Agenda of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District commissioners to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at the Iola Community Center.  

1.     Call to order

2.     Approval of the agenda

3.     Secretary’s report 

4.     Treasurer’s report 

5.     Old business

6.     New business

a.  Chemical treatment permitting

b.  Canada Goose Damage Management

c.  Lake Management Planning for 2016

d.  Other business that may legally come before the board 

7.      Adjournment

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center

Present: Mike Devine, Gary Richards, John Bertelson, Dave Harper

Absent: Terry Murphy

Also present: Lyle Nauman and Cliff Schmidt

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by Chairman Bertelson. He  led the Pledge of Allegiance and read the open meeting statement. He introduced the commissioners present.

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

Richards/Devine moved to adopt the minutes of the Oct. 28, 2014, meeting as written. Passed.

Chairman Bertelson gave the treasurer’s report. As of Oct. 28 the money market balance was $12,701.45. In December the $8,880.54 loan payment was made to the Village of Iola. A check of $1,768.27 came from the Town of Iola from this year’s tax levy. The money market balance as of March 31 is $5,589.18. On Oct 28 the balance in the checking account was $3,198.39. Deposits were $25 from Premier Bank, $50 from the American Legion and $106 from sales of hot dogs at the ice fishing contest. Total of deposits is $181. Checks written: $10.60 Waupaca County Post, $18.41 to Sandy Bostwick for parade candy, $443.24 to Fleet Farm for fishing contest prizes, $100 JR Sport Shop for $150 in prizes, $53.94 to Jerry Harvancik for food and supplies, $50 Chain Portables for ice contest port-a-potty, $60 Waupaca Buyer’s Guide for thank-you ad. Total is $736.19. The balance in checking as of March 31 is $2,643.20. Brat fry account Oct. 28 was $2,069.30. With $181 in deposits and $725.59 in expenses for ice fishing contest, the balance March 31 is $1,524.71. The budget for the contest was $800, with the final net cost ending up at $544.59.

The tax levy for this year is $43,555.54. The village portion is $40,998.81 and the Town of Iola’s portion is $2,556.73.

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

Under New Business came a discussion of chemical permits. If needed Gary Richards will work with Cliff Schmidt to draw up this year’s chemical treatment plan. Schmidt will do lake survey two weeks after ice out and will generate a map. Chemical treatments will be done in May.

A discussion occurred for the Canada geese management plan. Lyle Nauman, Mary Devine, Ignazio Nanfria have volunteered to help. Nauman said the geese are herded and then boxed up and shipped out. This is done in two-week period in June when goslings can’t fly and parents won’t leave them. Bertelson said cost estimate from Mike Jones could be as much as $5,000, but more likely lower. $2,500 to $3,000 is the cost of time and expense for staff and then there is a charge of $150 per bird up to 10 to be tested to turn them into food. There will be a half-hour presentation on this topic at the April 28 meeting. Dave Mattes in Marion says the city has been doing this for three years. In the first year 77 geese were removed. In third year it was 17. Bertelson concluded by saying likely expense will be $3,500, but it is better to budget the higher amount. Property owners must sign permission slips to permit volunteers to go on property.

Bertelson said a new lake management plan needs to be written by 2016. It must be done to get a new weed cutting permit for work after Dec. 31, 2017. This year’s weed cutting by Cliff Schmidt costs $175 an hour. An Onterra study will cost $26,510 plus five volunteers. If the lake district is paid the DNR reimbursement rate it would be worth $2,580, for a total cost of $29,090. With a 67 percent match, district would get $19,490.30 from DNR and district would pay $9,599.70. Schmidt cautioned that district might not receive a 67 percent grant. Onterra billing would be $13,370 in calendar 2016 and $10,190 in 2017. If district gets grant, it is an upfront payment. That means the 2016 lake district budget for this line item could be $1,000. Devine said prior study was $17,500. Grant came right off the bat with $10,000 paid upfront. At the time the district earned interest of $2,000 before the bills all came due and ended up paying less than $5,000.

Bertelson reported the ice fishing contest went well. Jerry Harvancik wants to step out of leadership of this event. Bertelson will step in. Harvancik will still help to solicit funds.

A brat fry is scheduled for June 13. Dave Harper and Gary Richards volunteered. Bertelson said he inspected the dam with Tom Fucik and some minor repairs need to be made at a cost estimated by Brian Watters to be less than $1,000. The Village of Iola will be asked to pay the bill. There was no fish kill over the winter.

A short discussion occurred on the topic of algae. Schmidt said algaecides are fairly inexpensive. Also, what looked like mud balls floating on the lake were mentioned to Bertelson by a couple of homeowners. Bertelson will look into it.

Richards/Devine moved to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m. by Chairman Bertelson.

Agenda for the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners to be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center.

1. Call to order

2. Approval of the agenda

3. Public informational meeting:  A 30 minute presentation by Mr. Michael Jones from the USDA Wildlife Services will outline possible solutions for controlling the geese in our Village parks and other areas around the lake. There will be an opportunity for public comment following the presentation.

