October 2015 Meeting Minutes

Yahara Lakes Association, Ltd.

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

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

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

The following members and advisors were present: Roy Carter, Bill Fitzpatrick, Caroline Fribance, Mike Gerner, Carol Gillen, Annette Hellmer, Mike Jensen, Allan Levin, Jerry Rekowski, Dan Schultz, Joe Tisserand, Sal Troia, and Rhonda Arries

Members and advisors not present: Dick Adler, Doug Bach, Luke Hutchins, Bob Miller, Dick Pearson, Debbie Waite and James Tye

11:35 a.m. Call to Order: President, Joe Tisserand, called the meeting to order at 11:35 a.m.

11:36 a.m. Minutes: Caroline Fribance made a motion to approve the September 24, 2015 meeting minutes. Jerry Rekowski seconded the motion. Motion passed.

11:37 a.m. Treasurer’s report: Sal Troia, Treasurer

  • Sal Troia reported the shortfall in member dues income of $14,880 vs. a budget of $18,550 is somewhat offset by donations of $4,730 vs. a budget of $2,500. Net income to-date is $6,370 and is projected to be around $4,500 at year-end – on trend with 2014.

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

11:45 a.m. Administrative Items: Joe Tisserand, President

  • 3 year terms are ending 12/31/15 for the following board members: Dick Adler, Doug Bach, David Bohl, Bill Fitzpatrick, Mike Gerner and Bob Miller. All of the board members will be on the election ballot for another 3 year term with the exception of David Bohl.

  • Annette Hellmer will replace David Bohl on the nomination ballot and is currently serving the remaining tenure of his 2015 term. Annette Hellmer grew up in Connecticut and has lived in the Madison area for the past 20 years. She works at Johnson Bank. Within the last year, she and her husband purchased a home on Lake Monona. She’s looking forward to learning more about the area lakes and wants to participate in making the lakes better for all.

  • At a previous board meeting, Chuck Gates indicated his travel and work commitments will likely not allow him to attend or contribute to board meetings. Joe Tisserand thanked Chuck for his contributions and his service in the past and has appointed Mike Jensen to replace Chuck Gates on the board for the remainder of Chuck’s term through 2017. Mike Jensen went to school at Madison West and UW-Madison. He worked for Proctor & Gamble’s research and development group in Ohio and recently retired and bought a house on Lake Mendota. He and his wife have four grown children. Mike is interested in improving water quality and wants to participate in helping to improve the lakes he loves.

  • Joe Tisserand asked Rhonda Arries to change board meetings in 2016 from the 4th to the 2 nd Thursday of the month to better accommodate board member’s schedules. Therefore, in 2016, meetings will be held at the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on the following dates: January 14, March 10, April 14, May 12, July 14, September 8, October 13 and November 10 (no board meetings held in February, June, August or December). Rhonda will post these dates on the web page for board members. '

12:00 p.m. Environmental Committee – Chair: Allan Levin

  • Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) - Mike Gerner Mike Gerner reported CLA is working on their 2016 budget and seeking recommendations on how to achieve the next phase of phosphorous reductions. CLA gathered all of its partners across the county and state to work on identifying projects for lake-related grant money but ended up not being able to identify projects to utilize the grant money. Mike reported that core samples taken from Dorn Creek revealed a high concentration of phosphorous so there is a project in place now to clean out and remove this phosphorousladen sediment so it’s not carried into the Mendota watershed. This project is spearheaded by Dane County and CLA is providing contributory funding.

  • Mike Gerner reported that Dane County has proposed a project to upgrade the Mendota Park swim beach (in Middleton) with new piers and a filtration system to clean the water in the beach area. A meeting will be held at the Town of Westport on November 3 at 7 p.m. to discuss the details and get public input. Mike will attend as he’s concerned about the proposed deflector booms which keep weeds out of the beach area but may push the weeds onto shoreland properties. Mike encouraged others to attend this meeting as he envisions the county will likely roll this out to other area beaches.

  • Lakes & Watershed (L&W) – Mike Gerner Per Roy Carter, there are lots of meetings now to prepare for the collaborative lake conference which has been rescheduled from February 2016 to sometime in Spring 2016.  Mike Gerner stated Dane County Executive Joe Parisi’s 2016 budget is very positive and supportive of the area lakes and watershed. Mike noted that there is only one opposing Dane County Supervisor – Tim Kiefer in Waunakee – who has an issue with 2 of the lakeoriented budget items. Mike encouraged board members to contact Mr. Kiefer to let him know you support Parisi’s 2016 lake budget.

  • Allan Levin reported that zebra mussels have now been found in Lake Mendota. UW Limnology is studying the population and more reports will be forthcoming.

