Minutes – December 17, 2020

The Combined Lake Delhi Recreational Facility and Water Quality District

Thursday, December 17, 2020

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 Vice-President Joel Althoff.

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

Absent: Herman

Visitors: Laurie Kramer, Randy Rattenborg, Doug Camp & Chad Staton via Zoom

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting was made by Jasper, second by Burger. Motion carried.

Claims were presented for payment in the amount of $9,390.81 from the General Fund for electricity, internet services, copier expense, dam operations, clerical expense, Scada office repairs and registrar fees. A motion was made by Staebell to accept the claims as presented. Seconded by Burger. Motion carried.

November financial reports were presented. The General Fund had revenues of $7,967.09 from Delaware County. Expenditures for November were $19,283.25 ending November at $2,133,498.53. The Debt Service Fund had revenues of $7,962.94 from Delaware County with no expenditures ending November at $100,276.32. The Dam Improvement Fund had no new revenues and no expenditures ending November with a $40,000.00 balance. A motion was made by Staebell to receive and file the November financial report. Jasper seconded the motion. Motion carried.

The Board considered possible action to approve payment to the Office of the State of Archaeologist. Althoff noted this relates to 2008 flood with FEMA regarding preservation of the dredge site. They are asking for $75,000 to help pay for the cost of preservation which is to be paid up front. At the end of the process we will be reimbursed the same amount. The reimbursement would come back in about 12-18 months. The step is necessary to finalize the 2008 FEMA settlement. Staebell made a motion to approve payment to the State Archaeologist for $75,000 for future reimbursement in the same amount. Leonard seconded the motion. Jasper asked if there was anything else required of the District. Althoff said that State would take care of all the paperwork. Motion carried.

The next agenda item was regarding a request from Delhi Boats LLC to lease the boat ramp on the south side of the dam. Staebell noted that this has been a discussion item for the last couple of meetings. He asked for input from the Board. Leonard made a motion to allow the boat ramp to be used for canoes and kayaks as was previously approved with the County and DNR and also requested offer from Delhi Boats LLC to utilize that area with whatever parameters the Board wanted to attach to the agreement. Staebell seconded the motion. Leonard felt any agreement should be for one year vs. multiple years. He asked to amend his motion to include the one year term and also note that easement rights for the Rocky Nook Association and other property owners would have to be taken into consideration. After discussion regarding different pros and cons of agreeing to a lease, Burger made a motion to table until next month noting further information needs to be made available regarding public access and exact locations of property to be leased. Staebell seconded the motion. Motion carried.

The Board considered action on the District taking ownership of “Injun Joe” or The Rock.   The property owners are asking the District to reconsider the fencing requirement that the Board asked for at a past meeting. There was discussion regarding liability insurance. Burger indicated that the cost would be based on the amount of property that would be accepted by the District and that a survey would be required. Randy Rattenborg said he is working with the property owners to do that survey which would include the frontage as well. There was more discussion on the type of fence that would be installed, signage and maintenance. Staebell made a motion to decline the request for removal of a fence by the owners. The motion was seconded by Althoff. Motion carried.

Committee Updates:

Finance/Budget: Herman received information from Bank Iowa regarding dredge loan. Hopefully, more information will be provided next meeting.

Water Quality & Sediment Control – Leonard shared that the Maquoketa Watershed Authority has been approved for a grant through the DNR of around $100,000 with a matching amount that will come from the MWSA. The goal is to make a full pledge plan for the entire watershed area. This includes all the sampling that has been done in the Maquoketa River. Leonard noted that he may be coming back to the Board of additional dollars if needed. Leonard asked for Board support to fund water sampling in the Lake Delhi area.   He also asked if anyone on the Board wanted to volunteer to take water samples for the District. Staebell, Schermann, Burger, Jasper, Althoff and Kramer stated they would be willing to take water samples.

Burger noted that Larry Murphy would like to be on the January agenda to update the Board on legislative actions.

Community Quality of Life – Leonard stated he is meeting with Culver’s after the new year to review the initial proposal for the Wall of Recognition. Rattenborg asked if there was going to be lighting for the area. Leonard stated it wasn’t in the original plan but could be added.

Assets and Dam – Staebell noted that the Scada office will not be ready for the January meeting so a Zoom meeting will be necessary. He also noted that the ceiling will need to be painted before the walls can be painted. Burger and Scherrman volunteered to help with the painting. Althoff noted the camera system at the Scada office is up and running.

Public Comment: None

A motion to adjourn was made by Jasper, second by Scherrman. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.






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