4. Secretary’s report

5. Treasurer’s report

6. Old business

a. General weed harvesting and chemical control

7. New business

a. Annual meeting date and location

b. Adopt agenda for the annual meeting

i.  Long term planning

ii. Lake level control

c. Adopt budget recommendation for 2015-2016

d. Adopt tax levy recommendation for 2015

e. Nominations for three-year board position, Gary Richards retiring

f. Any other business that may legally come before the board

7. Adjournment

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 6, 2015, at the Iola-Scandinavia High School Auditorium.

The agenda is as follows:

$11.        Call to order

2.     Approval of the agenda

3.     Secretary’s report

4.     Treasurer’s report

$15.        Chairman’s report and long-term planning information

6. New business

    a.) 2015-2016 budget (see details below)

    b.) 2015 property tax levy. If the budget presented below is adopted, the tax levy is $46,605.54, up $3,050 from last year.

    c.) Election of three-year board member. Gary Richards will retire. Lyle Nauman nominated.

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

7. Adjournment

Budget recommendation for Year 2015-2016

Income:

Tax levy:          $46,605.54

Old Car Show:   $1,200.00  (Earned by volunteers at Old Car Show. If you haven’t helped before, please consider.)

Shared revenue     $50.00    (Payment from State of Wisconsin)

Total income:   $47,855.54

Uncommitted fund balance 4/28/15: $39,017.58. Brat fry volunteer fund balance: $1,515.30

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 2015-2016 expenses

Dam loan repayment      $8,880.54

DNR permits                       300.00

Publication fees                   300.00

Attorney                               500.00

WCLA                                   25.00

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

Weed control                  $7,750.00  (Annual invasive specie treatments)

Weed cutting                $28,000.00 

Contingency                   $1,500.00

Total:                            $47,855.54

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Dam loan repayment of $8,880.54 is due in December 2015. The final payment is December 2016.

Sincerely,

David C. Harper, Secretary

P.O. Box 93

Iola, WI 54945

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Iola Community Center

Present: Gary Richards, John Bertelson, Dave Harper, Terry Murphy, Mike Devine

Also present:Mike Jones and Barry Benson of the USDA Wildlife Services, Jane Myhra, Norm Perry, Merlin Mayer, Jim Rasmussen, Jerry Harvancik, Cliff Schmidt, Lyle Nauman, Ed and Connie Staal, Kathy Brost, Jack Kuhr, Ignazio Nanfria and Joel Edler

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by Chairman Bertelson. He led the Pledge of Allegiance. He read the open meeting statement. He introduced the commissioners.

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

Mike Jones was introduced for his talk on goose management. There are migrant geese as well as permanent resident geese. They live 20 years, 5 eggs per nest and the young return to the place they learned to fly. They are adapted to living among humans. There is an early goose hunting season Sept. 1-15. Can shoot five a day. A late September to early December season has a low bag limit because they are migratory birds. A goose generates 1 pound of feces a day. Eat plants on the shoreline to the point of causing erosion. This increases maintenance costs. They should not be fed by people. The village should consider an ordinance if one does not exist. Grass should be allowed to grow to a height of at least six inches on the shore. Geese will not cross tall grass. Riprap can be used for shoreline stability. Trying to scare geese away with automated distress calls, motion sensor activated scare devices do not work because geese get used to them. Repellent is expensive. Trained dogs are too. Remote controlled devices need operators. This leaves three options for geese control: 1) allow hunting 2) reduce nesting by egg oiling 3) round them up and remove them. Need USDA permit cosigned by DNR to do this. Egg oiling DNR permit is free. Register onling with USDA. Corn oil is used. Roundup and removal is a two to three week period in June/July. Only USDA Wildlife Service can remove geese. They train local volunteers. These geese must be euthanized. They are donated to food pantries as ground burgers. During first two captures, 10 percent are tested with a minimum of 5 birds tested at a cost of $50 for each bird. This is done at a veterinary diagnostics lab. Only only adult birds are used as food. Juvenile birds are given to the MacKenzie Center to be fed to carnivores. Roundups in 77 communities gave 6,010 birds to food pantries and 10,541 to animal facility. Birds from a single site in the state could not be used in this way. Roundups in consecutive years helps get the birds missed in the first year. Then for five or six years it is not needed. The migrant birds are harassable. Urban grants are available. Iola is not in this, but there is only $25,000 available for the whole state. Written permission is required for USDA to go on private property. It does 25 to 30 sites a year. If all birds are simply euthanized, there would be no need to test for contaminants for the birds to be used as food. Average cost is $2,000, running from $1,500 for euthanized birds to $3,000 if birds are tested for consumption. Birds are so tested only every third year. Jones recommends a budget of $5,000, but it won’t cost that. He guessed it would be under $3,500 and could be as low as $2,400 in Iola.

Schmidt said volunteers needed to scout out locations of birds and for people to help herd them. USDA is in and out in about an hour.

Bertelson said Marion has done this for three years and is very happy.

Harvancik asked if all eggs in a nest are oiled. The answer is yes.

Bertelson said we have egg oiling permit. Dates are written on oiled eggs. The season for this is April 20-June 30.

Nauman: Danger from aggressive geese? Generally not.

Schmidt: Keep date records. The number of oiled eggs must be reported.

Ed Staal: Consider drones and cameras.

Murphy: Do two years in a row.

Benson: There will be a drastic goose population drop if you do both egg oiling and roundup.

