Minutes – Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Wednesday, September 15, 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: Leonard, Jasper, Burger, Thompson and Althoff were present.  Scherrman was present via Zoom

Absent: Staebell

Visitors: Randy Rattenborg, Pat Colgan and Larry Aschbrenner. Laurie Kramer, Dakota Drish and Ed Schmidt via Zoom

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

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

Claims were presented for payment in the amount of $10,434.19 from the General Fund for electricity, internet services, copier expense, dam operations, clerical/accounting expense, lobbyist expense, lawn maintenance, port-a-potties, TV setup, office supplies and LP for both tanks. Motion by Leonard and second by Thompson to approve payments. All ayes. Motion carried.

August financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $51,992.26 from Delaware County. Expenditures for August were $11,557.51 ending August at $2,023,475.82. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $68,924.89 from Delaware County and with no expenditures ending August at $171,975.85. The Dam Improvement Fund had no revenues and no expenditures ending August with a $50,000.00 balance. A motion was made by Staebell to receive and file the August financial report. Althoff seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Scherrman noted that he had been in contact with several individuals to do tree removal on the north side of the dam by the LP tank. He has not received proposals yet but was asking the Board to approve going forward with the tree removal. Burger explained that the President and Secretary have the ability to approve payment depending on the dollar amount. Leonard made the motion and Althoff seconded to approve giving the President and Secretary the ability to move forward with the project depending on cost. All ayes. Motion carried.

Scherrman reported that the road to North Beach is in need of repair. He is working with Lakeside Lawncare to figure out what it’s going to take to make it passable so the port-a-potties can be removed this fall. There was discussion on how to fix the short-term issues but the bigger concern is what it’s going to take long-term to keep the road viable. After some discussion a motion was made by Thompson, seconded by Jasper to table any action until the next meeting so more information can be gathered. All ayes. Motion carried.

Rattenborg was present to discuss the Burrington Group contract with the Trustees. Their last contract was approved in 2018.   He noted that because there’s been no rate increase in three years they are proposal a rate increase is for 2% per year for a total of 6%. He reviewed their scope of service noting he didn’t change anything. $2,500/month is the on-call fee. Leonard suggested the dam committee meet with Burrington Group to discuss their rates and services.   Colgan noted the needs for running the dam and getting the permits for the dam included 24/7 service. That was the reason for the development of a contract with Burrington Group.   Thompson made a motion to approve a one-year agreement with Burrington Group and have the dam committee meet with Burrington Group to go over their services. Althoff seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

The Board considered entering into a service agreement with Lunda. Colgan explained that Lunda has the expertise to handle specific dam issues that are beyond the scope of service provided by Burrington Group. He noted that Lunda is the company that did a lot of the work in Phase I of the dam construction including work on the actuators. Their scope of work would include an annual inspection to determine work needed. After some other discussion, Althoff made a motion to have Colgan move forward to bring back a contract from Lunda with their scope of service and rates for the next meeting. Jasper seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Leonard reviewed a letter he drafted to be sent to Kayla Lyons, Director of the IDNR, regarding the application process for funds from the state Impoundment Fund. He noted this fund was created several years ago and this year $500,000 was allocated that allows us to ask for funding specific to our needs. Motion to approve the President to sign on behalf of the lake trustees was made by Leonard. A second was made by Thompson. All ayes. Motion carried.

Committee Updates:

Burger noted he put out a proposed update for committee members that includes members of the trustees as well as other individuals from the community.   He said he will put it on the agenda next month for approval.

Water Quality – Althoff noted there’s a meeting on Thursday, September 16 to discuss Delaware Soil and Water Conservation. Both he and Leonard plan to attend.

Community Quality of Life – None

Property Assets and Dam – None

Financial/Budget – Althoff asked when the lobbyist contract is due. Kramer will check.

Public Comment – Aschbrenner asked what the difference between the dam committee and the trustees. Burger explained the dam committee is made up of several trustees along with other individuals to bring back action items for the trustees.

Colgan noted that Aschbrenner and several others have been doing daily inspections of the dam since 2016. Rattenborg also said he gets a text message when someone is at the dam and he gets one daily. The trustees thanked Larry and the others for their work and commitment.

A motion to adjourn was made by Jasper, second by Althoff. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.














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