Minutes August 5, 2017 Annual Meeting


Approved Minutes

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Annual Meeting

Saturday, August 5, 2017

9:00 AM

Dickinson County Nature Center at Kenue Park


Board Members Present: Bill Maas, Mike Maffin, Terry Wilts, Vern Schoeneman, Jim Blum, Steve Richards, Bob Kelley, John Salewske.  Total member count was 42 including the board.

Board Members Absent: Wendell Riley, Bonnie Simonson, Treasurer Joel Farley.

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am by President Bill Maas at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Introduction of Board Members followed.

Keynote Address

Steve Anderson of the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District gave the keynote address with a presentation regarding the founding, history, building and governance of the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District. Mr. Anderson outlined the current operation and gave a bit of insight where the District is focusing its plans on expansion and updating and the time frames involved. Very comprehensive address and the EOLIC thanks Mr. Anderson for being our speaker this year.

Adoption of Agenda

It was moved by Salewske and seconded by Blum to adopt the agenda with flexibility.  Motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Schoeneman and seconded by Maffin to approve the August 6, 2016 Annual Meeting board minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer’ Report

Joel Farley’s report given by Wilts showed an overall balance of $29,212.37 as of 8-2-2017. Motion Kelley and seconded by Salewske to accept treasurers report. Motion carried.

Review of the year that was….

Wilts updated the annual meeting with a membership and fundraising campaign report. 2017 membership is approximately 225 with over 120 new members and record fundraising response. Also, the average donation is up substantially.

President Maas updated annual meeting as to the progress of current projects.

·      Regarding the 28th St drainage problem, easements and funding still in the process of being obtained.

·      Update on Drainage District 22 found little to report.

·      Review of other projects the EOLIC has been part of in the past (bio swales, rain gardens, and advocacy programs with the various local and state government entities.)

Wilts also updated attendees regarding the successful 2017 Invasive Pondweed Harvesting trial and the contract with the EOLIC, the City of Orleans the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Underwater Solutions, our vendor. Contract specifics were exceeded, timelines met and harvesting operation was under the contracted budget.  Which led us to….

The 2018 Invasive Pondweed discussion

Wilts and Maas led a spirited group discussion regarding invasive pondweed  with many great questions from attendees. Wilts reported that he is leading a working group comprised of stakeholders in the lakes area regarding the discussion of how to proceed with an invasive aquatic management plan for 2018 and that the group met for the first time August 1.  Options on the table include an increase in mechanical harvesting of navigation lanes, or a low-dose herbicide treatment for navigational lanes along with mechanical harvesting.  Wilts cautioned the group regarding expectations, however, as the Iowa DNR has a treatment area limit of 15% of the areas infected.  There will be no lake-wide treatments of any kind done. Members of the EOLIC were strongly encouraged to contact and voice their opinions to their city of residence councils, the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors and the local legislators along with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  The EOLIC thanked our members for joining their lakes protective association.

Introduction of Board Members whose terms are expiring

Maas introduced Vern Schoeneman, Jim Blum, Steve Richards and although she was not in attendance, Bonnie Simonson.  The EOLIC thanks Bonnie for her board of director’s service.

Election of New Board Members

Motion made by Maffin and seconded by Connie Rhodes to cast a unanimous vote for the following slate of candidates:  Blum, Richards and Schoeneman, along with Lois Clark and Chuck Augustine. Motion carried.  Welcome to the board Lois and Chuck

Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc.

Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Monday September 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall.


It was moved by Richards and seconded by Kelley to adjourn the meeting at 11:20 AM.  Motion carried.

Minutes submitted by Terry Wilts, Secretary