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July 9th, 2013

Cedar Lake Improvement District meeting notes from July 9, 2013 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the New Prague Public Library-

Attendees: Mike Speltz, Marie Jaeger, Lowell Mohn, Dave Nielsen, Brad Eller and Theresa Jacobsen

Agenda Items for discussion:

  • Quarterly Treasurer’s Expense/Income Update
  • Board Member terms of office, responsibilities, commitment, replacements
  • Establishment of a Board Manual/Book or Guidelines
  • Lake treatment results/timeliness of treatment

Mike presented the quarterly treasurer's report of income and expenses and reviewed current balances in accounts.

Marie suggested we need to revisit the rotation for board members since we would have a better balance if Mike, Dave or Marie left the board in 2014 with Tom. She also provided an overview of current roles and responsibilities for each member as it stands today. She suggested we consider revisiting responsibilities for each role to ensure that when new projects arise, current work diminishes or new members join we are load balancing the work. Marie also suggested we develop an outline to review with residents who are interested in becoming board members which could include:

  • Time board members should plan on contributing each month.
  • Minimum number of meetings a board member should be required to attend each year.

Lowell suggested the board form bylaws that the board would follow to address each of the items Marie had presented.

Mike noted that we are bound by the Minnesota Statute on Lake Improvement Districts. He also pointed out that the duties really change depending upon each Lake Improvement District’s needs. Mike volunteered to obtain a copy of this statute from Scott County along with any bylaws that may have been created years ago specifically for the operation of the CLID to review at our next meeting. Lowell and Theresa volunteered to then draft updated bylaws for the CLID after the board had a chance to review the information that Mike gathers.

Marie also pointed out that we need someone to sort through all of the old records/paperwork that has been placed in a box and passed along from past board members to organize into a history of the CLID. Theresa agreed to take on this project.

The last item for discussion was the 2013 weed treatment results. Lowell noted the results were very positive in the Bay Area 1 and he saw improvement 48 hours after application. He lives in that bay and noted that the curly leaf growth was significantly less after last year’s initial treatment. He noted a few areas of pond weed growth so the board felt that the 3-year treatment plan for each area should continue to be followed. Dave also noted that he saw a noticeable difference in the treated and non-treated areas on the south end of the lake in Area 2 within a couple days after the chemical was applied. Marie noted that the area slightly north of the treated Area 2 remained thick with curly leaf for a week or so after the treated areas had vastly improved.

The next board meeting is August 13, 2013.