Tricounty News

CRWD Meeting March 12, 2014

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers Meeting March 12, 2014 - 7:00 P.M. Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN

Chair Schiefelbein called the regular meeting to order at 
7:05 p.m. Managers Jeff Golden, Paul DeGree, Mary Ellen Wells and Bob Schiefelbein were present. In attendance were Tom Bacon, Donn Driver, Jack Gleason, Gregory Gunnerson, Commissioner Chris Husom, Orv Jonsrud, Vivian 
Vadner, Cole Loewen, Engineer Rebecca Kluckhohn, Advisor Merle Anderson, and Administrator Dennis Loewen.

Motion #14-3-1: DeGree/Golden, moved to adopt the agenda. All managers voted aye.

Public Hearing on Alterations to Lake Augusta Eurasian Watermilfoil Project #01-2

Chair Schiefelbein opened the public hearing on the alterations to Lake Augusta Eurasian Watermilfoil Project #01-2. Administrator Loewen reviewed the project’s chronology and current findings of fact. Comments were heard from the floor.

Motion #14-3-2: Wells/DeGree, moved to close the public hearing. All managers voted aye.

Vivian Vadner, Gregory Gunnerson, and Tom Bacon left at 7:10 p.m.

Motion #14-3-3: DeGree/Wells, moved to: 1) confirm the Technical and Cost Specifications Report for alterations to Project #01-2, 2) find the alterations to be necessary to attain the level of operating efficiency contemplated at the time of the original project’s implementation and to accomplish the purposes of MN Statutes 103D, 3) find the alterations to be in compliance with the District’s Watershed Management Plan, 4) confirm the cost of the alterations will not exceed the benefit, 5) order the alterations of Project #01-2, and 6) rename the project to “Lake Augusta Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Project #01-2.” All managers voted aye.

Consent Agenda

Motion #14-3-4: Golden/Wells, moved to adopt the consent agenda. All managers voted aye.

March 12, 2014 Financial Report

Motion #14-3-5: Wells/DeGree, moved to pay bills of $45,150.86 in 19 payments, subject to audit. All managers voted aye.

Public Hearing on District’s Rules & Regulations

Motion #14-3-6: Golden/DeGree, moved to order a public hearing to be held on April 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Annandale Middle School in regards to the proposed amendment of the District’s Rules & Regulations, and for notice to be made in fulfillment of MN Statutes. All managers voted aye.

Proposed 2014 Water Quality Monitoring (WQM) Program

Motion #14-3-7: Wells/DeGree, moved to approve all proposed items for the 2014 WQM Program, except for lake sonar mapping of Lakes Betsy, Augusta, and Clear. All managers voted aye.

Proposals for District legal services

Motion #14-3-8: Wells/Golden, moved to hold a work session on April 23, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall in Kimball, MN, in order to interview firms offering proposals for District legal services, and for notice to be given following MN Statutes and District Bylaws. All managers voted aye.

Proposed 2014 rough fish removal activities

Motion #14-3-9: Wells/DeGree, moved to approve rough fish removal at Segner Pond and State Highway 55 on the Clearwater River, dependent on conditions. All managers voted aye.

Donn Driver left at 8:23 p.m.

Future discussion with legislators

Board provided further direction on drafting letters to state legislators.

Cedar Lake Watershed Protection & Improvement Project

Engineer Kluckhohn provided an update on this project.

Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program

Manager Golden reviewed concerns and previous actions regarding the presentation for this program.

Commissioner Chris Husom left at 9:16 p.m.

Under new business, Engineer Kluckhohn provided an update on Kimball Stormwater Phase II project, and the grant proposal to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

Office Staff Report

Cole Loewen reviewed the District’s Office Staff Report, which included:

1. Mississippi River (St. Cloud) Watershed Project Work Order #C03/01/14

2. Resolution requirement for LCCMR grant proposal

3. Update depository records

4. Reports for Hidden River, Clearwater Harbor, and Rest-A-While Shores Sewer Systems.

5. March 26, 2014 Strategic Planning meeting

6. One Watershed, One Plan

7. CRWD will staff a booth at the Annandale Business Expo on April 12, 2014

8. Attendance at upcoming meetings/events

Jack Gleason left at 9:40 p.m.

Motion #14-3-10: Golden/Wells, moved to approve work order #C03/01/14 with the Elk River Watershed Assoc. for the Mississippi River (St. Cloud) Watershed Project. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #14-3-11: Golden/DeGree, moved to submit a 2015 funding proposal to the appropriate person or persons at LCCMR, in the manner established by LCCMR. All managers voted aye.

The March 26, 2014, work session agenda (6:00 p.m. at Kimball City Hall) will focus on strategic planning of District projects, policies, programs, and regulations, as well as managers’ plans for 2014.

Orv Jonsrud left at 9:58 p.m.

Advisory Committee assignments are:

1. Input of potential future projects from CRWD to pursue

2. Delegate for March 26, 2014 work session

3. Comment on the District’s Education Program memo

Items noted for the March 26, 2014, work session are:

1. Strategic Planning

2. Managers’ plans for 2014

Items noted for the April 9, 2014, regular meeting are:

1. Public Hearing on amendment to District Rules & Regulations

2. Presentation by Swartout Lake Resident regarding avian impacts on water quality

3. 2016-2017 Biennial Budget Request for MN Board of Water & Soil Resources

Motion #14-3-12: Golden/DeGree, moved to adjourn at 10:14 p.m. All managers voted aye.



Chair, Bob Schiefelbein

Secretary, Paul DeGree

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, March 20, 2014.