Minutes December 8th, 2011


East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 7:00 P.M.

Spirit Lake City Library


1. Call to Order and Introduction of Guests by Bill Maas @ 7:00 P.M.

Present: Paul Assman, Jim Blum, Delmer Lee, Jane Lieb, Bill Maas, Wendell Riley, Vern Schoeneman, Bonnie Simonson, Gus Tallman

Absent: Steve Anderson, Dick Harmon, Barbara Tagami

Guests: Derek Namanny, Mark Stevens, Dan Eckert, John Wills

2. Adoption of Agenda With Flexibility Moved by Simonson, seconded by Blum to adopt the agenda with flexibility.

Motion passed.

3. Approval of Minutes of October 13th, 2011

Moved by Lieb, seconded by Riley to approve the October 13th, 2011 minutes.

Motion passed.

4. Treasurer’s Report

Motion by Assman, seconded by Simonson to accept the November 30th, 2011 Treasurer’s report, showing a balance of $ 27,094.57.

Motion passed.

5. Presentation/Questions/Discussion of Projects in Dickinson County and the City of Spirit Lake

Mark Stevens (Spirit Lake City Administrator) reviewed some of the recent projects the City has been involved in to reduce the run-off into East Lake Okoboji. Those projects are located at the ends of 23rd St., 9th St, and11th St. Next year’s proposed projects will be at the ends of 13th St. and Fargo Ave. He said they have implemented Low Impact regulations for the City of spirit Lake. He gave an update on the purchase by the City of Spirit Lake in cooperation with Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative of 130 A. of land for an industrial park called East Lake Business Park located east of Pioneer Beach. He said that the new development on the south side of the city by the water tower does have retention ponds included in the development. This development is in the drainage district 22.

Dan Eckert (Dickinson County Engineer) talked about concerns EOLIC have with some watershed areas that are creating a silt problem into East Lake Okoboji. The one in particular is located at 28th street and 255th Ave. He talked about options that could be taken to reduce the run-off and silt flowing into the lake, but those options all cost money. One funding option would be to create a Utility District, which would put a tax on all utility bills in the county. The other option was to create a drainage district, which would create a tax for those land owners in the watershed. The drainage district option received the most discussion. Two landowners could request the Dickinson Board of Supervisors to create a drainage district and tax the landowners to pay for the district..

6. Old Business , Recurring Business/Report , and Unfinished Business

6A. Conroy Johnson Property-Maas

The memo from Ed Purdy was reviewed. He said Johnson is gone for the winter, but he will contact him in the spring.

6B. Highway 9 Sediment Basin-Maas

Maas reported that the hole in the silt basin near highway 9 on East Lake has been repaired.

6C. East Okoboji Beach Issues-Maas

Work should be done on the watershed up stream from East Okoboji Beach.

6D. Francis Sites Drainage-Maas

Further discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

6E. Miscellaneous


7. New Business

7A. Steve Anderson Resignation and Possible Replacement Suggestions-Maas

With regrets the board accepted Steve Anderson’s resignation and directed the secretary to write a letter of appreciation for his services.

7B. Involvement/Funding in Fish Barrier Study ($1,000.00)-Maas

It was moved by Simonson, seconded by Lieb to pledge a $ 1,000.00 towards the engineering costs to construct a fish barrier to the lakes.

Motion Passed.

7C. Parks Marina Update/Discussion-Maas

John Wills reported that Butch Parks has constructed sheet metal pillions around the pond located on the property he purchased from Lutheran Lakeside Camp. He said construction will restrict the hydrology of water to the lake change the wetlands in the area. The Corp of Engineers has order him to stop the project until they can review the project.

It was moved by Lieb, seconded by Lee to have Maas write a letter to Butch Parks expressing our concern that he is changing the wetlands in that area.

Motion Failed.

7D. Arthur Heights Involvement-Maas

It was noted that a delta has formed in the lake near the water inlet.

7E. Where Do We Go from Here?-Maas

The first step was to ask Derek Namanny to bring to the next meeting topographical maps of the area showing the scope of the watershed draining under 28th street and 255th Ave.

7F. Miscellaneous

Lieb reported that she is moving forward towards completing the application for EOLIC to be designated a

501(c)3 organization.

8. Other Issues, Announcements, Etc.

John Willis requested that every board member and the board write a letter requesting legislators’ support of a position paper from the Dickinson County Clean Water Alliance on Invasive Species. The secretary was directed to write a letter for the board.

9. Next Meeting The next meeting is Thursday, March 8th, 2011 @ 7:00P.M . at the Spirit Lake Library.

10. Adjournment

It was moved by Riley, seconded by Blum to adjourn the meeting at 10:20 P.M.

Motion passed.

Minutes Submitted By:

Vern Schoeneman, Secretary