Minutes – Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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 by President Steve Leonard at 6:34 pm.

Trustees present: Kramer, Leonard, Staebell, Burger, Herman, Gifford (call-in)

Trustees absent: Havertape

Visitors present: Jason Wenger, Dan Recker, Larry Aschbrenner, Mitch Tanner

Recording secretary: Shelley Kallenbach

Staebell motioned to approve the meeting agenda as read with the adjustment of moving Colgan’s dam operations presentation to #8, Burger seconded, motion approved.

Burger motioned to approve the December regular meeting minutes, Staebell seconded, motion approved.

Kramer read the claims for payment. Claims for payment in the amount of $6, 126 for dam and office electricity, dam operations, printer maintenance, lobbyist expense, dam LP tanks, and internet/phone service were presented from the General Fund. Burger motioned to approve the claims for payment, Staebell seconded. Gary Grant forwarded a note looking to change the watershed authority’s name in the state legislature and the lobbyists continue to work to get the lake eligible for state funding. Motion approved.

Kramer presented the financial reports. The General Fund had revenues of $14,809.09 and expenses of $17,628.15, ending December at $1,808,344.77. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $25,00.91 from interest and the county, and no expenditures, ending December at $98,237.36. The Dam Improvement Fund had no changes, remaining at $10,000. Staebell motioned to receive and file the financial reports, Burger seconded. Kramer will find out if the Dam Improvement Fund receives interest. Motion approved.

The Board considered action on a public hearing date for approving the FY 2018/2019 budget. The budget is due March 15th. Staebell motioned to approve a special meeting to approve the budget to be posted in the paper for March 1st at 6:30 pm, Burger seconded, motion approved.

The Board considered possible action on a proposed contract with Burrington Group for services required for Lake Delhi operations management. The dam operating permit requires 24/7 service, a brick and mortar building with a telephone line and people to answer it, and daily operations of the dam. Burrington Group has been providing these services since September 2015 with a two-year agreement and it is time for that agreement to be reviewed. Burrington Group provides 24/7 monitoring, dam permit requirement fulfillment, catastrophe plans and monitoring, volunteer management, dam and SKATA building visits, and necessary phone line management. They are offering to continue this with a $2500 monthly fee to have someone available within 30 minutes 24/7, with any daytime work at the regular hourly rate. Kramer motioned to approve the contract as presented with an annual review in January, Herman seconded, motion approved.

Colgan presented updates from the Dam Operations Committee. The dam is in winter operation with low water flows. Two of the three gates are off due to low water flows and the remaining gate is on automatic with a system to prevent ice buildup. A request was heard from a volunteer for an aerosol can of deicer for one of the doors and additional snow shovels.

The Board considered possible action on approval for the Hartwick Huskies to utilize Lost Beach for a 2018 ski show. Mitch Tanner made a presentation requesting Saturday July 14, 2018th as the date for the show and a need for access to Lost Beach that day, as well as Monday and Wednesday night for practice, and an interest in making an event by allowing Smokey’s to expand a beer tent onto Lost Beach property. Property behind the campground is owned by Tanner and Marty Pottebaum for use for parking using golf carts to move visitors. Burger motioned to provide the Hartwick Huskies to access Lost Beach on July 14th from 2-7 pm and from 5:30 to dark Monday and Wednesday prior with delivery of the appropriate required insurance policy, Herman seconded, motion approved. Herman motioned to approve authorizing Smokey’s to utilize some portion of the Lost Beach property deemed necessary via proposal from Smokey’s for a beer garden subject to Smokey’s meeting all state and county requirements on July 14th until bar closure with a specific designated area approved by the Board with delivery of an appropriate insurance policy, Staebell seconded, motion approved.

The only committee updates were that the Finance Committee is waiting on some things from Carla Becker to finish the budget, and there are a lot of locations around the lake without high-speed internet service and it would be good for the lobbyists to push for funding for high-speed internet in the area.

The floor was opened to public comment.

A member of the public pointed out there is a great deal of seaweed at water level by the Cedars across from North Beach. There is no current update on removing this seaweed other than considering potential dredging.

A member of the public asked if the LP tanks are pre-booked. It was confirmed that the LP tanks do get the pre-book rate.

Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Staebell, seconded by Kramer, motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:42 pm.

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