Meeting notes

LZIA Fall General Meeting

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.

Ponderosa Bar and Grill

Meeting called to order and President’s welcome by President Dan Schaub 7:05 pm.

Mark Keuhn was thanked for hosting the meeting.

LZIA board members were introduced. A change in the Treasurer board member nomination from Kim Nickander to Lonna Stork was announced. A round of applause was given in appreciation for Kim’s 12 years of service.

Secretary’s report:  Minutes from the Spring General meeting were reviewed by Kathy Tenner.

Treasurers’ report:  Kim Nickander: Reviewed expenditures and announced a current balance of $5, 885.

Invited Speakers

Rochester Public Utilities: Todd Osweiler:

  • RPU’s website has been newly formatted. There is now a summer and a winter graph. The winter graph was shown by mistake when the latest high level water event occurred and the levels were not available. This was due to the new website launch and won’t happen in the future. There is a new section on the webpage called ‘Dam News’ which will be used to post information about the dam. There will also be a section with dam FAQs.
  • Two turbines were down this fall and with high water it was difficult to control the water level. The turbines will be back online by October 27th.
  • A fall draw down has been approved by DNR. The water level will be lowered 3 ft. starting October 30th and ending November 13th. The water will then be brought back to winter levels until spring. Please go through Dan to submit requests for draw downs.
  • Dam summary: Output is higher this year even with missing generation due to turbines being down. There will be an annual dam inspection in November. RPU is still exploring a 3rd turbine to capture low-flow energy. A roof replacement project is ongoing and everything has been painted and spruced up. There will be an open house in 2019.
  • It was brought up by a member that the Olmsted county website has lost their lake level link.

Zumbro Watershed Partnership: Sarah Middleton:

  • Sarah is the new director of ZWP
  • Projects

1. Load monitoring: ZWP is working with the MPCA and has 4 water sampling sites to collect peak sediment.

2. Recreation sites: Work is ongoing to enhance 3 sites along the Zumbro watershed to encourage more use. The 3 sites are located in Mantorville, the Green Bridge and in Zumbro Falls. Three more sites will be worked on next year.

3. WRAPS: Work is being done to pilot a regional waterway trail system. The waterway trail will run from Mantorville to Lake Zumbro, and will eventually go on to meet the Mississippi River. This is a long-term project with great benefits for the region.

  • Paul Waska from ZWP spoke for the MPCA: WRAPS – watershed restoration and protection strategies (also known as the watershed accountability act) are being developed to improve watershed areas. Lake Zumbro is impaired for recreation because it has excessive phosphorus coming from many waterways that drain into it, from the high amount of crops upstream, and from being downstream from Rochester. The water treatment plant in Rochester discharges into the river. It is a point source that is regulated and has standards to meet, but it still contributes phosphorous. The rest of the phosphorus sources are non-point sources, which are diffuse and un-regulated. These 2 sources need to be lowered. The strategy to do this is to tighten standards for point sources and to look at land use standards for non-point sources. Planning and Zoning, feedlots, and water conservation have met with ZWP to make a plan to reduce phosphorus by 12 percent in the watershed within the next 10 years. ZWP is working with local government to accomplish this. A kick-off meeting was held in Oronoco. Water sampling data and monitoring tools were examined and nutrient and sediment reduction goals were discussed. There will be another meeting on Nov. 15 and 16th to discuss the protection portion of the WRAPS process. The process will be finished in January and a report will be produced. All meeting presentations and announcements are on the ZWP website.

Minnesota DNR: Dan Spence: Fisheries report.

  • Six hundred lbs. of walleye fingerlings will be stocked this Friday. Walleye is stocked every other year. Muskie will also be stocked. Muskies Incorporated funds the muskie stocking program. If there is a group that wants to stop the muskie stocking program the best approach would be to make an organized effort and contact Muskies Incorporated.
  • Fish assessments were not done this year. After dredging is complete extensive sampling will be completed to see how the lake responds.

District County Commissioners:

  • Wabasha County Commissioner Don Springer: There are more decisions that need to be made regarding the lake restoration project. Commissioner Springer is impressed by the amount of effort that has made by the LZIA members for the lake restoration project. Commissioner Springer announced he is running for re-election and would appreciate our support.
  • Olmsted County Commissioner Lou Ohly: Commissioner Ohly is proud that the LID was successful in obtaining funds for the restoration project, but there is more work to do. Yesterday the county board approved the master plan for parks, which includes the park on the lake. Olmsted County is committed to help see the dredging project through.

Olmsted County Sheriff’s Dept.: Sheriff Kevin Torgerson

  • The goal of the lake patrol is to maintain public safety. The patrol volunteer group has decreased in size, thus more staff has been assigned to the lake patrol. Laws have changed so that paid staff can’t volunteer which caused the downsizing of volunteers. The patrol is paid by federal and state grants, as well as local tax payer dollars.
  • Sgt. John Jacobson: Work has been ongoing to get the website back up to display the lake level status. The website has been down since early spring.
  • Water patrol report: There were: 338 patrol hours this season (60 more than last year), 2 watercraft accidents in Minnesota (one of these on Lake Zumbro), 315 safety inspections, 6 citations, 44 warnings (more than half were for registration violations), 25 days of no-wake, and 4 assists for towing boats. There appeared to be less traffic on the lake this summer.
  • Only 3 raft permits will be issued per year/county on the lake. The patrol for Olmsted and Wabasha counties made this decision jointly in an effort to keep the waterway open, but this could be up for further discussion.

Wabasha County Sheriffs Dept.: Sheriff Rodney Bartsh

  • The coverage that Olmsted County does when the Wabasha patrol needs to be at the Mississippi river is appreciated.

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc.: Molly Hintz

  • Tax Deductable Donations are still being accepted until the end of the year for the ‘Operation Priceless’ monument. The fundraising goal for this project hasn’t quite been reached. Locations being considered for the monument are the county park and the Ponderosa boat ramp, but a spot has not been finalized.

Committee reports

  • Activities: Report from Sandy Jacobson-Bluhm:

There were great turn-outs for both tie ups (~50 boats at the Labor Day tie-up). Seven boats participated in the 4th of July parade, and there was a good crowd at the LZIA appreciation picnic held at Uncle Johns. A message from Becci Miller was given that the Red Siems Open will not be held in 2017. Please donate on-line or in person. Hopefully, the event will be held again in 2018.

  • Wild Game Feed: Brett Jenkinson

There was a great turnout for the Wild Game Feed. Two-hundred and two people were served and a profit of approximately $6,400 was made. The location for next year is to be determined and the date will be Saturday, September 9th. Any feedback for the event can be sent to Brett. Brett thanked all of the volunteers and donors of the event.

  • Camp Victory – Al Atkins:

Zumbro river community festival was not held this year due to high winds. There was record attendance at the golf tournament. This was the 10th year for the eco-tri where the dive team and lake residents with pontoons have volunteered. Al thanked them both. Camp Victory will be closed for retreats in December, as there will be an expansion of the dining hall occurring. Next summer the camp will offer a new activity called black hole summer sledding.

  • Ski Dox Team-Kenny Mergen: Not in attendance
  • No Wake Sign: Lance Eidem

New No-Wake banners were installed this year. The signs took a beating due to the frequent high water and winds this year. They will be fixed this winter. Lance thanked the volunteers who deploy and take care of the signs. It was brought up by the Wabasha county patrol that they could apply for a grant to purchase no-wake signs for the lake if there is interest.

There will be new hazard buoys for the dam added by RPU this spring. The safety cable was removed and will not be replaced as it may have been more of a hazard than a help. The dam is 45-50 feet deep near the dam if anchoring near there a long rope is needed. Boats should not pull up to the dam to fish and lake patrol will enforce this.

  • Lake Zumbro Forever, Incorporated: Sheldon King-President

There was an informational meeting on the lake restoration project that took place in August. Engineers are working on permits for the project.

Unfinished Business: None

New business: John Postier had a raft float up to their shore if anyone is missing it. John read a message from Jim Peterson at Fisherman’s Inn: Next year the ramp will be open to loyal customers of the restaurant.

Nominating committee report and election results: Mary Fuller

There are no additional volunteers for open board and area representative positions. A motion was made to reinstate the slate below. The nomination was seconded and approved.

Office of President: Dan Schaub

Office of Vice-President: Jason LaPlante

Office of Secretary: Kathy Tenner

Office of Treasurer: Lonna Stork

North Representative: Molly Hintz

Central Representative: Sandy Jacobson-Bluhm

South Representative: Tammy Morris-Adams

Adjournment: 8:30 pm

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LZIA Spring General Meeting

Wednesday May 18th, 2016/7:00 p.m.

Meeting called to order by President Dan Schaub at 7:11 p.m.

Mark Keuhn was thanked for hosting our meeting.

LZIA Board members were introduced.

Secretary’s report: Minutes from the Spring General meeting were reviewed by Kathy Tenner.

Treasurers’ report: Kim Nickander

  • Balance in LZIA account: $3,693. Announced that the treasurer position will be open this fall.

Invited Speakers:

RPU: Todd Osweiler

  • Summarized the highest lake level over the past few years: 2016 1.7 ft, 2015- 1.2 ft, and 2014 3.6 ft over the dam. One turbine has been down so the water level this spring was a little higher than normal, but the lake is currently at summer level.
  • The output for the dam in an average year is 12,000 megawatt hours (enough to power about 1500 homes). RPU is looking into the possibility of installing a 3rd low flow turbine to capture energy at lower water levels. Feasibility studies are ongoing.
  • Yearly dam inspections will continue and there will be a dam emergency action plan drill this fall. The dam house roof will be replaced along with other improvements this summer. An open house celebration will occur in 2019 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the dam.
  • RPU continues to support the lake restoration project through the design phase along with the monetary commitment.
  • If there is interested in a fall draw down this year please contact Dan Schaub.

Zumbro Watershed Partnership: Sue Kruger

  • WRAPS – Watershed and Restoration Protection Strategy: An initiative to address the Zumbro Watershed area as a whole. The initiative is looking for public input through a survey which is located on the zumbrowatershed.org website. The survey will be open until June 8th.
  • Grants have been received to create 6 new water access points in the Zumbro Watershed – a couple of identified areas are in Zumbro Falls, the green bridge north of Lake Zumbro, and the dam in Mantorville. The hope is these new access points will increase awareness of the recreation available in the Zumbro Watershed, which will result in increased funding.

Olmsted County Sheriff Office:

  • Dan Schaub read notes provided from Sherriff Torgeson: A federal grant has been received to purchase a new 17’ Crestliner boat which will be equipped with PFDs and water rescue ropes. There will be increased patrol on Lake Zumbro during the weekdays and weekend evenings this summer.

Wabasha Country Sheriff Office: Sheriff Rodney Bartsh:

  • Thanked the Olmsted County Sheriff’s office for covering the lake patrol when the Wabasha country resources are required at the Mississippi river.

DNR Fisheries: Not in attendance – updates will be available at the Fall General meeting.

District County Commissioners:

  • Wabasha commissioner Don Springer: Congratulated the members on their support in the past 3 plus years to get the lake restoration project back on track.
  • Olmsted commissioner Lou Ohly:

Thanked various members and especially Sheldon King and Dean Albertson for their work on the Joint Powers board. The Olmsted country board is working to develop a plan to reduce sediment flow into the lake.

Described the new weapon screening process that occurs prior to entry to the upper floors of the court house. If any personal protection items are brought to the court house they will be confiscated.

Committee Reports

Activities:

  • Activities Director – Sandy Jacobson-Bluhm gave a summary of the upcoming summer activities and announced the Hei and Low pizza fund-raiser during the meeting tonight.
  • Ski-Dox – Kenny Mergen: Thank you to the members for their support of the ski team. Announced that the ski team has purchased a new-used boat and has a boat for sale which is advertised on the web site. There is a brand new ski show for this season and the first show is Memorial Day at 1:00 pm. There will be a golf tournament on August 19th in Pine Island, as well as the Wounded Warrior and Ironwood Springs events this summer.

Announced and handed out flyers for the East vs West Golf Tournament fundraiser for LZFI that will be held at Zumbro Falls Golf Club on June 24th.

  • Red Siem’s Open – Becci Berg: The Red Siem’s Open raised over $16,000 for the Eagles Cancer telethon this year. If anyone has ideas for a location for next year’s event in case Ponderosa is not open, please let Becci know.
  • Camp Victory – Al Atkins: David Nelson sent a message to thank the lake neighborhood for their support of Camp Victory. Registration for camp is now open. Fundraising activities for Camp Victory this summer include Maple Valley golf tournament, the Zumbro River Community Festival, and the Eco-Tri triathlon. Four more pontoons are needed for monitoring the safety of the Eco-Tri kayakers. Contact Al if interested. Silent Auction baskets are also need for the community festival. Contact Becci Berg if you have items.
  • Wild Game Feed – Brett Jenkinson: The Wild Game Feed will be held Saturday, September 10th 2016. A possible location for the event this year will be Uncle Johns. Planning work will start after Memorial Day. Food items will be similar to last year and an attempt will be made to change up the auction items to include more items attractive to women.
  • No-Wake Signs – Lance Eidem: Thank you to those members that take care of deploying the No-Wake signs. New signs are being worked on to replace existing ones.

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc. – Sheldon King, President:

  • Gave a summary of the Operation Priceless Campaign – A monument to raise money for the lake restoration project where contributors donating a minimum of $500 will have their name on the monument. The monument will be located in a prominent location, probably either at the Ponderosa launch or near Fisherman’s Inn. This has been the single best fundraiser to date. Molly Hintz has contribution forms if anyone is still interested in donating. Contributions will be taken until the end of the year and the monument will be ordered in January. Sheldon thanked and congratulated the members of the committee that made this fundraiser a success. The total match has been accounted for and turned into the state with the help of Olmsted County who put the money in an account up-front for LZFI. Engineering work has started, bids will be collected in March, 2017 and the dredging should start in May or June, 2017. Sheldon opened the floor for questions from the membership. Some points covered during the question/answer time includes: the plan is for the dredging to go to the original shoreline – changes to this could occur, but are not planned; dredging will be done a little up-river of King’s Park; maps of the planned dredging areas are on the Olmsted Country website; sediment will be contained as much as possible during the removal of the Oronoco dam.