Devine/Richards moved to authorize egg oiling at a cost of no more than $20. Passed. In a discussion of the motion Harvancik volunteered to help. He suggested egg oiling only for two or three years and then do a roundup if necessary. Schmidt said with just egg oiling the parents will be back next year if not rounded up. Nauman said goose population will increase if only oiling done.

Harper/Devine moved to do the roundup with a request made to the village board to cover all of this year’s costs. Motion passed.

Richards/Murphy moved to adopt the March minutes. Passed.

Mike Devine gave the treasurer’s report. On April 28 there was $46,587.48 in the money market account. The Iola village tax levy of $40,998.30 was received. Checking has $2,630.70 for a total of $49,218.18. For the fishing contest, $707.18 was spent of which $181 was donated for a net cost of $526.18 The Christmas parade candy cost of $18.41 also comes out of the brat fry fund, leaving a balance of $1,515.30.

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

Schmidt recommended treating 4 acres for curly leaf pondweed and 1 acre for milfoil after surveying the lake. This would cost $3,200 and $525, respectively, for a total of $3,725. He also suggested treating 4 acres for algae at a cost of $3,200. The combined total would be $6,925. A permit is needed. It takes two weeks. Cost is $245. Nine acres is the total treatment area.

Murphy/Richards moved to authorize $6,925 to undertake the recommended treatment.

Motion passed.

Bertelson said the annual meeting should be held at the Iola Scandinavia High School Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 6, 2015, at a rental cost of $12.50.

Murphy/Devine moved to adopt this recommendation. Passed.

Schmidt said this is his last year of chemical business. He will consult with person who takes it over. This person will charge more for surveys of the lake. He thinks 5 hours of survey work at $150 an hour will cost the district $750 next year. The person is relocating here. Schmidt said we are fortunate to have little invasive species present.

The board worked with last year’s annual meeting agenda to construct this year’s. Items 1-4 are the same. On 5 long-term planning was added.

Harper/Murphy moved to recommend that the annual meeting adopt a budget of $47,855.54. Motion passed.

Harper Murphy moved to recommend the annual meeting adopt a tax levy of $46,605.54. Motion passed.

Bertelson announced Gary Richards is retiring and thanked him for his service to the lake district.

Murphy nominated Lyle Nauman for the three-year commissioner post to be filled at the annual meeting.

Harper/Richards moved to adjourn. Motion passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

Agenda for the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners to be held Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Iola Community Center.

1. Call to order

2. Approval of the agenda

3. Secretary’s report

4. Treasurer’s report

5. Old business

    a. Goose control

    b. General weed harvesting and chemical control

6. New business

    a. Long term planning

    b. Lake level control

    c. Consideration of a change in meeting dates and/or times

    d. Election of officers

    e. Any other business that may legally come before the board

7. Adjournment

Minutes of the annual meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District held a 9 a.m. June 6, 2015, at the Iola-Scandinavia High School Auditorium

Commissioners present: Dave Harper, Terry Murphy, Mike Devine

Commissioners excused: John Bertelson, Gary Richards

The meeting was called to order at 9 a.m. by acting chairman Mike Devine. He led the Pledge of Allegiance

Devine said that John Bertelson was absent because of the passing of his father. He introduced Commissioners Dave Harper and Terry Murphy and announced that Commissioner Gary Richards had decided to retire.

Jerry Harvancik/Al Marchetti moved to adopt the agenda as written. Passed.

Secretary Harper called attention to the April 28, 2015 commissioners meeting that had been provided in the handouts. He said those who had not done so could sign up for email distribution.

Bob Dix/Lyle Nauman moved to adopt the secretary’s report as presented. Passed.

Acting Chairman Devine presented his treasurer’s report. There is $46,587.48 in the money market account. Bills paid were auditorium rental of $12.50, DNR chemical permit, $245; property owner list from the county, $15; Waupaca Post legal notice, $19.40, and Waupaca Post annual meeting notices, $70.90. The total in the checking account is $2,267.90. Of that balance, $1,515.30 is brat fry money used to fund the fishing contests in February. Total funds are $48,855.38.

Jack Kuhr/Jerry Harvancik moved to adopt the treasurer’s report. Passed.

The John Bertelson’s chairman’s report was given by Devine. He called attention to the handout of the 2014 summary and 2015 plan. He said Bertelson is arranging a lake district study, which is required to obtain future weed cutting and chemical treatment permits from the DNR. Bertelson is also looking into the details of what it would take for the district to buy its own weed cutter. Fish survey results not in yet from DNR. A goose roundup is contemplated. It takes at least 40 geese to be cost effective. The Village of Iola agreed to pay up to $5,000 to cover the cost. Removed geese would be tested and adults given to food pantries and the goslings to wildlife refuge as animal feed. The district must call in by Monday afternoon to schedule it with the USDA Wildlife Service. He said he had seen only 25 geese at one time, but others have come up with as many as 85.

Joan McAuliffe asked for a vote on the geese removal. She said she is a photographer and would be delighted to have a few geese on her property. She asks the district not to do it.

