January 8th, 2013
Cedar Lake Improvement District notes from our meeting on January 8, 2013 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the New Prague Public Library Meeting Room -
Attendees: Mike Speltz, Marie Jaeger, Lowell Mohn, Dave Nielsen and Brad Eller
Agenda Items for discussion:
- Written Treasures report from Bob (not present)
- Carp Netting
- Board Member to replace Bob who is retiring
- Annual Meeting Preparation
Treasurers report of current balances in checking and certificates of deposits was presented.
Dave brought up the recent correspondence the board had with Melissa from SWMO. Melissa confirmed that Keegan from the DNR, is working on a Lake Vegetation plan for Cedar Lake and expects to have it done in the next few days. Keegan wants to submit the draft to the DNR Aquatic Plant Management section for their review before sending it to the CLID. Keegan thinks their review could take up to two weeks to complete.
The CLID's goal is to find out what will be needed to get approval for a DNR variance to treat more than 15% of the lake in 2013 per the CLID’s request. The Vegetation plan study is required to get a variance and a requirement when submitting for our DNR grant monies in 2013.
Mike updated the board on the carp netting project. He advised that the commercial fisherman Jeff Reidemann had agreed to fish Cedar Lake again this winter if Don Geyer was willing to relinquish his rights to do so. Mike also advised that he had sent Don a letter in November asking him to relinquish his rights or agree to fish our lake but had not yet heard anything back from him.
For follow-up Mike is going to reach out to Don and ask him for a decision before January 18, 2013 so there is enough time to fish before the ice is too thin to do so. As a reminder Jeff's fees for services are $1500 per pull and there are no guarantees on how many pounds will be harvested. The current market for carp is very poor but Jeff is still open to fishing for the CLID if Don relinquishes. Mike will advise of Don's decision as soon as possible so the district can determine how best to proceed to maximize our chances of completing a winter seining before the ice thaws. A motion was also made and passed to have an unscheduled impromptu meeting if Don doesn't relinquish his rights for 2013 before January 18th.
Marie announced that the CLID website auto update functionality was not working and Lowell concurred. Marie is working with Market Crosshairs to resolve. The website has had 504 hits from December 1st thru January 8th of which 72 were carp related.
Marie also reminded everyone that the board member addition will be required to replace Bob who is retiring. We all agreed that we need to work with Bob and Tom in January on a plan to recruit a potential new member and invite all interested candidates to our February meeting.
The next Annual meeting is the last Tuesday in April at St. Pats Church. Mike will reserve it. Lowell will get an updated mailing list from Scott County for the postcard mailing. Brad suggested we make sure we have a sound system on hand for the meeting as hearing at the back of the room was an issue at the last meeting. Also discussed was the possibility of inviting representatives from various organizations to be in attendance at the annual meeting to answer potential questions about the lake. Board members will contact them to see if that is of interest and if they are available on that date.
December board meeting was cancelled due to the holidays and illness. The next board meeting is February 12th.