July 14, 2018
Meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. by Vice President Judy Strom, who was substituting for President Phyllis Mead, with approximately 23 in attendance.
Secretary report has been posted on the website and available at the meeting. Motion made and seconded to approve minutes. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s report: As of June 9 , 2018, the balance was $17,371.82. Income has been $230 in dues. Expenses of $328.94 for Mn Rivers membership, speakers, and Paul Klassen for buoys. As of July 14, 2018, the balance is $17,372.88. Motion was made and seconded to approve the treasurer’s report. Motion carried.
Clarity on Big Lake has been 13, 10 and 11.5 feet. Little Lake was 17 feet in July.
Motion was made, seconded and motion carried to donate $300 to the Pequaywan Fire Department.
One loon baby has been sighted on the Big Lake and no sighting of baby loons on the Little Lake.
Motion was made, seconded and carried to reimburse $50 in gas money to Ron Sluka for the moving he does around the township signs.
At the annual meeting at the next Association’s meeting, Aug. 11, there will be elections for president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. The current president and treasurer will not be running for re-election and the secretary’s position is still open from last year’s election. That position would expire next year. The other terms are for two years,
Judy Strom has agreed to continue as a vice president so that there is a current officer on the board. Please consider becoming a board member. It is unknown what will happen if no one comes forward to help contribute to this valuable community service. Strom will continue to maintain the website and other communications, so that will not be a task asked to be taken on by a new officer.
Township Land Development: In 1964, Al Wilson, a local developer, sold a piece of property to the Pequaywan Lake Association to make the land available to the citizens of Pequaywan. The Pequaywan Lakes Association, which predated the organized township, later transferred the land to the township. This 34-acre plot lies near the corner of Rossini Road and Pequaywan Lake Road. The address is 8914 Pequaywan Lake Road.
Last year the plot was logged with the plan to preserve the standing pines and healthy hardwoods. This year, the township plans to control the new aspen growth with a spray treatment and next year to replant some open areas.
Recognizing the potential for the community to develop this property fitting the original vision of citizen use, a group has formed. Any improvements possible here will only serve to increase the living quality for our residents, year round and seasonal.
The group has met twice to share dreams and check into reality for this spot. This year’s goals are to move the access road, which sits near a curve on Pequaywan Road, to a better location for safety considerations. More tantalizing is the creation of a walking path, to be around a mile in length. The township is funding the culvert, dirt, and log moving necessary for these improvements. Volunteers are ready to pitch in when the initial preparations are done.
If you are interested and/or have talents to share, please join in the planning and volunteering. The town board meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM at the meeting room behind the fire hall. The planning task force has a tentative meeting set for July 24 at 10 AM at that same location.
Contact people are:
Gordy Larsen, 848-8010
Judith Strom (walking path) email@example.com
The preparation work on the trail and the culvert was done as the County has agreed to pave the new driveway if a culvert and the necessary leveling is done when they black top crew is in that area. Any residents, including those in the unorganized area, are welcome to join the planning committee. Evening meetings are being considered to make it possible for those not able to attend daytime meetings.
Summer Event: Discussion was held on whether to have a summer event this year. The group felt it should continue and have changed the date to Saturday, Sept. 1, and the name to Summer’s End Gathering. Arrangements have to be finalized with Nancy Peterson at the Pequaywan Inn to see if this date works for her. Hours would be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors will be advised of the new date to encourage them to come, and local music talent will be asked to perform. Motion was made and seconded that the Lake association would pay for 2 tickets per family with the goal of the price being $6.00 and the Association would provide ice cream. Motion carried.
Thank you to Becky Larsen, and Marilyn Guldseth for the treat today.
Meeting adjourned at 10:50
Submitted by: Marialice Arndt, Substitute Secretary