Unfinished Business: none

New Business: none

Nomination Committee: Mary Fuller

  • All LZIA board positions and 3 area representative positions (1 from each area) will be open for nominations in the fall. Contact Mary if you or any one you know is interested in any of the positions.

Additional announcements:

The Lake Wide garage sale raised $2200. Thank you to everyone that helped.

The Smoking Coyotes will be playing and Uncle Johns on the Sunday night (May 29th) of Memorial Weekend.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:17



LZIA 2015 Fall General Meeting

Thursday October 1st, 2015/7:00 p.m.

Meeting called to order by President Dan Schaub at 7:11 p.m.

Dave and Shelly Roberts were thanked for hosting our meeting.

A few moments of remembrance were taken for lost LZIA members: Cheryl Keehn, Arleigh Benike and Linda Frie.

New members were welcomed.

LZIA Board members were introduced.

Secretary’s report: Minutes from the Spring General meeting were reviewed by Kathy Tenner.

Treasurers’ report: Kim Nickander

  • Balance in LZIA account: $13,841. Membership count is at 170 families.

Invited Speakers:

RPU: Todd Osweiler

  • The highest lake level this summer was a little over 1 foot over the dam on June 13. Hydrographs of the lake level can be found on the RPU website. The 5-7 day prediction graphs are proving to be very accurate. The dam output was average in 2014. Enough energy to provide power to about 1500 homes was produced. RPU is looking into the possibility of installing a 3rd turbine. The 5 year dam inspection was completed in 2014 and yearly inspections will be continued. Dam house improvements were made this year, including a new roof and new cement. The 100 year anniversary of the dam will occur in 2019. There will be a celebration to mark this event.
  • A fall draw down has been requested for approval from the DNR. The plan is to lower the lake level by 3 feet. The draw down will start on November 1st, take 1 week to reach the lowest level, be kept at that level for one week, and then returned to winter level.
  • Reconfirmed RPU’s commitment to provide monetary support for the lake restoration project.

Zumbro Watershed Partnership: Lawrence Svien was not in attendance.

Olmsted County Sheriff Office:

  • Sergeant John Jacobson: Water Safety Patrol report for 2015 summer season: There were 512 patrol hours so far and the patrol is still active. 90% of the federal grant and 60% of the state grant for patrol hours have been spent. In addition $4000 of a $10,000 local levy was spent. There were 15 citations (4 in Wabasha county, 11 in Olmsted) given. Most of the citations were for inadequate flotation devices, and also included 150 ft from shoreline rule, and after hours jet ski operation. There was one broken leg injury. The goal is to limit structures in the lake. Therefore, a permit is required for buoys, swim-platforms etc. If you want to apply for a permit contact either the Sheriff’s Office or the DNR.
  • Sheriff Rodney Bartsh: Thanked the Olmsted County Sheriff’s office for covering the lake patrol when the Wabasha country resources are required at the Mississippi river.

DNR Fisheries: Dan Spence

  • The fish survey this year revealed a great population of crappies (8-11”). Walleyes are stocked every even year. Fall electro-fishing will be occurring this fall. The boat will usually be out just after dark.

District County Commissioners:

  • Wabasha commissioner Don Springer: Congratulated the members on their hard work to make the lake restoration project happen.

Lake Improvement District (LID): Dean Albertson

  • Summarized the Joint Powers Board meeting: Vote was 4-0 in favor of approving the lake restoration project with proposed assessments ($5200/$3800 levels). An attempt will be made to raise the additional money to meet the state’s full match. Thanked Bill Angerman for his assistance in making the implementation process of the project done correctly and professional.

Committee Reports

Activities:

  • Activities Director: Sandy Jacobson-Blume is running the Hei and Low pizza fund-raiser during the meeting tonight. It was a successful summer of lake activities with fun Memorial and Labor Day tie ups and Fourth of July boat parade.
  • Becci Berg: The Red Siem’s Open will be having its 25th Anniversary next year. The date for the event will be January 9th, 2016. Silent auction items and door prizes are needed. E-mail Becci if you have items to donate. Becci is interested in bringing back the East vs West Lake Golf Tournament in memory of Cheryl Keehn. She is looking for someone to organize this activity. If interested e-mail Becci at bbecaroo@aol.com.
  • Wild Game Feed: Brett Jenkinson – Brett thanked Dennis Bosma for all his work on this event, as well as the volunteers and donors that helped make the event successful. There were 820 raffle tickets and 291 meals tickets sold. The booze raffle raised $1267, $661 was made from the “Get the Muck Out” donation jar, and the total taken in was $11,487. This event will be planned again for next year. The date is Saturday, September 10th 2016. An attempt will be made to change up the auction items to include more items attractive to women.
  • Al Atkins: It was a rocking year for fund-raising for Camp Victory. The golf tournament at Maple Valley had record attendance, the Zumbro River Community Festival also had great attendance, and there were 76 kayakers participating in the Eco-Tri triathlon. Thank you to the LZIA members for supporting the race and Camp Victory. Camp Victory has a new recreation center, a new 48 bed camper lodge, and the dining room will be enlarged to serve 300 campers. Currently it serves 100 campers.
  • Ski-Dox: Kenny Mergen: Thank you to the members for their support of the ski team, specifically at the Wounded Warrior Event, the Ironwoods Christian Ranch event, as well as at the ski shows.
  • No-Wake Signs: Lance Eidem: Thank you to those members that take care of the No-Wake signs. If signs are in need of repair there will be an upcoming event to work on the repairs. f you notice that repairs on needed on any of the No-Wake signs please contact Lance. There are new banners for the floating signs. Notifications of No-Wake Status are sent out to the LZIA mailing list and are posted to LZIA facebook, RPU and Olmsted County websites.

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc. – Sheldon King, President

  • The lake restoration project is moving forward. LZFI will continue to look for ways to raise money to meet the total state match. Ideas include: proposals both to RPU and the Rochester Area Foundatation that would allow them to obtain future assessments; a social media campaign; private donations; voluntary increases in assessments by property owners (increases would be tax deductable); and LZFI and LZIA money accounts.

Unfinished Business: none

New Business:

  • President Dan Schaub made a motion to donate $10,000 from the LZIA account to LZFI. The motion was seconded and approved.
  • There will be another Spring Garage sale. This year it will be held at Reinkes’ corner on April 30th-May 1st, 2016.
  • The new LZFI Public Relations Committee Chairperson, Katherine Brandy was introduced.

Nomination Committee: Mary Fuller

  • There were no volunteers or nominations for open LZIA board positions. Mary made a motion to approve the nomination slate as presented with current board members. The motion was seconded and approved.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:46

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LZIA 2015 Spring General Meeting

Wednesday May 6th, 2015/7:00 p.m.

Meeting called to order by President Dan Schaub at 7:14 p.m.

Dave and Shelly Roberts were thanked for hosting our meeting.

New members were welcomed.

LZIA Board members were introduced.

Secretary’s report: Minutes from the Spring General meeting were reviewed by Kathy Tenner.

Treasurers’ report: Kim Nickander

  • Balance in LZIA account: $13,133.

Invited Speakers:

RPU: Todd Osweiler

  • Lake level summary: The highest lake level of 2014 was 918.2 (3.6 feet over the dam). The highest the lake level was this spring was not even 1 foot over the dam. The lake was brought up to summer levels at the end of March this year. A reminder that current lake levels, as well as the 7 day prediction graphs can be found on the RPU website. The 7 day prediction graphs are proving to be very accurate.
  • Dam summary: The dam output was average in 2014. Enough energy to provide power to about 1500 homes was produced. The 5 year dam inspection was completed in 2014. There will be dam improvement projects going on this year. 2019 will be the 100 year anniversary of the dam. There will be a celebration to mark this event.
  • If there are any special requests regarding the fall draw down for this fall contact Dan Schaub.
  • Reconfirmed RPU’s commitment to provide monetary support for the lake restoration project.
  • Bass Tournaments: The Bass tournaments are held on Tuesdays and will probably move to the Ponderosa ramp this year. The cost is $20/boat and the time is from 5:00-dark.

Zumbro Watershed Partnership: Lawrence Svien

  • The legislative process for obtaining funding money for the sediment contribution to the Zumbro Watershed area is ongoing and hopefully will be available by July.
  • ZWP will have a presence at the Oxbow Spring-fest on May 10th, as well as at the Spring Garden event in Zumbrota in June.
  • Water Buffer Initiative: Governor Dayton is championing the water buffer initiative. Current buffer laws are not enforced consistently, so the biggest change would be in enforcement of the buffer laws. Enforcement would be escalated to the DNR if the county does not enforce the rules. Another major change is in the increase of the buffer from 16.5 to 50 ft. Farm property owners have been vocal about their views to the legislators. The biggest message being brought forward is that one size of a buffer zone does not fit all.
  • ZWP is a member driven organization and ZWP is asking for support by joining the membership.

Olmsted County Sheriff Office: Sheriff Kevin Torgerson

  • Congratulated the LZIA on their member attendance and involvement at this meeting.
  • Sargeant John Jacobson: This year their goal is to increase enforcement efforts on the lake. A grant for enforcement of around $5,000 has been awarded to support these efforts. An estimate of 1108 hours is predicted for the summer of 2015. There will also be an investment in training of Dive Team members. The Olmsted County Sheriff’s website and Facebook page has information and a newsletter that members may access.
  • Sheriff Rodney Bartsh: Thanked the Olmsted County Sheriff’s office for their partnership in patrolling the lake. Their closer proximity for emergency situations, as well as the time constraints on Wabasha county because of having to split enforcement hours between Lake Zumbro and other waterways, makes the partnership beneficial.

Rochester Rowing Club: David Chan

  • The Rochester Rowing Club will have an occasional presence on Lake Zumbro this summer. The club promotes healthy living to kids and has 20-50 kids that row with the club. They have rowing boats that are 20-60 ft long, so they need a larger body of water than what Silver Lake can provide. They will be out mostly in the mornings as they need calm waters for the long boats that flip easily. A goal for the club is to have a regatta on Lake Zumbro this summer. If you have interest in the rowing club talk to Dan Schaub.

DNR Fisheries: Dan Spence

  • Dan Spence was not in attendance. Due to high water, there was not a fish survey completed last fall.

Oronoco Township: Mark Thein

  • Southeast Waste-Water Initiative: The Humphrey Institute Local Government Initiative provides grant funding for installing new septic cluster systems to keep bacteria out of lake and river water. A community septic system has been put in at King’s park and is planned for the Cedar Beach area. If anyone is interested in this initiative contact Sheila Craig (Community Sewage Treatment Facilitator, 902 Houston St, NW #3, Preston MN 55965, 507-765,2605).

District County Commissioners:

  • Wabasha commissioner Brian Goihl: The Wabasha county board has committed to monetary funding for the lake restoration project and is working with Olmsted county on their contribution. The plan is to bring forth a resolution at an Olmsted county board meeting in May.
  • Olmsted commissioner Lou Ohly: Supports the monetary amount the LID is seeking from Olmsted county for the monetary support of the lake restoration project. At this time it is important to contact the other Olmsted county commissioners to influence their vote for the funding. It is important that non-lake property owners contact the Olmsted county commissioners to let them know they feel it is important to support the lake restoration project. The project needs a vote of 4 out of 7 of the commissioners to be supported and Lou is open to any suggestions on how to move the project forward.

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc. – Sheldon King, President

  • The LID project is running into some obstacles with funding by Olmsted county that needs to be addressed. If Olmsted county does not provide the amount that the LID is seeking then the money will need to be obtained in another way.
  • Molly Hintz: The lake restoration project without any scale back will cost 7 million dollars to complete. The state has set aside 3.5 million dollars in bonding money that needs to have an equal match of 3.5 million in order to be used. The proposed breakdown is for RPU, the LID and Wabasha/Olmsted counties combined to contribute 1/3 each. Wabasha has committed to providing support and Olmsted county will be meeting this month to determine the amount they will contribute. Eighty percent of the dredging project will occur in Olmsted County. A plan of action is requested to identify people that you know feel the dredging project is important and that live in the Olmsted County commissioners districts other than Lou Ohly’s district. After you have identified these people ask them to contact their commissioners with a plea to support this project with the monetary amount requested. The goal is to have everyone contact at least 2 people that can do this.
  • Rummage Sale Fundraiser: The rummage sale netted a profit of approximately $2500. Thank you to Kevin Kautz for providing the location at the Zumbro Valley Golf Course and to Cheryl Keehn for spear heading the sale.

Lake Improvement District (LID): Dean Albertson

  • The future of the lake restoration is depending on everyone to contact the 2 people to contact their Olmsted county commissioners to let them know it is important for them to support the project. A Kick-off meeting for the feasibility study on how lake property owners will be assessed will be happening soon. A company will be hired to determine the method of assessment and will not be determined by the LID.

Committee Reports

Activities:

  • New Activities Director: Sandy Jacobson-Bluhm has volunteered to become the new Activities Director. Thank you to Michelle Schmidt for her service over the past few years. Kathy Tenner summarized the activities for the summer of 2015: Skidox Waterski Club shows-Wednesdays, 7 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day with special shows Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day at 1 pm in front of Fisherman’s Inn; Floating Salsa Bar-Saturday May 23, Rusch’s Bay 1 pm; July 4th Boat Parade-meet at 11:00 am in front of Pondersoa Bar and Grill and ends at Fisherman’s Inn around 1 pm; Membership Appreciation Even- TBD, Floating Bloody Mary Bar-Saturday September 5th, Rusch’s Bay 11:am; LZIA Wild Game Feed-TBD; Traveling Happy hour Flag-Grab the flag and host at your convenience.
  • Becci Berg: The Red Siem’s Open held in January raised $16,000 for the Eagles cancer telethon. Becci is currently looking for silent auction donations for the Zumbro River Community Festival.
  • Al Atkins: There will be 3 fund raisers held this year for Camp Victory: The golf tournament at Maple Valley on June 5th – shot-gun start and Betsy singer as the MC; the Zumbro River Community Festival on June 27th – silent auction, fire-works and a wood working demonstration, as well as kids activities and entertainment; the Eco-Tri triathlon on August 9th – kayak, bike and run. Thank you to the Sheriff’s dive team for monitoring the Eco-Tri participants and to the volunteers who provide pontoon transportation for the dive team. Currently there is a need for 3 more pontoons. Contact Dan Schaub or Al if interested in helping out. Last year these fund-raisers were able to provide scholarships to 300 kids to attend camp. Camp Victory has a new recreation center at the camp, is adding a new camper lodge, and is enlarging the dining room. Eight new specialty camps have been added, including a Johnny Mango culinary camp and a CSI camp.
  • Wild Game Feed: A volunteer(s) is needed to spear head the Wild Game Feed this year. Dennis Bosma has moved off the lake, but is willing to help out the new event coordinator with the project.

