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May 23, 2019 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF

THE MINNEHAHA CREEK WATERSHED DISTRICT

BOARD OF MANAGERS

 

May 23, 2019

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

The regular meeting of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers was called to order by President Sherry White at 7:10 p.m. at the District office, 15320 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, Minnesota.

MANAGERS PRESENT

Sherry White, William Olson, Richard Miller, Kurt Rogness, Arun Hejmadi (arrived 7:11 p.m.), and Jessica Loftus (arrived 7:18 p.m.).

MANAGERS ABSENT

Eugene Maxwell (designate).

 

DISTRICT STAFF AND CONSULTANTS PRESENT

 

James Wisker, Administrator; Tom Dietrich, Permitting Program Manager; Telly Mamayek, Communications and Education Manager; Sarah Bhimani, Communications Coordinator; Janna Jonely, Project and Land Management Technician; Anna Brown, Planner-Project Manager; Cathy Reynolds, Operations Manager; Tiffany Schaufler, Project and Land Manager; Chris Meehan, District Consulting Engineer; and Louis Smith, District Counsel. 

 

MATTERS FROM THE FLOOR

 

None.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

President White noted that items 11.1, Resolution 19-059: Authorization to Execute a Contract for Strategic Communications and Engagement Plan, would be pulled from the agenda at staff request.  It was moved by Manager Miller, seconded by Manager Olson, to approve the agenda with this change.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 4-0.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 

It was moved by Manager Rogness, seconded by Manager Miller, to approve the Consent Agenda, consisting of approval of the May 9, 2019 Board minutes; approval of the Check Register consisting of checks 39738 through 39791 totaling $ 496,783.22; payroll direct deposits totaling $165,199.28;  electronic fund withdrawals- general checking totaling $207,221.20; and electronic fund withdrawals – surety checking totaling $10.00; for total expenses of $869,203.70; and approval of Resolution 19-058: Authorization to Contract with City of Edina and Hamline University Center for Global and Environmental Education on Implementation of an Adopt a Drain Program:

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers authorizes the District Administrator to contract with the city of Edina and Hamline University’s Center for Global and Environmental Education on implementation of the Adopt-a-drain program.

 

  Upon vote, the motion carried, 4-0. 

 

REGULAR AGENDA

 

Board, Committee and Task Force Reports

 

Manager Hejmadi arrived at this point in the meeting (7:11 p.m.).

 

President’s Report:  President White noted the upcoming Board retreat on June 20, and the summer tour for the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts on June 26-27, which would conflict with the regularly scheduled Board meeting.  It was moved by Manager Olson, seconded by Manager Hejmadi, to move that meeting to Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 5-0.

 

Policy and Planning Committee Meeting Report:  President White noted that the Committee received presentations on the 2020 budget priorities, a Six Mile Creek Halsted Bay program update, and compliance review of the Woodland Cove development

 

Staff Introduction:  Tom Dietrich introduced Ms. Grace Barlow as a new permitting technician.  The managers welcomed Ms. Barlow to the District. 

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

Resolution 19-060: Authorization to Award Contract for Website Redesign Consultant

 

Ms. Telly Mamayek and Ms. Sarah Bhimani appeared before the Board of Managers to review the request for board action.  Manager Loftus arrived at this point in the meeting (7:18 p.m.).  Ms. Mamayek reviewed the background and purpose of the website redesign, and introduced Ms. Kathy Van Kirk of Vendi Advertising, the firm staff recommended for the redesign contract.  Manager Miller expressed concern about access to reviewing the various proposals, and asked questions about some of the work performed by Vendi Advertising.  Manager Olson stated that he found Vendi’s work compelling and interesting, and felt this work would be helpful in pursuing the District’s strategic communications goals.  It was moved by Manager Olson, seconded by Manager Rogness, to approve Resolution 19-060: Authorization to Award Contract for Website Redesign Consultant.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 5-1, with Manager Miller voting against the motion.  Upon a question from Manager Miller, Ms. Mamayek reviewed the next steps and opportunities for Board review in an iterative process. 

 

Resolution 19-061: Authorization to Execute a Contract with Wenck for Laketown 9th Wetland Equipment Installation, Monitoring and Reporting

 

Ms. Janna Jonely appeared before the Board of Managers to review the request for board action.  She reviewed the project history which involved a partnership effort to restore a significantly greater area of wetland than required by MCWD Rules, and provided for the MCWD to monitor the site for five years.  It was moved by Manager Miller, seconded by Manager Olson, to approve Resolution 19-061: Authorization to Execute a Contract with Wenck for Laketown 9th Wetland Equipment Installation, Monitoring and Reporting.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0. 

 

Resolution 19-062: Authorization to Accept a Conservation Easement at 555 Bushaway Road, Wayzata

 

Ms. Tiffany Schaufler appeared before the Board of Managers to review the request for board action.  She reviewed the District’s land conservation program, and past Board discussion of this opportunity to receive a donated conservation easement.  It was moved by Manager Miller, seconded by Manager Rogness to adopt Resolution 19-062: Authorization to Accept a Conservation Easement at 555 Bushaway Road.  Mr. David Baer, representative of the property owner, appeared before the Board of Managers.  He expressed appreciation for the helpful working relationship with Ms. Schaufler.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0. 

 

Resolution 19:063: Authorization to Execute Cooperative Agreement for Wasserman West Lakeside Park

 

Ms. Anna Brown appeared before the Board of Managers to review the request for board action.  She reviewed the history of the project, and recent developments and project planning with the City of Victoria.  She noted that this project would be a key demonstration of the value of integrating land use and water resource planning.  It was moved by Manager Olson, seconded by Manager Loftus, to adopt Resolution 19-063: Authorization to Execute Cooperative Agreement for Wasserman West Lakeside Park.  Upon a question from Manager Miller, Ms. Brown reviewed the easements that would be retained by the District.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.  Mr. Wisker expressed his thanks to Ms. Brown, President White and Manager Olson for their work to advance this project.  Manager Hejmadi thanked Ms. Brown for her command of detail and clear presentation. 

 

BOARD DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Spring 2019 Water Level Update

 

Ms. Tiffany Schaufler appeared before the Board of Managers and reviewed the most recent water level and flow monitoring data, and the latest precipitation forecast.  She reviewed the national spring flooding outlook and noted that local precipitation year to date is 13.74 inches, which is 5.03 inches over normal.  Upon a question from Manager Olson, Ms. Schaufler reviewed that the District has no discretion in the Zone 7 scenario of the Gray’s Bay dam operating plan.  She noted that the staff will be exploring some potential changes to the operating plan in winter conditions in order to maximize the opportunity to manage flow conditions.  The managers thanked Ms. Schaufler for her report. 

 

STAFF UPDATES

 

Administrator’s Report

 

Mr. Wisker reported that Eric Fieldseth had accepted a position with Carp Solutions to continue his work with invasive species management.  He expressed his appreciation for Mr. Fieldseth’s service to the District. 

 

Manager Rogness thanked Mr. Wisker for the communications materials on the high water conditions. 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, the meeting of the Board of Managers was adjourned at 8:36 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kurt Rogness, Secretary

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