2019 Annual Meeting Minutes

MIDDLE ISLAND LAKE ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES

APRIL 27TH, 2019

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: GARY HARPSTER, CINDY SCHMIT, JOHN FOX, MATT TASLER, ROGER OTHLING AND JOANNE BRONSON.

MEMBERS PRESENT:  33 LOT OWNERS WERE PRESENT AND TWO MEMBERS VOTED BY ABSENTEE BALLOT.

GARY WELCOMED ALL MEMBERS AND THANKED THEM FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN CLEAN-UP DAY.

GARY MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES FROM THE LAST ANNUAL MEETING; ZOE BLAIR SECONDED THE MOTION AND IT CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

TREASURER’S REPORT:  CINDY REPORTED THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE (see treasurer for these numbers) IN THE GENERAL FUND.

GARY INTRODUCED DEREK BUESCH FROM NEBCO AND ASKED IF MEMBERS HAD ANY QUESTIONS FOR HIM.  DICK MOLLNER ASKED IF THERE WAS ANYTHING THAT NEBCO COULD DO TO INSURE THAT WE HAVE A CLEAR LINE OF VISION WHEN PULLING OFF THE ISLAND ONTO THE HIGHWAY AND IF THE NO PASSING ZONE COULD BE EXTENDED TO OUR ENTRANCE.  DEREK WILL LOOK INTO THIS.  DENNY OESCHLAGER ASKED IF NEBCO HAS PLANS TO BUILD UP LOW AREAS ON THE DIKE AFTER THE RECENT FLOODING.  GARY DISCUSSED THAT THE DIKE IS NOW OWNED BY NORTH LAKE AND THAT THEY ARE LOOKING INTO SOME DIKE IMPROVEMENTS.

GARY REVIEWED THE 2018 EXPENSES WITH THE GROUP.

GARY DISCUSSED THE DANGER TO OUR ASH TREES BY THE EMERALD ASH BORE.  HE STATED THAT WE WILL BE MARKING THE ASH TREES ON THE ISLAND SO THAT MEMBERS CAN BECOME COGNIZANT OF WHERE THEY ARE SITUATED.  IF WE LOSE THESE TREES TO THE BORE AND DECIDE TO REPLACE THEM, WE WILL NEED RESIDENTS TO HELP WITH WATERING THE NEW TREES.

GARY DISCUSSED THAT WE NO LONGER HAVE A BOATING COMMITTEE, BUT STILL HAVE A NEED FOR BOATS TO BE INSPECTED AND WE NEED TO RESEARCH INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS CONCERNING MOTOR SIZES, BOATS ALLOWED ON THE LAKE, ETC.  HE HAS RESEARCHED BOAT ENGINES AND FOUND THAT ONLY ONE DEALER (SUZUKI) CURRENTLY MAKES A 140 HP ENGINE.  HE SUGGESTED THAT WE ALLOW A 150 HP ENGINE AS LONG AS THE TOTAL WEIGHT AND LENGTH RESTRICTIONS IN OUR RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE NOT EXCEEDED.  DISCUSSION FOLLOWED BY THE GROUP WITH MEMBERS ASKING WHY “V DRIVE” BOATS AND TRITOONS ARE NOT ALLOWED.  AFTER FURTHER DISCUSSION DICK MOLLNER MADE A MOTION TO

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“ALLOW 150 HP MOTOR AS LONG AS THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND LENGTH LIMITS IN OUR RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE NOT EXCEEDED.”; KARLA RUPIPER SECONDED THE MOTION AND THE MOTION CARRIED WITH 1 OPPOSED VOTE AND ALL OTHERS FOR THE MOTION.  GARY ASKED FOR VOLUNTEERS TO FORM A BOATING COMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO “V DRIVE” BOATS AND TRITOONS.  THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE ON THIS COMMITTEE:

SUE LAUGHLIN                        TOM TRACY

JIM KOHLER                            DAVID LAMMEL

ROGER OTHLING

GARY DISCUSSED THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE HAD IN THE PAST YEAR WITH KIDS JUMPING OFF THE BRIDGE.  THIS AREA IS SHALLOW AT TIMES, WITH ROCKS AND POSSIBLY GLASS IN THE AREA THAT THEY ARE LANDING.  MEMBERS WERE ASKED TO VOTE ON THEIR BALLOTS CONCERNING THIS PROBLEM.

