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May 9, 2018

Chairman Harlan Barkley called the meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the LGLP&RD to order at 7:00 pm.  Present, Treasurer Dick Schneider, County Representative Katie Mehn, Town of Green Lake Representative Tom Zick, Secretary Renee Braun and Lake Liaison Mike Ross. There was one resident in attendance.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – All stood to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA – Motion by Tom Zick and seconded to approve agenda. Motion passed.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Motion by Katie Mehn and seconded to accept the minutes of April 11, 2018.  Motion passed.

FINANCIAL REPORT – Schneider presented the financial report for April. Building Debt Service Fund Account is $7,587.77, Debt Service Fund Account is $13,244.19, Equipment Repair and Replacement Fund Account is $8,353.89, General Checking Account had deposits totaling $134,399.84, the expenses were $6,581.47 and $0 deposits, leaving a balance of $134,399.84. Savings account balance $45,730.36.  The report was reviewed and filed for audit.

SEWER FINANCIAL REPORT – Mike Ross submitted the April Sewer Financial report.  General Checking Account, Expenses were $6,918.12 and $0 income leaving a balance of $5,193.12.  Savings Account balance is $335,706.17. CMAR balance is $1,203.88, Environmental Fund loan balances are $883,807.40 and $21,609.10.  Mike transferred $5,000.00 from saving to checking to pay for baffle cutouts and utility bills. The reports were reviewed and filed for audit.


LAKE PLANNING PROGRESS – Harlan reported that the Committee reviewed the plan submitted by Onterra. Corrections and additions were made and given back to Onterra. Then it will be submitted to the DNR for their approval. Harlan will present a summary of the plan at the Green Lake County Land Conservation Committee meeting tomorrow.

HERBICIDE TREATMENT PERMIT UPDATE The WDNR permit was submitted and approved for the same amount of acreage as 2017.  Aaron Gruenwald conducted a pretreatment survey on May 7th.   The pretreatment survey showed curly leaf pondweed (CLP) growth in all five targeted treatment areas.  However, Aaron indicated that the amount of CLP was significantly less in Kearley Bay than this time last year.  It was agreed that treating the entire bay this year would be overkill and potentially cause further issues with our native plant community.  Harlan also stated that the district would save $8,000 if only paths were sprayed in Kearley Bay as opposed to spraying the whole bay. This is the same acreage treatment approach that was done in Kearley Bay for several years prior to 2017.  Discussion ensued. Motion by Katie and seconded to save the $8,000 and not spray the entire Kearley Bay this year. Motion passed.

2017 AUDIT PLANS –  Committee consists of Alan Zastrow, Dave Burbach and Dave Hoffman. The audit is scheduled for May 11th.

ANNUAL MEETING PLANNING –Packets were mailed out.  Handouts at the meeting will include: District and Sewer Division Equipment assets, District and Sewer Division Balance Sheet for 2017, District and Sewer Division Proposed Budgets and the updated District Historical Timeline.  The catering arrangements have been made.  Renee has received 20 RSVPs. Deadline is tomorrow. Harlan will e-mail a reminder.

BUG TUSSEL PROPOSAL – Harlan has not heard from Bug Tussel in four weeks to answer our questions regarding the specific content for the letter of resolution.  Therefore, he will not submit a letter of resolution at this time to support Bug Tussel installing a tower for broadband in our area.


SHORELINE CONVEYOR – Aquarius suggested that the conveyor be moved to their home office at North Prairie, where it would get more exposure to customers. Kyle Van Buren who is a local transporter offered to transport it, at a cost of $250.00, one way.  Kyle offered to drop the cost to $200.00 if the District would consider donating the old stripped-down pontoon to the Fire Department as a base for their scuba divers search and rescue training.  Motion by Renee and seconded to pay Kyle Van Buren $200 to transport the conveyor to North Prairie and donate the striped down pontoon to the Markesan Fire Department. Motion passed.

WISCONSIN LAKES CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS – Harlan attended a web-site training workshop for $50 at the convention and it included a software license of WebPress for 2018.  The website platform is sponsored by and the Wisconsin Lake organization.  It could be used as a starting point to develop a new website for Little Green Lake. We will need to decide if we want to upgrade our existing website or move to this new platform and create a new website.   He reported that the convention was informational regarding budgets, watershed and various other items that will be useful to the District.  It was also an excellent opportunity to network with representatives of other lake districts, WDNR, Golden Sands, County Lake Conservation groups, and several vendors.

RETENTION POND MAINTENANCE – Mike and Dick will clean out debris from the outlets of the retention ponds.  They will also check the flow of the runoff.

BUOY PLACEMENT IN LAKE – Mike and Dick will place buoys in the lake tomorrow.

HARVESTER SCHEDULE AND OPERATORS – Mike will develop an application form for a harvester operator.  A notice will be posted in the local paper.

CORRESPONDENCE – The District received a letter from Wisconsin Department of Revenue requesting addition information for our W-2 or 1099 statements. Dick contacted Huberty and Associates and they said they had a program change and would send the additional information to WDR.

OTHER BUSINESS – Reported a leak coming from the newly maintained wing side of the Hwy 44 dam. Dick contacted MSA, the engineering firm who designed the original dam.  They will have to wait until the water goes down before they can inspect the problem.

ADJOURN - Motion by Tom Zick and seconded to adjourn.  Motion carried 8:18 pm.  

NEXT MEETING: Monthly meeting is June 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm