General Membership Meeting Minutes

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

August 25, 2018

Waterville Event Center – Waterville, MN

The meeting was called to order at 10:02 a.m. by President Roy McIntyre who then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Board Members Present: Roy McIntyre, Dallas McIntyre, Eric Lomen, Cory Culbert, Bernie Baumann, Scott Hudson, Annette Rode

Absent: Deon Ford, Jeff Jacobs, Julie Jacobs, John Moore, Dee Moore, Tim Smith, Del Point

Motion by Bernie second by Eric to approve the minutes of the April 28, 2018 general meeting. Approved.

Motion by Bernie, second by Cory to accept the Treasurer’s report. Approved.

Beginning Balance                                                         2,741.98

Deposit CRWP & Memberships                                    9,966.50

Deposit Waterville Ins Premium Cancel                      194.00

Expense – Watercraft Insp. Justin Hill                     (1,834.00)

Ending Balance / WLA Checking Account              11,068.48

Outstanding Transactions:          

Conservation MN WLA Website                                     (320.00)

Watercraft Insp. Justin Hill                                            (1,246.00)

Deposit LeSueur City Watercraft Insp Reimb             4,795.00

Total Outstanding                                                         3,229.00

Ending Balance / WLA Checking Account              14,297.48 

Other Accounts:

CD #20187                                                                            5,537.00

CD #20789                                                                            4,439.06

Cannon River Watershed Account (Closed)

Ending Total – Checking, CD’s and CRWP              24,273.54

We were very fortunate to have two guest speakers at our meeting: LeSueur County Sheriff, Brett Mason and Anna Richey from Conservation Minnesota.

Sheriff Mason, talked about the emergency sirens. LeSueur County has taken over the insurance and maintenance of the sirens. Regarding Aquatic Invasive Species, they will do the same inspections next year. He is drafting a “No Wake” Lake Ordinance (when the lake is at a high level) that will be brought to a public hearing. The County Board would need to adopt the ordinance so citations can be written. He talked about lake levels and whose responsibility it is to measure the levels. There needs to be a system in place. Regarding crime – investigations have been going on and the drug task force is doing a great job.

Anna Richey, Chair of the Conservation Minnesota Energy Commission, works in Southern Minnesota on projects, builds relationships and brings attention to important issues. Conservation Minnesota lobbies at the state level and has 70,000 members statewide. They are constantly watching the lake culture and have goals that include: legislators making right decisions for their region, safe drinking water, reducing plastics, etc. Conservation Minnesota can help the WLA identify grants and can help us write them.

OLD BUSINESS

Pontoberfest. Pontoberfest will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Sportsman’s Club at the west end of Lake Tetonka. Silent Auction 4-6 pm, Live Auction 6:30 pm. Food will be served at 5:30 pm: Pulled Pork, Beans and Scalloped Potatoes will be provided for a freewill donation. POTLUCK – Bring Appetizer, Salad or Dessert to pass. There will be lawn games and prizes. This fundraiser provides funds for WLA Projects. To donate an auction item or make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact: Darla Mihalik 763-843-2752, Karen and Duane Fischer 507-362-4799 or Annette Rode 507-838-8531.

NEW BUSINESS

Lake Stories Community Meeting. This CRWP meeing will be held at The Village on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm. The public is encouraged to attend. You’ll get a chance to talk about what you like and what you’d like to improve about your community. You’ll hear about the history of your local waterways and learn about water quality trends in your area.

CRWP CleanUP. The 10th Annual Cannon River Watershed-Wide CleanUP will be held on Saturday, September 15, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Please meet at Lions Club Park, Waterville.

Curly Leaf Spraying/Boat Inspections. Eric reported the WLA donations were spent on spraying 45 acres for Curly Leaf Pondweed. When taking docks and boats out of the water be sure to look out for zebra mussels. It was a tough year for boat inspections due to rain and high water.

Justin Hill, WLA Boat Inspector, reported that he inspected 464 boats beginning May 12, plus 128 boats during three tournaments for a total of 592 boats for the summer. He helps clean off the boats when they leave the lake. Unfortunately, 5% of boat owners are negligent in cleaning their boats.

