2010 Lake District Meetings:
Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, April 26, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center
Present: Terry Murphy, Bob Dix, Jerry Harvancik, Dave Harper, Mike Devine
Also present: Dave Hardman, Ray Yaunke, Norm Perry, Ron Thierfelder, Harold Washburn, Merlin Mayer
The meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m. by chairman Harvancik. No flag was present in the room so the Pledge of Allegiance was not said.
Dix/Murphy moved to accept the agenda. Passed.
Dix/Murphy moved to adopt the minutes of the Oct. 26, 2009 meeting.
Schmidt Landscaping provided a bid of $2,394 for treating Eurasian water milfoil and $5,005 for curly-leaf pondweed for a total of $7,399. Treated with will 5.7 acres of EWM and 6.5 acres of CLPW. It costs $420 per acre for EWM and $770 per acre for CLPW.
The areas to be treated were agreed by the district’s consultant, Onterra, and Cliff Schmidt. It is the only bid.
Dix/Murphy moved to accept Schmidt’s bid application. Passed.
During the discussion Harvancik reported again that Onterra recommends no grant application to the state for a multi-year treatment plant. Onterra says the lake’s condition is so good regarding the invasive weeds that it would cost the district more to work with a grant than to continue on its own. The district received a bill from Onterra of $1,597.20 for its work.
Schmidt’s weed cutting bid was also the only one received. It calls for 160 hours of cutting in 2010 at $155 per hour, 160 hours in 2011 at $160 and 160 hours in 2012 at $165.
Harper/Dix moved to accept the bid. Motion carried.
Treasurer Mike Devine reported the district has cash balance of $32,116.90 after receipt of property taxes from the Village of Iola and Town of Iola and outstanding bills paid.
The board constructed a budget that matches income and outgo at $34,549.14. It seeks a December 2010 tax levy of $32,953, an increase of $1,400 from the prior year.
Dix/Harper made the motion to adopt the budget with the $1,400 tax levy increase. Motion passed.
Dix/ Murphy nominated Dave Harper to a three-year term on the board. His current term expires at the annual meeting. Passed.
Dix/Harper moved to adopt the annual meeting agenda. Passed.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 by chairman Harvancik after a motion by Murphy/Dix.
Dear Iola Lake District Property Owner:
The Lake Iola Lake District annual meeting will be held at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the Iola-Scandinavia High School Auditorium.
The agenda is as follows:
1. Call to order
2. Approval of the agenda
3. Secretary’s report
4. Treasurer’s report
5. Chairman’s report
6. New business
a.) 2010-2011 budget (see details below)
b.) 2010 property tax. If the budget presented below is adopted, the tax levy is $32,953, up 4.4%.
c.) Election of three-year board member. Dave Harper’s term expires. Dave Harper nominated.
d.) Other business that may legally come before the annual meeting
Budget recommendation for Year 2010-2011
Tax levy: $32,953.00 (an increase of $1,400.00)
Interest : 15.39
Old Car Show: 1,284.75 (Earned by volunteers at Old Çar Show. If you haven’t helped before, please consider.)
Shared revenue 296.00
Total income: $34,549.14
Fund balance 4/26/10: $32,116.90
Note: The district budget is front-end loaded. Income comes to the district primarily from the tax levy, which is collected from December until spring. Expenses occur almost exclusively from June through September. As these are paid, our fund balance is drawn down to meet them and then is replenished with the levy adopted at annual meeting.
Projected 2010-2011 expenses
Weed cutting $24,800.00 (four cuttings of 40 hours each, $155 per hour)
Weed spraying 7,665.00 (to combat Eurasian milfoil and curly leaf pond weed)
DNR permits 420.00
Publication fees 300.00
Annual meeting 521.90 (This includes cost of this mailing, auditorium rental)
David C. Harper, Secretary
P.O. Box 93
Iola, WI 54945
Minutes of the annual meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District held Saturday, June 5, 2010, at 9 a.m. at the Iola-Scandinavia High School Auditorium
Commissioners present: Jerry Harvancik, Dave Harper, Bob Dix, Terry Murphy and Mike Devine
The meeting was called to order at 9:02 a.m. by Chairman Harvancik. He led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jack Kuhr/Ed Staal moved to adopt the agenda as written. Motion Passed.
Minutes of the April 26 meeting of the commissioners were adopted on a motion made by Al O’Conner and Ron Thierfelder.
Mike Devine gave the treasurer’s report. He said bills outstanding were $73.28 for County Post legal notices, $1,597 for Onterra, and $7,399 to Schmidt Landscaping for treating Eurasian water milfoil and curly-leaf pondweed. There is a balance of $1,478.35 in checking and $23,221.11 in the money market account for a combined total of $24,699.46 on hand.
