Minutes – Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Thursday, July 15, 2021

5:30 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 5:30 pm by Secretary/Treasurer Burger.

Present: Leonard, Jasper, Burger, Staebell, Scherrman and Herman were present via Zoom.

Absent: Althoff

Visitors: Laurie Kramer, Randy Rattenborg, Dakota Drish, Gary Grant and Larry Murphy

Burger asked for a motion to approve the meeting agenda. A motion was made by Scherrman, second by Staebell to approve the agenda. Motion carried.


Motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Scherrman, second by Leonard. Motion carried.


Claims were presented for payment in the amount of $7,772.89 from the General Fund for electricity, internet services, copier expense, dam operations, clerical/accounting expense, lobbyist expense, lawn maintenance, port-a-potties and Zoom subscription. Motion by Staebell, second by Jjasper to approve payments. All ayes. Motion carried.

June financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $5,929.75 from Delaware County. Expenditures for June were $7,827.11 ending June at $1,979,225.97. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $4,843.16 from Delaware County and with no expenditures ending June at $103,033.54. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending June with a $50,000.00 balance. A motion was made by Staebell to receive and file the June financial report. Scherrman seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Larry Murphy and Gary Grant were present to give an update on the past state legislative session. They discussed the Impoundment Fund that was created two years ago. Gary stated that after meeting with the DNR it would appear that because the Lake Delhi District is a public lake it would qualify for funding projects.    The DNR is currently starting the rule making process for approval of projects that would qualify for this funding. Gary suggested the Board come up with questions for him to submit to the DNR for their consideration regarding what types of projects would be considered for funding. He also stated that this needs to be done fairly quickly. As with other funding sources, this would require a 50/50 match and he said the monies should be spent out by this coming January. Leonard offered to put together questions noting he has been involved with the formation of this fund. He asked for input from the other board members.

The Board discussed cleanup at Lost Beach. There have been some complaints about trash being left at the beach the last few weeks. Leonard suggested having someone check for garbage on Mondays. He said he was against putting out garbage cans because it was a real mess when they were used several years ago. Kramer suggested adding signage. Scherrman said he would be happy to help with formatting the signs. Leonard made a motion to purchase two signs from Manchester Signs. Staebell seconded the motion.   Motion carried.

Leonard updated the Board on the Wall of Recognition project. He stated that it’s been frustrating finding contractors to oversee the project. He would like to work with individual contractors to do various parts of the project. He asked the Board to approve allowing him to move forward hiring multiple contractors. He noted that there’s been a lot of settling of the concrete on the south side by spillway. Before starting any work on the wall, he feels this area will need to be replaced.   Rattenborg noted that Burrington Group has been monitoring the settlement area. He feels it’s stabilized but agreed some slabs need to be replaced. He noted it might be easier to just tear the area out and replace the whole thing.  Leonard had a contractor down to look at the updating the walk path. He’s suggestion was to concrete the pathway with ridges.   Herman made a motion to have Leonard reach out to multiple contractors to move the project along. Leonard brought up a concern regarding the trees growing by the spillway. Scherrman said he would contact Shawn Reth to get things cleaned up. Herman made a motion to move forward with the project allowing Leonard to contact various contractors and bring back pricing and design. Staebell seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Committee Updates:

Water Quality – Leonard noted that there was a Governor’s Award for Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers including those that tested at Lake Delhi

Community Quality of Life – None

Property Assets and Dam – The trustees received an email regarding the large amount of ski jets on the lake that are becoming a problem. It was noted that the District has no authorization over watercraft on the lake. Scherrman suggested presenting the lake association with guidelines about DNR rules. Staebell suggested sending out an email regarding general rules. A sign a Turtle Creek was suggested as well.

Rattenborg noted he’s still waiting for Kistler to bring the down the controls on the dam.

Kramer asked for an update on the Scada office. The filing cabinets have not been delivered. There still needs to be cabinets purchased so the countertop can be set. Plumbing needs to be done to set in the sink.

Rattenborg said there are trees on the north side that need to be removed as well.

Financial/Budget – None

Public Comment – None

Burger reminded everyone of the Trustee Election which will be held Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at St. John’s Catholic Church.

A motion to adjourn was made by Staebell, second by Scherrman. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.






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