GARY DISCUSSED THE CONTINUING PROBLEM WITH OUR ROAD ON THE ISLAND.  ADAM PETSCH EXPLAINED AND SHOWED SAMPLES OF OUR CURRENT ROAD AND THE DETERIORATION IT IS EXPERIENCING.  THERE WAS LOTS OF DISCUSSION FROM MEMBERS WITH MANY EXPRESSING THEIR FEELINGS THAT NEBCO SHOULD PAY FOR THE OVERLAY.  NEBCO HAS EXPRESSED THAT THEY WILL PUT SOME MONEY INTO THE OVERLAY, BUT THEY WILL NOT PAY FOR THE ENTIRE PROJECT.  DEREK EXPLAINED THAT THEY WILL NOT CHANGE THEIR POSITION ON THIS SITUATION.  GARY ASKED FOR A STRAW BALLOT OF MEMBERS AS TO WHO WOULD VOTE FOR OR AGAINST THE OVERLAY – 21 MEMBERS VOTED FOR THE PROJECT, 6 VOTED AGAINST THE PROJECT.  THE TOPIC WAS TABLED UNTIL WE CAN GET A FIRM BID FROM CATHER AND AN ACTUAL DOLLAR AMOUNT THAT NEBCO WOULD PUT INTO THE PROJECT.  IT WAS STRESSED THAT WE WOULD ALSO WANT A FIRM COMMITMENT ON MAINTENANCE OF THE ROAD IF WE PROCEED WITH THE OVERLAY.

GARY EXPLAINED TO THE GROUP THAT THE CURRENT GATE KIOSK IS OBSOLETE AND ALTHOUGH IT IS CURRENTLY WORKING, IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REPAIR THE SYSTEM.  A NEW SYSTEM WOULD INCLUDE THE CAPABILITY TO TALK WITH THE GATE THROUGH WI-FI AND NOT REQUIRE JOANNE TO BE AT HOME TO PROGRAM THE GATE.  JOANNE REMINDED MEMBERS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO GET WORK AND PARTY CODES TO PREVENT PEOPLE WITH NO VESTED INTEREST IN OUR LAKE TO CONTAMINATE IT WITH ZEBRA MUSSELS.

GARY DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF PLACING CAMERAS AT THE GATE.  THIS IS BEING LOOKED INTO BY A COMMITTEE WITH MEMBERS FROM BOTH LAKES.  WE WILL REPORT BACK TO MEMBERS WHEN WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION.

 

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GARY DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF HIRING SOMEONE TO HELP MAINTAIN THE OUT LOTS ON A PART TIME BASIS.  WE WILL LOOK INTO COST AND AVAILABILITY AND PRESENT IT TO THE MEMBERS.

CINDY DISCUSSED THE CASS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND THE SHORTCOMINGS WE EXPERIENCED DURING THE RECENT FLOODING.  SHE EXPLAINED THAT THERE IS A 21 HOUR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM, FREE OF CHARGE, THAT MEMBERS COULD ATTEND THAT WILL HELP TO PREPARE US FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS LIKE FLOODING, TORNADO, TRAIN DERAILMENT, MEDICAL EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PLANNING TO NAME A FEW.  ANYONE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS CLASS SHOULD CONTACT CINDY OR JOANNE.

GARY DISCUSSED THAT HE IS TRYING TO FIND A MESSAGING SYSTEM TO NOTIFY MEMBERS OF EMERGENCIES THAT WILL NOT SELL OUR INFORMATION OR PUT ADS ON OUR PHONES.  HE HAS ONE THAT HE WILL BE TESTING AND WE WILL LET MEMBERS KNOW IF THIS IS A VIABLE OPTION.

GARY CALLED FOR NOMINATIONS/VOLUNTEERS FROM THE FLOOR TO SERVE ON THE BOARD.  THERE WERE NO NOMINATIONS OR VOLUNTEERS.

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS MEMBERS WERE INSTRUCTED TO TURN IN THEIR BALLOTS AND SUE HARPSTER MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN WITH DORIS OESCHLAGER SECONDING THE MOTION AND THE MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

SUBMITTED BY:

JOANNE BRONSON

SECRETARY