2011 Lake District Meetings
Minutes of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners meeting held Monday, March 28, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Village of Iola Community Center.
Commissioners present: Jerry Harvancik, Terry Murphy, Dave Harper
Absent: Bob Dix, Mike Devine
Also present: approximately 50 people
The meeting was called to order by Jerry Harvancik at 6:02 p.m.
Murphy/Harper moved to approve the agenda. Motion passed.
Murphy/Harper moved to approved the minutes of the Oct. 25, 2010, meeting that had been passed out. Passed.
No treasurer’s report was given in the absence of Mike Devine
Harvancik introduced Ted Johnson, Scott Kinke and Al Neibuhr of the Department of Natural Resources. Johnson gave a PowerPoint presentation about major drawdowns. He cited other lakes millponds that would have drawdowns this year, Marion, Black Otter Lake, Ogdensburg and Weyawega.
For Iola he is proposing an 18 month drawdown that would cover two summers and one winter. Lake Iola has been surveyed, taking x, y and z coordinates where z is elevation. With these, you can calculate lake depth changes. Why a drawdown? As a lake gets shallower, plant density high. Ogdensburg had a fish kill following a big rain event. A drawdown decreases plant density of the short term. It shifts plant species and can restor emergent plant communities. It improves fish spawning substrate, exports excess nutrients and overall improves lake health and diversity.
Marion image showed dry mud with big cracks. Neenah lake opened up stream flow and increased its cutting power. The Neenah lake drawdown was 4.5 feet. Afterwards, average lake depth improved by 2.4 feet. Maximum lake depth improvement was 5.6 feet and the minimum improvedment was a minus 0.4 feet, where a sport actually got shallower. The Florister Quality Index at Marion improved from 19 and 15 to 26 and 27.
Eurasian water milfoil was dramatically reduced with a whole lake drawdown. It went from 72 acres to 4 or 5.
Optimal timing is summer. Water needs to be low enough to pass sediment through the system. Six feet is recommended, but five feet is all the dam will allow.
Concern was expressed about fishing. The DNR suggested voluntary catch and release. Al Neibuhr said the 2004 fish survey looked great after a prior drawdown and the year after a drawdown usually causes an epic fish hatch. If there are problems, restocking can be done.
Johnson said a drawdown would occur at the rate of 4 inches a day. A number of questions were asked about lily pads, farm runoff and dredging. Lily pads will be reduced by a drawdown, there is no farm runoff to speak of anymore. Scott Kinke said dredging costs $8.50 to $10 a cubic yard and costs mount very rapidly to prohibitive levels.
Contact the dam operator in Scandinavia as a courtesy was suggested. Tom Fucik said he would contact him.
Anyone wanting to do shoreline work should contact Scott Kinke.
What about frogs? The drawdown with be done gradually to allow them not to be stranded.
In studying an Iola request for a drawdown, there will be a 30 day comment period and the snuffbox mussel will have to be looked at.
Attendees were asked how they felt and all but two expressed support for a drawdown.
Terry Murphy moved and Dave Harper seconded a motion to request a drawdown to begin as soon as possible. Motion passed 3-0 by the three commissioners present.
Jerry Harvancik reported that 7.8 acres of the lake area would be sprayed for curly-leaf pondweed at a cost of $770 an acre. No Eurasian water milfoil will be treated this year.
Harper/Murphy moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned at 7:43 p.m.
Minutes of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners meeting held Monday, April 25, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Village of Iola Community Center.
Commissioners present: Jerry Harvancik, Dave Harper, Mike Devine
Absent: Bob Dix, Terry Murphy
Also present: Norm Perry, Jack Kuhr, Gary Richards, Ignazio Nanfria
The meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m. by President Harvancik. He led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Harper moved and Devine seconded a motion to adopt the agenda as printed. Passed.
Harper/Devine moved to approve the minutes of the March 28 meeting. Passed.
