LWA Board Meeting Minutes 7-9-22

Held at CLT Fire Hall meeting room

 

Members present:  Ross Lindmeyer, Glen Goodwin, Kathy Pfaff, Vicki Lipstreuter, Scott Erickson, Charlie McGlynn, Ron Reich, Susan Tyra, Lisa McCloud, Teresa Reding, Janis Judd, Pat Maranda

Absent:  Jim Patterson, Dave Patterson, Mark Wolf

 

Meeting called to order at 9:10 am by president Ross Lindmeyer

 

Pre-approval of minutes from 6-1-22 meeting motion made – Janis will email minutes to board later today

 

Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report – Kathy emailed report to board prior to meeting, she did renew the LWA CD with Pine River State Bank at a higher rate.  Scott/Ron made a motion to approve treasurer’s report as presented – motion carried.

  2. AIS – Freshwater will start the survey of our lake 7-18-22. Ross indicated he will pass on using the Cass County nets right now (to test/capture AIS) – too much of a hassle to get going for this year. The boat landing inspector reports decon of boats is up this year – especially muskee fishermen that go from lake to lake are using decon regularly.  Glen reports weed mass complaints on E lake – we could hire someone to cut (very expensive) – a resident Is concerned it is starry stonewart – most likely the same matting plant found last year, that is a natural plant/not AIS – jet skis have been overheating when driving thru it

  3. Boat monitoring – Ross and Susan attended Crooked Lake Township (CLT) Lakes and Shores committee meeting.  Ross spoke to Dave (our boat landing inspector) and he confirmed zebra mussels are in Big Thunder Lake.  Dave stated many folks are coming from Big thunder lake to Washburn to fish this year.  Ross handed out two ZEMU traps at the membership meeting in June, he has 3 or 4 more yet – Teresa will take one to put on her dock on West basin, Lisa will talk to a friend about putting one on dock near entrance/channel to North basin.  We have 2 ZEMU traps on East lake basin now.  August 20th is the Lion’s Corn Feed event – CLT Lakes & Shores committee will have a booth and so will RALALA.  CLT booth Grand prize is Minnkota trolling motor this year (possibly 2). The Army Corps of Engineers will have a booth where they do transfers to t-shirts that the kids have colored – very popular & draws lots of families to their booth.  Ross asked if he could use the bullhorn.  Mark, CLT council president, will be talking about budget cuts at the meeting this Wednesday pm meeting.

  4. Water Patrol – Pat talked to Cass County Sheriff Deputy Bob – the boat patrol meeting was canceled due to scheduling issues and has not been rescheduled.  Cass County Sheriff department is dealing with budget cuts also.  Vicki said she is doing the water patrol scheduling week to week.  Scott asked about what is involved in being a water patrol volunteer – Vicki told him “it is mostly about water safety, we’re the eyes on the lake for the Sheriff.  The boat patrol can report names and boat numbers to the Sheriff if someone is not operating their craft safely.”

  5. Database/Membership/Communication – Glen reports we have 292 members as of today.  100 general fund donations and 127 AIS fund donations.  Comparing 2021 to 2022 – we have 26 who are not members this year that were members last year – Glen will be contacting them.  The goal is to have 300 memberships this year.  Our email opening rate is high – right around 60% with quite a few clicks to the newsletter, our website or the DNR linked site.  Glen can send a second email to folks who didn’t open original email.  Our sustaining members are in high 40’s for number this year.

  6. Buoys – Teresa reports more buoys are moving around than ever! Storms are having an adverse effect on buoy staying in place this year – Teresa and her husband moved a buoy back in place on W lake by Iowa camp/rock pile that had moved.  Dave Braun also moved some buoys back in place (his boat was one that was damaged in recent storm).  Glen & Vicki have had reports about buoys through the Nextdoor app, our LWA facebook site and emails which they forward to Teresa & Dave.  Buoys are all GPS coordinate marked. Discussion held about the narrows/channel into N basin being a “no wake zone”.   Maybe we should talk to the Sheriff about a nighttime (solar lighted) safety buoy to mark the channel instead of a “no wake zone”.  Cass Co Sheriff Burch is retiring this year.  The Sheriff did a tour of our lake and marked the buoy locations this past year and talked to Teresa.  Pat will talk to Deputy Bob about safety buoy for N channel entry and Scott will talk to the Sheriff also.  Kathy asked if we would like to give Olds a gift card to a gas station as we had last year.  Glen/Teresa made a motion to give a $300 gas gift card to Olds – motion carried.  Motion made to get 4 LED safety buoys for N channel by Ross/Scott – motion carried.  

