OFFICIAL MINUTES
Clearwater River Watershed District
Board of Managers Meeting
November 11th, 2015 - 6:30PM
City Hall, Annandale, MN

Chair Schiefelbein called the regular meeting to order at 6:33pm. Managers Paul DeGree, Kathy Jonsrud, Robert Rocheleau, Robert Schiefelbein, and Chris Uecker were present. Also in attendance were: Anita & Jim Vossen*, Chris Husom, Lonnie Hendricks & Tim Hable, Southside Township*, Engineer Rebecca Kluckhohn, Advisor Merle Anderson, Assistant Administrator Dennis Loewen and Administrator Cole Loewen. (*Denotes partial attendance)

Motion #15-11-1: Jonsrud/Rocheleau, moved to adopt the agenda. All Managers voted aye.

Presentation: Anita & Jim Vossen: Seeking clarification on Rest-A-While – placing riprap along eastern sedimentation basin, drainage & utility easements, and initiative to pave upper portion of private road
Administrator Loewen provided an overview on the three noted items. After discussion, the Board informed Anita & Jim Vossen to come back to the Board once more formalized plans and agreements with other entities regarding the paving the upper portion of the private road are completed.

Motion #15-11-2: Rocheleau/Jonsrud, moved to authorize its Administrator to work with Stearns County and the CRWD's attorney to complete the transfer/clarification re: the CRWD's legal interest in the drainage & utility easements of the Rest-A-While Shores Plat. All Managers voted aye.

Presentation: Southside Township: assistance request – Rockwood avenue erosion issue
Administrator Loewen presented pictures of an erosion issue along Rockwood Ave in Southside Township, adjacent to a crossing of the Clearwater River. After discussion, Southside Township reps. indicated they will develop a plan and bring it back to the Board for review and comment by the CRWD's engineer on potential improvements to address erosion concerns.

Consent Agenda
Motion #15-11-3: DeGree/Uecker, moved to adopt the consent agenda. All Managers voted aye.

November 11, 2015 Financial Report
Motion #15-11-4: Jonsrud/Rocheleau, moved to authorize payment of pay app #1 from Peterson Companies ($23,387.10) for the East Swartout component of the Cedar Lake Watershed Protection & Improvement Project. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #15-11-5: Rocheleau/Jonsrud, moved to authorize transfer of $200K from CRWD savings to CRWD checking accounts.

Motion #15-11-6: Jonsrud/Degree, moved to pay bills of $60,934.32 in 28 payments, subject to audit.

OLD BUSINESS
Watkins Area Stormwater Treatment Project Concept
Engineer Kluckhohn presented the current concept and cost estimates for the Watkins Area Stormwater Treatment Project.

Motion #15-11-7: Jonsrud/DeGree, moved to authorize its Administrator and Wenck Associates to move forward with permitting and preliminary designs for the Watkins Area Stormwater Treatment Project. All Managers voted aye.

Clearwater Harbor & Hidden River Sewer Systems' NMAP Implementation & Sand Filters
Engineer Kluckhohn gave an update on potential funding availability through the MN Pollution Control Agency for the pilot bioremediation study.

Corrective Action Plan re: MN BWSR's Grant Verification Results
Administrator Loewen presented the draft corrective action plan regarding the grant verification results from MN Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR).

Motion #15-11-8: Jonsrud/Uecker, moved to accept the corrective action plan regarding the grant verification results from MN BWSR, and to submit said plan to MN BWSR and other appropriate entities. All Managers voted aye.

Modifications to Highway 55 Fish Trap
Per previous Board direction, Administrator Loewen reviewed the current issues with the Highway 55 Fish Trap. The Board instructed staff to continue to operate the fish trap in its current manner, with the understanding that the trap will continue to be ineffective if debris build-up continues.

Quotes for Lake Augusta Erosion Control
Administrator Loewen reviewed the two received quotes for maintenance work at Lake Augusta Erosion Control.

Motion #15-11-9: Jonsrud/DeGree, moved to 1) accept the low quote for maintenance work at Lake Augusta Erosion Control from Michael Watercott of $20,315.00, contingent on providing certificate of liability insurance meeting minimum requirements, 2) authorize its Administrator to sign and execute all necessary documents to complete quoted work, and authorize its Administrator to approve add-on work based on best judgement. All Managers voted aye.

Land rights for future sediment disposal from Kingston Wetland Sediment Basin
The Board directed its Administrator to discuss this matter further with applicable landowners with the goal of achieve a long-tem, permanent solution to the disposal of sediment from said basin.

Wenck Associates Inc. Professional Services Contract
Administrator Loewen reviewed the current draft contract. The Board instructed staff to complete additional revisions and bring before the Board at its December regular meeting.

NEW BUSINESS
Authorize amendment to grant agreement with MN BWSR for Cedar Lake Watershed Protection & Improvement Project
Motion #15-11-10: Jonsrud/Uecker, moved to approve amendment to extend the end date to 12/31/2016 with BWSR for FY 2013 Cedar Lake Watershed Protection & Improvement Grant, and to authorize the Chair to sign and execute all necessary documents to this effect. All Managers voted aye.

Enrollment requests for CRWD Agricultural Incentive Program
Administrator Loewen gave an updated on two enrollments currently be reviewed.

Stearns County: public hearing on septic system certification requirement at point of transfer
The Board instructed its Administrator to send a letter to Stearns County expressing opposition to the repeal of the septic system certification requirement at point of transfer, but instead to address the technical issues with the ordinance in question to avoid forcing updates on septic systems that were previously meeting standards, and are relatively young in system age.

MAWD 2015 annual meeting resolutions
The Board instructed staff to develop simple talking points on costs related to current permitting process for use at the MAWD annual meeting in support of one of the CRWD's resolutions, and to send copies of the meeting itinerary to members attending said meeting.

Administrator Loewen – Other Business
Administrator Loewen commented on the availability of Conservation Corps of Minnesota crew labor through the Clean Water Fund. The Board instructed staff to develop an application for crew labor to restore streambanks in the Watkins Stormwater Project area.

Administrator Loewen presented on the MN BWSR's proposed policy regarding failure to implement the new buffer law. Staff will continue to research and follow this issue as it develops. It will be necessary to work closely with the counties and SWCDs to ensure requirements placed on the CRWD by the law are met.

Advisor Anderson – Other Business
Nothing presented.

Advisory Committee assignments are:
1) No-wake "flags" notices
2) AIS Issues

Items noted for the December 9, 2015 regular meeting are:

Managers' Reports
Manager Jonsrud noted the recent St. Cloud Times article on the Kingston Wetland Restoration Program was picked up by The Associated Press, and was distributed in several newspapers nationwide.

Motion #15-11-11: Jonsrud/Rocheleau, moved to adjourn at 9:29pm. 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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Chairman, Bob Schiefelbein

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Secretary, Paul DeGree