Devine gave the treasurers report. There is $1,037.25 in checking and $1,081.57 in the money account for a total of $2,118.82. The Town of Iola tax payment check of $1,193.62 is included in the balances. He said he was working on providing an account of the fishing contest balances raised from brat fries and reduced by buying prizes. The Village of Iola will provide its check for this year’s taxes of $31,150.83 on May 3.
Harper/Devine moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.
Harvancik provided a weed spraying report. The permit cost $245. 8.8 acres will be treated for curly-leaf pondweed at a cost of $770 per acre totaling $6,776. It will be done by Cliff Schmidt when the water reaches the optimal temperature. Because of the drawdown there will be no weed spraying next year. Harvancik reported that the DNR issued the drawdown permit to the lake district. It cost $500. We have to publishe a Class 1 notice in the County Post and provide an affidavit that it was published. Notices must also be mailed to the Army Corp. of Engineers, the Village of Iola, the Village of Scandinavia and to Tom Fucik, owner of the Iola mill. When the drawdown starts 30 days after the notice, the water level can be lowered by up to 6 inches a day. Harvancik said he has already talked to Dave Mork of the Village of Scandinavia to tell him of our plans. They run the dam there and hire the operator.
Work was done to assemble the budget recommendation. Harper moved and Devine seconded a motion to recommend a budget of $8,325 for 2011-2012. Motion passed.
Harper/Devine moved to recommend the funds not used this year for weed cutting be put in a lake clean-up fund in the amount of $24,360.11. Passed.
Harper/Devine moved to recommend a tax levy for the 2012 property taxes of $6,611.
Harper nominated Mike Devine for a new three-year term as commissioner.
Harper/Devine moved to approve the annual meeting agenda. Passed.
Harper/Devine moved to adjourn. Passed.
The meeting was adjourned by Harvancik at 7:25 p.m.
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 4, 2011, 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.) 2011-2012 budget (see details below)
b.) 2011 property tax. If the budget presented below is adopted, the tax levy is $$6,611, down 80% because of 18-month drawdown approved in March by the commissioners.
c.) Election of three-year board member. Mike Devine’s term expires. Mike Devine nominated.
d.) Other business that may legally come before the annual meeting
Budget recommendation for Year 2011-2012
Tax levy: $6,611 (a decrease of $$26,342)
Old Car Show: 1,500 (Earned by volunteers at Old Çar Show. If you haven’t helped before, please consider.)
Shared revenue $214
Total income: $8,325.00
Fund balance 4/25/11: $$24,360.11
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 2011-2012 expenses
Dam repairs $4,500.00
DNR permits 500.00
Publication fees 300.00
Annual meeting $500.00 (This includes cost of this mailing, auditorium rental)
Lake clean-up fund $24,360.11 (This amount is approximately the amount that was expected to go to weed cutting in the summer of 2011. It will be retained to pay for the resumption of weed cutting in 2013)
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 4, 2011, at the Iola-Scandinavia High School Auditorium.
Commissioners present: Jerry Harvancik, Dave Harper, Bob Dix and Mike Devine
Commissioner absent: Terry Murphy
The meeting was called to order at 9:02 a.m. by Lake District Chairman Jerry Harvancik. He then led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jack Kuhr/Betty Kuhr moved to adopt the agenda as mailed to all of the lake district members. Motion passed.
Harper/Tom Fucik moved to accept the minutes of the June 5, 2010, annual meeting and the April 25, 2011, commissioners meeting as presented. Motion carried.
Treasurer Devine gave his report. He paid $245 for a DNR chemical application permit. For three legal notices in the County Post he paid $118,78, $33.54 and $93.56. This leaves a checking account balance of $1,292.04. This amount includes $382 raised by the lake district brat fry May 14, 2011, at the IGA. The district received the Village of Iola check for property taxes collected in the amount of $31,150.83. Schmidt Landscaping submitted a bill that was paid in the amount of $6,776 to treat 8.8 acres of curly-leaf pondweed with Aquathal-K at a cost of $770 per acre. This leaves $25,456.40 in the money market account. The district has a total of $26,748.44. He said that curly-leaf pondweed needs to be treated during the growing season and this was done May 11, 2011.
