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September 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minutes

September 16, 2017

 I. Call to order

The 2017 annual meeting of the RTLIA called to order at 9:00 am by Jason Klous.

II. Roll call

The following board members were present: Jason Klous, Tom Mayerhofer, Vicki Breault, Anne Heimkes Tuttle, Reid McFarlane, and Bill Pietrowski.

III. Treasurer’s Report

A. Total 2017 ytd:

  1. Income: $31,000
  2. Direct Lake Treatment Expenses: $16,085
  3. Total Administrative Expenses: $1,349
  4. Net Income: $14,460 Please note, we have yet to receive the invoices for the work that Matt Berg has done, which will reduce our net income.
  5. Treasurer’s financial report: Roger Breault motioned to accept, Dave Klous seconded the motion.

B. August 2017 meeting minutes read: Anne Tuttle motioned to accept, seconded by Roger Breault.

IV. Dave Blumer Lakes Update:

A. Current grant funding (2016-2017): Final year of 2 year AIS Control grant for all 4 lakes

  1. Limited money for AIS Control work on Long Trade, Round and Little Trade Lakes
  2. Need volunteer hours to match the grant

B. Final year of AIS Early Detection and Rapid Response Grant

  1. Limited money and EWM control work on Big Trade Lake
  2. Match requirements: physical removal and monitoring

C. It all ends this year. New grants need to be applied for in the next 6 months.

D. Aquatic Plant Management Plan: Will be completed for each lake by December 1, 2017. Plans will be posted on website in October.

E. Goals:

  1. Plant Management
  2. Healthy Lakes Grant projects (individuals)
  3. Water quality monitoring
  4. Be active lake stewards – be aware of invasive species (individuals)
  5. Implement management plans
  6. Long Trade Lake: Keep CLP and EWM under control and implement native plant restorations, and water quality plan
  7. Round Lake: Keep CLP and EWM under control, water quality plan, get lakeshore owners need to get involved
  8. Little Trade Lake: Keep CLP and EWM under control, lakeshore owners control invasive species, lakeshore owners need to get involved
  9. Big Trade Lake: Keep CLP and EWM under control, lakeshore owners control invasive species, lakeshore owners need to get involved

 V. Elections for 2017

A. President: No one was nominated or elected. President position is now vacant.

B. Round Lake representative: Bill Pietrowski was nominated by Roger Breault and reelected to the position.

C. Little Trade lake representative: Dan Freeman was nominated by Reid McFarlane and elected to the position.

VI. Officer Reports

A. Vicki Breault (VP – Long Trade Lake)

  1. Turn in volunteer hours and record on website
  2. Polk County going on Long Trade Lake doing property assessments

VII. Adjournment

Reid McFarlane motioned to adjourn the meeting, Bill Heimkes seconded the motion.  Motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 10:00 am.

Minutes submitted by Amy Klous, Marketing Committee Chair

June 17, 2017

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minutes

June 17, 2017

 

I. Call to order

The first 2017 regular meeting of the RTLIA called to order at 9:01 am by Jason Klous.

II. Roll call

The following board members were present: Jason Klous and Vicki Breault.

III. Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer on vacation, we’ll post to website in 2 weeks.

IV. Elections for 2017

Up for election this year is President and Round Lake representative in September at the annual meeting.

V. Upcoming Meetings

A. No July meetings; picnics instead

  1. Long Trade Lake boat parade, July 1 at 2pm, start at the sandbar
  2. Big Trade Lake picnic and boat parade July 1 at noon. There have been complaints about balloons polluting the lake.  If you choose to participate please use biodegradable balloons. An idea was brought up to use Nerf guns as an alternative to balloons.  Big Trade Lake picnic will be in the field adjacent to the boat landing after the boat parade.
  3. Round Lake will most likely have a boat parade on July 4 at noon, according to Pete Kane.

B. Long Trade Lake picnic July 15, noon at Atlas park. Round Lake included.

  1. August 19
  2. September 16
    1. Elections for President and Round Lake representatives

VI. President’s Report

A. Start exploring grant options for 2018 and beyond

  1. AIS grant possibilities – Done this year, we may apply for another grant in the future. Need volunteer hours to apply.
  2. Renewed focus on the Healthy Lakes Grant
    1. Applications on the website or contact your lake representative. Send in by February 2018 for Spring 2018
  3. Purple loosestrife beetles ready to release around July 1 on Round Lake

VII. Officer Reports

A. Vicki Breault (Long Trade Lake)

  1. Invert Workshop
    1. Next Friday, 6/23 at 3pm Polk County will do bug identification at Breault’s pole shed. Need volunteers to help identify. We’ll receive volunteer hours for grants.
  2. Long Trade Sechi disk reading
    1. Record 6 feet reading a week ago on 6/9.

