Minutes August 4, 2018 Annual Meeting

Approved Minutes

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

2018 Annual Meeting

Wesley Place, Spirit Lake, IA

Saturday, August 4, 2018 @ 9:00 AM


Board Members Present: Bill Maas, Joel Farley, Terry Wilts, Bob Kelley, Jim Blum, Vern Schoeneman, Wendell Riley, Chuck Augustine.

Board Member Absent: Steve Richards, John Salewske, Lois Clark, Mike Maffin

Total attendance was 24 including the board.

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am by President Bill Maas at Wesley Place, 1815 Hill Ave. Spirit Lake IA. Introduction of Board of Directors followed.

Adoption of Agenda

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

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Riley and seconded by Augustine to approve the August 5, 2017 Annual Meeting minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer’ Report

Treasurer Joel Farley reported a balance of $28,546.20 with a CD balance of $5,954.20 that reaches maturity 9-15-2018. Accounts Receivable total is $24,000.00 that the City of Orleans has billed the Iowa DNR for mechanical curlyleaf pondweed harvesting. All funds total $58,500.40.  Schoeneman moved with second by Augustine to accept treasurer’s report.   Motion carried.

Membership Report

Secretary Wilts reported 269 responses to the membership/dues mailer to date with total proceeds of $15,300.00, an average of $57 per response. 150 new responses with renewals of 119. This has been an issue for the organization for quite some time with membership renewals and will need to be addressed in 2019. No response as of yet from the local marinas and barge/hoist operators along with dock builders.

Election of Board Members

Board members with terms expiring are Farley, Wilts, Kelley and Riley. Vern Schoeneman was on the ballot but had been elected to a 3-year term at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Nominations called for from the floor and hearing none, Audrey Allen moved, with Dr. Eric Nielsen seconding, to cast a unanimous ballot for Farley, Wilts, Kelley and Riley to serve 3-year terms. Motion carried.

Old Business

Wilts conducted a review of the 2018 Aquatic Management Plan with discussion regarding options and strategy for 2019. Also reviewed the water monitoring associated with the systemic treatment north of the 9 & 71 bridge along with the multi spectrum drone mapping of 710 acres from the Hatchery to the Narrows.

New Business

Lake Level & No Wake Policy

President Maas reviewed decisions and circumstances as it pertains to implementing triggers for lake levels and explained the board’s decision to call for a lake-wide no wake condition when water levels reach 24” above the dam. Final determination regarding lake levels yet to be made by the Dickinson County Emergency Management Board.

Doon Oil Spill and the Dickinson County Landfill

Maas and guest Pam Jordan, vice chair of the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors, offered members an update regarding the oil spill in Doon, IA and the accompanying dumping of tar sand crude oil contaminated soil and plant life at the Dickinson County landfill. No board action taken.

Late agenda item: Old Business 28th St. Drainage Project

Pam Jordan reported that a Wetlands Evaluation Delineation Process has begun on the 28th St drainage project. Nothing further to report.


Motion Schoeneman, second Farley to adjourn Annual Meeting at 11:20 am, motion carried, meeting adjourned.  2019 Annual Meeting set for August 3, 2019, site to be determined.

Minutes submitted by Terry Wilts, Secretary