BOARD MEETING MINUTES
August 31, 2010
BOARD MEMBERS: Gary Harpster, Don Jewell, Dick Mollner, Mark Dohn, Nancy Noonan, Bruce Jefferies and Joanne Bronson
MEMBERS: Greg Walstrom
Gary called the meeting to order.Dick made a motion to accept the minutes from the last meeting, Nancy seconded the motion and the motion was passed unanimously.
Gary asked Greg to report from the boating committee. Greg stated that the committee will have its recommendations ready for the Board’s October meeting. He shared that there is a web site that looks at water displacement based on weight and boat size. The Board felt it might be beneficial to get some video to share at the next annual meeting to make the problem of erosion and wake size more easily understood. We will look into this web site and what they have to offer.
Gary talked to Ross about the high water problems and equity of water dispersement with North Lake. Ross is going to have an engineer look into what can be done to make the water dispersement more equitable between the two lakes during high water times.:
Gary looked into the cost of placing a light to mark high water, but found it was around $400. The problem seems to be more related to people who don’t live on the lake being notified of high water and the group agreed this could be achieved by posting notification on the web site and via e-mail. After receiving the report from the boating committee we will get a consensus on where the high water mark should sit.
Greg Walstrom is planning on taking over the web site from Judy Bailey. He is currently gathering information on how members would like to see the web site run and set up. He suggested a front page about the lake that would be open to anyone, but also a member’s only section which would require a log in. If you have suggestions please contact Greg.
Bruce and Greg presented the findings and suggestions from the fish committee. See the addendums for their report and recommendations from Rob Hofpar from Nebraska Lake Management. Mark asked that the group consider another option - see fish committee report for all options. Due to the membership vote at the annual meeting the Board recommended that the Tiger Musky question be tabled until we can talk to other lakes with this fish and find out if they have experienced any problems. Bruce agreed to contact several lakes and bring back a report of their experience with the Tiger Musky.
Don made a motion to stock the lake with 1,000 small Walleye this fall, Dick seconded the motion and the motion was passed unanimously.
The Board discussed having Rob Hofpar come out and do a fish analysis next spring to help us determine what we need to stock to keep the lake healthy. Attritions rates of fish were also discussed at length.
Bruce recommended that we request that all members using lawn treatment products con- sider using Go Green products to help keep the algae out of our lake and keep our lake healthy.
Don requested that we reconsider allowing boats to be stored on out lots during the winter season as the North Lake storage lot is full and they have been experiencing vandalism and theft on the lot. See addendum for amendment wording. Bruce made a motion to put out a special vote of members, Nancy seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously. Gary will send out an e-mail calling for membership votes on the amendment. If the amendment passes Dick Mollner and Nancy Noonan will be in charge of boat placement and anyone wishing to store a boat will need to contact one of them for assignment to a lot.
The lake in South Bend was discussed. Don stated this was “given” to the school system by Western Sand and Gary is currently talking with Ross to try to determine the plans for the site.
There being no further business Nancy made a motion to adjourn, Dick seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
The next meeting will be on September 28th, 2010 at Dick Mollner’s home, Lot 44, at 7:30 p.m.
LETTER FROM ROB HOFPAR, NEBRASKA LAKE MANAGEMENT
Regarding a fish stocking plan for Middle Island Lake, I recommend a continued stock- ing program of predators; specifically wipers and walleye. Blue catfish could also be stocked. I recommend stocking up to 1,000 predators per year (any single species or combination of blue catfish, wipers and walleye). Regarding tiger musky, you can stock them but I recommend low densities (maximum of 1 per acre). Since they are a shoreline predator they will compete with and prey on largemouth bass; hence the low stocking density recommendation. We typically stock wipers and blue catfish in September and walleye and musky in late October//early November.