Ski-Dox: Kenny Mergen: The ski team will raffle off a 4 wheel ATV this year. In addition to the ski-shows at Fisherman’s Inn there will also be shows at Foster Arend’s park this summer.

No-Wake Signs: Lance Eidem not in attendance

  • Dan gave a reminder that no-wake e-mails are sent out to the LZIA mailing list and posted to the LZIA website. If you notice that repairs on needed on any of the No-Wake signs please contact Lance Eidem.

Unfinished Business: none

New Business: none

Nomination Committee: Mary Fuller

  • Announced that an election for the LZIA board will be held this fall and all positions are open for nominations, as well as one representative position from each area.

Meeting Adjourned: 9:20


 

                             2014 LZIA Fall General Meeting

                            Ponderosa Bar & Grill, Wednesday October 1st, 2014/7:00 p.m.

Meeting called to order by President Dan Schaub at 7:10 p.m.

New members were welcomed.

Dave and Shelly Roberts were thanked for hosting our meeting.

Secretary’s report:

Minutes from the Spring General meeting were reviewed by Kathy Tenner.

Treasurers’ report: Kim Nickander

  • Balance in LZIA account: $13,453. Noted that both Mayo Clinic and IBM United Way contributions can be directed to LZFI. Questions regarding Mayo Clinic contributions should be directed towards Kim Nickander and questions regarding IBM contributions can be directed towards Jessica Eidem.

 Invited Speakers:

RPU: Todd Osweiler

  • Recent high water in the last few weeks was due to the CAPx project, but water levels have now returned to normal.
  • There was a high level event in mid-June due to flooding water. The highest level during that event was 918.2 (top of the dam is 914.6).
  • A reminder that current lake levels, as well as predictions for lake levels and inflow can be found on the RPU website.
  • The fall draw down will start October 25th and will be lowered gradually until a maximum of 4 ft lower is reached. The max low level will be maintained from November 3-9th and on November 10th the water will start to be brought back up to winter level.
  • Power output of the DAM this year was a little below average for 2014.
  • An emergency response drill was held in March, 2014 and there will be a periodic 5 year inspection done at the end of October.
  • Reconfirmed RPU’s commitment of monetary support for the lake restoration project.

Zumbro Watershed Partnership: Lawrence Svien

  • The project to identify the highest areas of sediment contribution to the Zumbro watershed is complete and those sites are posted on the ZWP web site. Federal funds have been obtained to help with reducing sediment in these sites. There have been signs containing a map of the Zumbro Watershed area posted in 132 public areas. LCCMR has accepted a proposal for developing recreational learning sites for the watershed area.
  • Continuing to develop the ‘One watershed, one plan’ (an integrated plan across counties) for the Zumbro Watershed area.
  • ZWP with be working with the Minnesota and Olmsted Country Historical societies to determine what the watershed looked like historically.
  • Asking for support of ZWP by joining the membership.

Olmsted County Sheriff Office: Sheriff David Mueller

  • Introduced Sergeant John Jacobson from Olmsted Country who patrols the lake and Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh.
  • Summary of the lake patrol for 2014: There was 1 injury accident and no boating while intoxicated. There were 125 water craft inspections and 6 citations including expired or no registration, no floatation device and illegal operation of a boat. There were 26 no-wake days.
  • There will be about the same number of patrol hours in 2014 as in 2013 (500 hours.) A grant has been applied for to obtain an increase in life savings devices to have on the patrol boat.

DNR Fisheries:   Dan Spence

  • A full population assessment was planned for June of 2014, but flood water caused the assessment to be delayed until next year.
  • Lake Zumbro will be stocked with walleye and musky in mid-October. Some concern about stocking the lake with musky was raised. Dan indicated if there is opposition to stocking the lake with muskies please contact the DNR fishery office.

District County Commissioners:

  • Lou Ohly: Announced that he has been working with the LID on the lake restoration project and is exploring different ways to support the funding for the restoration project.
  • Don Springer: Looking forward to continuing to work with the LID on the lake restoration project and will work to address any issues that arise.

Lake Improvement District (LID): Dean Albertson

  • The board meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the upstairs of the Oronoco Community Center. The next meeting will be October 21st, 2014. There was an annual general public meeting on August 14th, 2014 and next year’s will be August 20th, 2015. The board is made up of 7 members and Lou Ohly and Don Springer are ex officio members.
  • The total amount of assessments will not be decided until the contribution amounts by Olmsted and Wabasha counties have been determined. The total match needed is 3.5 million and the goal is to have RPU, members of the LID, and Olmsted and Wabasha counties combined match 1/3 of the 3.5 million each. There are roughly 350 properties making up the members of the LID and the goal is for each property to contribute an average of $3,000. Some assessments will be higher and some will be lower, and it is possible the average will need to be more depending on the outcome of the matching from the counties. The goal for dredging is still to start April, 2016.

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc. – Sheldon King

  • Noted that this has been a good fund-raising year for LZFI. The Wild Game feed, apparel sales and Kwik Trip gas cards have been the major fundraiser activities this year.
  • The new LZIA Public Relations committee led by Sue Kruger has been actively getting publicity through shows and events, key chains, stickers, and the LZFI web page.
  • The LID project is on track and the staff from Olmsted and Wabasha counties has been valuable in helping with the project.
  • The money raised by the LZFI fundraisers will be used in some form for the lake. It will need to be determined exactly how the money will be used. Some ideas raised have included: applying to the property assessments, put toward engineering cost for the feasibility report, use for unforeseen cost overrides, and for maintenance of the lake after the initial dredging has occurred.
  • LZFI is no longer the driver of the lake restoration, but the LID is. Once dredging is complete LZFI will again become very important to protecting and preserving Lake Zumbro and will work closely with LZIA to accomplish this.

 Committee Reports

Activities:

  • Kathy Tenner summarized the activities for the summer of 2014 in Michelle Schmidt’s absence:

The overall winner of the 4th of July Boat Parade was the Zumbro Zombie, “Be Careful of When You Dredge” by the Schmitz and Squatters. The winner in creativity was Wild, Wild, West, by King (Sheldon) and Crew, and Wild West by Meyers (Sue) and Crew. They didn’t know they were doing the same thing, but ended up with a great wagon train! The winner for originality was Santa’s Sleigh on Independence Day by Al Keuten and Crew. The winner in the Use of Overall Boat category was What Snowmen Do in Summer by the Longman Family and Crew. The winner in the most Patriotic category was America the Beautiful by the Barten Family and Crew. The Member Appreciation picnic, the Floating Salsa Bar and Floating Bloody Mary Bar were all very well attended this year. Michelle is moving soon and thus there is an opening for an Activities Director.

  • Becci Berg: The date for the next Red Siem’s open is January 10, 2015. There will be euchre, fishing, golf, and, newly added this year, bingo. Becci would like to add kickball back to the schedule of events and is looking for someone to organize that activity. If interested contact Becci. Becci is also looking for silent auction and door prize donations.
  • Dennis Bosma: The 3rd annual Wild Game Feed which was Saturday September 13, 2014 raised a net profit of $10, 377 ($16,800 gross minus $6,442 in expenses) and served 275 people. An additional $2000 was raised from apparel sales. Thank you to the at least 50 volunteers, and to the Ladies of the Lake who donated bars and cookies. Also thank you to Lou Ohly and Don Springer, who worked on the same serving line together, Mary Fuller for opening up her house for preparation, and the Arnold family for running the apparel sales.
  • Al Atkins: There were 3 fund raisers held this year. The Zumbro River Community Festival, the golf tournament at Maple Valley, and the Eco-Tri triathlon raised enough money to send 252 children to camp that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to go.   Al thanked all the Lake Zumbro people that have helped out with the Camp Victory fundraisers and especially for those donated their time and pontoons so the Sheriff’s dive team could monitor the participants during the canoe portion of the Eco-Tri triathlon.

No-Wake Signs: Lance Eidem

  • Thanked all the volunteers that manage the No-Wake signs. During high water events and, especially in the spring when not everyone has their boats in the water, if you are able to help put the signs out please do.   The text on the signs will be made bigger as the signs are revamped in future.

Unfinished Business: none

 New Business: Dan Schaub

  • DNR forms are required for moving boats, docks etc. that have Invasive Species (Zebra Mussels) on the roadways. As long as you have a form with you while you are transporting your property you will not be fined.

Nomination Committee: Mary Fuller

  • Announced that all LZIA office board positions are open for nominations, as well as one representative position from each area. Thanked the outgoing representatives, Ron Fuller, Cheryl Keehn and Cindy Benike, for their service. The current nomination slate is as follows:
  • Office of President – Dan Schaub
  • Office of Vice President – Jason LaPlante
  • Office of Treasurer – Kim Nickander
  • Office of Secretary – Kathy Tenner
  • South Representative – Tammy Morris-Adams
  • Central Representative – Sandy Jacobson-Bluhm
  • North Representative – Molly Hintz

LZIA Board election results: Mary Fuller

  • There are no additional nominations for the open LZIA board positions. A motion was made to appoint the slate as presented. The motion was seconded and approved.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:30


 

LZIA 2014 Spring General Meeting

Wednesday May 14, 2014/7:00 p.m. @Ponderosa

Meeting called to order by President Dan Schaub at 7:15 p.m.

New members were welcomed.

Dave and Shelly Roberts were thanked for hosting our meeting.

The LZIA Board of Directors was introduced.

Secretary’s report:  Minutes from the Fall  General meeting were reviewed by Kathy Tenner.

Treasurers’ report: 
Kim Nickander
Balance in LZIA account: $12,713.  Noted that Mayo Clinic United Way contributions can be directed to LZFI.

Invited Speakers
:

RPU:  Todd Osweiler

  • Reminder of the change in mean sea levels measurements and that the water level at the top of the dam is 914.6.  The prediction graphs on the website have been very accurate when accounting for rain amounts, but winter melt is harder to predict.
  • An emergency response drill was held in March, 2014 and the annual dam inspection was completed last fall.
  • Reconfirmed RPU’s commitment of monetary support for the lake restoration project of 1/3 of the local match.
  • If there are any special requests for an extended draw-down of the lake this fall contact Dan Schaub by October so that he may submit the request to RPU.


Olmsted County Sheriff Office
:  Sheriff David Mueller

  • Summary of the lake patrol for 2013:  The patrol’s focus is on no-wake violations.  There were 162 boat/water craft inspections, 2 accidents and 1 hard water accident over the winter.  There have been no significant thefts/burglaries in the lake area.
  • There will be about the same number of patrol hours in 2014 as in 2013 (500 hours.)  A grant has been applied for to obtain an increase in life savings devices to have on the patrol boat.

Wabasha County Sheriff, Rodney Bartsh, was introduced.
Zumbro Watershed Partnership: Lawrence Svien

  • Presented Dan Schaub with a certificate of appreciation and a thank you for his years of serving on the board of the ZWP.
  • The project to identify the highest areas of sediment contribution to the Zumbro watershed is complete and they are working with the identified land owners to help them reduce watershed sediment.
  •  Continuing to develop the ‘One watershed, one plan’ (an integrated plan across counties, rather independent plans for each county) for the Zumbro Watershed area.
  • Announced a project to develop recreational learning sites for the watershed area.
  • Asking for support of ZWP by joining the membership.


DNR Fisheries:
   Dan Schaub summarized on behalf of Kevin Stauffer

  • A full population assessment will be done in 2014 by using netting in mid-June and electrofishing in the fall.
  • Lake Zumbro will be stocked with 600 lbs of walleye fingerlings in the fall of 2014.


District County Commissioners:

  • Lou Ohly: Announced that he is soliciting ideas for ways Olmsted county can support the cost of matching funds for the Lake Zumbro water restoration project.
  • Don Springer: Confirmed support of the Lake Zumbro water restoration project.

 Committee Reports

Activities:

  • ·    Kathy Tenner summarized the activities for the summer of 2014 in Michelle Schmidt’s absence:     The first activity is the Floating Salsa Bar on Saturday, May 24th. A reminder that the Happy Hour flag is available if anyone would like to host.  Dan Schaub currently has the flag.  Mentioned the water-ski shows every Wednesday night at Fisherman’s Inn as well as special shows on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor day.
  • ·    Becci Berg: Noted another successful year for the Red Siem’s Open.  The next one will be held January 10, 2015.  Becci would like to add the kickball game back to the schedule of events and is looking for someone to organize that activity.  If interested contact Becci.
  • ·    Dennis Bosma: The 3rd annual Wild Game Feed will be held Saturday September 13, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm. Meal tickets will be $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door.  There will be a laser trap gun target contest and a bean bag tournament.  The planning committee will be meeting Thursday, May 15th at Uncle Johns for anyone interested in helping.  Donations of tomatoes, peppers, and all frozen wild game is needed.  Volunteers to sell tickets (target is to sell to people who do not live on the lake), work at the food stations, and to clean up after are needed.  Also needed is a shuttle driver to transfer people back and forth to the parking lot at the DNR ramp.
  • ·    Al Atkins: Thanked all the Lake Zumbro people that have helped out with the Camp Victory fundraisers and for the monetary contribution from LZIA.  The Zumbro River Community Festival will be held June 28th from 4:00 until dark. There will be a new 40 foot slide at the event in addition to the all the usual great activities.  The silent auction will include a $600 service from Bob the Bug Man and Metrodome stadium seats.  Addition items are needed. Other fundraisers being held this summer include a golf tournament and a triathlon.  The golf tournament will be a shot-gun start tournament at Maple Valley Golf Course on June 13th.   Due to a generous donation virtually all the money raised will go to Camp Victory to help underprivileged children attend camp.  The Eco-Tri triathlon will be held August 10th.  Pontoons are needed to help carry the Sheriff’s Dive team to watch over the entrants during the canoe portion.  Last year this event raised $13,381.