Dave Harder/Ron Thierfelder moved to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed.
In the chairman’s report, Harvancik said last year was a relatively successful year for weed harvesting and chemical treatment, though areas of Eurasian water milfoit and curly-leaf pondweed were getting larger. So the district looked into other methods to control weeds. He consulted DNR. A drawdown was recommended. The DNR gave two presentations at commissioners’ meetings Oct. 25, 2010, and March 28, 2011. He said there was a large public turnout at the first meeting of 50-60 persons. After the DNR PowerPoint presentation by Ted Johnson and public discussion, a show of hands showed all but one supported a drawdown. Harvancik said that Tom Fucik, the Iola Mills owner, is in agreement with the decision and asks for no compensation. Three DNR representatives were at the second meeting. A PowerPoint presentation was given. An 18-month drawdown was recommended to be conducted over two summers and one winter. Such a drawdown can improve lake depth, fish spawning and diversity. Our dam as it is will allow a drawdown of 4.5 feet. He is looking into other methods to achieve a drawdown of 6 feet. While the drawdown is occurring it was pointed out that a voluntary catch and release program should be done with fisherman on the lake. If necessary, fish restocking will be done by DNR. Again a show of hands showed overwhelming support by the 50-60 persons present. Two opposed.
Ed Staal asked if he could get the PowerPoint and Harold Washburn said it was on the DNR website.
The drawdown started three days ago (June 1). Refilling will begin in September 2012.
Harvancik said engineering at dam involving a drain pipe and valve would lower the sill and allow a greater drawdown.
The May 14, 2011, brat fry raised a record $382 for the district. Other brat fries will be held July 16 and Sept. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. He urged people to volunteer to help.
The ice fishing contest in February during Winter Carnival was successful. There were 85-90 kids 2 to 16 years old. All brat fry money goes to support the contest. No tax money is involved. There will be no contest in 2012. Harvancik said he hopes 2013 will be bigger and better.
Sandy Bostwick asked if there are signs of the drawdown at boat landing. Harvancik responded there is a sign at the dam and one will be placed at the boat landing. She asked about repairs to the pier. Harvancik said there will possibly be a work party.
Ed Staal/ Gail Nelson moved to adopt the chairman’s report. Motion passed.
In a discussion of the proposed $8,325 budget, Mary Devine asked whether it wouldn’t be better for the village to take responsibility for its dam and the district not contribute the proposed $4,500 to overall costs. Harvancik said if the dam goes out, we have no lake. The $4,500 would help defray the cost of new boards and necessary cement work. This proposed expenditure would benefit all people in the district.
Tom Fucik said the modifications to the dam would deal with long-term sediment control. A lot of sediment has collected since the 1961 dredging. Volunteer engineer Ron Thurston was working on plans for bottom water flow using a pipe and valves at the dam. There is an anonymous donor paying for the materials. This would vastly improve management techniques. There was a question of a drop in snail population? Fucik said the drawdown would knock it back. There was general applause for the proposal.
Harper/Gail Nelson moved to adopt the budget, which also included $500 for DNR permits, $300 for publication fees, $500 for attorney, $25 for WCLA membership, $500 for annual meeting, $2,000 contingency and $4,500 for the dam repairs for a total of $8,325. Motion passed.
Harper/Jack Kuhr moved to adopt the levy of $6,611, a drop of 80 percent. Motion passed.
The nomination of Mike Devine for a three-year term as commissioner on the agenda was followed by asking for other nominees three times and then Jack Kuhr and Staal moved that nominations be closed and a unanimous ballot be cast for Devine. Motion passed.
