BOARD MEETING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Gary Harpster, Dick Mollner, Bruce Jefferies, Nancy Noonan, Mark Dohn, Don Jewell and Joanne BronsonM
MEMBERS PRESENT: John Schrunk Sr., Sarah Schrunk and Sue Smith
Gary called the meeting to order and Bruce made a motion to accept the minutes from August 31, 2010 , Nancy seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.
Gary announced that Ross McGown is having an engineering group (Ben Day at Olsson Associates) search the original design and planning documents for the lake and give their recommendations regarding equitable water dispersal between the lakes in high water situations.
Bruce recommended that we talk with Ross about the lake in South Bend and the possibility of stopping flow into our lake as during high water times this lake does run over into our lake. Gary agreed to check into this with Ross.
Bruce also recommended that we check the creek that flows from South Bend into our lake as it has old batteries, mattresses, tires and assorted junk in it which could harm our water. Gary and Bruce will look into this situation.
Gary asked Ross if he saw any large expenses in the foreseeable future and Ross stated that there were currently no large expenditures anticipated. He did state that at some point in the future the water system will need to be updated.
Gary discussed the outlot parking amendment. The association members voted 39 for and 9 against. As this represents a majority of members for the amendment the amendment will be added to the rules and regulations under #22. Those wishing to park a boat on the out lot will need to contact Nancy Noonan @ 402-430-5221 or Dick Mollner @ 402-944-6082. The boats will not be placed before October 15, 2010 to allow mowing of the out lots one more time. Please be sure to tie your coverings down well. It will be necessary to have your “lot identification” on the trailer in case the need arises to contact you. Dick or Nancy will make sure an identification tag is attached.
It was suggested that we have an ISLAND CHORES day and clean up the island – put mulch around trees, trim trees, clean up out lots etc. The Clean up day will be October 9th, 2010 at 9 a.m. We would love to have as much help as possible to make this a shorter project. If we can get some help, we can put some mulch around the flowers and plants, trim a few trees and keep everything healthy and hearty going into the next phase of weather. (See attached e-mail below).Please meet us at the lot next to Don Jewell ( Lot #46) and bring your gloves, rakes, shovels, pruners, saws, chainsaws, pick-up trucks, trailers and any other tools that you feel might help with clean up.
Roger contacted Daryl Bauer from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and shared a letter with Gary concerning the addition of Tiger Muskie to the lake. See addendums.
The Board researched all of the information we received from the various experts, our first and foremost goal is to properly maintain the lake ecosystem. What was suggested was the 1000 walleye for the lake balance and this was already planned on. We also found out that adding 50 Muskie will not harm the lake. Dick made a motion to call for a vote of the association members regarding the placement of Muskies (according to the Game & Parks people; there is no sense in going with hybrid Tiger Muskie just go with the regular Muskie) in the lake, Joanne seconded the motion and the motion passed. This doesn’t mean that this is a “go” this only means that the board would like the opportunity to present this information to the residents for their consideration. Gary will send out an e-mail that will better explain this with more details. The Board also agreed that if the membership voted to allow placement of the Muskie, individuals wanting to fish for this species would be allowed to donate monies to buy the fish, but could not exceed the recommended 50 which was suggested by Nebraska Game & Parks.
Gary discussed raising the annual dues and asked the group “how these monies would be spent?” Bruce recommended that we buy new tables and chairs for our meetings.
It was also recommended that the donations for the fireworks would come out of this increase, so that the dispersal could be spread around more equitable than the same 30 residents that contribute each year. The board would like to hear from the residents as to what they would like to see, if there was capital that could be allocated?
Gary has looked into tags to ID 4-wheelers and golf carts on the island and has found some options. He will bring a sample to the next meeting. It was also suggested that we contact North Lake and see if they are interested in doing the same ID system. The tags that Gary has found are $36 for 100.
Drainage problems were discussed to prevent erosion of the lots and filling of the lake with sand from beaches. Karla Rupiper has a friend who is knowledgeable in drainage problem resolution and he has agreed to come out to the lake and give us some ideas. Gary has contacted Western Sand and Ross stated that they will pay for supplies but asked if we would be interested in supplying the labor. More information will follow after the evaluation and recommendations are received.
Don shared that Western Sand is bringing two LARGE boulders to place by the Middle Island sign. The money to pay for these was already allotted to the sign by the beautification funds.
We are currently experiencing a lot of damage to trees on the lake and along the Platte by beavers. Gary will contact a business associate who has experience trapping to see if we could hire him to help with the problem. Pat Lemmers from North Lake sent a letter stating that he had someone interested in doing the trapping, however, they wanted per- mission to then be allowed to hunt on the lake. The board will research our options further and make a decision before the season opens in November. These costs would be shared with North Lake.
Sue Smith took 4,960 cans, weighing 134 lbs. total; in to be recycled and donated the money received $54.68 to the island. Sue did this all on her own like so many things she has done for the island – we all owe her a debt of gratitude for her time and effort. If you see her, an “appreciation gesture” would go a long way – we’re lucky to have someone as dedicated as she is to keeping this island beautiful.
THANKS SUE!!!!! For all you do!!!!!
