Minutes May 17, 2021

Approved Minutes

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 7:00 PM

Board Members Present:  Bill Maas, Joel Farley, Terry Wilts, Steve Richards, Bob Kelley and Mike Sexton.

Board Members Absent: Lois Clark and Chuck Augustine

Guest: None

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

Adoption of Agenda

Moved by Sexton and seconded by Kelley to adopt the agenda with flexibility.  Motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Richards and seconded by Sexton to approve the April 19, 2021 regular board meeting minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Farley reported up to date financials to the group with a balance of $81,985.40. Kelley moved with second by Sexton to accept treasurer’s report.  Motion carried.

Membership Report

Wilts reported 2 additional memberships totaling $125.00 since the last meeting April 19, 2021.

Old Business

Francis Sites Wetland Update

Spring construction underway.  Phase Two final funding still in process. No board action needed.

2021 Aquatic Management Plan Update

The 2021 plan began with herbicide treatment where performed in the past along with most of the shoreline of Lake Minnewashta on April 22. Contract with EOLIC, DNR and City of Orleans for mechanical harvesting secured. As of tonight’s meeting, no topping of pondweed yet observed but lots of prop cuttings in the water. No board action needed.

East Okoboji Island Update

Island restoration other than landscaping is complete. EOLIC may be interested in helping to fund tree(s) for the island. No board action needed.

RV Park/Campground

Nothing new to report.

Membership/Dues Fundraising Letter 2021

Mailer completed and will go to post office Friday, May 21, 2021 for delivery prior to Memorial Day weekend.

New Business

Annual Meeting

The Maser Monarch Lodge at Kenue Nature Center, 22785 Nature Center Road has been secured for the EOLIC Annual Meeting of Saturday, June 5th, 2021. Coffee and doughnuts at 8:30 am with meeting beginning at 9:00. Mike Hawkins, Fisheries Biologist with the Iowa DNR is our keynote speaker.  Motion Farley with second by Richards to run display ads for Annual Meeting in Lakes News Shopper on May 25th and June 1, not to exceed $500.00. Motion carried.

Docks at Boat Ramps

Preliminary discussion on EOLIC willingness to help fund new docks at ramps on Highway 9 & 71 and Upper Gar in partnership with IA DNR. No board action taken as more information needed.

Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc.

Next regular meeting is scheduled for July 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall.


It was moved by Kelley and seconded by Richards to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 PM.  Motion carried.

Minutes submitted by Terry Wilts, Secretary