VIII. Adjournment

Bill Heimkes motioned to adjourn the meeting, Roger Breault seconded the motion.  Motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 9:32 am.

 

Minutes submitted by Amy Klous, Marketing Committee Chair

May 20, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minutes

May 20, 2017

 

 I. Call to order

The first 2017 regular meeting of the RTLIA called to order at 9:01 am by Jason Klous.

II. Roll call

The following board members were present: Jason Klous, Tom Mayerhofer, and Reid McFarlane.

III. Treasurer’s Report

  1. 2016 Revenues short of $48,340
  2. 2016 Dues: $6780
  3. 2016 Expenses: $42,000
  4. So far this year $4800
  5. Reid motioned to accept the treasurer’s report, Niels seconded the motion.

IV. Elections for 2017

Up for election this year is President and Round Lake representative in September at the annual meeting.

V. 2017 Grants

a. AIS Grant

  1. See Dave Bloomer’s attached report for detail
  2. We don’t know if it’s been successful yet, we’ll see this year
  3. More work continued this year – more plans and information announced at June meeting
  4. $9500 in grant work to do this year

b. Rapid Response Grant

c. Large Scale Planning Grant for Long Trade (Jack LaMont updated)

  1. Monitoring 9 sites in Trade River Watershed to see what causes algae bloom
  2. June 23 at 3:30 critter testing at Roger Breault’s, please come help and we’ll get volunteer hours

d. Healthy Lakes Grant

  1. We got an extension from last year
  2. Looking to get another group to apply for 2018
  3. Due in Feb. 2018

e. Upcoming training events:

  1. June 14 Aquatic Invasive Species Training with free lunch at Polk County
  2. June 14 from 3:30-5:30 is an alum treatment at Cedar Lake in Polk County

 VI. President’s Report

a. July 15 Long Trade Lake picnic at Atlas park. Round Lake included.

b. July 1 Big Trade Lake picnic and boat parade. There have been complaints about balloons polluting the lake.  If you choose to participate please use biodegradable balloons. An idea was brought up to use Nerf guns as an alternative to balloons.

 

VII. Officer Reports

a. Reid McFarlane (Big Trade Lake)

  1. Drafted a letter from last year’s activity and gave to Trade Lake town clerk to figure out what percentage of revenues come from property owners. Lake shore owners pay 59.4% of the revenue of the township. They’ll vote in June to grant $2500 to help cleaning up the lakes.  The idea of a Lake District was brought up.

 

VIII. New Business

a. Member Dues help with the lake cleaning, picnics, insurance, etc. You can now pay online on our website.

 

IX. Adjournment

Reid McFarlane motioned to adjourn the meeting, Niels Pomeroy seconded the motion.  Motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 9:30 am.

 

Minutes submitted by Amy Klous, Marketing Committee Chair

September 17, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minutes

September 17, 2016

 

1. Call to order

The second 2016 regular meeting of the RTLIA called to order at 9:01 am by Jason Klous.

 2.  Roll call

The following persons were present: Jason Klous, Jack LaMont, Vicki Breault, Reid McFarlane

  • Approval of Minutes

Roger Breault motioned to approve minutes from last meeting, Bill Heimkes second the motion. Motion approved

3. Treasurer’s Report

  1. Will be posted

 

4. Elections

Vice President – Vicki Breault nominated by Roger Breault; no other nominations for VP. Vicki Breault re-elected Vice President.

Long Trade Lake – Anne Tuttle nominated by Roger Breault; no other nominations for Long Trade Lake Officer. Anne Tuttle elected Long Trade Lake Officer.

Big Trade Lake – Reid McFarlane nominated by Tom Daellenbach no other nominations for Big Trade Lake Officer. Reid McFarlane re-elected Big Trade Lake Officer.

5. President’s Report

  1. June 1-Sept. 16 had 534 volunteer hour submitted on website. That number will increase as we submit more hours.

6. Officer Reports

a. Vicki (Vice President)

  1. Need people to sit at landing for Clean Boats Clean Water through end of Oct.
  2. Complete volunteer hours, submit on website or contact your lake rep.
  • Healthy Lakes Grant – 4 completed so far. More available for 2017. Complete form on website. Or contact any board member. Needed by Feb. 2017.

b. Jack (Long Trade Lake)

  1. Bridge Snapshot Day – Good turnout from RTLIA. Statewide effort to teach citizens about stream and lake monitoring for invasive species.
  2. Stream monitoring important has a huge impact on the health of our lakes.

c. Reid (Big Trade Lake)

  1. UW Extension will look at tax base on Big Trade Lake to determine percentage of town revenues come from lake properties.
  2. Motioned to seek information about percentage of town budget that come from lakeshore property owners in Laketown and Trade Lake townships. Neils Pomeroy second the motion. Motioned approved.

d. Bill (Round Lake)

  1. Concerned about water clarity on Round Lake.
  2. DNR will not be restocking walleye because they aren’t reproducing in the lake.

e. Dave Blummer, Lake Consultant, LEAPS

  1. We are paying for this through grants. Volunteer hours need to be submitted.
  2. Big Trade Lake – Treatment did a good job
  3. Little Trade Lake – Treatment worked well where we treated.
  4. Long Trade Lake – Treatment worked but still some detected. Reintroduce native aquatic plants.
  5. Round Lake – Treatment didn’t work, still plants detected on North and Eastern shoreline.

