Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m. Managers Bob Schiefelbein, Mark Kampa, Marvin Brunsell, Jerry Risberg, and Roland Froyen were present. Others in attendance were Engineer Rebecca Kluckhohn, Assistant Administrator Dennis Loewen, Meeker County Commissioner Wally Strand, Mel Dykhuizen, Ron Mares, Dean Flygare, Tom Bacon, Noah MacMillan, Hank Schreifels, Bill Stephens, Dick Naaktgeboren, John Dearing, and Chuck Carlson.
Introductions were made.
Motion #09-12-1: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the Agenda. All managers voted aye.
Motion #09-12-2: Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to adopt the Consent Agenda. All managers voted aye.
Stearns County Environmental Services Staff Hank Schreifels and Wright County Planning and Zoning Staff Bill Stephens, presented and led discussion regarding individual wastewater treatment system inspection and upgrade program used elsewhere in central Minnesota. They also presented maps showing parcels around Clearwater Lake and discussed the different types of septic systems that are currently in use, including traditional septic systems, holding tanks, mechanical or performance type specialty systems, and community-type systems like the Clearwater Harbor system.
In 1994 or 1995, Wright County began requiring sellers to certify their systems when properties are sold. This is also required when homes/cabins are remodeled. In cases where properties remain in families, i.e. a living trust, no inspections or updates to a system are required unless remodeling occurs.
Stearns County is a little different in that properties located in their shoreland district are required to certify their septic systems every three years. Stearns also has the same requirements regarding Point of Sale and remodeling. Discussion ensued as to what types of systems are best with no clear-cut answer; however, it was noted that a collector type system is best for smaller lots. Hank and Bill both indicated that the state of Minnesota is looking to have all systems evaluated.
Motion #09-12-3: Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to pay bills. All managers voted aye.
Engineer Kluckhohn reported on Total Maximum Daily Load status and provided an update on grants that have been applied for.
Assistant Administrator Loewen noted that a letter has been sent to Cory Meierhofer seeking interest in developing an agreement for installation of a v-notch weir on his property. Mr. Loewen also noted that the fertilizer field-grid project account number is 247-42470 and also requested that claims for 2009 be submitted by Dec. 29, 2009.
Manager Kampa reported on a change in the permit fee for milfoil treatment on Lake Augusta.
Tom Bacon, President of the Clearwater Lake Property Owners Association, requested that no increase be made in the milfoil assessment for Clearwater Lake. Tom also indicated that if Curly Leaf Pondweed treatment is to be done, an assessment may be necessary to cover that cost.
Manager Froyen indicated that Ron Graham is Chair and Mel Dykhuizen is Vice-Chair of the CRWD Wastewater Task Force. Their first meeting was held Dec. 2, 2009. The Task Force plans to meet again at 7 p.m., Jan. 6, 2010, at the Southside Town Hall.
Motion #09-12-4: Froyen, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to amend the CRWD Wastewater Task Force Mission Statement to read in part, " ... determine what wastewater treatment method or methods ... " All managers voted aye.
Manager's Froyen and Brunsell reported that at the recent Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts' conference, information was provided regarding legislation for tax credits for resource management practices, Lake Pepin Total Maximum Daily Load, and examples of how other watershed districts have accomplished their goals.
Assistant Administrator Loewen distributed a draft Cedar Lake Project 06-1 Public Hearing Notice.
Engineer Kluckhohn distributed and reviewed a Technical Memorandum pertaining to groundwater monitoring well installation quotes for Clearwater Harbor and Hidden River sewage treatment facilities.
Motion #09-12-5: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to set a Cedar Lake Project 06-1 public hearing date for 7 p.m. on March 10, 2010, at the Annandale Middle School. All managers voted aye.
Motion #09-12-6: Schiefelbein, seconded by Froyen, made a motion to appoint Jerry Finch, Art Bauer, John Sedey, Jerry Auge, Dean Flygare, and Ronald Schmitz to be the CRWD Advisory Committee for 2010, establish the mileage rate at 50 cents per mile for 2010, and not to establish a meal rate. All managers voted aye.
Motion #09-12-7: Froyen, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to develop and produce a 2010 brochure that outlines CRWD activities. All managers voted aye.
Engineer Kluckhohn distributed and explained a memorandum regarding the development of a stormwater utility fund and water management districts.
Motion #09-12-8: Froyen, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to accept Traut Hydro-Tech's quote for installing the monitoring well in the Clearwater Harbor and Hidden River sewage treatment system. All managers voted aye.
Motion #09-12-9: Risberg, 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.
Secretary, Mark Kampa
Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009.