2012 Lake District Meetings

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, April 30, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center

Present: Terry Murphy, Bob Dix, Jerry Harvancik, Dave Harper and Mike Devine

Also present: Tom Francis Sr., Merlin Mayer, John Bertelson Jr., Ann Murphy, Dave Harder, Clifford Schmidt, Tom Fucik, Ron Thurston, Ignazio Nanfria, Raymond Yaunke, Norm Perry, Rick Breitzke, Gary Richards, Chuck Morris, Dean and Donna Glunn, Harold Washburn, Ronald Thierfelder, Jack Kuhr, Albert Marchetti and Steve Fleckenstein

The meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m. by Chairman Harvancik. He led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dix/Murphy moved to adopt the agenda as printed. Passed.

Dix/Murphy moved to adopt the minutes of the Oct. 31, 2011, meeting that had been distributed to everyone. Passed.

Mike Devine gave the treasurer’s report. He said there was $987.77 in checking and $26,306.90 in the money market account for a total of $27,294.67. The Village of Iola has yet to pay the district $6,234.65 collected in property taxes. This will give the district a balance of $33,529.32. This amount includes $373.59 from the Town of Iola property tax. Paid out this year was $300 tuition for the lake leaders school for Gary Richards and $14.07 for the legal notice for the April 30 meeting. These amounts have already been subtracted from the balances.

Dix/Murphy moved to approve the treasurer’s report. Passed.

A discussion of the ongoing drawdown was conducted. Harvancik said the drawdown was done slowly after Memorial Day last year. Tom Fucik said the lake level was as low as it could go by July. Harvancik said the winter had little snow and not much cold to kill exposed vegetation and it didn’t get as much flush from rains and melting snow. He said the annual meeting would decide if the drawdown should be extended through next winter from the current scheduled termination in the autumn. He reported that Ted Johnson of the DNR would address the annual meeting. Clifford Schmidt reported that silt cannot get over the dam and raised the issue of excavation. Ron Thurston said there was silting between Frogner’s Island and the mainland. He is planning a 10-inch pipe at the dam to be extended as far as possible into the lake that would bring some of the silt out of the lake. Steve Fleckenstein expressed concern about extending the drawdown for another winter. Gary Richards asked if the drawdown has taken care of the weeds. Ron Thurston said the water lilies were frozen and would not come back.

Dix/Murphy moved to appoint a committee to study what is going on in the lake and to make a recommendation at the annual meeting as to how the district should proceed.

In the discussion Fucik said that the variable results in the lake were not surprising. Clifford Schmidt said it has been a good job for 80 percent of the lake. Another winter of the drawdown would help, but he didn’t think it would help in the area saturated with silt.

Mike Devine noted that the current plan would bring it back up in Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, 2012.

The motion passed to appoint the committee passed. Chairman Harvancik appointed Clifford Schmidt, Tom Fucik, Ron Thurston, Merlin Mayer and Steve Fleckenstein to serve on it.

Items were placed on the annual meeting agenda for DNR’s Ted Johnson to speak, to have a drawdown discussion and then a vote on whether the district should extend the drawdown to next spring. Last year’s agenda had been passed out to everyone prior to the meeting and was used as a template for the 2012 agenda.

Tom Francis mentioned that Wisconsin Inland Dredging would dredge 2-3 acres a year for $35,000 a year.

Dix/Murphy moved to adopt the budget as prepared for the annual meeting agenda with income and expenditures balanced at $17,609.

Murphy/Devine moved to adopt a tax levy of $16,409 for the December property tax. Passed.

Gary Richards was nominated by Harper to a three-year term to fill the expiring term of Bob Dix after he asked if Bob Dix was willing to serve again. Bob said he was ready to retire from the board. Chairman Harvancik asked three times if there were any other nominations. Richards name was put on the agenda.

With these items added to the agenda, the meeting moved on to Ron Thurston’s pipe drawings. The pipe would run over the cement floor of the spillway. It would not cut into it.

Harper/Murphy moved to adjourn. Passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 p.m. by Chairman Harvancik.