 

7. New Business

Big Trade Lake landing light, paying $315/yr. No other lights at other lakes in the association. Motion that the RTLIA stop paying for light at Big Trade Lake landing by Oct. 1. Second motion by Pete Kane. Discussion around having the town of Trade Lake take over the light but the township declined.  1 nay. Motioned passed.

 8. Adjournment

AnnDrea Benson made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Second by Roger Breault.  Motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 10:09 am.

 

Minutes submitted by Amy Klous, Marketing Committee Chair

August 20, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minutes

August 20, 2016

 1. Call to order

The second 2016 regular meeting of the RTLIA called to order at 9:05 am by Jason Klous.

 2. Roll call

The following persons were present: Jason Klous, Tom Mayerhofer, Jack LaMont, Bill Paleen, Reid McFarland

3. Approval of Minutes

Roger Breault motioned to approve minutes from last meeting, Reid McFarland second the motion. Motion approved

4. Treasurer’s Report

  1. $15000 in the bank, $10,000 in grant receivable
  2. $6570 revenue
  3. Net loss $1900 but will be recouped through grants
  4. Dues up 53% over last year
  5. Neils motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report, Gene second the motion. Motion approved.

5. President’s Report

  1. September meeting is elections for VP and Long Trade and Big Trade Board seats
  2. Recap of treatments in 2016 at September meeting
  3. Next year is last year of AIS (treatment) grant

6. Officer Reports

  1. Jack (Long Trade Lake)
    1. Volunteer hours needed
    2. Statewide program September 10 9am-1pm for Bridge Snapshot. Statewide participation. We’ll be meeting at Café Wren for a training on invasive species then go visit our 9 sites we’re monitoring and collect, bring back and discuss. Free lunch provided by Café Wren.  All volunteer hours go towards AIS grant.
  2. Bill (Round Lake)
    1. Water quality was 4.5ft at the beginning of August, seems better than past
    2. Weeds seem better around outlet
  3. Reid (Big Trade Lake)
    1. Physical removal on Big Trade Lake – Didn’t see EWM in the areas they looked.

7. Patrick Goggin, Lake Specialist – UW Extension-Lakes

  1. Discussed the process for forming a Lake District
  2. See attachment for slide deck from presentation
  3. See link on their www.uwsp.edu/uwexlakes.com

8. Next Meeting

  1. 9 am on Saturday, September 17, 2016
  2. Elections for Vice President, Long Trade and Big Lake Board seats

9. Adjournment

Roger Breault made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Second by Roger Christianson.  Motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 9:34 am.

 

Minutes submitted by Amy Klous, Marketing Committee Chair

June 18, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minutes

June 18, 2016

 

  1. Call to order

The second 2016 regular meeting of the RTLIA called to order at 9:00 am by Jason Klous.

 

  1. Roll call

The following persons were present: Jason Klous, Vicki Breault, Tom Mayerhofer, Jack LaMont, Bill Paleen

  • Approval of Minutes

Roger Breault motioned to approve minutes from last meeting, Sharon Christianson second the motion. Motion approved

  1. Treasurer’s Report
    1. $5900 revenue (collected $5800 in dues), ahead of last year
    2. $8430 expenses
    3. Net loss $2500 but will be recouped through grant
    4. 119 (35%) of homes contributed

Roger Breault motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report, Dave Klous second the motion. Motion approved.

 

  1. President’s Report
    1. Physical removal day is July 23
    2. AIS treatments are done on all 4 lakes but haven’t seen reports yet

 

  1. Officer Reports
    1. Vicki (Vice President)
      1. Healthy Lakes Grant – before and after pics of her project. So far so good. Open invite to look at it for applying for grant next year.
      2. Clean Boats Clean Water (CBCW) – encourage everybody to volunteer for an hour or two – volunteers needed.
  • Volunteer sheets – many things count toward hours. Please track or talk to Vicki for more info
  1. Ice Packs – to hand out to boats at the landing. Towels for the 4th of July. Giveaways to promote CBCW.
  2. Reintroduction of native plants – getting good weeds back in the lake. Putting them on the side of county land because it’s shallow and sandy and little disturbance. Work to be done on Monday July 27 at 8am by Matt Berg and his biology students. More volunteers are needed to help. Show up at 8 am at the landing. (Part of AAS grant)
  1. Jack (Long Trade Lake)
    1. Big Trade and Little Trade – boat parade July 2 followed by picnic
    2. Long Trade Lake at Atlas Park on July 9, noon. Need volunteers
  • Chemicals seem to be working in the lake
  1. Bill (Round Lake)
    1. Parade July 4 at noon
    2. Picnic – join Long Trade Lake at Atlas Park on July 9 at noon.

