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Work Session - May 28, 2003







May 28, 2003


CRWD Work Session was called to order at 6:00p.m. by Vice-Chairperson Virl Liebrenz. Managers’ Clarence Klein, Marvin Brunsell, Virl Liebrenz, and Roland Froyen were present. Manager Tracy was absent. Others in attendance were Administrator Anderson, Jerry Finch, Bob Kuechle, and Eric Altena.

 Bob Kuechle, resident of Chain of Lakes, encouraged the Board of Managers to order the repair of the fish trap, so that it would be usable this year.

 MOTION #WS03-05-01: Motion made by Klein, seconded by Brunsell to accept the Randy Kramer quote of $3,000 to repair the fish trap. This estimate includes 24 cu. yds riprap, removing debris from north side of fish trap using an 80-foot reach crane. All Managers voted aye.

 Bob Kuechle left the meeting at 6:10p.m.

 Administrator Anderson led discussion regarding the U.S. Geological Survey proposal to conduct sediment studies in CRWD lakes. The Board wants additional time to consider the proposal.

 Manager Brunsell and Administrator Anderson introduced a project priority list. This will be an agenda item at the next Work Session meeting.

 Manager Brunsell, Administrator Anderson, and Jerry Truman, President of the Clearwater Lake Property Owners Association have been seeking quotes for bog removal at the Grass Lake Dam. Other arrangements that need to be made include permission from the Clearwater Harbor Property Owners for access to the bog, restoration of the property, and to fix an erosion problem downstream of the dam.  

MOTION #WS03-05-02: Motion made by Brunsell, seconded by Froyen to establish a deadline  of June 1, 2003 for quotes for bog removal at Grass Lake Dam and accept low quote. All Managers voted aye.

Eric Altena, DNR Fisheries, presented information regarding trout populations, water quality, and recommendations to maintain or improve water quality in trout streams located in the CRWD. These trout streams are Willow Creek near Kimball, and Fairhaven and Thiel Creeks near Fairhaven.

Eric Altena left the meeting at 8:20p.m.

MOTION #WS03-05-03: Motion made by Brunsell, seconded by Liebrenz to ask for Attorney Stan Weinberger’s written opinion on the following questions: 

(1) Can bog removal costs be paid for through the General Fund rather than an assessment process? If so, what would be the status of the bog removal project?

(2) How should the CRWD finalize the Restawhile Shores Sewer System Project?

(3) Can the CRWD require community sewer systems in new subdivisions?

(4) Can the CRWD develop rules to address erosion issues caused by developers or individuals not abiding by permit requirements?

(5) Can CRWD rules be more restrictive than county ordinances in floodplain filling? All Managers voted aye.

Administrator Anderson informed the Board that the Meeker SWCD has received a cost estimate for a flood storage structure on the Ostmark Lutheran Church property near Clear Lake. Cost estimate is $11,000. The Meeker SWCD is requesting $6,500 from CRWD with balance of the funds being state cost-share and USFWS funds.

MOTION #WS03-05-04: Motion made by Froyen, seconded by Brunsell to authorize $6,500 for the Ostmark Lutheran Church property flood storage structure. All Managers voted aye.

Administrator Anderson reported that he had contacted the owner of Seerti Development, which is located on Cedar Lake, regarding the inclusion of a community sewer system in that development. The owner indicated that they had considered a community sewer system, but chose not to include it in the project.

MOTION #WS03-05-05: Motion made by Froyen, seconded by Brunsell to authorize Administrator Anderson to attend the June 24, 2003 Minnesota’s Waters and the TMDL Challenge Forum Series to be held in St. Cloud and pay the $60 registration fee. All Managers voted aye.

Administrator Anderson will seek additional information regarding the TMDL Grant Application to MPCA. This item will be on the next regular meeting agenda.

Manager Brunsell reported that at the recent Clearwater Lake Property Owner’s Association meeting, discussion was held regarding filling within the 100-year Floodplain. The 100-year Floodplain elevation for Clearwater Lake is 996.20.

MOTION #WS03-05-06: Motion made by Klein, seconded by Brunsell to adjourn. All Managers voted aye.



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