason, Joel Von Ende, Roger Rauschendorfer, Roger Halford, Shawnmarie Fitzgerald, Claire DesLauriers, Mike Elms and Keith Sadowsky.

Introductions of the board were made and new member Mike Elms told us his background was in Aquatic Bilology and studied at Bemidji Sate University.

Last years annual meeting were not read but had been made available to LAA members via the website.

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


Roger Rauschendorfer read the treasurer's report. As of the morning of the 5th there was $9405.64 in savings and $466.69 in checking.


The AIS fund has $$ plus it received $1500 in wright county taxes. Stearn's County Grant is based on the following four items: Education, Inspection and Decontamination, Management and Rapid Response.


The curtain that was purchased and used to contain plant debris during the mechanical pulling is now owned by the CRWD but is stored at Roger Rauschendorfer's. If the CRWD allows another lake to use it they will buy it. We do not want to use the curtain if it has been in another possibly contaminated lake.


We also purchased plywood to use at Ed's place when the mechanical pulling was done to keep his lawn intact.


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


Dockside Mechanical removed 85,000 lbs of wet weeds this year. A sample of weeds was sent to a lab to figure out how much phosphorus is actually being removed. The results are not in yet. Since last year's pilot project on the island we are still in the learning process. Are we getting our monies worth? Property owners are able to have 2,500 sq ft as recreational removal with no permit.


Wenck Associates mapped the lake this fall. Mapping for Millfoil needs to be done every three years and Curly Leaf Pondweed in the spring.


When there is a High Water No Wake situation, please remember there is no wake 100' from shoreline.

The CRWD is figuring out the correlation between the numbers on the Grass Lake Dam vs. the gauge on the Clearwater bridge. Wake signs will be placed coming into roads during High Water No Wake situations.


Vice President Roger Halfordhas asked to step down due to health reasons. Joel Von Ende was voted to be Vice President but Roger will still remain active.


Boat inspections – There is a boat wash behind classic cars. There are free inspections at some landings.


The Float Your Boat program which is a Lake Sylvia program would have you back your boat into a containment area and your boat would float in a solution of hydrogen peroxide. Floating your boat allows the bunkers to be decontaminated.


Inspection was ongoing today on local lakes looking for starry stonewart.


Bog Removal – We have a policy with the CRWD for holidays and weekends. There are two contractors on standby.


The Opt-Out program has to be renewed on a yearly basis. Look for our “Notice of Treatment” in the local newspaper, a mailer and on our website in the spring to opt out.


The Rapid Response Plan is based on Stearn's Counties plan. The plan will include: what you need to do if you find any Aquatic Invasive Species, the levels of detection, and what the protocols are.


Dues need to be raised to cover AIS situations, particularly starry stonewart and zebra mussles wich are an eminent threat. Zebra mussels are on the sandbar in Clearwater. They can be easily transferred via anchors or pontoon ladders, etc. Talk of raising the dues to $50 a year were talked about.


Motion made to approve a raise in dues to $50 a year, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.


More talk ensued about how to entice new members to the Lake Association. It was agreed that we should put something on the website to remind people to join our association.


We should create a Facebook community page.


Motion made to adjourn meeting at 11:52 a.m., seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

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