Emergency Sirens. LeSueur County has taken over the siren maintenance and insurance from the WLA. The sirens have been repaired and are in great working order. Thank you to Roy and everyone who helped make this transfer happen.

Motion by Bernie, second by Joe Orie to adjourn the meeting at 11:35 a.m. Approved.

Next WLA General Meeting – To Be Determined. An email will be sent with the meeting date, time and location.

Respectfully Submitted,

Annette Rode

WLA Secretary

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

April 28, 2018

The Village – Waterville, MN

The meeting was called to order at 10:03 a.m. by President Roy McIntyre who then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Board Members Present: Roy McIntyre, Dallas McIntyre, Eric Lomen, Cory Culbert, Tim Smith, Del Point, Bernie Baumann, Jeff Jacobs, Julie Jacobs, Annette Rode

Absent: Deon Ford, John Moore, Dee Moore, Scott Hudson

Motion by Bernie second by Tim to approve the minutes of the August 12, 2017 general meeting. Approved.

Motion by Bernie, second by Tim to accept the Treasurer’s report. Approved.

Beginning Balance                                                             10,687.09

WLA Dues                                                                              1,425.00

Expenses                                                                                  (76.00)

Suel Printing Co.- Winter Blast Ad (76.00)

Ending Balance / WLA Checking Account                  12,036.09            

CD #20187                                                                            5,537.00

CD #20789                                                                            4,439.06

Cannon River Watershed Account                                    4,200.00

Ending Balance                                                                     26,212.15

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Deposits (3/6/18 – 4/12/18)

WLA                                                                                          2,865.00

CRWP                                                                                       6,270.00

  TOTAL Deposit                                                                      9,135.00

 

We were very fortunate to have three guest speakers at our meeting: LeSueur County Sheriff, Brett Mason, Le Sueur County Water Patrol Deputy, AJ Sowieja and Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) Executive Director, Kristi Persell.

Sheriff Mason, talked about keeping the lakes safe and clean. They plan to have 2 water patrol officers on duty each weekend. The county received a grant and purchased a new Alumnicraft water patrol boat. Aquatic invasive species are always a concern and need to be kept in check. A new LeSueur County Justice Center is being built and will open in July 2019.

Water Patrol Deputy AJ stated that the buoys will be put out when the ice is off the lakes. A temporary structure permit is needed for swim rafts. There will be no DNR state inspectors this year.

Kristi Persell spoke about the CRWP. It is a nonprofit, membership-based 501c3 organization with a mission to engage people in protecting and improving the water quality and natural systems of the Cannon River Watershed. The CRWP organization is 28 years old. The watershed covers 1,462 square miles and includes land in six counties: Dakota, Goodhue, LeSueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca. The CRWP gets citizens, government staff, scientists and business leaders together to create, evaluate and implement clean water solutions that serve everyone’s needs. They stop raw sewage from entering our rivers and lakes, work with area communities to collect thousands of pounds of trash each year in September, teach city residents how to reduce stormwater pollution, work with farmers to help them run more profitable farms while protecting our water from pollution and more. They are always looking for partners to help support their efforts. If interested visit the CRWP website at www.crwp.net.

OLD BUSINESS

Lake Improvement District Update. The WLA continues to update their mailing list to include everyone and make sure the information is accurate.

Winter Blast Fundraiser. The Winter Blast held on March 17 featuring Hypnotist/Comedian, Gabriel Holmes was very successful. We made approximately $1,000 plus $110 from cheesecake sales. It was a fun evening in a great location with very delicious food. THANK YOU to Del Point for all of his hard work.

NEW BUSINESS

Results from Mailing Letter to Lake Owners. From the mailing sent to all lake owners we received 103 responses. We generated $9,135 from the mailing: $2,865 in WLA dues and $6,270 in CRWP donations.

