SLA Board Meeting Minutes October 17, 2011

 

Squash Lake Association Board Meeting

October 17, 2011

Pat Dugan’s Home

Present:  Jim Brown, Karen Isebrands Brown, Marj Mehring, Pat Dugan, Craig Zarley, Carole Mustacci, Stephanie Boismenue.  

 Minutes:

1.       Approval of Minutes from August 15, 2011 board meeting:

Motion to Approve: Craig Zarley

Second:  Karen Isebrands Brown

Approved

 Minutes:

1.       Approval of Minutes from August 15, 2011 board meeting:

Motion to Approve: Craig Zarley

Second:  Karen Isebrands Brown

Approved

 2.       Rich Urban – Guest speaker on WPS energy conservation program:  Rich gave the group a presentation on home energy performance and strategies to conserve energy in the home.  The strategies are broken into two categories – conservation and efficiency.  Energy conservation is comprised of behavioral changes like turning off lights and appliances, turning down thermostats, closing and latching windows, and using energy conserving appliances. 

 Building efficiency starts with a home performance analysis which can measure air leaks (the largest source of heat loss), and look at insulation levels, and basement air leaks and insulation.  Home performance audits can cost between $350-$375.  After the analysis, the evaluator makes recommendations on suggested repairs and a list of qualified contractors.  In addition, the Focus on Energy program gives the home owner a cash back reward for completion of the suggested repairs.

 3.       Bill Akan – wrap up of boat landing inspections and volunteer recognition event on October 11th.  Bill was unable to attend the board meeting.  Lakes Crescent and Julia found that making personal phone calls helped increase coverage for boat inspections.

 4.       Reports:

  • Treasurer’s Report:  Marj Mehring presented the year-to-date financial report.  The Association currently has 100 paid members (out of approximately 150 lake homes).  In addition, the Association has received $2,290.63 in donations for eradication of EWM.

Motion to Approve: Craig Zarley

Second:  Jim Brown

Approved

  • Website:  Carole Mustacci reported that there are approximately 20 hits per day with the majority of inquiries about board meeting minutes, updates on the Jaros Bible Camp, and new posts.  Carole mentioned that it would be helpful to have more frequent postings of updates on events of interest to members.
  • Newsletter:  Janet Appling was not present, but she sent a note that articles for the next newsletter must be received by November 15th.
  • Grants:

AIS Early Detection & Rapid Response grant August 13, 2009-June 30, 2011): Stephanie Boismenue handed out a report detailing volunteer activities, hours, and expenses for the first grant.  This grant has been closed out.  The grant did not quite cover all diver expenses, and SLA restricted funds made up the difference.

 AIS Early Detection & Rapid Response grant #2 (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2013): Stephanie reported that Onterra conducted a follow up monitoring of the lake on September 14th.  Onterra reported that the hand pulling efforts have been effective and the recommendation is to continue with this process.  They have also indicated that chemical treatment is not recommended for Squash Lake.  The final report is expected shortly.

  • AIS Prevention & Education grant with Lakes Crescent & Julia 2010-2012: No report.
  • Lake Management Planning Grant (submitted):  Craig Zarley reported that we have not received notice of award yet.  It is expected that this grant will be awarded, with a start date of January 1, 2012.  The first steps would be to hold a meeting of members and lake residents in March, and a follow up survey of the entire watershed.

 5.  Old Business:

  • 2010-11 audit by Tony Giannola: no report
  • Independent contractor’s agreement:  Pat Dugan presented revisions to the contract after consulting with Gary Cirilli.  The board discussed the revised contract and agreed to use the contract with divers next year.
  • Additional pontoon boat expenses: no report
  • Ring of fire event (rained out):  this event was cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • Rope swing has been removed on the narrow peninsula now owned by the Northwoods Land Trust after someone became injured.  The NLT also noted that there was significant erosion and that it was not in keeping with its mission of environmental preservation.    

 6.  New Business:

  • Bible Camp update: no update
  • Marj Mehring’s 2011 lake monitoring data: no report
  • Other fund raising ideas: Karen is working on a fund raising appeal. 
  • Membership: there are currently 100 paid member in the Association.  Pat Dugan suggested that the association should develop a new member handbook with information about the lake and opportunities to volunteer.  Carole has been making phone calls to non-members to learn why some people are reluctant to join.
  • Proposal to expand board: tabled
  • Proposed lake etiquette code: it was suggested that this be developed as part of the lake management grant.
  • Officers and directors liability insurance:  Jim is researching this. 

 7.  Confirm Next Meeting: 

  December 5, 2011 at 6:30pm

  Pat Dugan’s home

 8.  Adjourned at 9:30pm.