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March 10th, 2015

Cedar Lake Improvement District meeting notes from March 10, 2015 6:30 – 8 pm at the New Prague Public Library -

Attendees: Marie Jaeger, Dave Nielsen, Theresa Juhl, Brad Eller, Jon Nordrum

Agenda Items for discussion:

  • Approval of February's board meeting minutes.
  • Treasurer's report
     •Savings Account and CD’s
     •Liability Insurance
  • Leave No Trace Lake Clean-up Review
  • Carp Kabob Tournament
  • Scott County "No Wake" meeting on Thursday, March 5
  • Board of Directors election and terms of office
  • Review of Agenda for Annual meeting

Dave made a motion to approve February’s board meeting minutes and Marie seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Dave reviewed income and expenses since February and provided bank statements for the board's records. There was one credit for the February interest earned on the new savings account and also a deposit into savings of one of the CD’s when it matured. There were four debits for lake clean-up supplies and annual meeting expenditures for mailing labels, postage and envelopes. The last CD will mature March 29th and will then be deposited into the savings account.

The liability insurance is coming due on 4/11/15. It will be paid in full to take advantage of a $134 discount. The premium is higher than last year due to the requirement to add a lake hazard rider and to cover the Carp Kabob and Lake Clean Up events.

The 3rd Annual Carp Kabob Tournament was discussed, Brad stated that he has already submitted information and obtained a permit for the use of the Cedar Lake Farm from Three Rivers. We will once again have a maximum of 10 boats. The first date of choice for the tournament will be May 15 & 16; the back-up date will be June 5 & 6. One of the changes that will be made this year will be the earlier finish time of 6:00 a.m. This was changed due to requests made via the survey results from last year’s tournament. Brad submitted the grant application to Paul Nelson of Scott Watershed Management Organization for consideration of receiving $2,000 towards funding the tournament.

Leave No Trace Lake Clean-up was an overall success. There were many positive comments from all of the helpers and the dumpsters ended up full. It was suggested that we hand out garbage bags a couple of days earlier to the ice fisherman/houses than we did this year and possibly consider portable toilets placed at both public accesses next ice fishing season.

Theresa attended the Scott County’s Natural Resources Department meeting on March 5th to discuss "No-Wake" ordinance of lakes in Scott County. Last summer the Emergency No Wake for Cedar Lake was enacted on 6/23/14. The water level on Cedar Lake was measured on 6/26/14 and the level was 943.9. The reported OHW (ordinary high water) is 943.4. This is the level that the lake reaches at lease once every five years. The Natural Resources Department asked the CLID for a recommendation for future enactments of Emergency No Wake enactment and the CLID recommendation was 943.7. All members felt that the level of 943.9 was too high to wait to enact the Emergency No Wake. A motion was made to recommend that the Emergency No Wake be enacted at 943.7 and it passed with two members opposed.

There was also mention of the emergency notification system CODE Red that is an automated call that residents can sign up for to receive emergency notifications. More information on Code Red sign-up will be presented at the Annual Meeting.

Four board members terms are ending this year. All four are seeking election. Jon and Sam were temporary replacements for the two board vacancies that occurred in fourth quarter of 2014. Sam will be running for a 3-year term while Jon is seeking a 2-year term. The reason for the 2-year term is to balance out the directors’ terms so no more than three are up for election in any one year. With this adjustment to Jon’s term, the terms will be staggered with 3, 2, and 2 director’s being up for election every three years.

Marie handed out copies of a draft of the annual meeting letter. All members received a copy and were asked to email input so that the letter could be mailed on March 27th. Dave has volunteered to put together the slide presentation for the annual meeting and a preliminary agenda was discussed. It was decided that there would be a presentation meeting on April 7th at the Fire Emergency Services Building.

The next board meeting will be held Tuesday, April 7, at the New Prague Fire/Emergency Services Building. The Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 14, 2015 at New Prague Fire/Emergency Services Building from 7 – 8:30 p.m.