Minutes March 21, 2016


East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 21, 2016 @7:00 PM

Board Members Present: Bill Maas, Gus Tallman, Bob Kelley, Mike Maffin, Jim Blum, Joel Farley, Vern Schoeneman, Bonnie Simonson, Steve Richards and Bev Schumann

Board Members Absent: Terry Wilts and Wendell Riley

Guests present: Susan Reiter

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 Gus Tallman and seconded by Vern Schoeneman to adopt the agenda with flexibility. Motion passed.

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Steve Richards and seconded by Bob Kelley to approve the November 2015 regular board meeting minutes. Motion passed.

Moved by Jim Blum and seconded by Gus Tallman to approve the Feb. 23, 2016 and March 8, 2016 special meeting minutes. Motion passed.

Treasurer’ Report

The treasurer’s report showed an overall balance of $32185.06 as of March 21, 2016. Joel pointed out that $629.35 had been deposited into the checking account from Pay Pal and was designated as money that was to be used for the treatment of Curly Leaf. In addition checks, not yet deposited, totaling $5305.00 had been received for the Curly Leaf treatment. Bill Mass will be contacting individuals who contributed to the Curly Leaf Fund to see if they want the dollars returned to them or if they want the money left in the account and earmarked for future use in helping to solve the problem. Also noted in the report was that $600.00 had been deposited into the Iowa Great Lakes Water Safety Council for the chemical treatment of Curly Leaf. It was moved by Bob Kelley and seconded by Vern Schoeneman to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed.

Old Business

Report on drainage RFP in Spirit Lake/County Drainage

Board members voiced their concern in the delay of action that has been done on this matter. Susan Reiter was present at the meeting and discussed the erosion that is taking place on her property. She specifically noted the side bank cave-in which will ultimately be washed into the lake. This bank cave-off has been viewed by Jim Blum and Gus Tallman and other members of the board were urged to also view the site, as while as Pam Jordan and City Council members. Bill Maas volunteered to arrange a meeting with Greg Owens to discuss the drainage issue.

Membership Report

Steve Richards reported that Iowa Lakes Community College had held a contest to design a logo for EOLIC. Twelve students from the graphic design department have submitted designs. Steve will be emailing those designs to board members for a vote. The winner of the contest will be awarded $100.00.

Lake Level Policy by Dickinson County Emergency Management

Bill Maas reported that the DC Emergency Management Committee has met and they have learned that the Department of Natural Resources needs to identify the correct code section to be able to write this plan up in legal terms. He also reported that there has been no challenge as to whether it should or can be done, but it needs to be written up so that it cannot be challenged in the future.

Curly Leaf Pondweed Progress

A rotary hoe has been acquired and the hoeing is scheduled to be completed over the next few weeks by Kulhman Lake Service.

Miller’s Bay Problem

No action.

New Business


Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc

Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for April 18th, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall


It was moved by Bob Kelley and seconded by Steve Richards to adjourn the meeting at 8:11 PM. Motion passed.

Minutes submitted by Bev Schumann, Secretary