SkiDox:   Kenny Mergen
Thanked everyone for their support of the ski team.  There is going to be a new program and a new theme this year.  The SkiDox will be hosting a golf tournament this fall. Any donations made to the SkiDox are tax deductable.  In addition to the Wednesday evening shows at 7:00 (6:30 in August) in front of Fisherman’s Inn there are special shows on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.  There will also be shows every Tuesday night at Foster Arend’s Park in the month of June.

No-Wake Signs:
Dan Schaub presented in the absence of Lance Eidem
Volunteers are working on putting out the No-Wake signs. The LZIA website has links to the No Wake Status and lake prediction graphs.  A suggestion was made by a member that future signs be made bigger than the current ones.

Lake Improvement District (LID): 
Dean Albertson

  • Introduced the board members of the LID as follows:  Dean Albertson (Chair), Jason LaPlante (Vice Chair), Derek Johnson (Secretary),  Joe Weis (Treasurer), Mark Mathre,  Matt Johnson, and Steve Roth.  Lou Ohly and Don Springer are unofficial board members.
  • The board will meet at 7:00 pm every 3rd Tuesday at Fisherman’s Inn from May-November 2014. The minutes and agenda will be posted at Fisherman’s Inn.  Non-board members may be invited to speak during the meetings.
  • The scope of the board will be only to work on the lake restoration project.  Maintenance will not be included as part of their responsibilities. Property assessments will not be handled by the board. An outside business will be contracted to make the assessments.  The dollar amount of the assessments will be based on benefit to property.  The total amount of assessments will not be decided until the contribution amounts by Olmsted and Wabasha counties have been decided.  The total maximum of $6000 per property that has been reported in the past was a guideline and should be at that level or lower as long as no matching monetary support is lost.
  • The goal for dredging to start is April, 2016.  May 2016 is the official deadline of when the bonding money needs to be used.  An extension can be applied for if needed.
  • When the dredging occurs there will be a machine that will pump the material 24 hours per day with a pipe leading off.  This method should not cause much disruption to the lake itself.


Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc
. – Sheldon King

  • Noted that LZFI will be in charge of taking care of the maintenance of the lake after the initial dredging occurs.  Sheldon spoke with a dredger last week and the entire project will be able to be completed for less than the original amount that was thought.

Treasurers Report: Karl Schuller

  • The current balance is approximately $55,000.  This is an increase of over $20,000 from last year due to sales in Kwik Trip gas cards, apparel sales, the Wild Game Feed, and donations through IBM and Mayo.
  • There has been an influx of new volunteers for LZFI and new committees have been formed. They will present to LZIA as their activities increase.  The first committee to present is the Public Relations committee tonight.

Public Relations (PR):  Sue Kruger, Chair

  • The PR committee was formed in August, 2013.  The mission of the PR committee is to provide LZFI and its other committees tools to support fund-raising for the lake restoration.  The following accomplishments have been completed so far: Updated the LZFI logo, updated the tag line to ‘Restore Now, Preserve Forever’, developed new brochures with a QR code for LZFI, created a banner with a link to the LZFI website, developed an exhibit to be shown at various events (the first will be at the Zumbro River community festival at Camp Victory), will have ads in local publications, a Social Media workshop  will be held Saturday May, 17 from 10:00 am – noon at Ponderosa Bar and Grill, currently working on a LZFI history project, and a new website has been developed.

New LZFI website: Ray Romon

  • The LZFI website (lakezumbroforever.org) has been revamped and has a new look and new functionality.  It has icons which allows users to make a donations or sign-up to volunteer, as well as contact information.  Rolling ad spots are now available for businesses to advertise at a rate of $250/year and will contain a link to business’ website.


Unfinished Business
: none

New Business:

  • LZIA is soliciting feedback to see if there is continued interest in hosting the annual rummage sale.


Nomination Committee:
Mary Fuller

  • ·    Announced that all LZIA board positions are open for nominations for the fall election if anyone is interested.

Meeting Adjourned: 9:15

________________________________________________________________________________________________

LZIA Fall General Meeting

Wednesday October 2, 2013/7:00 p.m.

 

Meeting called to order by President Dan Schaub at 7:05 p.m.

 

Dan thanked our hosts, Dave and Shelly Roberts for allowing us to hold our meeting at the Ponderosa Bar and Grill.

 

Secretary’s report: Minutes from the Spring General meeting were reviewed by Kathy Tenner.

 

Treasurers’ report: Kim Nickander

Balance in LZIA account: Approximately $15,000.

 

Invited Speakers:

 

Zumbro Watershed Partnership: Lawrence Svien

  • The project to identify the highest areas of sediment contribution to the Zumbro watershed is complete. ZWP is working with the identified land owners to help them reduce watershed sediment.
  • ZWP has started working with Zumbro and Friends on flood control projects in the watershed area.
  • ‘One watershed, one plan.’ Counties are moving towards integrated plans for a watershed area, rather than having each county having their own plan. ZWP is looking for individuals with input and support. If interested contact ZWP.

 

Olmsted County Sheriff Office: Sherriff David Mueller

  • Sheriff Mueller introduced a member of the Olmsted County staff that patrol Lake Zumbro and the senior deputy from Wabasha county.
  • Summary of the lake patrol for 2013: The lake was patrolled for 500 hours that are paid for by federal and state grants, as well as a local levy. There were 2 accidents and 162 boat/water craft inspections. Citations included no-wake violations, no personal floatation devices, and personal watercraft after hours violations.

 

RPU: Todd Osweiler was not in attendance. Dan Schaub noted the following in his absence:

  • The plan for the fall draw-down of the lake has been submitted as follows: lowering of the lake will start October 26, a four-foot drop will be maintained from November 4-10th , and the lake will be raised starting November 11th until the winter level of 913 main sea level is reached. The dam will be inspected on October 29th.
  • Energy output from the dam was lower than normal for 2013.

 

DNR Fisheries: Dan Spence

  • Lake Zumbro will be stocked with walleye fingerlings in 2014. Stocking occurs every other year. Sampling has not occurred in the last two years.

 

Lake Shady Project: Terry Lee

  • Lake Shady will be restored to natural river flow. When flooding occurs, water overflow will fill the lake bed area. The entire area is considered wetlands by the federal government so the vast amount of the sediment from the project will be moved to the area along highway 52 . In that area a trail will be built and trees will be planted. The Lake Shady dam will be removed by mechanical means to minimize discharge of lake sediment. Rock rapids will be created to also prevent sediment loss. Funding for the project was obtained from the Outdoor Heritage fund, Fema, and dam safety funds for a total of 3.47 million. Construction will occur in the fall 2014/ spring 2015.

 

District County Commissioners:

  • Don Springer was not in attendance.
  • Lou Ohly: Announced that the Joint Powers board for the Lake Improvement District has delayed the planned public meeting originally scheduled for October 8th 2013 until November 19th 2013.

 

Committee Reports

 

Activities:

  • Michelle Schmidt: Thanked Uncle John’s Bar and Grill for providing the bloody mary mix for our Blood Mary Float. Mentioned that the Happy Hour flag is available if anyone would like to host. Announced a plan to have ‘surprise’ happy hours for LZIA at the local lake establishments this winter. More information is to come.
  • Becci Berg: Not in attendance. Please refer to the e-mail sent from the LZIA about the Red Siem’s Open on behalf of Becci. Christy Schmidt summarized in Becci’s absence.: The Red Siem’s open which raises money for the American Cancer Association will be held January 11th, 2014. Activities will in include Euchre, a golf tournament on ice, and a silent auction. Volunteers and items for the silent auction are needed. Contact Becci if you are interested.
  • Dennis Bosma: Wild Game Feed held in September raised $16,386, with a net profit of $10,600. $1070 was raised from the wine/beer raffle and $28 was raised from a kiss raffle. Five hundred people were served and 40 volunteers contributed their time. The date for next year is September 13, 2014.
  • Al Atkins: Camp Victory summer fundraisers included a golf tournament, the Zumbro River Community Festival, and the Camp Victory Triathlon. All together these events raised $50,381, enough to help 301 underprivileged children attend camp. Registration for camp in 2013 was at an all-time high. Al thanked all the volunteers that helped out at the Triathlon and especially Dan Schaub for his help and expertise with the festival’s firework show.

 

No-Wake Signs: Lance Eidem

Lance recognized and thanked all those volunteers that manage the ‘No Wake’ signs. Signs were not put out early this year when the high water events occurred due to the early timing in the season. RPU mean sea level measurements of the lake level are on the RPU website ,as well as the No Wake status. Prediction graphs of lake levels can also be found there. Please visit the website and provide any feedback that you may have.

 

Nominating Committee: Mary Fuller

No nominations were made for any of the open LZIA board member positions. A motion was made to reinstate the current officers and representatives for 2014. The motion was seconded and carried.

LZIA/LZFI website update:

There is now a PayPal button for donations to LZFI, donations will be matched up to $1,000 until October 31st.

 

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc. – Sheldon King

  • The LZFI presentation was forgone in lieu of the presentation of the county staff members from Olmsted and Wabasha that will present information on the Lake Improvement District.

 

Unfinished Business: none

 

New Business: Lake Improvement District presentation from Olmsted and Wabasha county staff. Terri Lee introduced the county staff members: Mike Plante (Wabasha Assistant Attorney), Tom Canan (Senior Assistant Olmsted County Attorney) and Bill Angerman with Lake Zumbro Forever.

 

Tom Canan:

A Lake Improvement District (LID) is a local government unit established by resolution of one or more County Boards that allows for greater local involvement in lake management activities and has the ability to require property owners within the LID to pay a share of dredging project costs. Property owners with lake access and those abutting the lake will be assessed with some exceptions.

The LID was proposed by property owners who live by the lake. The estimated cost for the lake restoration project is $8,000,000. $3,000,000 has been appropriated through state bonding for the dredging project contingent upon local participation for the remainder. RPU has agreed to provide a 1/3 match needed for the project, not to exceed $1,667,000. It’s estimated that the remainder will be $1,333,000 – $2,000,000 which must be raised from the owners by the lake. Olmsted and Wabasha County have already committed substantial in-kind staff resources since 2009 to help get the LID up and running. The Wabasha and Olmsted County Boards have issued a Resolution of Intent to Establish a Lake Improvement District. The County Boards will hold a Joint Public Hearing to get public input on the LID November 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Ponderosa Bar and Grill. Ten–thirty days after the public hearing, County Boards will meet to approve or disapprove the establishment of the LID. If approved, the LID board members will be made up of property owners around the lake.

Members appointed if the LID is approved are as follows: Dean Albertson, Matt Johnson, Steve Roth, Jason LaPlante, Derek Johnson, Mark Mathre, and Joe Weiss, The board will assess the cost of the project. The cost cannot exceed the benefit conferred on the property by the project and the property owners have a right to a hearing before an agreement is binding. The board may levy a tax on properties within the LID and/or impose user fees (which is not proposed at this time.) Counties are not obligated to share in the cost of the match funding. A provision for assessment deferrals for those with financial hardships can be made. Unimproved properties (those without a non-portable housing structure) could have assessments deferred until or if the property becomes improved. Special consideration may be made for those with parcels within the district that have lake access, but do not abut the lake. There are 219 parcels in Wabasha county and 292 in Olmsted County. It is assumed approximately 350 parcels will be assessed. It is also assumed the assessments would be paid within 10-15 years.

 

The proposed schedule is as follows:

Formation of LID by County Boards: Dec. 9, 2013

Prepare Plans and Specs: Summer and Fall 2014

Receive Bids: Feb 2015

Award Contract: March 2015

Begin Construction: June 2015

Complete Construction: Fall 2015

Hold Final Assessment Hearing: Fall 2015

 

Any petition against the LID must be received by December 31, 2013 and have 26% of property owners within the LID to force a vote for a referendum. If there is no referendum, operations of the LID will begin on January 1, 2014.

 

Questions for the county staff will be deferred until after the meeting is adjourned.

 

Meeting Adjourned: 8:37 p.m.

 

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                     LZIA Spring General Meeting

                          Wednesday May 15, 2013/7:00 p.m.

Meeting called to order by President Dan Schaub at 7:00 p.m.

Secretary’s report:
  Minutes from the Fall General meeting were reviewed by Kathy Tenner.

Treasurers’ report:  Kim Nickander

Balance in LZIA account: Approximately $12,000.

Invited Speakers:
Olmsted County Sheriff Office:  No speaker for tonight’s meeting.  Dan Schaub gave a reminder for
everyone to have their boat registration stickers up to date and to be sure to have safety equipment

DNR:  No speaker for tonight’s meeting.  Dan Schaub gave a reminder to follow proper invasive
species prevention procedures to avoid cross contamination of waters.

RPU:  Todd Osweiler
• Announced the continued plan to partner with Lake Zumbro Forever,  Inc. to provide monetary
support for the Lake Zumbro restoration project.

• Summarized 2012 output:  Energy output from the dam in 2012 was the lowest measured since
1989.  The energy created was enough to power 1000 homes (usual amount is 2000 homes).

• An emergency response drill was completed earlier in the Spring and the dam was inspected

• Elevation measurements of water at the dam will be changed to mean sea level measurements.
June 5th is the planned go-live date.  The No-Wake levels will be changed in response to this

• The National Weather Service prediction model for lake water levels is up and running.  There
are web links to these on the RPU and LZIA websites.  The models currently use 4 gaugingstations
to predict the lake levels.  The stations are located at Oxbow, Pine Island, Lake Shady and 37th street.
These graphs will help automate the hydro operation of the dam, making it more
efficient, as well help with predicting the ‘No Wake’ Status.

