Minutes September 19, 2016

Approved Minutes
East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation
Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, Sept, 19 2016 @7:00 PM

Board Members Present: Bill Maas, Bob Kelley, Mike Maffin, Joel Farley, Terry Wilts, Vern Schoeneman, Jim Blum, Greg Kraus, Bonnie Simonson and Bev Schumann
Board Members Absent: Wendell Riley, Steve Richards and John Salewske
Guests present: None

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 by President Bill Maas at the Orleans City Hall Council Chambers.

Adoption of Agenda
It was moved by Vern Schoeneman and seconded by Greg Kraus to adopt the agenda with flexibility. Motion passed.

Election of Officers
Moved by Bonnie Simonson and seconded by Vern Schoeneman to elect Bill Maas as president. Motion passed.
Moved by Vern Schoeneman and seconded by Jim Blum to elect Mike Maffin as vice-president. Motion passed.
Moved by Jim Blum and seconded by Vern Schoeneman to elect Terry Wilts as secretary. Motion passed.
Moved by Mike Maffin and seconded by Vern Schoeneman to elect Joel Farley as treasurer. Motion passed.

Approval of Minutes
Moved by Mike Maffin and seconded by Bonnie Simonson to approve the July 18, 2016 regular board meeting minutes. Motion passed.

Treasurer’ Report
The treasurer’s report showed an overall balance of $37672.37 as of September 19, 2016. It was moved by Jim Blum and seconded by Vern Schoeneman to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed. It was moved by Mike Maffin and seconded by Bob Kelley to pay $100.00 for the annual membership to the Iowa Environmental Council. Motion passed. Joel reported the response to the annual membership drive was good this year. The comment that was mentioned the most in the drive was concern over the Curley Leaf Pondweed problem.
Old Business

Report on status of drainage In Spirit Lake/County
The board discussed the County Road Departments need to keep the culverts in the Francis Sites Area (255th Avenue) clean of foreign material in order to improve drainage conditions. There was no news about the preliminary design being done by Beck Engineering for this area. The deadline for this design was Aug. 10th and to date no formal report has been presented to the city or county. Past board member, Gus Tallman, and others have been in continual contact with Pam Jordan urging this project forward.

Curley Leaf Pondweed Update
In order to try to put a plan in place for next spring concerning this problem Mike Hawkins, Mark Petersen and Tom Kulhman will be asked to attend the next meeting. It is hoped that a collaboration of ideas will be expressed and perhaps some experimental tests could be done next spring.

Annual Meeting
The board felt the information presented by Jay Michels at the annual meeting was very good and should be shared with more people in the area. Therefore, there is an interest in inviting Jay back to the area to speak to the local Council of Government. Bill Maas agreed to arrange this meeting.

New Business
Report on DD#22 property acquisition
Bill reported that he had attended a meeting in which the acquisition of property to improve this situation was addressed. He gave no indication of any actual action taking place at this time.

Meeting with DNR regarding law enforcement issues
Board members voiced strong support for law enforcement officers on duty at the Iowa Great Lakes, at least equal to the present number or more. It was noted that there is a lot of new construction around the lakes and this brings more boats into the area. Safety issues without proper enforcement were also addressed.

Other issues, announcements, group sharing, etc.
Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17th at 7:00 PM at Orleans City Hall

It was moved by Bob Kelley and seconded by Bonnie Simonson to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 PM. Motion passed.

Minutes submitted by Terry Wilts, Secretary