Unofficial Minutes – Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

5:00 pm

Lake Delhi Office

Delhi, IA 52223

 

The regular meeting of the Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District was called to order at 5:02 pm by Vice-President Althoff.

Present: Althoff, Thompson and Jasper. Leonard and Staebell by Zoom

Absent: Burger, Scherrmann

Visitors: Laurie Kramer, Ben Pasker, Randy Rattenborg and Larry Ashchbrenner

Althoff asked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Thompson, seconded by Jasper to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion to approve minutes from previous meetings was made by Jasper, seconded by Thompson. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board reviewed claims from the General Fund as presented.   Claims included utilities, maintenance contract, clerical expense, lobbyist expense, miscellaneous supplies, beach maintenance, LP gas, legal services, blanket insurance, dam repairs, engineering services and internet expense. Claims totaled $31,870.08.  A claim was presented for the Lake Impoundment Fund in the amount of $5,995.00 for engineering services. A motion was made by Thompson, second by Leonard to approve all claims. All ayes. Motion carried.

August financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $53,200.28 from Delaware County. Expenditures for August were $7,873.16 ending August at $2,043,198.99. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $70,569.87 from Delaware County with no expenditures ending August at $261,244.56. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending August with a $60,000.00 balance. The Lake Impoundment Fund had revenues of $166.95 with no expenditures ending August with a balance of $372,044.35. A motion was made by Staebell to receive and file the August financial report. Jasper seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board reviewed a request from Doug Herman, Lake Delhi’s FEMA representative, to receive and file the Project Closeout Confirmation letter related to FEMA DR 1763 PA ID#055-UNOCB-00. A motion was made by Staebell, seconded by Thompson to receive and file said letter. All ayes. Motion carried.

A quote from Iowa Wall Sawing Service was reviewed by the Board. A motion was made by Staebell, seconded by Leonard to table the deck work and approve up to $11,000 for the hand sawing. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Jasper, second by Thompson to approve committee appointments for 2022/2023. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Committee Updates:

Water Quality – No update

Community Events – No update

Operations & Maintenance – Jasper noted they are working on getting the steps in the turbine room rebuilt

Property Management – Thompson reported on a washout issue that made need a quote to correct

Budget & Finance – No new update

Legislative – Leonard stated that Delaware County is working on zoning requirements that may need review by the Board

Dredge – No new update

Wall of Recognition – No new update

Public Comment: Ben Pasker asked questions regarding the wicket gates. It was noted that Pat Colgan and Andrew Judd are working on the maintenance issues.

Staebell left the meeting at 5:46 p.m. and Leonard left the meeting at 5:48 p.m. which was cause for adjournment.

A motion to adjourn was made by Thompson, second by Jasper. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 5:48 p.m.

 

 

Minutes – Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

5:00 pm

Lake Delhi Office

Delhi, IA 52223

The regular meeting of the Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District was called to order at 5:00 pm by President Burger.

Present: Burger, Althoff, Thompson, Scherrman and Leonard. Staebell by Zoom

Absent: Jasper

Visitors: Laurie Kramer, Ed Schmidt, Randy Rattenborg and Mandy Bieber

Burger asked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Scherrman. seconded by Staebell to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Leonard, second by Staebell to keep the same officers for the 2022/2023 year. Burger is President, Althoff is Vice-President and Scherrman is Secretary. All ayes. Motion carried.

It was noted that the newly elected board members, Joe Scherrman and Joel Althoff, were sworn in prior to tonight’s meeting.

