Clearwater River Watershed District
Board of Managers Meeting
December 9, 2009 - 7:00PM
Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN
Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at
7:00pm. Manager’s Bob Schiefelbein, Mark Kampa, Marvin Brunsell, Jerry Risberg,
and Roland Froyen were present. Others in attendance were Engineer Rebecca
Kluckhohn, Assistant Administrator Dennis Loewen, Meeker County Commissioner
Wally Strand, Mel Dykhuizen, Ron Mares, Dean Flygare, Tom Bacon, Noah MacMillan,
Hank Schriefels, Bill Stephens, Dick Naaktgeboren, John Dearing, and Chuck
Introductions were made.
Motion #09-12-1: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt
the Agenda. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #09-12-2: Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to
adopt the Consent Agenda. All Managers voted aye.
Stearns County Environmental Services Staff Hank Schriefels
and Wright County Planning and Zoning Staff Bill Stephens, presented and led
discussion regarding individual wastewater treatment system inspection and
upgrade program used elsewhere in central Minnesota. They also presented maps
showing parcels around Clearwater Lake and discussed the different types of
septic systems that are currently in use including traditional septic systems,
holding tanks, mechanical or performance type specialty systems, and community
type systems like the Clearwater Harbor system.
In 1995, Wright County began requiring sellers to certify
their systems when properties are sold. This is also required when homes/cabins
are remodeled. In cases where properties remain in families, i.e. a living
trust, no inspections or updates to a system are required unless remodeling
In Stearns County, properties located in their shoreland
district are required to certify their septic systems when a permit, variance,
or property sale occurs if the previous certification is either three years old
or on a new system that is over five years old. Discussion ensued as to what
types of systems are best with no clear-cut answer; however, it was noted that a
collector type system is best for smaller lots. Hank and Bill both indicated
that the state of Minnesota is looking to have all systems evaluated.
Motion #09-12-3: Kampa, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to pay
bills. All Managers voted aye.
Engineer Kluckhohn reported on Total Maximum Daily Load
status and provided an update on grants that have been applied for.
Assistant Administrator Loewen noted that a letter has been
sent to Cory Meierhofer seeking interest in developing an agreement for
installation of a v-notch weir on his property. Mr. Loewen also noted that the
fertilizer field grid project account number is 247-42470 and also requested
that claims for 2009 be submitted by December 29, 2009.
Manager Kampa reported on a change in the permit fee for
milfoil treatment on Lake Augusta.
Tom Bacon, President of the Clearwater Lake Property Owners
Association, requested that no increase be made in the milfoil assessment for
Clearwater Lake. Tom also indicated that if Curly Leaf Pondweed treatment is to
be done, an assessment may be necessary to cover that cost.
Manager Froyen indicated that Ron Graham is Chair and Mel
Dykhuizen is Vice-chair of the CRWD Wastewater Task Force. Their first meeting
was held December 2, 2009. The Task Force plans to meet again at 7:00pm, January
6, 2010 at the Southside Town Hall.
Motion #09-12-4: Froyen, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to amend the
CRWD Wastewater Task Force Mission Statement to read in part, “…determine
what wastewater treatment method or methods…”
All Managers voted aye.
Manager’s Froyen and Brunsell reported that at the recent
Minnesota Association of Watershed District’s conference, information was
provided regarding legislation for tax credits for resource management
practices, Lake Pepin Total Maximum Daily Load, and examples of how other
watershed districts have accomplished their goals.
Assistant Administrator Loewen distributed a draft Cedar Lake
Project 06-1 Public Hearing Notice.
Engineer Kluckhohn distributed and reviewed a Technical
Memorandum pertaining to groundwater monitoring well installation quotes for
Clearwater Harbor and Hidden River sewage treatment facilities.
Motion #09-12-5: Kampa, seconded by Risberg, made a resolution that is
attached, to set a Cedar Lake Project 06-1 public hearing date for 7:00pm on
March 10, 2010 at the Annandale Middle School. All Managers voted aye.
Motion #09-12-6: Schiefelbein, seconded by Froyen, made a motion to
appoint Jerry Finch, Art Bauer, John Sedey, Jerry Auge, Dean Flygare, and Ronald
Schmitz to be the CRWD Advisory Committee for 2010, establish the mileage rate
at 50 cents per mile for 2010, and not to establish a meal rate. All Managers
Motion #09-12-7: Froyen, seconded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to
develop and produce a 2010 brochure that outlines CRWD activities. All
Managers voted aye.
Engineer Kluckhohn distributed and explained a memorandum
regarding the development of a stormwater utility fund and water management
Motion #09-12-8: Froyen, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to accept
Traut Hydro-Tech’s quote for installing the monitoring well in the Clearwater
Harbor and Hidden River sewage treatment system. All Managers voted
Motion #09-12-9: Risberg, seconded by Kampa, made a motion to adjourn.
All Managers voted aye.
THESE MINUTES ARE AVAILABLE AT:
CRWD AUDIT REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ANNANDALE PUBLIC
Board Chairman, Marvin Brunsell
Secretary, Mark Kampa