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 2, 2012, 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.) Drawdown evaluation by DNR’s Ted Johnson and discussion

b.) Report of 5-member drawdown evaluation committee

c.) Vote to extend drawdown to next spring from previously scheduled end in the autumn

d.) 2012-2013 budget (see details below)

e.) 2012 property tax. If the budget presented below is adopted, the tax levy is $16,409, up $9,798 from 2011 levy of $6,611, but still roughly half the 2010 levy of $32,953

f.) Election of three-year board member. The term of Bob Dix expires. Gary Richards nominated.

g.) Other business that may legally come before the annual meeting

7. Adjournment

Budget recommendation for Year 2012-2013

Income:

Tax levy: $16,409 (an increase of $9,798)

Old Car Show: $1,050 (Earned by volunteers at Old Çar Show. If you haven’t helped before, please consider.)

Shared revenue $150

Total income: $17,609

Fund balance 4/30/12: $33,529.32

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 2012-2013 expenses

Dam repairs $6,684.00 (modification project to include pipe to take sediment out of the lake bed)

DNR permits 500.00

Publication fees 300.00

Attorney 500.00

WCLA 25.00

Annual meeting $600.00 (This includes cost of this mailing, auditorium rental)

Weed control $7,000.00

Contingency $2,000.00

Total: $17,609.00

Lake clean-up fund $33,529.32 (This amount will be available for resumption of weed cutting or any other purpose designated by the annual meeting, such as a future dredging project)

Sincerely,

David C. Harper, Secretary

P.O. Box 93

Iola, WI 54945

Minutes of the meeting of the annual meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District held Saturday, June 2, 2012, 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 by President Harvancik. He introduced the board and then led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Joel Edler/Joan Gradinjan moved to adopt the agenda as written. Motion passed.

Adoption of the minutes of the lake district commissioners meeting April 30, 2012, was moved and seconded by Jack Kuhr an Al Marchetti. Passed.

Mike Devine gave the treasurer’s report. He said there was $1,698.77 in the checking account and $31,953.55 in the money market account for a total of $33,652.32. As part of the balance was the amount $1,039 earned at brat fries at IGA, $328 from last year and $711 earned at the May 12, 2012, brat fry. A check was written for $588 to Firkus Lumber for lumber at the bottom of the dam.

Question from Al O’Connor if there was an agreement between the lake district and the village to pay for the dam repairs. Harvancik replied that he told the village the district would cover the costs. But much of the cost is donated, steel gates, siphon dredge, two 10-inch butterfly values, steel for bottom flush valve, engineering work. Paid was $200 for material and it is expected that the concrete abutment work will cost an estimated $4,500, but a bill has not been received. The $588 went for cedar timbers. Flexible tubing, 150-200 feet, was expected to cost $1,300. The estimated cash costs are $6,684. Devine said the donated items add up to an amount that is considerably more than the district is paying.

Gradinjan: What is tubing for? Devine: Run the tub from the bottom of the lake through dam to flush silt from lake bottom.

Ed Staal said thanks to donors and audience clapped. Donations estimated to add up to $28,000-$29,000.

Staal/Gradinjan moved to accept the tresurer’s report. Passed.

Harvancik gave the chairman’s report. The drawdown went as expected. A lake assessment tour was taken this past Wednesday by DNR’s Ted Johnson and Ron Thurston, Tom Fucik, Tom’s daughter and a DNR intern named Eric. The Mother’s Day brat fry raised $711. Two more are scheduled, one for July 16 and another for Sept. 10. Proceeds of brat fries are used to support children’s fishing contest that is open to all under 16. No tax money is used.

Marchetti/Edler moved to accept chairmn’s report. Passed.

Harvancik announced that Ted Johnson was at a family wedding in Chicago. He read a letter from Johnson to the audience that assessed the lake and suggested extending the drawdown through the winter and supporting the modifications to the dam. Ron Thurston passed photos of lake assessment tour around.

Gradinjan asked about high plants at her property and Harvancik said they are dry land plants that will die when the water level is raised.

Dottie Fleckenstein asked when the water level will come up next year? Harvancik said early spring 2013 if the district votes to extend the drawdown. He said the winter had no dramatic cold or heavy spring rains so we did not get a large flush. Steve Fleckenstein asked if the pipe at the dam would make much difference. Harvancik

said it was hoped to take some water out of places where it is still standing if the drawdown is continued. A question about fish prompted Harvancik to reply that fish will be restocked if necessary.

