LAKE ALEXANDER LAKE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2015
Chairman Dr. Bill Faber, Ron Wieber, Tom Bjorge, Chuck Schiemo, John Piper
Chairman Dr. Bill Faber called the meeting to order at 10:55 A.M. with approximately 40 members in attendance.
Board Members and Mike Norton, Lake Restoration Inc., were introduced.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Approval of the 2013 AGM Minutes:
A motion was made by Buford Johnson, seconded by Liz Curren, to approve the 2014 Annual Meeting minutes as printed. Motion carried.
Treasurer Ron Wieber reported that the starting balance as of Jan 1, 2015 was $74,873.92. The largest expenditures in 2015 to date included $15,352.48 for treatment of 33.5 acres of curly leaf pondweed, and $1,200 for bog relocation. The cost of EWM treatment of 62 acres is projected to be $30,000. Receipts included $48,000 from Morrison County for the first half of assessments, and the receipt of DNR grant monies in the amount of $8500 is anticipated. An estimated projected ending bank balance on December 31, 2015 is $108,660.32. Treasurer Wieber recommended to the Board that an assessment of $200.00 per littoral property owner be voted upon in order to maintain a healthy treasury balance for one more year.
The LID Board has contracted Action Dock to move and relocate bogs, and to date this year only three smaller bogs have been moved. The LID has a permit from the DNR to move the smaller bogs.
LALID and LAPOA Joint Cooperative Agreement:
Dr. Faber has explored the legality concerning the merger, and county officials and other resources have advised against the merger. The LALID and the LAPOA Boards decided that no action should be taken.
Lake Restoration, Inc.-Aquatic Invasive Vegetation Treatment for 2015:
Mike Norton, a representative from Lake Restoration, reported that May 8th, the lake was surveyed for Curlyleaf Pondweed (CPL). The DNR followed with a survey and granted a permit to treat 33.5 CPL acres, and on May 15th the treatment was completed. On July 1st, Lake Restoration surveyed Lake Alexander for Eurasian Watermilfoil EWM), which was followed by the DNR survey. A permit from the DNR was subsequently granted to treat 62 acres of EWM, which will be done the first week of August.
Areas that are not deemed a nuisance to property owners will not be approved by the DNR for treatment. The chemicals now used for treatment has been used for over 8 years, and they are EPA and MN DRN approved aquatic herbicides. If treatment is done within 150 feet of shoreline, signs will be posted.
The mailings received by residents from Lake Restoration was intended only to give information to property owners IF they wished to treat vegetation individually or with neighbors. The Property Owners Association does not give out membership lists.
Budget Proposal for 2016 Assessment:
A motion was made by Bob Mooney, seconded by Tom Pavey, to approve the 2016 assessment of $200.00 per lineal property owner for the treatment of invasive aquatic vegetation. Motion carried.
A LID Board member will present the $200.00 assessment for 2016 to the Morrison County Board for their approval in September.
It was noted that persons with multiple properties (if the properties are in the same name) should pay only one assessment.
Election of Board Members:
A tally of the ballots received for the election of Board Members was completed, and the following were elected to each serve a two-year term, expiring in 2017: Chuck Schiemo, Ron Wieber
A motion was made by Liz Curren, seconded by Tom Pavey, to accept the ballot results. Motion carried.
Concerns from Property Owners:
A suggestion was made that all property owners contact their state legislators, most importantly those that are on the environmental and conservation committees, for ways to provide additional funding for prevention and treatment of aquatic invasive vegetation and species.
A list of legislators will be published in the fall newsletter and on the minnesotawaters.org /Lake Alexander Property Owners Association web site.
Date of 2016 Annual Meeting:
It was agreed by the members present that mid-July is an optimum time for the LAPOA and the LALID Annual meeting.
A motion was made by Don Holman, seconded by Rick Lindmeier, to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 11:43A.M.