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Legal Notice Unofficial Minutes Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers Meeting Jan. 14, 2009 7 P.M.-Annandale Middle School, Annandale, Minn.

Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m. Managers Bob Schiefelbein, Mark Kampa, Roland Froyen, Jerry Risberg, and Marvin Brunsell were present. Others in attendance were Norm Wenck, Administrator Merle Anderson, Assistant Administrator Dennis Loewen, Mel Dyk-huisen, Kevin Kolstad, Dave Wagner, Carter Diers, Orv Jonsrud, and Meeker County Commissioner Wally Strand. Motion #09-01-1: Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to adopt the agenda. All managers voted aye. Motion #09-01-2: Schiefelbein, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the consent agenda. All managers voted aye. Dave Wagner and Orv Jonsrud, members of the Cedar Lake Conservation Club, requested information from the CRWD to determine if the proposed Curly Leaf Pondweed treatment in Cedar Lake could be funded in part by the maintenance portion of Project 06-1, which is the Cedar, Albion, Swartout, Henshaw Water Quality Improvement Project. It turns out that the Wenck Engineer's Report that was developed prior to the authorization of Project 06-1 indicated that Curly Leaf Pondweed treatment was considered as one of the components of the project but was not included in the original project activities due to funding constraints. Motion #09-01-3: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to establish $35,000 as a base for the 2010 operation and maintenance of Project 06-1. The maintenance will include a Curly Leaf Pondweed treatment component based on Engineer's Report. This funding request will be acted upon at the 2009 CRWD Budget Hearing. All managers voted aye. Motion #09-01-4: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to pay bills for December 2008 and January 2009. All managers voted aye. Engineer Wenck informed the Board of Managers that he has presented the Department of Natural Resources with background information on the v-notch weir that exists north of Clear Lake and the proposed v-notch weir south of Clear Lake. Administrator Anderson has asked the property owner of the proposed Clear Lake v-notch weir south site if they are willing to accept easement payments over a number of years rather than a lump sum payment upon signature of the easement. He will also visit with the Meeker County Technical Evaluation Panel to determine what information they need regarding the proposed v-notch weir south of Clear Lake. Administrator Anderson reported that 4,750 lbs. of carp were removed from Swartout Lake in December 2008 and 220 lbs. of bullheads were removed from Henshaw Lake last fall. Assistant Administrator Loewen will establish a budget of $62,423 for Fund 239, which is the Five Lakes Total Maximum Daily Load Initiative. Motion #09-01-5: Schiefelbein, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to authorize managers and Assistant Administrator Loewen to attend the January 20, 2009, Wastewater Treatment Discussion Meeting with Corinna Township and authorize Administrator Anderson and Assistant Administrator Loewen to attend the January 22, 2009, Corinna Township Planning & Zoning Meeting. All managers voted aye. Managers Kampa and Risberg reported that Telemetry Process Control has completed their work at the Clearwater Harbor Area Wastewater Treatment System. Administrator Anderson requested that the entire agenda for the February 2009 Work Session be to discuss Total Daily Maximum Load Implementation Plan. Manager Brunsell and Administrator Anderson distributed a draft letter regarding Green Acres legislation. The letter will be sent to area county boards. Engineer Wenck distributed and reviewed the CRWD 2008 Water Quality Monitoring Report. Motion #09-01-6: Schiefelbein, seconded by Froyen, made a motion to accept the CRWD 2008 Water Quality Monitoring Report. All managers voted aye. Mel Dykhuisen left the meeting at 8:50 p.m. Motion #09-01-7: Froyen, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to request that Administrator Anderson develop news articles and information sheets based on the CRWD 2008 Water Quality Monitoring Report to be used in publications and newsletters. All managers voted aye. Kevin Kolstad, Dave Wagner, Carter Diers, and Orv Jonsrud left the meeting at 8:58 p.m. Assistant Administrator Loewen and manager Brunsell reported on the recent Hidden River Development Meeting. The CRWD discussion with the residents of Hidden River centered on operation, maintenance, and fee structure associated with the wastewater treatment system that serves the development and is operated by the CRWD. Administrator Anderson discussed the following: 1. Proposed legislation that deals with watershed district/county board oversight. 2. News articles have been developed for the Cedar, Albion, Swartout, Henshaw Lakes Water Quality Improvement Project and the 2008 CRWD accomplishments. 3. Board of Water and Soil Resources Performance Standards for Watershed Districts. 4. State agency staff travel limitations. 5. January 2009 Work Session agenda items. Manager Kampa indicated that the Wright County Northwest Quadrant Comprehensive Plan Committee has not met since the CRWD last met. Engineer Wenck distributed wastewater flows for all CRWD wastewater treatment systems. Assistant Administrator Loewen distributed Kevin Kloeppner's quote for operation and maintenance of certain features in the Clearwater Harbor Area Waste-water Treatment System. Motion #09-01-8: Schiefelbein, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to adjourn. All managers voted aye. These minutes are available at www.crwd.org. CRWD Audit Reports are available at the Annandale Public Library. Manager, Marvin Brunsell Secretary, Mark Kampa Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.