October 2, 2016 Board Meeting

October 2, 2016

A meeting of the board of directors of the Blackwater Lake Association (“the BLA”) was held on the above date at 352 Norman Point Rd., Longville, MN 56655, at the home of Board Chair Lloyd Thielmann. Board of Directors Lloyd Thielmann, Barbie Laughlin, Dodi Sletten, Claus Peukert, Jerry Franke,  Travis Skalicky, Linda Burns (via phone), and Becky Seemann (via phone) were present at the meeting.  Dick Clough was not present. A quorum was present at the meeting.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 8:35 by Board Chair, Lloyd Thielmann.

Approval of Agenda

Lloyd distributed the agenda for the meeting which, upon motion duly made and seconded, was unanimously approved.

Approval of Prior Minutes

The minutes of the June 26, 2016 BOD meeting were distributed by Craig Laughlin prior to the meeting. Upon motion duly made and seconded, the meeting minutes were unanimously approved as submitted.  

Treasurer’s Report

Lloyd reviewed Linda’s Treasurer’s Report and reported that our current cash balance is $5542.60. Lloyd proposed that the board give preapproval to Linda to pay the following recurring expenditures:

  • LLAWF — ($1/per year membership)
  • MN Waters – (membership and web host fees)
  • ACCL
  • MN Lakes & Rivers Advocates
  • RMB Environmental Labs – (water quality testing)
  • Beaver Control
  • Seedlings Program
  • AIS Sign maintenance/mowing
  • 4th of July boat parade winner
  • Lakes Area First Responders donation

Approval was given to reimburse Lloyd for postage for the thank you notes.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Treasurers Report and the recurring expense preapproval and expense reimbursement was unanimously approved.

New Business

  1. Septic system testing: Lloyd reported that the septic tester has resigned and that it would not be feasible to find anyone to test for $75.00. Jerry proposed we provide an allowance of $100.00 per homeowner who would want to independently have their septic system inspected and tested. This is not to be used for remodels, retail building or shoreline construction etc. Upon motion duly made and seconded this was approved. The action steps in support of this motion are as follows:

Action: Dodi volunteered to research and compile a list of septic testers. Lloyd will write an    article for the Blurb outlining the septic system testing offer and coverage.

  1. AIS Early detection: Lloyd reported on his efforts to contact our neighboring lake associations, Mule Lake, Ponto Lake, and Island Lake regarding pooling our resources for both AIS training and prevention efforts. The actions in support of this are as follows:

Action: Becky volunteered to send an email to Blackwater Lake AIS volunteers on early monitoring efforts. Lloyd and Becky are organizing neighboring lake volunteers for a spring training session.

ACCL Meetings: Lloyd reported that Starry Stonewort has become a major issue for Koronis Lake in central Minnesota. Claus reported on the current efforts with regard to the pipeline. Lloyd reminded the board members of the ACCL meetings and urged attendance if we are able. The actions from this discussion are as follows:

Action: Claus will draft an article for the Blurb on the current pipeline status.

  1. Blackwater Blurb: Lloyd set the deadline for the Blurb article submissions for October 15th. The articles that will be included are the Treasurers report-Linda Burns, annual meeting-prize and donor list, AIS and membership report-Becky Seemann, as well as the republication of the article on the first responder donation and other reports as noted in the meeting minutes above. Lloyd will include some good tips/best practices for being ready for an emergency situation. Lloyd and Becky will collaborate on the new member article. A list of board members and phone numbers will be republished.
  2. Elections and terms of office: Becky Seemann, Jerry Franke, and Travis Skalicky BOD positions are up for reelection as well as Lloyd Thielmann, Linda Burns, and Dick Clough as officers. Becky, Jerry, Lloyd, Linda have all confirmed they will rerun. Travis has not yet decided if he will rerun for election. Dick Clough has elected not rerun so that position will need to be sought.
  3. High Water Warning Sign: Lloyd made a recommendation to have a sign made that would be posted at the boat launch in the situation of high water/wake restrictions recommended by the Sheriff’s department. The board unanimously agreed to pursue this proposal and the following action was agreed to:

Action-Barbie agreed to draft a couple of sign samples/designs to present to the board.

Next Board Meetings

The board set the next three board meetings to be held at Lloyd’s at 8:30 a.m. on May 7th, June 25th and October 1st.


There being no further business to come before the Board, and upon motion duly made and seconded, the meeting was adjourned by unanimous approval at 9:38 a.m.

Dated as of the date first written above.


Dodi Sletten, Secretary

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