Weed Spraying / Boat Inspections. It is our goal to kill as much Curly Leaf Pondweed as possible. We sprayed 25 acres last year. The board voted to spray 45 acres this year at a cost of $10,350 using the money that was donated. Regarding boat inspections – Justin Hill and Wayne Lee will begin watercraft inspections on May 12 – fishing opener. In 2017 they worked 714 hours and inspected 1,019 boats.

The septic survey results showed a compliance rate on 4 lakes: Tetonka, Sakatah, Francis and Rays lakes at 80%.

Pontoberfest. Del gave a presentation on upcoming events:

  • The 14th Annual Pontoberfest Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 1 at the Waterville Sportsmen’s Club. This is a major fundraiser for the WLA. Silent/live auction items and financial contributions are greatly appreciated. Food will be served at 5:30 pm. Pulled Pork, Baked Beans, etc. More details to follow.
  • May 17 – Camp Omega tour and dinner. Need to RSVP.
  • May 17 – Traditions Car Show
  • June 8-10 – Bullhead Days
  • 4th Thursday – Hot Summer Nights in downtown Waterville – Car Roll-in

The WLA has applied for 501c3 status.

Motion by Tim, second by Bernie to adjourn the meeting at 11:07 a.m. Approved.

Next WLA General Meeting – To Be Determined. An email will be sent with the meeting date, time and location.

Respectfully Submitted,

Annette Rode

WLA Secretary

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES         

 August 12, 2017 at 10 am           The Village – Waterville, MN

The meeting was called to order at 10:05 am by President Eric Lomen who then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Board Members Present: Eric Lomen, Roy McIntyre, Dallas McIntyre, Cory Culbert, Sarah Smith, Tim Smith, Deon Ford, Del Point, Dee Moore, Scott Hudson

Absent: John Moore, Jeff Jacobs, Julie Jacobs, Bernie Baumann

There were no minutes from the April, 2017 general meeting due to the open secretary position.

Motion by Deon, second by Tim to accept the Treasurer’s report. Approved.

Beginning Balance                                                               763.61

Income                                                                                 6,649.25

Expenses                                                                             (4,356.00)

Ending Balance / WLA Checking Account              3,056.86              

Certificate of Deposit #1                                5,528.70

Certificate of Deposit #2                                4,425.76

Cannon River Watershed Account                                   –

Ending Balance                                                              13,011.32

The featured speaker, Steve McComas, Blue Water Science, gave a very interesting and informative presentation on the EWM check on Lake Tetonka that took place on July 13, 2017. No EWM was found. He also presented a list of aquatic invasive species that are known in Le Sueur County, shared Eurasian Watermilfoil and Zebra Mussel Potential Growth Maps and answered questions.

OPEN ISSUES

Open Secretary Position. Annette Rode agreed to be the secretary, however, being new to the community, she will need assistance with names and learning the history of the WLA. Dallas McIntyre will continue with email communications.

Open Treasurer Position. Deon Ford will fill the open Treasurer position as of 9/1/17. Sincere thanks to Sarah Smith for her dedicated service.

WLA Website Update. Scott Hudson stated that the new website is up and running. He needs sportsman articles and other applicable submissions to post on the website. To log on: Google Waterville Lakes Association. Also, check out our WLA Facebook page to stay informed.

NEW BUSINESS

Curley Leaf Pondweed Spraying. Cory reported that only 25 acres have been sprayed due to the budget. We need to find a source of funding. Mostly areas along the edges of the lake have been sprayed. There was a suggestion that each property owner spray, however, a permit would be needed for each property. There are no swimming/boating restrictions when spraying.

Watercraft Inspection. Wayne Lee reported that 1,119 Watercraft were inspected and zero items were found that needed to be bagged/tagged.

Search for Eurasian Milfoil. Eric thanked Steve McComas for the excellent presentation. There was further discussion about the best way to proceed due to lack of funding.

Pontoberfest. Del gave an update – The 13th Annual Pontoberfest Picnic and Outdoor Games Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 2 at the Waterville Sportsmen’s Club. Outdoor games will begin at 2:00 pm. Food will be served at 5:30 pm. Pulled Pork, Beans and Scalloped Potatoes will be provided for a freewill donation. Potluck – bring appetizers, salads or desserts to pass. Bring your own beverage and lawn chairs. Silent auction 4-6 pm. Live auction will begin at 6:30 pm. Contact Darla Mihalik 763-843-2752 or Karen and Duane Fischer 507-362-4799 to donate an auction item or make a contribution.

