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UNOFFICIAL MINUTES Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers Meeting October 9, 2013

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers Meeting October 9, 2013 - 7:00 P.M. Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN

Chair Schiefelbein called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m. Managers Jerry Risberg, Paul DeGree, Mary Ellen Wells and Bob Schiefelbein were present. Also in attendance were Commissioner Christine Husom, Dorothy Welch, Doug Von Arb, Jack Gleason, Jeff Golden, John Schmitz, Keith Sadowsky, Orville Jonsrud, Nathan Miller, Robert Kuechle, Cole Loewen, Engineer Rebecca Kluckhohn, Advisor Merle Anderson, and Administrator Dennis Loewen.

Motion #13-10-1: DeGree, seconded by Risberg, moved to adopt the Agenda. All managers voted aye.

Dorothy Welch, Jack Gleason, and Keith Sadowsky, on behalf of the Lake Augusta Association, presented a petition to the Board of Managers to amend the Lake Augusta Milfoil Treatment Project to Lake Augusta Aquatic Invasive Species Project.

Motion #13-10-2: Wells, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to accept the petition from the Lake Augusta Association and to have staff verify the petition meets applicable statutes. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #13-10-3: Risberg, seconded by DeGree, made a motion to approve the consent agenda. All managers voted aye.

Motion #13-09-4: Wells, seconded by DeGree, made a motion to pay bills of $84,655.09 in 25 payments, subject to audit. All managers voted aye.

Advisor Anderson led discussion on the common interest property and its relationship with the Old Highway 55 component of the Cedar Lake Watershed Protection and Improvement Project. Several questions and comments were fielded from the audience. Engineer Kluckhohn explained the several options available for this component. The Board asked for those in attendance from the common interest property to let staff know before November 1, 2013, if they were interested in moving forward with an agreement to use part of the common interest property for this component of the project.

John Schmitz asked several questions regarding his special assessment for the Cedar Lake Watershed Protection and Improvement Project, as well as the operation and maintenance assessment for Project #06-1.

Doug Von Arb, John Schmitz, Nathan Miller, and Robert Kuechle left the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

The Board directed staff to move forward with the purchase of the Dubay property. The Board also directed the District Engineer to move forward with design of the current concept for Old Highway 55. This is with the understanding that if the common interest property owners contact District staff before November 1, 2013, to indicate they want to move forward with an agreement to use part of the common interest property, the design may need to be changed. This would likely push back the current timeline for construction of the Old Highway 55 component.

Engineer Kluckhohn and Administrator Loewen gave an update on the status of the Kingston Wetland Restoration Project. Remaining work to be completed by the construction contractor was noted, as well as Engineer Kluckhohn’s poster on the project to be displayed at the Water Resource Conference, which can be counted towards fulfillment of the education requirement of the work plan for this project’s grant.

Engineer Kluckhohn and Administrator Loewen gave an update on the status of the Kimball Stormwater Phase II project. With easements moving forward, and CP Rail giving preliminary approval, Engineer Kluckhohn asked the Board for permission to allow the District Engineer and staff to go out for bids.

Motion #13-10-5: Risberg, seconded by Wells, made a motion to allow the District Engineer and staff to go out for bid for the Kimball Stormwater Phase II Project. All managers voted aye.

Cole Loewen provided an update of the insurance coverage the District currently carries with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT), along with an overview of the renewal submitted to the LMCIT for next year’s coverage period. He also discussed the likely change in premiums due to the changes the LMCIT has instituted in how it calculates liability risk exposure.

Advisor Anderson gave a presentation on preliminary work completed so far on Hypolimnetic Withdrawal as a District project.

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

1. Request from Mr. and
Mrs. Gerald Altman

2. Mississippi River (St. Cloud) Watershed Project Work Order #C09/27/13-1

3. Replacement of Gerald Auge on Advisory Committee

4. Canceling November and December 2013 Work Sessions due to Holidays

5. Septic Check Report – Clearwater Harbor / Hidden River

6. Correspondence with MN DNR re: Highway 55 Fish Trap

7. MN Association of Watershed District Annual Meeting Packet

8. CCM Work Crews

9. 2013 Project Inspection Report – Work Completed

During the discussion of the Office Staff Report as listed above, the following motions were made:

Motion #13-10-6: Wells, seconded by DeGree, made a motion to refund Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Altman $155.80 for parcel #206-023-001080, and to remove said parcel from the assessment rolls for both Project #06-1 Operation & Maintenance and Cedar Lake Watershed Protection & Improvement Project, per documentation. All managers voted aye.

Motion #13-10-7: Wells, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to approve work order #C09/27/13-1 with the Elk River Watershed Association for the Mississippi River (St. Cloud) Watershed Project. All managers voted aye.

Dorothy Welch left the meeting at 9:10 p.m.

During the presentation of the Septic Check Report, as part of the Office Staff Report, discussion was held on the letter to be sent to the District’s Attorney regarding the questions previously raised at the September 25, 2013, Work Session on the Clearwater Harbor / Hidden River Sewer Systems.

Motion #13-10-8: Wells, seconded by DeGree, made a motion to approve the letter to be sent to the District’s Attorney regarding the questions previously raised at the September 25, 2013 Work Session on the Clearwater Harbor / Hidden River Sewer Systems. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #13-10-9: DeGree, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to cancel the November and December 2013, Work Sessions due to their proximity with the holidays, and for cancellation notices to be published in the Annandale Advocate and Tri-County News. All managers voted aye.

Under other business, discussion was held on:

1. Heid vs. Clearwater River Watershed District - Mediation

2. Lake Aeration Permits for Augusta, Louisa, and Marie

The Board directed staff to seek to have assigned counsel Paul Reuvers and District Attorney Stan Weinberger at the October 23, 2013 Work Session to discuss mediation.

Jack Gleason left the meeting at 9:49 p.m.

Motion #13-10-10: Risberg, seconded by DeGree, made a motion to approve renewal of the lake aeration permits for Lakes Augusta, Louisa, and Marie. All managers voted aye.

Items noted for the October 23, 2013, Work Session are:

1. Delinquent Utility Account Hearing

2. Discussion on Clearwater Harbor / Hidden River

3. MAWD Annual Meeting

4. Heid vs. CRWD – Mediation Discussion

Items noted for the Novem-
ber 13, 2013, regular meeting are:

1. Lake Augusta AIS Petition

Motion #13-10-11: DeGree, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to adjourn at 10:05 p.m. All managers voted aye.

THESE MINUTES ARE AVAILABLE AT: www.crwd.org.

CRWD AUDIT REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ANNANDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Chair, Bob Schiefelbein

Secretary, Paul DeGree

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.