Clearwater River Watershed District
RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT
Regular meeting was called to order at 7:00p.m. by Chairperson Tracy. Manager’s John Tracy, Clarence Klein, Marvin Brunsell and Virl Liebrenz were present. Manager Roland Froyen was absent. Others in attendance were Merle Anderson, Kelly Bergesch, Glen Sanders, Stan Weinberger, Chuck Twedt, Dave and Joy Carlson, Jerry Finch, and Dan Nordstrom.
#03-04-1: Brunsell, seconded
by Liebrenz, made a motion to adopt the agenda adding Presentations by Chuck
Twedt and Dan Nordstrom, and Correspondence. All Managers voted aye.
Carlson, representing Restawhile Shores Development, indicated
to the Board that the computer hookup to the sewer system telemetry remains to
be completed. Dave also wanted clarification regarding the Wenck billing for
engineering of the sewer system at Restawhile Shores.
#03-04-2: Brunsell, seconded by
Liebrenz, made a motion requesting Wenck Associates to clarify their billing,
indicating administrative costs, engineering costs, revision costs, and
Operation and Maintenance fees. This matter will be discussed again at the April
23, 2003 Work Session Meeting. All Managers voted aye.
and Joy Carlson left the meeting at 7:30p.m.
Twedt, resident of Bass Lake, presented
the Board with documentation regarding various activities at the outlet of Bass
Lake. Chuck is concerned about decisions made by DNR, Corp of Engineers, and
Wright County regarding the alleged filling of the Bass Lake outlet.
Twedt updated the CRWD Board of Managers
on his interest of developing ATV trails that also provide environmental
benefits. Funds are available from the DNR for trail development. He will
continue to provide the Board with information and suggestions as to how we can
work together on this matter.
Twedt left the meeting at 8:17p.m.
Nordstrom, resident of Albion Township, requested
information from the Board of Managers regarding the proposed location of the
Annandale/Maple Lake municipal sanitary sewer facility. Various people in
attendance indicated that the CRWD had objected to the annual level of
phosphorus discharge from a proposed plant, if discharge from that plant were to
enter CRWD waters. An alternative site was suggested but not named by CRWD. It
was also suggested to Dan that he ask at the upcoming informational meeting to
be held by Annandale/Maple Lake, what criteria was used to select the proposed
site for the Annandale/Maple Lake municipal sanitary sewer facility, and visit
the Green Lake sanitary sewer facility.
Nordstrom left the meeting at 8:35p.m.
#03-04-3: Brunsell, seconded by
Klein, made a motion to accept the March 17, 2003 regular meeting minutes. All
Managers voted aye.
#03-04-4: Liebrenz, seconded by
Klein, made a motion to accept the March 26, 2003 work session minutes. All
Managers voted aye.
#03-04-5: Brunsell, seconded by Klein, made a motion to accept the April
9, 2003 financial report and pay bills, except for the Carlson Plumbing and
Heating bill of $31, 780 and Wenck Associates, Inc. bill of $135.60, and to pay
Mares Excavating $15,190, providing an equal amount is submitted to CRWD by
Restawhile Shores Development. All Managers voted aye.
#03-04-6: Brunsell, seconded by Liebrenz, made a motion to close the
$8,524.26 Water Quality Conservation Tillage Fund by transferring $5,400 to the
General Fund, balance of the account transferred to Data Acquisition.
All Managers voted aye.
Sanders, Engineer, reviewed the Year
2002 Water Quality Report and indicated that there are three areas of elevated
phosphorus concentrations: Tributaries to Kingston Wetland, Warner Creek,
especially the tributary going through Annandale, and Meeker County Ditch #20 in
the Watkins area. The Board of Managers will need to define criteria prior to
addressing this issue. Further water quality monitoring may be necessary to
confirm the concern. The Board of Managers took this information under
Anderson reported on a recent meeting
that he attended whereby Meeker County proposed turning over to the North Fork
Crow River Watershed District county ditches within their boundaries. As Meeker
County is suggesting that the CRWD accept certain authorities regarding county
ditches within the CRWD boundaries, the Board of Managers will tour county
ditches as part of their April 23, 2003 Work Session Meeting.
Bergesch left the meeting at 8:50p.m.
Brunsell and Stan Weinberger, Attorney, explained
to the Board a procedure to develop a revolving fund to be used to fund
initiatives under consideration. This procedure is on file at the District
Brunsell indicated that he wants to
include a contingent liability section in the Year End Report and will contact
our auditor about that inclusion.
Anderson informed the Board that the
Meeker County Natural Resource Conservation Service and Soil and Water
Conservation District have developed a plan and cost estimate for a structure on
the Ostmark Lutheran Church property near Clear Lake. The CRWD may participate
in the cost of this project when all the details have been finalized.
Brunsell reported that he and Administrator Anderson recently attended and
testified at the Minnesota House and Senate hearings regarding the proposed CRWD
legislation to authorize monthly billing for services rather than the current
method of developing annual assessment roles for Operation and Maintenance costs
of sewer and other waste collection facilities.
Anderson indicated that he has contacted
Roth Insurance regarding liability protection for the proposed pontoon boat
rides during the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts Summer Tour, to be
hosted in June by the CRWD. After Roth Insurance has responded, a decision will
be made as to whether or not we conduct the pontoon rides as a part of the tour.
#03-04-7: Brunsell, seconded by Liebrenz, made a motion to submit to
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency a revised TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Loading)
grant application. All Managers
#03-04-8: Tracy, seconded
by Liebrenz, made a motion to indicate to Wright County Planning and Zoning that
they enforce the 100 foot set back requirement and density requirement as it
relates to Robert Young‘s request for a variance at his resort on Lake
Augusta. All Managers voted aye.
Anderson reminded Managers to submit
initiatives that address resource needs in the CRWD for consideration by the
Board at a later date.
Klein reported that a survey conducted
by the city of Watkins asking what residents think should be done about the
sanitary sewer system in Watkins, resulted in most people wanting no change.
Sanders, Engineer, reported that the
Minnesota Department of Transportation attempted to properly align the culvert
extension on the Pleasant Lake Outlet as it passes through State Highway #24.
They encountered obstacles that the equipment they were using could not handle.
Therefore, the Department will either come back with larger equipment or delay
the change until Year 2005, when the road will be regarded.
#03-04-9: Klein, seconded by
Brunsell, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. All Managers voted aye.
DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING THESE MINUTES IS AVAILABLE AT:
THE CRWD DISTRICT OFFICE
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Chairperson, John Tracy Secretary, Richard Eckman