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October 3, 2022

Minutes of Board Meetings

Cedar Lake Improvement District (CLID) Meeting Minutes held on October 3rd, 2022, 6:30-8:00 pm at New Prague Public Library. 

Attendees:  Joel Larsen, Tim Schroeder, Paul Hoyt, Pam Caselius, Tim Singleton and Dave Nielsen                                                                                                                                                                                           


Treasurer’s Report

WSB Carp Final Report

Lake Survey Update

Board Membership going forward

 Tim Singleton provided an update on the Treasurer’s Report and there was no new activity. 

Tim Schroeder kicked off the meeting providing an update on the levy review with the county and that our annual levy had been approved.  The county had previously advised that our annual report format was one that was appreciated and going to be used as a format example for other organizations to follow in the future.  

On another topic Tim Schroeder brought up that Melissa Bokman with SCWMO had advised that they were looking for more projects as there were extra funds available for improving the lake or watershed areas in the district.   The entire board discussed and several ideas were discussed all of which would require local land owner cooperation.   Tim summarized a list and will be sending over to Melissa for consideration. 


Tim Singleton provided an overview/update on the carp project which is now complete.  Singleton continued on with reminders on the recommendations from WSB for 2023 which were as follows:

  1. Electrofishing surveys in 2022 or 2023 to update the population and biomass density estimate to determine the level of carp currently residing in Cedar Lake. This would cost around $5,500. 
  2. Implant 10-15 radio tags that will last around 3 years in order to aid removal operations. Cost of tags would be around $3,000 for 15 tags that will last for 3 years instead of one. 
  3. Implant up to 100 PIT tags during electrofishing surveys for mark and recapture population estimates as well as growth analysis. These tags do not need a battery but allow for tracking the fish throughout it’s life. Cost for these would be around $750.  
  4. Conduct 1 netting event per year at a cost of $7800 per year.

After discussion it was suggested that the county may have additional grant funds available from the Nine Elements Grant to assist with these parts of the project.  Tim Schroeder is reaching out to Melissa to determine if they would qualify and what the requirements would be to apply for them.   On further discussion around carp Joel suggested the Sportsman’s Club may have interest in taking the tournament over and he is going to reach out to his contact there to see if they have interest.

Tim Schroeder advised that we needed to make some decisions pretty quickly if we were going to pursue the potential of a pre/under ice treatment this year, as previously discussed. This is totally dependent upon the cost and approval from the DNR.  We were also not sure if there would be any remaining grant money that could go towards this in 2022.   Our main DNR contact Keegan Lund who had mentioned this last year in our planning sessions is no longer in this role so we need to determine who his replacement is.   After discussion that we all agreed we were interested in pursuing Tim Schroeder volunteered to check with Melissa at Scott County Watershed to determine what the next steps would be to pursue this option and to determine who at the DNR is our new contact to request.

Amy was not able to make the meeting but had advised over email that our survey partner Bluewater has us scheduled for 2 surveys in 2023 with a total cost bid pending. 

As mentioned in our last meeting this will be Tim Schroeder’s last term on the CLID and that he has enjoyed the time on it very much.  The board will most likely have at least one other open position and possibly two in 2023 with specifics not yet decided by a few members.  It is time to start bringing in interested candidates for our upcoming meetings as we will have some terms ending that most likely will not be renewed. 

The meeting adjourned via motion from Paul Hoyt and seconded by Tim Singleton at 8:00 PM.

The next meeting date was set for Monday, November 7th 2022 at 6:30 PM at the New Prague Public Library.