Leonard asked to have Andrew Judd from HDR Engineering speak to the Trustees regarding the work that is being done regarding the dredge site. Judd spoke regarding the scope of work that’s been done and that the District will need to work with him to frame out the net steps regarding analysis of the dredge site. The recent testing of materials uncovered issues that won’t allow the District to pursue the originally intended project. What Judd is suggesting is that the Trustees look at short term options which includes a sediment trap along with long term options regarding dredging and what areas on the lake will need attention. Judd explained that this project has a lot of different components that are inter-related. This includes deciding on the size of the sediment trap and the area to be tested as the scope of the area will determine the cost. Judd also spoke regarding the issue regarding the disposal of materials. He said he would be evaluating a variety of options for the Trustees to review which includes cost, long term usage, operations & maintenance of the area and the timeline for completion. The third thing Judd talk about was the need to confirm a regulatory path moving forward and to be able to establish that it is possible to get the work permitted. Judd discussed several tasks that will needed going forward. One is project management which includes managing the schedule of the project along with the budget. It also includes a site visit with a contractor. Both Judd and Staebell noted that Brennan is the contractor that will be coming to do a site visit. Burger noted that any other contract work needed would require going out for bid. Judd also talked about hydraulic analysis which will be used to evaluate and develop potential dredge sites. He spoke of the possibility of taking material off-site or taking to a quarry. Staebell asked if there’s still a possibility of using the existing dredge site would it be more cost effective. Judd that it could still be quite expensive and that’s why there’s a need to explore other alternatives. Another factor with regard to the project will be conducting soil sampling to determine what the spoils could be used for. He sited a potential agriculture use depending on the studies. The last item was regarding regulatory review. This process will review the various sediment site options and the water discharge with each site. This will need to be studied to know if any permitting will be required for the discharge. HDR will provide the District with a single document with all the studies and a recommended path forward. Leonard asked Judd for a timeline and anticipated cost. He said the soil testing should take around six weeks and the total project will take around twelve weeks. There was a discussion regarding the timing of the site visit with Brennan and when that should take place. Leonard made a motion to approve up to $135,300 for the project with the understanding that parts of the project may be re-evaluated if the needs change. Staebell seconded the motion. Burger noted that this work is necessary for future dredge work but with the understanding that any dredge projects will need to go out for bond approval.   Burger also asked if the grant monies that were received could be used for this expense. Leonard said he thought some of the money could come from the grant but he is not certain as to the actual amount. With no other discussion, Burger asked for a vote. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion to approve minutes from previous meetings was made by Althoff, seconded by Leonard. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board reviewed claims from the General Fund as presented.   Claims included utilities, maintenance contract, clerical expense, lobbyist expense, miscellaneous supplies, beach maintenance, LP tank rent, legal services and internet expense. Claims totaled $7,712.77. A motion was made by Leonard, second by Staebell. All ayes. Motion carried.

July financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $1,310.87 from Delaware County. Expenditures for July were $23,414.37 ending July at $1,997,873.25. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $35.46 from Delaware County with no expenditures ending July at $190,674.69. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending July with a $60,000.00 balance. The Lake Impoundment Fund had revenues of $164.72 and with no expenditures ending July with a balance of $371,877.40. A motion was made by Leonard to receive and file the July financial report. Althoff seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Althoff provided information regarding the temperature and humidity issues in the powerhouse. After discussing the issues with Pat Colgan, Althoff and Rattenborg recommend purchasing temperature sensors to establish a baseline of what the current conditions are and this will provide the needed information to control the humidity in the future. The cost for four sensors is $1,119. Staebell motioned to purchase all four sensors and have Althoff do the installation. Leonard seconded the motion. All ayes with the exception of Althoff who abstained. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the committee appointments for 2022/2023.   A motion was made by Leonard, second by Thompson to table until next month’s meeting. All ayes. Motion carried.

Committee Updates:

Water Quality – No new update

Community Events – Leonard thanked Ed Schmidt and Pat Dede for allowing the fireworks to be shot from their property again this year.

Operations & Maintenance – Leonard asked if there was a plan in action for rip-rap work at Lost Beach. Rich Hughes has been asked for an estimate to do the work. Thompson stated that Jody Antrim has been contacted to work on the west side of Lost Beach. Leonard noted that if the cost for that project is under $5,000 the President and Vice-President have the authority to go ahead with a work order. Staebell asked who is in charge of the rock removal on Lost Beach and Thompson stated that there are volunteers who help with the cleanup. Burger suggested talking with the LDRA regarding bringing more sand back up on the beach.

Property Management – No new update

Budget & Finance – No new update

Legislative – No new update

Dredge – No new update

Wall of Recognition – No new update

Public Comment: Mandy Bieber from the Emergency Management Agency introduced herself as the new administrator for Delaware County. She asked for an updated contact list and Emergency Action Plan. She also has a dam safety coloring books that can be distributed to children on the lake if the Trustees are interested.

A motion to adjourn was made by Scherrman, second by Leonard. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:08 p.m.

 

 

Minutes – July 20, 2022

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

5:00 pm

Lake Delhi Office

Delhi, IA 52223

The regular meeting of the Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District was called to order at 5:00 pm by President Burger.

Present: Burger, Althoff, Jasper, Staebell, Scherrman. Leonard by Zoom

Absent: Thompson

Visitors: Laurie Kramer, Ed Schmidt, Pat Colgan and Randy Rattenborg

Burger asked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Scherrman. seconded by Staebell to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion to approve minutes from previous meetings was made by Scherrman, seconded by Jasper. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board reviewed claims from the General Fund as presented.   Claims included utilities, maintenance contract, clerical expense, lobbyist expense, miscellaneous supplies, concrete walkway, beach maintenance, and internet expense. Claims totaled $23,414.37. Motion was made by Scherrman, second by Staebell. All ayes. Motion carried.

June financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $11,071.64 from Delaware County. Expenditures for June were $30,117.49 ending June at $2,019,976.75. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $1,581.36 from Delaware County with no expenditures ending June at $190,639.23. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending June with a $60,000.00 balance. The Lake Impoundment Fund had revenues of $216.82 and expenditures of $21,255.00 ending June with a balance of $371,712.68. A motion was made by Leonard to receive and file the June financial report. Staebell seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Althoff, second by Leonard to appoint Doug Herman as the FEMA authorized representative for the Lake District. All ayes. Motion carried.

Staebell made a motion to receive and file the communications from FEMA regarding the fulfillment of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Section 106. Scherrman seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Althoff to receive and file the DNR Dam Inspection Report issued on December 1, 2021. Scherrman seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Committee Updates:

Water Quality – It was noted that questions have been raised within the community about water quality because of other lake water contamination. Leonard noted that we are doing water testing and there’s no reason for concern. He also said he would reach out for the testing results from the last two testing events.

Community Events – Leonard noted that everything is in place for Christmas on the Lake on August 6th and the fireworks on August 13th.

Operations & Maintenance – Althoff noted that Colgan has been down to the powerhouse to look at the internal concrete and reported that it looks great. There are some exterior spots on the road that they are looking to get sealed up. It not a major concern at this time but will need to be repaired in the near future. They also discussed tracking maintenance items and establishing a checklist for the dam volunteers. Colgan noted that while the dam is only 6-years old, problems have started to arise that need to be documented and he has been working with Andrew Judd to produce a 20-year maintenance plan that will be used to help identify issues before they become a problem. There was discussion regarding Burrington Group’s role in the maintenance of the dam. Colgan addressed the question stating that Burrington Group was hired in the beginning to be a 24-hour on-call service. Their role is not to maintain the dam but to respond to issues when they arise.

Property Management – There was discussion on cleaning the Scada Office noting that a countertop and cabinets along with a sink need to be installed to the cleaning process can begin.

Budget & Finance – Burger noted that the District finished the year under budget.

Legislative – No new updates

Dredge – Leonard said the committee has been meeting with the engineering firm exploring options related to sedimentation removal and the creation of a siltation trap. He noted that the District may need to hire additional engineering services and he will have more information at next month’s meeting. The additional cost for the engineering services will be paid from part of the grant money that was received.

Wall of Recognition – Leonard stated he met with Gifford, Colgan and Burger to develop a proposal for the project. Burger noted that the proposal will be for design work as well as cost. Leonard stated they have potentially twenty possible contractors.

Public Comment: None

Staebell congratulated Althoff and Scherrman for being re-elected to the Board.

A motion to adjourn was made by Staebell, second by Scherrman. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 5:37 p.m.

 

 

Minutes – June 22, 2022

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

5:00 pm

Lake Delhi Office

Delhi, IA 52223

The regular meeting of the Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District was called to order at 5:00 pm by President Burger.

Present: Burger, Althoff, Jasper, Leonard and Thompson. Scherrman by Zoom

Absent: Staebell

Visitors: Laurie Kramer, Ed Schmidt, Todd Gifford, Gary Grant, Larry Murphy, Pat Colgan, Dakota Drish and Randy Rattenborg

Burgerasked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Jasper. seconded by Scherrman to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion to approve minutes from previous meetings was made by Thompson, seconded by Leonard. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board reviewed claims from the General Fund as presented.   Claims included utilities, maintenance contract, engineering services, clerical expense, lobbyist expense, miscellaneous supplies, dam repairs, beach maintenance, bond fee, copier expense, Zoom contract and internet expense. Claims totaled $30,277.88.  Claims for fund 81005 included engineering fees totaling $21,255.00 A motion was made by Leonard, second by Jasper to approve claims as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.

May financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $6,728.90 from Delaware County. Expenditures for May were $14,377.97 ending May at $2,049,022.60. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $7,311.82 from Delaware County with no expenditures ending May at $189,057.87. The Dam Improvement Fund had a transfer from the General Fund of $10,000 and no expenditures ending May with a $60,000.00 balance. The Lake Impoundment Fund had revenues of $125.86 with no expenditures ending May with a balance of $392,750.86. A motion was made by Althoff to receive and file the May financial report. Scherrman seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Leonard, second by Thompson to approve renewing the contract with L & L Consulting for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022. Burger requested that the Trustees discuss the renewal processing in December of each year beginning with December, 2022. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Trustees discussed lawn/maintenance work at Lost Beach. At present, Rich Hughes has been dragging the beach and Randy Kramer has been doing the weed-eating. Hughes has agreed to continue dragging the beach for $1,500 of which $1,300 of that will be donated to the LDRA. Kramer is requesting $35 per time to do the weed-eating. Leonard made a motion to approve both men to continue at the rates noted above. Thompson seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

