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UNOFFICIAL MINUTES Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers Meeting June 9, 2010 7:00 PM Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN



Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m. Managers Bob Schiefelbein, Mark Kampa, Jerry Risberg, Roland Froyen, and Marvin Brunsell were present. Others in attendance were Attorney Stan Weinberger, Meeker County Commissioner Wally Strand, Wright County Commissioner Rose Thelen, Engineer Norm Wenck, Administrator Merle Anderson, and Assistant Administrator Dennis Loewen.

Motion #10-06-1: Schiefelbein, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to adopt the Agenda. All managers voted aye.

Motion #10-06-2: Risberg, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to adopt the Consent Agenda. All managers voted aye.

Motion #10-06-3: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to pay bills. All managers voted aye.

Attorney Weinberger presented guidance on whether or not grant proposals submitted by the CRWD could be funded by the 1980 Project Maintenance Fund. Mr. Weinberger began his explanation by saying that the CRWD must maintain projects at their original level of effectiveness and efficiency. This can be accomplished by routine maintenance or extraordinary repair and maintenance. He also felt that the Kingston Wetland Feasibility Study & Restoration, Lake Betsy Hypolimnetic Nutrient Reduction, Reducing Phosphorus Loads to Lake Betsy by Protecting Willow Creek, and the Clearwater River Watershed Fertilizer Field Trial could be funded by the 1980 Project Maintenance Fund. The 1980 project would have to be amended to include the Watkins Area Stormwater Filtration Project. All of these actions would require an engineer's technical specifications report, financial plan, and a public hearing.

Motion #10-06-4: Risberg, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to order an Engineer's Technical Specification Report for the Kingston Wetland Feasibility Study & Restoration, Lake Betsy Hypolimnetic Nutrient Reduction, Reducing Phosphorus Loads to Lake Betsy by Protecting Willow Creek, the Clearwater River Watershed Fertilizer Field Trial, and the Watkins Area Stormwater Filtration Project. All managers voted aye.

Engineer Wenck distributed and reviewed a draft CRWD Watershed Management Plan. Managers will review and submit comments and/or suggestions at the next CRWD Work Session.

Administrator Anderson indicated that he has not received suggested changes to the Cory Meierhofer Easement.

Assistant Administrator Loewen reviewed the following:

1. Lake Louisa Hills payment for CRWD services.

2. Wandering Ponds Estates under new ownership.

3. Upcoming Conservation Corps MN site visit on Clearwater River during the week of June 14th.

4.Received $63,810 of the $70,900 grant for the Willow Creek stormwater protection effort.

Engineer Wenck presented quotes for 2010 maintenance activities.

Motion #10-06-5: Froyen, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to authorize $2,635 for septic tank pumping and cleaning and $19,017.30 for maintenance on Segner Ponds, Kingston Wetland, and the fish trap. All managers voted aye.

Administrator Anderson reviewed the following:

1. Grant agreement with the Board of Water and Soil Resources for the Willow Creek stormwater effort.

2. The Clearwater River Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan is now posted on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website.

3. Letter from Reed Larson, Manager of North Central Region, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, explaining that he has reviewed the CRWD Implementation Plan and finds it consistent with the conclusions drawn from previous studies. Addendums and revisions to the implementation plan are anticipated and necessary.

Manager Brunsell indicated that residents of 103rd Street in Corinna Township have contacted him regarding wastewater treatment needs.

Manager Kampa asked Attorney Weinberger if his involvement in the Lake Augusta Channel West cleanout is a conflict of interest as he is a manager of the CRWD. Attorney Weinberger indicated that a conflict would be caused if manager Kampa received a contract to do the work when others could be hired at an equal or lesser cost.

Manager Risberg reported that there were mallards on Grass Lake.

Wright County Commissioner Thelen distributed information for Bertrum Lake Family Fun Day.

Assistant Administrator Loewen reviewed the following:

1. Waterfront Restaurant variance request to Stearns County.

2. Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District resolution.

3. Indication of Letter of Support for the Jerpseth Ravine Restoration.

4. Vergin buffer and waterway near completion.

Motion #10-06-6: Froyen, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to request Board Chairman Brunsell to forward the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District Resolution regarding shoreland stabilization and improvement to the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts. All managers voted aye.

Motion #10-06-7: Froyen, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion for Assistant Administrator Loewen to develop a letter of support for the Jerpseth Ravine Restoration. All managers voted aye.

Motion #10-06-8: Schiefelbein, seconded by Kampa made a motion to adjourn. All managers voted aye.

These minutes are available at:
CRWD Audit Reports are available at the Annandale Public Library.

Board Chairman,

Marvin Brunsell

Secretary, Mark Kampa

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, July 8, 2010.