Regarding Rough Fish Removals; my recommendation is to first schedule a fish survey. We can schedule this in May of 2011 and remove rough fish that are sampled; but the main purpose of the survey is to determine the status of the fishery and whether rough fish removals would be worth the effort. At the end of our last rough fish contract, we were removing such a low biomass of rough fish, it wasn’t worth the effort. That’s why I recommend the survey first. The cost of the survey will be $850 plus travel (approximately $50). Exact date in May will be included with the formal proposal. Rough fish removals if determined to be effective also would be $850 plus travel.
Regarding water quality, I recommend conducting a detailed water quality survey and nutrient analysis in 2011. This will help us develop a water quality management plan for Middle Island Lake. I have observed blue-green algae blooms on the lake at different times, which raises concerns with toxins released by blue-green algae. We can test algae blooms for toxins for $175 per sample ( I recommend two samples each time). We also can treat algae blooms in the lake for $4,950 per treatment. However, be aware algae-cides are not a permanent fix and treatments may only last up to 30 days. When you see algae blooms, understand algae is not the problem; it’s the symptom! Nutrients, particu- larly phosphorous, is the main cause of algae blooms. The best way to attack phosphorus is with aluminum sulfate (alum). Alum binds to phosphorus and settles it to the bottom and caps it into the sediments. Typically a treatment will last up to 10 years, but the cost for an alum treatment is around $2,500 per acre.
The water quality survey and nutrient analysis would help develop a long-term water quality plan, determine appropriate dosing for alum, and give us a detailed bathymetric map of the lake (depth map). This survey/analysis costs $7,500 for the year and includes monthly sampling from May through September. Each sampling event includes sam-pling three locations for water clarity, dissolved oxygen and water temperatures profiles, surface and bottom phosphorous, surface nitrogen and chlorophyll a. Additionally, a bathymetric map of the lake will be created and sediment samples will be taken back to the lab from various areas in the lake to determine internal release of phosphorus. At the
end of the season, we will provide a management plan and schedule a meeting to go over all the information and answer questions.
After your meeting, let me know what the group decides and I will send formal proposals out for each category (fish stocking program, survey/rough fish removal, and water quality/nutrient analysis). If you have any questions, feel free to call me any time.
Nebraska Lake Management
Toll Free: 888-850-2460
FISHING COMMITTEE REPORT
The fishing committee has the following information because of a request from the association meeting in May 2010.
In the past years the association has paid approximately $1050 for 500 fish at the size of 6-8 inches each. Wipers were stocked in 2009 by Rob Hofpar of Nebraska Lake Man- agement. Rob has been contracted for many of the past years to consult and stock the lake with appropriate fish. The association passed a motion for the purchase and stocking of 1000 fish. A request was given to Rob to provide any and all options and he gave the association his response in the attached message.
The fishing committee reviewed the information and has these recommendations in re- sponse to Rob’s recommendations.
Paragraph One: The fishing committee agrees with this recommendation about stocking predator fish: wiper, walleye and possibly blue catfish. The statement regarding Tiger Musky was an answer to the request from Mark Dohn and the motion to form a fishing committee by the association. The Tiger Musky can be stocked but at a low density be- cause of competition with the bass population. The suggested stocking time is during September.
Paragraph Two: The fishing committee agrees to the concept of the survey and proposes the association determine the position of the survey. The $850.00 fee is only the survey, the additional charge of $850.00 for removal of the rough fish. It must be noted the rough fish removal will help remove the gar, but will not be a complete solution to de-pleting the number of gar in the lake. Other creative measures will be necessary to con- troll the gar population. There are many ways the gar are able to propagate the lake:
Examples of propagation:
- Overflow from North Lake
- Fry from wings of waterfowl
- Back flow from the vent tube to the river
Paragraph Three: The issue of Blue Green Toxic Algae has surfaced many times before.
There are controls that the association can implement to help reduce the risk of toxic algae blooms:
- Control fertilizers with phosphorus
- Control run off from neighboring land
Paragraph Four: The fishing committee agreed to look for other resources or opportu- nities to get this information. This is still under review to present to the association in a future proposal.
