March 2019

ELC Board meeting minutes

March 23, 2019

The meeting was held at the Josh Gompert cabin.

President Wadas called the meeting to order at 9:30 AM.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and the ELC Mission Statement.

Members present: Joe Wadas, Paul Claus Jr., Josh Gompert, Jerry Schoenenberger, Tom Haase, Larry Belz, Donna Uhrenholdt, Chris Levander, Ashley Kaiser, Kevin Hlavac.

Absent were Carey Deeds and Jason Becker.

Others in attendance were Charlie and Cheryl Krohn and Tony Levander.

Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting. There being no additions or corrections, the minutes stand as read.

Treasurer’s report:

There are 56 paid memberships currently.

Legal expenses incurred to date are approximately $9,000.

General Fund………… $21,950.00

Dam repair………………….… 55.22

Pay Pal……………………… 3,972.76

Events……………………. 14,568.07

Total……………………. $40,546.36

Kevin moved to approve the treasurer’s report. Second by Larry. Motion carried.

Old Business:

  1. Sewer discussion

Not much more can be done with the proposed sewer project at this point. The next step would be to form a Sanitary and Improvement District (SID). President Wadas has been gathering information regarding such action. Currently available information on forming an SID was given to all board members. There were questions concerning financing and bonding. There is no information at present concerning the cost of forming an SID. It was stressed that the board needs to keep our membership informed on these issues as we go forward. The board will make every effort to keep everyone in the loop, so that there is no misinformation floating around. This is an ongoing discussion and will take some time to develop. There will be an explanation of why this is being done, in an upcoming newsletter.

It was noted that Dana Petersen of Front Water Engineering has been greatly helpful in this project.

The board has approved a survey of ELC property by Rasmussen Land Surveying. The estimated completion date by May 15, 2019.

  • Law Suit and Options

Joe reported on court proceedings of March 18, 2019. The next hearing will be June 17, 2019, at the court house in Bartlett.

New Business:

  1. Terry Held building

Joe has gotten an estimate of $2,400 to bring electric power to the building, including the breaker panel, some lights and outlets. The property will need to be cleaned up as time allows, and the equipment that is currently stored in the ELC building moved to the other building. No formal action was taken on this.

  • Storm and flood damage

Joe has spoken with NRD personnel concerning funding possibility for repair of storm damage. It was noted that this will be contingent upon paperwork submitted for estimated cost of repairs. The closing of the county road at the bridge south of town has placed an extra burden on ELC roads. It is possible the county may provide some gravel for those roads.

  • Estimates for repairs on the jetty (berm) were received from Frahm Construction. There was discussion of priorities for work that needed done on the jetty and in the area of the dam and spillway. Motion was made by Paul to amend the minutes of the last meeting, and use the funds that were to be used for jetty repair be redirected to repair the shoreline where damaged, place riprap in the spillway area, and remove the tree stumps south of the spillway. Motion seconded by Donna. Motion carried.
  • Motion by Paul to purchase rock to repair potholes in ELC streets. Second by Chris. Motion carried.
  • Fireworks this year will be July 6. Discussion on how much ELC could contribute to fireworks this year. Motion by Paul, seconded by Josh that ELC contribute $2,000. Motion carried. It was noted that all contributions to the fireworks fund will be greatly appreciated.
  • Cleanup day at the lake will be April 6, at 9:30 AM. Work to be done consists mostly of cleanup from the recent high water event. Remember, volunteers are what make Lake Ericson great!
  • Summer fund raising events were discussed. Since there seems to be a shortage of those willing to volunteer, it is a possibility the Fun Run and Paddle Poker Run may be postponed for a year. If you wish to see these events continue, contact Ashley Kaiser to volunteer.
  • The need for a power washer was presented. This would be used primarily for cleaning out the tracks on the Bobcat. Cleaning them regularly would eliminate the possibility of extra maintenance cost to the machine. Larry moved, Ashley seconded motion to purchase a gasoline powered pressure washer. Motion carried.
  1. It was noted there is a need for someone to monitor dock placement and to enforce the regulations concerning non-payment or late payment of dues and dock space rent. Chris Levander volunteered for that duty.
  • Check out the website at; there is now a button for donating to the lake.
  • Finally, the board wishes to thank all who helped out during the recent flood. These include Region 26 personnel, Wheeler County law enforcement, NSP and others.

Special thanks to Mike Armstrong for using his AR and shotgun loaded with buckshot to break up the ice at the dam gates. Thanks to Mike’s quick thinking, we avoided a much more serious problem!

Chris moved to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM

Following the regular board meeting, the ELC board met in Executive Session to examine and sign off on documents relating to the Norton vs. ELC court proceedings. Those documents will be attached to these minutes.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Schoenenberger, Secretary

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