Amended Trustee Agenda – Thursday, September 21, 2017

 

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Thursday, September 21, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Lake Delhi Trustees Administration Building

Delhi, IA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Consideration and possible action on amending the Trustee election process
  4. Election of officers
  5. Consideration and approval of minutes of Previous Meetings
  6. Consideration and approval of Payments
  7. Review Financial Report
  8. Consideration and possible action on a proposal from Bill Holman from Stanley regarding the replacement of rip rap below the dam.
  9. Consideration and possible action proposal from Burrington Group regarding the drainage issue on the south side of the dam with possible solutions.
  10. Consideration and possible action on a quote from Meyer Mechanical for a heating/cooling system for the Scada office.
  11. Consideration and possible action on a quote from Dennis Conrad for road repair below the powerhouse.
  12. Consideration and possible action on Cedar Cove request
  13. Select Maquoketa River WMA “Lake Delhi Representative” and at least 2 proxy voting backups
  14. Committee Updates – Beach Maintenance, Lake Recreational Maintenance Issues, Dredge, Dam Operations, Water Quality, Funding/Finance, Legislative , Community Fund & Wall of Recognition, Policy & Procedure Handbook
  15. Public Comment
  16. Adjourn
  17. Work Session regarding L & L Consulting strategy moving forward.

Trustee Worksession – August 22, 2017

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Board of Trustees Planning Session Summary

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What is the purpose of the Trustees?

Own and safely operate and maintain the dam structure, land and adjacent facilities

Set policy and organize maintenance for the entire lake area

Set policy for water quality and recreation

Collect and responsibly allocate tax dollar

Represent the interests of lake residents

 

Priorities for the next 1-3 years

  1. Water quality management (led by Doug with help from Bill) (6 votes)

 

Health factors

  • Trustee’s primary role is to monitor health issues and notify lake residents – actual water quality monitoring is the responsibility of others (DNR)
  • Monitor runoff levels
  • Participate in Water Management Authority
  • Septic systems – support the County Health Dept with communications to lake residents

 

Sediment Control

  • Address prevention – outline the major runoff problem areas in watershed
  • Explore feasibility for sediment traps
  • Seek Delaware County enforcement of storm water management policies
  • Address construction issues along the lake (sediment fences – County enforcement)

 

  1. Dredge – extraction (Larry, Dan and Steve) (5 votes)

Contract for a feasibility study

  • Dredge vs. silt traps
  • Analyze preventive vs. reactive

Outline funding and timing

  • Review needed dredge site upgrades
  • Determine the location of a potential siltation basin and cost
  • Plan for ongoing maintenance of dredge site

Kick off with a work session

 

  1. Lake Community Quality of Life and Events (4 votes)

 

Role of the Trustees

  • Set up separate committees for the events and seek volunteers to lead events
  • Sign off on any event on Trustee land
  • Add events to Trustee website
  • Help communicate and promote events
  • Arrange for regular updates to the Trustees
  • Prepare a disclaimer to communicate to lake residents that the events are privately funded and not being organized by the Trustees

 

  1. Community Fund to Rebuild Lake Delhi (Laurie, Steve and Todd) (4 votes)
  • Need to close account with the Greater Dubuque Foundation by end of 2017 and transfer funds to the Trustee account
  • Establish an ad hoc committee to explore options for creating a 501 (c)(3) or using an existing non-profit or charitable entity

 

  1. District-owned properties (4 votes)

Priority properties

 

Lost Beach –(Larry and Dan)

  • Need to address parking, flooding, legal easement, maintenance, garbage collection and solid waste, landscaping, and development behind the beach
  • Pursue collaboration with neighbors

 

Land and office in the dam area (Laurie and Pat)

  • Maintenance, security, heating/AC, better doors
  • Canoe portage, drainage and rip rap

 

Dam structure – dam maintenance team (Pat)

  • 24/7 surveillance, daily observation, maintain mechanical and electrical equipment, manage service agreements, monitor diesel generators (10-year life)

 

Dredge pit – (Steve and Doug)

  • Update site and prepare for use
  • Address administrative and legal issues
  • Make sure to have access rights via truck to remove sediment – separate road and County road
  • Update agreements with land owners
  • Assess insurance needs

 

 

North Beach – (Steve, Doug and Maggie Burger)

  • Resolve legal issues with ownership – new survey
  • Outline future use options and expenses
  • Ties closely with dredge project – need dredge to access beach

