Minutes March 20, 2017

Approved Minutes

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 7:00 PM


Board Members Present: Bill Maas, Mike Maffin, Joel Farley, Terry Wilts, Vern Schoeneman, Jim Blum, Bonnie Simonson.

Board Members Absent: Wendell Riley, Steve Richards, Bob Kelley, Greg Kraus and John Salewske.

Guests present: Cheri and Mark Petersen, Underwater Solutions & Pam Jordan, Dickinson County Supervisor.


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

Adoption of Agenda

It was moved by Simonson and seconded by Maffin to adopt the agenda with flexibility.  Motion passed.

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Schoeneman and seconded by Simonson to approve the November 21, 2016 regular board meeting minutes. Motion passed.

Treasurer’ Report

Joel Farley’s report showed an overall balance of $38,111.40 as of March 18, 2017.  It was moved by Schoeneman and seconded by Blum to accept the treasurer’s report. There will be an inquiry made as to whether we may be a recipient of any Walleye Weekend funds.  Motion passed.

Secretary’s Report

The registered agent of EOLIC has been changed with the Secretary of State from Bev Schumann to Terry Wilts.

The Dickinson County Nature Center has been reserved for the Annual Meeting on Saturday August 5, 2017 at 9:00 am.

4 Directors who have terms expiring in 2017 are Blum, Richards, Schoeneman and Simonson.


Old Business

Report on status of drainage In Spirit Lake/County

Contact with landowners regarding purchasing of easements necessary for ponding have begun with communications between the County and City of Spirit Lake problematic. Pam Jordan stated that the county is ready to appropriate in 2018 and may try and spread the appropriation over 2 revenue cycles. The costs structure as split between City of Spirit Lake and County also in discussion. Future grants from state funds may be iffy with budgetary situation where it is. Project “creeping along incrementally.” Blum questioned when the EOLIC and the public would get a look at the proposal.

Lake Water Levels and the EMS

Discussion was that any attempt to change policy is the beginning of a 2-year process and may be more receptive when there is a change at the top in Des Moines.

Curley Leaf Pondweed Update

After a visit with Mike Hawkins from the DNR the request for a grant from the WRAC program is awaiting a signature. Once obtained, motion made by Schoeneman and seconded by Simonson to contract with Underwater Solutions for a trial of mechanical harvesting curley leaf pondweed based approximately on the map provided by Hawkins of the DNR with lanes from the Narrows north to the Hatchery of a minimum of 15’ width at an average of 5’ of depth not to exceed $20,000.00. in a roll call vote directors voted as follows: Simonson Aye, Blum Abstain, Farley Aye, Wilts Aye, Maas Aye, Maffin Aye and Schoeneman Aye. Motion carries.

Curley Leaf Committee to consist of Farley, Maffin and Wilts for contact purposes. It is the intent of the group not to be shy about who is doing and sponsoring the cutting to improve our visibility in the community.


New Business

EMS and Drone Camera Donation

Motion made by Blum and seconded by Maffin to pledge $1000.00 towards the purchase of an infra-red camera for the EMS drone that is exclusive to our county. Motion passes.

Donation to City of Orleans

Motion Simonson and second by Farley for a $250 donation to the City of Orleans for purchase of a flat screen monitor for city hall and any groups use while meeting at city hall.  Motion passes.

Curley Leaf Pond weed and Zebra Mussel Informational Meeting

Discussion as to whether or not EOLIC interested in lending a hand with an information meeting sometime in later May for an information meeting open to all to discuss pondweed, mussels, etc. Opportunities for vendors and also to assist fundraising efforts. Decided to pursue a time and place and Maas will report back.

Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc.

Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for April 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall.



It was moved by Simonson and seconded by Maffin to adjourn the meeting at 9:42 PM.  Motion passed.

Minutes submitted by Terry Wilts, Secretary