Lyle Nauman said geese contribute to vegetation problem in the lake as well as swimmer’s itch. Clifford Schmidt asked what percentage would be caught. Nauman said most of them, but we will always have geese as they come back to the place they learned to fly. They breed at age 3. If nothing is done, in two or  three years you could have a couple of hundred. Ken Brown said he had stopped cutting the grass at his house, which keeps geese away.

Jerry Harvancik said we had a much larger population before the drawdown and now to keep it under control we would do this roundup. He said he favored it and said the food pantries and wildlife sanctuaries would benefit by receiving what is taken.

Joan McAuliffe said that the geese might die out or go elsewhere. She added that she did not want to cut her lawn and Ken Brown said the same.

Clifford Schmidt said the previous geese population caused a problem at the park peninsula.

Terry Murphy acknowledged the love of animals but said we want to keep the geese population under control and he pointed out that an ordinance exists about grass cutting in the village.

Rob Richardson said he sees hundreds of geese in fields and he would like to nip the problem in the lake now to keep it under control.

Vicki Bellows said the geese are crafty and fly over the fence to their lawn. She doesn’t want to worry about where her three grandbabies step.

Terry Murphy said the decision has already been made to remove the geese and we are just trying to determine where there are enough geese this year to justify doing the roundup.

Jerry Havancik/Ed Staal moved to support the geese roundup. Voice vote taken. Devine said ayes have it. A request was made for a standing vote. 25 were for and 5 voted against. Motion carried.

Dave Harper ran through the budget proposal. Robert Dix/Lyle Nauman moved to adopt the $47,855.54 budget as presented. Motion passed.

Jerry Harvancik/Ed Staal moved to authorize a tax levy for the December 2015 property tax bill in the amount of $46,605.54. Motion carried.

Joan McAuliffe/Robert Dix moved to extend the weed cutting contract with Clifford Schmidt until 2017 in recognition of the suspension of cutting during the drawdown. Motion passed.

Clifford Schmidt said he toured the lake. There is a lot of curly-leaf pondweed since the drawdown. Eurasian Water Milfoil not evident where it was treated. The west part of the lake has a little while the east and south portions have some. A test algae treatment will be done in two or three weeks on a 4-acre plot. Overall, the impoundment looks pretty good. There is whorl milfoil and coontail just below the surface. He was asked about grass in the lake and he replied that each property owner can treat a strip 30 feed wide with Roundup if the grass is above the waterline. Keith Bazar asked him about a log in front of his property and Schmidt said DNR does not allow removal but he can re-rotate it. Bazar also asked about muskrat damage and asked who to call. Harvancik said called Mike Wilhite. Mike Devine suggested contacting Tom Fucik as he had hired someone who removed 40 from the area by the dam.

Mike Devine said Lyle Nauman had been nominated for a three-year term by the commissioners at the April meeting. He asked for other nominations from the floor three times.

Harvanick/Cliff Schmidt moved to close nominations and that a unanimous ballot be cast for Lyle Nauman. Motion passed.

Nauman told the meeting about his background. He grew up on a dairy farm in Peoria, Ill., went to Western Illinois University and got a biology degree, got a degree in wildlife ecology from Ohio State and a doctorate with thesis on pesticides vs. wildlife. He worked for 25 years at the College of Natural Resources in Stevens Point. He said he believes in community service and is on three other boards.

Terry Murphy as the county board representative on the district noted that if property owners keep grass six inches along the shoreline it will keep the geese away. He also noted that if property owners are in the Town of Iola, they cannot put up a little fence to keep geese away as property owners in the village can do. He then told a story of the time the chief of police of the Village of Iola got a special pistol that shoots shells that whistle and bang to scare geese. After it had been used on another occasion Ann Murphy just said, “Get the gun,” and the geese heard and took off.

Joan McAuliffe said there is another professor at UW-SP who offers advice to lake organizations. He runs a herbarium and he would be helpful if asked.

Clifford Schmidt called attention to the goose roundup permission slip. Mike Devine said sign up if you want it done.

Al Marchetti/Ed Staal moved to adjourn. Motion passed.

The meeting was adjourned by acting chairman Devine at 9:50 a.m.

 Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Tuesday, June 30, at 6 p.m. at the Village of Iola Community Center

Present: Dave Harper, John Bertelson, Lyle Nauman, Terry Murphy, Mike Devine

Also present: Roger Olson, Jane Myhra, Gary Richards, Clifford Schmidt, Jerry Harvancik, Sarah Hughes, Dave Hughes, Jack Kuhr

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by Chairman Bertelson. He led the Pledge of Allegiance. He read the open meeting statement and introduced the commissioners.

Lyle Nauman/Terry Murphy moved to modify the agenda by making item 6d come before item 6c. Passed. Nauman/Murphy moved to adopt the agenda as modified. Passed.

The secretary’s report was a handout of the June 6, 2015, annual meeting minutes.

Murphy/Nauman moved to adopt them as written. Passed.

Mike Devine gave the treasurer’s report. There was $46,587.48 in the money market account at the time of the annual meeting. Since then a check for $6,925 Schmidt Landscaping was written for chemical applications leaving a balance of $39,662.48. In checking there was a balance of $2,267.90 at the annual meeting. Since then a check was written for $484.07 to Dave Harper to pay for the annual meeting mailing. There was a deposit of $183 from the June 13 brat fry. Ending balance was $1,966.83. After an expense correction for the fishing contest, there is a balance of $1,716.71 in brat fry money in the checking account. The combined balance of money market and checking is now $41,629.31.

