Minutes October 17, 2016

Approved Minutes
East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation
Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2016 @7:00 PM

Board Members Present: Jim Blum, Joel Farley, Bob Kelley, Bill Maas, Mike Maffin, Steve Richards, Vern Schoeneman, Bonnie Simonson, Terry Wilts, Greg Kraus and John Salewske.
Board Members Absent: Wendell Riley
Guests present: Gus Tallman, Phil Petersen, John Smeltzer, Pam Jordan, Mike Hawkins, Tom Kuhlman, Mark Petersen, and John Wills

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 by President Bill Maas at the Orleans City Hall Council Chambers.

Regular meeting agenda was tabled in deference to our guest’s presentation.


Bill Maas asked if Mike Hawkins from the Iowa DNR if he would kick off the discussion and present his 2016/2017 Aquatic Plant Management Plan for East Lake Okoboji. Mr. Hawkins gave the board a little history and background of the curlyleaf pondweed situation going back to 2014. He also discussed at length the treatment options which are as follows:

Chemical aquatic herbicide Low Dose Endothall/Aquathol K/Diquat
Mechanical Removal/Cutting
Homeowner/Homeowners Contractor Cutting and Removal

Mark Petersen from Underwater Solutions reported that he is in the process of purchasing what would be referred to as a dock size harvester, capable of dock and hoist area sized clean up but not sized large enough to mechanically harvest navigational lanes proposed from The Narrows north to the spillway outlet next to the Hatchery.

Tom Kuhlman reported that the rotary hoe he has purchased on our behalf has been reinforced and is ready to go come ice out in the spring and it was decided that on an experimental basis it will be used in several known problem areas.

It is the opinion of Mike Hawkins that a viable method of treating the 60 acres of travel lanes that would allow for navigation would be the chemical injection process but also said that there is far from a consensus from the local citizens, other lake associations and the local municipalities from a drinking water standpoint. While the Iowa DNR has a 21-year track record with using Aquathol K, none of this experience has been in drinking water lakes.

Funding was discussed the options include the EOLIC, City of Orleans, City of Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, and the State of Iowa through the Water Recreation Access Cost Share program, or WRAC. The grant application process for WRAC closed in September but Mr. Hawkins said there may still be opportunity there. Approved project via WRAC are funded at a 75% state to a 25% local cost share and must be used for boating access and navigation.
Adoption of Agenda
It was moved by Schoeneman and seconded by Simonson to adopt the agenda with flexibility. Motion passed.
Approval of Minutes
Moved by Schoeneman and seconded by Simonson to approve the September 19, 2016 regular board meeting minutes. Motion passed.

Treasurer’ Report
The treasurer’s report showed an overall balance of $37,741.40 as of October 17, 2016. It was moved by Maffin and seconded by Kraus to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed. Joel reported just a couple more responses to the annual membership drive and mentioned again that the biggest concern in the responses was the curlyleaf pondweed.

DNR Law Enforcement Meeting

Bill Maas said he will be attending this meeting on Oct 18, 2016 and have a report for the November meeting.

Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21.at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall

It was moved by Schoeneman and seconded by Richards to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 PM. Motion passed.

Minutes submitted by Terry Wilts, Secretary