Bruce Freistadt observed the deepest part of the lake is near the mill and asked about drawing warm water out. Harvancik said the tube would take cold water but sediment also.

Jon Loken asked if dry land plants could develop root base to prevent washout? Ron Thurston said a freeze will kill the roots and they will then rot.

The drawdown evaluation committee was introduced. Tom Fucik, who owns the mill, introduced Ron Thurston from the upper end of the lake, Steve Fleckenstein on east side, Merlin Mayer on west side and Cliff Schmidt on east side. He said there is head cutting in the upper third of the lake but water slows down in lower two-thirds dropping silt. A lower water level would further drain basin. That is the goal with the pipe/tube. The mill spillway is one foot higher than dam’s. There is also a four-foot storm sewer to tap to release lake water and bring the level down. This modification would improve the dam safety rating as well.

Bruce Freistadt asked if water an be put over top of the dam. Fucik said he would let as much over the top as he could, but he owns water rights. Fucik says the intent is to open new valve at bottom of the dam in large rainfall events to let out water and silt.

Harvancik suggested that the district compensate Fucik for electrical generation income loss from September 2012 on to compensate for the drawdown extension.

Hap Washburn asked if Terry Murphy and other businessmen would also ask for compensation. Harvancik said he thought $500 a month would compensate Fucik for the extension. Thurston said it was fair.

Ray Yaunke thinks drawdown extension could make it worse. He says he has solid sediment up by him. Harvancik said the proposed modifications would dry out that portion.

A vote was taken by paper ballot. Steve Fleckenstein and Joan Gradinjan were appointed to count the votes. 23 voted yes to ending the drawdown in the fall. 59 voted no, thereby extending it to the spring. Harvancik announced the results and said the drawdown would continue until the spring of 2013.

Nominations were asked for three times for a three-year commissioners term. The term of Bob Dix expires at this meeting. Gary Richards, who was nominated at the April 30 meeting, was the only nomination. Jack Kuhr/Joel Edler moved to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Richards. Motion passed. He is elected.

The budget modifications were discussed. Fucik said September to April extension at $500 a month would total $4,000. Harvancik said another $5,000 should be added to the cost of dam repairs. This would bring the tota of $11,684. Greg Roe suggested the compensation to Fucik would be a slippery slope with tax dollars. Fucik said he had water rights. He researched them back to 1860. He said he willingly signed off on the original drawdown. “The hotel doesn’t have water rights, I do. That’s why I invested in the mill. Harvancik said it was his idea of compensate Fucik for the extension.

Jon Loken moved and Ed Staal seconded a motion that any individual with water rights has the right to compensation for extension of the drawdown. Motion passed. The vote was declared null and a lengthy discussion followed.

Gradinjan wanted it made clear that no one else was entitled to compensation. Marchetti said only a persons with water rights was entitled. O’Connor said persons with water rights had only a right to compensation and the amount would be determined at a later day. Thurston offered a formula for multiplying the number of hours times 17.84 kilowatts per hour of lost income. Harvancik repeated $4,000 for eight months. Devine said that

today there was only a need to put a number in the budget. The compensation would be determined later. Gradinjan said $500 a month, $4,000 in the budget. Terry Murphy said he had no water rights, he could hire an attorney, but that is probably not going to happen.

After the discussion during which the motion was read four times, it passed.

Dave harder/Ignazio Nanfria moved to add $4,000 to budget for water rights compensation. Motion passed.

Thurston said the suggested addition of $5,000 to the dam modification cost reflected application fees and plan reviews by an engineering firm.

Jack Kuhr/Dave Harder moved to add $5,000 to the dam repair line of the budget to bring it to $11,684 and increase the tax levy to cover it.

Jerry Harvancik left to attend a family event. Mike Devine took over the meeting.

He said the $9,000 in additions would make the tax levy $25,409.

Mary Timdal/Joan Gradinjan moved to adopt a budget of $26,609. Motion passed.

A motion by Joan Gradinjan and seconded by Jack Kuhr to set the tax levy at $25,409 was made. Passed.