Message from Don Jewell & Jim Kramer:
GARY, AS WE DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING, WE WILL PLAN ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 9TH AS THE DATE TO MULCH AROUND THE TREES. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO DO SOME TRIMMING, PRUNING, AND PUT SOME WIRE AROUND THE TREES IF WE HAVE ENOUGH HELP. AS DISCUSSED WE WILL MEET AT THE OUTLOT NORTH OF MY HOUSE (LOT 46) AT 9:00 AM. IT IS A FAIRLY GOOD SIZE JOB, BUT IF WE GET ENOUGH HELP, IT SHOULD NOT TAKE OVER AN HOUR OR TWO.
THINGS THAT WE NEED FOR THE PROJECT ARE AS FOLLOW:
PICKUP TRUCKS OR TRAILERS
A LOADER FOR MULCH IF ANYONE HAS A BOBCAT OR TRACTOR WE COULD USE
RAKES AND SHOVELS
CHAIN SAWS, PRUNING TOOLS
PLIERS AND WIRECUTTERS
*** HAPPY WORKERS ****
THANKS, DON AND JIM
Which makes you feel better inside when you’re driving down the island? Looking at a project that you helped with, or one that you drove by and watched as others made the contributions.
TREASURER REPORT: Mark reported that there has been $150.00 dispensed to reimburse expenditures. Otherwise there is no change in the treasury balance.
As there was no further business Gary made a motion to adjourn, Nancy seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
The next meeting will be at Mark Dohn’s home, Lot #48, on October 26th, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Submitted by: Joanne Bronson, Secretary
LETTER FROM DARYL BAUER, NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION
In response to questions posed by Roger Othling regarding stocking tiger muskie in Middle Island Lake:
How many species of fish are in the pit already? (Roger replied that he was unsure of all the species currently in the lake). How many more do you need?
No, another species, even a large predator like Muskie probably would not hurt anything and you probably have plenty of shad in there to feed another large predator, but then again you already have several large predator species in the pit, so why do you need another one?
No, the muskies will not eat all of your bass. In fact I would worry more about your bass eating all the small muskies that were stocked. Yes, muskies are large, top-of-the-food-chain, apex predators; they will eat anything that will fit down their throats as will all the other predator fish you already have in the pit. What those predators usually end up eating are prey fish, rough fish, and perhaps panfish that are most abundant. In any water with gizzard shad, those predators are eating almost entirely gizzard shad most of the year.
If he proceeds with his idea, I would not mess with the tiger muskies--just stock pure-bred muskies. Tiger muskie is usually harder to obtain and they really offer no advantage over the pure-bred muskies.
By the way, where would he obtain those fish? If they are coming from out-of-state they MUST BE CERTIFIED DISEASE FREE.
Roger wrote back with concerns about whether or not the lake could provide a suitable habitat for the muskie. He also questioned whether the pure strain muskie are more tolerant of warm water.
Yes, the pure-bred muskies are a little more tolerant of warmer water than the tigers. We used to stock tigers in Nebraska waters and came to the conclusion that there were really no advantages to stocking the tigers instead of pure-bred muskies.
Yes, different predator fish are different in their feeding strategies, behavior and habitat preferences. In a natural lake with thousands of acres of water and predator fish that had existed in those waters for thousands of years you would see distinct differences in predator fish behavior and habitat use. In a man-made Nebraska sandpit all the predator fish will utilize the same prey base and may use the same habitats and similar feeding strategies. Muskies can be very successful in Nebraska pits. But growing a muskie to 48 inches or larger in a relatively small body of water where several other predator species already exist, and with significant fishing pressure, may be a long shot. I would definitely expect muskies in the 30 inch class and probably some over 40 inches. Forty-eight inches or larger would be possible, but I would not bet on it.
It probably would not make a whole lot of difference one way or another. If you want a shot at catching a muskie and maybe even a big muskie, go ahead, stock ’em.
Letter to Bruce Jefferies from Dean Rosenthal (Re:muskie)
Just wanted to give you some additional information on tiger muskie or muskellunge for your lake.
I should mention that we currently only use pure muskellunge and not tiger muskie. We do this primarily for a fish production logistical reasons.
As you are aware stocking tiger muskie can be fairly expense. We have found that in order to get our best return on the fish we stock in Nebraska, we stock in the spring – usually in March or April. This provides a fish that is in good body condition coming out of the hatchery pond and will survive in the lakes until sufficient prey species of the proper size is available. This will add to the expense of the fish, but we find a much better return to the anglers.
You should also be aware that tiger muskie or muskellunge either one are very susceptible bird predation during the first couple of years of their life. This is due primarily to their habitat of hanging near the surface along the shore line areas of the lake.
Nebraska typically stock muskellunge at one per acre or less and place a 40 inch minimum length limit and a bag limit of one in order to protect these fish. They are managed as a trophy fish.
We have not experienced any problems associated with having muskellunge stocked into a lake, but we are also very selective in our selection of lakes that are stocked with muskellunge. We also do not normally stock on an annual basis and usually only stock every 2 or 3 years. This helps offset any mortality on what is stocked and yet helps to keep the population levels in balance. You had mentioned problems associated with the stocking at Zorinsky impacting largemouth bass, however I visited with the biologist that managed that area and he stated that the carp population had a bigger impact than muskellunge.
Let me know if you need additional information.
Fish Production Section
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission