WORK SESSION OFFICIAL MINUTES
Clearwater River Watershed District
Kimball City Hall – Kimball, Minnesota
January 26, 2011 – 7:00PM
Manager Brunsell called the CRWD Work Session to order at 7:00pm. Manager’s Brunsell, Kampa, Froyen, Schiefelbein, and Risberg were present. Also in attendance were Brian and Jan Templin, Rick Miessen, Jerry Finch, Scotty Wylie, Olaf Johnson, Cole Loewen, Assistant Administrator Loewen, and Administrator Anderson.
Motion #WS11-01-1: Motion Kampa, seconded by Risberg to adopt the Agenda including continuation of Public Hearing for the Lake Augusta West Channel cleanout. All Managers voted aye.
Board Chairman Brunsell continued the Public Hearing for Lake Augusta Channel West cleanout and requested that Assistant Administrator Loewen review the revised request for quotes for cleanout of the Lake Augusta West Channel. Mr. Loewen read into the record a letter from Rick Miessen.
Motion #WS11-01-2: Motion Risberg, seconded by Schiefelbein to close the Public Hearing and to order Lake Augusta West Channel cleanout with a per parcel assessment not to exceed $5,724 and to be spread over a 10-year time period. The contract will be awarded to the lowest quote. All Managers voted aye.
Brian and Jan Templin and Rick Miessen left the meeting at 7:47pm.
Scotty Wylie, property owner and Olaf Johnson, contractor requested CRWD assistance for erosion control measures to be constructed on Mr. Wylie’s property.
Motion #WS11-01-3: Motion Kampa, seconded by Risberg to contribute $20,617.94 from the CRWD Special Projects Fund towards construction of erosion control measures on Scotty Wylie’s property. All Managers voted aye.
Scotty Wylie and Olaf Johnson left the meeting at 7:58pm.
Jerry Finch, CRWD Advisory Committee member, explained that a beaver dam on Plum Creek has caused rising water levels on Long and Crooked Lakes. That is the reason for Long Lake Association members request to consider the establishment of a watershed district. It appears that other solutions have been developed to alleviate the situation. Mr. Finch feels that the Long Lake Association will not be pursuing the establishment of a watershed district.
Jerry Finch left the meeting at 8:13pm.
Cole Loewen reported that the CRWD e-link reporting system to the Board of Water and Soil Resources is meeting all requirements.
The CRWD Board of Managers requested that staff develop a timeframe and chain of events for a CRWD Citizenship Breakfast and Tour for manager review.
Motion #WS11-01-4: Motion Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein to renew the Wandering Ponds Wastewater Treatment System Maintenance Contract with Bernie Miller. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #WS11-01-5: Motion Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein to pay bills. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #WS11-01-6: Motion Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein to conduct all utility billings in house. All Managers voted aye.
Assistant Administrator Loewen explained that the CRWD is part of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Upper Mississippi Watershed Project. This project includes a civic committee of which Cole Loewen is a member. The Elk River Watershed Association is the fiscal agent for the project and requires a signed contract from the CRWD.
Motion #WS11-01-7: Motion Kampa to sign a contract with Elk River Watershed Association. The motion died for lack of second.
Motion #WS11-01-8: Motion Risberg, seconded by Froyen to authorize Attorney Weinberger to review the contract provided by the Elk River Watershed Association. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #WS11-01-9: Motion Froyen, seconded by Kampa to transfer funds to zero out the Total Maximum Daily Load Accounts for Phase III and Five Lakes. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #WS11-01-10: Motion Froyen, seconded by Risberg to transfer $12,000 into the CRWD’s Conservation Corps Minnesota Account. All Managers voted aye.
Assistant Administrator Loewen discussed the following:
1. Additional monitoring will be required on School Section Lake if outflow continues.
2. Stearns County Ordinance regarding communal septic systems.
3. Cole Loewen will attend Wright County Soil & Water Conservation District Planning Meeting.
Motion #WS11-01-11: Motion Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein to establish the CRWD 2011 mileage rate at 51 cents per mile and to provide no meal reimbursement. All Managers voted aye.
Administrator Anderson reviewed the timeframe for Cory Meierhofer’s easement signature. He also provided an update on the Cedar Lake Eurasian Milfoil control effort.
Motion #WS11-01-12: Motion Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein to adjourn the meeting. All Managers voted aye.
CRWD AUDIT REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ANNANDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Board Chairman, Marvin Brunsell Secretary, Mark Kampa