Minutes May 18,2015

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, May 18, 2015 @7:00 PM

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

Board Members Absent: None

Guests present: Greg Drees

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

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

Moved by Bob Kelley and seconded by Steve Richards to approve the April 20, 2015 regular board meeting minutes. Motion passed.

It was moved by Jim Blum and seconded by Wendell Riley to accept the April 30 treasurer’s report, showing a balance of $28533.50. Motion passed.

Old Business

Storm water problems behind Francis Sites

Bill Maas shared ideas from his meeting with Dan Eckert concerning the problem behind Francis Sites. It was decided that Bill Maas would contact Tom Roos, an environmental specialist for storm water at the DNR office in Spencer, to see what actions can be taken to help solve this problem.

Board Member Replacement

No action taken

Lakeshore Restoration Project with Jim Sholly

The letter that Jim Sholly drafted was shared with the board. The following additions were suggested to the letter:

1. “At the request of EOLIC, the Dickinson County SWCD would like inform the property owners along East Okoboji of” – continue with the first sentence.

2. He stated in March there have been several projects completed – then list a few and describe.

3.Insert photos of and brief description of the projects as suggested at the March meeting or maybe better yet we could insert as news in EOLIC mailing.

4. I would think Jim Sholly should add the DC-SWCD email address, phone numbers and personnel involved with phone numbers. At least for  him and Derek Namanny.

Lake Level Emergency Action Recommendation

At the July meeting in 2014 the board drafted some recommendations for high water levels on the lakes. Jim Blum agreed to draft a letter to the Dickinson County Emergency Management Coordinator with the suggested guidelines.

New Business

Comments from Guests and visitors

Greg Drees, a representative of the Okoboji Protective Association was present and shared with the board plans for the Clean Water Conference which will be held in the Green Space at Preservation Plaza on Aug. 8, 2015. He also shared plans for the Okoboji Blue Water Festival to be held on August 9, 2016 in the Preservation Plaza. Greg would like to have all protective organizations help sponsor the event. He passed out a flyer detailing the events that would happen at this festival. It was moved by Bonnie Simonson and seconded by Steve Richards to donate $1000.00 to this cause. Motion passed. During the discussion, board members stated that they would like this to be a stepping stone for working together with other protective organizations in the area.

Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc

On June 13, Jim Sholly is organizing a bike ride around the lakes to show some conservation practices that have been done around the lakes. Mike Maffin suggested that the EOLIC sponsor a water station for this occasion. Mike will take care of the details.

Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for June 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall


It was moved by Vern and seconded by Bonnie to adjourn the meeting at 8:47 PM. Motion passed.

Minutes submitted by Bev Schumann, Secretary