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February 12, 2018

Cedar Lake Improvement District Meeting notes from Monday, February 12, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the New Prague Library.

Attendees:  Marie Jaeger, Dave Nielsen, Joel Larson, Sam Dresow, Tim Singleton and Barb Novotny.
Agenda Items Discussed:

  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Directors positions and vacancies
  • Lake Clean Up
  • Carp Removal Options
  • Annual Meeting Preparation
  • Lake Treatment LVMP for 2018-2023 and Funding

Marie called the meeting to order.

Dave reviewed the January income and expenses and provided Barb with a copy of the bank statement for board records.  Dave reported that he had compared checking/savings interest rates at local banks/credit union and there was little difference between them so no reason to switch and the directors agreed.

Dave Nielsen will officially vacate the position of treasurer due to new job requirement. Tim Singleton volunteered to assume that position effective in April at the annual meeting.  A motion was made to vote and approve this decision; all were in favor.  The board expressed their appreciation to Dave for his work and contributions as treasurer.

Sam Dresow has elected to not renew his position on the board for an additional term.  Board members thanked Sam for his contributions and commitment to the CLID.  An application for a board director has been submitted, reviewed and will be presented for acceptance by members at the annual meeting.  The board encourages residents within the CLID to consider volunteering to discuss and decide on key topics concerning the lake that so many use and enjoy. 

Sam has been in charge of the Carp Kabob for the last few years and has done a great job in securing the financing from a county grant fund via yearly application, completing and posting yearly updates and receiving applications from entrants and eventually running the tournament.  He will be verifying if the grant money is available again this year and will get back to the board with the information.

Joel Larson is heading up the 2018 Lake Clean Up that occurs after the DNR’s deadline of ice house removals from the lake of March 5. Joel has set a date of Saturday, March 10 from 9-11 a.m.   He also has contacted several groups who have volunteered to help and most of them preferred the morning timeframe.  Lakers Sanitary has once again volunteered to provide two dumpsters for each of the public accesses.  Some of the directors will hand out trash bags and instructions on dumpster locations to ice fishermen before the ice houses have to be removed.  An official announcement will be posted on the CLID website a few days before the event regarding the details of the event.  The weather and ice conditions will be monitored before an announcement is posted.

Tim Singleton presented information and a video to the CLID board members of a viable option for carp removal.  A motion was made to vote and all were in favor of pursuing Carp Box Netting as our primary focus this year for carp removal.  This information will be presented in greater detail at the annual meeting by Tim and Carp Solutions.    Marie and Tim Schroeder made additional calls to commercial fishermen in the hopes that one would agree to seineing this winter but not one returned their calls. 

Marie presented the tentative agenda and mailer announcement for the Annual Meeting that is being held on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 7 pm at the New Prague Fire Station. She had confirmed the reservation of the building with the Fire Chief.  The board reviewed the agenda and mailer, provided input and agreed on the contents. Marie will email the agenda to everyone to update by the March meeting.

Cedar’s Lake Vegetation Management Plan (LVMP) expires in February 2018.  The DNR drafted a continuation of LVMP from 2/2018 to 2/2023.  The DNR asked the CLID board for their review and input. Some changes were recommended and will be forwarded to them within the week.   Marie will post the final report of the LVMP on the CLID website when the DNR has released it.

At a January meeting held with the DNR, SWMO, PLM (treatment contractor) and 5 board members,  a recommendation was made to the CLID and SWMO that Sonar be considered as a chemical option for treating the lake. This has been discussed in the past as well.   After additional research on the use/success of this chemical, possible negative effects to native vegetation, and additional discussion by the board, a motion was made to vote to continue with the current chemical (Aquathol) in 2018 since it has been working very effectively.

At the same January meeting, some possible funding decreases by SWMO were revealed. The DNR had earlier sent a notification that they have no funding to provide in 2018 due to legislative action. Another meeting was held between SWMO and two board directors to clarify their changes.  Nothing has been finalized so more discussions will need to be held. Future funding will be discussed at the April annual meeting with the residents.

Marie had received a list of Ice In/Ice Out dates for 2013-2017 from residents Linda and Mike Packer. The board approved of posting them on our website and request that other residents expand on this list if they have additional years. 

Tim Singleton made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Dave seconded.

The next CLID board meeting will be held on Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 6:30 pm located at the New Prague Library.