Minutes July 17, 2017

Approved Minutes

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, July 17, 2017 @7:00 PM


Board Members Present: Bill Maas, Mike Maffin, Joel Farley, Terry Wilts, Vern Schoeneman, Bob Kelley, Jim Blum, Greg Kraus and John Salewske.

Board Members Absent: Bonnie Simonson, Steve Richards and Wendell Riley

The meeting was called to order at 7:04 by President Bill Maas at the Orleans City Hall Council Chambers.

Adoption of Agenda

It was moved by Salewske and seconded by Kelley to adopt the agenda with flexibility.  Motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Schoeneman and seconded by Kraus to approve the June 19, 2017 regular board meeting minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Farley reviewed checking account activity since last board meeting.  Account balance as of 7-14-2017 was $33,765.17. Motion Schoeneman seconded by Kelley to accept treasurers report. Motion carried.

Membership Report

Membership at highest level since electronic records started in 2002.  Over 100 new members and a total of 212. Average donations also increased.


Old Business

Annual Meeting/ Speaker

Annual Meeting confirmed for August 5, 2017 at the Dickinson Co. Nature Center @ Kenue Park. Meeting starts at 9:00 am and will feature Steve Anderson from the IGL Sanitary District as our guest speaker.

Status of 501C3 Organizational Change

First response from local attorney was to consider piggybacking with another qualifying entity to accept tax-deductible contributions.  Will continue to pursue other attorneys for advice and counsel.

Board Volunteers for staffing at Blue Water Festival

Farley will work on a story board for the booth the Blue Water Festival along with having membership reply cards ready for potential new members. Volunteers to staff the booth was not commensurate with interest in EOLIC being a participant at the festival when votes cast.

Board Members with terms expiring

Simonson, Schoeneman, Richards and Blum. Richards and Blum have both expressed desire for another term, Simonson and Schoeneman both will retire with our grateful thanks.


New Business

2018 Curlyleaf Pondweed Treatment Approach

Possible partnerships to include Dickinson Co., Cities of Spirit Lake, Okoboji, Arnolds Park, Orleans and Milford.

Application for funding from the WRAC Grant/Marine Fuel Tax Fund or other sources.

Motion made Maffin and seconded by Blum to apply for grant money in the amount of $50,000 from the Okoboji Foundation. Motion carried with only Wilts in dissent.

Public informational and public hearings based on the request of the Director of the IDNR, Mr. Gipp, along with an educational outreach plan.

Develop application map and plan of action and establish contracts with professional operating services.

Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc.

Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for September 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall


It was moved by Schoeneman and seconded by Kelley to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 PM.  Motion carried.

Minutes submitted by Terry Wilts, Secretary