Dave Harper/Joel Edler moved to adjourn. The motion passed.

The meeting was adjourned by acting chairman Mike Devine at 10:53 a.m.

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, June 18, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center

Present: Dave Harper, Jerry Harvancik, Gary Richards, Mike Devine, Terry Murphy

Also present: Cliff Schmidt, Corey Richards, Ron Thierfelder, Norm Perry, Ray Yaunke, Tom Fucik, Merlin Mayer and Ignazio Nanfria

The meeting was called to order by Jerry Harvancik at 6:03 p.m. He led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Gary Richards/Terry Murphy moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed.

Murphy/Richards moved adopt the minutes of the annual meeting as written. Passed.

Mike Devine gave the treasurer’s report. A $5 check was written to Harvancik for copies. A check for $47.75 to Journal Publishing was the cost of the legal notice for the annual meeting. Brian Watters was paid $3,450 for work facing the rocks at the dam. $950 was for cement and the rest was labor. Dave Harper was paid $421.32 to reimburse the cost of the annual mailing. There is $1,646.02 in the checking account. There is $28,082.23 in the money market account. The combined total is $29,782.25. Devine said he had received a $120 bill to cover the cost of renting the high school auditorium for the annual meeting. Harper/Richards moved to accept the treasurer’s report. Passed.

Harvancik reported DNR’s Todd Kinke was in the process of issuing the notice to keep the lake level down through the winter and then bring it up in April 2013.

Harvancik said Davey Engineering, the Village of Iola’s consultant for the dam, was being asked about dam modifications. The village is already paying the firm for a safety inspection June 28. The modifications approved by the annual meeting are to put a pipe into the lake and run it through the base of the boards used to stop water flowing through one of the bays. The pipe is to draw water and silt out of the lake basin. He said steel was being fabricated, boards have been purchased and a high school class is planing them to fit. They are 1-inch thicker than before. A permit is needed from DNR for the modifications. The lake district is also looking into cutting into the storm sewer to help bring down the lake level further than it is already.

Mike Devine nominated and Terry Murphy seconded Jerry Harvancik for lake district chairman, Dave Harper for secretary and Mike Devine for treasurer. Harvancik called three times for other nominations. None was made. A unanimous ballot was cast to elect the three for another year.

Cliff Schmidt reported that vegetation just above the dam is restricting water flow. Storm sewer work might help. He doesn’t recommend spraying for invasive aquatic weeds this year because it could lead to a fish kill. He recommends early spring 2013. Cost would have been $2,000 this year and somewhat more in the spring.

Richards/Murphy moved to adjourn. Motion passed. The meeting was adjourned by President Harvancik at 6:30 p.m.

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, July 30, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center

Present: Mike Devine, Gary Richards, Jerry Harvancik, Dave Harper

Excused: Terry Murphy

Also present: Bob Dix, Ron Thurston, Ron Thierfelder, Norm Perry, Ignazio Nanfria, Merlin Mayer, Jack Kuhr, Dean and Donna Glunn, Harold Washburn, Tom Fucik

The meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by President Harvancik. He led the Pledge of Allegiance. Gary Richards/Mike Devine moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed.

Richards/Devine moved to adopt the minutes of the June 18 meeting as written. Passed.

Treasurer Devine reported that he paid $120 to the school district for the rental of the high school auditorium for the annual meeting in June. He said there is $1,646.02 in checking and $27,962.23 in the money market account for a total of $29,608.25.

Richards/Harper moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.

Harvancik reported that Davey Engineering had offered two plans. One to put a permanent concrete outlet at the bottom of one of the bays, which the firm said is sounder than having a wooden base as the district had supported. This alternative costs $13,650. A second Davey plan would cut into the storm sewer as an alternative. This would cost over $49,000.

Tom Fucik said the $49,000 alternative is the better plan. He said removing silt is important and the district should put all our nickels on the storm sewer modification plan. Fucik also believed that when all was said and done the cost would be less than the Davey estimate.

Thurston pointed out that a concrete bay would not be removable. He said cutting into the storm sewer would place a 36-inch valve three feet lower than a pipe thorugh a bay. This would allow six times more water flow than the 10-inch pipe. If we do not do this now, we would have to wait for the next drawdown. Fucik pointed out that another permit is required for modifications.

