Minutes April 18, 2016


East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, April 18, 2016 @7:00 PM

Board Members Present: Bill Maas, Gus Tallman, Bob Kelley, Mike Maffin, Jim Blum, Terry Wilts, Wendell Riley, Vern Schoeneman, Bonnie Simonson, and Bev Schumann

Board Members Absent: Joel Farley and Steve Richards

Guests present: Pam Jordan

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 by President Bill Maas at the Orleans City Hall Council Chambers.

Adoption of Agenda

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

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Vern Schoeneman and seconded by Bob Kelley to approve the March 21, 2016 regular board meeting minutes. Motion passed.

Treasurer’ Report

The treasurer’s report showed an overall balance of $32,225.06 as of April 18, 2016. It was moved by Wendell Riley and seconded by Vern Schoeneman to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed.

Old Business

Report on drainage RFP in Spirit Lake/County Drainage

Pam Jordan was present at the meeting and she basically reported no progress on this issue. She did state that she had drafted an RFQ based on research she had done on the Internet and ideas that Jim Blum had sent to her. She said that a RFQ and a RFP can be combined. Bill Maas has been told that Brad Beck has completed the document and it has been sent to the Board of Supervisors. However, Pam Jordan had not received the document yet. Pam informed the EOLIC board that water utility districts are new territory and an alternative method for dealing with draining issues. They are usually meant to be used in cities only. She mentioned the struggle with the “code” because Dickinson County is unique.

Board members again expressed to Pam their concern for the silting and erosion of the lakes and if, perhaps, legal council should be consulted in order to help the EOLIC resolve some of the issues that are confronting the East Lakes Chain of Lakes because of all the development that is taking place in this area causing run off and erosion. Also the issue of safety has been addressed by the members. They also questioned the effect on property values if parts of the lakes (specifically the Narrows) become so silted that boat traffic is not possible from one part of the lakes to another. Several board members are making inquiries into legal attorneys, who have experience in dealing with this issue. EOLIC board members who are part of the Spirit Lake/County Drainage committee will be working on this issue by putting together a timeline to address the problem. They will include the County Supervisors meeting dates as well as the Spirit Lake Council meeting dates along with any other pertinent information that they deem necessary for this timeline.

Membership Report

No report

Association Logo from ILCC

Board members viewed the logos done by ILCC students. The work of artist #3 was approved by the board and that artist was declared the winner of the logo contest and will be awarded $100.00 for designing the winning logo. A special thanks to the students who participated in this project was expressed by the board members.

Lake Level Policy by Dickinson County Emergency Management

The correct code section for writing this policy has not been identified yet.

Curly Leaf Pondweed Progress

Bill Maas reported that hoeing has not been done because the weather has not been conducive to any attempts and the weed beds have been difficult to locate. The usual places where the weeds have grown, are nowhere nearly as prolific because of high water levels and murky water. The wind action this spring has caused the water to not be clear enough to identify the weed beds. As soon as there is evidence of a weed bed, Tom Kulhman will rotary hoe the area for this experimental project.

New Business

Jim Sholly status and replacement

It was reported that Jim has taken another job and will no longer be serving in this area. No news of a replacement was known.

Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc

Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for May 16th, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall


It was moved by Wendell Riley and seconded by Bob Kelley to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 PM. Motion passed.

Minutes submitted by Bev Schumann, Secretary