  7. Loons, Wildlife – Lisa reports one person counted 13 loon babies, she has personally seen 10 loon babies.  The loon platform she put out near the boy scout camp this year was used – this means a new pair of loons on our lake and has two chicks!  The Loon Center building will break ground next spring but not completed until 2024 in Crosslake.  You can sign up to take an educational pontoon ride on Crosslake still,

Next Tuesday at 1:30 pm, the Outing Seniors will have a speaker from the Loon Center at their meeting at CLT hall – all are welcome.  

  1.  Webmaster – Kathy said she added pictures from the fishing competition.  She will be putting up the 4th of July boat parade pics next.  Dan Laasko shared baby loon pictures that she has added to our LWA home page.

  2. Newsletter – Susan shared the next cycle starts in August with the newsletter set to go out in October – it is usually a little slimmer edition in the fall.  Ross has heard many compliments on the newsletter.  Discussion held about doing hard copy/mailed vs. emailed newsletter.  RALALA only does an electronic newsletter.  Glen says Lakes Printing does a Postal survey to help us use the most current addresses – only 4 newsletters returned this Spring.  

  3. Water Quality – Charlie went out with Dave Snesrud 3 weeks ago, will be going out again in 2 weeks – he has been learning a lot from Dave and plans to transition by next summer.

  4. Lake Level – Susan shared that the DNR sets the long gauge at their dock, her husband Rick looks at it every Monday – the water has been going down slowly so far

  5. Fisheries – Vicki talked to John Harris and brainstormed developing a “Fisheries Fund” to stock the lake, set a goal for member donations and then part of that goal would be that LWA would put in “_____” dollars from general fund to pay for stocking.  Scott shared information about tracking the yearly electro fishing results – if frylings aren’t naturally increasing, then we need to ‘trip’ the private stocking event every 3 years.  Discussion held.  John would do a separate newsletter article about this alternative proposition – private stocking would be in 2024.  Glen/Charlie made a motion to establish an unrestricted fisheries fund – motion carried with one nay vote.   Campaign slogan could be “Fund a fish”!  Charlie suggested the fund could be called “Walleye Wallet”.  Lake Mary in Emily stocks their own lake because the DNR deemed them unsuccessful for its program.

 

Planning

  1. Review 2022 goals/tasks

  1. Speakers Dana Gutzman – Cass County & Nicole Kovar – DNR will be presenting at our August meeting.  For next Spring – Ross talked about having someone from Minnesota Pollution Control speak about the “get the lead out program” and Scott asked about having someone from MN Lakes & Rivers as a speaker.

  2. Ice cream social. – Kathy is ordering the ice cream, Vicki asked Ron if his pontoon was available – Ron said YES.  Vicki ordered spiny water flea clothes to put in the hand out bags.  At 4 pm – weather and ice cream supply permitting – the ice cream social will go to the campground

  3. Get the Lead Out (GTLO) drop boxes at the DNR  boat launch site – Ross will get it set up very soon,  need to work on bigger signage for the CLT drop site

  4. Fishing Tourney – thank you Pat for letting us use your property for the event, thanks to Glen & Vicki for all their help and thank you to the 25 volunteers that made the day possible.  33 fish were brought in by 12 anglers – 17 kids participated in the day’s events – everyone enjoyed it, served ice cream,  lots of stations with activities – every station had a prize.  If the kids watched how to fillet a fish – they got a special prize -  some kiddos participated in ‘hand over hand’ demos for fish filleting.  Discussion held about date to hold it next year – maybe move to later in July.  Vicki proposes we try the 3rd or 4th weekend of July – 3rdweekend is always Emily Day.  Pat says his land is available for the event as long as he lives there!  Scott/Vicki make a motion to move the youth fishing tourney event to July 22nd for 2023 – motion carried.

  1. Other

  1. Volunteers – Scott states he has 5 on his shoreline restoration committee now including new volunteer Susan Henken/Thielen – they will take the MN Lakes & Rivers training & then hold a committee meeting to develop a plan for Lake Washburn.  Discussion held about how do we engage more people?

  2. Discuss storage site for LWA items. – Vicki is asking permission to explore storage units as an option – board agreed for her to gather info

 

Other Business

  1. Review of Board member re-elections 

 

Ron/Lisa made a motion to adjourn – motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 11:14 am

 

Respectfully submitted, 

Janis Judd - secretary

LWA Membership Meeting June 4, 2022

Held at Crooked Lake Township Hall

 

Meeting called to order at 10:10 am by President Ross Lindmeyer.  26 members present

 

Old Business

 

  1. Approval of Minutes from August 14, 2021 Membership meeting were available to read.  Motion to accept minutes as presented made by Tom Brinkman/Pat Maranda.  Motion carried.