 

  • Katelin Anderson – Polk County Land and Resources Department
    1. Large Scale Planning Grant – Measuring water quality and lake management
    2. Starting on Long Trade Lake because it’s the first lake in the chain.
    3. Volunteer hours needed for match payback
    4. 3 year project. Samples and monitoring will be done every other week.
    5. Collecting data on phosphorus, secchi depth, chlorophyll, algae, shoreline inventory, lake level monitoring. In addition, Butternut Creek and Trade River monitoring.
    6. Shoreline inventory looks at erosion and native plantings and contributing negative impact factors.
    7. Water Action Volunteer (WAV) monitoring and workshop – 9 tributaries, volunteers monitoring this and workshop will follow.
    8. Lake Management Plan (LMP) development – large report at completion of project followed by meetings to present the data and an create a lake management plan with long term goals and strategies for improvement in lake quality.
    9. Committee will be formed – need 5-10 people to volunteer for the committee
    10. Volunteers needed for various tasks and committee. This helps keep the grant at no cost to the lake.
  • Next Meeting

9 am on Saturday, August 20, 2016

  1. Adjournment

Roger Breault made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Second by Jack LaMont. Motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 9:34 am.

 

Minutes submitted by Amy Klous, Marketing Committee Chair

May 21, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minutes

May 21, 2016

 

  1. Call to order

The first 2016 regular meeting of the RTLIA called to order at 9:00 am by Jason Klous.

 

  1. Roll call

The following persons were present: Jason Klous, Vicki Breault, Tom Mayerhofer, Jack LaMont, Reid McFarland, Bill

  • Approval of Minutes

Bill Heimkes motioned to approve minutes from last meeting, Dave Klous second the motion. Motion approved

  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Treasurers Report:
  3. For 2015 Total Revenues were $44,984 and made up as follows:   $40,473 in Grant Revenues, Lake Dues revenues of $4,280 and Miscellaneous Revenues of $231.
  4. Expenses for 2015 were $36,401 and were made up of:  LEAPS  $6,927, Endangered Resource Sevices $9,550, Northern Aquatic Services $17,346 and WDNR $530, D&O Insurance of $778, Picnic Expenses of $575 and Other Miscellaneous Expenses of $1,355.
  5. For 2015 Net Income was $8,585
  6. Information for 2016, year to date is as follows:
  7. Revenues of $4,670, all from Lake Dues received.  (already ahead of 2015)
  8. Expenses of $4,358 made up of LEAPS $3,009, WDNR Permits of $930 and Misc Admin of $419.
  9. Net Income year to date is $311.
  10. Our cash balance at the time of this meeting is $16,602
  11. Dues received year to date, by lake are as follows:

Big Trade Lake:    $1,380

Little Trade Lake   $760

Round Lake           $1,530

Long Trade Lake   $1,000

  1. Dues received as a percentage of the potential to be collected was:

Big Trade Lake       25%

Little Trade Lake     42%

Round Lake            49%

Long Trade Lake    35%

Note:  This percentage is skewed by the fact that many people contributed more than the “potential” of $40.  Perhaps a better measure of lake representations would be the percentage of participating contributors as compared to the total lakeshore residents.

6  The percentage of participation by lake would be:

Big Trade Lake         21%

Little Trade Lake       33%

Round Lake               35%

Long Trade Lake       29%
 

  1. President’s Report
    1. Physical removal day on July 23 on all four lakes
    2. Grants: Healthy Lakes Grant – opportunities to apply for next year. See the website for more information. www.rtlia.org
    3. Speakers at each meeting to educate us:
      1. June: Katelin Anderson
      2. July: no meeting because of physical removal
  • August: Pat Goggin

 

