MINTUES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
GREATER LAKE SYLVIA ASSOCIATION
A special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Greater Lake Sylvia Lake Association (“GLSA”) was held on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the home of the President of the GLSA commencing at 10:00 a.m.
Present at the meeting were Board members Joe Lepley, Lisa Peery, Peggy Jo Fortner, Pat Beithon, Curt Conrad, Kent Davidson, Jerry Dock, Carole Gertgen, Nancy Hector and Carl Swanson. Board members Jerry Doffing, Tom Plihal, Mike McNellis and Harry Wahlquist were absent. Messrs. Doffing and. McNellis had given their proxies to Mr. Lepley and Mr. Plihal had given his proxy to Ms. Beithon
Also present for all or portions of the meeting was John Swanson.
Mr. Lepley, as President, called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and announced that 13 of the 14 Board members were present in person or by proxy and that a quorum therefore was present. Ms. Beithon acted as Secretary for the meeting.
1. Emergency No Wake Ordinance. Mr. Lepley began by reporting that on July 26th the Wright County Board of Commissioners had passed an emergency ordinance implementing slow - no wake rules for the entire lake on East and West Sylvia and 11 other Wright County lakes and a slow - no wake rule for areas within 300 feet of shore on Cedar Lake. Mr. Lepley reported that the emergency rules were effective immediately and would remain in force through October 1, 2011 or until an affected lake drops within six inches above the DNR-designated ordinary high water level (“OHW Level”) for such lake for three consecutive days. He also reported that the Wright County Sheriff’s Department was charged with communicating and enforcing the emergency slow – no wake rules. Since the slow – no wake rule for East and West Sylvia had been announced, Mr. Lepley reported that he had been contacted by residents on the lake who were upset about the slow – no wake rule for the entire lake and stated that the matter should have been considered by GLSA membership.
Mr. Lepley said that he had attended the Board of Commissioners meeting on July 26th with Messrs. Conrad and Swanson with the expectation that the Board of Commissioners would be discussing the proposed permanent ordinance for East and West Sylvia reviewed at the GLSA membership meeting in May and by the GLSA Board at its meetings in June and July. He reported when they arrived at the Board of Commissioners meeting they found out that the Board of Commissioners was prepared to act on an emergency slow – no wake ordinance for 13 lakes in Wright County due to concerns from residents about the damage to the shoreline and water quality due to the unusually high water levels this summer. Mr. Lepley noted that prior to July 26th they were not aware that a temporary, emergency slow – no wake ordinance was a possibility. Just prior to the Board of Commissioners meeting, they had learned that 11 other lakes in the area were requesting emergency slow – no wake rules for the entire lake and only Cedar Lake was requesting an emergency slow – no wake rule for areas within 300 feet from shore. Mr. Lepley also reported that immediately prior to the Board of Commissioners meeting, a representative of the Wright County Sheriff’s Department stated that the weekend boat traffic on West Sylvia was very high, that he had observed the shoreline of West Sylvia really getting slammed by recreational boating wake and that it would be very difficult to enforce a slow – no wake rule for areas within 150 or 300 feet of the shore. Mr. Lepley stated that he was concerned that if 11 other lakes in Wright County had emergency slow – no wake rules for the entire lake that the recreational boat traffic on Lake Sylvia would only increase if Sylvia only had a slow – wake rule for areas within 300 feet of the shore. Mr. Lepley noted that a decision had to be made that day and the GLSA representatives present at the meeting discussed the matter and believed it would be in the best interests of both East and West Sylvia to have an emergency slow – no wake rule on the entire lake to protect against shoreline damage and further decline in water clarity. He also reported that the Board of Commissioners would allow an amendment to the emergency slow – no wake rule for East and West Sylvia. He then said that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss whether GLSA should request an amendment to the emergency slow – no wake rule for the lake.
Messers. Conrad and Swanson reported on the work they had done on a permanent slow – no wake ordinance for East and West Sylvia when the water level was above the OHW Level. Mr. Lepley reported that the OHW Level for Lake Sylvia was 1050.1 and reviewed a chart of water levels on the lake on Memorial Day, June 6, July 2 and July 15, noting that the water levels were above the OHW Level on all those dates and was at 1051.25 on July 15 and had been as high as 1051.3. Mr. Swanson reported that there was only a one foot drop in elevation between the outlet of Lake Sylvia and Lake Francis and the Crow River was extremely high this summer limiting the amount of additional water that will flow into the river. Mr. Conrad stated that the lake will generally drop an inch a week during the summer if there is not additional rain and at that rate it would most likely be late summer or early fall before the lake would drop to the OHW Level.
Board members discussed the lack of compliance with the voluntary no wake zone guidelines that the Board had implemented in June, the impact the emergency slow – no wake rule for the entire lake would have on recreational boating on the lake, the potential shoreline and water clarity damage from boat wake during periods of high water levels, how the water levels of the lake are measured and the accuracy of those readings, the ability to enforce the slow – no wake rule and signage at the public access and other areas regarding the emergency slow – no wake rule. It was noted that several GLSA members would most likely attend the August GLSA Board meeting to express their opinions on the emergency slow – no wake rule. After discussion, upon motion duly made and seconded, the Board voted unanimously to support the emergency slow – no wake rule for the entire lake for West and East Sylvia as adopted by the Wright County Board of Commissioners on July 26th.
2. Signage for the Emergency Slow – No Wake Rule. Mr. Swanson reviewed plans and costs for floating signs at the public access and for lake residents regarding the slow – no wake rule. After discussion, upon motion duly made and seconded, the Board unanimously approved expenditures of up to $500 by Messrs. Swanson and Conrad for signage regarding the emergency slow – no wake rule. The Board also discussed winter storage of the floating signs. Ms. Beithon offered to store the signs along the shore of her property on West Sylvia.
3. Permanent Slow –No Wake Ordinance. Messrs. Lepley, Conrad and Swanson reported on their actions with respect to a permanent slow – no wake ordinance for the lake. After discussion, the Board decided to defer further action on a permanent slow – no wake ordinance until the GLSA Board meeting in August at which several GLSA members were expected to attend and comment on the emergency slow – no wake rule and high water level situation.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.