Bob Dix said he had raked down to sand. Ignazio Nanfria said he had six feet of much on his lake front. Merlin Mayer said the drawdown had made a good start. Harvancik said the deepened channels at the north end of the lake are like a catch basin. Dean Glunn asked if owners in the bays that have water in them will show any benefit from the drawdown.

Gary Richards/Mike Devine moved to recommend the plan to cut into the storm sewer to the Iola Village Board. A discussion followed. Nafria said it would not benefit his part of the lake. Mayer said dredging was needed. After the discussion, the motion passed. Devine/Richards moved to adjourn. Motion passed. The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center

Present: Gary Richards, Jerry Harvancik, Terry Murphy and Dave Harper

Absent: Mike Devine

Also present: Dean Glunn, John Bertelson, Bob Dix, Cliff Schmidt, Norm Perry, Merlin Mayer, Ray Yaunke, Ignazio Nanfria, Harold Washburn, Gail and Jon Nelson, Jack Kuhr.

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by President Harvancik. He led the Pledge of Allegiance. Richards/Murphy moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed. Richards/Murphy moved to adopt the minutes of the July 30 meeting. Passed.

Treasurer’s report submitted by Mike Devine and read by Dave Harper showed $1,645.74 in the checking account and $24,558.14 in the money market account for a total of $26,203.88. A check for $22.28 was written Aug. 12 to Journal Publishing for a legal notice and another to Davy Engineering for $3,404.09 for the dam inspection and plans written Aug. 20. Shared revenue from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue was $22.

Richards/Murphy moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.

Harvancik asked if the commissioners present expected or understood that the Village of Iola would pay half the cost of the proposed dam modification rather than the 4-year borrowing plan on behalf of the project that was adopted by the village board. The consensus was yes.

The opening of sealed bids for dam modification will be Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Community Center. Consideration of awarding the contract will be at 6 p.m. It is imperative to move the process along to get the work done before snow arrives.

Harvancik said the district would not get the permit for the modifications until October. He doesn’t want the village stuck with the bills.

Ignazio Nanfria said water movement would not move the silt. Harold Washburn said it could take out silt but just 20 feet around the storm sewer intake.

Terry Murphy said he thought the Davy plan was a good plan and said he would like to move forward with it. Schmidt said there would be a loss of lake depth if the district does nothing. Harvancik noted that the DNR would be happy with any silt that moves downstream.

Murphy/Richards made a motion to move forward with the project and to have the district send out a notice for a special meeting of lake district property owners to ask them if they support the dam modification project. A meeting date of Oct. 6 was suggested. Motion passed.

Murphy/Harper moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m. by President Harvancik.

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center

Present: Mike Devine, Terry Murphy, Dave Harper, Jerry Harvancik

Excused: Gary Richards

Also present: Al O’Conner, Dean Glunn, Clifford Schmidt, Hap Washburn, Bob Dix, Ray Yaunke, Norm Perry, Merlin Mayer, Ron Thiefelder and Ignazio Nanfria

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by President Harvancik. He led the Pledge of Allegiance

Murphy/Devine moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed.

Murphy/Devine moved to adopt the minutes of the Aug. 27, 2012. Passed.

Treasurer Mike Devine reported that $100 had been deposited Sept. 11 after it was earned at a brat fry the previous Saturday. He paid $13.10 to Harvancik for mailing labels from the county treasurer’s office and $65 to the Old Car Show for rent. The checking account has $1,667.64 and the money market fund $24,558.14 for a total of $26,225.78.

Harper/Murphy moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.

Harvancik reported that of the $100 earned by the brat fry, the IGA had kicked in an extra $30. He thanked the volunteers.

Norm Perry asked who is responsible for maintenance of the dam and Harvancik replied the Village of Iola is. He also was asked who would open and close the proposed new valve on the storm sewer to lower the lake level? He replied it would be the village at the suggestion of the lake district. He said the special advisory meeting scheduled for Sept. 29 would discuss the storm sewer modification project and whether district residents accept the village offer to borrow the funds to cover the cost with the district repaying over four budgets. There would be a vote.