  2. Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report:  Glen Goodwin shared Kathy Pfaff’s report in her absence.  Motion to approve treasurer’s report as presented made by Dave Judd/John Harris.  Motion carried.

  2. AIS Summary:  Ross reported that we (LWA) work with Cass County, Crooked Lake Township Land & Shores committee, and the DNR to use grants available to us to pay for yearly survey and treatments as needed.  The plan for this year’s lake survey and treatment haven’t changed too much – the survey will take place at the end of July and treatment in September if needed.  

1.  Cass County supported boat monitoring at the public landing – boat inspectors there every weekend in summer with extended hours this year and now offer lake associations the opportunity to pay inspector for additional hours.

2.  Wake Dynamics Study – done by the University of Minnesota (U of M) last October.  Glen shared that the study is available to watch and information in print is available from the U of M.  This information is included in our LWA Spring newsletter – the survey concluded that wake boats need to stay 500 feet away from shore/structures.  The purpose of the report was education for all lake users. Two more surveys will be done – one, hopefully this year, is a column study; and the third phase is a study of specific damage to lakeshore.

C.  Lake Stewardship Initiative:  Ross shared on behalf of Scott Erickson – this is a newer committee formed to help all residents to protect and improve their shoreline.  A good example of shoreline restoration is Outing Public Dock area and Luscher’s Park.  Sue Gable shared that they are getting burned wood debris floating into Iowa Camp beach.

D.  Building Community:  Vicki Lipstreuter shared upcoming activities planned – 

1.  Ice Cream Social will go to the campground at 4 pm (weather and supply permitting)

2.  Youth Fishing Challenge is June 25th hosted by Pat and Julie Maranda – children can fish all morning, weigh in is at 1 pm, only Northern Pike fish

E.  Membership Communication:  Glen shared that the Spring newsletter is out, hard copies in the mail and email version has a “flip book viewer” for us to use to read the newsletter.  Tom Brinkman thanked the newsletter team for producing an excellent newsletter.   We currently have 285 members with over 50 sustaining members.

III.  New Business

  1.  Get the Lead Out (GTLO) drop boxes:  Ross informed the membership this program is in conjunction with CLT Lakes & Shores committee and the MN Pollution Control Agency – loons ingest the lead and it kills them.  During manned hours at the CLT garbage/recycling area you can turn in your lead fishing tackle/shot/sinkers.  At the boat landing we will also have a PVC container soon for drop off of lead – look for it near the monofilament disposal tube.  

  2. Proposed changes to by-laws:  Vicki shared we would like to add these items to update the by-laws so they reflect our current needs/practices.

  1.  Electronic Voting

  2. Board authorized spending limit – increase to $1,000.00 

  3. Zoom format for board meetings

Teresa Redding asked about how people would feel about doing one meeting per year vs two meetings.  

 

  1.  Presentation – Lake Management Fishery Plan – John Harris

John shared that he, Glen Goodwin, Bob Holman, and Scott Erickson met with the DNR recently.  The article in our Spring newsletter had a typo – should read 17 “ or larger walleye not 17 pound or larger walleye!  The DNR has been involved on Lake Washburn for over 100 years - sporadically stocking and testing whenever they had the opportunity.  DNR records show they stocked our lake in 1913.  Harold Czaier met with the DNR and started our current  fisheries program with our first stocking in 2005.  The DNR stocks walleye fryling in even numbered years, test for results – annually by electro fishing and gill netting every 3 years;  monitor the Northern population.  Possible changes coming from the DNR – an increased creel limit for Notherns, Electro fish for Bass in the Spring if DNR resources are available, allow LWA to do supplemental stocking every 3 years.  

Supplemental stocking considerations: 

            Current level of DNR stocking not proven to increase walleye fishery

            DNR unwilling to exceed state stocking guidelines

            DNR only stocks frylings

            Stocked fish that survive may increase natural reproduction

            Will require LWA membership and board approval 

            LWA funds to purchase fingerlings

John’s recommendation – approve funding of additional stocking, first year we could stock would be 2024, after two stockings – evaluate to see if supplemental stocking is working and continue/discontinue accordingly.  Sue Gable says we should consider asking members/property owners to donate to a “stocking the lake” fund – lots of frustrated fishermen around here.  John stated that our Perch population is very low, but ciscos/tulibe are present and help us out in feeding the larger fish.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:29 am

 

Minutes respectfully submitted,

Secretary – Janis Judi

LWA Board Meeting via Zoom - June 1, 2022

 

Present:  Glen, Vicki, Ross, Ron, Susan, Kathy, Pat, Teresa, Lisa, David, Jim, Janis

Absent:  Mark, Charlie, Scott

Guests:  Bob Eddy – RALALA

 

Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm by president Ross Lindmeyer

 

Approval of minutes from 5-11-22 meeting – Janis emailed to everyone prior to Zoom meeting -  Ron/Vicki made a motion to approve minutes as presented – motion carried.

