Minutes of Board Meetings

Cedar Lake Improvement District Meeting notes from Monday, January 7, 2019  from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the New Prague Library.

Attendees:  Marie Jaeger, Tim Schroeder, Tim Singleton, Joel Larson, Jeff Gorman and Amy Rude.

Agenda Items discussed:

  • Treasurer’s Report
  • CLID Files/Records
  • Board Applicants
  • Update on buoy markers
  • Spring Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP) survey recap from November Meeting
  • Overview of Scott Watershed Management’s (SWMO) 2019 AIS Projects November Meeting
  • SWMO’s Request for Proposals for 2019 CLP Treatment on Cedar

Marie called the meeting to order.

Tim Singleton reviewed the expenses/interest since fourth quarter 2018 and provided current balance sheets for the CLID records.

Marie collected file folders from five of the directors that had finished their summaries of each of the years that they took home in November.   The other two directors will finish summarizing their files and get those to Marie in February.  She will also create an index of all the files and then give all files to the secretary for storage in a file cabinet.  

Marie reported that we now have received three applicants for board vacancies as they occur.  One or two will probably be joining the board in April at the annual meeting where residents will vote them into office.   The board was very happy to see the interest by residents so there is a pool from which to fill openings. 

Marie handed out last year’s annual meeting agenda for a quick review of items to be included for the 2019 annual meeting.   A discussion was then held as to possible changes to the agenda and which board directors would be presenting each of the topics.  They will then prepare drafts of their agenda items for review at the February board meeting with final versions due by the March board meeting so handouts can be printed prior to the April 8 annual meeting.  Marie will be drafting a postcard to the residents for review/approval by the board.

Jeff updated the buoy status.   Apparently Helena and Cedar Lake Townships will not be involved in residents putting out buoys marking no wake speeds within 150 feet of shore (boating regulation by DNR) as was earlier thought would be a requirement by both townships.  Jeff has been discussing the buoys with Paul Nelson of Scott Watershed Management Organization who has indicated he thought all that would be required would be an issuance of a permit by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.  Jeff was expecting to hear back from Paul within the next couple weeks to verify that process.   The CLID would then have to look into types of buoys, where to purchase, etc. to post to the website for those homeowners interested in placing a buoy off their shoreline at their own cost since it would be purchased and placed by individual residents.

Joel attended a meeting in November at the Scott County Government Center along with representatives from other Scott County lakes to learn the funding and plans for AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) control in 2019.  He shared a handout that was distributed at that meeting.

Tim Schroeder and Joel had attended a meeting with representatives from the DNR and Melissa Bokman of Scott Watershed Management Organization (SWMO) in November to discuss the lake treatment for 2018 and the upcoming 2019 plan.  Last spring there were a lot of changes made to the proposed 2018 treatment areas on the lake due to miscommunication on the parameters to be used to determine the treatment areas.  This created delays and frustrations for all parties.  In order to prevent this in the future, the DNR and SWMO would continue to do the plant survey as agreed to in the Lake Vegetation Management Plan but they wanted the CLID to pay for an independent company to map out the treatment areas.  After further discussion and analysis of what caused the delay, it was agreed that the survey and mapping of CLP would be done as it has been in previous years and the CLID would not be paying any additional fees to pinpoint CLP locations.

Another discussion at this meeting was the 2019 treatment which would require writing and mailing out Request for Proposals to treatment companies for bids to treat Cedar for 2019-2021.   SWMO is responsible for getting the proposals out and reviewing them but the CLID volunteered to review the proposal before mailing them out and a few suggestions were made.   Various treatment options were discussed to aid in writing the bidding requirements.  A couple options will be priced out but a decision on the final treatment will be discussed with all parties and a decision made by the time the application is made by the winning contractor.

Tim Schroeder will contact Keegan Lund of the DNR to attend our next board meeting to discuss his ideas for lake treatment options.   At this time, CLP cannot be controlled permanently so yearly treatments to keep it under control will remain into the future.  If no treatments are provided, the CLP will take over the lake as has been proven on other Minnesota lakes so discussions about possible new options will continue also.

Tim Singleton made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Marie seconded. The next CLID board meeting will be on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the New Prague Public Library.