Minutes August 2nd 2014 Annual Meeting

Minutes for the

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation – 2014 Annual Meeting

Dickinson County Nature Center

August 2nd, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

1. Call to Order and Welcome-Maas

The meeting was called to order by the President, Bill Maas, at 9:00 A.M. with a total of 25 individuals present. Board members present: Jim Blum, Bob Kelley, Delmer Lee, Bill Maas, Mike Maffin, Wendell Riley, Vern Schoeneman, Bev Schumann, Bonnie Simonson.

Absent: Gus Tallman

2. Introduction of Board Members

Maas asked everyone present to introduce themselves.

3. Adoption of Agenda (with flexibility)

The agenda for the meeting was reviewed (with flexibility to add items).

4. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting August 3rd, 2013

It was moved by Maffin, seconded by Richards to approve the minutes of the August 3rd, 2013 annual meeting. Motion passed.

5. Treasurer’s Report

Lee reported that the current assets are $ 22,750.00. This past year we spent money to deepen a portion of the Conroy Johnson pond and cost sharing with other agencies to print the boater’s maps. EOLIC was also involved with grants to East Okoboji Beach and the City of Spirit Lake for rain gardens and Bio Cells. It was moved by Schumann, seconded by Simonson to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed.

5. Program: Mike Hawkins, Biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Mike talked about the lake restoration projects in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Two of those projects are Marble Lake and West Hottes Lake. He said there is about $8.6 million available in the state this year which is funding 22 restoration projects. In the case of Marble Lake and Hottes Lake one of the first tasks is to drain the lake and eliminate all the fish and let the vegetation grow. Once the vegetation has established itself, water is allowed to fill the lake. This process then will filter the water from the watershed that flows through it to a larger lake. With all the rough fish gone, pan and game fish are added to the lake. To keep silt from entering lakes, restoration projects in the watershed like these will help keep the silt and chemicals out of the lakes. He said about 85,933 A. of watershed flow through the Iowa Great Lakes. Because 81% of the watershed has been drained these restoration projects are very important to the water quality of the Iowa Great Lakes. With reduction of State aid for these projects, grants are an important part of the restoration process.

Review/Report of Current Projects and Interests and Old Business

6a. E.O.L.I.C. Website (www.eastokobojilakes.org)

Maas said the website for E.O.L.I.C. is up and running. The web site address is: www.eastokobojilakes.org

6b. Fish Barrier Update

Maas reported that the fish barrier is currently working as intended. He said that the State is currently proposing rules to eliminate snagging and bow hunting of fish at fish barriers.

6c. Other Drainage Issues (City of Spirit Lake , Dickinson County etc..)

Maas commended Dwight Dohlman for working with the City of Spirit Lake in the construction of Bio Cells in the City. Maas reported that EOLIC is working with a coalition of other protective associations to address common issues.

6d. Other Issues

Maas said more work has to be done to address the issue of water run off and silt entering East Okoboji Lake at 28th St. One solution is to create a drainage district in that area. It was suggested that EOLIC contact Bridges Bay and invite them to become a member of EOLIC.

New Business

7a. Introduction of Announced Candidates

Schoeneman introduced the board members who’s three year terms have expired. They are: Jim Blum, Vern Schoeneman, and Bonnie Simonson. This leaves one vacant position on the board to be filled.

7b. Nominations From the Floor

Steve Richards indicated he would run for the vacant position on the board.

7c. Comments From the Candidates

All three current board members said they are willing to run for the expired board positions.

7d. Election of the Board

It was moved by Maffin, seconded by Salewske to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Jim Blum, Steve Richards, Vern Schoeneman, and Bonnie Simonson for a three year term on the EOLIC Board. Motion passed.

8. Adjournment

It was moved by Blum, seconded by Kelley to adjourn the meeting at 10:55 A.M. Motion passed.

Next regular meeting of the Board of Directors: Monday, September 15th, 2014, @ 7:00 P.M. @ Orleans City Hall

The 2015 annual EOLIC meeting will be on August 1st, 2015.

Minutes Submitted By:

Vern Schoeneman, Secretary

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