January 2014 Board Meeting

2014 Lake Augusta Association January Board Meeting/Workshop

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Waterfront Restaurant


Meeting called to order at 11:07 a.m.

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

Review of October 5, 2013 Board Meeting/Workshop minutes.  

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

Bogs and Permit Application Process
Is everyone who volunteered to take care of the permit process able to help? Yes.

The Bog permit needs to be submitted soon. Bog permits need to be renewed yearly.

Questions about bogs were discussed. What do we do if we get bogs in front of our properties?

 The DNR states that a permit is needed to remove a 15’ by 15’ bog. Should we make a policy to have bogs that are 15’ by 15’ or larger be removed by a contractor? Roger Rauschendorfer has had communication with Mars Excavating and they are very experienced at removing bogs and will be considered if needed. Any bogs that reach the dam will be removed with help of the county. Bog removal is the responsibility of the property owner. Roger Rauschendorfer has a hay knife that can be used to cut up bogs. Mats can be rented to help with the bog removal. We do have a bog puller which we share with Clearwater property owners by way of a gentlemen’s agreement. The puller equipment can only be operated by certain people.

We will proceed with the bog permit application. Our bog permit is independent of the CRWD (Clearwater River Watershed District). There is $600 in the bog fund which can only be used for bog removal.

A written contract needs to be drawn up between the Lake Association and Timberwoods Resort concerning bog removal.

The procedure of when you should contact a member of the board if you have difficulty removing a bog should be discussed and written down and added to the website.

Be aware that it is illegal to push or move a bog out onto the lake. You could be fined by the DNR.
                1. If you are a member of the Lake Augusta Lake Association and are unable to remove a bog yourself,
                   contact Scott Niemann, Roger Rauschendorfer or Jack Gleason.

2. The board will access the bog. There may expenses incurred by the property owner. Expenses may be
     incurred due to the size of the bog, cost of removal, equipment usage.

3. Removal of bog upon notification to property owner as to the potential cost of the removal. An
                   agreement will be signed by the property owner and two out of three board members, Jack Gleason,
                   Scott Niemann or Roger Rauschendorfer.  The agreement will have two copies, one for the property
                   owner and one for the lake association.

Motion made to add bog procedure to website, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

It was discussed if whether or not the bog fund should be increased. After a short discussion a motion was made.

Motion made not to increase the bog fund, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

Aquatic Invasive Species
Roger Rauschendorfer talked to the DNR about the Milfoil permit which will not be ready until February.

The petition to change the name of the Milfoil account to Aquatic Invasive Species has preliminary approval by the DNR. In February it will be brought to public meeting. In March it will return to the CRWD for final approval; indication by the CRWD is that it will be approved.

There is $18,682 in the Milfoil account. The yearly assessment of Lake Augusta is $3,900.

There is a person at the CRWD who will help us fill out forms for a milfoil permit. In order to get a permit for Milfoil, we will need to get the lake professionally mapped for milfoil. It will cost approximately $2,000 to map the lake. WENCK out of Maple Plain, Minnesota is one of the choices we could use to map the lake or Lake Restoration can map it.

Motion made to approve WENCK to map the lake, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

Is it possible to ride-a-long with WENCK when they map the lake so we can learn what to look for concerning aquatic species? This would make it possible so that we are able to save money in the future and do the mapping ourselves. Keith will contact them to find out. Jack will try to get find out if they will point out other Aquatic Species if we are able to ride-a-long so that we know the difference between them.   

It has been three years since the lake has been treated for milfoil. It takes four people to treat the lake; you need to know how to treat as well as not treating an area within 25’ of lily pads and that someone in St Paul needs to be contacted 24 hours before application. Since Mark has left there are not enough people to treat for milfoil if needed. Typically when we do treat we use 12-15 bags at a cost of $189 per bag. We need to explore the possibility of having it professionally treated. We do send out a permission slip that is signed and returned to the Lake Association each year (for those who choose to be members of the Lake Association).

Only nine acres of the lake out of our 161 acres can be treated. This includes all aquatic invasive species and not just milfoil. One of the reasons we need to consider having the milfoil professionally treated is liability; the CRWD does cover some liability if something does go awry.

The board would like to know how many acres are treated for chara at Timberwoods. Between all permits on the lake including chara and milfoil or anything else that may be treated, we can only treat 9 acres.

Since WENCK only does mapping and does not treat we should explore the possibility of Lake Restoration to do a combo mapping and treatment for a better price.

Motion made to explore the possibility of a combo map and treatment by Lake Restoration, seconded, vote to approve, majority of members ayes, zero nays, passed and approved.

Keith Sadowsky will find out the information on using WENCK vs. Lake Restoration and report back to the board so the board can vote on a final decision.

We should make sure the steps for getting a permit to treat chara on the website.


Next Board Meeting     
May 16, 2014 Friday Night at the RRR in Kimball 6:00 pm - Tentative

Discussion will concern milfoil, AIS, bogs, water quality and safety, the newsletter with an additional piece on what being a member does for you and the dues and permission slip.

Claire will write up something as to what the benefits are of being a member of the Lake Association.

Lake Augusta Annual Meeting
August 2, 2014 Southside Town Hall 10:00 am

Website Advertising
Cost of website advertising is $250 a year.  We didn’t pay anything for the website this year. Advertisers covered the cost of the site. Roger Rauschendorfer would like to pass on the personalization we use to promote advertising on our website to others. Claire said she would help. Shawnmarie will send everyone a copy of last year’s advertising flyer.

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

Meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m., January 11, 2014


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