  • Joe Tisserand reported the Waunakee manure digester will be sold to Clean Fuel Partners, LLC. This will be a welcome change of management for the digester operations and Dane County.

  • Carol Gillen reported the Springfield digester will get funding from Dane County to clean water to drinking water quality.

  • Sal Troia reported on the WINS (Watershed Improvement Network) project. WINS is led by MMSD (Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District) along with 30 organizations that support the project with either funding or as an interested observer (i.e. YLA is an interested observer). A four year pilot project at 6 Mile Creek and Dorn Creek concludes at the end of 2015 and has had positive results for adaptive management and its ability to improve long term water quality. Adaptive management means that instead of MMSD building additional multi-million dollar plants to clean water, projects and funding will be directed at the source of water quality issues (i.e. farming practices). Early funding will be directed to the Mendota watershed because it’s where high phosphorous inputs (i.e. farms) are coming into the Yahara watershed. Complicating factors include more high intensity storm events with heavy rainfalls (i.e. in excess of 2 inches), fewer farms with more animal units and fewer farms with higher crop intensity. Bill Fitzpatrick noted that participation, especially from surrounding farms, will be voluntary. Funding is meant to be short term to help subsidize and change farm practices so the farmers don’t take on all of the risk (i.e. plant cover crops, buffer strips, manure processing, etc.). Once the updated practice proves beneficial, the funding ends. The full scale project will start in 2017. Mike Gerner noted MMSD has to be in compliance by calculation to the legislated phosphorous discharge limits set by the EPA and DNR. Adaptive management allows a cost effective method to reduce phosphorous upstream. Sal Troia will write an article for the November newsletter. Sal reported that Dave Taylor from MMSD asked for an endorsement from YLA to support their efforts. Sal made a motion to send a letter, on behalf of YLA, to support WINS and adaptive management on a full scale basis. Bill Fitzpatrick seconded the motion. Motion passed.

  • Mike Gerner stated that Dave Taylor should be invited to an upcoming board meeting to provide further details about the WINS project. Rhonda Arries will coordinate the invite with the letter of endorsement from Sal.

12:55 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.

  • Dan Schultz announced that he will hold a meeting on November 18 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Great Dane in Fitchburg to begin discussions about the Lake Meetings he’d like to hold for YLA members in March/April 2016. All board members are invited to bring ideas about format of the meeting, topics, panelists, etc.

1:00 p.m. Membership Committee – Chair: Roy Carter

  • Rhonda Arries reported 378 members to-date (23 corporate and 355 individual members). vs. 400 members in 2014. A full breakdown of membership is on http://yaharalakes.org/board-members-only/

  • Joe Tisserand congratulated Jerry Rekowski on recruiting his 4th new YLA member (per the last board meeting, membership will be booked as a 2016 member).

  • Joe Tisserand stated one of the easiest ways to recruit members is talking with your neighbors. Carol Gillen also passed around the new trifold recruiting brochures.

  • Mike Jensen asked if there was a multi-year or auto enrollment for members. Rhonda Arries stated that multi-year memberships were discontinued in 2012. Members appeared to be forgetting about YLA because CLA direct mail markets to people throughout the year. It was decided to keep YLA in front of people with annual membership renewals.

  • Newsletter: Publishing schedule is February, May, August and November Carol Gillen noted the following articles for the November newsletter – Sal Troia will submit an article on WINS; Carol will ask John Reimer for an article (he’s replacing Kevin Connors in managing lake levels) with an intro about himself and managing the lake levels with the new dam systems; Allan Levin will include board meeting summaries; Carol will Page 4 of 4 get an article from CLA regarding the Yahara Lakes 101 for Citizen Water Monitoring in November; Rhonda Arries will include Board Member nominations and a ballot: Bob Miller will write an article about the Madison Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD) organizational changes shifting the balance from Dane County to Madison appointee control. Mike Gerner asked Carol to contact Paul Dearlove at CLA regarding an article about leaves and our lakes. Carol will also include a short note and links to the zebra mussels in Lake Mendota and Don Sanford’s new book about Lake Mendota.

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

  • Dan Schultz is following the NR115 shoreland zoning legislative changes. Sal Troia noted there’s a grassroots movement stemming from the northern lakes to change NR115 (i.e. change lot size minimums, etc.). Sal noted that when the latest budget was passed, WAL (Wisconsin Area Lakes) had 70% of its budget cut and is hardly able to operate. Dan and Sal will continue to monitor and report updates as they become available on shoreland zoning.

1:07 p.m. Riparian Issues Committee – Chair: Luke Hutchins n/a 1:07 p.m. Old Business: n/a

1:08 p.m. New Business:

  • Rhonda Arries was asked to send out an email to board members requesting contact information updates. 1:10 p.m. Dan Schultz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Bill Fitzpatrick seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Next meeting date is November 19, 2015