 

Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report:  Kathy emailed to everyone, new CD purchased.  Vicki/Ron made a motion to accept report as presented – motion carried

  2. AIS:   Glen reports LWA did our legal duty to post that we might do treatment in late summer in our newsletter.  Ross asked about of plankton nets thru Cass County – discussion held.  CLT Land & Shores committee might be purchasing nets we could use.  Vicki ordered spiny water flea towels from ACCL – waiting for the invoice.  Bob Eddy shared that Lloyd says the CLT AIS committee will be holding off on net purchase and implantation.

  3. Boat monitoring:  Ross reports Cass County is allowing individual lake associations to pay for additional inspector hours.  Glen asked if we do hire inspectors outside of current hours if they would be paid from AIS fund.  The county pays $18/hour – we would pay $24/hour.  Discussion held including information about a third source of funding Ross says.

  4. Water Patrol:  Pat reports the Deputy Sherriff stopped by last week to drop off literature and to remind everyone to stop wakes due to high water.  Ross found a study done by the U of M detailing wake boat effects on shorelines.  Discussion held 

  5. Database/Membership/Communication report:  Glen shared we have 282 members currently, 53 are sustaining members, 98 have given additional funds to general fund, 123 have given extra to AIS fund.  We have a 65% opening rate on email blasts.  Lakes Printing has offered a link to a “flip page viewer” for reading our newsletter online (free to us as a special client!). 

  6. Buoys:  Teresa reports some buoys are missing, Brian Olds has not been able to get buoys in yet, haven’t heard from David Braun about his success on finding missing buoys.

  7. Loons:  Lisa saw one platform being used for nesting

  8. Webmaster:  Kathy is keeping the site updated, did post that the buoys weren’t out yet 

  9. Newsletter:  great job everyone

  10. Water Quality:  no report from Dave Snesrud, Charlie will not be able to work with Dave until late in the season due to family health issues, Mark Wolf and two others are pitching in to help Charlie

  11. Lake Level:  no report from Rick

  12. Fisheries:  John did a great job putting together a report for the board and will bring to the membership meeting this coming Saturday

  13. Insurance Committee:  D & O application status – no report from Jim, Kathy says the premium was paid last fall – nothing has been changed

Planning

  1. Speakers for June membership meeting:  Glen contacted suggested people – all busy.  For the August meeting – Dana Gutzman & Nicole Kovar will be there to present on how the DNR works with lake associations.

  2. Shoreline Restoration initiative committee:  Scott reports that he & his wife have hired Prairie Restorations to start their shoreline project – Scott’s place is in Muechow bay.  Ross says looks like plants are doing well at the Outing Docks & Luscher’s Park project sites.  This spring there is new signage in place to educate and inform the public about the project.

  3. LWA booth at Lion’s Corn Feed:  Ross asked the board if we would like to do a booth – goal to educate youth about AIS.  Bob Eddy shared that RALALA picked up 6 new members last year at the booth/Lion’s Corn Feed event.  Maybe put both lake associations together in one booth – no fee for booth if you shuck some corn for the Lion’s to help with event.  The date is August 20th, 2022.  Discussion held

  4. Get the Lead Out drop boxes at public landing – Ross also says CLT will accept lead tackle during manned garbage collection hours.  Ross picked up the PVC pieces to make the drop off unit for the boat landing. Janis/Vicki made a motion to have Ross build the “Get the Lead Out” PVC units – motion carried.  Glen suggested adding a unit at Mogren’s boat launch area also

  5. Fishing Challenge Update:  Ross says his wife will help stuff the goodie bags, Vicki has been in contact with the volunteers & made packets for the kiddos.  Posters are already up – printed free by Lakes Printing.  Lisa said Mark will help put up the posters around town and 12 other businesses are donating prizes.  There will be root beer floats to enjoy that day too!  Let Vicki know if anyone (including yourself) want to help out with the event.

Other Business

  1.  Glen shared that there are 2 welcome packets Susan has tried multiple times to deliver – both are actually members this year,  one new property owner this year so far - sale pending

  2. Open discussion regarding membership meeting this Saturday -  presentation by John Harris with fisheries plan.  Discussion held if meeting should be held as scheduled due to late ice out, storms, etc. facing lake property owners.  Plan is 9:30 am for snacks, coffee, etc.  10 am start of membership meeting on June 4th.