L.I.D. Update. Sarah and Roy spoke regarding the L.I.D. Due to insufficient responses from property owners, it appears that the best decision is to abandon the attempt to form the L.I.D. Del read a draft letter that he wrote regarding the L.I.D. Del will modify this letter slightly and bring it back to the Board for a second review.

How To Fund Our Projects? Eric led a discussion regarding Waterville Lakes Association fundraising.

Motion by Roy, second by Deon to have the WLA donate $100 for National Night Out. Sarah Smith voted against this. Dee Moore abstained. Tim Smith was not present for this vote. Approved.

Other New Business. The CRWP River clean-up will be held on September 16, 2017.

Comments or Questions.

  • Val Vail shared the importance of the rain gardens and how beneficial they are in the community.
  • The community needs to be educated regarding the importance of keeping our lakes clean for the benefit of everyone, not just property owners.
  • Dakota County – One Watershed, One Plan. Everyone is affected.

Motion by Tim, second by Roy to adjourn the meeting at 12:17 pm. Approved.

Next WLA Meeting – To Be Determined. An email will be sent with the meeting date, time and location.

 

WLA notes from 9/24/16 General Membership Meeting

Call to order

Pledge of Allegiance

Guest speaker Todd Piepho, Hydrologist from the MN DNR gave a presentation, highlights below:

  • Hydrological permits and conditions requiring them
  • Flyover of the Cannon River Watershed
  • Le Sueur County does not have any river or water level monitors, although there was FEMA money earmarked for it in 2014.
  • We are lacking a water management plan which will allow better ability to adjust water levels by the dam downstream.
  • Live river-rise data can be seen on the National Weather Service website: www.weather.gov/alerts
  • Question raised: Who’s responsible for dredging the sandbar in the channel?
    • A permit must be routed through all departments
  • Todd’s office is located at the Sakata State Park old ranger’s station, 50507 Sakatah Lake State Park, Waterville, MN 56096.   Phone: 507.362.8868   Email: todd.peipho@state.mn.us

Guest speaker Joe Kern, Water Patrol Deputy for the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office led a short discussion on his duties and what we as waterfront owners could do to help enforcement efforts.

  • “See something-Say something”. If you see questionable activities call them in so they can be investigated.
  • Pictures and boat numbers are very helpful when it comes to enforcement.
  • Discussion was held about effectiveness of the buoys and speed/wake zones.
  • Landowners are welcome to put up signage noting no-wake zones or use cameras to capture license numbers of speeding boats. The sheriffs’ department can use the pictures of violations. Pictures and videos should show size of wake.
  • Buoys will be pulled out at the beginning of October.
  • Boat traffic doubled from last year.
  • No accidents or drowning were logged this year.
  • Only a handful of boat plug violations logged this year.
  • 60% of boats are from within a 15-20 mile radius of Waterville, 20-30% are campers, rest come from within 60-70 miles.

Guest speaker Wayne Lee, one of the WLA’s seasonal boat inspectors spoke about his experiences this past season.

  • A total of 1588 incoming boats were inspected by two inspectors.
  • He sent 2 samples to Allison for identification, neither turned out to be non-native invasive species.
  • Inspectors look for invasive species on boats, lures, fishing line and anchors.

 

General meeting opened

Call for approval of minutes from last meeting: Motion made by Bernie Baumann, seconded by Deon Ford.  Minutes approved.

Treasurer’s report was given by Tim Smith because our treasurer Sarah Smith was not present. Call for approval of Treasurer’s report:  Motion made by Dallas McIntyre, seconded by Del Pointe.  Current balance:  $17,850.  Report approved.

Eric reported that we treated the maximum allowable acreage for invasive weeds this season, which is 60 acres. The approximate cost for this was $13,000.  Spray needs to be a pre-emergent, the areas sprayed this year look good.  The DNR will be reducing the weed-spray grant amount.

