Minutes November 20, 2017

Approved Minutes

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, November 20, 2017 @7:00 PM

Board Members Present: Bill Maas, Mike Maffin, Joel Farley, Terry Wilts, Vern Schoeneman, Bob Kelley, Jim Blum, Steve Richards and Lois Clark.

Board Members Absent: Wendell Riley, John Salewske and Chuck Augustine.

Guests present: Pam Jordan

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

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Blum and seconded by Clark to approve the October 16, 2017 regular board meeting minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer’ Report

The treasurer’s report showed an overall balance of $46,828.69 as of November 20, 2017. It was moved by Maffin and seconded by Richards to pay outstanding bill of $100.00 for the annual membership to the Iowa Environmental Council. Motion carried.  Motion Schoeneman seconded by Richards to accept membership report. Motion carried.

Old Business

2018 Aquatic Management Plan

Wilts reported on meeting of Tuesday November 14, 2017 with Maas and DNR Field Biologist Mike Hawkins regarding the approval of the DNR 2018 Aquatic Management Plan to the EOLIC by Iowa DNR officials. While approval was termed “hesitant” DNR officials gave the EOLIC and the Pondweed Working Group high marks for achieving all the conditions set forth previously to garner approval. Press Release from the DNR to that effect sharing this information with the community forthcoming.

Schoeneman reported that at his first Water Quality Commission meeting approval was made for an West Lake Okoboji/East Lake Okoboji flow meter and water testing to support the plan.

28th St Drainage Project

Once again, we thank Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Pam Jordan for attending our meeting and providing us an update on the project. Since last gathering, there was a meeting of representatives from City of Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, the Water Quality Initiative and the engineering firm. Funding continues to be discussed and an upcoming deadline for the Water Quality Initiative is Dec 8, 2017.

Board member Jim Blum and former board member Gus Tallman reviewed   the engineering plan (was never provided to us- Jim and Gus went to the courthouse and got it) at length and shared their findings with Maas and Wilts and has several questions as to plans findings and supports a second engineering opinion regarding this project. With the scope of the project still unidentified it would appear difficult to secure proper funding.  EOLIC remains committed to being a stakeholder in the project and requests inclusion in any future meetings as the lake protective association of record.

New Business

Little Sioux Headwaters Coalition (Water Management Authority (WSA)

Various governmental agencies in the area have been signing onto the Little Sioux Headwaters Coalition Watershed Management Authority and it has been identified as a possible funding source for the 28th St Drainage project.  Has yet to be determined how many of the towns in the EOLIC purview have or will sign up for this WSA.

Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc.

Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall


It was moved by Kelley and seconded by Maffin to adjourn the meeting at 8:28 PM.  Motion carried.

Minutes submitted by Terry Wilts, Secretary