Here are the minutes from the ERCLA Annual Meeting:
Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association Annual General Meeting Minutes July 16, 2016
Meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President Bill Lochte.
Those in attendance were: Sara Decker, Dean Bordeaux, Sandra McKeon, Bill Feld, Jan Tidmarsh, Marty Rosenthal, Phil Jensen, Bruce Carey, Susan Catania, George Wagner, Julie Wagner, Bill Lochte, Carole Linn, Sue Saxhaug, Brenton Butterfield, Bill Krostue, Chrysa Murphy, Michele Bergstrom, Craig Smith, Einar Forsman, Jeffrey Fasula, Tom Connelly, Jack Dawson, Mike Lubenow, Jeff Boville, Karen Maahs, Louie Penpek, Diana Hrovatin, Larry Springer, Don Peterson, Rae Marie Peterson, Jim Mulleady, Cathy Higley, Terry Baker, George Katich, Jeri Page, Wilbur Page, John Liermann, Rollin Siegfried, John Smolko, Jean Smolko, Terry Ingraham, Sheila Reddy, Ashley Krusick, Dave Mueller, Lois Derrick, Dick Brock, Dave Tidmarsh, Dick Matkin, Sharon Wojtasiak, Thomas Wojtasiak, Bob Riel, and Paul Hennes. 53 in total.
Bill Lochte welcomed all and introduced the ERCLA board of directors.
The ERCLA Native Plant Protection Pledge and Volunteer sign-up sheet were circulated.
Brenton Butterfield, Lake Ecologist with Onterra, LLC utilized a PowerPoint presentation to provide an update of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes Lake Management Planning project.
Motion to approve the minutes of the July 18, 2015 ERCLA annual general meeting by Dave Tidmarsh, second by Paul Hennes; followed by vote. All voting aye. No opposing votes. Motion carried.
Sue Saxhaug, Treasurer, read and explained the treasurer’s report. As of June 30, 2016, checking account balance $22,377, savings account $20,516, CD $30,568 for a total of $73,461 in the treasury. Total income was $19,394. Total expenses were $6,535. This represents a net change of plus $12,859. Copy of said report is on file and incorporated by reference as though fully set forth. Motion to accept the treasurer’s report by Carole Linn, second by George Katich; followed by vote. All voting aye. No opposing votes. Motion carried.
Membership report was given by Sue Saxhaug. There are 570 members which represents approximately 33% of riparians.
Bill Lochte informed attendees that several officers will not be continuing for another term of office. The position of secretary will be vacant. Lochte asked for a volunteer to fill that position. There were no offers to fill the upcoming vacant position.
Dave Tidmarsh gave a brief report on the Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative, an organization formed in 2015 to advocate for Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers. ERCLA has donated to the effort. He stated in the fall of 2015, state legislators added an amendment to the state budget (Act 55) which ended years of informed, data driven regulation through local control of lake property. The WSI brochure was distributed.
Dave Mueller provided an overview of the EWM Management Plan. He stated the Commission has been managing EWM infestation on the ER Chain through yearly herbicide applications since 2008. Because the amount of EWM has been reduced to 12 acres, the use of herbicide is not warranted this year. Professional divers will hand-harvest EWM in Voyageur Lake this year as a pilot program.
Dave Mueller gave an update on the Wetland Plants of Concern monitoring program. Yellow iris, purple loosestrife and yellow loosestrife are being monitored by volunteers.
Cathy Higley, Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator discussed the purple loosestrife biocontrol project she is conducting and offered beetles to anyone requesting them.
Dave Mueller stated ERCLA sponsors a Clean Boats Clean Water program consisting of 200 hours of boat landing monitoring/education at the T-docks. The Unified Lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes Commission sponsors 400 hours of monitoring on the ER Chain. Hours are split between Eagle Lake boat landing and the Braywood boat landing.
Utilizing a PowerPoint presentation, Bill Lochte discussed three key issues that confront ERCLA at this time:
- Difficulty securing long-term leadership
- Membership recruitment
- Confusion about the roles of ERCLA, individual lake associations and the Unified Lower Eagle River
Chain of Lakes Commission (the Commission).
Bill stated that at a strategic planning session with Eagle River Chain lake leaders, a number of ideas were generated to address the situation. A conclusion was reached that consolidating and simplifying the structure is necessary to ensure continued success of efforts to preserve and protect the Eagle River Chain of Lakes.
Consolidation will result in a clearer identity, a unified message, a pooling of leadership and resources, and simplified dues.
Bill outlined the proposed new structure and the steps needed to make it a reality. No changes will be made without stakeholder input and support.
After the presentation, he called for a show of hands of all in favor of proceeding in this new direction. Support was unanimous. He asked for a show of hands of those opposed to proceeding in the new direction. No hands were raised.
Bill stated Catfish Lake Association approved a donation of $10,000 to help with the transition.
An open forum followed. Attendees asked questions and offered comments.
Next meeting date July 15, 2017.
Motion to adjourn by Dick Brock, second by Sue Saxhaug; followed by vote. All voting aye. No opposing votes. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 11:20 a.m.
Minutes by Carole Linn and Ashley Krusick.