A general discussion followed when Chairman Harvancik asked if there was any other business. Sandy Bostwick asked about shoreline restrictions and it was suggested she contact DNR for specifics. Harvancik said weeds removed can be taken to the village disposal site. There is a $20 fee for the permit for shoreline work. Tom Fucik recommended the fall for shoreline cleanup. Signs about catch and release will be posted at the boat landing. Harold Washburn asked if weeds removed from the lake were officially weighed. It was noted that the nearest scale is Waupaca and that the contract paid $155 per hour for cutting and compensation was not per harvester load, which last Aug. 17-26 amonted to 39 harvester loads weighing an estimated 98 tons..
Harvancik announced that he would see the drawdown through and then finish his work for the district maybe a year after that. He hoped someone would step forward to be a commissioner or chairman and noted that the district will pay for training classes.
Sandy Bostwick said, “I would like to thank this board.”
Weed clippings, boat speeds, high goose population will be looked into at request of Ray Yaunke, Betty Kuhr and Harold Washburn, respectively. Linda Fonslow wondered about the closure of the boat landing in the village at Priestly Way. Harvancik said there were parking problems there and urination in public. The boat landing in the park has much more parking and public restrooms.
Dave Harder/Bob Thierfelder moved to adjourn. Motion passed. The meeting was adjourned by Chairman Harvancik at 10:12 a.m.
Minutes of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners meeting held Monday, June 27, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Village of Iola Community Center
Present: Dave Harper, Jerry Harvancik, Box Dix, Mike Devine
Absent: Terry Murphy
Also present: Harold Washburn, Merlin Mayer, Ron Thierfelder, Cliff Schmidt, Gary Richards, Donna and Dean Glunn
The meeting was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by Chairman Harvancik. Dix/Harper moved to adopt the agenda. Passed. Harvancik then led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Dix/Devine moved to adopt the minutes as corrected. The information meeting in March was really the second and not the third.
Treasurer Mike Devine report that he paid $389.32 to Dave Harper for the costs of mailing the annual meeting notice. The legal notice in the County post was $44.50. There is $858.12 in checking, $25,456.40 in the money market account (which does not pay interest now) for a total of $26,314.52. He also said he just received a bill for the high school auditorium rental of $97.50. Harper/Dix moved to approve the treasurer’s report. Passed.
Weed spraying was done in May at the suggestion of the DNR.
Bob Dix/Mike Devine moved that Jerry Harvancik serve as chairman for the coming year, Mike Devine as treasurer and Dave Harper as secretary. The term expires at the June 2012 commissioners meeting. Motion passed. They are elected.
Harvancik reported the drawdown began June 1 or 2. Tom Fucik was managing it at the mill at a rate of no more than 2 inches a day. County board toured village a week before the monthly meeting. DNR’s Ted Johnson was present. He wanted the drawdown to go more quickly. Engineer Ron Thurston is drawing up plans for dam improvements. One modification will be to put pipes in so that we won’t have to remove 8x8 boards at bottom to lower the lake by six feet. A private donor is willing to pay for modifications, which will be done next year. The drawdown needs to get the water level down to its target by Aug. 31.
Cliff Schmidt pointed out that the boat landing is in poor repair. Harvancik said district should work on it, though the village owns it. Discussion was held about the proposed diameter of the dam pipes, whether milfoil should be treated in channels or whether the winter will freeze it. No wake was discussed. Permits for shoreline work should be requested from Scott Kohnke at (715) 526-4232.
Harvancik said district would pay for lake leaders class in spring 2012 for anyone who wants to take it. Next brat stand day is July 16. He asked for volunteers.
Harper/Dix moved to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7 p.m. by Chairman Harvancik.
Minutes of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners meeting held Monday, July 25, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Village of Iola Community Center
Present: Dave Harper, Mike Devine, Jerry Harvancik, Terry Murphy and Bob Dix
Also present: Harold Washburn, Gary Richards, Ron Thierfelder, Jack Kuhr, Kitty Murray and Cliff Schmidt
The meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m. by Chairman Harvancik.
