9am at Bendix school,Annandale
Notes - 69 members were in attendance
President Joe Lepley welcomed those in attendance and introduced our guests
Joe Haggarty- our new Wright Co. sheriff spoke . The office staffs
with 140 deputies.
Highway safety is a key concern and emphasis. 30 deputies are cross trained for
Joe Magrath- the Sheriffs supervisor for the water patrol .Most patrol
is done on weekends and
evenings due to higher lake traffic volumes.They are assisted by volunteer water
patrols. The office also fields patrol requests and checking on reports of
Fishing tournaments must have a permit from the office.
Roger Stradle, a DNR hydrologist spoke on shoreline
management/restoration and high water
The DNR ecological and waters divisions are merging. Major
1) Invasive water concerns such as "milfoil" 2) FEMA - new flood plain
maps-include lake elevations.-If concerns about floods-"attend the
meeting in StPaul with the DNR" 3. Changes in
legacy funding 4) TMDL-total max daily load- for water sheds- research
5) a geological atlas per county 6) restore your shore- check the DNR
website 7)Ordinary high water mark-elevation the lake reaches-average
2-3 year cycle.Trees(Oak),old ice ridges and rock water marks are high
water indicators.8) Shoreline- rip-rap- can be 200 feet without
permit-use of 6-30" boulders-is not a restoration. Use correct design
and deep rooted vegetation to avoid erosion. Use county soil & water
and planning and zoning and DNR permit.
Question asked about the vegetation concerns between Lakes Sylvia and
Francis. He also mentioned the water table levels effect on highwater.
GLSA business meeting - 10am
Treasurers report-acceoted -as attached, Will put on website with
minutes. Gary Odegard was thanked for past services as our treasurer.
We have increased our membership to over 400.
1.High water -previous problem 2002-2003. Culvert settled wrong-was
corrected and cattails removed. Only a 1 foot change in elevation
between Lakes Sylvia and Francis. Vegetation growth out of Francis to
Crow River will be cut/removed.Wake zones- a county ordinance is
needed. None exist in Wright CO. so not a current option for this
year. GLSA recommends a 150ft no wake zone. Need for voluntary no wake
zones by boaters. Suggestion made to cancel this years July 4 boat
parade due to high water and wake concerns.It will be cancelled by
concensus of those in attendance. Light up the lake event will be on
evening of July 2.
A concern about firework was voiced .GLSA does not regulate fireworks.
If a serious problem is
observed-the sheriffs office should be contacted.
2. Invasive species- a. Milfoil- John Swanson spoke. Water now is high
and cloudy. Will continue to search and we have a permit to treat
problem areas.Total of about 1 acre treated on West Lake.6-10
scattered areas of milfoil.Our control efforts appear to be effective.
b. curly leaf pondweed- Carl Swanson spoke. 6 sites = 1.3 acres
treated in May.The permit cost of $490 iwas higher than the herbicide
cost of $400. There will be no fees in 2012. Recommend that residents
remove the weed in front of their properties by rake and pulling by
root in small areas.c. zebra mussels- currently reviewing concerns.
Plastic dock tubes are being used to monitor larvae- tubes are lifted
and checked for attachment. Weakest kink in lake is boats coming in to
access. Christmas Lake will possibly put up a gate to stop entry prior
to inspection of boats.
Mention made that every 1000 acres of water result in 16.5 jobs in Minnesota
.GLSA is amember of the county lake association( COLA).
Questions- investigate the use of warm water boat wash and certificate
for daily entry at access.
Pursue the cost for this.
Loons- Mike McNellis- currently 5 nesting pairs.(was 7) .Injured
loons- leave alone on lake-poor survival if removed. Osprey post(s)
are in use near the lake. Bald eagles also spotted.
Election of Officers: 15 board members. One open position. Carole
Gertgen, Harry Wahlquist,Lisa Lisa Peery,Mike McNellis,Jerry
Doffing,Peggy Jo Fortner and Tom Plihal
has agreed to continue on the board. NancyPattee Hector will be a new
Motion made by Dick Anderson,second by Pat Biethon to accept the slate
The motion was approved.
Joe recognized Jan Evenson for many years of service on the board and
as our social chair, Carol will replace her .
Meeting adjourned at 10:45am
Tom Plihal ,GLSA secretary