• Lance Eidem gave a presentation on the ‘No Wake ‘ status.  He has many signs ready to be
placed on the water.  He also has pamphlets that will help to create awareness of ‘No Wake’
events and these will be located at the boat launches.    The point was brought up that most of
the damage by boats traveling at too high of speed during high water is done in the spring when
there is no water patrol on the lake.  Individuals can report the boat numbers of the violators to
the Olmsted county sheriff’s office.

• A request was made for an extended water draw-down for this fall.  Todd asked that a formal
request be made by LZIA and approval by the DNR will be sought.  An expected time-frame for
the extended draw-down would be mid-November.

Olmsted county:  Sharon Schriever

• Gave a summary of the Crowd Sourcing Project (a site on the Olmsted County website where
individuals are able to submit ideas of how to fund the Lake Zumbro restoration project).  Sharon
provided a hand-out of the results and the ideas will be followed-up on.

Zumbro Watershed Partnership: Lawrence Svien

• Nearing completion of the project to identify the 50 biggest areas of sediment contribution
to the Zumbro watershed.  The next step will be to develop tools to address these areas

• Water sampling for sediment is  planned for 13 sites in the Zumbro watershed area.
Samples will also be taken at the RPU water flow gauging sites, which will allow more precision in
determining how much sediment is flowing.  The sampling will also occur during high level water

• State legislation has passed a law that allows management of an entire watershed area
rather than within a county.

District County Commissioners:

Don Springer:  The Wabasha County board met with the Olmsted County board to inform them they
are interested in rejoining the Lake Improvement District.  The LID is expected to be reinstated in the
next 4-6 months.

Lou Ohly:
  Olmsted county board is looking forward to working with the Wabasha county board on the LID.

 

 

Committee Reports:

 

Activities:

Michelle Schmidt:  Announced the activities planned for the summer/fall.  These include the
Floating Salsa Bar (May 25th), ) , July 4th  Boat Parade, LZIA Member Appreciation picnic (August  3rd),
Floating Bloody Mary Bar (August 31),), and the Wild Game Feed (September 14th).  Also
remember to grab the Traveling Happy Hour Flag (currently at Sean and Tracy Nielsen’s house.)

Beccci Berg:  Red Siems Open will go back to the original time of year for 2014.
Silent auction items are need for the Zumbro River Community Festival.  Contact Becci if you

 Al Atkins:  Camp Victory Summer Events (all money raised goes to help under privileged children attend camp)
1. Camp Victory Golf Tournament:  Maple Valley Golf Course, Friday June 7th, Shotgun start 12:00

2. Camp Victory Triathlon:  Sunday August 11th .  Starts at Fisherman’s Inn with kayaks at 9:00 am
and ends at Camp Victory.  Need at least 5 more pontoons to guide kayaks down the river with Dive Team members.

3. Zumbro River Community Festival:  June 29th 4:00pm – dusk  Fireworks at dusk will be a  special celebration of the
70th year of Camp Victory in operation.

Dennis Bosma:  Wild Game Feed
will be held Saturday September 14th
$10,000 for the Lake Zumbro restoration project.  240 people were served and 30 volunteers
contributed their time.   This year new events will include a Laser Trap Gun contest for those
13 years and older (singles, doubles or teams of 5) and a Seven Gun Salute raffle.  Donations of
wild game are needed, as well as volunteers for planning prior to the event and for the day of the
event.  The same chef from last year will be cooking.
The SkiDOX membership would like to thank LZIA for supporting the team.  Announced that SkiDox
has become a non-profit entity so all donations are tax deductible.

No-Wake Signs: Lance Eidem
See RPU summary of minutes above.

Nominating Committee: Mary Fuller
Officers are the same as last year.   The board is looking for new area representatives.  If
interested contact Mary.  All other board positions are open for nominations as well.

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc. – Sheldon King

• Karl Schuller gave the Treasurer’s report: Balance of $39,474.  Top fund raising activities
last year were LZIA apparel sales ($6,600), Wild Game Feed ($10,000), Kwik Trip gas cards
($6,000), Rummage Sales ($5,000) and IBM grant and employee donation matching ($3,000).

• Sheldon  King gave an update on  the Lake Zumbro restoration project.  An additional $1.5
million is needed to complete the project as planned.   The actual dredging will take $6 million
and another $500,000 is needed for engineering .  In addition there will be disposal fees that
will need to be covered.  Dean Albertson is researching obtaining additional money from the
state level and an attempt is being made to obtain money from the Army Corp of Engineers at
the Federal level .  Another potential funding source to research is the DMC funding money.  In
addition, material that is dredged is good material for growing hay so may be able to generate
cash flow to help with the disposal  fees.  LZFI will also start to look at what dredging can
accomplished with a total of $6 million dollars.

• LZFI is looking for someone with graphic art or web design skills to update the LZFI website.
Contact Sheldon King or Ray Romon if interested.

• Updates on other fund raisers for this year: Rummage sales will be held again this year.  They
will be held the third week of August in association with Oronoco Gold Rush days.  Robin Arnold
will be adding additional items to the apparel inventory, Karl Schuller has Kwik Trip gas cards,
and Tina Trihey-Porter has can koozies for sale.  These fund raising activities will be on-going,
even after the lake restoration project is completed, as a means to fund maintenance of the lake.

• The earliest the lake restoration project could be completed would be in 2015:  The LID will
need 4-6 months to be reinstated, time for engineering is needed, and obtaining the required
permits can take an additional 9 months.

New Business: The LZIF is going green. If you would like to receive an electronic version of the
newsletter only send an e-mail to lake_zumbro@yahoo.com indicating this.

Meeting adjourned: 8:45 p.m.

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  LZIA Fall General Meeting
Wednesday October 3, 2012/7:00 p.m.


Meeting called to order by President Dan Schaub at 7:05 p.m.

Secretary’s report:

Minutes from the Spring General meeting were reviewed by Kathy Tenner.

Treasurers’ report:  Kim Nickander
Balance in LZIA account: Approximately $12,000.

                          Invited Speakers:

Zumbro Watershed Partnership: Lawrence Svien
Grant funds are being used for an engineering firm to identify the 50 biggest areas of sediment contribution and to develop tools to address these areas.
Currently in a 2 year cycle of water sampling for sediment and the plan is to also obtain samples   during high water events.

Olmsted County Sheriff Office: Paul Gilman and Josh Borgschotz
2012:
o    $25,000 budget for water patrol through the summer was obtained through federal, state and local grants.

Staffed by licensed reserve deputies. 600 hours were spent.
o    8 citations, 10 written warnings, and 61 boat inspections
§    Most common citations/warnings were for no boat registration, lifejacket violations and proper observance of PWC regulations regarding dock and boat distances.
Dan Schaub mentioned several thefts and vandalisms events that have happened in the Lake Zumbro area recently.

RPU:  Todd Osweiler
Continue to partner with Lake Zumbro Forever,  Inc. to provide monetary support for the Lake Zumbro restoration project.
The low rainfall has contributed to the low water levels recently.  RPU had been running just one turbine and lake level was still decreasing so made the decision to go to minimum release and have shut down both turbines to increase the lake level.
Fall draw down will start on October 29th and will last about one week.
There will be annual inspection this Fall and an annual emergency response drill in the Spring.
Laura Andrew is working on an inflow model to match inflow to outflow to help with prediction graphs for lake levels and also hope to develop a phone application for the graphs.
A bass fishing contest is set for Oct. 6 from 8-3 as a fund raiser for Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc.  in conjunction with the Wild Game Feed.  The tournament starts as the Ponderosa Campground boat ramp.

DNR: Dan Spence
In about one week there will be a boat electrofishing at night and will have lights and a generator on board.  This is done to look for natural reproduction of walleye stock with fingerlings.
DNR is considering implementing a pan-fish limit on Lake Zumbro and is interested in hearing any comments or interests in this idea.  If you have any comments contact Dan Schaub and he will forward to the DNR.

Lake Shady Project: Terry Lee
Both an archeological study and contaminant study has been done on the Lake Shady site and nothing was found.
Currently working on the design of the park and the project is scheduled to be worked on in the winters of 2013/2014.
A sediment study in 2008 during a high water event (10 year flood) found that sediment from Lake Shady contributed to 43% of the sediment going in to Lake Zumbro.
LiDAR topography maps of lake bed elevations will be posted on the Lake Shady website in the future.
The Olmsted county website has a link where the public can give suggestions/ideas of how to fund the Lake Zumbro restoration project (Crowd Sourcing Project).
http://olmstedcounty.uservoice.com/forums/175596-lake-zumbro-project/filters/hot

Committee Reports
Nominating Committee: Mary Fuller
Announced openings for positions on the LZIA board and solicited nominations.

Activities: Michelle Schmidt
Thanked the membership for a successful summer of events.  A special thank you to Sean and Tracy Nielsen for hosting the Lake Zumbro Membership Appreciation picnic at their beach.
Wild Game Feed held his Saturday (October 6th) 5-7 p.m. at the Ponderosa Bar and Grill.  If you have unopened wine or booze donations you may still bring them on the night of the event.
Cindy Benike is organizing “Yoga on the Lake” Tuesday nights at the Ponderosa Bar and Grill.
Carol Mergen is organizing the “Ladies of the Lake” luncheon.  Contact Kathy Tenner if you wish to be added to the e-mail distribution list.
Uncle John’s is hosting Wii Bowling League on Thursday nights.
Ken Mergen is organizing a Card Club at Uncle Johns.
The Activities committee is considering organizing a monthly Happy Hour at the local lake establishments to continue the Flag Happy Hours through the winter.
Fright Farm is a fundraiser for the SkiDox ski team and the Olmsted County History Center.
Becky Berg announced the Red Siems Open will be held January 26th, 2013.  The goal for this event is $15,000 and there is a need for silent auction items, Euchre players, and golfers.

Wild Game Feed
Dennis Bosma gave an update on the Wild Game Feed event.  So far 145 tickets have been sold.  There will be great chefs, good variety of meats (including ‘Deck Bear’), accompaniments, a booze/wine raffle, and the Karaoke Cheerleaders may make an appearance.

No-Wake Signs: Lance Eidem
A ‘Sign Repair Get Together’ was held last spring to repair the many un-useable signs.  Rochester Plumbing donated many materials for the signs.
Locations for this signs now include the Ponderosa boat launch, the point by Ponderosa Grill and Bar, Ryan’s Bay and point off of Ryan’s Bay, three near Postier’s Point, Fisherman’s Inn, King’s Marina, and one South of Fisherman’s Inn.
Next step is to have stands at the boat launches to contain flyers with information about reasons for the ‘No-Wake’ status and how to locate the ‘No Wake’ status updates online.

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc. – Sheldon King
Karl Schuller gave the Treasurer’s report: Balance of $18, 630.  Funding raising activities include: Lake Zumbro Garage sale, Wild Game Feed, Kwik Trip gas cards and car washes (LZFI receives 10% of sales),  50/50 Raffles, Lake Zumbro Apparel, Koozie sales and donations.
Sheldon outlined all of the efforts that have been done to obtain funding for the Lake Zumbro restoration projects since 2007.  Many of these have had positive outcomes and some have not.
LCCMR: Minnesota Lottery proceeds:  Unsuccessful
3/8 cent sales tax increase: Has not had money available
Bonding Bill: Successful. A study has been completed and $6 million is not enough to complete a project.  An additional $2 million is needed.  Plans are to go back to the legislature for additional money.
Rochester sales tax 1/2 % extension: Unsuccessful
IBM: Received $5000 grant
Peoples Coop Grant: Unsuccessful
Mayo Clinic Grant: Pending
Oronoco Township: Received a $10,000 grant
Wal-Mart grant: Pending
Agstar: Unsuccessful
RPU: $1-1.6 million
Monsanto Grant: If you know of anyone in Olmsted or Wabasha county who farms >250 acres LZFI would be willing to help them fill out a form to be eligible for a $2500 drawing to go to their designated charity of which LZFI is eligible.
Jessica Eidem: Jessica will be submitting a Team IBM grant to try to obtain additional funding from IBM.  If you work at IBM please contact Jessica.

Old Business: none

New Business:

Each of the Olmsted and Wabasha Commissioner candidates introduced themselves and gave an overview of their background.  Candidates included: Lou Ohly and Lenny Laures from Olmsted County and Merl Norman and Don Springer from Wabasha County.

Nomination Election Results: Mary Fuller
No nominations have been received at this time.  Dan Schaub made a motion that if no nominations are made the current board will be re-instated for 2013 and the motion was seconded.
Motion carried.

Dan Schaub won the 50/50 raffle and donated his winnings to Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc.

Meeting adjourned: 8:35 p.m.

 

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LZIA Spring General Meeting

Wednesday May 16, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.

 

Meeting called to order by President Dan Schaub at 7:10 p.m.

 

Secretary’s report:  Minutes from the Fall General meeting (October 5, 2011) were reviewed by Kathy Tenner.

 

Treasurers’ report:  Kim Nickander

Balance in LZIA account: $10,700.

 

Invited Speakers:

Olmsted County Sheriff Office: Sargent Scott Behrens

·         2011: 9 dispatch calls, 6 citations and 1 injury/accident

·         Aquatic Invasive Species education stickers are not required this year, but will be in subsequent years.   DNR will be active at lake access points checking for cross transfer of lake/river water and invasive species and will be issuing tickets to violators.

·         There are still 5-6 submerged boat lifts in the lakes from the 2010 flood.  It is the owner’s responsibility to remove the lifts.  The dive team will be available to assist.

 

RPU:  Todd Osweiler

·         Hydro Dam output: 16,000 megawatts, runs approximately 2,000 houses/year electrical.

·         The dam was inspected during the 2011 fall draw down.

·         Announced that RPU will partner with Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc. and will provide monetary support equal to 1/3 of the local property owner’s match.

·         Laura Andrews gave a presentation of the lake level prediction graph she has designed, which will be located at RPU.org/Lake Zumbro Watch.

·         Tuesday night bass tournaments:  First tournament is May 29th, 5:00 p.m., weigh-in at dusk.  The cost is $20. The previous week’s winner runs the tournament.

 

DNR: Kevin Stauffer was unable to attend.  Dan Schaub provided the summary.

·         Walleye fingerlings will be stocked fall 2012.

·         Species sampling will be completed fall 2012.

·         No changes for fishing regulations are in the works for 2012.

 

Zumbro and Friends: Judy Ohly

·         Gave an update on Zumbro and Friends – a partnership to renew communities that have been devastated by flooding.

·         The $3 million dollars in the state bonding bill money is a great achievement, but it is not enough.  Judy proposed organizing a meeting with Govenor Dayton at Lake Zumbro to show him how important the dredging project is.

 

Zumbro Watershed Partnership – Ron Fuller

·         A $140,000 grant is available for an engineering firm to identify the 50 biggest areas of sediment contribution and develop tools to address these areas.

·         ‘Slow the Flow’ campaign has developed a rule requiring a buffer to exist between tilled soil and drainwater.

·         Everyone is encouraged to visit the organization’s website- zumbrowatershed.org  and consider becoming a member of the organization to support their watershed improvement activities.

 

DNR:  Nicole Ward, Aquatic Ecologist –  ‘Native Mussells’

·         Nicole gave an overview of the different species of native mussels found in Lake Zumbro and their life cycle.  The Snuff Box is a species that is federally endangered.

·         Fresh water mussels are important to the ecosystem of lakes/rivers as they filter water and make nutrients available to fish and plants in the food web of the body of water.  They also provide a living habitat and their shells provide a record of the past. Zebra mussels filter feed a large volume of water, which can disrupt the food chain, native mussels filter water at a level that maintains a healthy ecosystem. Note: Corrected edit 10/24/12

·         70% of freshwater native species are considered at risk for endangerment.  Reasons include commercial harvest and sewage contamination, which practices have been discontinued.  The discontinuation has increased their population, but threats such as sedimentation still exist.

·         A current survey of mussels in Lake Zumbro has shown that Elktoe and Elipse mussels are at the same population levels as they were in 1988.  Endangered species were found upstream from Lake Zumbro.

 

Committee Reports

Activities – Michelle Schmidt was unable to attend, Dan Schaub summarized.

·         Floating Salsa Bar: Sat. May  26th, Rusch’s Bay  1 pm

·         Zumbro River Community Festival at Camp Victory:  Sat. June 23

·         July 4th Boat Parade:  11:00 am, starting at Ponderosa Bar and Grill.

·         Membership Appreciation Event:  August 4th

·         Floating Bloody Mary Bar:  Sat.  September 1, Rusch’s Bay, 11:00 am

·         Traveling Happy Hour flag

·         Rochester Waterski team has a new name! The Rochester Ski-Dox.  Shows are still Wednesdays 7 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day at Fisherman’s Inn, with special shows Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day at 1 pm.

 

No-Wake Signs: Lance Eidem

·         The purpose of the ‘No-Wake’ signs are to provide notification and to make people aware.

·         A ‘Sign Repair Get Together’ will be held soon.  Volunteers are needed.  Contact Lance if you are interested and can help.

·         A flyer will be created outlining reasons for the ‘No-Wake’ status and will be available at the Lake Zumbro boat launches.

 

Nominating Committee: Mary Fuller

·         There will be a nomination for board member positions at the fall meeting.  Contact the nomination committee if you have a nomination.

 

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc. – Sheldon King

·         LZFI donations has resulted in a positive cash flow.  The current balance is $20,554.   Major contributions from 2011 included $5,000 from an IBM grant, the Karoke contest, merchandise sales, and IBM employee match donations.

·         Karl Schuller reviewed new funding raising activities.

o   Kwik Trip gas cards and car washes (LZFI receives 10% of sales).

o   A Karoke contest will be held in August.

o   A wild game feed will be held late September/early October

o   50/50 raffles will be held at most events.

o   Member donations.

o   IBM employee match donations.

 

·         The Fall legislative night (September 28, 2011) was  successful and was followed up with a successful trip to the capital on February 29th, 2012

·         Bonding Bill:  $3 million dollars approved.

The next steps are to obtain a bid to determine if there is enough money to accomplish a project at this time and go back to the senate to try to obtain additional funds.  The time limit to implement the $3 million is 4 years and proof of matching dollars is required to obtain it.

 

Old Business – none

 

New Business

·         On May 19th, 2012 a Rain Barrel/Compost Bin truckload sale will be held at Apache Mall.

·         The McNight Foundation Grant currently has a balance of approximately $7,000 and needs to have a balance of $10,000.

·         E-mail Dave Senjem to thank him for his support in getting the funds for the dredging project  passed in the bonding bill.

 

 

Meeting adjourned: 8:40 p.m.

 

 

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LZIA Fall General Meeting

                         Wednesday, October 5, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.

 

Meeting called to order by President Sheldon King at 7:00 p.m.

Secretary’s report:

minutes from the Spring General meeting (May, 18, 2011) were reviewed by Jeanne Fanning.

Treasurers’ report:  Kim Nickander
Balance in LZIA account: $11,298.

Sent out fall 2011 newsletter via US mail and electronic to persons that have a current email address.

Invited Speakers:

Olmsted County Sheriff: Steve Kasack – unable to attend, summary of events from Sheldon:
Summer 2011 507 hours spent on the lake by the water patrol
22 citations
122 boat inspections, 0 accidents
GPS locations for sunken boat lifts are not available on the Sheriff’s boat.

They will try to relocate in the future, let LZIA or the Sheriff know if you are missing your boat lift.

RPU:  Todd Osweiler
Hydro Dam output: 13 mega watts, runs approximately 16,000 houses/year electrical.
Fall draw down starts October 17.

Target 913.5 to do repairs on dam from October 30 through November 6.

Water back up gradually to 918.5.

DNR: Kevin Stauffer
Kevin reviewed with the group the species in Lake Zumbro: Black Crappy, White Crappie, Blue Gill, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye Pike, Tiger Muskie, Channel Catfish and Carp.

Walleye were stocked in 2008 and 2010, additional stocking will occur in Fall 2012 (12-16,000 fingerlings)
The channel catfish die-off in July 2010 was due to bacteria.  Estimated dead was 495.
A 7-9 year old 36 pound female grass carp was caught in Lake Zumbro this spring.  No others have been caught or reported to the DNR since then.
Summary: 17 species currently in Lake Zumbro, size of fish is stable, full report to be completed March 2012.

ZWP: Kevin Strauss: “Slow the Flow”
Cities and Farmlands tend to drain rainwater (on purpose) and send it to area rivers and lakes, increasing the danger of erosion, sedimentation, and flooding. Forests, prairies, and wetlands tend to act like sponges and soak up rainwater, reducing flooding and erosion problems on a river system.

Over the past 150 years, we have changed the Zumbro Watershed, removing many of the forest, prairie, and wetland “sponges” and replacing them with “drains” like cities, housing developments, and strip-row farming operations.
From 1910-1980, we have increased the volume of water flower through the Zumbro River by 41 percent. Now, 30 years later, that number is probably in the 60-70 percent increase range. More water in the river means that the water moves faster and that flooding and erosion/sedimentation are more common today than in 1910.

From 1889-1940, we had one major flood on the Zumbro. Since 1941, we’ve had 11 major floods, and there are probably more floods on the way, since weather forecasters tell us to expect more 6-8 inch rainfalls in coming years.
The only way to prevent flooding on the Zumbro and reduce the erosion/sedimentation caused by high, fast-moving water is to “Slow the Flow” of water throughout watershed. This happened naturally 200 years ago. But now that we’ve removed all the “sponges” in our system, we need to build artificial ways to hold and slow runoff. Rochester did that in the 1980’s with their flood control system. But the middle and north fork of the Zumbro never got flood protection, and those are the sections that flooded last September.

There are lots of “Slow the Flow” projects that individuals, cities, counties, and state government can implement. Homeowners can install a rain barrel or rain garden to “Slow the Flow”. Farmers can install terraces or basin ponds to slow and hold water on the land while reducing erosion off their property. Counties can install flood control structures high in the watershed to absorb and hold more rainfall.

If everyone works on “Slow the Flow” in their own area, then floods like the one last September, and sediment like what is filling in Lake Zumbro today, could become a thing of the past.

Lake Shady Update – Terry Lee
The Oronoco dam had structural damage due to the flood in 2009.  Currently is not being operated, gates are open.
Proposal to replace with rock structure – no change in elevation.
Narrow gorge sediment accumulating behind dam.
Lake Shady Park master plan was reviewed by Terry.  Priorities include:

  • Structure in place – rock
  • Trail system and pedestrian bridge
  • Stream has meanders added
  •  Vegetation and prairie
  • Series of riffles and pools with bass and walleyes added
  • Canoe launch and fishing pier

Cost of the master plan is $2 million to create this high quality recreational area.
Next steps:

  • Proposed state/local cost-share
  • DNR permits
  • Corp of Engineer permits
  • MN Historical Society review
  • Endangered species reviewed
  • Environmental assessment
  • Construction evaluation
  • Secure funding

Committee Reports
Activities – Michelle Schmidt
November-December – Treasure Island event
Becky Berg announced Red Siems Open is set for January 14, 2012.  If you would like to donate please email Becky.

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc. – Karl Schuller
Karl reviewed the groups contacted for donations.

Rochester sales tax, Mayo Clinic and Peoples Coop.

No donations were received.
The Karaoke contest that was held in Spring 2011 raised $3700.
Legislative night on LZ was a success; the bonding will be pursued in 2012.

Nominating Committee Vote and Results for 2012 – Alicia King
Office of President – Dan Schaub
Office of Vice President – Jason LaPlante
Office of Treasurer – Kim Nickander
Office of Secretary – Kathy Tenner
South Representative – Tina Porter
Central Representative – Dennis Bosma
North Representative – Pete Hein

Old Business – none

New Business
Hydrant pipe busted, repaired when lake was lowered at minimal cost.
Judy Ohly update on ZWP, “bring communities together to Slow the Flow.”

Meeting adjourned: 8:30 p.m.

 

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LZIA Spring General Meeting

                         Wednesday, May 18, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.

 

Meeting called to order by President Sheldon King at 7:00 p.m.

Secretary’s report:  minutes from the Fall General meeting (October 13, 2010) were reviewed by Jeanne Fanning.

 

Treasurers’ report:  Kim Nickander

Balance in LZIA account: $10,890.

2010:  189 members

 

Invited Speakers:

Russell Snyder: US Army Corp of Engineers

  • Due to emergency Russell was unable to attend.  Sheldon read to the group correspondence from Russell with the following update.
    • Proposal to State of MN, remove dam in Oronoco and create a park area.

Camp Victory: Dave Nelson

  • June 25th, 2011 is the Festival.  Live music, silent auction, golf tournament, fireworks.  If interesting in helping, contact Dave Nelson.

Olmsted County Dive Team: Steve Kazack

  • Steve reported that the owner is responsible for removal of boat lifts that are on the bottom of the lake from last September 2010 flood.  A boat lift is in Ryan’s Bay channel near the airplane hanger.
  • Steve stressed to the members to learn lake changes and lake levels throughout the lake due to the 2010 flooding.
  • It is the boater’s responsibility to check the “no wake” levels on the website prior to using the lake if weather has been severe.

Rochester Public Utilities: Todd Osweiler

  • Summer level: 919.7, during the flood of 2010 928.6.
  • Numerous updates are being made to the emergency action plan used by RPU.
  • A drawdown will occur Fall 2011 for maintenance on the dam.  This will be 5 feet down, if anyone has a special request to keep the level down, contact LZIA president.  Final decision is made by the DNR.

Minnesota DNR: Kevin Stauffer (email)

  • Dan read email from Kevin with the following update:  A grass carp has been found in the Zumbro.  Grass carp eat lots of vegetation.  Notify DNR if you catch one.  They are not legal in Minnesota.

 

Lake Zumbro Forever Incorporated: Karl Schuller

Karl gave an overview of the LZIA Forever Committee activity.  The committee is looking into acquiring monies from Government Grants and many other groups including:

  • Mayo Clinic – 1,000,000
  • IBM – matching funds for employees and retirees
  • Rochester Sales Tax – no funding
  • Clean Water Legacy Act – no funding

Activities Committee – Sheldon King

  • Memorial weekend – Salsa float on Saturday.
  • July 4th boat parade
  • Traveling happy hour flag on Friday evenings.  If interested in hosting, place traveling happy hour flag on your dock/beach.  Interested boaters can stop by.
  • Floating Bloody Mary Bar- Roush’s Bay, Saturday, Sept. 3rd, 2011      11:00AM-????

Bloody Mary mix will be provided. BYOB and favorite Bloody Mary condiment to share!

 

New business

Ideas regarding Lake Zumbro Recreation Area advertising and promotion of the lake are being considered.  If you are interested in getting the word out to the general public on Lake Zumbro please contact Sheldon King.

Tom Gauthier presented to the group the upcoming Lake Zumbro Superstar contest (Karaoke singing contest) to raise money for LZF.   For additional details and information to perform at the contest contact Tom at t.gauthier@att.net or 507-254-2427.

It was mentioned by an LZIA member to have an official “clean up” day on Lake Zumbro and supply dumpsters at the boat launching locations.  Membership agreed that anytime they are boating they pick up trash that they come across so an official “clean up” day was not scheduled.

LZIA Bylaws

President Sheldon King introduced a Motion for proposed changes in the LZIA Bylaws.

Vice-President Dan Schaub introduced an Amendment to this proposal, due to member feedback.

After discussion, the amended proposal was voted on by the membership and the Motion carried.

Please see the changes below:

Amendment to the Proposed changes to the Bylaws:

 

Article III Activities and Methods, Paragraph 3.02 Methods, Section 4:

Present:

4.   Collecting dues form the membership and soliciting contributions from any and all who support our objectives.

Proposed:

4.  Collecting dues from the membership and soliciting contributions from any and all that support our objectives.

 

Article IV Territorial Area and Membership, Paragraph 4.01 Territorial Area:

Present:

The geographical areas of the LZIA shall be the area immediately adjoining Lake Zumbro, located in Olmsted and Wabasha Counties.  The areas are further defined as; (South) Cedar Beach, Fun City, Fisherman’s Inn, Sandy Point & Kings Park; (Central) Sunset Bay, Postiers Point & Ryan’s Bay; (North) Dream Acres, Harbo Hills and Ponderosa.

Proposed:

The geographical areas of the LZIA shall be the area immediately adjoining Lake Zumbro, located in Olmsted and Wabasha Counties.  The areas are further defined as; (South) Cedar Beach, Party Cove, Fisherman’s Inn, Sandy Point & Kings Park; (Central) Sunset Bay, Postiers Point & Ryan’s Bay; (North) Dream Acres, Harbo Hills and Ponderosa.

 

Article VI Officers, Paragraph 6.01 Officers

Present:

The officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, six (6) Area Representatives and the immediate Past President.  The Representatives shall be two (2) each from the North, Central and South areas.

Proposed:

The officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, six (6) Area Representatives, and the immediate Past President.  The Representatives shall be two (2) each from the North, Central and South areas. The President may appoint additional persons as Sub-representatives to support the Area Representatives.  Appointed Sub-representatives are not voting members of the Board of Directors and shall not be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum.

 

Old Business / none

Meeting adjourned: 8:30 p.m.

 

 


 

 

 

LZIA Fall Meeting

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.

 

 

6-7 p.m.: Member appreciation night, catered by Tilly’s.

 

Meeting called to order by Sheldon King at 7:00 p.m.

 

Secretary’s report:  minutes from the May 12, 2010 were reviewed by Jeanne Fanning.

 

Treasurers’ report:  Kim Nickander

Balance in LZIA account: $9062.

Expenditures: $300 MN Waters membership, $492 mailings, stamps

158 memberships

 

No Wake – Sandy Point South

Sheldon reviewed with the members the concerns expressed by a resident.  Outcome indicated that the LZIA Board would not pursue an ordinance to have this become a no wake area.  The issue has been reviewed with the Sheriff and additional patrolling of the area will take place.  If residents see violators write down their registration numbers from the boat and report to the Sheriff.

Speakers

Olmsted County – Sheriff Von Wald & Steve Kazeck, summary of 2010 boating season:

§         Received funds from County Board, MN DNR and Federal grant monies to fund Boat and Dive Team activities.

§         Yamaha wave runner Law-Loan Program

§         536 hours of paid duty, 132 hours of volunteer duty, 60 verbal warnings, 11 written warnings, 22 citations, 3 report stolen boats (1 was recovered, believed to have floated away from residence)

Search and Rescue (property)

§         We are looking into setting up a training session with our dive team to see if we can lift and remove property that was lost during the flood that remains in the lake.  Our hope is to get these things removed so they don’t pose a threat to users of the lake.

 

Rochester Public Utilities – Todd Osweiler & Joe Hensel (presentation)

§         Full draw down on October 30.  Draw down will be longer to fix shorelines damaged by flood.

§         Flood pictures and data of flood were shared with the group.

§         8 feet of water going over the dam, major flooding below dam.

§         Reviewed and compared to other events.  This event is a new record, last highest was 1951.

§         Damage from flood to dam was minimal

§         Discussion and questions regarding flood level notification was reviewed (radio, telephone).  No outcome was decided.

 

DNR – Kevin Stauffer (email)

·         Sheldon read email from Kevin with the following updates.  Walleye fingerlings will be stocked sometime in October.  600 pounds of fingerlings, around 12,000-15,000.

·         DNR will do night electro fishing this fall.  Be aware of you see lights and hear a generator running late at night.

 

Judy Ohly – Olmsted County Commissioner, report on dam at Lake Shady, Oronoco

§         Left side of bank at dam is gone, 100 ft. wide, 40 ft. deep, 300 ft. long (dirt and concrete).

§         Dam is not in good condition.

§         The bridge will be addressed after decision on fixing the dam in Oronoco.  Judy expressed that there was no favor to save the dam due to limited sources.

§         October 18 at 1:30 p.m., Lake Shady, a stakeholders meeting.  Join the group if interested in the outcome of the dam.

§         October 26 – County board meeting request to remove dam.

 

The group had additional discussion and concerns regarding the dam in Oronoco.  No recommendations were indicated.

 

Activities Committee

§         Red Siem’s Open – January 8, Family Fun Day

§         Michelle Schmitt reviewed with the group the upcoming events for 2011, for event information please check the LZIA web page.

 

Lake Zumbro Forever, Inc.: Matt Heinz

Matt gave an overview of the LZFI Committees.  The committee is looking into acquiring monies from Government Grants and many other groups.

 

Nominating Committee – Alicia King

Ballots were distributed and no new members were identified, LZIA Board remains the same.

 

 

Old Business / none

New business / none

 

Meeting adjourned: 8:45 p.m.

 

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LZIA Spring General Meeting

 

Grandpa Ed’s Wednesday, May 12, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.

 

Meeting called to order by President Sheldon King at 7:05p.m.

 

Secretary’s report:  Jeanne Fanning reviewed the minutes from the October 7, 2009 Fall meeting.  No changes needed.

Treasurers’ report:   Kim Nickander reported the Balance in LZIA account: $8400.

Speakers

Olmsted County – Sheriff Von Wald

·         Patrol hours the same for 2010, Wednesday evenings, holiday weekends, weekends, schedule is set-up one year in advance.

There were no safety incidents to report.

 

 

Rochester Public Utilities – Todd Osweiler

Dam inspection revealed no cracks or shifts in the concrete.

·         High water lake level for 2010 was March 15 at 922.8

 

·         Summer range is 919.7.

 

Dive Team – Al Atkins

·         On May 1 the dive team had a scheduled practice session on LZ.  They retrieved dummies in the bay by King’s Marina.

·         A sign-up sheet was available for lake residents to volunteer their time and pontoon for the dive team to use during practice sessions.  The pontoons provide a large stable area during the rescue activity.

 

 

DNR – Jeff Weiss 

·         Jeff updated the group on the report of contaminated fish in LZ and the recommended consumption of the fish.   It is recommended that you eat no more than 1/fish week at this time.

·         Walleye’s will be restocked in Fall 2010, 12-15,000 fish.  The current walleye population is doing well and a few anglers have caught them.

·         Additional Muskie’s (300) have been added to LZ.  The fingerlings have been tagged for future study.  You can find this report online at DNR webpage.

·         Tim Adams (Wabasha) has harvested 60,000 pounds of fish from LZ.  Tim has a permit for harvesting and most of the fish are carp.

 

Straight Pipe Inventory – Sheila Harms & Sheila Greg

·         Joint project between Wabasha and Olmsted Counties

 

  • Budget – $74,000
  • Funded through Clean Water Legacy Act
  • Project includes records search, inventory and homeowner classes
  • Deadline – June 30, 2010 (requested extension)

 

·         A sewage disposal system that transports raw or partially settled sewage to a lake, a stream, a drainage system or ground surface

·         Records search completed by county staff

 

  • Parcels lacking adequate septic system records flagged
  • Homeowners contacted by letter prior to inventory
  • Inventory for parcels adjacent to lake (Tier 1)
  • Homeowners notified of results

 

·         Project follow-up

 

  • Straight pipes will be upgraded.  Homeowners have 10 months to correct straight pipe discharges (Straight Pipe Act of 2006)
  • As needed SE Minnesota Wastewater Initiative will work with non-compliant homeowners

 

·         Results at this time are 3 straight pipes have been found.

 

Zumbro Watershed Partnership – Lisa Eadens

Lisa, coordinator for the Watershed Partnership shared a presentation on the watershed partnership.  Their goal is to reduce sediment by 30%.  They manage over 1 million acres.  Lisa also shared the watershed management plan and a sample copy was available to view at the meeting.

 

The group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Oronoco Community Center at 7 p.m. and membership is available.

 

Q&A

The Lake Shady Stakeholder’s Group has been meeting for the last year to develop a recommendation on the future of Lake Shady.  They are currently developing a report that summarizes their findings and recommendations.  The current draft of the report recommends that additional information be gathered on the following topics before a final decision is made: 1)gather a State Attorney General’s opinion on lakebed ownership, 2)complete an economic evaluation of the sediment contained in the lakebed, 3)refine the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s estimate of the current rates of sediment accumulation and loss from Lake Shady, and complete a preliminary engineering study of the two lake restoration options – restoring the lake or restoring the river.

 

One of the most significant financial considerations in the restoration recommendation is the relative value of the sediment in the lakebed.  The recent economic downturn reduced demand for lakebed sediments and consequently, under current circumstances, projected revenues from the sale of sediments may not be enough to offset the costs of lake restoration.

 

Summary of the Barr Engineering Co. presentation on their preliminary engineering work:

A review of Barr Engineering Co’s April 28th presentation was provided.  The summary included an overview of project goals, proposed dredging areas, disposal options, permit requirements, estimated costs, and a project schedule.  Maps of each of the proposed dredge areas were displayed.  People were encouraged to use the provided notepads to add questions or suggestions to the poster-sized maps.

 

 

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Activities Committee

·         Dave Roberts reviewed the 2010 Red Siem’s Open.  They raised $10,000 for the Eagles Cancer telethon.

 

 

·         Michelle Schmidt reviewed the upcoming 2010 activities with the group.  Activities were included in the Spring newsletter and will be emailed with details in advance of the date.  Watch your emails!

 

·         Michelle also indicated that the July 4th Pontoon parade will no longer solicit prizes, but the traveling trophy will be awarded to the lst place best decorated pontoon.

 

Restoration Committee

·         Dean Albertson gave a summary of activity for the Restoration Committee.

 

·         $50,000 funds available from initial $275,000 used for sampling and dredging study.

 

·         Dean informed the group that the Restoration Committee began 5 years ago and had worked diligently on the Lake Zumbro Restoration Project with numerous visits to the state capital and numerous committee meetings.  At this time the bill did not pass and no government funds are available for dredging at this time.

 

·         Dean indicated to the group that he was stepping down as Chair-Restoration Committee.

 

·         Sheldon King will lead a new charge in restoring the lake.

 

Sheldon King thanked Dean for all his hard work as Chair of the committee.  Sheldon updated the group on the next steps:

·         Two new committees to be formed to replace restoration committee.  Sheldon introduced the members and also indicated that additional members are needed.

 

o        1st (Development Committee) formed to seek funds (meeting May 10)

 

o        2nd group to work with Barr Engineering

 

·         Sheldon also indicated that the LZIA Fall meeting will have an election for positions on the LZIA board.  If anyone is interested to contact Alisha King, Nominating Committee.

 

Old Business / none

New business / none

 

Meeting adjourned: 8:45 p.m.

 

 

 

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LZIA Fall Meeting – Grandpa Eds

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.

 

Meeting called to order by Sheldon King at 7:05 p.m.

 

Secretary’s report:  minutes from the May 13, 2009 meeting were reviewed by Jeanne Fanning.  No changes needed.

 

Treasurers’ report:  expenses for 2009 were reviewed with the group.  Balance in LZIA account: $7600.  At this time there are 190 LZIA members.

 

Speakers

Olmsted County – Sheriff Von Wald

Sheriff Von Wald updated the group that they now have two Jet Ski’s that patrol.  The Jet Ski’s are new for 2009.

 

Rochester Public Utilities – Todd Osweiler

·         Todd reviewed upcoming dam events.  An inspection is currently underway, the water level is lowered and the dam inspected.  The level will be raised back to standard level after the inspection.

·         The draw down for Winter Pool will be October 31.

·         A dam emergency action plan drill will be in February 2010.  This will be a one call notification for persons below the damn.

·         Todd also indicated that the levels have fluctuated a little bit this year due to lack of rain.  The dam operator tries to keep the level static.

 

DNR – Jeff Weis

·         Zebra mussels are more evident this year.  Zebra mussels fluctuate year to year.  Zebra mussels tend to taper off over time but very difficult to get rid of.

·         Numerous reports of Walleye’s being caught.  The fish have been 8-10 inches in length and they’ve seen them as far up as Silver Lake.  This indicates that the fish are surviving.

·         They have stopped stocking Muskie’s, 8 out of 10 went over the dam.  Muskie’s will be stocked in the Mississippi River in 2010.

·         Jeff will look into a question raised by an audience member.  An ice shack was left on the lake and burned, the audience member would like to know if there is some place for the garbage and who is responsible for clean up.

 

 

 

Nominating Committee

Alicia King explained the ballot to the audience.   At the time of the meeting there were no persons interested in running.   The board remains as is.  Sheldon introduced the board to the group.

 

Activities Committee – upcoming activities

·         October 14, OctoberFest at Fisherman’s Inn, cost is $14/person.  Beer sampling and food provided.

·         Red Siems Open – January 9, 2010

·         Michelle asked the group if there was any interest in a bus trip to the casino in 2010.  An e-mail will be sent out in early 2010 to see if any interest.

·         Other possible ideas for 2010:

o       Silent Auction

o       Traveling flag:  if your home has a flag in the yard people are aware that they can stop over on a Friday evening.

·         July 4th boat parade was discussed.  A traveling water-ski will be given to the first place winner and they will be responsible for planning the following years parade.  It is no longer mandatory to collect various prizes for the parade, it is up to the winner to decide.

 

Restoration Committee

Sheldon commented on status of current LID petition.  Time of meeting over 60% favorable and had signed the petition.  Sheldon indicated to the group that if questions to please wait until the meeting adjourned and questions would be handled by Restoration Committee members.

Dean Albertson thanked everyone for their hard work on the Restoration Committee and briefly described the next steps.

·         County, Sate, RPU support.

·         Next State Capitol visit is February 2010.

