Tricounty News

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers Meeting November 11, 2009 - 7 PM Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN

Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Managers Bob Schiefelbein, Mark Kampa, Marvin Brunsell, Jerry Risberg, and Roland Froyen were present. Others in attendance were Engineer Norm Wenck, Roger Rauschendorfer, Administrator Merle Anderson, Assistant Administrator Dennis Loewen, Meeker County Commissioner Wally Strand, and Wright County Commissioner Rose Thelen.

Motion #09-11-1: Schiefelbein, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the Agenda. All managers voted aye.

Motion #09-11-2: Kampa, seconded by Froyen, made a motion to adopt the Consent Agenda. All managers voted aye.

Assistant Administrator Loewen presented the following Wastewater System Delinquent Accounts:

Hidden River $2,013.04

Clearwater Harbor $5,736.47

Wandering Ponds, $9,519.68

Loewen also provided the following assessments remaining:

Lake Louisa Hills, 2nd Addition $8,940.45

Clearwater Lake Milfoil - Wright County $8,277.56, Stearns County $6,126.26

Lake August Milfoil - Wright County $1,170.00, Stearns County $450.00

Motion #09-11-3: Schiefelbein, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to certify delinquent accounts to the appropriate county auditor. All managers voted aye.

Motion #09-11-4: Schiefelbein, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to certify assessments to the appropriate county auditor. All managers voted aye.

Motion #09-11-5: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to pay bills. All managers voted aye.

The CRWD Board of Manager's received and reviewed Engineer Wenck's Technical Evaluation Memorandum and proposed maintenance budget memorandum for Cedar Lake Project 06-1. The managers also received and reviewed Attorney Weinberger's memorandum regarding maintenance of Cedar Lake Project 06-1.

Motion #09-11-6: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to authorize $4,000 from the Cedar Lake Project 06-1 Budget for Curly Leaf Pondweed treatment on Cedar Lake and to order Engineer's Technical Memorandum for Cedar Lake Project 06-1 Amendment. All managers voted aye.

Motion #09-11-7: Froyen, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt Cedar Lake Project 06-1 maintenance assessment of $25,000. All managers voted aye.

Administrator Anderson reported that the Lake Caroline, Lake Augusta, Swartout Lake, Albion Lake, and Henshaw Lake Total Maximum Daily Load Report has been forwarded to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Assistant Administrator Loewen indicated that Watershed District Handbooks will be ordered for the managers and distributed a Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts Questionnaire regarding levy limits.

Administrator Anderson reported that a recent evaluation of the Lake Augusta channel and erosion control structure was conducted by staff personnel of Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Wright County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the CRWD. The following recommendation was brought to the managers' attention:

Conduct soil borings in the channel

Install sediment reducer on the structure

Promote rain gardens on private property adjoining the channel

Motion #09-11-8: Risberg, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to authorize sediment core samples be removed and evaluated from the Lake Augusta channel. Managers Risberg and Kampa voted aye. Managers Froyen and Schiefelbein voted nay. Manager Brunsell abstained. The motion failed.

Board Chairman Brunsell mentioned that he would provide Workmen's Comp insurance information at the next CRWD Work Session.

Manager's Kampa and Froyen reported that at a recent Kimball City Council Meeting they explained how the CRWD could work with the city of Kimball in addressing storm water needs and Willow Creek Trout Habitat Improvement, including the fact that the city of Kimball could petition the CRWD to conduct a project.

Motion #09-11-9: Froyen, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to authorize the CRWD attorney, engineer, managers and staff to meet with the Kimball City Council to explain the process of establishing a project in and around the city of Kimball. Managers Froyen, Brunsell, Kampa, and Risberg voted aye. Manager Schiefelbein abstained. The motion passed.

Manager Froyen asked permission of the Board to contact State Representative Hoesh and State Senator Dille to develop and sponsor legislation to authorize funding for the CRWD Hypolimnetic Withdrawal Project on Lake Betsy.

Motion #09-11-10: 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.

Board Chairman,Marvin Brunsell

Secretary, Mark Kampa

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009.