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Board of Managers Meeting

Annandale Middle School

June 14, 2000


Regular meeting was called to order at 7:00p.m. by Chairperson Tracy. Manager’s John Tracy, Roland Froyen, Clarence Klein, Richard Eckman and Marvin Brunsell were present. Others in attendance were Norm Wenck, Merle Anderson, Kelly Bergesch, Virl Liebrenz, Ron Nelson and Gabe Davidson.  Bob and Jean  Broich, Todd Reis and Greg Koob arrived later.


Motion #00-6-1: A motion was made by Froyen and seconded by Klein to accept a revised agenda that included a presentation by Gabe Davidson representing the Wright County SWCD. All Managers voted aye.


Motion #00-6-2: A motion was made by Eckman and seconded by Brunsell to accept the May 10, 2000 regular meeting minutes with the following corrections: (1) Under Wenck’s presentation, Lakeland Telephone Company was corrected to read Lakedale Telephone Company; and (2) Motion #00-6-10 was amended to read up to $6,000 rather than $6,000. All Managers voted aye.


Motion #00-6-3: A motion was made by Brunsell and seconded by Klein to accept the June 14, 2000 Financial Report and pay bills. All Managers voted aye.


The Board of Managers reviewed the Cash Flow of Authorized and Proposed Expenditure Statement for CRWD.


Gabe Davidson, Wright County SWCD Supervisor, thanked the CRWD for their participation in the Wright County SWCD buffer strip incentive program. Gabe explained that program and also explained the Crow River organized water joint powers group that he is involved with.


Gabe Davidson left the meeting at 7:45p.m.


Norm Wenck, Engineer, presented the results of the recent bid opening for the Hidden River Sanitary Sewer Project and recommended that the bid be awarded at our July regular meeting.


Bob Broich, Developer of Hidden River, indicated that he hoped that building permits can be issued when the bid for the Hidden River Sewer Project is awarded and MPCA’s approval is received. Bob also wants to discuss the contingency and administration fee amounts that are included in the project at the July meeting.


Bob and Jean Broich left at 8:04p.m.


Norm Wenck, Engineer, informed the Board that the appraisal of the private property in the Clear Lake Wetland Treatment System should be available at the July meeting.


 Norm also presented the following information on the Nistler sediment basin: a 20-year life expectancy of the basin would remove 1,300 lbs. of phosphorous at a cost of $61/lb. Similarly, the Meierhofer sediment basin with a 20-year life would remove 8, 460 lbs. of phosphorous at a cost of $41/lb. This information will  be used as we prioritize our projects for the upcoming year.


Motion #00-6-4: A motion was made by Froyen and seconded by Klein to schedule a meeting with the Clear Lake Property Owners Board to discuss proposed projects in the Clear Lake area. After this meeting, the CRWD Board of Managers will continue to meet,  prioritizing the proposed projects in the Clear Lake area.  All Managers voted aye.


Norm Wenck, Engineer, reported that he has presented the Master Sanitary Sewer Plan to the Chain of Lakes organization and will continue to meet with the Environmental Services Departments of Stearns and Wright counties regarding plan development.


The Board informed Administrator Anderson that he should set up Master Sanitary Sewer Plan public informational meetings in July, one to be held in Annandale and one in Kimball. Also, he is to provide news release and meeting notices.


Administrator Anderson  informed the Board that the income survey for Clearwater Harbor Sanitary Sewer Project is proceeding. Approximately one-third of the returns remain to be sent in. Virl Liebrenz agreed to inform residents of Clearwater Harbor of this fact at their upcoming annual meeting.


Virl Liebrenz, representing the property owners of Clearwater, questioned why all of Beachwood Road and the Stearns County portion of Maple Hill Resort are not included in the project. The Board informed Virl that those areas can be included in the project; however, the grant application only includes the Clearwater Harbor properties.


Todd Reis, representing Gruys Borden Carlson & Associates P.A., presented the draft audit for year ending December 31, 1999. Final copy of the audit will be available for signature at the July meeting.


Todd Reis left the meeting at 9:40p.m.


Manager Brunsell offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:






WHEREAS, Minnesota Statues, Chapter 103D.401, Watershed District Act requires watershed districts to develop a water management plan; and


WHEREAS, the Act requires watershed districts to revise its water management plan every 10 years; and


WHEREAS, Clearwater River Watershed District has determined that the revision and continued implementation of its water management plan will help promote the health and welfare of the residents of Clearwater River Watershed District.


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers resolve to revise and update its current water management plan.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clearwater River Watershed District will ask for review and comments from all local units of government and environmental state agencies.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers, delegate to the Clearwater River Watershed District Administrator the responsibility of coordinating, assembling and writing the revised water management plan pursuant to M.S. 103D.401.


Manager Eckman seconded the Resolution and, upon being put to vote, was unanimously adopted.


Motion #00-6-5: A motion was made by Froyen and seconded by Klein to authorize Meeker County Sentence-to-Serve personnel to clean channel ports on the Watkins Wetland Project at no cost or liability to CRWD. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #00-6-6: A motion was made by Brunsell and seconded by Eckman to authorize $14,450 for Michael Watercott Construction to perform maintenance activities on CRWD projects as outlined in Wenck’s Project Inspection Report.  All Managers voted aye.  

Administrator Anderson reported the following:

     Reminded the Board that at the August meeting we need to finalize the Administrative Fund, Data Acquisition Fund, Operation and Maintenance Fund and milfoil levies for the upcoming year.

     Beaver Dam, west of Lake Betsy does not appear to hinder use of the public access.

     Distributed the Year 2000 Secchi Disk Reader List.

     Informed the Board of the Serbus wetland situation south of Watkins.

     12,000 lbs. of carp have been removed from the carp trap.

     There is interest from residents of CRWD to consider winter carp removal from lakes.

     Visited with Frank Schiefelbein regarding MN Department of Ag pasture research project.

     Visited with property owner on Lake Betsy regarding erosion.

     Will present CRWD Water Management Plan to the Stearns County Water Planning Board at their next meeting.


Motion #00-6-7: A motion was made by Froyen and seconded by Klein to adjourn the meeting. All Managers voted aye.




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