March 2017 Meeting Minutes

 Yahara Lakes Association, Ltd.

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Thursday, March 10, 2016 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

The Yahara Lakes Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Board room.

The following members and advisors were present: Roy Carter, Bill Fitzpatrick, Caroline Fribance, Carol Gillen, Annette Hellmer, Luke Hutchins, Allan Levin, Dick Pearson, Jerry Rekowski, Dan Schultz, Joe Tisserand, James Tye and Rhonda Arries

Members and advisors not present: Dick Adler, Doug Bach, Mike Gerner, Mike Jensen, Bob Miller, Sal Troia, and Debbie Waite

11:40 a.m. Call to Order: President, Roy Carter, called the meeting to order at 11:40 a.m.

11:41 p.m. Minutes: Bill Fitzpatrick made a motion to approve the January 14, 2016 meeting minutes. Jerry Rekowski seconded the motion. Motion passed.

11:42 p.m. Treasurer’s report: Sal Troia, Treasurer n/a

  • Rhonda reported membership dues income of $3,520 to-date. With a reported $200 in web advertising income, 2 of the 5 web advertisers from 2015 have renewed. Expenses were higher for the February newsletter due to the redesign bonus of $250 paid to Rhonda. She thanked the board for the extra compensation. Year-to-date net income is $1,233. Reported checking/savings balances per the balance sheet are $49,898 to-date.

  • Dick Pearson made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report and budget. Carol Gillen seconded the motion. Motion passed.

11:45 p.m. Special Events Committee – Co-Chairs: Dick Adler & Joe Tisserand

  • The Annual Dinner event will be Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Blackhawk Country Club.

  • Per Joe Tisserand, Blackhawk is all set and the menu will be a 3 course meal with steak and shrimp (same as the past several years).

  • Roy Carter asked for Annual Award Winner nominees as well as a guest speaker for the Annual Dinner Meeting. Carol Gillen suggested Dave Taylor, Madison Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD) and Yahara WINS, as an award winner. Roy concurred that Dave is a great award candidate. Carol Gillen made a motion to have Dave Taylor as a guest speaker and Citizen of the Year award winner. Dan Schultz seconded the motion. James Tye noted the award should go to MMSD as an organization and ask Dave Taylor and Michael Mucha to accept the award. Joe Tisserand revised the motion to award Dave Taylor and Michael Mucha as Citizens of the Year for their efforts with MMSD and Yahara WINS. Allan Levin seconded the motion. Motion passed.  The YLA Spring Seminar organized by Dan Schultz will be Friday, April 22, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the American Family Insurance auditorium.

  • Dan Schultz thanked Bill Fitzpatrick for securing Professor Ken Potter as a keynote presenter re: the increasing risk of flooding in the Yahara lakes. John Reimer, Stormwater Engineer for Dane County Land & Water Resources, will present during the second half of the seminar. Dan asked John to talk about the tools and the process used to manage lake levels, the water level modeling in progress and how it works and what action will come out of it. Dan will introduce the speakers. Dan asked Rhonda to be available for participant registration from 12:30 -1:00. Dan stated we’ll invite YLA members and ask them to bring a friend. Dan thought 100 attendees would be great.

  • Dan Schultz asked Rhonda to create a flyer for mailing as well as place the information on the front webpage of Rhonda will mail the flyer with the membership renewal mailing. Bill Fitzpatrick asked to widen the net of invitees. Bill asked James Tye if he would be interested in blasting an email invite to CLA members. James stated it may be more effective to reach out to FOLKS, Friends of Lake Waubesa and other riparian type organizations. Roy Carter noted that the Watershed Group is meeting on April 9 and he will market the event to those attendees. Jerry Rekowski will follow up with a FOLKS contact to help spread the word and Luke Hutchins will get contact info for Lake Waubesa. Carol Gillen will send the flyer information to the city of Monona and Lake Monona Sailing organizations. Roy Carter will contact Don Sanford to get information out to the Mendota Yacht Club.

  • A second seminar will be scheduled in the fall. Information learned from the Spring Seminar will help ensure success in holding future seminars.

12:15 p.m. Membership Committee – Chair: Roy Carter

  • Rhonda Arries reported 64 members year-to-date in 2016 (15 corporate and 49 individual members). vs. 380 total members in 2015. A full breakdown of membership is on

  • Roy Carter asked if anyone remembers the 2008 free membership drive sponsored by Agrecol and led by Doug Bach, YLA 2008 President. No one at this meeting recalled that membership drive. Joe Tisserand recalled that Chuck Dykman would buy his new lake neighbors a membership when they moved in and saw some success with them renewing. After discussion of offering free membership to new lake property owners, Allan Levin made a motion to send a letter to new lake property owners and give a year’s free YLA membership (with the hope they become a sustaining member). Carol Gillen seconded the motion. Motion passed.