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

John Bertelson passed out copies of his thoughts on goose control. Jerry Harvancik said it was a great job. Dave Hughes said the same. Geese were removed June 26. Geese were from ball diamond to Legion Park. There were four trips out to bring them in and four USDA employees were present. Four fence sections were used to make a square and the geese were herded into cages. 69 were removed. The process took about an hour.

The permission slips signed by home owners are valid until canceled. An egg oiling will be done next year. A discussion of future roundups occurred. Murphy said to evaluate the need every year. Kuhr said go ahead and do it every year. Nauman said if the egg oiling is a success a roundup might not be needed every year.

Bertelson reported on general weed harvesting and chemical control. On May 16 spraying was done for curly-leaf pondweed and Eurasian water milfoil. Algae spraying followed June 19.

Schmidt said the places sprayed for algae had good control. We can increase this if there are no EWM treatments. Richards said it turned out great. Kuhr notice some duckweed. Schmidt said it is a waterfowl food, but it can be sprayed if it becomes a nuisance.

Murphy asked about spraying around docks. Schmidt said district needs permit if it wants

to do this, but individual landowners can get permits to do it themselves. Bertelson said he can help with permit application since it is not automatic. Schmidt said he didn’t think DNR’s Ted Johnson would issue a permit because we do not have grasses like last year. Olson said he would recommend everyone spray. The $80 cost is worthwhile. Bertelson said he would send out an email to see what the level of interest is.

Schmidt said he took out 50 loads weighing 125 tons on the first cutting. Density is down from last spring but the entire lake is covered with vegetation. The upper end is better than the lower end. Whorl milfoil is in lower end. No EWM was noticed. He harvested up to Tresness Road. Bertelson said Schmidt harvests navigational lanes. Schmidt said it took 82 hours, but he only charged 80, and that about 40 acres were harvested. Bertelson asked if there was any advantage to dividing the 80-hour cutting time to keep curly-leaf pondweed under control. Schmidt said he could concentrate on CLP. He will talk with Ted Johnson. Olson asked why the district doesn’t do more spraying. Bertelson said it was the cost. Schmidt said 25 acres is $20,000. He said CLP cutting leaves roots. Turions grow in fall and winter. Bertelson said there are 80 hours of cutting time left for this year.

Bertelson passed out a long-term planning sheet. Dam inspection is every 10 years by DNR. The village hires Davy Engineering to do it every three years. No reason to change the way it is working now.

A reminder that Schmidt’s hourly cutting rate for 2017 is $175.

Bertelson handed out his written thoughts on lake level control. Devine said the spillway at the dam looked nice when Legion Park dedicated its new monument. Across the road it does not flush well. Murphy said there must be a happy medium to keep water flowing over the dam. Bertelson will work with Tom Fucik.

For the election of officers Bertelson, Devine and Harper said they were willing to serve as chairman, treasurer and secretary respectively.

Murphy/Nauman moved to appoint the slate. Passed.

A discussion of future meeting dates due to a change in the chairman’s schedule occurred. Devine suggested that the schedule be let alone and an acting chairman appointed at those meetings the chairman cannot make. The next meeting will be held at the usual date, time and place on July 28. Bertelson thanked Devine for running the annual meeting.

Bertelson reported that DNR’s Al Niebur will have the fish survey results this fall. On April 30 one night of shocking occurred. What was found was low to moderate blue gill population, abundant yearling northern pike, so no northern pike stocking this year. The bass population is low so a stocking will occur in September. There was an article June 21 in the Wisconsin State Journal about protecting blue gills.

Harvancik, Richards and Kuhr worked the June 13 brat fry. Doug at Sentry is generous with the district. Volunteers for Aug. 15 are Mary Devine, Jerry Harvancik and Lyle Nauman. For Sept. 19 they are Dave Harper and Jack and Betty Kuhr. Harvancik reported getting the rummage sale weekend for 2016.

Murphy/Harper moved the district donate $100 from the brat fry account for the Iola fireworks at the request of Bertelson. Passed.

A lake study cost document was distributed to board members. The cost will be $7,000 over two years, but the upfront sum might be $10,000. Bertelson said he would look into future grants.

Harper/Devine moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned at 7:18 p.m. by Chairman Bertelson.

Agenda for the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners to be held Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Iola Community Center. 

                    1.      Call to order

2.      Approval of the agenda

3.      Secretary’s report 

4.      Treasurer’s report 

5.      Old business

         a. Weed control

         b. Goose management

6.      New business

         a. Proposal for Lake Study by Onterra

         b. Harvester for full season cutting

         c. Any other business that may legally come before the board 

7.      Adjournment

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at the Village of Iola Community Center

Present: Mike Devine, Terry Murphy, Dave Harper

Absent: John Bertelson, Lyle Nauman

Also present: Cliff Schmidt, Hamilton Harvey, Norm Perry, Merlin Mayer, Gary Richards, Bob Dix, Dean Glunn, Brian Lepack, Jerry Harvancik, Joel Edler

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by Mike Devine. Board members agreed he should be acting chairman of the meeting in the unavoidable absence of John Bertelson.

