Clearwater River Watershed District
Board of Managers Meeting
July 11, 2007 - 7:00pm
Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN

Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7:00pm.

Manager’s Bob Schiefelbein, Jerry Risberg, Mark Kampa, Dennis Loewen, and Marvin Brunsell were present. Others in attendance were Merle Anderson, Kelly Bergesch, Norm Wenck, Rebecca Kluckhohn, Steve Zimmer, Dawn Schaefer-Stumpf, Rick Miessen, Brian Templin, Carter Diers, LeRoy Diers, and Jerry Carter.

Motion #07-07-1: Schiefelbein, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the agenda. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #07-07-2: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda with a correction on the June 13, 2007 Regular Meeting Minutes indicating that funding has been approved, not received, for Maine Prairie Township, 145th Street. All Managers voted aye.

Engineer Norm Wenck presented a preliminary engineer’s feasibility study for the Norton Avenue NW Erosion Control Project. That study outlined four components to address erosion, sedimentation, and seepage concerns.

Mr. Wenck recommended that components three and four, which provide for three check dams and drain tile, be considered at an estimated cost of $33,000.

Steve Zimmer, resident of Lake Augusta, indicated that he feels that the sand deposition that he experiences after rainfall events is coming from the agricultural area south of 100th Street NW.

Dawn Schaefer-Stumpf, resident of Lake Augusta, encouraged the group to take baby steps to address the issue.

Administrator Anderson suggested that rather than to discuss funding at this point, the residents need to determine the amount of risk from water overflow that they are willing to endure.

Rick Miessen, resident of Lake Augusta, inquired if there were grant dollars available from the CRWD to help pay for the 512 foot x 22 foot channel that abuts his property on the west end of Lake Augusta. Mr.

Miessen indicated that he has a $20,000 estimate from Contractor Gene Cartwright, who has Department of Natural Resources authorization to excavate in public waters. Manager Brunsell indicated that the CRWD does not have grant funds available for this project.

Rick Miessen, Steve Zimmer, Dawn Schaefer-Stumpf, and Brian Templin left the meeting at 7:44pm.

Carter Diers informed the Board of Managers that he is conducting a full-blown Carlson Trophic Index water testing and secchi disk reading in conjunction with the Wright County Soil and Water Conservation District. Mr. Diers indicated that Sharon Knaup and Bob Johnson are also performing secchi disk readings. His question to the Board was whether or not what he and others are doing on the lake are a duplication of the water quality monitoring conducted by the CRWD as authorized by Project 06-1.

Rebecca Kluckhohn, Wenck Associates, Inc, indicated that the perimeters that are authorized by Project 06-1 are not being duplicated by Mr.

Diers and, in fact, if possible the monitoring by both parties should be conducted simultaneously to verify the data.

Carter Diers indicated that the Cedar Lake Conservation Club, in conjunction with the Central Minnesota Initiative Foundation, would conduct a Cedar Lake Visioning Session on August 25, 2007. More specific time and location information will be available at a later date.

Kelly Bergesch distributed the July 11, 2007 financial information.

Administrator Anderson and LeRoy Diers left the meeting at 8:00pm.

Motion #07-07-3: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to pay bills. All Managers voted aye. Disbursements

Motion #07-07-4: Loewen, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to authorize expenditures for and establish August 10, 2007, 6pm, as the time and date for the Citizenship Dinner to be held at the Sportsman‘s Club Park at Clear Lake. All members of the Clear Lake Property Owners Association will be invited. All Managers voted aye.

Kelly Bergesch will review the financial status of the Total Maximum Daily Load Phase II Fund.

Jerry Carter presented an update on the CRWD website.

Engineer Norm Wenck presented a July 11, 2007 memorandum which outlined Wandering Ponds Sanitary Sewer System information to be used in establishing the 2008 assessment for Wandering Ponds Estates, Hidden River septic tank pumping information, Lake Union water quality information, Total Maximum Daily Load Phase III Work Plan, Restawhile Shores road erosion problem, proposed Aspenwood Drive extension, and Cedar Lake Project 06-1 water quality information.

Carter Diers indicated that the secchi disk reading on Cedar Lake was three and one-half feet on July 1, 2007.

Kelly Bergesch indicated that utility billing software, at a cost of $5,000, needs to be considered for the utility billing process.

Engineer Norm Wenck suggested that funding for Total Maximum Daily Load implementation needs to be reflected in the 2008 budget.

Manager Loewen reported that he has been re-appointed for a three-year term by Stearns County.

Manager Kampa distributed records of Lake Augusta erosion control maintenance and pictures of Aspenwood Road erosion.

Motion #07-07-5: Schiefelbein, seconded by Loewen, made a motion to adjourn. All Managers voted aye.


Manager, Marvin Brunsell

Secretary, Mark Kampa