Minutes June 19, 2017

Approved Minutes

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, June 19, 2017 @7:00 PM

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

Guests present: Pam Jordan, Gus Tallman, Judy Ross, Tom Lannin, Ray and Diane Tucker and Mark Petersen.

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

Adoption of Agenda

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

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Schoeneman and seconded by Richards to approve the May 15, 2017 regular board meeting minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer’ Report

Farley went over checking account activity since last board meeting.  Account balance as of 6-16-17 was $32,499.95

Membership Report

Farley/Wilts presented to the board results of a very successful fundraising campaign to date.  Nearly 1700 mailers sent with 186 responses for a total revenue to date of $11,395.56.  Mailer expenses including printing, postage, list acquisition, etc. $ 1,429.85.


Old Business

Annual Meeting Speakers

Invitation to Governor Reynolds has been made and awaiting response. Other potential candidates to speak include Steve Anderson from the IGL Sanitary District and Jim Millenacker from the Black Hawk Lake Protective Association.

Website/Social Media/Marketing Update

Wilts reported his findings to the board. His recommendation is that this should be revisited as a fall/winter project to devote proper time and vetting. Focus has been on pondweed and mailer since last board meeting.

Curly leaf Pondweed Report

Mark Petersen with Underwater Solutions joined us to update board on harvesting activities. Mark reported harvesting more than the contracted total of 12 acres creating useable traffic lanes a result of the harvesting efforts. Mark’s efforts to date and the efficiency of his operation have resulted in covering more acres than anticipated and spending less than budget allocations.

IGLA Meeting with DNR

Maas reported to board regarding meeting with Bill Van Orsdel, President of the Iowa Great Lakes Association, Phil Petersen, Executive Director IGLA, DNR Director Gipp and a host of others on 6-14-2017. Primary topic of meeting was Curlyleaf pondweed. Maas and Wilts invited to attend.

Report on Trip to Black Hawk Lake

Maas reported to board regarding trip made to Lake View, IA and Black Hawk Lake to view first hand the application of herbicide to that lake.  Also had the opportunity to meet with DNR Biologist Ben Wallace and Mayor of Lake View John Westergaard and Black Hawk Lake Protective Association representative Jim Millenacker. IGLA Director Phil Petersen and Wilts also made the trip.

Report on status of drainage in Spirit Lake/County (28th St)

Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair Pam Jordan updated the board on this joint drainage project. Very little progress to report- easements still being finalized. Our thanks to Supervisor Jordan for joining us and for the insight into the process.


New Business

Change of Status to 501C3

Board discussed preliminary informational sessions regarding changing the EOLIC to a 501C3 tax deductible corporation. Wilts to make contact with attorney and report back to board

2018 Curlyleaf Pondweed Treatment Approach

With a September 2017 deadline for WRAC Grant application, Wilts advised board that an action plan needs to be discussed with DNR representative Mike Hawkins to formalize a treatment plan based on mechanical harvesting and herbicide treatment in the Spring of 2018.  The DNR has requested public hearings and that too will need to be planned and finalized. Funding sources for treatment options will be identified and a plan to present to various groups finalized once a treatment plan is in place.

Board action will be based on the treatment plan as presented at July meeting.


Motion Maffin and seconded by Richards to make a $1000 contribution to the Okoboji Blue Water Festival. After discussion, motion was amended to reflect a $500 contribution level. Motion carried.

Motion Blum seconded by Richards to deny contribution request from the Friends of Lakeside Lab. Motion carried.

Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc.

Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for July 17, 2017th at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall


It was moved by Kelley and seconded by Schoeneman to adjourn the meeting at 9:43 PM.  Motion carried.

Minutes submitted by Terry Wilts, Secretary