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March 28, 2019 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF

THE MINNEHAHA CREEK WATERSHED DISTRICT

BOARD OF MANAGERS

 

March 28, 2019

 

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District was called to order by President Sherry White at 7:00 p.m. on March 14, 2019, at the District office, 15320 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, Minnesota.

 

MANAGERS PRESENT

 

Sherry White, Richard Miller, William Olson, Jessica Loftus, Kurt Rogness, and William Becker.

 

MANAGERS ABSENT

 

Brian Shekleton.

 

DISTRICT STAFF AND CONSULTANTS PRESENT

 

James Wisker, Administrator; Renae Clark, Policy and Grants Coordinator;

Cathy Reynolds, Operations Manager; Janna Jonely, Project and Land Management Technician; Anna Brown, Planner – Project Manager; Brian Beck, Research and Monitoring Program Manager; Laura Domyancich, Planner – Project Manager; Eric Fieldseth, Aquatic Ecologist; Michael Hayman, Project Planning Manager; Chris Meehan, District Consulting Engineer; and Louis Smith, Counsel.

 

MATTERS FROM THE FLOOR

 

Mr. Kevin Zahler appeared before the Board of Managers.  He stated that he is a Master Water Steward and involved in the protection of Lake Minnewashta.  He expressed his concern for the threat of aquatic invasive species, and his concern for a lack of adequate funding for lake inspections in Carver County.  Mr. Wisker thanked Mr. Zahler for expressing his concerns and reviewed the evolution of the District’s participation in funding for invasive species protection, management and research. 

 

Ms. Renae Clark appeared before the Board of Managers to announce her new employment with the City of Chanhassen.  She thanked the Board and staff for great work and support for the past 17 years of her employment with the District.  The Board of Managers and Mr. Wisker thanked Ms. Clark for her service. 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

It was moved by Manager Miller, seconded by Manager Rogness, to approve the agenda as distributed.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

CONSENT AGENDA

 

It was moved by Manager Olson, seconded by Manager Becker, to approve the items on the Consent Agenda, consisting of the Minutes of March 14, 2019, and approval of the check register, with the general checking account register, voiding checks 39544, 39629, 39632 and 39633, and consisting of checks 39631 through 39686 totaling $798,473.61; payroll direct deposits totaling $154,356.55;  electronic fund withdrawals- general checking totaling $110,073.21; and electronic fund withdrawals – surety checking totaling  $10.00; for total expenses of $1,062,913.37. 

 

Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

 

REGULAR AGENDA

Board, Committee and Task Force Reports

 

President’s Report:  President White reported on several legislative matters:  1) Tiffany Schaufler provided information to the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, along with USGS and the National Weather Service to explain operating policy for Gray’s Bay dam; 2) President White met with Hennepin County Commissioner Irene Fernando to provide a briefing on the District’s activities; 3) Senator Osmek has introduced legislation to limit the authority of the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District in the regulation of marinas; 4) Senator Osmek has also proposed an appropriate of $100,000 for the clean marina program. 

 

President White also proposed that Manager Loftus service as a new liaison to the Strategic Communications work.  It was moved by Manager Miller, seconded by Manager Olson, to approve President White’s nomination of Manager Loftus to service as Strategic Communications liaison.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0. 

 

Policy and Planning Committee:

 

Manager Miller reported that the committee reviewed education and communications program integration and also received an update on the 325 Blake Road redevelopment

 

Citizens Advisory Committee:

 

President White noted that she would serve as the liaison for the April 3 meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee.

 

President White reviewed upcoming meetings as shown on the agenda. 

 

Action Items

 

Resolution 19-033:Review and Acceptance of 2018 Audit Report   

 

Ms. Cathy Reynolds and auditor Mr. Mark Gibbs appeared before the Board of Managers to report on the 2018 audit.  Mr. Gibbs stated that the audit found that the financial statements are fairly presented and there were no material findings. A legal compliance audit had no findings of noncompliance.  Following discussion, it was moved by Manager Rogness, seconded by Manager Miller, to adopt Resolution 19-033, accepting the 2019 Audit Report.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

 

Resolution 19-034: Authorization to Award Four Contracts for 2019 Vegetation Maintenance

 

Ms. Janna Jonely appeared before the Board of Managers to review the request for board action.  It was moved by Manager Miller, seconded by Manager Olson, to adopt Resolution 19-034 authorizing the award of the contracts for 2019 vegetation maintenance.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

 

Resolution 19-035: Authorization to Award Contract for Wasserman West Alum Treatment

Resolution 19-036: Authorization to Execute Contract with University of Wisconsin State for Wasserman West Sediment Analysis

 

Ms. Anna Brown and Mr. Brian Beck appeared before the Board of Managers to review both requests for board action.  Ms. Brown reviewed the quotes for the alum treatment, and Mr. Beck explained the purpose of the sediment analysis to inform future alum dosing.

