Minutes Annual Meeting September 8th, 2012

Minutes for the

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation – 2012 Annual Meeting

September 8, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

Dickinson County Nature Center

1. Call to Order and Welcome-Maas

The meeting was called to order by the President, Bill Maas, at 9:00 A.M. with a total of 24 individuals present. Board members present: Jim Blum, Delmer Lee, Jane Lieb, Bill Maas, Vern Schoeneman, Bonnie Simonson, Gus Tallman

Absent: Paul Assman, Wendell Riley, Barbara Tagami

2. Introduction of Board Members-Tagami

Maas introduced the EOLIC board members to those present.

3. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting August 6th, 2011

It was moved Stu Rafus, seconded by Blum to approve the minutes of the August 6th, 2011 annual meeting.

Motion passed.

4. Treasurer’s Report

It was moved by Simonson, seconded by Lieb to accept the treasurer’s report showing a balance of $ 30,259.07 with $ 10,360.00 of that balance consisting of donations reserved for the electric fish barrier.

Motion passed.

5. Program: Iowa DNR Derek Namanny and Mike Hawkins

Derek Namanny’s presentation was about the Iowa Great Lakes Watershed and how it affects the lakes. He showed the areas in the watershed that are of major concern for runoff into the lakes. He presented figures on how much soil, phosphorus, and nitrogen run into the lakes each year. They are working with the local cities, lake communities, residents and farmers to do projects that reduce this runoff.

Mike Hawkin’s presentation was about the Asian Carp that have entered the lakes. To keep more carp from entering the lakes a temporary fish barrier was installed this spring at the dam below Lower Gar. The Silver Carp can live twenty years or more, grow to 100 lbs. and jump seven to eight feet out of the water. The DNR is in the process of taking bids to install a permanent electric fish barrier at the dam at Lower Gar outlet. The cost of the project is estimated at $ 700,000.00 to $ 800,000.00 dollars. Most of the funds have been raised and the project should be completed by the end of the year.

6. Review/Report of Current Projects and Interests and Old Business

6a. E.O.L.I.C. Website( www.eastokobojilakes.org)

Maas said the website for E.O.L.I.C. is up and running and suggested that anyone who wants to can check it out.

6b. Parks Marina Update

Maas said that Butch Parks had installed sheet piling around a pond on his property next to East Lake Okoboji. This property is a filter area for the runoff in that area. He said Parks may be required to buy public credits or create a wetland area on his property about 1/2 mile west of his marina. The area created would be about 1/2 A. This action would be his fine for exceeding the number of acres he could have disturbed in his private pond by .001 A.

6c. Possible Drainage Project Near 28th Street in Spirit Lake

Maas said that E.O.L.I.C. is looking at a project to reduce the water runoff into East Lake Okoboji near 28th street in Spirit Lake. This project would include working with the City of Spirit Lake and Dickinson County.

6d. Other Drainage Issues( City of Spirit Lake Industrial Area, East Okoboji Beach, Moore Lake Development Etc.)

Maas said a couple of areas that are possible drainage issues to pursue in the further are the 130 A. Spirit Lake Industrial Site, East Okoboji Beach, and Moore Lake.

6e. Other Issues

Phil Petersen expressed concern that the Water Safety Lake Patrol’s funding is down and therefore when a boat needs repairs it could be out of service for a few days. When that happens there are less law enforcement officers on the lake. He also noted that often times there were two officers in the same boat and was looking into spreading their time out or using two boats at the same time.

Mike Kellen was concerned about a railing at the public pier at the amusement park at Arnolds Park that is missing, therefore creating a safety hazard.

7. New Business:

7a. Election of Members to Board of Directors

Terms to expire are: Delmer Lee, Wendell Riley, and Gus Tallman. Due to a death of a board member and a resignation, two other vacancies had to be filled.

7b. Comments From the Candidates

All the board members whose terms expire said they would run again.

7c. Nominations From the Floor

Bev Schumann and Bob Kelley said they would run for the two vacancies on the board.

7d. Election of the Board

It was moved by Lee, seconded by Audrey Allen to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Bob Kelley, Delmer Lee, Wendell Riley, Bev Schumann and Gus Tallman.

Motion passed.

7e. Other Business: Open to the Floor

There were no comments.

9. Adjournment

It was moved by Blum, seconded by Lieb to adjourn the meeting at 10:55 A.M.

Motion passed.

Next regular meeting of the Board of Directors: Thursday October 11, 2012, @ 7:00 P.M. @ Orleans City Hall

Minutes Submitted By:

Vern Schoeneman, Secretary