General Membership Meeting Minutes

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:
  • 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:

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.




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


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. 


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.




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



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.


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.