OFFICIAL MINUTES

Clearwater River Watershed District

Board of Managers Meeting

August 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN

 

Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7:00pm. Manager's Marvin Brunsell, Bob Schiefelbein, Jerry Risberg, Dennis Loewen, and Mark Kampa were present. Others in attendance were Merle Anderson, Kelly Bergesch, Norm Wenck, Dave Larsen, Jerry Carter, Don and Marlys Enger, Wright County Commissioner Karla Heeter, Wayne Tobolt, Zyrle Roser, Jim Palmquist, Brian and Jan Templin, Richard Miessen, Jan and Jerry Altman, and Maggie Leach, MN Pollution Control Agency.

 

Motion #06-08-1: Risberg, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to adopt the agenda. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #06-08-2: Kampa, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Managers voted aye.

 

Manager Kampa distributed the 2005 Lake Augusta DNR Fish Survey. He also presented Roger Eckhoff's engineer's estimate of $19,520 - $29,300 to remove sediment in 514 ft. of channel on Lake Augusta.

 

Richard Miessen, resident of Lake Augusta, brought the following to the Board's attention:

1. The riser in the erosion control basin near Lake Augusta is in need of repair.

2. Water is draining into the basin from springs south and west of the basin.

3. Flow of the springs is equal to the amount flowing through fissures in the riser.

4. The channel that needs clean out is also a walleye spawning area.

5. The phosphorus level of Lake Augusta is due to the erosion control basin.

 

Brian Templin, resident of Lake Augusta, brought the following to the Board's attention:

1. Silt is moving into the bay of Lake Augusta from the channel.

2. After the channel was previously cleaned, swimming was possible in the channel. Today, it is difficult, if not impossible, for boats to travel in the channel.

3. The channel has filled up during the past five years.

 

Engineer Norm Wenck explained that the basin is intended for stormwater retention, not to be filled up with spring water.

 

Manager Kampa indicated that grout will be applied to the fissures to prevent seepage into the riser with the expectation that spring water and certain rain events that collect in the basin will seep away.

 

Jan Templin, resident of Lake Augusta, indicated that she thinks additional bids or contractors should be secured to provide advice on sediment removal from the channel.

 

Richard Miessen, Brian and Jan Templin left the meeting at 7:35pm.

 

Marlys Enger, resident of Cedar Lake, informed the Board of individual sewage treatment system upgrading efforts that are taking place in Hubbard County. She also asked the CRWD Board of Managers to endorse a plan to accelerate upgrading individual sewage treatment systems in Wright County.

 

Wayne Tobolt, resident of Cedar Lake, provided information regarding USDA buffer programs and will provide Administrator Anderson with contact information for the Buffalo USDA FSA office.

 

Marlys Enger encouraged the CRWD Board of Managers to consider buffers at the inlets to Cedar Lake.

 

Wright County Commissioner Karla Heeter indicated that she was willing to pursue an enhanced individual sewage treatment system upgrade program for Wright County and requested assistance from anyone willing to help.

 

Administrator Anderson informed the Board that Stearns County has an individual sewage treatment system upgrade program similar to Hubbard County and he is willing to provide that information to Commissioner Heeter. Mr. Anderson also called everyone's attention to the references in the most recent CRWD brochure, which outlines CRWD buffer initiatives for both agricultural land and lake front property.

 

Motion #06-08-3: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to pay bills. All Managers voted aye.

 

Kelly Bergesch will provide levy and assessment tracking information for the Board of Managers to consider at their next Work Session. She will also provide copies of the 2005 CRWD Activity Report for managers and will place the 2005 CRWD Activity Report on the website.

 

Administrator Anderson indicated that he has completed the verification of names on the petition received for addressing water quality and rough fish management in the Cedar, Albion, Swartout, Henshaw Lakes area. Mr. Anderson indicated that 15% of the names on the petition were verified, specifically signatures on lines 1, 10, and 20 on each page of the petition.

 

Engineer Norm Wenck presented the Board with an Engineer's Report for the Cedar, Albion, Swartout, Henshaw Improvement Project, Project No. 06-1. Mr. Wenck reviewed various components of the Engineer's Report. The report is on file in the District Office and will be explained in detail at the August 23, 2006 Public Information Meeting to be held at 7:00PM at the Annandale Middle School. All affected property owners will be notified by mail of the meeting.

 

Kelly Bergesch left the meeting at 8:45PM.

 

Jerry Altman, resident of Cedar Lake, suggested that the CRWD hold off on the ferric chloride treatment portion of Project No. 06-1 until results of the rest of the project are known.

 

Motion #06-08-4: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to authorize Wenck Associates, Inc. to develop three options for consideration to implement Project No. 06-1. Those options would be costs and benefits derived from the entire project as compared to the costs and benefits of the ferric chloride treatment system only and the fish barrier, seining, sediment basins, and upland practices only. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #06-08-5: Loewen, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to receive the Engineer's Report for Project No. 06-1, forward to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and to order an appraiser's report. All Managers voted aye.

 

Don and Marlys Enger, David Larsen, Wayne Tobolt, Zyrle Roser, Jim Palmquist, and Jan and Jerry Altman left the meeting at 8:57PM.

 

Motion #06-08-6: Schiefelbein, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to establish September 13, 2006, 7:00PM, as the time to hold a public hearing to consider the Proposed 2007 CRWD Budget, followed by the Delinquent Account Public Hearing, and to consider the 2007 Levy and Utility Rate. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #06-08-7: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to consider a proposed budget of $609,700, which includes a proposed levy of $250,000. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #06-08-8: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to authorize Chair Brunsell's signature on a Larsen Allen request on behalf of Carlson Investment Properties LLP to acknowledge the District's receipt of property. All Managers voted aye.

 

Motion #06-08-9: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to authorize $1,200 from the Special Projects Fund be used to purchase riprap for County Ditch 44, outlet of Clear Lake. Managers Kampa and Risberg voted aye. Manager Brunsell voted nay. Managers Schiefelbein and Loewen abstained. The Motion carried.

 

Administrator Anderson presented the following:

1. The Office of the Legislative Auditor Evaluation has been completed.

2. Steve Gieslinger sediment expansion near Clear Lake will be staked this week.

3. Bass Lake Annual Meeting Report.

4. Lake Augusta Annual Meeting Report.

5. Clear Lake Annual Meeting will be held August 26, 2006.

6. Union Lake Assessment.

7. Dennis Libbesmeier property will be reviewed soon to determine stormwater retention.

8. Notice from Wright Hennepin Cooperative regarding automatic meter reading system.

9. Notice regarding Clean Water Legacy funding opportunity.

10. Wetland Conservation Act determinations from Stearns County.

11. MnDOT plans for State Highway 24 were forwarded to Wenck Associates, Inc. for review and comment.

 

Maggie Leach, MN Pollution Control Agency, informed the Board that the Addendum to Phase II TMDL Contract should be available in two weeks.

 

Manager's reports were given:

1. Manager Kampa reviewed the Lake Augusta DNR Fish Report in detail.

 

Motion #06-08-10: Schiefelbein, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. All Managers voted aye.

 

THESE MINUTES ARE AVAILABLE AT: www.crwd.org

CRWD AUDIT REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ANNANDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

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Manager, Marvin Brunsell Secretary, Mark Kampa