  3. Misc:  

  1. Decon proceedures for any company working on the lake – Ross brings up how do we know these service companies are using decon sites?  CLT Land & Shores committee is promoting the “5 stars program” developed by Cass County – Dana Gutzman DNR rep.

  2. New LWA feather flag arrived and Vicki showed it to us J

  3. Proposed changes to LWA by-laws:  1) make wording more inclusive – allow for electronic voting; 2) board authorized spending limit – raise to $1,000 ; 3) Zoom meetings – allows for more flexibility.

Other Business – none

 

Motion to adjourn made by Ron/Pat – motion carried

Meeting adjourned at 8:04 pm

 

Minutes respectfully submitted,

Janis Judd - Secretary
                         

LWA  Board Meeting Minutes for 9-11-21

Meeting took place via ZOOM

 

Members present:  Glen Goodwin, Vicki Lipstreuer, Janis Judd, Ross Lindmeyer, Ron Reich, Kathy Pfaff, Susan Tyra, Charlie McGlynn, Pat Maranda, Scott Erickson, David Patterson, Mark Wolf, Lisa McCloud, and Teresa Reding

Absent:  Jim Patterson

Visitors:  Bob Eddy – RALALA 

 

Meeting called to order at 9:03 am by President Ross Lindmeyer after a moment of silence to remember the 20thanniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9-11

Minutes of 8-11-21 Board meeting were emailed to all board members – no additions or changes noted – Motion for minutes to be approved made by Ron/Vicki – motion carried.

  1. Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report – Kathy emailed a copy to everyone.  Glen commented that he likes the line item of $100 income from Amazon Smile.  Scott Erickson made a motion to remove Ronald Reich, President and Greg Gilbertson, Treasurer, from the Lake Washburn Association checking account, savings account, CD, and lock box at Pine River State Bank and add Ross Lindmeyer, President, Glen Goodwin, Vice-president, and Kathryn Pfaff, Treasurer to the Lake Washburn Association checking account, savings account, CD and lock box at Pine River State Bank.   Motion was seconded by Vicki Lipstreuer.  Motion carried.  Vicki/Charlie made a motion to accept treasurer’s report – motion carried.

  2. AIS Update:  Ross reports that milfoil is really under control.  On Thursday, September 9th – PLM did the treatment, of the area milfoil was found this year, at a cost of $660.00 and used a new product Prusella.

  3. Boat Monitoring:  Ross talked about the “Get the lead out” project – at the Lion’s Corn Feed 27 pounds of lead sinkers etc. were turned in – awesome success!  Ross will work on a lead collection unit similar to the PVC tube Bob Holman made for the collection of monofilament line to be placed at the boat landing and the same system will be near the Crooked Lake Town Hall by the garbage and recycling bins in Outing.  Lisa asked who will be responsible for cleaning out these tubes.  Ross states he can take the lead to the Bloomington Hazardous Waste collection site so it is properly disposed of.  Dana, at Cass County, would probably be the person to authorize the use of this collection device at the Lake Washburn boat landing.

  4. Water Patrol:  Pat had nothing to report.  Everything went well this year and Labor Day weekend was the last boat patrol for the season.

  5. Database:  Glen reports we have 283 members – a good robust number.  He has 380 email recipients and a 60% email opening rate

  6. Buoys:  Teresa reports she has 8 buoys that have been adopted – all in the West basin.  She talked to several people at the meeting who might be interested in adopting a buoy.  Scott said he will adopt buoys #14,15,16 – they might be adopted already.  Glen said Olds is starting to pull buoys from the lake and thinks probably all the buoys will be pulled by the end of next week.  

  7. Loons:  Lisa & Ross were able to retrieve a platform and move it to the N basin.  Ross asked if we have enough platforms – Lisa feels it might be a good number as it is better for loons to use natural nesting spots if at all possible.

  8. Webmaster:  Kathy reports there is not much that is new.  Lisa sent some cute new pictures that Kathy will post and she will update the minutes and financials on our web page also.

  9. Newsletter:  Susan reports she has 7 new volunteers.  Articles are due September 23rd for the Fall newsletter.  

  10. Water Quality:  no report from Dave Snesrud.  Charlie volunteered to ‘take up the torch’ if Dave Snesrud is unable to do the water testing any longer.  Bob Eddy shared that RALALA partners with WAPOA to offset the costs of water quality testing – they use RMB testing labs exclusively. 

