ERICSON LAKE CORPORATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
MARCH 19, 2016 9:30 AM
Charlie Krohn, Sec.
Paul Claus, Treasurer
Derald Watson, Vice Pres.
Joe Wadas, President
The Ericson Lake Corporation Board of Directors met on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 AM at the Chris & Joe Wadas cabin.
Present: Larry Belz, Charlie Krohn, Mike Armstrong, Paul Claus, Kevin Hlavac, Derald Watson, Joe Wadas, and Steve Wenz.
Also present: Brent Pickrel, Chris Wadas
Absent: Tom Haase, Tracy Lantis, Chris Levander, Donna Uhrenholdt
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and Mission Statement. The minutes from the February board meeting were approved.
- Treasurer: Paul reported the following balances: Checking: $15,054; Raffle: $2,282; Carousel: $6,400; PayPal: $639. The Ericson State Bank Loan remains at $$1,050. So far there have been 57 members pay 2016 dues. The bill for the white rock is $3,372. Thanks to Wheeler County Road Department for grading the lake roads!
- Centennial: The Committee met on the evening of the 18th. They will be holding a trail run and paddle poker run on Saturday, July 23. The ELC’s Centennial events will take place on Saturday, July 2, while Ericson’s Fourth of July events will all be held on Monday, July 4.
- Fireworks: Paul will check with Jack Poulsen about fireworks. MOTION BY PAUL, SECOND BY DERALD TO MATCH UP TO $3,000 ON WHATEVER IS SPENT ON FIREWORKS FOR THE ELC JULY 2 CELEBRATION; MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Paul reported that money has been coming in with dues to apply to the fireworks.
- Raffle: Derald reported that the tickets will be printed next week. Two books of 5 tickets will be sent to all lake property owners to sell. Tickets will cost $20 for a book of five sold in the same name, (get one free in a book) or $5 apiece. There are twenty-four sponsors for the raffle.
- Concrete under the Carousel: Joe received another bid on the project for a total of $13,055, which includes sidewalk from the portable restroom to the Carousel, under the Carousel and sidewalk to the flag pole.
- Time Capsule: Brent will check with Wheeler Central’s welding department if they have made any progress on construction of one.
- Joe and Chris will plan to host Vinyl Night on Saturday, July 16. All are welcome to bring any vinyl records they’d like to share/listen/dance to.
- Written agreement on docks and fees: Consensus was that when lots are sold, the new owners of the lots will have the first right to purchase or refuse the dock space that the previous owner had as long as the new owners pay dues and the dock fee. Mike will coordinate with Paul as to how many dock spaces there are, and how many members pay dock fees.
- Wheeler County has buried the remains of the tree pile. They are currently cleaning trees out of road ditches, and using the ELC tree pile area for disposal. The County will then take care of burning them.
- No new info concerning development of lots on adjoining property.
- Leth is still planning to remove the overhanging tree below the dam-possibly in the next month.
- Joe has contacted Pheasants Forever concerning a burn program to control weeds on about 80 acres of lake property-it is probably too late for them to include the ELC property for this year, but could be done next summer. The area would include the berm to the Consumers’ cabins, and the river to the county road on the west side of ELC property.
- Brent is working on a slide show of pictures through the years to be shown at the Annual Meeting and/or BBQ. If anyone would like to add to the slideshow, let a board member know.
- Joe has arranged for an engineered cost estimate for a septic system on ELC property.
- Joe consulted with Ed Hoevet about the old bridge that he has. It would need sandblasted (due to lead paint) and repainted for at least $10,000. Ed felt that he could build a bridge more economically, so Joe will follow up on it.
- June Stover is working on the Centennial History book and it should be at the printers by April 1.
- Joe explained how the new camping reservation system will be handled for 2016.
- The board looked over the blueprints and chose the 1929 dam blueprint to frame and sell at the ELC auction. Derald will get an estimate on converting the blueprints to DVD, and then printing them from that. MOTION BY PAUL, SECOND BY WATSON, TO SPEND UP TO $400 TO GET A DVD OF ORIGINAL BLUEPRINTS OF THE 1929 DAM AND A PRINT MADE OF THE BLUEPRINTS; MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
- Paul will confer with the village of Ericson about a joint Veteran’s Memorial at the lake, with flags of each service branch included.
- A sign with changeable letters was donated by Larry and LoAnn Belz (similar to the old ELC sign that was run into). It will be installed on the April 16 workday.
- MOTION BY PAUL, SECOND BY DERALD TO BUY 200 8”-10” CATFISH at $1.20 EACH FOR THE LAKE; MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Rich Uhrenholdt has an outlet near Valparaiso and will arrange the purchase and delivery to the lake. It was noted that the Nebraska Game and Parks will not stock fish in a lake with a river running through it.
- MOTION BY DERALD, SECOND BY ARMSTRONG TO HIRE ROGER FRAHM AND SPEND UP TO $2,500 TO STABILIZE THE BANK AT THE RIVER CAMPSITE WITH GEOFABRIC (THAT THE ELC ALREADY HAS) AND BROKEN CONCRETE; MOTION CARRIED UNANOMOUSLY. Roger will also put fresh sand on the swimming beach while here.
- MOTION BY HLAVAC, SECOND BY WENZ TO SPEND $300 FOR THE CITY OF ORD TO SPRAY MOSQUITOES FOR THE WEEKEND OF JULY 2ND; MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
- Paul and Joe will be compiling the ‘to-do’ list for the Spring Clean-up Day on April 16, at 9:00 AM. Installing the sign and removing dead trees by the beach are on the list so far. Paul will email the list out closer to the date.
- There was a question about what to do with buildings, septic systems, etc. that are currently on ELC property. No decisions were made.
- Paul has ordered signs made for the tent area concerning donations, one prohibiting dumping except for trees at the tree pile, according to Nebraska State Law, and one showing where grass clippings and leaves can be dumped across the road on ‘the north 40’-instead of in the tree pile.
- MOTION BY PAUL, SECOND BY STEVE, TO ORDER 500 DRINK KOOZIES MADE WITH THE ELC LOGO TO GIVE OUT AT THE ANNUAL MEETING AND BBQ; MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Board members are checking for the most economical price.
- Derald is not able to attend the Labor Day Auction, but he will line up the auctioneer for the day.
- MOTION BY DERALD, SECOND BY PAUL, TO APPLY FOR A WHEELER COUNTY FOUNDATION GRANT TO HELP WITH THE COST OF THE CONCRETE UNDER THE CAROUSEL SINCE ESTIMATES ARE IN HAND; MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Derald will fill out the necessary forms.
- The issue of dogs running at large was discussed. An ELC member had to call the County Sheriff about a dog-for the second time-intruding on their property and almost biting a youngster. The Sheriff came, but stated that he could do nothing about the situation or enforce the ELC rule about keeping dogs on a leash UNLESS the dog bites someone. Please be respectful enough of your neighbors in our small lake community and keep your dogs on a leash, penned or tied up so that no further action needs to be taken!
- The issue of purchasing a new lawn mower was discussed; no decisions were made. If the ELC buys a new mower, they have to sell the old one themselves since it cannot be traded in. The ELC mower is 5 years old and a new mower costs between $9,000 and $10,000. A mention was made that a bobcat should be purchased instead of a second mower.
MOTION BY PAUL, SECOND BY WENZ, TO ADJOURN AT 11:40 AM; MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Respectfully submitted by Cheryl Krohn, Recording Secretary