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Meeting Minutes – Wednesday, February 12th 2020

Attendees: Bruce Meyer, Cheryl Kempenich, Bob Milam, Kevin Murphy, Dale Grosskopf, Mark Anderson (Chisago City Council member) and Connie Mayfield

Agenda

  • Annual Spring Meeting
    • Date is Sunday April 19th , will be held at the Uncommon Loon. Guest Speakers will be Frankie Dusenka from Frankie’s Marine and Don Skelly from High Pointe Land (new owners of the former Lakeside Elementary school property)
  • 2020 Spring Newsletter
    • Expanding it to an additional 4 pages for more articles and to spread out the 29 business sponsors
    • Board members need to get their articles into Christine Milam no later than March 16. We want to get the newsletter out before the annual meeting on April 19 th
      GLA has offered to purchase ADA compliant picnic tables for the Little Green Lake landing. We are waiting for approval from the Park Department of the style and material.
  • Phragmite’s Testing
    • GLA is fortunate we only found 2 sites with Phragmites this summer, no other sites were found this winter.
  • Financial
    • Treasurer has invoice business sponsors for this year’s commitment. New Business sponsors include Paper Chase, Edward Jones, Chisago City and Gregory Contracting
    • Checking account is $30,000 and we have 2 CD’s of $10,800+ each
  • Carp tournament will not happen and the Lions Club Crappie tournament may not happen as well.
  • Lake Clean up is slated for March 1 st , (Ice houses must be off lake by March 2nd per DNR). If the weather is good and ice is safe, we may postpone till March 8th . Our lake has been very fortunate the past few years with little or no debris.
  • 2020 AIS treatment
    • LID has decreased their funding by $1000 to each lake association, earmarking those funds to help eradicate phragmites
    • DNR is back with grants for lake associations. DNR will fund delineation by 3 rd party for AIS detection.
    • New GPS, Bob Milam has been looking at several for the
      pontoon treatment boat. Likely run around $500.
  • Music on the Lake will be Thursday July 16. Member Tim Lackas has a jazz group CC Septect that has volunteered to play their music. More details later.
  • Lake Improvement District has a member At Large position open. Interested parties can fill out an application form and submit to the LID. Unlike the district positions, the At Large position represents all lakes in the watershed.
  • Other:
    • Bruce Meyer, President, purchased a new microphone and cable for the GLA sound system.
    • Carp fencing will be done again this spring in 2020 between Little Green Lake and Lake Ellen.
    • The topic of GLA participating in the Ki Chi Saga Day parade, using the GLA sound system to have music on the float.

Group discussed promoting Ojiketa Regional Park public activities to our membership. Possibly putting up a sign at the beach so the public knows they can stop to swim, play in the sand or hike the trails. All recognized many lake homeowners have little awareness of the park, many think it is private property.

Meeting adjourned.

Who’s Lake Is This Anyway?

(The following is an excerpt from the University of Wisconsin Extension 2009 publication “ Choosing the Right Waterfront Property” .)

When you purchase land on the edge of one of Wisconsin’s lakes or rivers, you are essentially buying property on the edge of a “public park.” Wisconsin’s waters belong to all of us. Wisconsin’s Public Trust Doctrine grants rights for all of us to use the waters of the state and grants waterfront property owners certain additional rights.

The public has the right to swim, boat, fish or walk in the water right to the shoreline edge of your property. Healthy watersheds make healthy lakes and higher property values. The quality of our lakes and streams is ultimately a reflection of how we take care of the land area that drains to our waterways. Natural shorelines full of trees and native plants form the foundation of a healthy lake or river.

As a waterfront property owner, you can help protect the water quality, and natural beauty of our lakes and streams for yourself, your neighbors and future generations. When you buy waterfront property, you assume part of the responsibility of caring for a lake or river. Your actions on the land as well as in the water affect the health of the lake or river, and everyone’s enjoyment of it.

The State of Minnesota Public Trust Doctrine echos these same sentiments.

Apply for LID Board of Directors Position

The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District (LID) is accepting Applications for Appointment for one At Large LID Board of Directors position.

Candidates for the At Large Appointment must be 18 years of age or older and must be owners of real property within District boundaries or be a buyer under contract for deed of property in the District.  The term of the At Large position starts March 2, 2020 and runs until February 1, 2021.  Candidates must submit an Application for Appointment form.

The mission of the District is to restore, preserve, protect and enhance the water resources of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.

The LID Board of Directors attend the monthly LID meetings on the first Monday of each month, unless that date is in conflict with a major holiday, 6:30 p.m. at the Chisago County Government Center.  Request an Application for Appointment or seek further LID area information by contacting Jerry Spetzman, LID Administrator at jerry.spetzman@chisagocounty.us or calling 651-213-8383.  Applications can also be found on the LID web site at https://www.chisagocounty.us/300/Lake-Improvement-District (scroll down to Quick Links).

Completed applications must be received by Friday, February 28, 2020 via email, or mail to Jerry Spetzman, 313 North Main Street, Suite 240, Center City, MN 55012.  Applications received after the stated deadline will not be accepted.  Appointment for the At Large Board of Director position will be considered at the March 2, 2020 LID Board meeting.

View, Download or Print LID Board of Directors Position Application

Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, January 7th 2020

January 7, 2020 Green Lake Association Board Meeting

Attendees: Bruce Meyer, Connie Mayfield, Bob Milam, Cheryl Kempenich, Monica Kinney, Lori Reichert

Notes in order of agenda discussed: (* indicates an action item)

1) Spring Meeting Date. Need to schedule the Loon and get speakers.
a) Chose Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 2PM‐6PM at the Loon. Thought it needed to be longer than what we had last year to give time to socialize more.
b) *Connie/Bruce will get our meeting on the Loon’s calendar.
c) Speakers:
i) Discussed that we should assume there would be public officials that attend and may be
ii) *Connie will contact Chuck Gramlin to speak for 15‐20 minutes on the history of Green Lake.
iii) *Cheryl will contact Premier Real Estate (the group selling the Lake Elementary School property located on Little Green Lake) to hear who is interested in the development, what the zoning is, etc. Basically seeing if there is someone who could speak on the plans.
iv) *Connie will be sending out an e‐mail to all asking what topics they’d like to hear about at the annual meeting (as well as if they have any suggestions for the Board in general).
2) Spring Newsletter
a) Bob believes *Christine will be willing to put together all the stories again. * Team should start writing their stories.
b) Should be completed by the end of March to be delivered by April 5 to announce April 19 Annual Meeting.
3) ADA Compliant picnic table for the Little Green Lake landing
a) The GLA has long been tending the Little Green Lake landing. Board decided to donate $1000 to purchase an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant picnic table for the landing area. The old picnic table is in bad shape but we’ll put the GLA plaque from the old picnic table back on this one. It gets used a lot so it should be able to stand up to tough use and bad weather.
4) GLA Board Changes
a) Lori would like to take over the open Secretary position and find someone to take on the Vice President position with the intent they would be the president afterward. Lori agreed to stay as Vice President until such person can be found and take over the President position for a brief period with the help of all the board until that person is found.
b) *Bruce agreed to write down what the President does and each of us should write down our own “Job descriptions” as well to pass along to the next in line.
5) Financials
a) See last page for Treasurer Report ‐ Accounts as of 1/7/2020.
b) *Cheryl will Invoice All Businesses by end of January. Bruce and Connie visited all our business sponsors (decided to go with this term and not Community Sponsors because it seemed a better fit) to thank them for contributing. After their visit, they found the businesses would like an invoice from us for their accounting/tax purposes.
6) Carp harvest discussion
a) The Lake Improvement District (LID) doesn’t want to spend the more than $3000 to tag Carp so they’re easier to find under the ice. They are looking into whether there is a commercial fisherman who would want to fish them. A special DNR permit is needed to net them.
b) *Bruce will contact Steve of the Lions to see if we can donate to a Carp harvest contest that his organization plans.
7) Stinson Landscaping Status (Little Green into Chisago City)
a) *Lori to contact John Pechmann to see when the dock is going in and to get him to move it to the left when looking at the lake. Also, when will further construction begin so we can complete our planting project.
8) 2020 Invasive Species Treatment and decrease in LID support monies
a) *Bob will get DNR permits for treating the navigation channels
b) Bruce requested the LID to at least bring GLA up to the 2019 level of funding and Jerry said he’d bring that to the LID. Overall Invasive Species Treatment is down $3000 from the LID from 2019 to 2020.
9) Park Commission
a) Bruce met with the Park Commission and they are now back to supporting the GLA as a “Business Supporter”. It will hopefully make for good interactions and other ways to support each other in the future.
10) LID ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE NEXT LID BOARD MEETING on Feb. 3 Along with a recap of 2019 projects and activities.
a) *Connie will be sending an email to all GLA members encouraging them to vote for the 2 seats up for election – Area 3 and Area 4 – All Green Lake Association property owners are eligible to vote for each area because you are in the Chisago Lakes Improvement District and who gets into these seats affects all Chisago Area Lakes. Vote at LID Meeting on Feb. 3, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in conference room 150B, lowest level,
Chisago County Government Center, Center City. OR, Mail Absentee ballots to arrive BY 3PM on Feb. 3. Request a ballot from Jerry Spetzman 651‐213‐8383, jerry.spetzman@chisagocounty.us. MAIL Absentee ballots to: LID Ballot, Jerry Spetzman; Chisago County Government Center Environmental Services office; 318 North Main Street; Center City, MN 55012.
b) *Cheryl will be adding the applicants’ forms to the website for Connie to link to and for all GLA members to learn about the candidates before voting.
11) ALSO DISCUSSED:
a) *BOARD MEMBERS, MARK YOUR CALENDARS … *Connie/Bruce booking the room: Board Meetings on 2nd Wednesdays starting at 6:30 at the Loon in the meeting room for next 3 months as a trial (Feb. 12, Mar 11, April 8)
b) Connie and Bruce thought it would be a good idea, at least through the winter months, to have a social meeting for all lake owners at the Loon starting in February. *Connie will be sending out a notice that the Third Wednesday of every month starting in February, we’ll be meeting in the main bar room area of the Loon from 6:30‐8 to socialize with fellow lake owners. It will be a dry dock version of the Summer Flotilla.