Devine led the Pledge of Allegiance. He made the open meeting statement.

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

Harper/Murphy moved to adopt the minutes of the June 30, 2015, meeting as written. Passed.

Treasurer Devine said there were two checks written. $100 went to Iola fireworks and $13.88 went to the Waupaca County Post for a legal notice. There is $1,852.95 in the checking account. Of that, $1,616.71 is volunteer brat fry money. From the money market a check of $14,000 was written to Schmidt Landscaping for the first weed cutting of 80 hours. Balance is $25,662.48 in the money market account. The two accounts together total $27,515.43.

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

Weed control report by Devine said the 80 hours of cutting occurred June 18-30 at $175 per hour. Fifty loads weighing 125 tons of vegetation were removed from the lake. Curly-leaf pond weed is lightly scattered. Chemical application might be useful in 2016. Eurasian Water Millfoil is under good control and is hardly present. The test algae chemical application worked well. An increase to 8 acres was recommended.

Schmidt said most areas do not have nuisance vegetation. Instead, it is algae, which is widespread. Devine said Bertelson was talking to DNR about cutting where Schmidt would skip the surface, but this might break algae loose. A chemical treatment at the south end of the lake would help. Devine said the area in front of the dam is clear because algae has nothing to hang onto. Schmidt’s next regular weed cutting is Aug. 14.

Harvancik said there is a lot of weeds by his place. Murphy said there are more problems with algae year after year. Dix said algae might be scaring away kayakers. Glunn said it appears were are getting further behind. Harvancik said the draw down seems to have made it worse. Schmidt said a lot of phosphate in the water. Schmidt said these are good issues to bring up for the upcoming lake study. Devine said DNR was going to come here in a a couple of weeks for a look at Bertelson’s invitation. Weyauwega is funding a lake study with $50 raffle tickets. Mayer said cleaning out river bed was the only benefit of the draw down. Low water allowed willow trees to take root so there is a new island off his property. Devine said poplars died but willows are growing like crazy. Glunn asked who lost trees. Mayer counted a dozen lost. Devine said this possibility was not mentioned by DNR beforehand. Schmidt said he could ask DNR about chara (algae) treatment. Glunn asked if we are cutting weeds for fishing or recreational use of the lake. Schmidt said recreational use. Devine said Bertelson looking into the idea of the district getting a weed cutter. Murphy said he saw no reason to change Schmidt’s scheduled weed cutting date.

Devine reported that only seven lake property owners wanted individual chemical treatments on their property. The district needs 10 to do it economically.

Devine reported under goose management that 19 adults and 54 young were removed. The cost was $2,445, at the low end of expectations. According to the USDA bill breakdown, it was $859 for personnel, $560 for services, $219 for travel, $211 pooled costs, $285 supplies and equipment and $311 indirect costs. The bill will be paid by the Village of Iola. Devine said it looks like 25 geese are left. Dix said his original count was 85.

Devine said an Onterra lake study would cost $29,090 of which DNR grant would cover up to 67 percent. There is an in-kind match to bring the cost down by $2,500 if the district comes up with volunteers to assist in the kick-off meeting of 30 persons and the same number for a wrap-up as well as two people for 25 hours of work. Mayer said the last study just said keep on doing what we were doing. We need to dredge, which he recommended in small annual efforts. Murphy said the bottom line for the district was a $6,000 to $8,000 cost. Action will be taken at a future meeting.

The discussion turned to a district owned weed cutter. Mayer said Clintonville has two park employees to run theirs. Murphy said a friend in Illinois said volunteer cutters often don’t show up at a lake there.

Schmidt introduced Hamilton Harvey, who will take over the chemical part of his business.

Devine reported on a letter received from Ray Puricelli in Vermont about Lake Champlain in New York State. Algae has gotten so bad due to run-off that it has reduced property assessments.

Murphy/Harper moved to adjourn. Passed.

Acting Chairman Devine adjourned the meeting at 7:03 p.m.

Agenda for the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners to be held Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Iola Community Center. 

                    1.      Call to order

2.      Approval of the agenda

3.      Secretary’s report 

4.      Treasurer’s report 

5.      Old business

         a. Weed control

6.      New business

         a. Proposal for Lake Study by Onterra

         b. Any other business that may legally come before the board 

7.      Adjournment

Agenda for the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners to be held Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Iola Community Center. 

               1.      Call to order

2.      Approval of the agenda

3.      Secretary’s report 

4.      Treasurer’s report 

5.      Old business

a. Weed control

     6.      New business

a. Proposal for Lake Study beginning in 2016.  Ted Johnson (DNR) and Tim Hoyman (Onterra) will be present to answer questions.

b. Changes to Lake District board meeting schedule

c. Any other business that may legally come before the board 

7.      Adjourn

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District held at 6 p.m. Sept. 29, 2015, at the Village of Iola Community Center.

Present: Dave Harper, John Bertelson, Mike Devine, Lyle Nauman and Terry Murphy

Also present: Jane Myhra, Gary Richards, Cliff Schmidt, Tim Hoyman from Onterra, Ed Staal, Connie Staal, Merlin Mayer, Norm Perry, Ignazio Nanfria, Dean Glunn, Tom Francis, Joel Edler, Hamilton Harvey, Jerry Harvancik, Ted Johnson of DNR, Jack Kuhr and Michelle Frola.