Diane O’Conner/Jack Kuhr moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.
The chairman’s report was given by Jerry Harvancik. He introduced each board member. He reported that Onterra had been retained to examine the issue of long-term lake management and to obtain a state grant for a plan covering five years. This was done because the district believed it would need to treat up to 30 acres of the lake each year for invasive weed species. After Onterra performed a lake survey last fall, its conclusion was that the district needs to treat only 12.2 acres. Also, the state cut back on grants to just two years and 50 percent funding, so Onterra concluded that it would be cheaper for the district to continue the treatment program on its own. The cost of this assessment by Onterra was $1,597.
Lake cutting in 2009 resulted in the removal of 75 tons of weeds in the first 80 hours and 98 tons in the second.
Schmidt Landscaping was awarded contracts to chemically treat the lake in 2010 and to cut weeds for three years 2010-2012.
Harvancik said a new state law says no wake within 100 feet of shore or the end of a pier. He noticed only one or two instances where this was not observed. He is looking into posting signs at both boat landings regarding the new law stating that the fine for violating it is $187.
DNR says monitor the old northern boat landing and it will discuss possible closure at an as yet undetermined future date.
There were 89 children who participated in the February fishing contest. The oldest was 16 and the youngest 2. There were four categories of prizes. All prizes were donated or paid for by money raised at brat stand sales at IGA. Last year there were two sales totaling $300. The first brat fry of 2010 in May realized $368. The next two will be July 31 and Sept. 18. He thanked everyone who has helped at both the ice fishing and the brat fries.
Al O’Connor asked how the “no wake” rule would be enforced. Harvancik said unless DNR witnessed a violation, public testimony would be needed. He said he would contact DNR so that we have the correct contact information to report violations by lake property owners. Terry Murphy asked about signs at the boat landing and Harvancik said he was working on it. Kittie Murray suggested the DNR contact number be put on the signs.
Al O’Connor/Jack Kuhr moved to approve the chairman’s report. Passed.
Dave Harper read the proposed budget and asked if there were any questions. Harvancik pointed out that the proposed increase in the tax levy would result in an additional $2 cost to lake district home owners with $100,000 houses.
Staal/Thierfelder moved to adopt the $34,549.14 budget as written and presented. Motion passed on a voice vote. John Kunzman, Merlin Mayer and Kittie Murray asked to go on record opposing the motion.
Diane O’Connor/Jon Nelson moved to adopt the tax levy of $32,953. Motion passed. John Kunzman, Merlin Meyer and Norm Perry requested to go on record in opposition.
Harvancik said Dave Harper was nominated for a three-year term on the board. He asked three times for other nominations. None was made.
Betty Kuhr/Al O’Connor moved that nominations be closed and that a unanimous ballot be cast for Dave Harper. Motion passed.
Harvancik said he would look into the possibility of the district selling the weeds that it harvests after Kittie Murray asked if it could be done. Now it is composted on a farm owned by Cliff Schmidt. He said alternatives would be expensive; the district would have to have a site and the ability to transport the weeds there.
John Kunzman requested that the district look at the dam in Amherst and see if we can beautify the area around the Iola dam. Several other comments were made in agreement. Harvancik noted it and invited people to come to the regular monthly meeting on the last Monday of the month to further the discussion.
Al O’Conner/Jack Kuhr moved to adjourn. Motion passed. The meeting was adjourned by Chairman Harvancik at 9:52 a.m.
Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, June 28, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center
Present: Dave Harper, Bob Dix, Mike Devine, Terry Murphy, Jerry Harvancik
Also present: Kittie Murray, Ron Thierfelder, Dean Gunn and Gary Richards
The meeting was called to order at 6:07 p.m. by chairman Harvancik.
Murphy/Dix moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed.
The secretary’s report was the minutes of the annual meeting.
Dix/Murphy moved to adopt them. Passed.
Mike Devine gave the treasurer’s report. He said he paid Dave Harper $416.07 to reimburse the expenses of the annual meeting mailing. He paid the County Post $41.25 for legal notice. He deposited $368 for the May 8 brat fry. There is $1,389.03 in checking and $23,221.11 in the money market account for a total of $24,610.14. He received the invoice for $62.50 for use of the high school auditorium for the annual meeting.Schmidt Landscaping’s first 80 hours of cutting at $155 an hour adds up to $12,400. The cutting occurred June 7-27. There were 65 loads weighing 163 tons, 216 percent more than last year’s first cutting. Cliff Schmidt reported weeds at nuisance levels on almost the entire lake, likely due to the hot spring. He said he added six hours of free cutting on Sunday. He also reported that using the Taylor site for his equipment was difficult with the activities there and vandalism.
Harper/Dix moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.