  1. Officer Reports
    1. Vicki (Vice President)
      1. Clean Boat Clean Water – spend time at landing talking and educating boaters. See Flyer for information.
      2. Record volunteer time. $12/hr per person towards grants. Hand your hours in in monthly to your lake chairperson.
  • Healthy Lakes – we were awarded 6 grants. Native plantings along the lake shore. $1000 grants per person applied. Ask Vicky or see website for more information to apply next year.
  1. Jack (Long Trade Lake)
    1. Stream Monitoring – for water quality and clarity. Analysis of what’s in the streams and Trade River watershed to see what’s going in the lakes.
    2. Large Scale Planning Grant –
  • 2016 Picnic – July 9 thinking about combining all the lakes picnics
  1. Lake Parade – Scheduled for July 2 at 1pm
  1. Bill (Round Lake)
    1. Lake update – It appears tht physical removal worked ok but need to keep it up.
    2. Going to make the rounds to get suggestions on how we can make the lake better.
  • Fish is good to eat according to the lake biologist
  1. Contact Bill with any questions or issues
  1. Reid (Big and Little Trade Lake)
    1. Picnic date – TBD
    2. No Updates

 

  • Dave Blummer Lake Treatment Update
    1. AIS Grant – Treatments weren’t as effective as we wanted them to be. We were awarded 2016-2017 grant we applied for $95,384.
      1. Needs $24,000 sponsor match ie. Volunteer hours, Donated Services, Boat and Equipment Use, Cash donations
      2. Big Trade has it’s own Early Detection and Response grant
  • Grant needs volunteer hours: Clean Water Clean Boats Native Plant introduction, Purple Loosetrife Beetle releasing, AIS education and monitoring, Plant Surveying, Physical removal, and more.
  1. These activities are all easy, fun and can involve your kids, friends, and neighbors. All should get involved. 564 volunteer hours needed. Report hours on the website or to your lake chairperson.
  1. Long Trade Lake – (CLP) Curly Leaf Pond Weed and (EWM) Eurasian Water Milfoil treatment reduced with management but returning. Treatment for CLP and EWM, introduce native plants, and herbicide. Concern is killing native plants when treating CLP and EWM. Native Plant introduction in 2-3 sites.
  2. Round Lake – EWM reduced with management and now plateauing and able to be well managed. Treatment: use a faster killing herbicide.
  3. Little Trade Lake – CLP and EWM since 2011 increased and needs to be well managed. Goal is to prevent it from going into Big Trade Lake. Treatment: difficult to manage due to thick plant growth. North Bay using fast acting herbicide and dye to see movement, and a cocktail approach in main body of the lake. We need to focus on this lake so it doesn’t spread into Big Trade Lake. Treating 10 acres.
  4. Big Trade Lake – EWM none until 2012 and is spreading but not very much. Need to manage so it doesn’t spread. Treatment: Physical removal and manage Little Trade to prevent it spreading into Big Trade.
  5. Treatments are now done last Thursday, May 18 on all 4 lakes.
  6. Need physical removal on all lakes to manage.

  • Public Comment
    1. Question was asked if drinking water is affected by lake herbicide treatment and no reports noted and the levels added to treat did not affect drinking water.
    2. Question was asked why we can’t determine that the treatment can’t be determined to be affective. There are many variables out of our control that can affect the results.

 

  1. Next Meeting

9 am on Saturday, June 25, 2016

  1. Adjournment

Roger Breault made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Second by Lynn Gallandat. Motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 10:15 am.

 

Minutes submitted by Amy Klous, Marketing Committee Chair

September 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minute

September 19, 2015

 

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am by President Jason Klous, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call of the officers was taken by Laurie Dezenzo, Secretary/Treasurer. Jason Klous, President; Vicki Breault, Vice-President, Jack Lamont board member from Long Trade Lake, Reid McFarlane board member from Trade Lake and Bob Paleen board member Round Lake were in attendance. The meeting minutes from the August 15, 2015 meeting are posted on the association website so a motion was made to accept as posted by Rick Thill and 2nd by Pete Kane. Motion carried. The Treasurers report was given based on the January 1 2015 through September 19, 2015 time frame. The report showed a total income for the period of January 1, 2015 thru September 19, 2015 was $23,446.32; total expenses $29,328.00with a net income of -$5881.68 and Total Assets of $6,031.72. A motion was made by Rick Thill and 2nd by Pete Kane to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. Motion carried.

New Business

  • President, Jason Klous, report:
    • Healthy Lake Grant:
      • A grant that is offered by the DNR this year
      • A page has been created on the website with a lot of information that explains technical information
      • As an organization we can apply for up to $25,000; $1000 per lake shore owner so you can have up to 25 properties.
      • State will pay up to 75% of project up to $1000. Owner has to pay 25% of project or $250 or matching volunteer hours. The DNR will reimburse up to $1000 but the owner has to pay 25%.
      • The owner has to sign a 10 year maintenance agreement with the lake association
      • Projects can be for 5 general areas:
        • Fish Sticks – woody planting in water in front of property. There are specifics on the website. In general; 50 feet and anchored to shoreline. There are some DNR requirements. Have to get a permit from the DNR because it is in the water. Cannot do it on its own. Have to do in conjunction with one of the other projects.
        • 350 square feet of lakeshore planting at water’s edge creating natural planting. Must be continuous so it must be a continuous 350 square feet installed at lakeshore.
        • If you have a driveway or road that is going down to the lake you can create a diversion by digging a small trench and fill with rock and a log to divert the water from running down the road or driveway.
        • Rock infiltration; gutters on house and the water runs down to the lake you can dig a trench and fill with rock to capture water to allow it to filter off rather than run off.
        • Rain garden to stop flow of water to lake.