  11. Lake Level:  Rick will have an article and report in the Fall newsletter

  12. Fisheries:  John Harris – look for the report in the Fall newsletter

  13. Insurance Committee:  Ron reports he has had no news from Jim on the D&O application status.  Kathy stated that the policy we have now renews in November.  

  1. Planning

  1.  Review 2021 Goals/Tasks:  Scott asked if any actions have been taken due to water quality.  Bob Eddy shared that we are all part of the Pine River Watershed and they put forth recommendations – actions taken:  septic systems, lawn fertilizers, etc. 

Additional LWA logo merchandise:  Vicki states she is not excited to add additional logo merchandise.  LWA could look into tree sapling sales as a new fundraising idea.  Glen would like to change to electronic voting – discussion held.  Vicki and David discuss the need to change our bylaws to include electronic voting.  Glen presented meeting survey results.  Discussion was held about holding board meetings on weeknights via ZOOM.  Bob Eddy shared that RALALA also holds their board meetings on weeknights via ZOOM.  Glen will email board members to ascertain the weekday evening each prefers and come up with a day.  Vicki asked how we would respond 

Glen said he would share meeting survey comments and questions presented to all LWA members – he might share a few responses directly, but most will be covered in a newsletter article.

  1. New Plans/Tasks for 2021/22:  Audit Procedure – Scott and Mark have 95% of the procedure in place – they will contact Kathy and in meet sometime in October.  

Shoreline Restoration Project:  a committee is forming consisting of 4 members as of now

LWA booth at the Lion’s Corn Feed:  Ross asked if we would like to do this for next year.  Vicki asked what is the goal for us having a booth?  Ross views it as an educational platform – maybe pick one ‘priority’ project to push each year.

Ordering new LWA merchandise: tabled

Lead Drop Boxes:  “Get the lead out” campaign collection site at boat landing/campground area

Youth Fishing Tournament:  thanks to Glen & Vicki for the “save the date” brochures and to Pat for offering the spot to have the event next summer.  Will need to explore getting one or two Porta-Potties for the event – date is 6/25/22

III.        Other Business:

    A.     Feedback from members – already discussed/touched on that

    B.     Loon Platform update – Lisa still working on getting a platform to M. Leger

    C.     Audit Proceedure -  already covered in today’s meeting and minutes

    D.      Welcome Packets – Glen developed a map, but Susan hasn’t needed to      implement calling on Board members to help take their ‘slice’ of the map for

 welcoming new property owners

    E.       Floating Ice Cream Social – Feedback – had 50 boats total including the Sheriff’s     boat, handed out 276 ice cream treats on the water and 48 ice cream treats

 at the campground.  Look for the upcoming article and pictures in the Northland Press

    F.      Other – Discussion on creating a $500 discretionary fund – discussion held – conclusion – no need for this

Feather Flag purchase: Vicki found some blank flags & Shirley H. would iron on the LWA logo and information for free.  Vicki asked if we could buy 3 flags – 2 for the fishing challenge and 1 for the ice cream social.  Cost is about $30 per flag.  Ross knows of a place in Longville that did the loon banner for CLT very reasonably. 

Campground brochure holder:  already up – newsletters are being taken

Adopt Electronic Voting:  already covered in today’s meeting

Value of having 2 membership meetings per year:  discussion held – consensus – stick with two meetings.

G.      2022 Calendar:  We need to continue to reach out to membership to volunteer for committees and events.  Vicki suggest we reach out to our neighbors to find their strengths/interests and ask for help.  Teresa asked about the Peninsula Road tornado siren – is it not working?  Kathy shared that the County is waiting on a part to update it/get it working again.

 

Motion to adjourn made by Ron/Teresa at 10:45 am – motion carried

 

Respectfully submitted,

Janis Judd

LWA Secretary

LWA Board Meeting Minutes

July 10,2021

 

Members present:  Ron Reich, Glen Goodwin, Kathy Pfaff, Vicki Lipstreuer, Susan Tyra, Ross Lindmeyer, Mark Wolf, Pat Maranda, Janis Judd, Teresa Reding

Visitors:  Bob – RALALA,  Rollie Hirman

Absent:  David Patterson, Mathias Peterson, Jim Patterson, Lisa McCloud

 

Meeting called to order at 9:01 am at Crooked Lake Town Hall

 

Minutes from 6-19-21 board zoom meeting were emailed prior to this meeting – Vicki/Ross make a motion to accept minutes as presented – motion carried

 

Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report:  Kathy emailed prior to this meeting.  Kathy stated she got a gas certificate from Holiday in Emily for Brian Olds (Outing Gas station couldn’t get her one).  Glen/Pat make a motion to accept treasurer’s report – motion carried.  Kathy asks for input – in the past we have given a donation to the University of MN Acquatic Invasive Species Research (MAISRC), been members of Pine River Watershed Alliance and Conservation MN – should we renew/donate again?  Vicki/Scott make a motion to donate $200 to MAISRC – motion carried.  Glen/Jan make a motion to renew membership in Pine River Watershed Alliance at a cost of $200 – motion carried.  Board decided not to donate/renew with Conservation MN at this time.  Scott had a question if the area between West and North Basins – the narrows – could be declared a “no wake zone”.  Vicki will forward Sheriff contact info to Scott for him to follow up on this issue.

