OFFICIAL MINUTES
Clearwater River Watershed District
Board of Managers Meeting
August 12, 2009 - 7:00PM
Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN
 

Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7:00pm. Manager’s Bob Schiefelbein, Mark Kampa, Marvin Brunsell, Jerry Risberg, and Roland Froyen were present. Others in attendance were Engineer Norm Wenck, Administrator Merle Anderson, Assistant Administrator Dennis Loewen, Jason Selvog, Jeremy Sivula, and Meeker County Commissioner Wally Strand.  

Motion #09-08-1: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the Agenda. All Managers voted aye.  

Motion #09-08-2: Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to adopt the Consent Agenda after adding Manager Brunsell’s information that the hypolimnetic withdrawal of lakes has results that vary in success from satisfactory to not satisfactory. All Managers voted aye.  

Jason Selvog, Pheasants Forever Staff at the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District presented detailed information and a map describing Allen Kuechle’s proposed wetland restoration, Section 31, Maine Prairie Township, Stearns County.  

Motion #09-08-3: Schiefelbein, seconded by Kampa, made a motion for the CRWD to cost-share Allen Kuechle’s proposed wetland restoration project at a rate of $200/acre for 4.3 acres with the entire wetland restoration cost estimate of $6,100. All Managers voted aye.  

Jason Selvog left the meeting at 7:18pm.  

Motion #09-08-4: Motion Froyen for the CRWD to notify neighbors of the proposed wetland restoration on the Allen Kuechle property. Motion died for lack of a second.  

Motion #09-08-5: Risberg, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to pay bills. All Managers voted aye. - Disbursements

Engineer Wenck reviewed his August 12, 2009 Memorandum that explains an opportunity to apply for a Surface Water Assessment Grant for 2010 and 2011. This grant, if received, would pay for additional monitoring needed to assess surface water in the CRWD.  

Motion #09-08-6: Froyen, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to apply for the Surface Water Assessment Grant for 2010 and 2011. All Managers voted aye.  

Manager Risberg reviewed the maintenance cost of the Clearwater Harbor Area Sanitary Sewer System.  

Motion #09-08-7: Motion Risberg for the CRWD to inquire if insurance or bonding could be secured to defray maintenance costs of the Clearwater Harbor Area Sanitary Sewer System. Motion died for lack of a second.  

Motion #09-08-8: Froyen, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to hold the 2010 CRWD Budget Hearing on September 9, 2009, 7:00pm, at the Annandale Middle School Board Room and to publish the hearing notice. All Managers voted aye.  

Engineer Wenck distributed answers to questions from the Clear Lake Property Owners Association.  

Administrator Anderson reviewed details of discussion with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Board of Water and Soil Resources as it related to proposed grant applications for funding of the CRWD hypolimnetic withdrawal and grid soil sampling and GPS fertilizer application projects.  

Assistant Administrator Loewen announced that Manager’s Schiefelbein and Kampa have been re-appointed to serve the CRWD until 2012. Loewen also reviewed the maintenance activities on all wastewater treatment systems.  

Administrator Anderson will be meeting with Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District Staff and owners of agricultural property on Bridgewater Road to develop details for installation of waterways on slopes that face Lake Caroline.  

Engineer Wenck explained the changes in requirements for monitoring at the Hidden River and Clearwater Harbor Wastewater Treatment sites, based on the fact that the CRWD’s permit classification has changed from Class B to Class C.  

Motion #09-08-9: Schiefelbein, seconded by Froyen, made a motion to authorize Wenck Associates, Inc. to develop a report outlining the monitoring changes and associated costs of the Class C Wastewater Treatment Permit. All Managers voted aye.  

Manager Kampa distributed information from Source Molecular Corporation that outlines microbial source tracking that could be used to determine sources of bacteria in surface water in the CRWD.  

Motion #09-08-10: Froyen, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to authorize managers and staff to attend the Minnesota Association of Watershed District’s Leadership Conference.  All Managers voted aye.  

Administrator Anderson reviewed the following:
1. Should the CRWD cost share on the waterway installation along Bridgewater Road, funds should be authorized from the Buffer Fund.
2. The CRWD did not receive a research development and education grant for the hypolimnetic withdrawal and soil sampling and fertilizer grant application.
3. The state of Minnesota does not provide grant monies for the use of 2-4D in milfoil treatment due to possible endocrin disruption.
4. Reminder of the CRWD 2009 Summer Tour.
5. Informed managers of upcoming meeting with Swartout, Albion, and Henshaw Lakes residents.
6. Recent conversation with State Representative Dean Urdahl regarding impaired waters.  

Assistant Administrator Loewen distributed pictures of the Wold lakescaping on Cedar Lake. He also suggested that a letter of support be provided to the Elk River Watershed Organization regarding their impaired waters improvement efforts.  

Motion #09-08-11: Froyen, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to provide a letter of support to the Elk River Watershed Organization recognizing their impaired waters improvement plans. All Managers voted aye.  

Motion #09-08-12: Kampa, seconded by Froyen, made a motion to authorize $15,000 of Special Projects Funding to subsidize grid soil sampling in the CRWD this fall. All Managers voted aye.  

Manager Kampa, as president of the Lake Augusta Association, presented a letter to the CRWD that their request for milfoil treatment for the 2010 season will be $4,500.  

Motion #09-08-13: Schiefelbein, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adjourn. 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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Board Chairman, Marvin Brunsell                                                  

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Secretary, Mark Kampa