The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District
Thursday, Janaury 20, 2022
Lake Delhi Dam Office
Delhi, IA 52223
The regular meeting of the Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District was called to order at 5:30 pm by President Burger.
Present: Jasper, Thompson, Burger, Staebell and Althoff were present. Scherrman was present via Zoom. Leonard joined the meeting at 5:47 p.m.
Visitors: Keith Kraus and Larry Aschbrenner. Laurie Kramer, Bob Sack, Ed Schmidt, Dakota Drish, Doug Herman & Randy Rattenborg via Zoom
Burger asked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Staebell, second by Althoff to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.
Burger asked for a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Althoff made the motion to approve, seconded by Jasper. All ayes. Motion carried.
Claims were presented for payment in the amount of $8,181.11 from the General Fund for electricity, internet services, dam operations, clerical/accounting expense, lobbyist expense, warrants, LP fuel and miscellaneous supplies. Motion by Jasper and seconded by Thompson to approve payments. All ayes. Motion carried.
December financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $6,432.37 from Delaware County. Expenditures for December were $8,089.14 ending December at $2,119,394.54. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $6,895.10 from Delaware County and no expenditures ending December at $188,483.03. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending December with a $50,000.00 balance. A motion was made by Staebell to receive and file the December financial report. Althoff seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Althoff, seconded by Staebell to set a public hearing to approve the 2022/2023 budget for Thursday, March 10, 2022. The location will be at the Delhi Fire Station beginning at 5:30 p.m. All ayes. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Staebell, seconded by Scherrman to change the regular February meeting date from Thursday, February 17 to Wednesday, February 16. The meeting place and time will not change. All ayes. Motion carried.
Keith Kraus was present to discuss possible DNR signage noting the water trail program at Lake Delhi. Discussion centered around the type of signage, potential locations and funding. Kraus said that what he is looking for is a letter of support from the District to approve potential locations for the signage that is still being developed. He will send a draft letter for Burger and Kramer to review and share with the Board at the February meeting. Staebell made the motion to table any action until February. Althoff seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
The Board considered participating in the water quality testing again this summer. Last year we participated in water testing three times during the summer months. Cost is $18.00 per test. A motion was made by Staebell, seconded by Jasper to participate again this summer. All ayes. Motion carried.
The next agenda item was to consider renewing the lease agreement with Delhi Boats, LLC. The agreement is for the lease of the area next to the boat ramp on the south side of the dam. The agreement will run from April 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023 at a cost of $7,500.00. Burger noted that the ramp is still a public ramp. A motion was made by Staebell, seconded by Leonard to approve renewing said lease.
The Board considered action the grant agreement with the IDNR and allowing Leonard to sign said agreement on behalf of the District. Leonard said signing the agreement is the final step in the process of obtaining 90% of the funding that is available to the District. Thompson made the motion to approve Leonard signing the IDNR agreement. Staebell seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
It was noted that Leonard left the meeting at 6:12 p.m.
The Board reviewed Resolution 2022-1 to approve a Deed of Conservation Easement by the District as Grantor to the State Archaeologist as Grantee and authorizing the execution of same. Herman, the District attorney, gave an overview of the resolution. After the 2010 flood, the State found certain areas of ground disturbance around the dredge site where artifacts were found. To avoid paying back FEMA funds, the District was given the option to provide said easement. Althoff made the motion to approve the resolution. Staebell seconded the motion. Burger asked for a roll call vote. Thompson – yes; Burger – yes; Staebell – yes; Scherrman – yes; Althoff – yes; Jasper – yes; Leonard – Absent. Motion carried.
The Board considered possible action on Resolution 2022-2 to approve an Agreement and Easement Agreement between DM Cove, LLC and the District related to the transfer of “Injun Joe” property and the granting of easement rights for emergency access to the District, and the acceptance of a Quit Claim Deed transferring said property, authorizing the execution and recordation of same. He noted that the transfer of this property has been in the process of quite some time and the District has previously discussed ownership of said property. He noted that language has been added to give the District emergency access to the property if needed. A motion was made by Staebell and a second was made by Jasper to approve Resolution 2022-2 which includes an agreement to take title to the property, a Quit Claim deed to transfer the property and an Easement Agreement. Thompson asked who pays the cost to file the said documents. Herman said that the District will be paying the cost which will probably run under $100.00. Burger asked for a roll call vote. Thompson – yes; Burger – yes; Staebell – yes; Althoff – yes; Scherrman – yes; Jasper – yes. Leonard absent. Motion carried.
Water Quality – Nothing else to report
Community Events – Nothing else to report
Dam Operations & Maintenance – Nothing else to report
Property Management – Jasper mention he’s received a request for more picnic tables at Lost Beach. It was suggested Jasper reach out to the LDRA to see if they have an interest in bringing in more tables.
Finance/Budget – Nothing else to report
Legislative – Staebell noted Larry Murphy has been communicating about currently legislative topics
Dredge – Nothing else to report
Wall of Recognition – Nothing else to report
Bob Sack said he was happy the District took the Injun Joe property.
A motion to adjourn was made by Staebell, second by Thompson. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.