Clearwater River Watershed District
RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT
Rebecca Kluckhohn, Wenck Associates, Inc., reviewed the monitoring data that she is using to develop TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) recommendations for addressing water quality issues in the Clearwater River from Clear Lake to Lake Betsy and in Lake Louisa. Discussion was held as to how to get stakeholders involved in this process. It was decided to include TMDL information at the March 16, 2004 public information meeting.
Regular meeting was called to order at 7:00p.m. by Manager Froyen. Managers Roland Froyen, Virl Liebrenz, Mark Kampa, and Bob Schiefelbein were present. Manager Brunsell was absent. Others in attendance were Merle Anderson, Norm Wenck, Kelly Bergesch, Jerry Carter, Dean Flygare, Jeff Hrubes, Kerry Saxton, Tom Bacon, and Rebecca Kluckhohn. Anita Voosen and Jim Abbott arrived later.
Tom Bacon and Kerry Saxton left the meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Motion #04-02-1: Schiefelbein, seconded by Liebrenz, made a motion to adopt the agenda to include recent correspondence. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #04-02-2: Liebrenz, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #04-02-3: Kampa moved to pay a voucher that he submitted for time spent reviewing CRWD information when he became a Manager. The motion died for lack of a second.
Motion #04-02-4: Liebrenz, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to accept the February 18, 2004 financial report and pay bills. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #04-02-5: Froyen, seconded by Liebrenz, made a motion to sign authorization for Anita Voosen to enlarge a sediment basin in Restawhile Shores Development. All Managers voted aye.
Anita Voosen left the meeting at 7:25 p.m.
Jim Abbott, Developer, is interested in purchasing the Maple Hill Resort property located in Stearns County. Jim is very interested in the community sewer system being proposed for Clearwater Harbor area. He was informed that property is allowed five hookups and the abandonment of the current septic system on that property is part of the project.
Jim Abbott left the meeting at 7:35 p.m.
Administrator Anderson voiced his concern regarding a recent headline in area newspapers. The headline "Clearwater River Watershed District-Organization Considers Policing Ditches" is not accurate in his estimation. The article is in regards to the CRWD accepting administrative responsibilities for Meeker County dicthes within the District. The CRWD's role would be to work with property owners in dealing with various water quality issues.
Kelly Bergesch left the meeting at 7:40 p.m.
Motion #04-02-6: Liebrenz, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to call for bids for construction of the Clearwater Harbor Area Sanitary Sewer System, with bids due at the office of Wenck Associates Inc. by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2004. These bids will be open and read aloud that evening at the 6:00 p.m. CRWD Work Session, which will be held at Stanley's Restaurant in Kimball, MN. All Managers voted aye.
Jeff Hrubes left the meeting at 7:45 p.m.
Manager Froyen encouraged managers' to submit agenda items for the citizenship meeting.
Administrator Anderson reviewed draft Buffer Strip Pilot Project legislation. This will be discussed again at the February 25, 2004 Work Session.
Motion #04-02-7: Froyen, seconded by Liebrenz, made a motion to authorize Manager Schiefelbein and Administrator Anderson to work with Senator Dille and Representative Stang on Buffer Strip Pilot Project legislation. All Managers voted aye.
Administrator Anderson indicated that he had contacted Rollie Schmidt regarding enhancement of the fish trap. Rollie will bring recommendations to the Board at a later date.
Norm Wenck, Engineer, presented the Kimball Stormwater Report to the managers. Administrator Anderson is to finalize a time when this information can be reviewed with the Kimball City Council.
Norm Wenck, Engineer, presented for consideration the 2004 Water Quality Monitoring Plan. Approval will take place at the March 10, 2004 regular CRWD meeting.
Norm Wenck, Engineer, reported that he would review Corinna Township road repair plans as it relates to structures operated by CRWD.
Norm Wenck, Engineer, indicated that he would suggest to MnDOT that when they remove portions of the culvert aprons on the Pleasant Lake Outlet, that they cement the areas at the proper elevation to prevent piping of water around the culvert.
Administrator Anderson informed the Board that he has submitted a Minnesota Environmental Initiative Award Application for recognition of CRWD stormwater management efforts, that he recently provided a tour of existing community sewer systems to the city of St. Stephen, and that Tri-County News has lowered their rate for publication of CRWD Minutes, to be consistent with Annandale Advocate rates.
Manager Liebrenz reported that the subcommittee to determine where experimental silt removal should take place recommends the area around the DNR boat landing at the west end of Clearwater Lake, where the river comes in from Lake Augusta.
Dean Flygare, CRWD Advisory Committee Member, distributed Minnesota Extension Service brochures for upcoming education seminars on small community wastewater systems.
Motion #04-02-8: Liebrenz, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to authorize managers to attend the MES Small Community Wastewater Education Seminar. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #04-02-9: Kampa, seconded by Liebrenz, made a motion to adjourn the meeting. All Managers voted aye.
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