In August Jason went to meeting at Polk County in which two lake districts that talked about their experience this year and last year with this grant and they suggested doing a small batch the first year to get the process figured out. What Jason would like to do is get 10 lake shore owners sampling all 4 lakes to do this for next year. The problem with the grant is it is a payout to get a payback. So, he is concerned about paying out $25,000 based on the current financials. It will be virtually impossible to do that. We may be able to work something out with the contractor to help us out. Doing a test the first year to get it figure out would be the best way to move forward. Need to apply for the grant by February 2016. If a landowner is interested they may need to pay the $1000 and be reimbursed by the association. If anyone is interested they can contact Jason. There is also a form that needs to be downloaded and completed. They are needed for the grant application to show we are interested. These projects need to not just be started but completed. So the landowner can assist the contractor as well. Discussion followed.

  • Rapid Reponse Grant
    • We still have approximately $20,000 for Big Trade Lake. It is a dollar amount to use up rather than a number of years.
    • We spent approximately $4000 this year but it will probably go up significantly
    • We will hit Big Trade hard with treatment in 2016 because more EWM was found after the treatment.
  • AIS Grant
    • We have about $10,000-$11,000 left in that grant
    • Will be asking DNR for extension to do smaller treatments on the other 3 lakes in 2016
    • Need to have everything in place for what we did as part of the grant to apply for more treatment
  • Looking to apply for other Rapid Response Grants for treatment on other lakes.
  • Plan on doing a membership drive for those interested in knocking on doors
  • Updating the website
  • Going to try to get some guest speakers for next year to talk about different topics; ie, someone to speak on lake district. Discussion followed regarding lake district
  • Officer Reports:
    • Vicki Breault:
      • Fund Raising – Raffle off of smaller items. Board would vote on items. Will do research of cost of printing tickets and selling them over the next 4-6 months and buying items. What to raffle off and when to do the raffle possibly in the Spring. Need to get a license. Discussion followed.
      • Stream monitoring
        • Final one this fall
        • Collect bugs at 9 sites next Saturday. Collect bugs from 8-9am and meet at 1 at the Breault’s pole barn to look at bugs.
        • Different bugs determines the quality of water and what coming into our lakes upstream
        • Going Trade River to Butternut approximately 27 miles
    • Jack Lamont:
      • Large Scale Planning Grant – We are coming along very well. Katlyn at Polk County came up with a budget and it looks like our share of that budget will be about $21,000. It was made very clear that we don’t want to put any cash into this grant that we would want to put into volunteer hours. She was very confident that it could be covered by volunteer hours and what wasn’t covered by volunteer hours would be paid by Polk County Parks and Recreation. They take over the administration of the grant.
      • Volunteer hours will be required by each individual grant. Each activity will go by each grant specifically. You can’t double dip.
    • Bob Paleen – Nothing to report
    • Reid McFarland
      • He broke up Big Trade property owners by roads – approximately 155 lake shore owners. He has folders for the specific road and flyers to hand out.
  • Dave Blumer Repor – LEAPS
    • Going into 2015
      • Long Trade Lake:
        • 2014 – almost no EWM except in channel
        • CLP treated
        • EWM physical removal
        • Reintroduce native plants
      • Round Lake:
        • 2014 treatment not as effective
        • EWM in lake
        • Chemical treatment
      • Little Trade Lake:
        • 2014 couldn’t treat due to high waters. CLP & EWM was bad
        • 2015 treatment planned & completed
      • Big Trade Lake:
        • 2014 EWM left the channel and went into other areas
        • Herbicide use to treat
        • Continue to monitor
        • Physical removal
      • We treated as follows:
        • Long Trade Lake – 5/5/2015 3.78 acres of CLP – 9 beds & physical removal – not much EWM
        • Round Lake – 5/27/2015 4.08 acres of EWM and physical removal
        • Little Trade Lake – 5/5/2015 6.52 acres CLP/EWM in bay and 6 beds
        • Big Trade Lake – 5/5/2015 1.42 acres CLP/EWM 11 small areas
      • Results
        • Long Trade Lake – Pre/post survey (CLP)
          • Levels were down in May
          • After treatment was moderately down
          • EWM – not specifically targeted but chemicals from CLP should kill
          • However more EWM plants emerged
        • Round Lake – Pre/post survey
          • Targeted EWM only
          • Treatment beds were knocked down
          • Didn’t treat outlet
        • Little Trade Lake – Pre/post survey
          • Treatment was specifically for CLP at high concentrations to help knock down EWM
          • Inlet has changed and comes right into the bay. Makes it harder to treat
          • Significantly knocked down CLP
          • EWM a little less
        • Big Trade Lake – Pre/post survey
          • Not treated specifically but knocked down a little of the CLP
          • EWM wasn’t much at the time of the treatment
          • EWM has actually increased
          • Discussion followed regarding getting people involved
        • Fall surveys are not completed. Hopefully Matt will get out in the next couple of weeks.
      • Going into 2016
        • Long Trade Lake has more EWM – will need management
        • No Native plants were not introduced into Long Trade
        • Trade Lake has more EWM
        • Round and Little Trade will probably be the same going into 2016
        • Round Lake outlet needs to be looked at
        • Physical removal is an important part of managing EWM
          • Prolongs herbicide treatment
          • Do a couple of times a year
    • 2016 Preliminary Management Plan
      • Long Trade Lake (Restoration Phase)
        • Combine Treatment for CLP & EWM
        • Physical Removal
        • Not specifically targeting CLP
        • Faster acting herbicide in channel
      • Round Lake (Maintenance Phase)
        • Similar to 2015 using a little higher concentration
        • Physical treatment
        • Purple Loosestrife
      • Little Trade Lake (Catchup Phase)
        • Consider engineering plan to evaluate inlet
        • Faster acting contact herbicide
        • Implement combined chemical treatment for CLP & EWM
        • Physical removal
      • Big Trade Lake (Aggressive Management Phase)
        • Chemically treat area with combined CLP & EWM treatment with high concentration
        • Physical removal
    • Implementation
      • Funds remaining from AIS grant – get extension
      • Big Trade Lake Rapid Response Grant
      • Apply for additional grants
        • 1yr AIS Control Grant
        • Early detection
        • 2yr AIS Educational Grant
        • Lake Management Planning Grant
      • RTLIA Fund Raising
      • Look into forming Lake District
  • Nominations lead by vice-president Vicki Breault
    • Jason Klous was nominated by Amy Klous for the position of President. Vicki Breault asked 3 times if there were any other nominations for President. There were no other nominations. Jason was unanimously elected for a 2nd 2 year term as President.
    • Tom Mayerhofer was nominated by Roger Breault for the position of Secretary/Treasurer. Vicki asked 3 times if there were any other nominations for Secretary/Treasurer. There were no other nominations. Tom Mayerhofer was unanimously elected for his 1st 3 year term as Secretary/Treasurer.
    • Bill Petrowski was nominated by Bob Paleen for the position of Round Lake Board Member. Vicki asked 3 times if there were any other nominations for Round Lake Board Member. There were no other nominations. Bill Petrowski was unanimously elected for his 1st 2 year term as Round Lake Board Member.