  2. AIS:   Ross reports a full lake survey will be done the 3rd week of July

  3. Boat Monitoring:  Ross stated the inspectors have shared that everyone has been helpful and compliant at the boat landing.  July 4th weekend the Decontamination station was broken – it is fixed now.  Decon. Station banner will change to reflect the new push to “Get the Lead Out”.  Discussion held

  4. Water Patrol:  Pat reports it is going well, average 25 boat interactions each time patrol is out,  need to ask Land O’ Lakes Marine if they are decontaminating the Sheriff boat  before we place in lake

  5. Membership:  Glen reports we have 276 members as of today – discussion held; email blasts and emails still showing a 65% opening rate with 15% click rate to open newsletter

  6. Buoys:  Teresa reports all buoys are accounted for and in correct places.  Daggett Brook inlet buoy is in place.  One person has ‘adopted’ a buoy.  Dave Braun has been realigning buoys as needed.  Discussion held

  7. Loons, Wildlife:  Vicki got information from Lisa that she has talked to DNR and has found out we are to register our loon platforms bi-annually as you do a floating swim dock with a fee included.  Discussion held regarding platforms.  John from National Loon Center in Cross Lake will be at our August Annual Membership meeting with a table to present information to interested members

  8. Website:  Kathy has added a “photo of the week” section – now waiting to see if members share new pictures.  She received many pictures of the boat parade – which are posted on the website – parade included 62 boats, 2 kayaks, and 6 jet skis this year.

  9. Newsletter:  Susan reports we still need more help – please talk to neighbors and lake friends to ask about interest.  She has a job description ready – Kathy will post it on the website and Susan will share it with board via email today.  Teresa asked about using a person looking for an internship opportunity.   Discussion held.  Ron will add a plea for help to members at August meeting

  10. Water Quality:  Dave Snesrud is still doing the testing for LWA.  Kathy has not had an invoice from RMB – Ron will reach out to Dave and Linda to make sure everything is going ok.

  11. Lake level:  Rick has done the measurements for 12 weeks now – our water level has dropped 18 inches

  12. Fisheries:  No report

  13.  Insurance:  Jim still working with agency(ies) – no quote to share yet

 

Planning

  1. Review 2021 modified goals/tasks:  see below – Discussion held, board concurred - all good

  2. Kids Fishing Contest:  Virtual?  Ross feels we might need to put this event on hold until we have a location secured.  Lisa also shared with Vicki that she would like to postpone this event until next year.  Discussion held

  3. Other:  Online voting – Glen sent email blast last year for write in candidates before actual online voting occurred.  Glen needs to start emails this week if this is our choice again for voting.  Discussion held.  Glen will add “tic” mark for extending term limits on ballot for secretary and directors - Glen, Jim, Mathias

 

Other Business

  1. Annual meeting August 14th – see agenda below. There will be no minutes from last year’s meeting due to CoVid meeting cancellation.  We will have a presentation from Aaron Soltau, Prairie Restorations about Shoreline Restoration Projects such as the Outing Docks Projects and RALALA members Bob  and Anne will be present to answer questions also

  2. Membership Categories/Changes – tabled

  3. Welcome Packets:  distributed by directors – discussion held, feedback encouraged

  4. Audit Proceedure:  Scott Erickson will contact Kathy and develop an audit procedure

  5. Floating Ice Cream Social:  Saturday, Sept. 4th at 2 pm – Vicki says it’s a go!

  6. Other:  next board meeting will be a ZOOM meeting on Wednesday, August 11th at 7 pm

With LWA General Meeting on Saturday, August 14th at 10 am – CLT town hall

 

Motion to adjourn made by Mark/Teresa  at 10:55 am – motion carried

Minutes respectfully submitted,

Janis Judd

Secretary

LWA Board Meeting Minutes

for May 8, 2021

 

Members present:  Ron Reich, Glen Goodwin, Kathy Pfaff, Janis Judd, Charlie McGlynn, Susan Tyra, Mark Wolf, Teresa Reding, Mathias Peterson, Lisa McCloud, Jim Patterson, Vicki Lipstreuer

Members absent:  Ross Lindmeyer, Scott Erikson, Pat Maranda, Dave Patterson

Visitors:  Bob Eddy – RALALA 

 

Meeting called to order at 9:04 am by president Ron Reich via Zoom

Approval of minutes from 9-12-20 board meeting motion made by Vicki/Charlie – carried

 

Reports:  

  1. Treasurer’s Report – (emailed to board members/see attached) Kathy moved $30,000 into savings account from checking account to get a little more interest.  CD rates are really low right now – no point in putting funds into a CD right now.   Motion to approve treasurer’s report made by Vicki/Susan – motion carried.