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by Chairman Bertelson. He led the Pledge of Allegiance. He made the public meeting statement and introduced the board.

Nauman/Murphy moved to adopt the agenda. Passed.

Murphy/Nauman moved to adopt the minutes of the July 28 meeting. Passed. There was no meeting in August due to a lack of a quorum.

Mike Devine gave the treasurer’s report. He read the billing notes from Schmidt’s Landscaping about the last lake cutting. 80 hours were put in Aug. 13-20 at $175 an hour. There were 42 loads weighing 105 tons of vegetation removed. Algae is the main problem. Schmidt harvested one foot deep in those areas. Total bill $14,000. There is $12,452.06 in the money market account and $2,112.37 in checking for a total of $14,564.43. The checking account includes a balance of $1,900.21 earned by volunteers at brat fries at Sentry. The Sept. 19 fry earned $166.50, up from $117 at the one before. A check from the Iola Old Car Show has been received. The amount is $1,128. This is not in the previously cited totals. The check was for 188 adult volunteer hours at the show. The Town of Iola second payment of $742.58 has been received. There was also a $47 state aid check.

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

Ed Staal asked how car show money compared to last year. Devine said it was about the same.

Bertelson said chara is pretty high this year.

Hamilton Harvey, who will take over Schmidt’s chemical treatment business next year, said he attended a seminar. He saw a suction harvester for Eurasian Water Millfoil in Marinette County. It was built at a cost of $25,000. Ted Johnson said it could be used for spot treatments of an acre or less plant by plant.

Bertelson said he had received a dozen responses to his August email about doing a lake study. He had previously passed out a sheet of notes. He read that there are three alternatives, a comprehensive study, a partial study just to qualify for multi-year harvesting permits, or no lake study at all. Our five-year cutting permit expires in 2017. If we apply for permits annually out a study and lake management plan, the fee is $300 each year versus one payment of $300 for five years. There is more curly-leaf pond weed. Schmidt said it is covering more area, but is scattered and cannot yet justify a chemical treatment.

Ted Johnson of the DNR said he would let Schmidt go outside the designated cutting areas for one-foot deep cuttings. There is a grant category for a partial study up to $10,000 with a 67/33 match.

Bertelson noted the results of our draw down have been criticized, but it was undertaken based on the DNR experience of other lakes. There has been more algae since the draw down. He would like a full lake study to explore winter draw downs, more chemical use, less cutting, cut CLP early, expand cutting area especially up to Tresness Road, justification for our own harvester, suction harvesting and limited dredging to deepen areas.

Ted Johnson said there was algae before, because it is a nutrient rich system. Photos of lake in years past show a green carpet. It is a bad plant year all over Wisconsin.

Bertelson said the lake was dredged in 1965 and it was clear for 27 years. Ted Johnson said DNR has a special natural resource interest in Lake Iola. Bertelson said two cubic feet of sediment can be removed by homeowners generally, but this does not apply in Iola because of this Special Natural Resource designation.

Jerry Harvancik said the delay in returning the water level to its usual point after the draw down is why we have gotten these problems.

Tim Hoyman walked through Onterra’s estimate for a full lake study. It will cost $30,740 over two years in 2016 and 2017. A DNR grant would pay $20,595.80 and the local match would be $10,144.20. However because of volunteer and in-kind match opportunities, Iola can reduce its costs by $2,580. Actual cash cost could be as low as $7,564.20. The district would receive a DNR prepayment of grant of $13,996.85 at the start. This would cover almost all of the $14,200 Onterra cost of the 2016 portion of the study. In 2017, the district would have to pay out $11,010 before it would be reimbursed $5,148.95 by the DNR at the end of the study if enough volunteer hours are obtained. So the district needs to be ready to cover that $11,010 in 2017 for cash flow purposes.

Bertelson expressed concern about the district budget. Harper said it could be handled along the lines envisioned during the April 2015 budget work.

Ted Johnson said once a plan is in place, future work under its guidelines might lead to other grant possibilities. Hoyman said the plan would set realistic goals for Lake Iola. There would be water quality monitoring. This has not been done since 2008. Murphy said we need to commit to work with the new plan. He said before the drawdown the lake looked like a cesspool at the end of the season, now it is not as bad.

Mike Devine noted the drawdown brought in silt. The cost would be staggering to dredge it.

Johnson said there are no grants for dredging. Tom Francis asked about cost and suggested setting goals in survey. Bertelson said we will work with Onterra.

Hamilton Harvey asked how many volunteers were needed. Hoyman said five people working six hours each.

Ted Johnson emphasized that the DNR prefers a comprehensive plan.

Nauman/Harper moved to authorize the district to undertake a comprehensive Lake Iola Management Plan with Onterra.

Devine said the original plan did not recommend draw downs, but the result of the last one was to give the lake more depth by his house.

Hoyman said various leaf millfoil can expand in a draw down. Norm Perry said he has cattails. Harvancik said the survey is advisory to the board. Murphy said we need people’s help. Ted Johnson said that’s right.

Bertelson called the vote on the motion and the lake commissioners unanimously adopted it 5 votes to 0.

