Minutes September 15th,2014


East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, September 15th, 2014 7:00 P.M.

Orleans City Hall Council Chambers


  1. Call to Order and Introduction of Guests by Gus Tallman@ 7:07P.M.

Present: Jim Blum, Bob Kelley, Mike Maffin, Steve Richards, Wendell Riley,

Vern Schoeneman, Bev Schumann, Bonnie Simonson, Gus Tallman

Absent: Dwight Dohlman, Delmer Lee, Bill Maas.

  1. Adoption of Agenda With Flexibility Moved by Schumann, seconded by Riley to adopt the agenda with flexibility.

Motion passed.

  1. Approval of Minutes of July 21st, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Moved by Richards, seconded by Blum to approve the July 21st, 2014 regular board meeting  minutes.

Motion passed.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Moved by Simonson, seconded by Blum to accept the August 31st, 2014 Treasurer’s report,  showing a balance of $  26,512.57

Motion passed.      

  1. Annual Election Of Officers

            Moved by Riley, seconded by Kelley to elect Bill Maas, President; Gus Tallman, Vice President; Bev Schumann, Secretary; and Delmer Lee, Treasurer; as the officers for  2014/15.

Motion Passed.

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

            6A. Report on Governor Brandstad’s Reception and Reenactment of Bill Signing on Lake             Restoration

            Maas’s written comments stated that he had attended the Governor’s reception and reenactment of the bill signing on lake restoration and that he was able to speak with the Governor and Lieutenant Governor about lake restoration. The board is quite interested in what they talked about and look forward to Bill’s report at our next meeting.

6B. Update on Action with Coalition on Water Level, Daytime Speed Limit for Boats, etc.

Maas’s written comments stated that a permanent policy on lake levels and daytime speed limits seems to be on the back burner with other lake protective associations. It was the consensus of the EOLIC board that we should separate the two issues and address each one  separately.

            6C. Involvement in Hog Lot Issues

Maas’s written report stated that a hog lot is being proposed southwest of Milford and that he had been approached about EOLIC helping review that proposal and its impact on the Iowa Great Lakes. Because it is outside of the Iowa Great Lakes watershed and it does not have an impact on our lakes it was felt there is no need to be involved.

6D. Update on Drainage Issues Meeting Involving the City & County (by committee)

            Blum and Tallman reported that they and Maas had met with Greg Owens and Brad Beck  regarding the silt entering East Lake Okoboji at 28th street and 255th Ave. The watershed that drains into this area is about 400A.of land that is located in both the city of Spirit Lake and Dickinson County. One of the options to reduce the silt flowing into East Lake Okoboji from this       watershed is to create a drainage district and construct holding ponds in the watershed. At this time no one is willing to start the process of creating a drainage district.

Tallman, Blum, and Maas plan to meet with Dan Eckard, Dickinson Engineer, to discuss the issue.

6E. Annual Meeting Report

It was felt the annual meeting which was at the Dickinson County Nature Center on August 2nd, at 9:00 A.M. with Mike Hawkins, DNR, presenting on Lake and Shoreline Restoration was a good meeting with 24 people attending. Next year’s annual meeting will be on August 1st, 2015.

6F. Miscellaneous

            No comments.                   

  1. New Business

7A. Zebra Mussel Meeting with Dr. Daniel Molloy

Maas’s written report stated that he attended along with Bev Schumann, a meeting to discuss how to deal with Zebra Mussels in the Iowa Great Lakes. Bill Van Orsdel and the Iowa Great Lakes Association had hired Dr. Daniel Molloy to come to the Lakes area and evaluate what can be done now that we have Zebra Mussels.

7B. Approval of Board Member Resignation and Search for a Replacement

Moved by Maffin, seconded by Riley to accept the resignation of Dwight Dohlman from the EOLIC board. His contributions to the board will be missed.

Motion Passed

7C. Miscellaneous

            The subject of how do we tell the public about EOLIC and what we do was discussed. Some of    the ideas were to advertise on billboards, have members put dock signs that they are member of  EOLIC etc. Richards volunteered to talk with some local media about marketing of EOLIC.

  1. Other Issues, Announcements, Group Sharing, etc.


  1. Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for October 20th, 2014 @ 7:00 P.M. @ Orleans

            City Hall

  1. Adjournment

It was moved by Riley, seconded by Maffin to adjourn the meeting at 8:12 P.M.

Motion passed.

Minutes Submitted By:

Vern Schoeneman, Secretary