Terry Murphy inquired where it was sprayed this year. The answer was from Merlin Mayer’s house west and up north where they had found Eurasian water milfoil and curly leaf pondweed. Murphy also asked about the rotation for moving treatment around the lake and if he needs to hire someone to spray in his bay. A discussion ensued about what DNR will and won’t allow for the treatment of nuisance weeds rather than invasive species.
Murphy/Dix nominated Harvancik for another one-year term as president, Mike Devine for treasurer and Dave Harper for secretary. After other nominations were asked for by Chairman Harvancik, Murphy/Dix moved that nominations be closed and a unanimous ballot be cast for the three. Motion passed. Murphy said Harvancik has done an excellent job as president.
Kittie Murray is looking into recycling the cut weeks and whether they can be sold. Contact phone numbers were exchanged. She also inquired about swimmer’s itch. Murphy explained the life cycle of the parasite that causes it and the lake’s goose population. He also said that Herb and Glen were looking into some geese population control measures on behalf of the Village of Iola government,
Dix/Harper moved to adjourn. Passed.
The meeting was adjourned by Harvancik at 6:35 p.m.
Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, July 26, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center
Present: Dave Harper, Terry Murphy, Jerry Harvancik, Box Dix, Mike Devine
Also present: Kittie Murray, Merlin Mayer, Dean Gunn, Jack Kuhr, Harold Washburn, Ron Thierfelder..
The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by Chairman Harvancik
Dix/Harper moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed.
Murphy/Dix moved to approve the minutes of the June 28 meeting. Passed.
Treasurer Mike Devine said there was $1,326.53 in checking and $10,821.11 in the money market account for a total of $12,207.64. He wrote two checks in the prior month. One for $12,400 to Schmidt Landscaping for weed cutting and $62.50 to the school district for the auditorium rental cost for the annual meeting in June.
Harper/Dix moved to approve the treasurer’s report. Passed.
The state of weeds in the lake was the subject of old business. Bob Dix said it was just one of those years.
Jerry Harvancik said Kittie Murray was working on selling harvested weeds. Merlin Mayer said they have to be hauled away from the watershed and the site has to be reported.
Devine said the pondweed was above the water and the milfoil is at a peak. He also mentioned that the Weyauwega drawdown was part of a $10 million project.
Harvancik said he talked to Scott Kinke, the DNR agent in charge of this area, and Ted Johnson, the water quality specialist. Johnson likes the idea of drawdowns. It costs $500 for a three-year permit. A drawdown would be slow, starting in August 2011 and run over the winter, leaving the lake down all summer and over the following winter. This keeps channels open. It is effective as in compacts silt. It helps open up silty areas and channels.
Murphy/Dix moved to hold a special meeting in October to discuss a drawdown. Passed. No specific date was set and further discussion will occur in August.
The next meeting was slated for Aug. 23 by the mutual agreement of Devine, Murphy, Dix and Harper. Harvancik had been called away to a special village board meeting.
Murphy/Devine moved to adjourn. Passed.
The meeting was adjourned by acting chairman Terry Murphy at 6:55 p.m.
Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center
Present: Jerry Harvancik, Dave Harper, Bob Dix, Mike Devine, Terry Murphy
Also present: Merlin Mayer, Dean and Donna Glunn, Harold Washburn
The meeting was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by Chairman Harvancik.
Dix/ Devine moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed.
Dix/Devine moved to adopt the minutes of the July 26, 2010, meeting. Passed.
Treasurer Devine gave his report. There is $1,526.55 in checking and $10,821.41 in the money market account for a total of $12,147.94. There was no activity in the prior month.
Dix/Harper moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.
Harvancik looked into Kittie Murray’s plan to sell weeds. He talked to Scott Kinke of the DNR. The cut weeds will be place on the hill behind the waste water treatment plant. Herb Trinrud of the Village of Iola, will compost it. It will take 2-3 years before it is ready. It will be mixed with leaves, etc. A permit was needed to dump there, but it will be at no cost to the district.
Harvancik talked to the DNR about a drawdown. A five-year permit costs $500. We would need an October meeting with public notices so DNR can study proposal. It would take a year and be repeatable.
Cliff Schmidt gave a report on the condition of the lake. He said milfoil has come to the surface and is floating all over. He said the water was brown and tannic as run-off has brought in a lot of phosphate. The first weed cutting held pretty well.
Dix/Harper moved to rescind October public drawdown meeting with DNR’s Ted Johnson and invite him to the annual meeting in June instead. After lengthy discussion, motion defeated. Murphy/Hrper moved to rescind the call for the October meeting. Motion passed. Devine/Harper moved to invite Johnson to a commissioner’s meeting Sept. 27 or a future one as Johnson’s schedule permits. Motion passed.