  • Roy Carter and Rhonda will work on the letter and the new lake property owner data to facilitate this motion.

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

  • Carol Gillen thanked Rhonda for the new digital format used for the February newsletter noting that it’s more modern and reader-friendly. Carol thanked everyone for their contributions to the February newsletter. She received great feedback and responses especially on the wildlife/coyote article.

  • Carol asked for news articles and ideas for the May newsletter. Bill Fitzpatrick will work on a ground water model article. Joe Tisserand and Dick Adler will submit an article for the Annual Dinner. Jerry Rekowski will follow up on early results from the carp study. Annette Hellmer will write a summary of the April Spring Seminar. Dan Schultz suggested doing a summary of lake legislation. James Tye noted that one of his CLA staff members is following policies and bills and can provide a summary for the newsletter. Dick Pearson will submit a human interest story involving a boat collision that occurred in the 1920’s. Carol will provide an article regarding the C Scow Nationals taking place on Lake Monona in June. Carol asked that all articles be sent to her by May 16.

  • Also, Allan Levin suggested that Rhonda add hyperlinks for all the corporate sponsors listed in the newsletter. Rhonda will follow-up. 12:45 p.m. Environmental Committee – Chair: Allan Levin

  • Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) – Mike Gerner and Bob Miller are on the CLA board of directors. James Tye discussed CLA’s Vision 2025 to reduce phosphorous (p) by 50% in our lakes. Current and proposed activities will be presented in March to the CLA community board to better understand where the gaps are and how to fix them in order to achieve the 50% reduction in p goal i.e. do we need policy change, legislation, funding, etc. James noted that the goal to reduce p has many competing facets such as working with farmers to reduce inputs while ecological events with spiny water fleas are offsetting progress.

  • The CLA breakfast will be May 3 and will feature the CEO from Gunderson Health Care System to talk about the Springfield manure digester. A 3rd digester may be installed in the near future.  James also discussed building community with the CLA beach initiative. If Dane County gets ½ inch or more of rain, e coli issues have been shutting down beaches. He would like to build more awareness to bring in more funding and solutions. James noted there are 119 businesses that have been identified that are directly related to our area lakes – fishing, restaurants, etc. CLA will publish a Lake Resource Guide which will be direct mailed to all lake owners, placed in the Isthmus, and distributed to the general public. There will also be an app for electronic users. James asked YLA to be a Lake Guide sponsor. He currently has 732 individual donors and has collected $169k for this project. His goal is to secure $250k. James noted that YLA could have an insert in the Lake Guide that gets mailed to riparians but YLA would need to cover the cost of the insert. Roy asked James to send him cost estimates.

  • James asked how CLA can partner with YLA to do more i.e. policy work, water quality, joint mailing, etc. The CLA / YLA joint mailing will occur again this year – actual mailing to occur on Memorial Day weekend so the signing event for YLA board members will be the week of May 16.

  • James also noted the CLA Frozen Asset 3 day festival in February had 5000+ attendees, 800 formal event attendees and netted $163k. Last year, the event netted $102k with 3000 attendees. He noted that most of the funds come from corporate sponsors for the entire festival weekend.

  • Lakes & Watershed (L&W) –

  • Roy Carter reported the L&W Conference meeting will be held on April 9 in the Waunakee Community Center. He plans to attend and welcomes any other board members to attend as well.

1:05 p.m. Government Committee – Chair: Dan Schultz Mbrs: Bob Miller

  • Dan Schultz noted the shoreline dredging bill was not upheld and thanked CLA for their bipartisan efforts in helping to make that happen.

  • Dan Schultz reminded everyone that current legislation changed so no WI county could have zoning standards more restrictive than the state. James Tye stated the riparians in northern Wisconsin are fed up with losing local control so are planning to create a statewide lakes lobby for riparians. This is something that could be very important to YLA and its members. Dan has asked James to keep YLA informed of the formation of this lakes lobby group.

  • James Tye also noted that CLA wants to create a WI state license plate featuring lakes. Proceeds for the special edition license plate could go to lakes, lake organizations, etc.

1:19 p.m. Riparian Issues Committee – Chair: Luke Hutchins

  • n/a 1:19 p.m. Old Business:

1:19 p.m. New Business:

  • n/a 1:20 p.m. Joe Tisserand made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Dan Schultz seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Next meeting date is April 14, 2016