Mike Devine asked what the cost of engineering is? About $11,000 was the answer.

Devine asked how Tom Fucik would be paid for lost electricity production. Murphy suggested paying him as he wants it paid.

O’Connor asked if we could run a tractor over the lake bed to remove nonaquatic weeds.

Schmidt said the DNR wants the growth left there but has no objection to individual property owners cutting weeds in front of their properties.

Devine asked if the storm sewer modification can be done before Dec. 1. Harvancik said it hinges on the permit. Our request is in Scott Kinke’s hands at DNR.

Harper/Devine moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned by President Harvancik at 6:20 p.m.

Special Meeting Notice

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Iola Old Car Show Activity Center

Dear Lake District Property Owner:

A special meeting has been called by the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners.

It will have just one agenda item.

A discussion will be held and a vote will be taken on the matter of modifications to the dam.

The path laid out at the annual meeting has been called unfeasible by Davy Engineering, the firm hired by the Village of Iola to evaluate the dam. It suggested an alternative of cutting into the storm sewer to allow the lake to be drawn down 1.5 to 2 feet further than is presently possible. This also will allow for removing silt from the bottom of the lake in the area of the dam and getting it out of the lakebed.

The cost is estimated to be $49,530. If the work is to be done, it needs to be done before the lake level is raised in April.

The Village of Iola has agreed to borrow the money to pay for the project and allow the lake district to cover this cost in the course of four annual budgets, starting with the present budget for 2012-2013 and continuing for the following three years.

The lake district board has voted to move forward with this project, but because it involves a large expense, it was thought best to ask the property owners what they think.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Iola Old Car Show Activity Center. This is located behind the Krause Publications office, which is at 700 E. State St. in Iola, Wis.

Please come.

Dave Harper

Lake Iola Lake District Secretary

P.O. Box 93

Iola, WI 54990

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center

Present: Dave Harper, Terry Murphy, Gary Richards, Jerry Harvancik, Mike Devine

Also present: Merlin Mayer, Norm Perry, Ron Thierfelder, Hap Washburn

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by President Harvancik. He led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Richards/Murphy moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed.

Richards/Murphy moved to adopt the minutes of the Sept. 17, 2012, meeting. Passed.

Treasurer Mike Devine reported $1,551.29 in checking and $14,821.22 in the money market account for a total of $16,372.51. Tom Fucik was paid $4,000 for his water rights income loss by the extension of the drawdown until 2013, Davey Engineering was paid $7,773.92 for engineering on the dam modifications for alternative lake drainage, Journal Communications was paid $116.35 for legal notice, and $316.19 was paid for postage and envelopes for the Sept. 29 meeting notice. Devine said he has another bill from Davey for $1,466.49 for the bid opening for the dam modification project. He said another $9,000 was possible as the bid total for engineering was $16,650.

Murphy/Richards moved to approve payment of $1,466.49 to Davey. Passed.

Harper/Richards moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.

Harvancik said attendance at the Sept. 29 special meeting was 61 or 62. Everyone was polite and questions were good. The yes or no vote to proceed with the dam modifications were 51 yes and 10 no. The project will go ahead. A public notice was published to allow any objections to the project to be filed with DNR. A certified letter was sent to interested parties, Tom Fucik, DNR, etc. After 30 days an affidavit of publication of the notice on Sept. 25 will be provided by the newspaper. All responses went to DNR’s Scott Kinke. The issuance of a permit was expected this week. Joe Derava of Davey had signed contract in his office. Contractor will start project in first week of November and Derava will be here. It will take at least 12 weeks for valve to be built. It will be put in in the spring. A pipe will be run out into the lake for drainage to bring the level down by another 1.5 to 2 feet. Boards in the dam will be replaced.

Murphy/Harper moved that future project bills be sent to the Village of Iola for payment (as treasurer Devine will be gone for the winter). Motion passed.

Fucik said the $4,000 payment is to cover all that the district will owe him.

Norm Perry and Ron Thierfelder reported that 5 acres on Tresness Road burned.

Richards/Murphy moved to adjourn. Passed. Harvancik adjourned the meeting at 6:38 p.m. He then said Gary Richards graduated from the Lake Leaders Institute Oct. 21.

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