The next agenda item was to discuss possible action on allowing the Property Management Committee to make minor purchases prior to approval by the board at the regular monthly meeting.   Burger had several concerns noting contracts cannot be approved without formal Board approval. He also noted that the Present/Vice-President currently have the ability to approve expenditures up to $5,000 without formal approval.   Leonard made a motion to table any action until all committees review and bring back recommendation to the Board. Jasper seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Committee Updates:

Burger wanted to note that Jason Schilling is planning to donate two steel picnic tables for Lost Beach. The Property Committee approved this as there was no cost to the District. Burger also mentioned that the gentlemen who removed the fence by the Scada office for tree removal was asking about putting a gate in the area where the fence was. After much discussion Burger will contact said gentlemen allowing for a gate to be put in with the stipulation that the District reserves the right to control the lock on the gate. Burger informed the Board that the concrete work on the south side of the dam will be starting next week.

Water Quality – Leonard gave a brief update on the sediment trap studies. Recommendations will be coming at a later date.

Community Events – The June 4th event was scaled back due to the weather but overall it was a success. It was reported that the paperwork has been completed for the fireworks event in August.

Operations & Maintenance – Colgan noted that the committee will be meeting with Lunda in the near future to review 5-6 projects to be completed within the next 2-5 year time span. A current concern is the moisture issue in the powerhouse. The committee will be reviewing this with Lunda as well as it is of immediate concern. Part of the issue is the damaged epoxy membrane that was put over the powerhouse several years ago. It needs to be replaced and is part of the moisture issue. Colgan also noted that the Trustees need to have a log of work that has been done on the dam and when so they can go back when issues arise. Burger mentioned that earlier in the month Randy Rattenborg and Dave Larson put in the stop logs to remove a tree log stuck under gate one. Randy called the Delhi Fire Department, and they came down and were able to move the log away from Gate 1. Randy mentioned that he has worked with the Delhi Fire Department on several lake issues, and all agreed they are a huge asset to Lake Delhi.

Property Management – No further update

Budget & Finance – Burger noted that we are closing out our fiscal year in very good shape.

Dredge – No further update

Wall of Recognition – Leonard spoke to the need to get the plans for Wall of Recognition finalized and get the project completed. He asked the Board for permission to establish a committee to get the project moving. Leonard recommended Pat Colgan and Todd Gifford along with himself to be on the committee. Althoff said he thought there was already a committee established that included Staebell and Burger. Burger stated he felt both he and Staebell should still participate in the decision making. After more discussion, Althofff suggested have the complete committee submit a plan.

Scherrman left the meeting at 5:48 p.m.

Legislative – Gary Grant gave an update on the last legislative session. L & L Consulting has worked on several things for Lake Delhi. Those include the Lake Restoration Fund and the Impoundment Fund which was created several years ago. They also help monitor any adverse DNR regulations that could affect Lake Delhi. Funding the Impoundment Fund was huge this year. The Fund is not specific to Lake Delhi but there’s not a lot of eligible participants which is beneficial to Lake Delhi. The goal is to make the funding go on auto-pilot. Challenges going forward include the expectation of lower gambling revenue. If that goes down funding will be a challenge. Grant noted that the fact that Lake Delhi is a part of the Maquoketa River Watershed Authority is also an asset for Lake Delhi in terms of additional funding. Althoff asked what other funding opportunities are available going forward. Grant responded that dam maintenance and public amenities are a couple of areas that would be of benefit to the District. Thompson asked if the District would be allowed to carry-over funds and Grant said he highly recommended we don’t do that because if there would be a revenue shortfall at the state level they could come back and asked for any unspent monies. Discussion continued regarding eligibility for funding and how the DNR assesses projects that are submitted, etc. Both Murphy and Grant recommended applying for a maximum amount for both dam projects and dredging knowing the District may not get the full amount. Leonard noted that the District needs to move quickly if they want to apply for funding because the application will require engineering work and also an endorsement from the Water Shed Authority. Leonard has already spoken to Andrew Judd regarding engineering services and he’s willing to help with the guidance of the Trustees of what the needs are.

Public Comment:

Pat Colgan mentioned that he received a call from Oran Love from the Cedar Rapids Gazette telling him how impressed he was with the dam rebuild and that he’s understanding is the fishing below the dam is as good as it’s ever been.

A motion to adjourn was made by Jasper, second by Thompson. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Minutes – Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

5:00 pm

Lake Delhi Office

Delhi, IA 52223

The regular meeting of the Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District was called to order at 5:00 pm by Vice-President Althoff.

