January 2015 Meeting Minutes

Yahara Lakes Association, Ltd.

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

The Yahara Lakes Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, January 22, 2015, in the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Board room.

The following members and advisors were present: Dick Adler, Bill Fitzpatrick, Caroline Fribance, Chuck Gates, Bob Miller, Dick Pearson, Jerry Rekowski, Dan Schultz, Joe Tisserand, Debbie Waite and Rhonda Arries

Members and advisors not present: Doug Bach, David Bohl, Roy Carter, Mike Gerner, Carol Gillen, Luke Hutchins, Allan Levin, Sal Troia and James Tye

11:40 a.m. Call to Order: YLA 2014 President, Dick Pearson, called the meeting to order at 11:40 a.m.

11:41 a.m. Minutes: Dick Adler made a motion to approve the meeting minutes from November 20, 2014. Joe Tisserand seconded the motion. Motion passed.


  • Dick Pearson welcomed YLA’s newest board members – Jerry Rekowski, Dan Schultz and Debbie Waite. Re-elected board members serving another 3 year term are Caroline Fribance, Chuck Gates and Sal Troia.

  • Dick Pearson then welcomed Joe Tisserand as the 2015 YLA President. Joe and the board members thanked Dick Pearson for serving as President in 2014. Joe welcomed Dan Schultz back to the board. Dan has lived on the shores of Lake Monona since 1986. Joe welcomed Jerry Rekowski whom he’s been friends with for 39 years. Jerry enjoys living on Lake Kegonsa because it feels like living on a northern Wisconsin lake with all the amenities and activities of being near Madison. Joe welcomed Debbie Waite who was recruited by Caroline Fribance. Debbie and her husband have a lot of history on Lake Kegonsa including living on the lake, family businesses on the lake and owning various properties on the lake.

  • 2015 Officers: Joe Tisserand-President, Roy Carter-President Elect, Sal Troia-Treasurer, Allan Levin-Secretary.

  • 2015 Committee Chairpersons: Membership Chair – Roy Carter, Special Events Co-Chairs – Dick Adler and Joe Tisserand, Environmental Chair – Allan Levin, Government Chair – David Bohl and Riparian Chair – Luke Hutchins.

  • Debbie Waite and Jerry Rekowski asked how can they help or become engaged in lakerelated issues and solutions. Chuck Gates stated the current committee structure has been created to help focus board member’s interests and engagement on issues they can impact. Chuck stated each board member need to join one or more committees and be pro- actively engaged. Joe Tisserand asked all board members to sign up for a committee assignment. Send an email to Rhonda Arries to sign up for a committee.

11:50 a.m. Treasurer’s report: Sal Troia, Treasurer n/a

  • Rhonda Arries reported on 2014 financials and the 2015 budget. For 2014, it was noted Membership Dues Income totaled $14,535 + Deferred Due Income (collected in 2013 for 2014) $1,265 = $15,800. Donations for 2014 were $3,080. Major expenses included $2,500 to CLA for the State of the Lakes breakfast, $500 for Stake in the Lakes and $250 for Sheriff’s Lake Patrol support. Net Income for 2014 was $4,317. Cash assets at year end were $43,939. It was noted that in 2014, YLA was cash flow positive after several years of negative cash flow.

  • For 2015, the main budget items are to increase Membership Dues Income by increasing Corporate Members from 26 in 2014 to 28 in 2015 and increasing Individual Members from 400 in 2014 to 450 in 2015. Joe Tisserand asked each board member to recruit a minimum of 3 new members which would add ~ 55 new members to a forecast of 360 renewals and 35 new joint CLA/YLA members. Donations are forecast at $2,500. For major expenses, $2,500 is budgeted for the CLA State of the Lakes breakfast event along with $500 for Stake in the Lakes and $250 for the Sheriff’s Lake Patrol. Net Income is forecast to be $6,500.

  • Bill Fitzpatrick made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report. Bob Miller seconded the motion. Motion passed.

12:00 p.m. Membership Committee – Chair: Roy Carter n/a

  • Rhonda Arries reported total 2014 membership at 400 vs. a total of 408 in 2013 and 436 in 2012. A full breakdown of membership is on http://yaharalakes.org/board-members-only/

  • Joe Tisserand asked that each board member recruit 3 new members to grow YLA’s membership base and collective voice. He suggested asking new neighbors who just purchased homes in board member’s neighborhoods to join. He stated each board member should be prepared to discuss the difference between CLA and YLA. Caroline Fribance stated riparians need to be reminded they need a voice through an organization like YLA for lake-specific issues i.e. lake levels, weeds, etc. Joe asked Rhonda to post a tracker on the Board Members Only web page so board members can easily keep track of who recruits new members.

  • Dan Schultz asked about the joint mailing with CLA. Dick Adler and Joe Tisserand explained that YLA partners with CLA to promote CLA’s message to clean up the lakes. YLA has partnered with CLA in joint mailings to riparians to support cleaning up the lakes and recruit new members jointly – the mailing ideally occurs in May after the State of the Lakes event and before summer begins.