Harvancik asked if grant money could be returned if for some reason the annual meeting in June rejects the lake study. Ted Johnson said he had never seen it happen. Ed Staal volunteered his help. Just tell him what needs doing.

Bertelson outlined a new meeting schedule for 2016, March, April, June annual meeting immediately followed by the June commissioners meeting to elect officers. August and October. He then thanked Jack and Betty Kuhr and Harper for working the Sept. 19 brat fry.

A discussion of the lack of water going over the dam led Bertelson to ask for patience in working the matter out.

Harper/Nauman moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned by Chairman Bertelson at 7:35 p.m.

Agenda for the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners to be held Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Iola Community Center. 

                     1.      Call to order

2.      Approval of the agenda

3.      Secretary’s report 

4.      Treasurer’s report 

5.      Old business

a. Weed control

b. Comprehensive Lake Study Resolution

       6.      New business

a.  Plan Kids Ice Fishing Contest

b.  Any other business that may legally come before the board 

7.      Adjourn

Minutes of the meeting of the Lake Iola Lake District Commissioners held at 6 p.m. October 27, 2015, at the Village of Iola Community Center.

Present: Dave Harper, John Bertelson, Terry Murphy, Lyle Nauman and Mike Devine

Also present were Cliff Schmidt, Hamilton Harvey, Lyle Mork, Gary Richards, Jack and Betty Kuhr and Jerry Harvancik

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by Chairman Bertelson. He led the Pledge of Allegiance and read the open meeting statement. He introduced the five members of the board.

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

Murphy/Devine moved to adopt the minutes of the Sept. 29, 2015, meeting as written. Passed.

Treasurer Devine reported $13,734.33 in what was formerly the money market account but now is a checking account and Mike calls it the tax account. The Old Car Show deposit was $1,128. $154.27 was transferred in from the other checking account. Total is $13,734.33 now in the tax. The other checking account holds $1,921, which is all brat fry money earned for the district by volunteers. It is used to support the ice fishing contest for kids and other community service opportunities as approved by the board. The district

has received a check for $28.88 from the Iola Old Car Show for 5.5 hours of volunteer work at the military show in August, which was deposited into the tax account.

Murphy/Nauman moved to adopt the treasurer’s report as presented. Passed.

Bertelson said the weed control agenda item was pretty much covered in the last meeting. Chemical treatment should be considered for putting out for bids. Do we want a contract for chemical treatment, he asked? Nauman said it was a good idea. Schmidt said he would continue to do the survey for weeks so there is no conflict. The DNR likes this. There was a fall survey and a pre-survey check done during the last cutting of the year.

Bertelson said he would sign for the lake study. He said next June annual meeting would be followed by the June board meeting and then the kick-off meeting for the lake survey, one after the other on the same day.

Ice fishing contest for kids will be held Feb. 6 during Winter Carnival. The amount of $466 was raised this year at the brat fries. The city-wide rummage sale date in May 2016 will be the first brat fry date for the district, according to Jerry Harvancik

Nauman/Harper moved to authorize spending up to $800 from the brat fry account to pay for fishing prizes and other contest costs. Passed. Bertelson said he was heading up this project with Jerry Harvancik’s help.

Bertelson noted that the lake water level is low. He said the student clean-up around the dam was Oct. 19. Tom Fucik lowered the water level to the minimum for the clean-up and for Brian Watter’s  patch work at the dam on Oct. 27.

Bertelson said DNR’s Al Niebur has no final spring fish survey report but the next one will be done in spring 2016. DNR might add 22,000 bluegill to the lake as well as 5,500 large-mouth bass next year.

For comparison, Old Car Show earnings were $1,653 in 2014 and $1,128 in 2015. The past average has been around our budget value of $1,200, so the low number in 2015 is not a concern at this time.

Bertelson reported on the public pier project. He said the river walk was assisted by a DNR grant, and it still has money left for matching funds towards a similar public project. Plans were sent to DNR, which OK’d them. If the landing area has more than 200 square feet a permit would be required that is rarely given. The pier would be 25 feet out into the lake. There would actually be two piers, one on the mill side of the dam and the other on the park side of the dam. Scott Koehnke didn’t like two piers so close together, so one will be on the mill side. It will be 6 feet wide by 30 feet long.

Murphy asked why put one on Fucik’s property? Bertelson said it won’t be. The land would be sold to the village to make it public.

Lyle Mork said the American Legion post does not want a pier at their park. They just put three truckloads of fill along the shoreline at a cost of $1,050.

Murphy asked about where the money was coming from and the matching grant? There has been no approach to the village made about this yet.

Bertelson said there is a leak in the berm on the mill side of the dam and if a pier is put in an engineer should be hired to fix it.

Murphy said he thought it was too much and that it is fine the way it is. He went on to say that the peninsula by the boat landing might be a better location. Bertelson like this idea and will pursue that possibility for the project.

Nauman suggested a foot high chicken wire or plastic mesh fence along the park shoreline to keep out the geese. Mork said there are muskrats in the bank. Bertelson suggested he contact Tom Fucik to get the name of his trapper. Bertelson also mentioned the possibility of a kayak portage near the dam.

Murphy/Nauman moved to adjourn. Passed. The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m. by Chairman Bertelson.

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