 

Frontage – (Doug and Steve)

  • Use Delaware County auditor maps to determine all sites owned by district
  • Determine what land is being crossed without easements
  • Consider keeping some frontage or easements if land is sold
  • South of Bailey’s Ford area included in this category

 

Rocky Nook – (Steve)

  • All site prep is complete and surveys finished
  • Consider site improvements for recreational use – Trustees will review any proposal
  • One boat lift and U-shaped docks will be for Trustees

 

 

  1. Cash Reserve and Risk Assessment (Finance Committee to lead – Larry and Laurie) (3 votes)
  • Approve a policy to create and maintain a cash reserve of 20%-25% of the annual budget with unobligated funds
  • Consider reducing the spending limit that does not require Trustee approval – currently $5,000
  • Conduct a risk assessment session. Outline what can go wrong, the probability and the price tag (Todd will lead)
  • Develop a policies and procedures handbook (Todd offered to begin work on this)

 

 

Other items

 

Dam Operations Team (recommendations from Pat)

  • Build a reserve of 3% – 5% of the dam construction cost
  • Start with $100,00 of unspent funds
  • Add $40,000 per year for 10 years
  • Goal is $500,000 in reserve
  • Trustees can adjust over time
  • Longer-term – consider hiring a dam manager

 

Wall of Recognition – (Steve)

  • Rendering complete
  • Wall will be on Trustee land
  • Final proposal will be brought to the board

 

Safety Team (Note: no one volunteered to take lead or make contacts)

  • Prepare an emergency action plan for the dam – (911 calls – boats in trouble, etc)
  • Update the new plan annually
  • Meet with Delaware County Management, Delhi Fire dept and Sheriff’s dept to review the plan. Delaware County Emergency Management signs off on plan and submits to Trustees

 

 

 

Trustee Agenda – Thursday, August 17, 2017

 

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Thursday, August 17, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Lake Delhi Trustees Administration Building

Delhi, IA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Consideration and approval of minutes of Previous Meetings
  4. Consideration and approval of Payments
  5. Review Financial Report
  6. Consideration and possible action approving Hunt & Associates to provide FY17 compilation report
  7. Committee Updates – Beach Maintenance, Lake Recreational Maintenance Issues, Dredge, Dam Operations, Water Quality, Funding/Finance, Legislative Public Comment
  8. Adjourn

Unofficial Minutes – August 3, 2017

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Special Meeting

Thursday, August 3, 2017

8:30 am

Lake Delhi Trustees Administration Building

Delhi, IA

 

A special meeting of the Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District was called to order at 8:30 am by President Steve Leonard.

Trustees present: Kramer, Havertape, Leonard, Staebell; Burger, Herman and Gifford by phone

Trustees absent: None

Visitors: Maggie Burger by phone

A motion was made by Staebell, second by Havertape to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Maggie Burger gave a short presentation on the purpose of the resolution being proposed for approval. The said resolution meets the requirements to finalize the loan agreement for the refunding of bonds.

A motion was made by Herman, second by Kramer to approve Resolution #8.3.17 authorizing and approving a Loan Agreement, Providing for the Issuance of $5,170,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2017, Providing for the Levy of Taxes to Pay the Same and Approving an Escrow Agreement for the Investment of Bond Proceeds. All ayes. Motion carried.

There was no public comment.

Motion by Staebell, second by Havertape to adjourn at 8:40 a.m.

 

 

Special Trustee Meeting – Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Special Meeting

Thursday, August 3, 2017

8:30 a.m.

Lake Delhi Trustees Administration Building

Delhi, IA

 

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Consideration and possible action on a Resolution Authorizing and Approving a Loan Agreement, Providing for the Issuance of $5,170,000 General Obligation Refund Bonds, Series 2017, Providing for the Levy of Taxes to Pay the Same and Approving an Escrow Agreement for the Investment of Bond Proceeds.
  4. Public Comment
  5. Adjourn

Unofficial Minutes – Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Regular Meeting

Thursday, July 20, 2017

6:30 pm

Lake Delhi Trustees Administration Building

Delhi, IA

 

The regular meeting of the Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Steve Leonard

Trustees present: Leonard, Burger, Kramer, Colgan, Havertape, Gifford (by phone), Herman (by phone)

Trustees absent: None

Visitors: Ed Schmidt, Doug Camp, Lisa Camp, Jason Wenger, Marcheta Cooey-Lux, Bill Lux, Dan Straebell, Larry Aschbrenner, Dan Reyner, Maggie Burger

Recording secretary: Shelley Kallenbach

Leonard read a modified agenda merging action on the proposal and award of a General Obligation Refunding Loan Agreement for the Series 2017 Bonds and removing action on authorizing a sale of Series 2017 General Obligation Refund Bonds, Burger seconded, motion approved.

