Minutes August 3rd 2013 Annual Meeting

Minutes for the

East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation – 2013 Annual Meeting

Dickinson County Nature Center

August 3rd, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

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 27  individuals present. Board members present: Paul Assman, Jim Blum, Bob Kelley, Delmer  Lee, Bill Maas, Mike Maffin, Wendell Riley, Vern Schoeneman, Bev Schumann, Bonnie  Simonson, and Gus Tallman

Absent: Barbara Tagami

2.   Adoption of Agenda (with flexibility)

It was moved by Goldman, seconded by Simonson to adopt the agenda (with flexibility).

Motion passed.

3.   Introduction of Board Members

Tallman introduced the EOLIC board members to those present.


4.   Approval of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting September 8th, 2012

It was moved by Rafos, seconded by Simonson to approve the minutes of the September 8th, 2012 annual meeting.

Motion passed.

5.   Treasurer’s Report

It was moved by Assman, seconded by Salewske to accept the treasurer’s report showing a balance of $ 22,383.70 with $ 5,000.00 of that balance committed to the cleaning of the Conroy Johnson pond.

Motion passed.

6.   Program: John Wills, Director of Dickinson County Clean Water Alliance

Wills’ presentation was titled “A Path to Clean Water”. He is working on a project to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the Iowa Great Lakes. The first phase of his project is to start with the phosphorus entering East Lake Okoboji by East Okoboji Beach. He said we have to educate all the residents in the watershed on how to reduce the phosphorus runoff into East Lake. This project would start in 2017 with a goal of removing 5,000 lbs. of phosphorus entering the lake at a cost of $1,000,000.00. The cost of the project to reduce the phosphorus entering   the Iowa Great Lakes is estimated at $ 21,000,000.00 and would remove about 114,000 lbs. of  phosphorus from the lakes. The estimated completion date is 2035. When the project is completed the water quality should be improved in all the Iowa Great Lakes especially Lower Gar. The major challenge to complete the project is funding.

Bill Van Orsdel said that thanks to Bill Maas and EOLIC all the protective associations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and agree to work together on common problems. Van Orsdel said he and others are currently working together to get the message out that the Iowa Great Lakes area is an asset to the state of Iowa and they need to get involved in funding  projects that improve the lakes area, such as John Wills’ project.

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

7a.  E.O.L.I.C. Website (www.eastokobojilakes.org)

Maas said the website for E.O.L.I.C. is up and running and we have added the capability for members to pay their dues on line through Pay Pal.

7b.  Fish Barrier Update

Maas reported that the fish barrier is currently working and invited everyone to see it located at the outlet to Lower Gar.

7c.  Report on Conroy Johnson Drainage Project Near Arthur Heights

Maas reported that some excavation of the Conroy Johnson pond has been completed but more work is possible. EOLIC has committed $ 5,000.00 toward the completion of this project. The original depth of the pond was 18 feet deep and it is now 6 inches saving an estimated 198,000 tons of silt from entering East Lake Okoboji.

7d.  Other Drainage Issues (City of Spirit Lake Industrial Area, near 28th Street, etc.)

Maas said a couple of areas that are possible drainage issues to pursue in the future are the 130 A. Spirit Lake Industrial Site which has included rain gardens, drainage and silt problems at 28th Street, and Pioneer Beach Road construction.

7e.  Memorandum of Understanding Agreement, Keep Okoboji Blue

Maas reported that all eight protective associations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to agree to work together on common problems in the Iowa Great Lakes area. One project was the recent Keep Okoboji Blue concert.

7f.  Other Issues


8.   New Business:

8a.  Introduction of Announced Candidates

Schoeneman introduced the board members who’s terms have expired and have indicated they would seek another three year term. They are: Bill Maas, Bev Schumann, and Mike Maffin. Paul Assman has decided not seek another term. Dwight Dohlman has agreed to run for his  vacant position.

8b.  Comments From the Candidates

All four candidates said they are willing to run for the expired board positions.

8c.  Nominations From the Floor


8d.  Election of the Board

It was moved by Lee, seconded by Blum to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Dwight Dohlman, Bill Maas, Mike Maffin, and Bev Schumann.

Motion passed.

8e.  Other Business: Open to the Floor

Schoeneman reviewed the following changes to the By-Laws: Article II Section I add  “Amended July 12th, 1971”, Section II delete “three (3)” and add” four (4)”, Section IV delete ” eleven (11)”, add ” Section VI”, Article III Section II delete “may or may not ” and add “shall”, article IV Section I delete “date” and add ” the first Saturday of August”.

It was moved by Riley seconded by Kelly to approve the changes to the By-Laws.

Motion passed.

9.   Adjournment

It was moved by Schumann, seconded by Riley to adjourn the meeting at 11:02 A.M.

Motion passed.

Next regular meeting of the Board of Directors: Thursday September 12th, 2013, @ 7:00 P.M. @ Orleans City Hall

The 2014 annual EOLIC meeting will be on August 2nd, 2014.

Minutes Submitted By:


Vern Schoeneman, Secretary