Treasurers report ‐ ACCOUNTS AS OF 1/7/2020:

Green Lake CHECKING

xxx0087

CHECKING TOTAL

 

Current Balance

$27,625.05

$27,625.05

 

Available Balance

$27,625.05

$27,625.05

 

Certificates

740510264

CD 74047112

CD 81220

Julie Vick CD 97805

CERTIFICATES TOTAL 

$10,858.62

$10,774.96

$21,633.58 

$10,858.62

$10,774.96

$21,633.58 

Meeting Minutes – Wednesday, September 25th 2019

Present:  Bruce Meyer, Bob Milam, Lori Reichert, Cheryl Kempenich, Connie Mayfield

Absent: Joyce Wilking (Connie took minutes for the meeting)

Agenda

  • Fall Newsletter Status – Christine Malam was not able to attend meeting but passed along that she needs information from this year’s AIS program and the financials year to date.
  • City Dock Beautification Project – Lori R. reported she in contact with the city. It is likely the plantings GLA was going to fund for the project will not be completed this year, as the city has not started their project at the corner of Stinson & West street where the new dock went in earlier this year. City plans to construct and arch and install fencing. She will keep us posted.
  • Rick Ranheim and Stephanie Brown have offered to store the GLA pontoon at their residence during the fall/winter months. (They purchased the former John Esmay property). We are very grateful for their offer.
  • GPS system for pontoon – Bob M. is looking into systems and will get back on product and price.
  • Can Recycling- vendor is very slow to pick up full bins, which is becoming an issue. We expect to get a check for about $400 for the last full bin from September
  • New Banners – two new banners for the recycling bins were purchased for at total of $150. The former ones were weather beaten and falling apart.
  • Phragmites treatment have been completed on N/S Center, Chisago and Lindstrom Lakes. The two properties on Green Lake should be done this week.
  • Financials – Chery K. reported checking account has a current balance of $29,468.84. GLA has 2 CD’s – one has a current balance of $10,805, the second CD has a current balance of $10,726.
  • There will not be a board of directors meeting in December 2019 or January 2020.

Green Lake Association Meeting – September 25th, 2019

Green Lake Association September Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday Sept 25, 2019

 

Present: Bruce Meyer, Bob Milam, Lori Reichert, Cheryl Kempenich, Connie Mayfield

Absent: Joyce Wilking (Connie took minutes for the meeting)

 

Agenda

  • Fall Newsletter Status – Christine Malam was not able to attend meeting but passed along that she needs information from this year’s AIS program and the financials year to date.
  • City Dock Beautification Project – Lori R. reported she in contact with the city. It is likely the plantings GLA was going to fund for the project will not be completed this year, as the city has not started their project at the corner of Stinson & West street where the new dock went in earlier this year. City plans to construct and arch and install fencing. She will keep us posted.
  • Rick Ranheim and Stephanie Brown have offered to store the GLA pontoon at their residence during the fall/winter months. (They purchased the former John Esmay property). We are very grateful for their offer.
  • GPS system for pontoon – Bob M. is looking into systems and will get back on product and price.
  • Can Recycling‐ vendor is very slow to pick up full bins, which is becoming an issue. We expect to get a check for about $400 for the last full bin from September
  • New Banners – two new banners for the recycling bins were purchased for at total of $150. The former ones were weather beaten and falling apart.
  • Phragmites treatment have been completed on N/S Center, Chisago and Lindstrom Lakes. The two properties on Green Lake should be done this week.
  • Financials – Chery K. reported checking account has a current balance of $29,468.84. GLA has 2 CD’s – one has a current balance of $10,805, the second CD has a current balance of $10,726.
  • There will not be a board of directors meeting in December 2019 or January 2020.