Motion was made by Roger Breault to adjourn. Rick Thill 2nd motion. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted.

Laurie M. Dezenzo

Secretary/Treasurer

August 15, 2015 Meeting Minute

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

Meeting Minute

August 15, 2015

 

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am by President Jason Klous, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call of the officers was taken by Laurie Dezenzo, Secretary/Treasurer. Jason Klous, President; Vicki Breault, Vice-President, Jack Lamont board member from Long Trade Lake, were present.  Reid McFarlane board member from Trade Lake and Bob Paleen board member Round Lake were absent. The meeting minutes from the June 20, 2015 meeting are posted on the association website so a motion was made to accept as posted by Anne Tuttle and 2nd by Ramona Lamont.  Motion carried. The Treasurers report was given based on the January 1 2015 through June 20, 2015 time frame. The report showed a total income for the period of January 1, 2015 thru August 15, 2015 was $23,241.17; total expenses $28,298.21 with a net income of –$5,057.04 and Total Assets of $6,856.36.  Vice President Vicki Breault asked the question why if we have a total of $6,856.36 how could we have a negative income. Treasurer Laurie Dezenzo explained it is simply the expenses are more than our income even though we have the assets.  $4962.83 is in our savings account and not part of the cash flow in the checking account.  Jason stated the P&L is a snap shot.  We need to get the grant reimbursement to bump up income.  A motion was made by Roger Breault and 2nd by Pete Kane to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. Motion carried.

