Clearwater River Watershed District
Board of Managers Meeting
September 14, 2005 - 7:00pm
Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN
At 5:30pm Manager’s Brunsell, Liebrenz, and Schiefelbein, along with Engineer Norm Wenck and Administrator Anderson, toured the Clearwater Harbor Area Sanitary Sewer Project, 103rd Street (Corinna Township), and Monroe and Montgomery Avenues (Southside Township).
Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7:10pm. Manager’s Virl Liebrenz, Marvin Brunsell, Bob Schiefelbein, and Dennis Loewen were present. Manager Mark Kampa was absent. Others in attendance were Meeker County Commissioner Hugh Wagner, Cedar Lake Conservation Club Representative David Larsen, Paul Dietrich of DNR Fisheries, Merle Anderson, Kelly Bergesch, Norm Wenck, and Jerry Carter.
Motion #05-09-1: Schiefelbein, seconded by Liebrenz, made a motion to adopt the agenda. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #05-09-2: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #05-09-3: Liebrenz, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to pay bills. All Managers voted aye.
Administrator Anderson introduced David Larsen and Paul Dietrich. Administrator Anderson also reviewed the various suggestions that have been made to date that will improve water quality in the Cedar Lake drainage area.
David Larsen talked about the need for water quality improvement in Cedar Lake and pointed out that water quality improvements need to benefit the entire drainage area. He indicated that the Cedar Lake Conservation Club could undertake curly leaf pondweed control and copper sulfate treatment if they choose to. David explained that carp management and alum or ferric chloride treatment would require CRWD involvement.
Paul Dietrich indicated that his first priority would be fish barriers and improved upland practices on farmland.
Engineer Norm Wenck informed the group that the existing internal load of phosphorus in Swartout Lake is the major contributor of the phosphorus entering Cedar Lake.
Administrator Anderson responded to the question of funding the project by explaining the concept that all property owners in the Cedar Lake drainage area are part of the cause of declining water quality, with the understanding that some property owners will benefit more than others from improved water quality. He also mentioned that we are too early in the process to be discussing finances and should concentrate on anticipated water quality improvements.
Motion #05-09-4: Liebrenz, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to authorize Administrator Anderson to contact property owners of potential easement areas in the Cedar Lake drainage area. All Managers voted aye.
Administrator Anderson indicated that after property owners in the Cedar Lake drainage area have been contacted, future plans could include fish barriers, sediment basin, fish trap, upland practices, and alum and/or ferric chloride treatment.
David Larsen and Paul Dietrich left the meeting at 8:13pm.
Motion #05-09-5: Loewen, seconded by Liebrenz, made a motion to deny the Ron Nelson request of $11,887.67 reimbursement for tree removal. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #05-09-6: Liebrenz, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to deny the Kevin Fraber request for total blacktop driveway replacement. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #05-09-7: Liebrenz, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to authorize Administrator Anderson to resolve Ruben Hilk‘s sod/seed issue. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #05-09-8: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to reimburse Jerry Derosier $72.00 for seed. All Managers voted aye.
Kelly Bergesch left the meeting at 8:37pm.
Administrator Anderson informed the Board that the Individual Sewage Treatment Inventory of Monroe and Montgomery Avenues will be presented to the Southside Township Board and residents on Thursday, September 15, 2005.
Engineer Norm Wenck distributed the Hidden River septic tank pumping schedule.
Motion #05-09-9: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, to cast a unanimous ballot for Chair Brunsell, Vice-Chair Liebrenz, Secretary Kampa, Treasurer Schiefelbein, and PR&I Loewen as CRWD officers for a one-year term. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #05-09-10: Schiefelbein, seconded by Liebrenz, authorized Chair Brunsell to sign the Minnesota Department of Health Monitoring Well Permits. All Managers voted aye.
Administrator Anderson informed the Board of the following:
1. Revision of Steve Nistler Easement.
2. IRS new mileage allowance.
3. Lynden and Clearwater Township’s hosting area wastewater treatment discussion.
4. Jeff Burkhardt quarterly financial report cost estimate.
5. Administrator’s activities with South Two River Watershed District.
Administrator Anderson distributed the following:
1. Valuations of capital projects.
2. Central Minnesota Community Foundation application form.
3. CRWD General Fund budget change format.
Motion #05-09-11: Liebrenz, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. All Managers voted aye.
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CRWD AUDIT REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ANNANDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Manager, Marvin Brunsell Secretary, Mark Kampa