Meeting Minutes – Jan. 11, 2021

Present:  Bruce Meyer- President, Jason Houle, Bob Milam, Connie Mayfield

Agenda

  • GLA Bylaw Update
    • Bruce asked board members to review the associations bylaw and send your recommendations to Jason. Then at the next meeting the board will discuss making any changes and vote on any updates.
  • Articles of Incorporation
    • There has been discussion over recent years to change GLA from 501c (4) to 501c (3). After some discussion it was decided that a couple of the board should meet with an attorney and find out exactly the pros/cons of the two designations, and what would fit best with the association going forward. Cheryl Kempenich recommended an attorney some time ago to speak to.  Jason also stated he will talk with his business attorney. More at the next meeting.
  • Mission Statement

Jason has proposed an updated mission statement – “The Green Lake Association’s mission is to preserve and protect Green Lake and its surroundings. To enhance the water quality, fishery, boating safety, and aesthetic values of the recreational lake for today and future generations to enjoy.”

  • Spring Annual Meeting
    • Bruce will coordinate with the Uncommon Loon for a Spring annual meeting for Sunday April 25th in the afternoon. It is hoped that the COVID-19 pandemic will be under control which will allow large meetings to occur.  *Note- Connie informed the board that about 125 people attended the 2019 Spring Annual meeting. 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic.  
    • Connie suggested getting someone knowledgeable about the upcoming changes/expansion of Hwy 8 as a speaker for the meeting.
  • Stinson/West Project
    • The project at the corner of Stinson & West streets in downtown Chisago, continues to be unfinished as the City has not laid the concrete leading to the dock.  There was discussion on whether we should approach the City and offer to pay for the concrete/labor so it can be finished this spring. We received $1000 in grant money from the Community Foundation several years ago with anticipation it would be completed within 12 months.  No decision was made.
  • Treatments for 2021
    • Bob recommended we treat in the area parallel to Jasper Lane, as new AIS is starting to grow in that area hoping to get it under control early on. This is in addition to other areas of the lake where AIS is prevalent.
    • Bruce reminded the board that we will continue to spray navigational channels in the south bay where vegetation is thick.
    • Bob sent in a written request to the Lake Improvement District to fund the Point Intercept study to be conducted this spring. He has not heard back.
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Bruce (in Cheryl’s absence) reported our current account has $56,000, we also now have 3 Certificates of Deposit, each is $10,000.
    • Bruce will ask Cheryl to invoice business sponsors who have not paid for 2021.
  • LID Remote Meetings
    • LID meetings can be attended in person or remotely through dial in.
    • Feb LID meeting will have elections of two director positions. Monica Kinney has reapplied. Bruce encouraged board members to vote either through absentee ballot or at the meeting held on Monday Feb 1st at the Chisago County bldg. in Center City.
    • Bruce is stepping down as President in the spring and has asked that a board member start attending the LID meetings.
  • Other items
    • Jason has been working with Brad Kempenich at Kemteck on updating the GLA website. He states it is about 80% complete and hopes to have it finalized in the next 3-6 weeks to roll out.
    • Jason has also ordered merchandise to sell to for another revenue stream for the association. He showed us a photo of a beverage tumbler with map of Green Lake on it.
    • Discussion on the docks at the DNR landing, as they are in poor shape.  Possibly GLA could fund replacing one or both docks. Need to talk with DNR regarding this.
  • Meeting adjourned

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