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UNOFFICIAL MINUTES

CLEARWATER RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT

Board of Managers Meeting

Annandale Middle School

October 8, 2003  

 

Regular meeting was called to order at 7:10p.m. by Vice-Chairperson Liebrenz. Managerís Marvin Brunsell, Roland Froyen, Virl Liebrenz, Bob Schiefelbein, and Mark Kampa were present.  Others in attendance were Merle Anderson, Norm Wenck, Kelly Bergesch, Hugh Wagner, John Perry, and Tom Melloy. Bill Hohenstein arrived at 8:00p.m.

 

Motion #03-10-1: Schiefelbein, seconded by Froyen, made a motion to adopt the agenda, to include correspondence received and presentations by Hugh Wagner and Tom Melloy. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #03-10-2: Brunsell, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to accept the September 10, 2003 regular meeting minutes after clarifying deeded access assessment in Motion #03-09-12. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #03-10-3: Froyen, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to accept the September 24, 2003 work session minutes. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #03-10-4: Brunsell, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to accept the October 8, 2003 financial report and pay bills. All Managers voted aye. 

 

John Perry, realtor with Annandale Properties, explained that a property located in Corinna Township is experiencing excessive surface flow during rainstorm events. Manager Froyen suggested that he contact Corinna Township to determine if culverts are either downsized or plugged. Manager Froyen also indicated that the CRWD would be willing to assist with assessing the situation if petitioned to do so.

 

John Perry left the meeting at 7:25p.m.

 

Tom Melloy, Attorney and Legal Counsel for CRWD, explained that at a recent pre-trial hearing concerning the Clearwater Harbor Sanitary Sewer System, it was determined that a flat assessment does not violate statute. He also indicated that the judge has required that an appraisal be made of contested properties to determine if the benefits exceed the cost of the project.

 

Vice-Chairperson Liebrenz closed the meeting at 7:35p.m. to discuss litigation matters. Vice-Chairperson reconvened the meeting at 8:00p.m.

 

Tom Melloy left the meeting at 8:00p.m.

 

Bill Hohenstein, Clearwater Lake, explained that he needs to upgrade the sanitary sewer system for his business. Manager Froyen suggested to Bill that he visit with neighbors who may have a similar need and inform the Board at a later date about their willingness to pursue development of a community sanitary sewer system.

 

Bill Hohenstein left the meeting at 8:10p.m.

 

Hugh Wagner, Meeker County Commissioner, indicated his appreciation for CRWD efforts in water quality matters. He also informed the Board that a public hearing concerning Stearns County ditches turnover of authority to Sauk River Watershed District will be held October 21, 2003.

 

Norm Wenck, Engineer, distributed proposals regarding stormwater management plans for Kimball and Watkins. Discussion was held regarding the role and financial responsibility for CRWD, cities, and townships that are within the sub-watershed area of Kimball and Watkins.

 

Norm Wenck, Engineer, indicated that on January 13, 2004 a TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Loading) conference will be held in St. Cloud to explain the next phase in the process of addressing TMDLís. 

Motion #03-10-5: Kampa, seconded by Froyen, made a motion to consider cleaning out of channel at Lake Augusta.

 

Motion #03-10-6: Froyen, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to lay on the table Motion #03-10-5.  All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #03-10-7: Froyen, seconded by Brunsell, made a motion to authorize Wenck and Associates, Inc. to obtain three quotes for sediment removal at or near the Fairhaven Dam. All quotes must be under $25,000. Administrator Anderson is to contact Department of Natural Resources for permit requirements concerning dredging in this area. All Managers voted aye. 

 

Motion #03-10-8: Froyen, seconded by Brunsell, made a motion to instruct Administrator Anderson to attend city council meetings in Kimball and Watkins asking them for partnership efforts, financial support, and willingness to work with other local units of government as we jointly address stormwater management. All Managers voted aye.

 

Administrator Anderson indicated that Bill Hennen continues to work on resolving the telemetry for Restawhile Shores Sanitary Sewer System.

 

Motion #03-10-9: Froyen, seconded by Brunsell, made a motion to submit the Buffer Strip Resolution to the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts for consideration at their annual meeting in December. All Managers voted aye.

 

Administrator Anderson reported that Forest Prairie Township will soon begin construction to resolve the erosion issue north of Watkins.

 

Norm Wenck, Engineer, reported that three core samples have been taken on the Lake Louisa, Marie, and Millpond Chain. The core samples are currently at the lab awaiting analysis.

 

Kelly Bergesch left the meeting at 9:10p.m.

Motion #03-10-10: Brunsell, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to cast a unanimous ballot for the following slate of officers: Chairperson, Manager Froyen; Vice-Chairperson, Manager Liebrenz; Treasurer, Manager Brunsell; Secretary, Manager Schiefelbein; and PR & I, Manager Kampa. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #03-10-11: Froyen, seconded by Brunsell, made a motion to authorize Vice-Chairperson Liebrenz to sign resolution indicating CRWD willingness to enter into a joint powers agreement with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to analyze TMDL data. All Managers voted aye.

 

Hugh Wagner left the meeting at 9:25p.m.

 

Administrator Anderson reported that he has met with Steve Prinson of the Annandale Advocate and agreed on the following:

 

CRWD will publish regular meeting minutes only. The Annandale Advocate will reduce their charges for printing regular meeting minutes by 25%. They will share the cost of a reporter with others to cover CRWD meetings and create a link from their website to the CRWD website.

 

Administrator Anderson informed the Board that a release is needed to allow road changes across the CRWD easement area in Restawhile Shores Development. The Stearns County Attorney will draft that release for CRWD action at a later date.

 

Administrator Anderson and Manager Froyen will attend the Pleasant Lake Association meeting on October 11, 2003. 

 

Motion #03-10-12: Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. All Managers voted aye.

 

DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING THESE MINUTES IS AVAILABLE AT:

THE CRWD DISTRICT OFFICE 

Annandale, Minnesota

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Chairperson, Roland Froyen                         Secretary, Bob Schiefelbein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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