Minutes of Board Meetings

Cedar Lake Improvement District Meeting notes from Monday, March 11, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the New Prague Library.

Attendees: Marie Jaeger, Dave Nielsen, Joel Larson, Tim Singleton, Tim Schroeder, Amy Rude, and Paul Hoyt.

Agenda Items discussed:

    • Treasurer’s Report
    • 2019 Lake Treatment Chemical Options
    • Carp Tournament
    • Lake Clean-up Preparation and Date
    • Buoy Update
    • Alum Treatment

Marie called the meeting to order.

Tim Singleton provided the treasurer's report and stated that in March the current 19-month CD will mature and will be renewed into a 15-month CD at a higher interest rate.  Tim Schroeder will be added as a signer on the accounts when taking over as the chairperson in April.

Presentations for the annual meeting were discussed and all slides should be completed by mid-March for final review and then will be printed as handouts for distribution to the residents in attendance.

Discussions were held regarding Amy's research on Fluridone (Sonar)  as a viable treatment option and Marie’s updated information on Lake Benton’s very successful use of Fluridone since 2004.  Fluridone  was recently recommended by the DNR and supported by SWMO.  Overall the various benefits outweighed those of Aquathol K which has been used since treatments began in 2012.  Joel motioned to approve Fluridone and  Amy seconded the motion.  It was unanimously approved starting with the 2019 treatment.  Tim Schroeder will notify SWMO, DNR and PLM of the board’s decision.  It will be necessary for the CLID to pay a bigger share of the cost than SWMO since they no longer share 50/50 in the costs but base their contribution on an approved yearly budget amount.  The DNR has zero funding available from the legislature to help out.

Earlier in the year, the board reluctantly decided not to hold the annual Carp Kabob Tournament due to declining results from the tournament and pre- and post-fishing by contestants.  Tim Singleton suggested the CLID consider other ways to run the tournament.  It was decided that more discussions with carp fishermen and other groups/residents is needed.  The topic will be discussed at the upcoming annual meeting.
Joel provided an update the on the annual winter lake clean up.  The boy scouts distributed garbage bags on February 23rd and all permanent fish houses were removed by the 28th.  Due to the heavy snow, predicted rain and then warm weather, clean-up was unanimously cancelled for safety reasons.  

Marie brought up the buoy project again and as discussed at the last meeting the only option for the program was to have interested individual property owners apply for their own permits from the Sheriff’s Department.   Tim Schroeder verified that there is no option for a coordinated lake-wide program at this time and this would be a voluntary program only for homeowners who wish to participate.  Information will be provided at the annual meeting.

Marie provided an overview on Alum treatments so that all new board members had an understanding of what it was since it was mentioned at a recent meeting.  Alum treatment has been periodically mentioned in long-term strategy planning by SWMO/DNR as a possible option for lake quality improvement.   However the costs are astronomical (estimated at half a million per treatment ), requires multiple treatments and Cedar may not be a good candidate for various reasons so previous boards did not consider it as a viable option for participation. 

Tim Schroeder made a motion to adjourn and Tim Singleton seconded.   The next CLID board meeting will be the annual meeting Monday April 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the New Prague Fire and Emergency Services Building.