Here are the minutes from the June 25, 2016 Annual Meeting.
Catfish Lake Association Minutes
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Call to Order President Jim Mulleady called the meeting to order at 9:04 a.m. Forty members in attendance.
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
Roll Call of Officers Present: President Jim Mulleady; Secretary Kari Ziegler Absent: Vice President Tom Sather; Treasurer Jeff Boville
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5. Approval of Treasurer’s Report
In the absence of Treasurer Bovillle, President Mulleady reported that
we stand in strong financial shape. As of January 1, 2016 we have
$25,689.34 in our checking account and over $62,000 in total. We’ve
had no major expenses to date, however our larger bills haven’t come in
Our 2015 first ‘annual picnic’ cost $509. President Jim thanked the
committee for their efforts in ensuring its success.
A motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented made by Rick
Oberreuter. Seconded by Craig Smith. Motion carried unanimously.
6. Nomination and Election to 2-Year Term for Vice President
Nomination for Sue Ziegler to assume two-year term as Vice President
made by President Jim Mulleady. Seconded by Joanie Burchmore.
Motion carried unanimously.
7. Nomination and Election to 2-Year Term for Secretary Nomination
for Joanie Burchmore to assume two-year term as Secretary made by
Lois Derrick and seconded by Craig Smith. Motion carried unanimously.
8. Presentation by Bill Lochte, 15-Year President of ERCLA (Eagle
River Chain of Lakes Association)
President Lochte credited Carole Linn for her invaluable help in serving on
the ERCLA Board and co-creating his power-point presentation.
He started with these numbers:
~ 11 number of lakes on our chain
~ 62 miles of shoreline
~ 1435 number of acres treated for milfoil in the last 8 years
~ $1,237,000 cost to date of investment by ERCLA, Lakes Associations
and DNR to treat milfoil
A detailed account of ERCLA’s history (formed in 2001) and the creation of individual Lake
Associations (formed in 2007) followed.
Bill offered this statistic: in 2005 a 100-foot base (lakeside) lot was valued at $195,000; in 2010 at $158,000; and today at $123,000. If we don’t protect our lakes from EWM, values will continue to plummet.
Bill proposed that over the next two years we combine assets of ERCLA and all individual Lake Associations into one entity.
Benefits of Uniting:
~ Single identity
~ Unified presence
~ Pooling of leadership with support staff
~ Simplified dues structure
~ Continued participation of the four municipalities
~ Elimination of duplicate activities (newsletters; website; meetings; etc.)
~ More efficient use of volunteers
~ Pooled financial assets for needed lake improvements
Impact of Not Uniting:
~ End of leadership oversight
~ End of group efforts
~ End of Grant Funding secured by ERCLA
~ End of educational outreach
~ End of chain-wide programs
Concerns regarding Uniting:
~ Hiring the right person
~ Loss of individual lake identity
~ Transfer of treasuries
~ Fear of non-equitable representation
A lengthy discussion ensued. Suggestions included: shortening the 2-year timeline; hiring a part-time rather than full-time employee; stronger communication with riparian owners as to importance of joining (resulting in increased membership and dues); consider estate planning endowment; ask realtors to inform prospective buyers of ERCLA’s importance; and transitioning into a Lake District.
Membership Decision: A motion to donate $10,000 from our Treasury to support combining ERCLA and individual Lake Associations into one entity was made by Bob Burchmore.
Seconded by Carol Pederson. Motion carried unanimously.
The motion was amended to stipulate that the donation be contingent on the participation of the other Lakes Associations on the chain.
9. Update on Milfoil Treatment
President Mulleady recommended we continue using Cliff Schmidt to perform a peak biomass
survey at approximately $830. A motion to continue employing Schmidt’s Aquatic was made
by Bob Burchmore and seconded by Rich Coral. Motion carried unanimously
10. Buoy Project
President Mulleady reported that last year we donated $1000 to the Town of Washington to
help pay for buoys. No additional funding was designated to buoys at this time. It was further
noted that some buoys were mislocated by the installers.
No funding was designated to signage at this time.
12. Update on Boat Landing Inspections
It was noted that the students hired at the boat landings were often not
attentive to their jobs.
13. The 2016 Catfish Lake Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 30th at the home of Dale and
Julie Massignon, 918 Hwy. 45 South. Signage will be displayed to direct attendees.
14. Additional Business: A motion for next year’s Catfish Lake Association meeting to be
held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 was made by Rick Oberreuter and seconded by Bob
Burchmore. Motion carried unanimously.
15. A motion for adjournment at 10:40 a.m. made by Bill Hassey. Seconded by Rich Skora.
Motion carried unanimously.
Joan Burchmore, Secretary