Clearwater River Watershed District
RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT
December 10, 2003
Regular meeting was called
to order at 7:00p.m. by Manager Froyen. Manager’s Marvin Brunsell, Roland
Froyen, Virl Liebrenz, Mark Kampa, and Bob Schiefelbein were present. Others in
attendance were Merle Anderson, Norm Wenck, Kelly Bergesch, Jerry Carter, Hugh
Wagner, Jerry Truman, Dean Flygare, Marty Ferguson, Jerry Finch, and Jeff Hrubes.
John Tracy arrived later.
Froyen indicated that the Agenda
would stand as printed.
Motion #03-12-1: Liebrenz,
seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to accept the Consent Agenda. All
Managers voted aye.
Motion #03-12-2: Brunsell,
seconded by Liebrenz, made a motion to accept the December 10, 2003 financial
report and pay bills. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #03-12-3: Brunsell,
seconded by Kampa, made a motion to approve the 2004 Clearwater Lake Property
Owners’ Milfoil Treatment Budget. All Managers voted aye.
Kampa will communicate at various
times Clearwater Lake Property Owners and Lake Augusta Milfoil Treatment
activities to the CRWD Board of Managers.
Motion #03-12-4: Liebrenz,
seconded by Brunsell, made a motion to authorize payment of the Larson, Allen,
Weishar auditing bill. All Managers voted aye.
Hrubes, MPCA, outlined the process of
the TMDL plan development. Phase 1 will collate available water quality
monitoring and other appropriate information regarding the landscape. Phase 2
will develop a TMDL plan of action to fill in the gaps identified. Phase 3 will
be implementation, seeking grant dollars, and other financial requirements
needed to implement the plan. Jeff went on to explain that stormwater rules
require that in cities the size of Kimball and Watkins, any construction soil
disturbance of one acre or greater would require a stormwater management plan.
He also will coordinate with the CRWD water quality monitoring needs on the
Clearwater River at County Road 75 in Clearwater.
Wenck, Engineer, outlined the next
step in each of the Kimball and Watkins’ study areas which is to visit with
the Kimball City Council regarding areas to be modeled and to meet with the
Watkins City Council to explain the preliminary information developed from the
recent site visit in Watkins.
Bergesch and John Tracy left the meeting at 8:00p.m.
Froyen reviewed the visioning results
from the November 26, 2003 Work Session, which included proposing a dredging
demonstration, bog sediment removal, and community sanitary sewer needs. He went
on to say that he feels there is a connection between the internal nutrient
loading and exotic weeds in lakes. Manager Froyen wants direction from the
Advisory Committee and the public regarding these matters. He recognizes the
need for DNR involvement in the process.
Froyen appointed Bob Schiefelbein,
Marty Ferguson, and Virl Liebrenz, with the assistance of the CRWD Advisory
Committee, to recommend sediment bog removal projects to the CRWD Board of
Managers. Manager Liebrenz will chair that effort.
Wenck, Engineer, explained that at
the December 17, 2003 CRWD Work Session, Rebecca Kluckhohn of Wenck Associates
Inc, will review information that has been compiled to date as preparation for
development of the TMDL plan for impaired water bodies in the CRWD. Others
invited to that meeting would include the counties of Stearns, Meeker, and
Wright SWCD’s and NRCS staff. Norm also pointed out that Meeker County has
applied for an MPCA grant to assist with Individual Sewage Treatment System
upgrades. The CRWD provided 2002 fecal water quality monitoring information. He
also pointed out that MPCA anticipates issuing a public notice for the
Clearwater Harbor Sanitary Sewer System permit on December 19, 2003. A 30-day
public input period follows, with the permit being issued at the end of that
Anderson reviewed the Clearwater
Harbor Sanitary Sewer System appeal status. Appraisals by both parties are to be
completed by January 31, 2004 with an anticipated four-day jury trial beginning
March 2, 2004. The January 2004 Regular CRWD Meeting Agenda will contain an item
regarding a decision as to whether or not to proceed with bidding of the project
and securing easements.
Anderson encouraged all managers to
forward items for the agenda to him by the first of each month. He also
mentioned that the most current CRWD audit report is on file for public review
at the Annandale Public Library. In the future, Attorney Stan Weinberger will
attend CRWD meetings only by request and will provide information and opinions,
when requested, to the Administrator to be forwarded to the managers. Periodic
visits to Mr. Weinberger’s office by Administrator Anderson and managers will
be by prior authorization.
Wagner, Meeker County Commissioner, encouraged
the CRWD to develop a ditch policy prior to a scheduled March 9, 2004 county
ditch information meeting. Administrator Anderson suggested that work groups be
formed for the various ditch systems and have those groups assist in development
of a ditch policy. Commissioner Wagner expressed his appreciation to the CRWD
for providing fecal water quality monitoring information for Meeker County to
use in their MPCA grant application.
Wagner left the meeting at 8:50p.m.
Anderson asked for input regarding a
date to conduct a sanitary sewer informational meeting in Corinna Township. It
was agreed to conduct that meeting May 8, 2004, 9-11:30a.m. at the Corinna
Brunsell and Froyen, reported on
their attendance at the recent Minnesota Association of Watershed District’s
Annual Conference. Both indicated that the information they received would be
very useful in CRWD efforts. Manager Froyen stated
that the body approved the CRWD resolution regarding development of a
statewide buffer strip program that allows harvesting of vegetation.
Motion #03-12-5: Liebrenz,
seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to authorize Manager Schiefelbein and
Administrator Anderson to attend an upcoming drainage management conference in
Willmar. All Managers voted aye.
Froyen asked that Administrator
Anderson include in the next Advisory Committee Agenda, an item for
recommendation by the committee to the CRWD Managers for locations to conduct
sanitary sewer informational meetings.
Motion #03-12-6: Kampa,
seconded by Brunsell, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. All Managers
FINANCIAL REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ANNANDALE