New Business

  • President, Jason Klous, report:
    • Physical Removal Day:
    • There were a total of 26 volunteers; 16 from Long Trade, 8 from Round Lake & 2 from Trade Lake.
    • Focus on Round Lake was the outlet because that is an area that was not chemically treated. So there will always be physical remove in that area.  They were successful in removing a lot of it.
    • Picnic at Roger & Vicki’s
    • There were no volunteers from Big/Little Trade
    • We received a Rapid Response Grant for Big Trade this year because EWM was found for the first time last year.  We did the first chemical treatment this year.  However after treatment more was found after chemical treatment.  Would like to do a physical removal this year.  Only Reid & Andrea McFarland showed up.  None was done on Big Trade.  We need to see more participation from Big Trade to do a physical removal still this year.
      • Grant Status:
      • AIS grant ends in June 2016.
      • Treatments completed out of AIS grant – only enough left for surveys
      • We will apply for a one year extension to hopefully get more money.
      • Jason went to a lakes convention a couple of months ago and there is approximately $4 million for lake grants and $50,000 a year or less for ongoing treatments.  We are trying to change that but it is very unlikely we will be unsuccessful in getting something for ongoing treatments.  So, physical removal becomes a big part of the treatment plan until the law changes.
      • Lake shore improvement grant.  Jason will be attending a meeting this Wednesday in Polk County regarding smaller grants for lake shore owners or lake associations for improving shorelines. A big part of what is coming into our system is coming off of actual lakeshore properties.  Grant money available that we may not have to pay back but Jason will find out on Wednesday.  We could use education or events to improve lakeshore quality.  More information to come
        • Purple Loose Strife:
        • Release beetles in mid-July in the inlet channel of Round Lake which is the only place anyone said there was plants.  When Jason was in the area with Dave Blumer there was much less than last year.  So it is having a good effect.  He asked that if anyone sees some on their lake to please let one of the board members know and we will plan on raising more next year.   Discussion followed.
        • Officer Reports:
          • Vicki Breault:
          • Physical removal on Long Trade-did not do the outlet that wasn’t sprayed- too much and too deep to get in.  They felt it would be more effective to go to the north side of the south basin. They got in the water and physically pulled it out with their hands and placed in big tubs in the pontoons.  They got a lot out.
          • Stream monitoring – a bunch trained this spring – 9 sites where the streams and rivers come into and go out of Long Trade.  Measure width and depth and take temperature with a machine the association owns and it also measures the dissolved oxygen in the water.  Did a stream assessment of each site this past month which involved more.  Based on width of the stream, where you have to go up 700 ft which was the Trade River. This is done monthly.  In September they are going to do a bug assessment.  Collect a sampling of the bugs and separate out to identify.  Bugs help to determine the quality of the water.  Some bugs can live in bad water and some can’t.  So the type of bugs you find will give an idea of the water quality.  Based on what we do, we should be able to test for phosphorus and it will be paid for.  This all will help to determine what is going into the lake and eventually test the other lakes. Jason stated that they will be able to find out where the phosphorus is coming from.  If internally it is coming from the bottom it can be treated.  If from outside sources it needs to be fixed. Discussion followed.

 

  • Jack Lamont:
  • Large Scale Planning Grant – working with Polk County to gather data so we can make good decisions down the line.  Polk County has agreed to take this thing over; come up with a budget and do the application.  And after some discussion it was decided to split into two $25,000 grants.
    • First one is to enhance on stream monitoring and do studies on nitrates.  It is very expensive because you have to send the samples to a lab for analysis.  Then the experts so reports on the findings.
    • Second one is to take a deep core sampling on Long Trade to find when the pollution and phosphorus levels really started to happen. What did the lake look like 2000 years ago, 100 years ago, 50 years ago.  On Long Trade over the years sewage and plant decay in the lake.
    • Problem is you have to offset with volunteer hours which is 33%.  May have to pay $2000 cash above and beyond to pay for grants.  We are going to try to make it a wash to cover everything with volunteer hours.  For example; instead of get phosphorus/nitrate samples from 9 to cut to 4 sites.  Could do 9 sites of stream monitoring for volunteer hours and only do chemical treatment on 4 sites.
    • The intent is since Long Trade is first in the watershed of the association, we need to get an understanding what is happening and what is coming into there and then moving down to the other lakes in the system.
    • Also can do mapping of properties with a GPS and determine if there is a good buffer guard, rain garden, etc.  There is a $1000 grant that is primarily for education on what to plant.  Discussion followed.
    • Wednesday at 7pm at the Justice Center presented by PCLAR

Pete Kane brought some information on shoreline zoning changes.  State of Wisconsin passed law that you can’t have local strict zoning laws more strict than the state.  There is information on setbacks; etc.

Next month is elections; Jason will run again.  Laurie’s position is up due to term limits.  It is a very critical position.  The Round Trade Lake board member position is open.  There may be someone interested.

Discussion followed regarding emails and new people that are on the lakes.  We need a new tax list to find new owners.  Also there was a discussion of going door to door with pamphlets to get owners interested in the association.  More discussion followed.

Motion was made by Roger Breault to adjourn.  Anne Heimkes 2nd motion.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted.

Laurie M. Dezenzo

Secretary/Treasurer