Minutes April 15, 2019

Approved Minutes

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Board Members Present:  Bill Maas, Joel Farley, Terry Wilts, Vern Schoeneman, Jim Blum, Mike Maffin, Steve Richards, Wendell Riley, Lois Clark and Chuck Augustine.

Board Members Absent: Bob Kelley, John Salewske.

Guest present: Pam Jordan

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

Adoption of Agenda

It was moved by Maffin and seconded by Riley to adopt the agenda with flexibility.  Motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Blum and seconded by Schoeneman to approve the November 19, 2018 regular Board meeting minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Farley reported an account balance of $65,082.87. General liability insurance for EOLIC renewed in March. Wilts inquired as to whether the policy covers the Board with Director’s and Officer’s insurance. Farley to check with agent at Bank Midwest and report findings.  Clark moved with second by Augustine to accept treasurer’s report.  Motion carried.

Membership Report

Secretary Wilts reported 3 additional memberships over the winter to bring total to 286.  $855.90 in membership dues and a $200 memorial received since last meeting.

Old Business

Curlyleaf Pondweed 2019 Aquatic Management Plan

Wilts provided electronic copy to Board of 2019 Aquatic Management Plan. In summary, 60 acres to be systemically treated in 2019 (up from 20 in 2018) and 25 acres to be mechanically harvested (down from 41 last year) for a total of 85 acres total. This represents a 24 acre (39%) increase in area treated or harvested for 2019. Systemic treatment will begin when water temperatures rise and mechanical harvesting will begin after the pondweed surfaces.

Lake Water Levels

President Maas reported that the Dickinson County Emergency Management Board, which he chairs, adopted a 26” level above crest to institute the 5mph speed limit/no wake zone rules.

28th St. Drainage Project

Dickinson County Supervisor Pam Jordan reported that a presentation for a $100,000 grant for this project from the Okoboji Foundation is scheduled May 9, 2019.  Attempts at working with FEMA have been hampered by the incredible flooding around the area this spring. Efforts continue on getting all other funding in place.

Iowa Environmental Council

IEC outsources their lobbying. The 2019 contract lobbyists are Advocacy Strategies based in Des Moines. Website: advocacyiowa.com

New Business

University of Iowa report on lake levels at the Lower Gar Outlet

Board had a lengthy and spirited discussion regarding the presentation by Larry Weber of the University of Iowa regarding lake levels at the Lower Gar outlet.  No Board action taken at this time other than to reiterate the EOLIC’s position of doing what is necessary to protect the lake.

Membership Mailing

Board decided that the envelope stuffing for the annual membership mailer will be held in conjunction with the May board meeting on the 20th, starting at 5:00pm.

Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc.

Next regular meeting is scheduled for May 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall.


It was moved by Riley and seconded by Augustine to adjourn the meeting at 8:56 PM.  Motion carried.

Minutes submitted by Terry Wilts, Secretary