Minutes May 8th, 2012


East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting


Tuesday May 8th, 2012 7:00 P.M.

Orleans City Hall Council Chambers



1. Call to Order and Introduction of Guests by Bill Maas @ 7:05 P.M.

Present: Jim Blum, Jane Lieb, Bill Maas, Wendell Riley, Vern Schoeneman, Bonnie Simonson, Gus Tallman

Absent: Paul Assman, Delmer Lee, Barbara Tagami

Guests: Derek Namanny

2. Adoption of Agenda With Flexibility Moved by Tallman, seconded by Simonson to adopt the agenda with flexibility.

Motion passed.

3. Approval of Minutes of April 10th, 2012 Regular Meeting

Moved by Lieb, seconded by Riley to approve the April 10th, 2012 minutes as amended by making a change in the amount of acres disturbed to .001 A.

Motion passed.

4. Treasurer’s Report

Motion by Lieb, seconded by Simonson to accept the April 30th 2012 Treasurer’s report, showing a balance of $ 30,388.41, which includes a liability of $ 9,930.00 donated for the electric fish barrier.

Motion passed.

5. Old Business, Recurring Business/Report , and Unfinished Business

5A. Parks Marina Update-Maas

Maas and other interested parties met with Butch Parks and toured the wetland in question that is being disturbed because of his expansion. Parks has about 15 acres on the lower end of the watershed on his property of about 500 acres total that drains through his property. Parks has exceeded the amount of wetlands that he can disturb without a permit by .001 acres. A hearing on the resolution of this has not been set yet.

5B. Arthur Heights Issues-Maas

Tabled until the next meeting.

5C. A.N.S. Report-Maas

Maas reported that Mike Hawkins of the DNR is trying to expedite the approval process along with the State, so the electric fish barrier can be installed at the outlet to Lower Gar as soon as possible.

5D. Replacement Suggestions for Executive Board Members (need 2)-Maas

Maas said that with the death of one board member and the resignation of another member we have two vacancies on the board. He asked if anyone knew of potential new members to replace these members.

A couple of possible candidates were discussed.

5E. Report on Electric Fish Barrier Contributions/Funding-Maas

The financial report showed that with our financial commitment and member contribution we have $9,930.00 to contribute toward the electric fish barrier.

5F. Postponed Discussion on Involvement in Future Grants, etc.-Maas

There was discussion about moving forward with a project on Francis Sites where 28th street and 255th Avenue join. When a heavy rain event occurs water runs over the road creating a safety hazard plus a lot of silt has been washing into the lake at the outlet to the stream. Options to solve the problems at that location involve input from the city of Spirit Lake and Dickinson County. It was decided to invite the Dickinson County engineer, two Dickinson County Supervisors and someone from the City of Spirit Lake to our next meeting to discussion a resolution to this problem.

5G. Miscellaneous

Lieb said she had been working on the application to the Federal Government to have them recognize EOLIC as a tax exempt 501.C3 organization. There where a number of questions on what has to done to complete the application. It was decided that Maas and Simonson will look into the cost of hiring an attorney to help with the completion of the application.

6. New Business

6A. Open from Floor…Your Decision(s)

There was discussion about working with Pay Pal so donations to EOLIC could be made online.

7. Other Issues, Announcements, Etc.

Namanny said that he has one rain garden in the process of being approved. He was told if the applicant is a member of EOLIC that we would contribute to the cost of that rain garden based upon our rain garden grant procedure.

He also said the water samplers placed at East Okoboji Beach and Arthur Heights are no longer needed there and could be placed at other locations. No decision was made as to a new location for the water samplers.

8. Next Meeting The next meeting was not set as some members had a conflict with our normal date. Maas will poll the members as to a date the majority of board members could attend.

9. Adjournment

It was moved by Riley, seconded by Lieb to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 P.M.

Motion passed.

Minutes Submitted By:

Vern Schoeneman, Secretary