Present: Althoff, Jasper and Thompson. Leonard, Scherrman and Staebell by Zoom

Absent: Burger

Visitors: Laurie Kramer, Ed Schmidt, Dakota Drish and Randy Rattenborg

Althoff asked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Scherrman seconded by Jasper to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion to approve minutes from previous meetings was made by Leonard, seconded by Thompson. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board reviewed claims from the General Fund as presented.   Claims included utilities, maintenance contract, clerical expense, lobbyist expense, legal services, miscellaneous supplies, dam repairs, property insurance, audit expense, copier expense, and internet expense. Claims totaled $14,174.77.  A motion was made by Leonard, second by Jasper to approve claims as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.

April financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $21,420.17 from Delaware County. Expenditures for April were $176,538.02 ending April at $2,066,671.67. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $27,268.00 from Delaware County and expenditures of $237,135.20 ending April at $181,746.05. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending April with a $50,000.00 balance. The Lake Impoundment Fund had revenues of $392,625.00 with no expenditures ending April with a balance of $392,625.00. A motion was made by Staebell to receive and file the April financial report. Thompson seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Leonard, second by Staebell to approve the FY2021 compilation report from Hunt & Associates. All ayes. Motion carried.

Scherrman made a motion to approve a resolution to transfer $10,000 into the Dam Improvement Fund as required by the 28E Agreement with the County Supervisors filed in January of 2014. Leonard seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Scherrman, second by Jasper to approve a $15,000 contract with J & M Displays for fireworks to be held Saturday, August 13th. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board considered a request from Travis Bockenstedt who owns property near the Scada Office to use the trustee property to remove a tree that lies on his property but also hangs over the Scada Office. A motion was made by Thompson, second by Scherrman to allow Bockenstedt to use District property for the tree removal. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board considered a request from the LDRA to use the District property at North Beach and Lost Beach for their June 4th Beach, Band and Boat event. After some discussion regarding insurance coverage, a motion was made by Thompson, second by Staebell to approve the request. All ayes. Motion carried.

Committee Updates:

Water Quality – Leonard noted that the first water testing had been done on May 17th by Burger, Scherrman and Kramer. Leonard also noted that the Watershed Management Authority is levying to evaluate funding for flooding moving forward.

Community Events – No further updates

Operations & Maintenance – Rattenborg reported that Lunda came down and made repairs on the gates. He plans to keep an eye on the lubricant that was used on the gates and noted it may be something that has to be done annually. The Operation Team got together to go over the proposals from Lunda regarding the turbine room and the control room. Moisture is a big concern and something that will have to be dealt with. Staebell asked about the new buoys that were ordered last fall. Rattenborg said he would need some help from others, possible Jeremy Klima, to get the bouys in because of the weight. Rattenborg also reported that Kistler will be at the dam next week to inspect the overhead joists.

Property Management – Thompson stated that he and Scherrman met at Lost Beach with JDC Works to get an estimate for erosion mitigation. He has an estimate to get the work done at a cost of $800+. This was not an agenda item but the trustees discussed giving the President the authority to have the work done before June 4th.   Jasper asked who is mowing Lost Beach. Randy Kramer mowed last year and the Trustees asked him to mow until they can formally approve in June.

Budget & Finance – No update

Legislative – The Legislative session is finishing up. Leonard stated he’s hoping to see some additional funding for the Impoundment Fund but nothing is confirmed.

Dredge – Thompson said the committee met a week ago and they are still waiting for testing results from the dredge site.

Public Comment:

A motion to adjourn was made by Scherrman, second by Jasper. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

 

Minutes – Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Thursday, April 21, 2022

5:30 pm

Lake Delhi 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: Thompson & Burger. Leonard & Staebell via Zoom

Absent: Althoff, Scherrman & Jasper

Visitors: Laurie Kramer, Randy Rattenborg, Eric Strief and Doug Herman

Burger asked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Thompson seconded by Leonard to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion to approve minutes from previous meetings was made by Leonard, seconded by Thompson. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board reviewed claims from the General Fund as presented.   Claims included utilities, maintenance contract, clerical expense, lobbyist expense, legal services, miscellaneous supplies, dam repairs, storage unit payment, LP gas and internet expense. Claims totaled $20,106.43. Claims were presented from the Debt Service Account for principal and interest due on June 2, 2022 in the amount of $237,135.20.   A motion was made by Thompson, seconded by Leonard to approve claims as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.

March financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $134,224.54 from Delaware County. Expenditures for March were $11,298.39 ending March at $2,221,789.52. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $180,808.27 from Delaware County and no expenditures ending March at $391,613.25. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending March with a $50,000.00 balance. A motion was made by Staebell to receive and file the March financial report. Thompson seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Thompson, seconded by Leonard to approve a request from the LDRA for a donation towards their dredge debt in the amount of $156,626.00. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board considered possible action, requested by Faith Hunt Hermanson, on allowing a volleyball league to be held on Thursday evenings at Lost Beach the summer of 2022. There was discussion regarding liability insurance, parking and cleanup.   A motion to approve the request was made by Leonard, second by Staebell providing she has proof of insurance to cover any liabilities for the district. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Thompson, second by Staebell to approve Resolution #4.21.22 that designates the Delaware County Auditor to conduct the regular election by hand count in July, 2022. All ayes. Motion carried.

Burger reviewed the Lunda contracts that the Board approved Burger to sign in March. He asked for a motion to allow those agreements to go forward. Staebell made a motion to approve, seconded by Leonard. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board considered approving a contract with Lakeview Lawn & Ground Maintenance to provided lawn mowing at and around the dam area. Motion by Thompson to approve, seconded by Staebell. All ayes. Motion carried.

A request was made by Jasper to move the regular Trustee meeting from the third Thursday of the month to the third Wednesday of the month. Thompson requested moving the meeting up to 5:00 instead of 5:30. A motion was made by Thompson to approve moving the meetings to the third Wednesday at 5:00. Leonard seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed creating a policy related to transfer of property where the District has underlying ownership and property owner has perpetual use rights. Doug Herman, the trustees’ attorney, was present to discuss the various points regarding the development of such a policy. After some discussion, a motion was made by Staebell, second by Leonard to table any action until more information is provided. All ayes. Motion carried.

Committee Updates:

Water Quality – Leonard updated the board on water testing that will be conducted again this year. He noted that he submitted an application to the DNR for On-Stream Impoundment Grant. This past week we received a check from the DNR for 90% of the approved project. A special fund will be established with the Delaware County Auditor to keep track of the expenditures paid through this fund. Once soil borings are completed there will be a more information on what direction the project will take.

Community Events – Leonard stated he’s working with the LDRA to finalize the cost of this year’s fireworks and get the agreements signed. Staebell noted that Faith Hermanson asked about a having a parade of boats on a given date this summer. Leonard stated there needs to be an DNR application for an event like that.

Operations & Maintenance – Burger reported that the Dam Committee will be meeting to discuss future maintenance requirements. He noted there is a moisture issue in the powerhouse that needs immediate attention. Rattenborg also reported there are numerous electrical issues that need to be addressed.

Property Management – No additional updates

Budget & Finance – Kramer reported that she has submitted an application to ICAP for a grant to offset the cost of the dam inspection. The amount if $1,000 and she received notice from a representative that the application was approved.

Legislative – Leonard reported that our lobbyists are still working on additional funding from the State before the legislative session ends.

Dredge – No additional update

Public Comment: Eric Strief, with the LDRA, noted he has a person who is wanting to donate a picnic table in honor of his late father to be located at Lost Beach. Burger asked Strief to work with the Property Committee. He also noted that the LDRA is having a Band, Beach and Boat event in June and wants to be included in the DNR application. The location of the events includes North Beach and Lost Beach along with two private areas. Kramer will work with Strief on submitting an application with the DNR for that event.

A motion to adjourn was made by Leonard, second by Thompson. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:48 p.m.

 

Minutes – March 10, 2022

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Thursday, March 10, 2022

3:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

Delhi, IA 52223

The regular meeting of the Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District was called to order at 3:00 pm by President Burger.

Present: Althoff, Thompson, Burger & Scherrman. Leonard & Jasper by Zoom

Absent: Staebell

Visitors: Laurie Kramer, Maggie Burger and Larry Aschbrenner

Burger asked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Scherrman seconded by Althoff to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion to approve minutes from previous meetings was made by Leonard, seconded by Scherrman. All ayes. Motion carried.

Leonard made a motion to open the public hearing for the FY23 budget. Scherrman seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

With no public comment, a motion was made by Althoff, seconded by Scherrman to close the public hearing. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made Scherrman, seconded by Thompson to approve the 2022/2023 budget. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board reviewed claims as presented.   Claims included utilities, maintenance contract, clerical expense, lobbyist expense, legal services, publication expense, financial commitment to MRWMA, electrical repairs and internet expense. Claims totaled $8,696.26. A motion was made by Althoff, seconded by Leonard to approve claims as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.

February financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $14,650.91 from Delaware County. Expenditures for February were $30,851.51 ending February at $2,098,863.37. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $18,068.62 from Delaware County and no expenditures ending February at $210,804.98. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending February with a $50,000.00 balance. A motion was made by Althoff to receive and file the February financial report. Jasper seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Althoff, seconded by Thompson to allow the President and Secretary to pay extra-ordinary bills that might come up prior to the regular April meeting. All ayes. Motion carried.

Leonard made a motion to accept a donation of bleachers to be placed on Lost Beach from the Hartwick Husky. Scherrman seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Thompson made a motion to approve the Hartwick Huskys use of Lost Beach for two events to be held this summer. The first event is scheduled for June 8, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. for a “Learn to Ski Night”. The second event is scheduled for July 13, 2022 for the Hartwick Huskys annual ski show. The event will start at 1:00 p.m. with a volleyball tournament, food sales and then the ski show. Schermann seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Burger informed the Board that there were some gate issues at the dam that were identified by Burrington Group. Steps are being taken to correct the problem.

Public Comment: None

A motion to adjourn was made by Althoff, second by Thompson. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

 

Minutes – February 16, 2022

 

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

5:30 pm

Lake Delhi Dam Office

Zoom Meeting

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 Vice-President Althoff.

Present: Jasper, Thompson and Althoff were present. Scherrman, Leonard and Burger were present via Zoom.

Absent: Staebell

Visitors: Ed Schmidt. Laurie Kramer, Maggie Burger & Randy Rattenborg via Zoom

Althoff asked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Jasper, second by Thompson to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

Althoff asked for a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Scherrman made the motion to approve, seconded by Burger. All ayes. Motion carried.

Claims were presented for payment in the amount of $31,090.42 from the General Fund for electricity, internet services, dam operations, clerical/accounting expense, lobbyist expense, diesel generator inspection, HVAC repair, 2021 dam inspection, snow removal, engineering services, LP fuel and miscellaneous supplies. Motion by Leonard and seconded by Jasper to approve payments. All ayes. Motion carried.

January financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $4,510.89 from Delaware County. Expenditures for January were $8,841.46 ending January at $2,115,063.97. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $4,253.33 from Delaware County and no expenditures ending January at $192,736.36. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending January with a $50,000.00 balance. A motion was made by Leonard to receive and file the January financial report. Thompson seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Maggie Burger was present to provide the Trustees with information regarding the District’s debt capacity along with surplus debt information. As of July 1, 2022, for fiscal year 2023, the District has a total debt capacity of $10,677,055 based on 5% of the District’s 100% valuation of $213,550,108. The total debt outstanding of the District is $3,354,000 which leaves a remaining debt capacity of $7,323,505. The taxable valuation of the District is $116,172,820. There was also discussion on how freezing the debt service levy works and how it will benefit reducing the bond debt and reduce the remaining payments.

The Trustees reviewed the proposed 2022/23 budget. It was noted that the public hearing is scheduled for March, 10, 2022.

A motion was made by Burger, seconded by Scherrman, to approve a resolution to approved a supplemental debt service levy in FY 2022/2023 for the payment of principal and interest on GO Refunding Bonds, series 2017.

Roll Call: Burger – Aye; Scherrman – Aye; Leonard – Aye; Thompson – Aye; Jasper – Aye; Althoff – Aye. Staebell – Absent

Leonard made a motion to approve a letter to be sent to the IDNR approving an agreement with the Delaware County Conservation and the IDNR regarding water trail signage and to give Burger permission to sign said letter. Jasper seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Committee Updates:

Water Quality – Leonard gave an update on the working being done for the dredge site.

Community Events – Leonard noted that the fireworks for this coming year will be going up. The amount is not yet known.

Dam Operations & Maintenance – Rattenborg reported that there were heating and electrical issues at the dam. Price Electric was called in and they replaced switches and noted a lot of corrosion. The same thing was found with the heater. The problem stems from humidity control. Rattenborg is working with Andrew Judd to see if they can find a solution to the moisture problem.   Rattenborg also noted that there is moisture coming in from the ceiling in the control room. Burger stated he has talked with Pat Colgan and the dam committee will be putting together a plan to deal with the issues and he noted that in the proposed budget money has been set aside for this project.

Property Management – Scherrman reported on his observations of Lost Beach which he will send to the Board

Finance/Budget – Burger noted the date and location of the public hearing. It will be at the Delhi Fire Station on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Legislative – He noted the legislative session is ongoing and water quality is a hot topic with a lot of federal funds available.

Dredge – Nothing else to report

Wall of Recognition – Nothing else to report

Public Comment: None

A motion to adjourn was made by Burger, second by Leonard. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:12 p.m.

 

Minutes – Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Thursday, Janaury 20, 2022

5:30 pm

Lake Delhi Dam Office

Zoom Meeting

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.