  • Joe Tisserand stated when board members recruit new members they should also mention that a web ad for a business is only $100 for the calendar year.

  • Bob Miller inquired about the difference between a Corporate Business Membership and a web advertiser. Rhonda stated each are $100 – Corporate Business Membership allows a business to be listed as a YLA supporter and sponsor in each of the quarterly newsletters as well as a chance to have a newsletter article featuring the business. The $100 web ad is placed on www.yaharalakes.org and runs a calendar year and is linked to the advertiser’s website.

  • From November’s meeting, Carol Gillen volunteered to pull together information to create a trifold brochure of best practices for lake owners (i.e. bullet point items such as shoreland zoning, permits, run-off, debris, ideas for leaves, rain gardens, etc.). This could then be sent to solicit new members and remind current members how YLA benefits them.

  • Newsletter: Publishing schedule is February, May, August and November

  • For February’s newsletter, Caroline Fribance will write an article about shoreline restoration or rain gardens and provide pictures. Joe Tisserand will get an article and pictures from The Edgewater discussing their new pier and restaurants. Katie Van Gheem (of CLA) will write an article on the results of CLA’s citizen water monitoring program. Carol Gillen will write about corporate sponsors who do shoreline work. Dick Adler will include a “Save the Date” announcement for the Annual Dinner Meeting along with a teaser to “stay tuned for the announcement of our guest speaker”. Dick Pearson will write an article on the differences between CLA and YLA as well as an article about the positive results of having the manure digesters on the north end of the Yahara chain of lakes. Rhonda Arries will include the 2015 Membership Form.

12:15 p.m. Special Events Committee – Co-Chairs: Dick Adler & Joe Tisserand

  • Dick Adler reminded everyone the Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 23 at Blackhawk Country Club. Dick emphasized that all board members should attend the event. Dick would like to have a great guest speaker to draw higher attendance. Bob Miller suggested Bob Dunn – Joe Tisserand will contact Mr. Dunn to see if he would be interested in speaking.

  • Joe Tisserand also asked board members to think about nominees for the awards.

  • Dick Adler stated the Special Events Committee works hard to get high quality door prizes to give away. Last year, the odds were better than 1 out of every 2 people who received a a free door prize. He asked that board members start thinking about potential donors of door prizes. He also plans to have a raffle for 2 or 3 high value prizes.

12:30 p.m. Government Committee – Chair: David Bohl Mbrs: Bob Miller

  • Bob Miller reported that Yahara Lakes watershed organizations helped bring a $1.6M federal grant to clean up the lakes. At a press release, Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi, made the announcement but the message was tainted by negative press relating to the Waunakee Manure Digester operations. Joe Parisi stated Clear Horizons, the management company for the Waunakee digester, is having financial difficulties so the county will likely seek a new operator to manage the digester. In spite of the operational problems, the goal was to reduce phosphorous by 60% and actual results have been a 44% reduction in phosphorous which is still very good. Bob feels that despite bumps in the road, progress is being made. Dan Schultz commented that a more balance perspective should be provided to YLA members. Dick Pearson will write an article for the February newsletter to capture the balanced perspective. Dick also mentioned manure pits are being created on the northside of Lake Mendota from a portion of the grant money.

12:45 p.m. Environmental Committee – Chair: Bill Fitzpatrick

  • Bob Miller gave an update re: Madison Metropolitan Sewer District and how they haven’t met the EPA phosphorous limits and the use of adaptive management to mitigate the problem. The question being raised now is where to place future monitoring and clean up Page 4 of 4 solutions (i.e. on the north end of the Yahara waterway or midway through the Yahara chain). The initial financial costs for monitoring and clean up are $100MM+ so this will be a lengthy discussion and process.

  • YLA member, David Schroder, sent an email to Carol Gillen re: the sale of the San Damiano property which is listed for $11MM and has 1500 ft of undeveloped land on Lake Monona. David would like this land to be preserved and is seeking help from a local organization such as YLA to lead this effort. Bob Miller provided details about the history of the property and confirmed the listing to sell the property. Ideally, Bob would like the shoreline to be a public park setting with commercial development near the street side but the price tag is high and will likely be turned into a condo development. Bob has spoken with David and will continue to provide communications re: the property.

  • Bob Miller will attend the January 28 Watershed Network Gathering

  • Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) - Mike Gerner n/a o Dick Pearson reminded Joe Tisserand that the YLA President is to attend and become a member of CLA’s Community Board. At the last CLA Community Board meeting, James Tye reported CLA’s Frozen Assets Dinner Gala to be held in February at The Edgewater is sold out (708 tickets sold and CLA will net $100k+ from the event).

  • Lakes & Watershed (L&W) – Mike Gerner n/a

1:12 p.m. Riparian Issues Committee – Chairs: Luke Hutchins n/a

1:13 p.m. Old Business: n/a

1:14 p.m. New Business: n/a

1:15 p.m. Dick Adler made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Bob Miller seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Next meeting date is March 26, 2015