Murphy/Harper moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed.
Murphy/Devine moved to accept the minutes of the June 27, 2011, meeting.
Mike Devine gave the treasurer’s report. $200 was paid to Ron Thurston for stainless steel for dam valve, $97.50 to the Iola-Scandinavia School District for auditorium use for the annual meeting. A July 25 letter from the State of Wisconsin said the district would receive $9 is state aid as a result of the exemption of business computers from taxation within the district. On had is a bill for $12.47 from the Buyer’s Guide for publication of a legal notice in the County Post. Harvancik gave the treasurer $100 raised by the July 16 brat fry at IGA. There is $760.62 in checking and $25,256.40 in the money market account. Total funds are $26,017.02.
Harper/Murphy moved to accept the treasurer’s report. Passed.
Harvancik reported the lake has been drawn down 5.5 feet and that is as far as it can go without structural modifications. There are 2X6 boards at the bottom of the dam gates.
Terry Murphy said there is still 4 feet of water in his bay, so drawdown is not sufficient. Mike Devine said he talked to Tom Fucik, owner of the mill, about a suggestion to cut a foot and a half into the base of the dam to draw down further and there was a suggestion of use of a storm drain to take out water. Cliff Schmidt said there is 1 to 1.5 feet of water in the channel.
Mike Devine suggested topics to bring up to the DNR, the water level and possible lake bottom work. Ted Johnson of DNR can be reached at 920-787-4686, ext. 3017.
Harper/Dix moved to appoint Devine and Terry Murphy as committee of two to talk to DNR. Passed.
Cliff Schmidt provided the commissioners with copies of a requested addendum to his week cutting contract. In view of the cancellation of cutting in 2011 and 2012 seasons, he asks to extent the contract to the next two cutting seasons for $160 with an increase in the hourly rate of $5 per year. It will be acted upon at the next meeting.
Harvancik again suggested that anyone interest in serving on the lake district board should go to a lake leaders seminar next spring. He said he will step down after the drawdown. Next brat fry is Sept. 10.
Harper/Dix moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned at 7:37 p.m.
Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center
Present: Jerry Harvancik, Bob Dix, Dave Harper, Mike Devine, Terry Murphy
Also present: Cliff Schmidt, Merlin Mayer, Gary Richards, Tom Francis, Ron Thierfelder, Jack Kuhr, Harold Washburn
The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by President Harvancik. He led the Pledge of Allegiance. Dix/Murphy moved to adopt the agenda as printed. Passed. Minutes of the July 25, 2011, meeting referencing 2X6 boards at the base of the dam were omitted because they are not there. Dix/Murphy moved to adopt amended minutes. Passed.
Mike Devine gave the treasurer’s report. There is $25,256.40 in the money market account that no longer earns interest. There is $844.97 in checking. Total is $26,101.37. A $9 Wisconsin shared revenue payment was deposited. A bill of $24.65 was paid for an 8/16 legal notice. $482 of the checking account balance is from brat fry fund-raisers.
Murphy/Dix moved to adopt the treasurer’s report as presented. Passed.
Devine reported DNR’s Scott Kinke met with Herb Trinrud of the village to discuss a gully wash by Steve Fleckenstein’s. No permit is necessary to put brush in hole, rocks in ditch and bags of rocks close to the hole to prevent more erosion. Work can be done on the boat landings if permits on file. $50 each for new permits. Devine also said that as far as the village swimming area goes, DNR will permit use of chemicals in area to get rid of weeds, but no sand or mechanical equipment are allowed on the lake bed.
Mayer reported there is still standing water in his channel and there was some discussion about achievable water levels.