Absent: None

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.

Committee Updates:

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

Public Comment:

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.

 

Minutes – Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Thursday, December 16, 2021

5:30 pm

Lake Delhi Dam Office

Zoom Meeting

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 and Althoff were present.  Leonard & Staebell was present via Zoom

Absent: Scherrman

Visitors: Ed Schmidt and Larry Aschbrenner. Laurie Kramer & Randy Rattenborg via Zoom

Burger asked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Jasper, 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 $8,675.94 from the General Fund for electricity, internet services, copier expense, dam operations, clerical/accounting expense, lobbyist expense, 2021 election expense, electrical repairs, bond fees, miscellaneous supplies and software. Motion by Leonard and seconded by Staebell to approve payments. All ayes. Motion carried.

November financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $11,073.17 from Delaware County. Expenditures for November were $7,135.63 ending November at $2,121,051.31. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $11,802.27 from Delaware County and no expenditures ending November at $181,587.93. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending November with a $50,000.00 balance. A motion was made by Thompson to receive and file the November financial report. Althoff seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Althoff reviewed with the Board the ICAP recommendations regarding cyber security. Based on those recommendations he proposed three basic policies for approval including website protection, wireless protection and firewall protection.

Leonard made a motion to approve a resolution adopting the three proposed policies and direct Althoff to respond to ICAP with the approved resolution. Staebell seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board reviewed possible action on acceptance of Lot 13 from Lake Point Estates. Rattenborg noted that Lot 13 is the Injun Joe property. Kramer asked about the necessary paperwork. Rattenborg said Doug Herman and Jeff Domeyer’s attorney are drafting the language for approval. Staebell made a motion to table any action until the appropriate paperwork is available. Althoff seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Committee Updates:

Water Quality – Leonard gave the update. The lobbyists, Andrew Judd from HDR and Leonard have worked to provide grant information for the DNR. An application was submitted for a grant in the amount of $500,000. Only two applications were submitted. One was from Webster County Conservation. They received $63,750. The other was for Lake Delhi in the amount of $436,250. Leonard noted that the grant requires a match. This means the trustees will need to move forward in terms of developing a water quality initiative/sedimentation removal plan. Leonard stated the appropriate committees will need to meet to go over all components of the above mentioned plan which will include meeting with Andrew Judd from the IDNR. This includes making the dredge site operational along with getting the area where the final sedimentation trap will be located finalized. Funds need to be spent by early 2024. Preliminary plans include doing collections over the winter, preparing bidding documents early summer 2022 and the actual bidding will take place in December with construction taking place in 2023. The total project scope is $872,500. It was noted that the sedimentation trap is currently going to be located in the Cedar area. A public announcement regarding the grant will happen sometime in January, 2022. Burger asked how the money gets disbursed. Leonard said the District can apply for about 90% of the dollars upfront before any construction begins. He will receive final details in January.

Community Events – Nothing new to report

Dam Operations & Maintenance – The committee along with Randy Rattenborg met with Pat Colgan and put together a three-year plan for dam updates and maintenance. Colgan will be putting together prices for the various projects.

Property Management – Thompson met with a contractor at Lost Beach to talk about bringing a backhoe in to pull sand from the lake onto the beach. Jasper spoke about the erosion around the block on the west side of the beach. The committee is looking for a long-term solution to the erosion problem. Rattenborg reported that the tree issue at the dam has been addressed. Burger mentioned he stopped at Home Depot to get pricing for a sink, faucet and cabinets for the office building. The price without installation is around $1,000. The countertop is being donated but the other costs would include plumbing. The board agreed to have Burger pursue moving forward with the project.

Finance/Budget – Burger reported that the committee will be meeting on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10:00 to go over the proposed budget.

Legislative – Leonard noted that the lobbyists and legislators were very involved in the grant process. Their work is very much appreciated.

Dredge – Nothing to report

Wall of Recognition – Burger asked to meet with Leonard and Staebell to go over some thoughts on the Wall.

Public Comment:

Schmidt asked if the grant money is just to get the site ready or does it include dredging. Leonard stated it will include site preparation, piping work and some dredging in that particular area.

Ashbrenner noted that the dam volunteers received a very nice Edgewood Locker gift box from the Trustees and Burrington Group for their work at the dam. The trustees thanked Larry and all the volunteers for all the hours they donate for the lake’s benefit.

Jasper stated that he has received requests from residents asking if the County could elevate the bridge at Hartwick. Leonard suggested having the Legislative Committee pursue more information noting that it is a flooding issue.

A motion to adjourn was made by Staebell, second by Jasper. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:26 p.m.