Clearwater River Watershed District
Board of Managers Work Session
January 22, 2014 - 7:00PM
Kimball City Hall, Kimball, MN

Chair Schiefelbein called the Work Session to order at 7:00pm. Managers Jeff Golden, Paul DeGree, Mary Ellen Wells, and Bob Schiefelbein were present. Others in attendance were Dean Flygare, Orv Jonsrud, Cole Loewen, Engineer Rebecca Kluckhohn, and Administrator Dennis Loewen.

Motion #WS14-1-1: Golden/DeGree, moved to adopt the Agenda with the change of Engineer Kluckhohn's presentation under presentations, followed by Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program discussion. All Managers voted aye.

Engineer Kluckhohn presented on the Kingston Wetland and Targeted Fertilizer Projects.

Engineer Kluckhohn presented on the upcoming interview for the Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program on February 7, 2014.

Discussion was held on Lake Betsy Internal Load Reduction Feasibility Study, and the potential to submit a grant proposal to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

Engineer Kluckhohn left at 8:10pm.

The Board reviewed the January 22, 2014 financial update.

Motion #WS14-1-2: Wells/Golden, moved to pay bills of $236,385.05 in 17 payments, subject to audit. All Managers voted aye.

Administrator Loewen presented on Rice Erosion Control Project, informing the board the project keeps 86 lbs. of phosphorus per year from flowing downstream.

Motion #WS14-1-3: Golden/Wells, moved to award $700.00 to the Rice Erosion Control Project instead of a higher amount due to this project being after the fact. All Managers voted aye.

Cole Loewen presented the revisions to the proposed amendment of the District's rules and regulations, along with changes to the website version of the current rules & regulations, with previously amended changes now in the body of the current rules instead of at the end of the current rules.

Motion #WS14-1-4: DeGree/Golden, moved to accept the proposed amendment to District Rules & Regulations, and to submit proposed amendment to appropriate authorities for review. All Managers voted aye.

Administrator Loewen led discussion on the District's Education Program. This topic will continue to be discussed as part of the District's strategic planning efforts.

Administrator Loewen and Cole Loewen reviewed the District's Staff Report, which included:

  1. Wandering Pond Sewer System: 2013 Monitoring Report and 2014 Service Contract
  2. Report on One Watershed, One Plan
  3. Miss. River (St. Cloud) Watershed Project Work Order #C1/01/14-2
  4. Error on 2014 District Budget
  5. Lake Seining for Rough Fish
  6. Date set for 2013 District Audit
  7. Comment letter from DNR on the Technical & Cost specifications for alterations to Lake Augusta Eurasian Watermilfoil Project
  8. East Swartout Component of Cedar Lake Watershed Protection & Improvement Project
  9. Semi-annual and annual reports to granting authorities
  10. Upcoming meetings
  11. Future agenda items

During discussion of the Office Staff Report as listed above, the following motions, comments, and recommendations were made:

Motion #WS14-1-5: Wells/Golden, moved to approve the 2014 contract with service provider Miller Sewage Treatment (WRM) for the Wandering Pond Sewer System. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #WS14-1-6: Wells/DeGree, moved to approve joining with the other Mississippi River (St. Cloud) Watershed partners in submitting a proposal to be considered as a pilot watershed for One Watershed, One Plan, with the understanding that at a later date the Board will have the chance to review any formal agreement between the partners before final approval is given. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #WS14-1-7: Golden/DeGree, moved to approve work order #C01/01/14-2 with the Elk River Watershed Association for the Mississippi River (St. Cloud) Watershed Project. All Managers voted aye.

Advisory Committee Assignments: comments on the District Education Program Memo.

Under other business, Administrator Loewen and Cole Loewen presented on:

  1. Wandering Pond Sewer System: Treatment Area Land Forfeiture (future agenda item)
  2. Solicitation from Stearns County Coalition of Lake Associations
  3. Stearns County Report on Outstanding Indebtedness

Motion #WS14-1-8: DeGree/Golden, moved to approve signing the 2013 report of outstanding indebtedness from Stearns County. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #WS14-1-9: Wells/DeGree, moved to adjourn at 9:12pm. All Managers voted aye.


Chairman, Bob Schiefelbein

Secretary, Paul DeGree