Washburn asked about no wake signs on the lake and Harvancik said the cost was too high. He also said everyone is behaving pretty well on the lake.
Weed cutting report was given. 65 loads were take in the spring. The current cut with four hours left is at 64 loads and will probably reach 69, according to Schmidt. Dix asked about getting a permit for nuisance weeds because Eurasian water milfoil was less and less present. Schmidt said not much curly-leaf pondweed this year. The district could suspend treatment for invasive species and do nuisance weeds on some of the channels. He will check on this and report back at the September meeting.
Dix/Harper moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m. by Chairman Harvancik.
Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center
Present: Bob Dix, Dave Harper, Jerry Harvancik, Terry Murphy, Mike Devine
Also present: Cliff Schmidt, Dona and Dean Glunn, Harold Washburn, Jack Kuhr andd Ron Thierfelder
The meeting was called to order at 6:03 p.m. by Chairman Harvancik. He led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Dix/Murphy moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed.
Dix/ Murphy moved to accept the minutes of the Aug. 23 meeting. Passed.
Treasuer Devine reported that there is $612.01 in checking and $1,601.11 in the money market account for a total of $2,213.12. Schmidt Landscaping was paid $12,400 for 80 hours of cutting. The Town of Iola sent a check for $549.89 as the remainder of the 2010 property tax. The Iola Old Car Show sent a check for $1,536 for volunteer work done at the show by lake district supporters. This works out to 254.25 hours at $6 an hour and 3 child hours at $3.50.
Harvancik reported that the Sept. 18 brat fry at the IGA Community Brat Stand earned a profit of $155. He said he was going to use the funds to order hats for volunteers and the rest will be given to Treasurer Devine.
Devine said Ted Johnson of the DNR will attend the Oct. 25 meeting and he will give a presentation. He suggested calls be made to Marion pond and Oxford pond to assess the results of their drawdown. He reported that it does hurt the fish to some extent. Ogdensburg wants a drawdown because of fish kill. Clintonville was successful. The duration of an Iola drawdown would be from August until the following summer.
Cliff Schmidt said various leaf milfoil is our biggest problem and it is controllable with a drawdown.He said that in the cut Aug. 12 to Aug. 24 that 68 harvestor loads (36 truck loads) were removed from the lake totaling 170 tons. This is 173 percent more than last year. The water is now tannic and this may delay weed growth next year. He said the district could apply for nuisance control permit rather than invasive species control. The spring survey will offer guidance in making the choice.
Harvancik said mill owner Tom Fucik reported that the dam inspector says the stones facing the road need repair work.
Terry Murphy said weeds this summer were the worst he had ever seen. Weather plays a role.
Dix/Harper moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 by Chairman Harvancik.
Minutes of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners meeting held Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Village of Iola Community Center.
Commissioners present: Dave Harper, Jerry Harvancik, Bob Dix, Terry Murphy and Mike Devine
Public present: the old nutrition site meeting room was packed and people were standing in the back.
The meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by Chairman Jerry Harvancik.
Bob Dix moved and Terry Murphy seconded a motion to adopt the agenda. Motion passed.
Minutes of the Sept. 27, 2010, commissioners meeting were corrected to read “Cliff Schmidt said various leaf milfoil is our biggest problem and he didn’t know if it is controllable with a drawdown.” The copies presented did not include the words “he didn’t know if.” Dix/Devine moved to adopt the minutes as corrected. Passed.
Treasurer Devine said there was $582 in the checking account and $1,591.56 in the money market account. Of those sums, $628 was generated by brat fry sales. Harper/Dix moved to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed.
Harvancik said the Iola Lioness had sent a letter to the lake district asking if it would like to enter a float in the Christmas parade. Anyone interested was invited to see afterwards.
Ted Johnson, who has worked for DNR for 18 years, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the advantages of a major drawdown of four feet or more to Lake Iola. Using Neenah Lake as an example, he said there was an improvement of 1.2 feet in depth and it brought down the level of Eurasian Water Milfoil and curly leaf pondweed in Marion. Cliff Schmidt noted that we currently have these weeds under control in Iola.
Johnson said a permit application to undertake such a drawdown would cost $500. If the permit is granted, it would be good for three years. A lake survey must be conducted, but the DNR did not want to do it without knowing whether the district was interested in it.
A show of hands was asked of those present. Mill owner Tom Fucik expressed his support. Johnson said in his experience he had never encountered a mill owner who was supportive of this kind of drawdown. Merlin Mayer recorded his opposition. Harper/Dix moved to submit a permit application to the DNR at a cost of $500. Motion passed.
A lengthy drawdown would negate the need for annual weed cutting. Schmidt has two years left on his cutting contract. Harvancik said this would be looked into.
Dix/Harper moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned by Chairman Harvancik at 7:30 p.m.