WORK SESSION OFFICIAL MINUTES
Clearwater River Watershed District
Board of Managers Meeting
January 23, 2013 - 7:00PM
Kimball City Hall, Kimball, MN

Chair Schiefelbein called the CRWD Work Session to order at 7:00pm. Manager's Mark Kampa, Jerry Risberg, Mary Ellen Wells, and Bob Schiefelbein were present. Also in attendance were Bill Arendt, Mike Hankee, Jeff Golden, Cole Loewen, Assistant Administrator Dennis Loewen, and Administrator Merle Anderson.

Motion #WS13-01-1: Motion Kampa, seconded by Wells, to adopt the Agenda. All Managers voted aye.

Mike Hankee, Cedar Lake Conservation Club Chair, presented and reviewed a handout containing questions from the Cedar Lake Conservation Club. The handout is on file in the District office. The CRWD Board of Managers and the Cedar Lake Conservation Club agree that additional water quality improvement measures proposed at the present time would require an amendment to Project 06-1. Questions contained in the handout emphasizes funding, effectiveness and timing of the current Cedar Lake Protection and Improvement Project that has been proposed and awarded a grant from the Board of Water and Soil Resources.

Mike Hankee and Bill Arendt left the meeting at 8:18 pm.

Motion #WS13-01-2: Motion Kampa, seconded by Risberg, to authorize staff to sign grant agreements and contracts. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #WS13-01-3: Motion Risberg, seconded by Kampa, to pay the bills totaling $80,152.60 in 11 payments. All Managers voted aye.

Assistant Administrator Loewen reviewed the following:

  1. The easement diagram that was presented at a previous meeting for the Kingston Wetland is accurate.
  2. Kimball School District Board decision regarding water quality improvement efforts prevent the CRWD from partnering with the Kimball School District on Kimball Storm Water Improvement Phase II.
  3. Eight contractors are expected for the bid opening for the Kingston Wetland Improvement effort.

Manager Kampa expressed interest in revitalizing the aerators in Lakes Louisa, Marie and Augusta. Staff will seek cost information for aerators.

Administrator Anderson explained that the CRWD Advisory Committee had recommended a greater level of activity for CRWD educational purposes. With that in mind, Administrator Anderson asked Jeff Golden, CRWD Advisory Committee member, if he would be willing to lead an educational effort for the CRWD. Mr. Golden agreed to consider.

Assistant Administrator Loewen indicated that he has contacted commercial fisherman Ken Seeman for Lakes Louisa and Marie for seining rough fish. Mr. Seeman will also be asked to sonar Henshaw Lake to determine presence of rough fish.

Motion #WS13-01-4: Motion Kampa, seconded by Risberg, to authorize Cole Loewen to develop GIS capabilities for the CRWD. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #WS13-01-5: Motion Risberg, seconded by Wells, to authorize signature of the Conservation Corps Minnesota contract. All Managers voted aye.

Cole Loewen explained that the Upper Mississippi Watershed Organization has created a Civic Action Committee to share Mississippi River information with communities and to bring back to the Upper Mississippi Watershed Organization priorities for action to improve water quality in the Mississippi.

Motion #WS13-01-6: Motion Kampa, seconded by Risberg, to adjourn the meeting. All Managers voted aye.

CRWD AUDIT REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ANNANDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY.

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Chairman, Bob Schiefelbein

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Secretary, Mark Kampa