Burger motioned to open a public hearing on a proposal to enter into a General Obligation Refunding Loan Agreement, Kramer seconded. Public hearing opened. Visitor Maggie Burger from Speer Financial explained that lobbyists were able to get the law rewritten to allow the Board to refinance the existing general obligation refund bonds to take advantage of lower interest rates. No public comment. Burger motioned to close the public hearing, Havertape seconded, motion approved. Public hearing closed.

Burger presented the proposed General Obligation Refunding Loan Agreement. Speer Financial proposed that the Board enter into an agreement with BB&T Governmental Finance of Townson, Maryland in association with Piper Jaffray of Des Moines, Iowa as the placement agent. This agreement proposed that the Board sell its $5,170,000 in General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2017 at a true interest cost of 2.6603%, which would result in a gross savings of $528,798 or 7.074% of the refunded bonds. The agreement would change the repayment schedule to have two principal and interest payments a year, which provided an additional $17,000 in savings. This would allow the bonds to be called on or after June 1, 2023 and would have a projected payoff date of June 1, 2030. Funds would go into an escrow account to facilitate the refinance. Burger strongly reiterated that this would not change the existing tax levy in any way and there is no new money involved.

Motion to approve resolution 7/20/17 to refinance the General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2017 with the proposal as presented by Burger made by Herman, seconded by Kramer, all ayes except for Burger’s abstain, motion approved.

The Board considered possible action on ratifying the Lake Delhi Trustees’ president’s signature on the Private Placement Engagement Letter and Escrow Bidding. Leonard signed paperwork in between meetings necessary for the forward movement of the bond refinance. Motion to ratify said signature made by Havertape, seconded by Colgan, motion approved.

Motion to approve the June 15, 2017 and July 3, 2017 meeting minutes as posted made by Burger, seconded by Colgan, motion approved.

Kramer presented the requests for payment. Payments in the amount of $18,916.26 from the General Fund for electricity, printer/phone service, dam operations, maintenance, easement abstracts, port-a-potties, Lost Beach supplies and cleanup, lobbyists, actuator maintenance, and dam operation supplies were presented. A payment in the amount of $4,145.27 was added to this list for Delaware Co. Transfer for additional work required at Lost Beach due to significant rainfall. This work fell under the not to exceed amount previously approved. Motion to approve the payments as presented made by Colgan, seconded by Burger, motion approved.

Kramer read the financial reports. The General Fund had $2,302.77 in revenues and $55,559.49 in expenditures, ending June at $198,079.10. The Debt Service Fund had $4,266.00 in revenues and no expenditures, ending June at $31,449.94. The Dam/Spillway Project Fund had $1,419.26 in revenues and no expenditures, ending June at $1,592,914.35. A new retainer fund was opened with $10,000 funds to satisfy 28E on 5/17 as discussed in previous meetings. Motion to receive and file the financial reports made by Burger, seconded by Havertape, motion approved

The Board considered possible action on approval to Cedar Cove and Chad Kelly for the retainage basin. This is based on the discussion of a siltation basin in the Turtle Creek Cove, properly named Cedar Cove, area. A partnership was approved between the Board and the cove owners for a siltation basin to be installed with an amount of not to exceed $40,000. This siltation basin appears to be working with a depth in the center of between 8 and 10 feet, a rock base, and currently about an inch and a half of siltation. It is unknown how long it will be before dredging is required. There is a current question of who is on the property easements now as there were originally three owners but it has been stated that one of those owners no longer owns property in the cove. County records still show three owners. Herman motioned to approve the $40,000 contingent on a signed easement, Kramer seconded. Burger expressed concerns about the Board not having had enough time to do due diligence on this payment request. Burger motioned to table discussion until next meeting to allow the Board to view the completed work, Colgan seconded, motion approved. Possible action tabled until next meeting.

The Board heard committee updates.

