Green Lake Association Board Meeting of Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Attendees:  Bruce Meyer, Connie Mayfield, Cheryl Kempenich, Jason Houle, Bob Milam, Lori Reichert and special guests: Don Skelly of High Pointe Land and Mike O’Connell with Lake Management.

Extensive treatment of Little Green Lake.  Mike O’Connell of Lake Management:

  • Lake Management (LM) proposes using Fluordone (sonar) which has been DNR and EPA approved since 1986 but not used in MN as much as other states until now.  LM applied it to Clear lake in Forest Lake, Schmidt and Josephine lakes this year.  It kills curly leaf and Eurasian milfoil but not native plants.  It doesn’t get all the roots (turians) of these plants so they will eventually grow back.  Also, some could be dragged in between big Green and Little Green.
  • This was a preview of what we could do for Little Green Lake AIS treatment instead of what we’re currently doing.  We will review this further and assess whether it is a good idea for the future.  It would have to be done earlier in the Spring than it is already now AND it would work better when the water isn’t so high – the overflow from other lakes would disturb the product making it less effective and cost us more for reapplications.  The ideal proportion is 4 parts per billion to water and it would greatly reduce for a longer period of time the entire  of Little Green Lake’s milfoil and curly leaf.  We currently do different sprayings for both of those AIS and, IF we were to do the whole of little green the way we do currently rather than spot manage as we are now, it would cost $85,580 on the low end.  Doing ALL of Little Green using the Fluorodone method would cost between $18,200 – $29,000 for one year and would be expected to last throughout the year and into the next.  As it started to crop up again, then we could spot treat the smaller areas.  Our thought is that this would allow for greater spot treating in big Green in the consecutive years.
  • There is another product that could be used in the south bay channel that are Sonar I pellets if we like what it does in Little Green.

Website Overview      Jason Houle

  • Social Media Overview and interlocking info – we’ve got to develop more methods for reaching people with pertinent information.  Have social media stewards from around the lake so more people are contributing.  Have blogs started on specific topics (i.e. AIS control, Elementary school development)
  • updating and control site – Jason recommends that we don’t have irrelevant material on the website.  

Newsletter address    Connie

  • Connie will look into why some people didn’t receive the newsletter.
  • She will send Jason the updated list of those who’ve recently joined.

Update on the elementary school land purchase by Don Skelly of High Pointe Land

  • See the plans yet to be approved by the Chisago City Council on GreenLakeVillas.com
  • While the cost estimates are still being finalized, the general costs per unit will run from $350K to $900K.  The HOA is expected to be $175/month.  It will be made up of townhouses through separate custom homes; park land with a community dock and some of the homes will have private docks.  
  • Don Skelly said he’s been in communications with the neighbors within a few doors of the property and they’ve been receptive of the new plans.

Treasurers report     Cheryl

  • $33,400 is currently in the GLA checking account.
  • $21,783 is in CDs with one coming due.  Cheryl’s looking for something with a higher interest rate option.
  • We are up $400 from new business sponsors so far this year.
  • We are down $362 from this time last year.

Curly Leaf treatment      Bob

  • Expects to be treating big and little Green Lakes for curly leaf this Friday (Monday at latest).  Can’t treat above 60 degrees, need calm sunny day, need at least some weed growth.

Carp barrier update    Bruce

  • Waiting for the water temperatures to be above 60 degrees before putting up the barrier – probably next week.

LID AIS reduction – Bruce

  • LID has a reduction of $3000 this year over last for all lakes in the area.  Green Lake will receive $10,076.40 now rather than what was $11,194.78.

Chisago City Entry on Stinson off Public Dock –   Lori

  • The pilons for the arch were poured and the floating dock is in.  We’ll wait for the sidewalks to be poured and the arch to be put in before we’ll contact Casey to place the flowers.
  • We’ll check with Casey to see whether the butterfly garden money could be contributed to this as well as the city money we received for the gardens.

Other business.

Submitted by:
Lori Reichert
GLA Secretary

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