The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Lake Delhi Trustees Administration Building
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, Kramer, Colgan, Gifford, Burger (phone), Havertape (phone)
Trustees absent: Herman
Visitors: Ed Schmidt, Doug Camp, Lisa Camp, Gary Grant
Recording secretary: Shelley Kallenbach
Motion to approve the agenda as posted made by Colgan, seconded by Gifford, motion approved.
Motion to approve the April 20, 2017 meeting minutes made by Gifford, seconded by Colgan, motion approved.
Payments in the amount of $33,417.87 for electricity, dam operations, printer maintenance, trailer license, backup SCADA battery, SonicWall security, lobbyist, property insurance, actuator, actuator service agreement, and internet service, plus late additions of $252.00 for recording secretary work and $875.00 for Hunt & Associates for the FY16 compilation report were presented for payment. Motion to approve these claims made by Gifford, seconded by Colgan, motion approved.
Kramer read the financial reports. The General Fund had $14,453.26 in revenues and $9,865.28 in expenditures, ending April at $341,093.77. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $25,526.76, and expenditures for principal and interest payments of $364,138.75, ending April at $20,978.91. The Dam/Spillway Project Fund had interest revenues of $1,235.82 and no expenditures, ending April at $1,590,275.38. Motion made to receive and file the financial reports made by Gifford, seconded by Colgan. It was confirmed that the next major payment from the Debt Service Fund would be in another 6 months and would be covered with well-timed revenue streams. Motion approved.
The Board considered the annual financial compilation report by Hunt and Associates. The report confirmed that the Board did not need to amend its budget for last year and did not exceed planned expenditures. Motion to accept and file the compilation report made by Gifford, seconded by Kramer. The Board will work on getting an electronic version of the financial compilation report on the website. Motion approved.
The Board considered possible action on a donation request from the LDRA for assistance with the LDRA dredge debt. The LDRA requested $58,148.26 for the June 1st payment for the dredge debt. Kramer motioned to approve this request, Burger seconded. Payments are due every 6 months for 20 years, and the LDRA is approximately 11-12 years into paying it off. Motion approved.
The Board considered closing out the Dam Project Fund. This would allow the Board to move the 81002 Fund money into the General Fund as dam construction is essentially complete. This is strictly an accounting issue. After discussions with Carla Becker , County Auditor, appropriate verbiage was written for this to occur July 1st in the new fiscal year. Motion to approve closing the Dam Project Fund and move the funds to the General Fund made by Gifford, seconded by Kramer. This does not preclude opening other funds as necessary for future projects. Votes counted as:
The Board considered possible action on transferring $10,000 into a Dam Improvement Fund as required by the 28E Agreement with the County Supervisors. The Board is required to hold a minimum of $10,000 every fiscal year in a special fund until the fund reaches $150,000 to confirm the Trustee Board would have adequate funds to maintain the dam. Motion to approve moving $10,000 to a Dam Improvement Fund made by Colgan, seconded by Kramer. Votes counted as:
The Board heard committee updates.
The Legislative Committee heard updates from the Gary Grant, on of our lobbyist. He discussed Senate File 493 that allows the Lake District to refinance bonds to save between $300,000 to $400,000 in bond interest. Gary also stated they will continue to work on the Watershed Authority along with working with the State to change verbiage to allow the Board to qualify for lake restoration funds. It was clarified that lobbyists are important as area representatives can’t always focus on the District because of their committee obligations as well as conflicts of interest, including Zumbach’s ownership of property on Lake Delhi.
The Beach Maintenance Committee stated that the Lost Beach project has been finalized for an amount between $11,000 and $12,000 total spent. The committee requested the Board spend some time at the beach for suggestions for finalization projects. Child’s Play Plant Nursery will be working on some river birch in the area to help with root systems. North Beach has been fully surveyed, though it is currently in rough shape, and a work session would be important to make plans for it. The Board is considering getting someone to do maintenance on Lost Beach, including trash removal but also considered removing the Trash containers so that people then would need to remove their own trash. This is a trend that many municipalities are going toward.
The Lake Recreational Maintenance Committee has an area of concern on the south side of the spillway near the SCADA building with water flows going down a county road ditch, into a culvert, and over lake property that is ruining a sidewalk. Burrington Group has been asked to make a proposal or suggestion to fix this problem. There are still some landscaping issues to be dealt with at the SCADA building.
The Dredge Committee wanted to confirm the Board’s unity in putting a siltation trap together near the dredge site. Colgan also expressed concerns about the Maples area and the need to discuss dredging there as well.
The Dam Operations Committee reviewed the Lake Delhi Dam’s success at the American Council of Engineering Companies’ award ceremony. The Lake Delhi Dam won a National Honor award, which is was on the same level as the African American Museum on the National Mall. It also won the top award in Iowa. Colgan also said we will be considering getting an alert system for potential flood events as the dam is a flow of the river dam and drawdowns will not impact the top 1/3 to 2/3 of the lake in the event of a severe flood.
The Water Quality Committee stated the Maquoketa River Watershed Authority will be electing officers to lead that group at their meeting this week. In addition, the DNR is not currently supportive of volunteer water quality testing efforts and will be looking into setting up water quality testing in a similar way to Backbone State Park going forward.
The Funding/Finance Committee had no updates.
There was no public comment.
Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Gifford, seconded by Kramer. Meeting adjourned at 7:26 pm.