Minutes September 8th, 2011


East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation

Board of Directors Meeting


Thursday, September 8th, 2011 7:00 P.M.

Spirit Lake City Library


1. Call to Order and Introduction of Guests by Bill Maas @ 7:05 P.M.

Present: Jim Blum, Jane Lieb, Bill Maas, Wendell Riley, Vern Schoeneman, Bonnie Simonson, Barbara Tagami, Gus Tallman

Absent: Steve Andersen, Paul Assman, Dick Harmon, Delmer Lee

Maas welcomed new member Jim Blum to the board.

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

Motion passed.

3. Approval of Minutes of July 18th, 2011

Moved by Tallman, seconded by Simonson to approve the July 18th, 2011 minutes.

Motion passed.

4. Treasurer’s Report

Motion by Tallman, seconded by Riley to accept the August 31st, 2011 Treasurer’s report showing a balance of $ 24,104.24.

Motion passed.

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

5A. Group Sharing and Questions About Projects etc.-Maas

Simonsen said the water levels in DD2 have been low recently.

Question as what to do with water monitoring equipment that has been monitoring East Okoboji Beach Project. Maybe it can be used on other projects. Check with Steve Andersen on possible locations.

Blum said the water level came down an inch a day after the July rains until it was down below the level of the two new culverts that were put in last fall. The new culverts did the job that they were intended to do, that was to act as a relief valve when the water in the lakes got high.

5B. Discussion On Website(https://www.eastokobojilakes.org/wp)-Maas

Lake levels and water temperatures will be added to our website. Training on how to update the website will be scheduled later.

5C. Further Questions On The July 23rd “Summit Meeting” Of Protective Association-Maas

Maas reported that he attended the meeting with the Governor and other protective associations. The discussion at the meeting centered on Water Safety, Aquatic Invasive Species, and Lake Levels. The results of that meeting were that the Governor will appoint a study committee to investigate better protection procedures for Iowa Great Lakes from Aquatic Invasive Species. A second committee he will appoint will study the lake level problems.

5D. Discussion/Report Of EOLIC Annual Meeting On August 6th @ DC Nature Center-Maas

Maas reported that about 23 people attended the meeting. Lindsey Arseneault and Mike Hawkins from the DNR presented information on Aquatic Invasive Species.

5E. Discussion/Report Of August 20th O.P.A. Meeting And Director Lande @ Sami Center-Maas

Director Lande talked about the issues facing the DNR and took questions from those attending.

5F. Miscellaneous

Tallman presented an article that was in the paper about using shredded plastic bottles to clean lakes.

Simonsen requested that Gary Owens, DNR attend the next meeting and talk about a speed limit on the lakes.

Schoeneman discussed the no action that was taken on our request for a no wake from the Emergency Management Team.

6. New Business

6A. Appointment Of representatives For Governor Branstad Appointed Committees-Maas

It was moved by Lieb, seconded by Riley to appoint Tagami to the Governors committee on Aquatic Invasive Species with Lieb as the alternate and appoint Maas to the Lake Level committee with Schoeneman as the alternate.

Motion Passed.

6B. Where To Go From Here-Maas

There was a lot of discussion about potential projects EOLIC could be involved with but the consensuses was that we should evaluate the potential for a project at 28th Street where it turns onto 255th Avenue (a.k.a. Francis Sites Drive). The area is between the properties of Joe Jennings and Gus Tallman by the sewage pumping station. It was felt that Steve Andersen and Dwight Dohlman should be contacted for input.

6C. Miscellaneous

No Comments.

7. Other Issues, Announcements, Etc.

A statement was made why pressure washers couldn’t be purchased for each ramp for use by boaters who launch their boats that come from other lakes.

8. Next Meeting The next meeting is Thursday, October 13th, 2011 @ 7:00P.M . at the Spirit Lake Library.

9. Adjournment

It was moved by Blum, seconded by Tallman to adjourn the meeting at 8:58 P.M.

Motion passed.

Minutes Submitted By:

Vern Schoeneman, Secretary