Minutes Annual Meeting August 6th, 2011

Minutes for the

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation – 2011 Annual Meeting

August 6th, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

Dickinson County Nature Center

1. Call to Order and Welcome-Maas

The meeting was called to order by the President, Bill Maas, at 9:02 A.M. with a total of 23 individuals present. Board members present: Paul Assman, Delmer Lee, Jane Lieb, Bill Maas, Ed Purdy, Wendell Riley, Vern Schoeneman, Bonnie Simonson, Barbara Tagami, Gus Tallman

Absent: Steve Anderson, Dick Harmon

2. Introduction of Board Memebers-Tagami

Tagami introduced the EOLIC board members to those present.

3. Adoption of Agenda With Flexibility

It was moved by Tagami, seconded by Simonson to adopt the agenda with flexibility.

Motion passed.

4. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting July 31st, 2010

It was moved Lieb, seconded by Tallman to approve the minutes of the July 31st, 2010 annual meeting.

Motion passed.

5. Treasurer’s Report

It was moved by Simonson, seconded by Riley to accept the treasurer’s report showing a balance of $ 21,909.13. Lee, treasurer, reported that EOLIC has about 163 members donating about $ 5,000.00 each year.

Motion passed.

6. Program: Iowa DNR Involvement with Aquatic Nuisance Species

Lindsey Arseneault from the DNR discussed some of the concerns and procedures the DNR is involved with in keeping these nuisance species out of the Iowa Great Lakes. The big concern is how to keep Zebra Mussesls, Eurasian Watermilfoil, Asian Carp and Brittle Naiad from getting into the lakes. The DNR presently has interns at the major boat ramps checking all incoming boats to make sure they are not carrying any of these species. Mike Hawkins from the DNR said that a dead Big Head Carp was found in the stream just south of Milford. He said one of the things that could be done is to install an electric fence in the stream so fish could not get upstream and into the lakes.

7. Review/Report of Current Projects and Interests and Old Business

7a. Drainage District #22

It was noted that the efforts of drainage district #22 has reduced the silt run-off into the lake, but when we have a heavy rain event silt is still getting into the lake.There was a question as to whether the makeup of that board of directors of drainage district # 22 should contain a more diverse cross-section of the population and represent other municipalities other than the City of Spirit Lake.It was noted that in Section 468.322 “Jurisdiction Relinquished” of the Code of Iowa that there is a rule that the County Board of Supervisors can relinquish jurisdiction to a City when a city has more than 25% of the area in the drainage district. The City of Spirit Lake has about 75% of the drainage district in their jurisdiction so in about 1995 the County Board of Supervisors relinquished there control of the drainage district to the City of Spirit Lake.

7b. Storm Drain(s) and Rain Gardens ( 23rd Street and on Highway 9)

Maas said that the City of Spirit Lake is working with EOLIC on projects to reduce the direct run-off into the lake. One of the projects is by Kum & Go at the Highway 9 bridge. The City has cleaned out the silt, but the steel wall retaining the silt needs repair. These repairs have been hampered by the high water level this year. Another project is the completion of the Bio cells at the end of 23rd Street by the City.

7c. East Okoboji Beach & Arthur Heights Monitoring Project

EOLIC has water monitoring equipment at both East Okoboji Beach and Arthur Heights. These monitors show that the water quality coming from East Okoboji Beach has improved since the addition of new roads, improved drainage, and rain gardens. Now the runoff from East Okoboji Beach is better than that from Arthur Heights.

7d. IGLA & Other Protective Associations Meeting with Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds

Maas stated that he and other protective associations met with Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds July 23rd at the Vanorsdel home. The result of the meeting was that the Gov. suggested a committee be formed to review the concern that invasive species could have on the lakes.

7e. Lower Gar Drainage and Other Issues Regarding High Lake Levels

Mike Hawkins addressed the issue of high water this year and EOLIC’s request for a no wake on East Lake Okoboji. He said the decision as to who has the authority to implement a no wake regulation is the Emergency Management team with DNR enforcing it. It was suggested that procedure should be implemented now as to when a 600 ft. regulation is put in place or when a no wake regulation should be done.

7f. E.O.L.I.C. Website ( www.eastokobojilakes.org)

Maas reported that EOLIC has initiated a website and invited everyone to check it out for information about EOLIC.

7g. Conroy Johnson Property and Drainage

Purdy said he is working with Conroy Johnson to construct a holding pond on his property at 260th Ave. This pond would slow the flow of water going into East Lake Okoboji through Arthur Heights. Right now Conroy Johnson is concerned about how much CRP money he will lose if that pond is constructed.

7h. Joint Lakes Protective Associations Meeting on August 20th-2:30 P.M.@ Sami Center

Maas reported that a joint meeting of all the lakes protective associations will be held on August 20th, 2:30 P.M. at the Sami Center. He said Roger Lande, Iowa DNR Director, will be there to answer questions. He encouraged everyone to attend.

7i. Other Issues

Norm Herzog is concerned about the pollution coming off of highway 71 in Arnolds Park. He said that in 1999 when the new road was contracted the concrete on the south bound lane and the turning lane was of poor quality. Since then the State has been making repairs with gravel and asphalt, but this quickly deteriorates and runs into the storm sewer and into the lake. He suggests the IDOT do a better job of repairing the road so that we don’t have this pollution going into the lake each year.

8. New Business:

8a. Election of Members to Board of Directors

Terms to expire are: Ed Purdy, Vern Schoeneman, Bonnie Simonson, and Barbara Tagami

8b. Comments From the Candidates

All the board members whose terms expire said they would run again except Ed Purdy.

8c. Nominations From the Floor

Jim Blum volunteered to run for the board replacing Ed Purdy.

8d. Election of the Board

It was moved by Lee, seconded by Riley to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Jim Blum, Vern Schoeneman, Bonnie Simonson, and Barbara Tagami.

Motion passed.

8e. Other Business: Open to the Floor

Maas thanked Ed Purdy for his years of dedicated service to EOLIC and thanked Dr. Klein for all the work he had done in the past to support EOLIC.

9. Adjournment

It was moved by Riley, seconded by Tagami to adjourn the meeting at 11:10 A.M.

Motion passed.

Next regular meeting of Board of Directors: September 8th, 2011, @ Spirit Lake Library meeting room

 

 

 

 

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