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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

Green Lake Association Meeting – Feb 2019

February 20, 2019
Bruce Meyer, Connie Mayfield, Bob Milam, Christine Milam, Lori Richert, Kevin Murphy present

City meeting was last week that showed the plans for Lakeside School. We viewed the plans for the school property. Shelley, who lives next to the property, wants to get a Citizens group together to keep on top of the aware of the issues that could happen if this development proceeds as it looks now. There were a lot of people who were at the meeting.
They claimed the rental property has a higher tax rate. The zoning needs to change to make it residential and commercial. We need to define what our involvement should be: the shoreline, the drainage, anything that has to do with the lake and the shore.

Spring Meeting

  • Pulled Pork, cole slaw, BBQ sauce and chips
  • Bruce will start the meeting and explain what the board has done over the years.
  • Lori will do the Power Point presentation.
  • John Peckman will be the speaker. Casey Theil on matching fund for home owners projects for their shorelines.
  • Elections for Secretary
  • Change in the bylaws from 2 board members to 5 board members. – President, Vice President, Treasure,
    Secretary and one at large. We will check with Cheryl to see if she has done anything with this. Making it so not
    all the board members can leave at once. Because we need to have someone who can help the new board.
    Marketing the positions that help get new ideas on the board.
  • Vote on getting a new motor? We need to look at what the cost is going to be. We also need to give the pitch
    on why we need the new motor. Get a price together to present at the meeting and set up a GoFundMe page.

Chisago Lakes Community Organization Grant is for beautifying the area off Stinson. A report needs to be submitted by June 30th. We have to do this in order to apply for another grant from them. See about moving the snowmobile trail off Stinson to another area.

Water Days Meeting in the legislature is April 10th – Lori and Bruce are going.
Treatment Costs are going up about 8‐10%. If we need to cut back we should cut back on Curly Leaf Treatment.
Without the DNR funding we need extra money for treatment.

$48k in our finances. $11k from the LID for 2019. Hopefully in 2020 we will be getting money from the DNR that is allotted like previous years. In previous years we received $8k from DNR. We should be down this year on amount need to be treated on the lake.

Floatilla will be moved to the area near Ojekita near the toilets.. Other board members need to step up to host a flotilla.

Carp survey – a big portion of carp comes from Big Green. The survey doesn’t really tell us that we are stopping the reproduction of carp, The Carp Barrier has a permit through the DOT, Bruce has a dog crate he thinks will help with cleaning out the grate. Kevin said the carp are spawning by his house.

Lake Clean Up – will not be happening when the ice houses need to be off because we have way too much snow. The dumpster will be at the boat landings for the people to put their trash. Maybe mid‐March someone can go out on the lake and check for trash.

Loon Nest – no one knows where the old ones are but Connie found a place called Loon Care – we would need to add netting around the nest to keep the eagles away from the babies in the nest. The nest needs to be in place when the ice is immediately out. The male starts nesting right away. The nests need to be taken off the lake around July 4th otherwise muskrats chew it up and destroy it.

Green Lake Association Meeting – March 2019

March 20, 2019
Bruce Meyer, Cheryl Kempenich, Bob Milam, Christine Milam, Lori Richert, Kevin Murphy present

Spring Meeting

  • Pulled Pork, cole slaw, BBQ sauce and chips
  • Lori is checking John Peckman to be the speaker. Casey Theil on matching fund for home owners projects for their shorelines.
  • Elections for Secretary
  • Change in the bylaws Cheryl to see if she has done anything with this and whether is in pdf form and can be converted into Word doc.
  • We should change in the bylaws that members do not need to live on the lake.

Newsletter is done and will get sent to UPS Printing for print and mailing. Having different membership levels on the newsletter membership form has increased the GLA income – 17‐20 people generously donated at the Conservation Level of $150. More people are going online and paying their membership.

Water Days Meeting in the legislature is April 10th – Lori and Bruce are going. Right now the DNR funding for AIS is just for Curly Pond Leaf and Milfoil. They may expand it to other invasive species like Phragmites and Loose Leaf. The grant money from the DNR has that no more than 10% of the grant monies can go to each Lake Association. Larger lakes do not get more money than small lakes, should it be awarded for percentage of acreage of the lake?

Treatment Costs – question was brought up about potency of chemical if it is not all used and we store it for next year. It is stored in a building that doesn’t go below 60 degrees so it should be good if stored for another year. Lake Management may have a substantial price increase. Mike from Lake Management will sell us chemical in large barrels for convenience and ease of putting them on the treatment boat. We spend $18k to treat for Curly Pond Leaf. We were told the treatments work best when it is a sunny day because the weeds take in the chemical better when it’s sunny. Because of high water runoff from a lot of snow this year the weed situation in the lake may be greater.

Bruce is going to check on a new motor for the pontoon later in the summer when companies are getting rid of stock. The pontoon motor still works, it is 30 years old and we have had issues that have been fixed but may happen again.

John Peckman said there will be a new city dock at the end of Stinson. Bruce contacted Marine Dock and they said John has not contacted them yet. John said they have money set aside for the new dock.

The weir is going to be checked on Friday to see how high the water is and whether to open it. They may open it this week to stop flooding of homes on the lake.

Finances ‐ $29,600 in Checking. Two CDs at $10,700. One CD is coming up. One CD is at 2.99%. We will prepay for the treatment chemical because we need to keep out finances under $50k.