 

Dean introduced Restoration members:

·         Ron Fuller – investigating possible sediment locations

·         Bill Angerman

·         Karl Schuller – treasurer of LZF

·         Ray Romon

·         Sheldon King – president of LZF

 

Old Business / none

New business / none

 

The Fall 2009 meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

 

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Lake Zumbro Improvement Association General Spring Meeting

 

Minutes of meeting held Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at Grandpa Ed’s on Lake Zumbro

Call to order and Presidents welcome:

The meeting was called to order by President Sheldon King at 7:06PM.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Kim Nickander

Kim reviewed the treasurer’s report with the membership.  The current balance is $6,231.34

 

Secretary’s report:

As Jeanne Fanning was not present, there was no Secretary’s report.

 

Speakers:

Olmsted County:  Sheriff Von Wald

The sheriff reported that they have received Federal and DNR funding; there will be more water patrols this year.

New this year, as the lake is located in 2 counties, there will be separate tickets (citations) for each county.

Will be patrolling and providing safety support during the Camp Victory canoe race.

Go to the Olmsted County website to sign up for automatic updates on the “No-wake” status and other information on the lake: http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/parks/lake_zumbro_status.asp

 

Minnesota PCA: Mark Rust and Cory Boeck

Mark and Cory provided excellent information on eliminating “backyard” burn barrels.

They have been illegal since 1985.

They are a source of toxic pollution, wildfires, and affect the food source.

Go to the MPCA website for more information on the proper disposal of waste and recycling:

www.pca.state.mn.us/burnbarrel

 

Rochester Public Utilities: Todd Osweiler

Todd mentioned the spring news release for the lake level going to the summer pool level.

RPU will communicate with LZIA board members if any low water events are planned.

Go to the RPU website for more information: http://www.rpu.org/

 

Minnesota DNR: Kevin Stauffer and Jeffrey Weiss

Kevin and Jeff were not present but sent a report that Lake Zumbro was stocked with 600 pounds of Walleye fingerlings (18,000 fish) last October.  They requested that anyone catching Walleyes in Lake Zumbro notify them so the information can be used to evaluate the stocking.

jeffrey.weiss@dnr.state.mn.us  or   Kevin.Stauffer@dnr.state.mn.us

 

 

Committee reports:

Activities Committee: Michelle Schmidt and Becci Berg

Becci provided a report on the Red Seims event held on January 10th.

Michelle mentioned the following upcoming events:

Floating Salsa bar-May 23rd

Annual July 4th boat parade

Rochester Water Ski Club Anniversary event-July 11th

Annual LZIA Member Appreciation picnic-possibly August 20th

Floating Bloody Mary bar-September 5th

 

Camp Victory Canoe Race: Al Atkins

The Camp Victory canoe race will be on June27th.

Al is looking for volunteers to provide pontoon boats for the safety patrol during the race.

 

No Wake Ordnance: Dennis Bosma

Dennis provided a report on the change in the No-wake ordinance.

 

Lake Restoration: Dean Albertson and Sheldon King

Dean and Sheldon provided information on the Lake Zumbro Restoration project.

The preliminary engineering for the project has funding and will be conducted by BARR Engineering.

Olmsted and Wabasha counties are in support of the project and have formed a Joint Powers board.

The Committee feels that we will need around 10 million dollars to fund the project.

We will request bonding money from the State of Minnesota and this requires raising matching funds locally.

Some ideas on how these matching funds may be obtained are:

A) Money from Stakeholders

B)     We have a bill for $500,000 applied for from the Clean Water Fund.

C)    We have submitted applications for Federal grant money and will continue to do so.

D)    We have applied for LCCMR (Legislative and Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources) funds and will continue to do so.

E)     Form an LID (Lake Improvement District)

 

Several small “neighborhood meetings” had been held to discuss this last possibility and how to proceed.

Sheldon provided a summary of the results of these meetings.

There was much discussion among the LZIA members present on whether to proceed with forming an LID.

Lake Restoration Committee member John Arnold was available to answer legal questions.

There appeared to be support for forming the LID and the Committee will proceed with working on a petition to establish this.

There will be more discussions and information to follow.

 

Old Business: None

New Business: None

Adjournment:
Meeting adjourned by Sheldon King at 9:10PM.

Please let Jeanne Fanning know if you have corrections or additions to the minutes.

 

Respectively submitted

Dan Schaub, Recorder

 

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LZIA Fall Meeting
October 8, 2008 / Fisherman’s Inn

Meeting called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Sheldon King, President of LZIA.  Guests and members were welcome.

Secretary Report
Jeanne Fanning reviewed the meeting minutes from the May 13, 2008, meeting.

Treasurer Report
Kim Nicklander reviewed the treasurer’s report with the group.  The current balance is $4,952.

GUEST SPEAKERS

DNR: Jeff Weiss and Kevin Stauffer
Jeff and Kevin gave an in-depth presentation with the following highlights:
Generally the fish populations in the lake are healthy.
The musky program has now ended and they will discontinue stocking muskies in the lake.  After using tracking devices they found that 8 of the muskies had gone over the dam and located 1 musky 1 quarter of a mile from Silver Lake dam.
Lake Survey 2007, gillnetting, trapnetting and electrofishing numbers were reviewed with the group.  The numbers are very positive.
Creel Survey 2007.  The DNR interviewed 682 angles in 2007.  The number of angler hours for 2007: 30,470.  Total catch overall: 37,726 with 24,393 being catch and release.  That equals 40-50% being released back into the lake.
Walleye Stocking.  Jeff and Kevin reviewed the last times that walleye were stocked in the lake was appoximately1956.  Walleyes have not been scene in +25 years.
The walleyes will be stocked again due to musky program ending.  The fingerlings will be 4-6 inches long at 20/pound.
Questions that were asked of Jeff and Kevin included: possibility of walleyes going over the dam?  Yes.  Does the DNR view carp as a problem in the lake.  No.  No Asian carp have been spotted in the Mississippi this year.

Rochester Public Utilities: Todd Osweiler and Joe Hensel
Joe Hensel reviewed with the group that high-water status was 11 days this summer (June) otherwise the lake level has been very stable and normal this summer.  Recently there was a misunderstanding with the operators of the dam and the water level went down.  They are currently raising the water level and winter draw down will begin slowly on October 20, mid-November, at which time the lake will be brought back up to the winter pool level.  Drawn downs are completed for the protection of the shoreline property resulting in ice damage in the winter.

Todd reviewed that the Emergency Awareness plan and Maintenance plan are currently being reviewed.  No change for Lake Zumbro.  A full inspection will be completed by Bahr Engineering on October 14.  An in-depth analysis will be completed in 2009 that include: soundings and surveys of the dam.

RPU has an agreement with Olmsted County to manage their contributions for the restoration of Lake Zumbro.  No funds are allocated for 2009.

Todd asked lake owners if they noticed a smaller population of zebra mussels this year.  The group agreed that they were seeing less.

Sheriff Department:  Sheriff Von Wald / No Wake Task Force
Sheriff Von Wald reviewed the following with the group:
Olmsted Public works has 4 new signs that will be posted for NO WAKE.
Olmsted is currently working on a new website.  Once completed persons receiving tickets names will be posted on the website.
Sherriff Von Wald received a complaint during June when the lake was closed that the water ski club were up stream waterskiing.  The ski club president announced that the ski club was not involved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Activities Director – Michelle Schmidt
Michelle reviewed with the group the past activities:  Appreciation Picnic and thanked the ski club for the water-ski show during the picnic.  4th of July Boat parade was very successful.  Also a floating bloody Mary Bar was held on Labor Day weekend.  A total of 31 boats were tied-up at one time during the day.

Upcoming events for 2009:
Red Siems – January 10
January – casino run, details forthcoming
Spring – traveling flag happy hour, details to be worked out
Marqueretta bar – Memorial weekend

Nomination Committee – Alicia King
Ballets for the LZIA board were distributed prior to the meeting and tallies completed.  There was no opposition to the current LZIA board.  Members stand as present.

Lake Restoration – Dean Albertson
Dean reviewed with the group that there is currently $275,000 invested in the lake restoration.  This will be used to fund the engineering study that will determine the cost of the dredging project.

The group visited Clear Lake Iowa who has recently started their dredging project with a total of $13 million to be spent (approximately 1 million yards to be removed).  This project started in 2001 with a fulltime coordinator and is now starting the dredging.

Dean also reviewed that dredging 1 million cubic yards with a cost of 6-10 million is projected.  The restoration committee has spent hours discussing where the money will come from.  It is anticipated that the state will match the amount the Lake Restoration can raise.    The lake residents were asked what they thought in regards to raising money.  For example if they were taxed an additional $300 on their property taxes for 10 years.  That would raise 1 million and other stakeholders do the same.  This will be the amount requested to the state to match.  The consensus of the group was they were willing to pay additional taxes to raise the funds needed.

Members of the LZIA and Restoration Team will be holding “mini” meetings in their respected areas and review with land owners the options for raising the money.  A petition would be circulated for signatures in order to increase the taxes.  65% participation is needed.

Jeanne Fanning

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LZIA Fall General Meeting
October 20, 2007
Fisherman’s Inn 12:30pm

1. Call to Order: Sheldon King 12:45 pm


2. Secretaries Report: Becci Berg

Minutes from Spring General Meeting

Pete Hein moved to approve minutes as written

Seconded by Karl Schuller All voted in favor

3. Treasurers Report: Kim Nickander/Dan Schaub

2006 ending balance $3,812.00

2007 gain(loss) to date $657.08

Present balance $4,469.02

Restoration fund $1,075.00

Pete Hein moved to approve Treasurer’s report

Seconded by Jean Nielsen All voted in favor

4. Discussion on No Wake Zone level concerns

Should a Task Force be formed to examine if we should request a change to the present Lake level at which the NO WAKE status is no longer in effect after a high water event?

Will we have to go to the Counties to try to change the present ordinance?

Sherriff Borgshatz has said that he would work with us on this.

It was recommended that the Board be able to review the levels every 2 years.

(Vote will be taken after election results.)

5. Speakers:
a. Camp Victory Al Atkins

Canoe Race had 51 teams enter.

The event raised $10,000.

They would like to have lake residents help again next year.

Next year’s event will be on June 28th.

b. DNR Jeffrey Weiss

Summer Creel survey results:

54% were fishing for pan fish, 3% for bass and 2% for catfish.

Fisheries sampling, 20 different species were found in nets.

Channel catfish where abundant.

The Northern Pike population is holding steady.

Need more information on the Tiger Muskie population in the lake.

The Muskie population below the dam is better.

Will be catching them then trying to track them to see where they

go, specifically in the spring.

The present plan is to continue to restock the Muskie.

Thought that maybe there were fewer Zebra Mussels, not sure why.

Water clarity had been averaging at about 8 feet.

c. MPCA Tiffany Schauls

The MPCA is monitoring the Zumbro River System.

Lake Zumbro is on the 2006 impaired waters list.

They made 10 sampling trips to Lake Zumbro and 4 sites were sampled:

1 near Sandy Point, 2 midlake sites and 1 near the dam.

Other areas were also looked at to see what is coming in and going out.

d. ZWP Ron Fuller

Webpage is: zumbrowatershed.org

McKnight Foundation Grant funds will be coming to keep a staff person.

They would like more membership to be self-sufficient.

e. RPU Joe Hensel (read by Sheldon King)

Both turbines were running at full capacity to help lower the water level.

No Wake Zone in effect again since the first of October.

If you would like to request a Lake draw down, possibly lower and/or earlier, to enable repairs to shorelines contact your Area Representative or any other member of the Board of Directors.

f. Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department Capt Mark Erickson

Presented Water Patrol statistics, many hours were spent on Lake Zumbro patrolling.

A Deputy was sent to a boat accident analysis training course.

History of No Wake events: 2002 5 times, 2003 1 time, 2004 & 2005 no events, 2006 2 times, 2007 4 times.

Web site to check Lake information:

http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/parks/lake_zumbro_status.asp

g. Crystal Lake, IA dredging project Bruce Kluver

Bruce presented information on the dredging project there that restored

a 269 acre lake.

Silt was pumped out and put on a DNR site about 10,000 feet away.

Started project in 1991, formed a committee in 1993.

There are only about 12 houses on lake.

They received funds from the Legislature, DNR and they

raised $800,000 locally.

Encouraged us to keep track of what we have done locally.

PERSISTANCE!!!

6. Board of Directors ballots turned in

7. Committee Reports:
a. Lake Restoration Dean Albertson

Did not receive any funds from the State this year.

Submitted a request again in June for $350,000 for Engineering cost in 2008 bonding.

17 senators will be coming to tour the Lake.

Exploring many venues to get funding.

*need to find more people to get involved, both on and off the lake

There needs to be a regional commitment to the Restoration project.

Working with near-by land owners to find locations for placing silt

b. Finance Karl Schuller

$7184 in bank right now.

May be looking to raise money locally.

c. No Wake Signs Jerry Rahman

Looking for more volunteers to put the signs out.

Also looking for someone to take over the job.

d. Activities Michelle Schmidt & Becci Berg
i. Red Siems Open January 12th, 2008
ii. East vs West Golf 2nd Monday in August
iii. National Night Out In August
iv. July 4th Boat Parade
v. Water Ski Show starts Memorial Day
vi. ROK Diabetes Golf Tournament
vii. LZIA Picnic last Wednesday in August
viii. Any New Ideas, contact Michelle Schmidt!!

Wine and Water

Thursday, November 15th 2007

At Fishermans Inn $18 per person

Treasure Island Bus Trip

Saturday, January 26th 2008

e. Nomination Committee Alicia King

  1. Election Results for 2008 Board of Directors

President Sheldon King

Vice-President Dan Schaub

Secretary Jeanne Fanning

Treasurer Kim Nickander

North Area Rep Cindy Benike

Central Area Rep Larry Viker / Cheryl Keehn

South Area Rep Ron Fuller

Question: Should a task force be formed to examine if we should request a change to the present Lake level at which the NO WAKE status is no longer in effect after a high water event?

Results: YES 47 NO 14

Joe Weiss moved that we establish a task force.

Seconded by Ron Fuller All voted in favor.

Volunteer members of the Task force are Del Mergen, Dennis Bosma, Ray Ramon, Ann Judisch, Jamie Judisch, Jim Judisch and Lance & Jessica Eidem.

9. Old Business

None


10. New Business

None


11. Adjourned at
3:14pm