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OFFICIAL MINUTES

CLEARWATER RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT

Board of Managers Meeting

Annandale Middle School

July 10, 2002

 

Regular meeting was called to order at 7:00p.m. by  Chairperson Eckman. Managers Richard Eckman, John Tracy, Clarence Klein, Marvin Brunsell, and Roland Froyen were present. Others in attendance were Stan Weinberger, Norm Wenck, Merle Anderson, Kelly Bergesch, Virl Liebrenz, Ken Jude, Richard Strutman, Rick Holmen, Bob Carlson and Roger Eckhoff.

Motion #02-07-1: A motion was made by Klein, seconded by Brunsell to accept the agenda. All Managers voted aye.

Roger Eckhoff, resident of Lake Augusta, asked why the water level was staying so high in Lake Augusta. Administrator Anderson reviewed the rainfall amounts in the District and indicated that no obstructions have been found in the river to restrict the flow from the lakes. It turns out that it takes a long time for all the water to move through the system.  Administrator Anderson also indicated that since the water level at the Grass Lake Dam has exceeded elevation 992.1, the gate on Pleasant Lake outlet has been closed. The current water level is 992.97. The gate will be reopened when the water level recedes.

Richard Strutman, Clear Lake resident, asked about progress on the land sale to the Fish and Wildlife Service. Administrator Anderson indicated that the second appraisal is being completed and an offer should be made to the District later this year. Richard also asked about future involvement of the Clear Lake area in CRWD activities. Mr. Strutman was invited to participate in the July 24 CRWD Work Session to discuss this matter further.

Richard Strutman left the meeting at 7:25p.m.

Virl  Liebrenz, Clearwater Harbor resident, and Stan Weinberger, Attorney, presented a petition from Stearns County to the CRWD Board of Managers to undertake a project to construct a wastewater collection and treatment system for the area in and around Clearwater Harbor subdivision. Virl was invited to participate in the July 24 CRWD Work Session to begin working out details regarding this project.

Motion #02-07-2: A motion was made by Brunsell, seconded by Froyen to accept the Clearwater Harbor subdivision and surrounding area petition from  Stearns County. All Managers voted aye. This petition is on file in the CRWD office.

Motion #02-07-3: A motion was made by Klein, seconded by Tracy to enter the Extract of Minutes containing the following resolution into the record:

            WHEREAS, the Stearns County, pursuant to authority granted it by Minnesota Statutes Section 103D.705 has petitioned the Clearwater River Watershed District to initiate a project to construct, own, operate and maintain a community sewage collection and treatment system for the area in and around Clearwater Harbor subdivison, as more specifically described in the petition. All Managers voted aye.  Complete Extract of Minutes is on file in the District office.

Dave and Joy Carlson arrived to present the CRWD with a check to cover Restawhile Shores sewer project costs and left at 7:45p.m.

Motion #02-07-4: A motion was made by Froyen, seconded by Brunsell to accept the June 12, 2002 regular meeting minutes after making a change in Motion #02-06-6 to clarify Claim #83. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #02-07-5: A motion was made by Froyen, seconded by Klein to transfer $12,000 from Hidden River Sewer Project Construction Fund to Hidden River Operation & Maintenance Fund. All Managers voted aye.

 Motion #02-07-6: A motion was made by Froyen, seconded by Brunsell to accept the July 10, 2002 financial report and pay bills.  All Managers voted aye.

Bob Carlson, Gruys Borden Carlson & Associates P.A., presented the Board with copies of his Year 2001 audit report. He reviewed the entire report with the Board of Managers.

 Motion #02-07-7: A motion was made by Froyen, seconded by Brunsell to accept the Year 2001 audit prepared by Gruys Borden Carlson & Associates P.A. All Managers voted aye.

Bob Carlson left the meeting at 8:30p.m.

Manager Brunsell distributed the proposed Year 2003 Budget for the Board members to review prior to taking action at the August  CRWD regular meeting.

Rick Holmen left the meeting at 8:35p.m.

Manager Froyen reported on the joint effort between the cities of Annandale and Maple Lake to explore a joint sanitary sewer treatment system.

Norm Wenck, Engineer, distributed and explained the Year 2002 Water Quality Monitoring Results that have been recorded to date. A copy of this report is on file in the District Office. Mr. Wenck reviewed the proposed CRWD Tour agenda and power point presentation. Manager Froyen reported that 115 people have signed up for the tour.

Norm Wenck, Engineer, suggested that at one of the upcoming CRWD Work Sessions, the Board consider suggestions for the Year 2003 MAWD Tour.

Virl Liebrenz left the meeting at 9:10p.m.

Managers Brunsell and Froyen reported on the recent MAWD Tour they attended. The tour explained challenges faced with metropolitan stormwater runoff. Manager Brunsell reported that CRWD would be meeting later this summer to discuss legislative initiatives with township and city state associations.

Administrator Anderson reviewed the following items with the Board of Managers:

      Carp Trap debris removal

      Pleasant Lake Water Level

      Cedar Lake Drainage Area Water Level, Railroad Culvert Washout

      MAWD Education Seminar Opportunity

      Forest Prairie Township Erosion Project

Motion #02-07-8: A motion was made by Brunsell, seconded by Froyen to authorize Norm Wenck to look at the area between Cedar Lake and Highway 55 for potential surface water quality improvement systems.  All Managers voted aye.

Manager Froyen suggested that at our August Work Session discussion be held regarding the MAWD Education Seminar.

Roger Eckhoff, Lake August resident, announced that the annual meeting of the Lake Augusta Association would be held August 3, 2002.

Roger Eckhoff left the meeting at 9:30p.m.

Motion #02-07-9: A motion was made by Tracy, seconded by Klein to submit a letter of recognition for Ken Jude to the Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #02-07-10: A motion was made by Tracy, seconded by Froyen to develop an annual CRWD award recognizing those who assisted the CRWD to accomplish its efforts.

All Managers voted aye.

Chairperson Eckman adjourned the meeting.

DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING THESE MINUTES IS AVAILABLE AT:

THE CRWD DISTRICT OFFICE 

WEBSITE: www.crwd.org

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Chairperson, John Tracy      Secretary, Richard Eckman

 
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