Harvancik said that the village does not want to repair the boat launch site by Jack Kuhr’s, but work at the other site in the park is necessary. He said call Scott Kinke if you need a shoreline work permit. It is $20 over the phone. He said the village does not want to spend money on the swimming area and does not want to hire a life guard. Cutting a notch in the dam to further lower the water level needs to be approved by Davy Engineering, but even if it can be done, there will still be undrained wet spots in the lake bed. He said there had been some confusion on the necessity of a permit to work on the Fleckenstein gully wash. Faldet will donate free rock. Harold Washburn made the observation that the river is not cutting the channel on the north end of the lake. Tom Francis inquired about further weed spraying while the water is low. A discussion indicated that aquatic plants will die off as the lake bed dries and to obtain a chemical permit for this purpose would be iffy.
The revision of the Schmidt Landscaping contract to extend it by two year’s worth of 160 cutting hours each year from the time weed cutting commences again on the lake. Dix/Murphy moved that this contract revision be adopted. Motion passed.
Dix/Harper moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned by Chairman Harvancik at 6:55 p.m.
Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center
Present: Terry Murphy, Jerry Harvancik, Dave Harper, Bob Dix and Mike Devine
Also present: Dave harder, Jack Kuhr, Ron Thierfelder, Gary Richards, Cliff Schmidt, Dean and Donna Glunn and Wally Zimmerman
The meeting was called to order by President Jerry Harvancik at 6:02 p.m. He led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Harper/Dix moved to adopt the agenda. Passed.
Dix/Murphy moved to adopt the minutes of the August meeting. Passed.
Treasurer Mike Devine reported that checking has $844.97 and the money market account that no longer pays interest has $25,256.40 for a total of $26,101.37. There was $482 brat fry money as part of the total and the $105 proceeds from the Sept. 10 brat fry at IGA added another $105 for a total of $587. The Old Car Show check totaled $1,050.50. Adult volunteer hours totaled 174.5 at $6 coming to $1,047. A child volunteer added $3.50 to the total.
Dix/Harper moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.
Harvancik reported the Fleckenstein washout was taken care of by the village. The pier next to Jack Kuhr’s house was removed. Rock and stone was put in to prevent asphalt erosion.
Devine reported that Ron Thurston and Tom Fucik were still interested in cutting into the dam. Bob Dix inquired whether the DNR looked at the lake. Harvancik said yes, but there was no report to him about it. Murphy suggested a new pier at the park. A question about the snowmobile trail led Murphy to suggest it not cross the lake.
A discussion was conducted about the duration of the drawdown and it was suggested it be extended to two winters by Donna Glunn.
Harvancik said he would invite the DNR to the annual meeting to discuss this and other issues.
Harper/Dix moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 by President Harvancik.
Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center
Present: Dave Harper, Jerry Harvancik, Mike Devine, Terry Murphy
Absent: Bob Dix
Also present: Bob Ellis, President, Chain O’Lakes Lake District, Gary Richards, Gail and Jon Nelson, Merlin Mayer, Tom Francis and Harold Washburn
The meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by Chairman Harvancik. The Pledge of Alligiance was recited.
Devine/Murphy moved to adopt the agenda as written.
Murphy/Device moved to adopt the secretary’s report of the last meeting. Passed.
Treasurer’s Report shows $105 from the Sept. 10 brat fry and $1,050.50 from Old Car Show work. There is $949.97 in checking (including $587 earned at brat fries) and $26,306.90 in the money market account. For the year there was total revenue of $34,204.45 and expenses of $8,571.67, including $6,766 paid to Schmidt’s Landscaping. As the the year closes, the district has $27,256.37.
Harper/Murphy moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.
Jerry Harvanick reported that Tom Fucik and Ron Thurston lifted rocks at the dam to help the drawdown. He talked to Brian Watters about repairing the rock face on either side of the dam. The DNR says tuck point it. This would require pouring cement in forms at a cost of $3,000-$4,000.
Jerry Murphy suggested a dialogue with the village about the boat landing and dock.
It was reported that the Chain O’Lakes was using pellts of 2-4D Navigate granular rather than spraying for Eurasian Water Milfoil.
Murphy/Harper moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned by Chairman Harvancik at 6:50 p.m.