Green Lake Flotilla Schedule

GLA members,

Our first flotilla of the year will be Thursday June 13 starting at 6:30pm.  Stop by and meet follow members, neighbors and friends.

Look for the pontoon with the Green Lake Association banner, near the beach area at Ojiketa Park. Stop by for a few minutes or stay till dusk.  This is the third year the association has hosted the flotilla’s, lots of fun and a great way to meet new people on the lake.

Here are the dates for the flotillas, which all start at 6:30pm (weather permitting):

Thursday  June 27

Thursday  July 11

Thursday  July 25

Thursday   Aug. 8

Thursday  Aug 22

Hope to see you out on the lake!

Green Lake Association Meeting – May 29th, 2019

Bruce Meyer, Connie Mayfield, Cheryl Kempenich, Bob Milam, Christine Milam, Lori Richert, Kevin Murphy, Monica Kinny, Jason Houle and Joyce Wilking.

Annual Meeting Assessment: (held April 11 at Uncommon Loon Brewery) Members thought it went well, the venue worked well, the screen & projector were great and guest speakers were well received. The venue appreciated GLA doing cleanup after. Suggestions for next year: correct speaker system & need longer cord, extend another hour & start earlier, record meeting and put video on website, put overheads on website.

Note: Weirs checks still being done weekly. Gauges need to be recalculated yearly.

Newsletter: the board would like to expand the newsletter by four pages (single sheet) to spread out business member’s advertisements. Christine will check on additional cost.

Curly Leaf Treatment: Bob Milam reported they treated less curly leaf this year but just now new growth is popping up in new areas. They would like to switch the permit date to spray later. He plans to spray for milfoil the week of June 15. Chemicals will be purchased from Lake Management. Spraying has to stay 125’ away from shore. From that point in is the property owner’s responsibility. The pontoon ran great. We don’t need a new motor. GLA currently has 2 new options to park and store the pontoon.

Phragmites: have been found to the right and left of Green Lake public access. Samples were sent in to the U of M and were identified as invasive. We will need a group of people to check to see if there is more from the public access going towards town to Ojekita. This should be done after the 4th of July.

City Dock: Lori reports that John Peckman expects the dock to go in on June 11th. It will be a 5’ floating dock, ADA compliable with a lip all around. A 5’ ramp that can be removed annually to make room for snowmobilers will get started June 28th. They are adding a launch device for kayaks and pontoons will be able to dock. There will be no cutout at the bottom of sidewalk. Instead it will be cutout up on the side. An arch with ‘Chisago’ will be installed after the ramp is done. The treehouse is on city property. John will talk with owners of the treehouse. A grant has been approved for plantings and railings. Casey Theil will help GLA decide on which plants to keep erosion down and help the rain system. Plantings will take place in the fall. We might be able to get another grant which brought up suggestions for: installing a launch system at Ojekita that would enhance the trail system or get picnic tables for little green that are handicap accessible and maintenance free.

Finances: Cheryl reported $25K in checking and $21K in CDs.

Carp Barrier: Bruce installed the barrier and thanked the volunteers who check it to keep weeds out so the water can keep flowing. He reported Frankie’s will not be sponsoring a carp fest this year. Last night the DNR had a boat out doing electrofishing for largemouth bass.

Seechi Disc Reading: Bruce reports the clarity for Green Lake is 12’ and Little Green is 11’.

Upcoming:

  • The coalition meeting for Chisago/Lindstrom lake association presidents is June 25th.
  • The LID meeting is Mon, June 3rd.

Memorial Day Paddle – May 27, 2019

Join us for the 4th Annual Memorial Day Paddle!

When: Monday, May 27th 2019, Starting as early as 9am or as late as 1pm

Who: Canoes, Kayaks and Paddleboards, Join us on the Chisago Lakes Watertrail

Where: The full Flotilla will culminate at 2pm on Center Lake across from the Grumpy Minnow where the “After Paddle Party” will commence.

See Full Memorial Day Paddle 2019 Flyer