Pontoberfest report: Del Pointe.

  • This year’s event was moved to the Sportsman’s Club on Lake Tetonka on Labor Day weekend.
  • Total profit of $3819.00 after all bills were paid. 125-150 attendees. One of the best we’ve had.
  • Tanks to those who donated items or money.
  • Thanks to those who helped plan, set up, and tear down the event.
  • Thanks to Duane and Karen Fischer, and Darla Mihalik for auction item storage and setup.
  • Thanks to Bullhead’s Bar and Grill for the use of their tables.
  • Because of this year’s event John and Dee Moore have graciously donated their unused dock to the Sportsman’s Club for use in the future. The Sportsman’s Club liability insurance covers the liability for use of this during events.
  • Thanks to Sportsman’s Club for use of facility.
  • Thanks to Del for all the work on this year’s event.
  • Discussion was held about planning future Pontoberfest events. The consensus was that the location was good, but the date was undecided. Some liked the older July timeframe better. The question was asked if the boat parade should continue. No opinions were given on this.

Our President said we had some people step down from executive board member positions, namely, Vice President, and Secretary. Thanks to Mark and Mary Milton for their dedicated service in these positions.  He also said we need to fill these positions.  Deon Ford and Sarah Smith volunteered to share Secretary duties after the meeting so this will have to be approved by vote at the next board meeting.  No volunteers for the position of Vice President came forward.

A member brought up the fact that the WLA’s website is about 2 years out of date. Eric acknowledged this and asked for a volunteer to head up the website.  Deon Ford will assume management of website.

A brief discussion was held about the LID status. We need approximately 43 more approvals to get the required 51%, although we’d like to have more.  Eric reported that there are 34 other LID’s in place around the state.

A request was made for approval to pay two outstanding bills for Pontoberfest 2016. One to pay the remaining balance of $100.00 to Scott Dornkemper for mosquito spraying, and the other is a reimbursement to Del Pointe for printing fees for the auction bid sheets at $54.05.  A motion was made by Bernie Baumann and seconded by Roy McIntyre to approve this.  Motion passed.

A call for adjournment was made. The Motion was made by Tim Smith and seconded by Bernie Baumann.

Meeting adjourned.

 

WATERVILLE LAKES ASSOCIATION

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

September 27, 2014 @ 10:00am

Bullhead’s Bar & Grill, Waterville MN

 President: Roy McIntyre         Vice President: Eric Lomen 

Treasurer: Dallas McIntyre           Secretary: Mary Milton

                The meeting was called to order at 10:00AM by President Roy McIntyre. There were 27 present including 9 Board members: Roy McIntyre, Karen Fischer, Duane Fischer, Mark Milton, Mary Milton, Tim Smith, Eric Lomen, Dallas McIntyre & Bernie Baumann. Eric led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 Bernie Baumann made a motion to accept the May 10, 2014 Minutes. Joe Orrie 2nd. Minutes approved.

 Mark Milton made a motion to accept the Treasurers’ Report for 9/26/14. Tim Smith 2nd. Approved.

Cash as of 5-9-2014 was $6,864.72     Deposits – $14,108.50    Disbursements – $16,258.96

Cash on Hand 9/26/14 – $4,714.26    CD’s total $13,363.30

Total on Hand as of 9/26/14 – $18,077.56

 OLD BUSINESS:

Valerie Vail reported that Pontoberfest was a great success raising $6,283.50! $500.00 will be given to aid in the flood relief for Waterville. Many generous donations of items for the auctions were given. Valerie is resigning as Coordinator but has a committee in place to resume responsibilities. A BIG thank you to Valerie, Del Point and the Pontoberfest committee was given. 

Eric reported that 60.5 acres were treated this spring at a cost of $14,871.66. $6,000.00 was paid by the grant we received. It was difficult to tell what the results were with the flooding.