 

It was moved by Manager Olson, seconded by Manager Becker, to adopt Resolution 19-035, authorizing the award of the contract for Wasserman West alum treatment to HAB Aquatic Solutions. Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

 

It was moved by Manager Olson, seconded by Manager Rogness, to adopt Resolution 19-036, authorizing execution of the contract with University of Wisconsin Stout for the Wasserman West sediment analysis.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

 

Resolution 19-037: Approving Agreement with Hennepin County for Natural Resources Opportunity Grant, Arden Park Restoration Project  

 

Ms. Laura Domyancich appeared before the Board of Managers to review the request for board action.  Ms. Domyancich also reviewed photos showing progress with the Arden Park restoration project.  Following discussion, it was moved by Manager Rogness, seconded by Manager Miller, to adopt Resolution 10-037, approving the agreement with Hennepin County for the Natural Resources Opportunity Grant for the Arden Park Restoration Project.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

 

Resolution 19-038: Authorization to Execute Grant Agreement for the Long Lake Creek Subwatershed Assessment

Resolution 19-039: Authorization to Release Requests for Proposals for the Long Lake Creek Subwatershed Assessment

Resolution 19-040: Authorization to Contract with Carp Solutions for Carp Tracking Services for the Long Lake Creek Subwatershed Carp Assessment

 

Mr. Eric Fieldseth appeared before the Board of Managers to review the three requests for board action. 

 

It was moved by Manager Becker, seconded by Manager Rogness, to adopt Resolution 19-038 authorizing the execution of the grant agreement for the Long Lake Creek Subwatershed Assessment.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

 

It was moved by Manager Becker, seconded by Manager Miller, to adopt Resolution 19-039 authorizing the release of requests for proposals for the Long Lake Creek Assessment.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

 

It was moved by Manager Becker, seconded by Manager Rogness, to adopt Resolution 19-040 authorizing the contract with Carp Solutions for carp tracking services for the Long Lake Creek Subwatershed carp assessment.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

 

 

 

Ms. Renae Clark appeared before the Board of Managers to review the request for board action.  It was moved by Manager Olson, seconded by Manager Miller, to adopt Resolution 19-029, approving the City of Orono Local Surface Water Management Plan.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 4-0.

 

Resolution 19-030: Extending Deadline for City of Chanhassen to Adopt Local Ordinance

 

Mr. Tom Dietrich appeared before the Board of Managers to review the request for board action.  It was moved by Manager Miller, seconded by Manager Olson, to adopt Resolution 19-030, extending the deadline for the City of Chanhassen to adopt the local ordinance pursuant to Resolution 18-094 to September 7, 2019.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 4-0.

 

Board Discussion Items

 

None.

 

STAFF UPDATES

Administrator's Report

Mr. Wisker reported on the following items:

  1. Mr. Wisker and Ms. Schaufler updated plans with the office of Senator Torres Ray for a town hall meeting on South Minneapolis high water issues scheduled for April 27;
  2. The LHB firm reported that the District’s 2017 Plan communications document received an award from the American Society of Architects;
  3. Ms. Schaufler provided an update on water levels and contingency planning for spring flooding; Lake Minnetonka level has increased by 3.5 inches; the Gray’s Bay Dam is now discharging at 200 cubic feet per second; Minnehaha Creek is flowing at maximum capacity pursuant to the operating plan; Lake Nokomis level has decreased and is currently 815.78, four inches above the Ordinary High Water mark;
  4. Mr. Hayman reported that the Minneapolis FEMA stream work is complete; the maintenance work at the Bde Maka Ska pond is complete; and two of the three carp barriers have been installed at Six Mile Creek.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, the regular meeting of the Board of Managers was adjourned at 8:39 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kurt Rogness, Secretary

Minutes Type: 
Board of Managers