Clearwater River Watershed District
RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT
STANLEY’S RESTAURANT, KIMBALL
Work Session was called to order at 6:00p.m. by Manager Roland Froyen.
Managers’ Marvin Brunsell, Virl Liebrenz, Roland Froyen, Bob Schiefelbein, and
Mark Kampa were present. Others in attendance were Administrator Merle Anderson,
Duane Orbeck, Kimball City Council Member, John Thuleen, resident of Kimball,
Kent Torve, Wenck Associates Inc, Tom Bacon, Jerry Truman, Marty Ferguson, and
Bill Lovegren, CLPO (Clearwater Lake Property Owners).
Froyen asked all present to introduce themselves.
Froyen requested that CLPO President, Jerry Truman, explain Year 2003 milfoil
treatment activities on Clearwater Lake. Jerry explained that CLPO secured
quotes for herbicide for Clearwater, Augusta, and Green Lakes. Green Lake
reimbursed CLPO for their total purchase. He went on to say that CLPO has two
licensed operators and has a pontoon boat and associated application equipment
for their use. They are willing to loan their equipment to others. The DNR has
recommended that the CLPO milfoil control project be used as a model for others
to follow. The DNR cost shares approximately $8,000 towards this project
annually. CLPO President Truman explained his concern that the CRWD Board of
Managers is critical of the milfoil control project and equipment use.
Bacon expressed concern over the assessment level and questioned why an
approximate $40,000 fund balance is maintained for the Clearwater Lake Milfoil
Froyen responded by saying that CRWD is not concerned about the project
implementation, but is concerned with the lack of communication prior to
purchases of supplies and equipment. He emphasized that CRWD must be accountable
for all facets of the project funding.
Liebrenz indicated that he needs information so that when asked about the
project, he is able to respond with accurate information.
Ferguson extended an invitation to Manager Froyen to attend CLPO meetings.
MOTION #WS03-11-01: Motion
Brunsell, seconded by Kampa, to request CLPO and Lake Augusta Association to
submit a letter annually to CRWD outlining a proposed budget and plan of
activities for each year beginning in 2004. All Managers voted aye.
issues regarding the Clearwater Lake Milfoil Control Project include:
CLPO wants opinion from CRWD
Attorney as to why CLPO needs to contact CRWD prior to purchases.
CLPO President provided the DNR
grant application for funding to CRWD Annandale office for CRWD signature. CRWD
staff neglected to get proper signatures until reminded by CLPO.
CLPO may have additional 2003
bills that need to be authorized.
Mark Kampa questioned when Lake
Augusta could adjust their milfoil project levy.
CLPO and Lake Augusta Property
Owners want a breakdown of all CRWD costs incurred in 2003.
Froyen apologized for the delay in CRWD signature of the grant application and
assured CLPO that it won’t happen again. He also said that CRWD will provide
the breakdown of CRWD expenses as requested, and will also provide the
attorney’s opinion as requested.
Torve, Wenck Associates Inc, reviewed with all present the Kimball area
stormwater management issues map and his suggestions for the sub-shed in and
around the city of Kimball.
Orbeck, Kimball City Council member, explained that the city of Kimball is
developing a two-tier planning commission, is willing with the CRWD and others
regarding stormwater management, and appreciates CRWD efforts in this area.
Anderson encouraged the Board of Managers to consider their inclusion in the
two-tier planning commission.
Torve then reviewed the Watkins area stormwater management issues map and
Anderson summed up the review by indicating that this is a first glance at
stormwater issues in these areas and requesting feedback from the appropriate
Torve left the meeting at 7:50p.m.
Froyen asked for suggestions for consideration by the CRWD Board of Managers as
they consider visioning for the future. The following areas were discussed:
Lakes Louisa, Marie, and Millpond
Bog removal/dredging areas of
Establishing community sanitary
sewer systems where needed on the west end of Clearwater Lake.
regarding the above included conducting a dredging experiment, determination of
where sediment is coming from, arrange a demonstration of the Cartwright
Sediment Removal System, and sponsor a presentation by Jay Michaels from NEMO
explaining water management to residents and officials in Kimball, Watkins, and
MOTION #WS03-11-02: Motion
Liebrenz, seconded by Kampa, to change the December 2003 Work Session meeting
date from December 24, 2003 to December 17, 2003, 6:00p.m. at Stanley‘s
Restaurant in Kimball. All Managers voted aye.
Brunsell instructed Administrator Anderson to contact Richard Eckman for his
recommendation for a farmer-sportsman Advisory Committee member.
Brunsell asked that the CRWD Board of Managers consider developing a letter of
support for Wright County ordinances. He will provide additional information at
a later date.
#WS03-11-03: Motion Schiefelbein,
seconded by Kampa to adjourn. All Managers voted aye.
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