 Eric is working on getting the final hours put in at the boat launch for the boat inspections. Our cost will be $8 per hour with the grant matching that up to 485 hours. Bernie Baumann asked everyone to talk to new people on the lake regarding invasive species and inform them that when bringing anything into the lake, (used lifts, docks, boats…) to check them over and clean them good. Eric mentioned for all of us to check our docks and boats when taking them out for any invasive species (Zebra Mussels). 

Del Point reported that there were about 60 at the Hog Roast on September 20th. It was a fun evening and the food was great. Thank you to Del and those who helped! 

The Lake Improvement District petitions should go out the end of this week. An updated mailing list of 560 was finalized. 51% of the petitions need to be received to proceed. Any petitions not sent in will count as a ‘No’ so make sure and send them in. The timeline is that the LID could be up and running by March 2015. There was discussion on the process of selection/election of the BOD for the LID. Roy McIntyre handed out a sample petition. 

Mark Milton reported that there were 19 present for the CRWP Clean-up day on September 20th, (4 of them were under 18)! Over 8 areas were covered in and around Waterville. 

NEW BUSINESS: 

We have 3 positions open on the WLA Board of Directors. 

Roy McIntyre asked presented raffle tickets for the Friends of the Library fundraiser. 

It was mentioned that when information is put in the local newspaper, to do so a few weeks ahead of the event due to the time it takes those living out of town to receive the newspaper. 

Tim Smith made a motion to adjourn, Duane Fischer 2nd and approved.

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WATERVILLE LAKES ASSOCIATION

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

April 12, 2014

Main Street Lounge, Waterville MN

President: Roy McIntyre (507-362-8763)    Vice President: Eric Lomen (651-698-5280)

Treasurer: Dallas McIntyre (507-362-8763)      Secretary: Mary Milton (507-632-8468)

The meeting was called to order at 10:00AM by President Roy McIntyre. There were 39 present including 10 Board members and 2 guest speakers, (Joe Kern & Allison Gamble).

Joe Kern, Deputy & Water Patrol, Le Sueur Co. Sherriff’s Office spoke on Water patrol safety.

Allison Gamble, Invasive Species Specialist-DNR, spoke on Curly Leaf Pondweed, Flowering Rush, Green algae and Blue-Green algae that are in lakes Tetonka/Sakatah and what we can do to control or manage them. She also talked about Zebra mussels and the importance of being pro-active when putting watercraft, lifts & docks in our lakes that have come from other lakes. Much of this information is available to us and can be put on our website.

Dee Moore made a motion to accept the February 2014 Minutes. Tim Smith 2nd. Minutes approved.

Dee Moore made a motion to accept the February 12th Treasurers’ Report. Mark Milton 2nd. Approved.

Cash as of 2-12-2014 is $6,564.21.

Deposit (dues and donations $370.00), (Comedy Night $1730.00) = $2100.00Disbursements: Main Street Lounge ($50), Del Point–Comedy Night ($1287.50), MN DNR-Boat Insp. ($697.50), Lake Region Life ($231), Waterville Insurance ($483) and MVEC ($28.40) = $2777.40

Cash on Hand $5886.81  CD’s total $13,363.30  Total on Hand as of 2-12-2014 is $19,250.11

OLD BUSINESS:

Updates:

Comedy Blast –March 9-2014. 103 tickets sold. Profit of $442.00 reported by Del & Val

Pontober Fest- Will be July 12th-2014. Del and Val reported that they will be meeting May 10th to determine location and details.

NEW BUSINESS:

Hog Roast will be held September 20th at the Sportsman’s.

Boat Inspections – Eric reported that WLA received a grant that will match funds up to 480 hours. WLA will be responsible to pay ½ of costs.

Weed Spraying. Eric reported that WLA received a grant for $100 per acre up to $6000.00. (up to 60 acres).

BOD – WLA has 3 open spots that need to be filled.

Bingo-Dee reported the need for volunteers and passed sign-up sheet around.

LID- Discussed progress and the boundaries. Questions on a possible $ cap and how much control, if any, would the DNR have? Roy McIntyre will get in contact with Bruce Sellers to discuss these things.

Joe Orrie made a motion to adjourn, Eric 2nd and approved.