The Beach Maintenance Committee stated beach maintenance is going well at Lost Beach. The port-a-potties are being kept on North Beach and it is being well mowed voluntarily by Dave Fink. Rich Hughes has been raking Lost Beach and may be modifying his rake to remove rocks.

The Lake Recreational Maintenance Issues Committee stated there have been 3 issues with fencing: an individual drove through some fencing and destroyed it so the Board is waiting on an insurance payment, a section of fencing near Marty Pottabaum’s property was never finished, and some fencing was destroyed in the September 2016 flood event. Colgan recommended that the fencing from the 2016 event not be replaced. The sum of completion of these projects is approximately $3,800. The Board expressed support of going forward with completing these projects. There has been expressed concerns about the logs in the labyrinth spillway. Colgan explained that a lake drawdown would be required to remove them and that they are not impacting dam operations in any way but to be unsightly. He stated that they will be removed at the completion of boating season.

The Dredge Committee suggests a work session for discussions on siltation basins and dredging. It was stated that Randy Pilkington, an expert from UNI, is willing to join these planning session

The Dam Operations Committee gave a presentation of the various awards that the Lake Delhi Dam received for the 2016 award season. These include a national honor award, the top Iowa engineering project of the year, and several top awards from Minnesota due to Stanley Engineering’s location in Minnesota. The dam also received the national top prize in Water Resource Architecture for the year, and state and dam safety officials awarded it the top national prize for refurbishment of an existing dam.

There were no other committee updates.

A trustee election is coming up July 25 and Pat Colgan has chosen not to rerun this year. He will remain as an advisor to the Board. Thanks and appreciation were expressed from the community to Colgan for his extensive efforts on the Board in the rebuilding and support of the Lake Delhi Dam.

The DNR had a write-up about the carp fish kill in the lake. This fish kill should be resolved over the next few weeks and was a natural event.

It is also believed from fishing experts that fishing in the lake will be great next year and only improve over the next ten years. There was a reminder that there will be a fishing contest on August 5th.

The floor was opened to public comment. There was no public comment.

Burger motioned to adjourn the meeting, Colgan seconded, meeting adjourned at 7:32 pm.

 

 

Trustee Agenda – Thursday, July 20, 2017

 

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Thursday, July 20, 2017

6:30 p. m.

Lake Delhi Trustees Administration Building

Delhi, IA

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Open public hearing on proposal to enter into a General Obligation Refunding Loan Agreement
  4. Close public hearing
  5. Consideration and possible action on resolution of proposal to enter into a General Obligation Refunding Loan Agreement
  6. Consideration and possible action on ratifying the Lake Delhi Trustees’ president’s signature on the Private Placement Engagement Letter and Escrow Bidding
  7. Consideration and possible action on a Resolution of Award of General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2017
  8. Consideration and possible action on a resolution authorizing the sale and issuance of General Obligation Refund Bonds, Series 2017
  9. Consideration and approval of minutes of Previous Meetings
  10. Consideration and approval of Payments
  11. Review Financial Report
  12. Consideration and possible action on approval to Cedar Cove/Chad Kelly for retainage basin
  13. Committee Updates – Beach Maintenance, Lake Recreational Maintenance Issues, Dredge, Dam Operations, Water Quality, Funding/Finance, Legislative
  14. Public Comment
  15. Adjourn

Minutes – Monday, July 3, 2017

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Special Meeting

Monday, July 3, 2017

5:00 p.m.

Lake Delhi Trustees Administration Building

Delhi, IA

 

A special meeting of the Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District was called to order by President Steve Leonard at 5:00 p.m.

Trustees present: Kramer and Havertape. Leonard, Herman, Colgan, Gifford & Burger by phone

Absent:

Visitors: None

A motion was made by Burger, second by Havertape to approve the agenda.

Kramer reviewed the resolution 7.3.17 regarding a General Obligation Refunding Loan Agreement that would require holding a public hearing.  A motion was made by Burger, second by Herman to set the public hearing date for Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. Motion carried

There was no public comment.

Motion by Burger, second by Herman to adjourn. Motion carried.

Trustee Special Meeting – Monday, July 3, 2017

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Monday, July 3, 2017

5:00 p.m.

Lake Delhi Trustees Administration Building

Delhi, IA

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Consideration and possible action on a Resolution setting the date for a public hearing on proposal to enter into a General Obligation Refunding Loan Agreement
  4. Public Comment
  5. Adjourn