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October 14th, 2014

Cedar Lake Improvement District meeting notes from October 14, 2014 6:30 – 8 pm at the New Prague Public Library -

Attendees: Marie Jaeger, Brad Eller, Gary Morrison, Dave Nielsen, and guest Sam Dresow

Agenda Items for discussion:

  • Approval of September board meeting minutes
  • Acceptance of Lowell's resignation and Mike's resignation from the board.
  • Vote David in as new treasure
  • Treasurer's report
  • Update from Brad on 2014 Carp Kabob Tournament survey
  • Carp electrofishing results from St. Mary's University
  • Recent Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) prevention meeting held by SWMO.
  • Chemical treatment options for lake as discussed with Patrick from PLM.
  • Interview and vote of Sam Dresow as director to replace vacancy by Mike.
  • Reminder next board meeting will be held Monday, November 17 due to library being closed on November 11th in honor of Veteran's day.

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

Gary made a motion to approve Lowell's resignation. Marie seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Brad made a motion to approve Mike's resignation. Dave seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Marie made a motion to approve Dave as new treasurer. Gary seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Dave advised no expenses had been paid and provided bank statements for the board’s records. Dave also advised that the CDs were being held in Marie's safe deposit box at New Prague State Bank for safekeeping until they mature in first quarter 2015. At that time Dave recommended we look at all options for earning interest and look at getting our own CLID safe deposit box.

Brad provided an update from a survey he asked the bow fisherman to complete after the Carp Kabob tournament. We learned that many of the fisherman had pre-fished the lake several times prior to the tournament and hundreds of carp were removed as a result. All of the fisherman provided positive feedback and most said they planned to fish it again next year.

Marie distributed a report provided by Melissa Bokman of SWMO on the electrofishing for carp that was done by the University of St. Mary’s in Winona in September. Of the three Scott County lakes tested, Cedar Lake was the largest and had the least amount of shoreline tested for various reasons. According to the report, Cedar Lake was the largest lake they have studied using this method and it was felt that repeated surveys or a combination of other methods of estimating carp would be better for validating carp population. Marie also mentioned that when she discussed the process with the individuals completing the electrofishing on the day it was being completed, they had mentioned that they had stunned some large carp but they weren’t stunned enough to float to the surface to be netted so they weren’t included in the actual count for Cedar Lake.

Marie handed out a brief summary of the topics discussed at the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention meeting that she and Brad had attended. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss options for spending approximately $100,000 in grant money that was to be designated for AIS awareness and projects. The group at the meeting wasn’t able to get through the entire list of suggested ideas from the DNR so Melissa is going to email follow-up notes to all attendees.

Marie followed up on our last meeting with Patrick Selter from PLM who discussed chemicals used in last few years for treating curly leaf pondweed on other Minnesota lakes. He provided a contact from Lake Benton for us to follow-up with. Dave is following up with that contact and all members are going to do some research on their own for discussion at our next meeting.

Due to Mike’s resignation, a request for a temporary board member was posted on the website. One applicant, Sam Dresow, completed an application and attended this meeting. At the end of the meeting and after discussing his interest in being on the board, Dave made a motion to accept Sam as a new temporary board member and Brad seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Sam, along with Jon Nordrum, are temporary replacement board members until the annual meeting at which time they can seek election to a 3-year term.

The next board meeting will be held Monday, November 17 due to library being closed on November 11th in honor of Veteran's day.