  2. AIS – update on the AIS/CLT payments for LWA work: Ross was unable to attend ZOOM meeting today due to technical difficulties with Zoom.  Glen reported that Ross will send a detailed report to board members. Ross applied for a $1,500 DNR grant and we were approved.  Freshwater will do our lake survey and PLM will do any AIS treatment as needed – as in past year.  Look for detailed AIS report in Spring newsletter

  3. Boat monitoring:  Donna is our new AIS technician.  No information from CLT AIS committee from Ross.  Planning to have Freshwater do AIS survey in July after weeds grow.

  4. Water Patrol:  Vicki reports Pat talked to Deputy Laderville (Cass County Sheriff) and we will do water patrol again this summer.  Patrol boat will be stored at Land O’Lakes Marine.  Water Patrols will start Memorial Day weekend

  5. Database/Membership/Communication:  Glen reports we have 260 members as of today all due to January invoices sent out.  75 donations given to general fund, 108 donations given to AIS fund with membership payments.  Last year membership topped at 299 total.  Two email blasts will go out soon – one for road clean-up and one for membership renewal reminder.  

  6. Buoys:  Adopt-a-buoy – Teresa shared we should look for information in Spring newsletter, we have permission from Cass County Sheriff Burch to pursue our program – people would just monitor buoys for major movement and report to Dave Braun or Teresa.  

  7. Loons, Wildlife:  Lisa reports the Loon Center won’t be completed until 2024 even though groundbreaking is this Spring.  Discussion held about LWA loon nest platforms, who puts them out, need to update list, etc.  RALALA has no organized loon platform program as lake has many islands for loons to nest on.

  8. Website:  Kathy welcomes new ideas for content

  9. Newsletter:  Susan indicated chairperson(s) still needed for newsletter production.  Writers are all on track with providing articles for Spring newsletter.

  10. Water Quality/Lake Level:  look for Dave Snesrud’s article/report in Spring newsletter

  11. Fisheries:  John Harris and Lisa chatted – no new report from DNR but look for his article in Spring newsletter

  12. Insurance Committee:  Jim looking into various companies/getting quotes from various agencies to see if we just want to renew current policy or change.  Also need to look into an officers and directors policy

Planning

  1. Review 2021 modified goals/tasks: (see attached). Glen suggests we identify goals in progress, those that have been achieved, those tabled, and/or inactive goals.  Vicki suggests we add a ‘status’ to each goal(done, in progress, tabled, etc).  Discussion held.  Glen/Lisa made a motion to donate $200 to the Loon Center – motion carried.

  2. Posting Minutes on Website:  posting of minutes to website starting May 2021

Other Business

  1. Membership categories/changes:  Vicki reports this task is in progress/on hold – related to by-laws task.

  2. Welcome Packets:  Susan asks for directors to help deliver packets to new property owners in own neighborhood if she is unable to make contact.  Last year there were 27 property transfers – many were inter-family transfers.  Three property transfers so far this year.  

  3. Shoreline Reclamation:  Ross & Scott should coordinate their efforts – no report, look for article in Spring newsletter

  4. Floating Ice Cream Social:  board decided to continue this summer activity

  5. Other:  Susan asked Bob Eddy from RALALA about the “Eyelids” program – it is a camera system at public boat landings, RALALA uses at both boat landings, cost about $10,000 just to set up.  Video is good quality, triggered by ‘mass’ sensor, information stored in the cloud, ability to view camera, audit, etc.  RALALA has them for times when DNR inspectors are not at boat launch – also has audio to remind folks to check their boats for vegetation, etc.  They have noticed a lot of boats come in and out every single day.

Glen shared that the online voting from August general meeting worked very well.  Should we adopt this – think about this – was easy to set up and use.

 

Next board meeting will be June 19th at 9 am on Zoom. No membership meeting on June 19th due to continued CoVid restrictions and CDC guidelines.

Charlie/Jim motion to adjourn at 10:23 am – motion carried.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary

Janis Judd