The fishing committee has the following proposals for stocking wipers and walleye using the suggestions by the professional. The timeline for stocking is quickly passing and a decision needs to be made as soon as possible.
FISH STOCKING OPTIONS FOR STOCKING 1000 FISH
Past funds spent for fish stocking were 500 fish, size 6-8” at a price of:
Year Fished Stocked
2009 500 Wiper total $1,075.00
2008 500 Walleye total $1,200.00
Total for the past 2 years $2,275.00
1000 Walleye $2,300.00
400 Wiper $ 860.00
600 Walleye $1,440.00
OPTION 3: Larger fish 8-10”
1000 Walleye $3,600.00
OPTION 4: Larger fish 8-10”
400 Wiper $1,500.00
600 Walleye $2,250.00
OPTION 5: Mark Dohn suggestion
300 Wiper 6-8” $ 645.00
400 Walleye 6-8” $ 960.00
50 Tiger M 8-10” $ 750.00
According to the AAAS the survival rate of fish stocking for the first year is 35-50%.
According to Rob at Nebraska Lake Management the survival rate for the first year is 40-45%.
The attrition rate is high. Option 1 and alternating species of fish each year to monitor which species is flourishing better.
The association had the fishing committee formed to gather
information about the
Tiger Musky before adding this species to our lake. As of today, no hard science could be found that stated Tiger Musky should not be used as a predator fish. The association needs to vote to approve the Tiger Musky stocking.
The suggestion of Mark Dohn was 50 fish per year for 3 years and then every third year after the initial three years at a cost of $1500.00 per year.
The association needs to vote on yes or no to stocking Tiger Musky.
The association needs to vote yes or no to paying for the Tiger Musky.
If members of the association vote yes to stocking the Tiger Musky and vote no to paying for the Tiger Musky can private funds be used to stock Tiger Musky? Yes or no?
If the association agrees to stocking the Tiger Musky, does the association want to try a single stocking of up to 50 Tiger Musky to check effects on the bass population, yes or no?
If the association agrees to stock Tiger Musky, does the association agree to follow the proposal of stocking up to a max. of 100 as stated by professional, yes or no?
AMENDMENT TO RULE #22
RULE #22 NOW READS:
BOATS, BOAT DOCKS AND BOAT TRAILERS MAY BE STORED UPON THE PREMISES FROM OCTOBER 15 THROUGH MAY 15 BUT MUST BE AT LEAST 10 FEET OFF THE ROAD. AT ANY OTHER TIME, ANY BOAT, BOAT DOCK, OR BOAT TRAILER SHALL BE IN THE LAKE, A BOATHOUSE OR AN ENCLOSED GARAGE.
BOATS, BOAT DOCKS AND BOAT TRAILERS MAY BE STORED UPON THE PREMISES OR UPON COMMON GROUND OUTLOTS FROM OCTOBER 15 THROUGH MAY 15 BUT MUST BE AT LEAST 10 FEET OFF THE ROAD. EACH OUTLOT COULD ONLY HAVE A MAXIMUM OF 4 BOATS, BOAT DOCKS OR TRAILERS OR THE COMBINATION THEREOF STORED UPON IT FOR THIS TIME PERIOD. THE 4 AREAS DESIGNATED AS PARKS THAT ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF HOUSES WOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS STOR- AGE EXTENSION. NO PARKING WOULD BE ALLOWED IN FRONT OF THE TWO PUMP HOUSES ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE LAKE OR IN FRONT OF THE WATER STORAGE AREA ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE LAKE OR ANY OTHER AREA THAT WOULD BLOCK UTILITY MAINTENANCE. AT ANY OTHER TIME, ANY BOAT, BOAT DOCK, OR BOAT TRAILER SHALL EITHER BE IN THE LAKE, A BOAT- HOUSE OR AN ENCLOSED GARAGE. SOUTH BEND LAKES, INC. THE LESSOR, RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ENFORCE THE LEASE AS IT IS WRITTEN.