14 Jul

Association Meeting Minutes

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)  jstrom@pequaywanlakes.com

Township Supervisors
Donald Swanstrom,  don@donswanstrom.com 
Chuck Kuettel, chucklesd2@aol.com   
Scott Mead, scottphyllismead@gmail.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

09 Jun

Association Meeting Minutes

June 9, 2018

Meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. with approximately 23 in attendance.

Secretary report  from the previous meeting is posted on the website.

Treasurer’s report: As of Sept 2, 2017, the balance was $17,197.59. Income has been $925 in dues. Expenses of $750.77  — gas reimbursement to Ron Sluka of $50, Pequaywan Inn $100 for Summer Celebration, Judy Strom $84.69 for website, Paul Klassen of $257.88 for buoys, Strom $90.28 for newsletter, and $167.92 to Meads for supplies.  As of June 9, 2018, the balance is $17,371.18.

Jim Guldseth and Lee Kaplan will check out the possibility of placing these funds in an account that would pay some interest.  Motion was made and seconded to approve the treasurer’s report.

There will be no brush days this year as the County will be using the gravel pit for supplies and equipment related to road construction.

Volunteers are needed for Green Team to maintain the township sign and the Pequaywan Lakes sign.  Clean up in the spring and maintenance about once more in the summer. Please contact Phyllis Mead if interested.

Thanks for Paul Klassen for volunteering to place  and remove the buoys in the Big Lake. Ron Sulka has volunteered to do the same in the Little Lake.  If you find a loose buoy,please tie to your dock and it will be retrieved and placed where it should be.  Also thanks to Richard Arndt, Scott Mead and Paul Klassen for this spring’s placement of the buoys  As the amount allowed for new buoys was not all spent it was motioned and seconded for four more buoys to be purchased, three for the Big Lake (as needed and to replace less visible white ones) and one for the Little Lake to mark shallow water areas.

Becky Larsen will coordinate refreshment for the upcoming meetings.  Please contact her if you are willing to donate on a particular date.  Thank you for today’s volunteers Becky Larsen and Kathy Sluka.

There will be elections for President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary at the August Lake Association.  The current board has made known that they will not be seeking reelection so 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. Judy Strom will continue to maintain the website  and other communications for the Association so that will not be a task asked to be taken on be a new member.

The 34 township acres has been logged and plans for the future are being discussed.  With the road construction, it is possible that the county will move the entrance to the land further north from the existing one.  A planning/discussion meeting will be held July 10 at the fire hall. Anyone interested to add their input to this project is welcome.  The meeting will be placed on the website. Initially walking trails will be designed, with thoughts of community gardens, park benches, community center to be designed and grants applied for.  Thoughts are that this would be considered a park for the entire community to enjoy. A proposed name would be Pequaywan Nature Park.

There has been a sighting of a few loons but no babies yet.  Clarity on Big Lake is at 10’ and on the Little Lake 17’.

Whether the summer celebration will be held is still undecided.  The date of July 21st has been set. No volunteers has come forward to plan another 5K but the Association would consider other plans to gather the community together.  Any ideas or to volunteer please contact Phyllis Mead.

Carol Johnson will provide the August program on aquatic life and a speaker is needed for the September meeting.

A motion was made and seconded to send membership fees of $150.00 to MN River and Lakes.

Pequaywan Fire Department Pancake Breakfast will be held July 8th from 8:00 until noon.  Chief Dale Brooks advised that a FEMA Grant of $273,000 was awarded to Pequaywan Fire Department for purchase of a new truck called Rescue 1.  

Meeting adjourned at at 10:40

Submitted by
Marialice Arndt, Temporary Secretary

12 May

Association Meeting Minutes

May 12, 2018

Meeting was called to order by president Phyllis Mead. Treasurer was not present. Temporary secretary took notes. Remembrance of long time members Arne Peterson and Cameron Johnson who have passed away.

OLD BUSINESS
Officers: Need secretary now and new officers will be elected in August. Mead and Strom have noted they will not run for reelection

NEW BUSINESS
Road pickup has been completed by Becky Larsen and Meads

No brush days this summer as the county have revoked our agreement to use Gravel (Wet Lake) Pit for a burning site. It was suggested that Jeff Jackson might have some influence on future use of the pit. The pit will be used as a staging site for materials and equipment needed for the road construction on Hwy 44. DNR should be contacted to be advised about permits for burning.

There will be ongoing water clarity testing on both lakes with the help of Dale Brooks and the Meads. Emily Nelson, of lake county SWCD, will be doing additional sampling monthly on the Big Lake and will report her finding at the July 14th meeting among other topics she will address.

There is a need for volunteers to be “green team” to do spring and fall clean up at the two township signs, one the corner of W. Branch Rd and on Pequaywan Lake Road. This will be discussed again in June when attendance hopefully will be greater.

The public access on Pequayan Lake does not have budget funds for 2018-2019 seasons. It is still a priority for the 2020 year with planning to involve the locals. Our representative, Tom Bach, seems favorable to ideas other than the traditional access so it would be advantageous to call/write to him. A fishing peer, walk in access, canoes and kayaks would allow all to have access to the lake without jeopardizing water quality. Pequaywan has been sited as an outstanding classification. A letter by Mitchell Miller was read that outlined many valid points of why we should continue to be proactive in the planning of the public access.

Meads attended an aquatic invasive summit in February which was sponsored by Mn Lakes and Rivers organization

There was no immediate interest in pursuing possible walleye stocking in the lakes. Perhaps to be discussed after the DNR has established their plan for the public access.

Members are asked to help out with future planning for the Township property. Once a plan has been developed there is a need for volunteers to develop trails, tree planting etc.
This would be the year to consider spraying to curtail poplar trees and to plant in year 2019. Approximate $75 per acre for spraying to contain poplar sapling growth,  which would be at the township expense.

Summer Celebration tentatively scheduled for July 21. Commitments are needed to fill the duties needed to make this happen. A chairperson to pull this together would need to be named very soon. Lita Wallace has volunteers to notify vendors.

New residents are welcome and we would encourage everyone to invite them to become involved with neighborhood activities.

June 9 meeting with have a program by Linda Bergstrom on CRP and medical emergencies. No programs planned yet for Aug and Sept.

A motion was made, amended and seconded to purchase five  new buoys at a cost up to $500 as a test to provide a more visual notice to hazardous rocks, etc., on the Big Lake. Also there will be reflective tape added to existing buoys. Member Paul Klassen and his wife have volunteered to put them out in the spring and take them out in the fall.

Thanks to Becky Larsen for the treats.

Respectively submitted
Substitute Secretary Marialice Arndt

03 Sep

Association Meeting Minutes

September 3, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Phyllis Mead.

Secretary Report was not available because no one has volunteered to fill this much needed position.

Treasurer’s Report: Jim Guldseth reported our balance presently is $17,197.59. Membership count is 116 households. A motion was made by Carol Johnston with a second by Scott Mead followed by an affirmative vote to accept the report.

Old Business

Owners of rental properties responses: Scott Mead related response of Tony Shoberg who indicated no outside boats have been brought in as they have 2 canoes and 2 kayaks. Jim Crace addressed the group, advising that his renters have not been allowed to bring in boats from the outside. A pontoon boat is available for their use. He plans to continue this practice. We have not heard back from Dan Mullins who rents his place on Little Pequaywan.

New Business

Public Access: Nothing new to report on current accesses and conditions. Discussion indicated it is always a possibility but a general feeling that nothing will be done in the near future.

Next Year’s Program Suggestions:

  • CPR training-Ray Barnes provided a contact but a return call has not been received.
  • Terrestrial Invasive Species- Concerns of spotted knapweed and tanzy
  • Well water concerns-radon, lead, etc.
  • Aquatic weeds
  • Shoreline erosion
  • Aquatic vegetation- Carol Johnson advised of it being a part of a diverse ecosystem. A program possibility.

Brush Day: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Water Clarity Report: Scott Mead stated the big lake has 8 feet currently. Whereas 10 years ago, it varied between 12 and 15 ft. The Little Lake has a history of greater depth and clarity. Temperatures currently are not measured.

Road Pick Up: Volunteers needed for Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Meet at the Fire Station at 9 a.m. for rolls and coffee. East Shore to Rossini pick up has been completed by Becky Larsen. We will finish the pickup route along #44 on Wed..

Loon report: 4 adults and 3 babies on the Big Lake.. Currently making a lot of musical noise.

Discussion was held on whether to hold another Summer Celebration in 2018 similar to the one held in July,

Pros-
Nice to see so many walkers. Enjoyed the wooded area
Footprint for future plan is in place
Enjoyed the music
Free in addition to prizes
The Pequaywan Inn appreciated serving 81 meals
Worked through the permit process & liability insurance
Vendors were appreciated
Timing of the 3rd weekend in July was excellent
Fire Department and EMT presence a plus
Possibility in future to include involvement of local artists

Cons-
Planners worked very hard
Volunteers worked very hard and we heartily thank them
Future Events
More pre-planning
Need more volunteers if event is to happen

Other Discussions:

  • DNR indicated a Smokey the Bear Sign will be posted.
  • Road work scheduled between Briar Lake and Rossini Rd in 2018 according to St. Louis County.
  • The county moving of roadside grass along #44 may be minimal this year due to concern for bee habitat and survival
  • Minnesota concerns over edibility of fish from our lakes
  • Boat and dock removal service is available as a school fundraiser for grandson of Mary Pylka. Call 848-2757 to get on the list to have him and his father remove your dock and boat lift.

Motion by Dick Arndt seconded by Scott Mead to donate $300 to the Pequaywan Fire Department.

Thank you to Ron Sluka for mowing. A $50 gas reimbursement will be sent to Ron, Thanks for refreshments by Becky.

Meeting adjourned by President.

Respectfully submitted,
Carole Trotter, substituting for a secretary.

12 Aug

Association Meeting Minutes

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

Meeting was called to order at 10:00 by President Phyllis Mead. Approximately 20 members were present.

Secretary minutes were available for review. Motion was made and seconded to approved July minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer Jim Gusset left report that was read that the July balance was $18,402.92 There was expenses of $2,190.40 for summer celebration which includes the purchase of a canopy/tent. Today’s balance is $17,139.59 Motion was made and seconded to approve treasurer’s report.

Old Business

Summer celebration: Many volunteers contributed to the successful summer skeeter skoot. There were approximately 60 walkers/runners and the Inn served 81 meals.

New Business

Loons: Bonnie Dressen reported that she sighted 4 loons on the Big lake with two babies. 4-5 loons have been sighted on the little lake.

Clarity: Reading for water clarity on the big lake has run between 8 ½ to 9 ½ feet, on the little lake 16 feet.

Brush Day: Brush Day will be held on Saturday September 9th from 9-noon.

Township Matters: The township acreage has been logged by Waste Wood Recyclers. The dying balsam trees had very little value so the result was to simply clear the land of most of the trees. It has been determined that a gates will be installed so vehicles can not enter the property. We would encourage no or other motorized vehicle use as it the near future new seedlings will be planted and such use could damage these new trees.

The township is working with the County to enlarge the area on West Branch Road for turnaround for County snow plowing. The County has plans to resurface County 44 and 256 in 2018.

Letter sent by Association and Town board to owners who rent out property regarding aquatic invasive species

Letters have been mailed to 4 property owners that are known to provide rental property. It encourages them to attend township and/or lake association meeting to discuss their allowing renters to bring in their own boats (thus the possible introduction of AIS into our lake). The township has no legal authority to enforce this but would encourage them to protect our lake and their and our property values.

Elections
Motion was made and approved for Bob McDonough to remain I Vice President for the next two years. As there was no nominations for the secretary position held by Marialice, the position is now open. If there is no nominations by the September meeting the result may be that there will no longer recorded minutes of the meetings If you are not sure of being able to each meeting, consider asking someone to take notes for you.

As President Phyllis Mead, and Vice President Judy Strom are considering not running for re-election next year, we would encourage all of the lake association members to consider running for those positions next August. We currently have 114 members.

Discussion was also held about the desire to have a town hall built and members will encourage further talks to see if there could be some interest in this. Also Smoky the Bear sign has been requested by a member to replace the one that was disappeared a number of years ago.

Thanks to Becky Larsen and Mary Ellen Wade for the treats.
Motion was made and seconded to adjourn at 10:45. Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,
Marialice Arndt, Secretary

08 Jul

Association Meeting Minutes

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. by President Phyllis Mead. Approximately 17 members were present.

Secretary minutes were read for approval. Motion made and seconded to approved June minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer Jim Guldseth reported that the Association’s balance was $18,947.87. There has been income of $110 in dues and expenses of $654.94 for the tent canopy and insurance for the Summer Celebration, Today’s balance is $18,402.92. Motion was made and seconded to approve treasurer’s report. Dues are $10 per household.

New Business

July 22 Summer Celebration: A 5k (3 miles) walk run will start at 10 a.m. Activities behind the Pequaywan inn will begin around noon with music, an ice cream social, ongoing drawings for door prizes and games for kids and adults. The Inn is working on a special menu for that day.

Clarity report: The Big Lake is at 8.5 to 9 feet and the Little Lake at 14 feet.

Loon report: Three loons on the Little Lake and at least one pair with two babies on the Big lake.

Township land: The clearing of dead balsams and other trees have been completed. Large pines and maples were left. It was requested that no motorized vehicles go onto the land as small trees will be planted.

Annual meeting: The next Association meeting on Aug. 12 will be the annual meeting. A director representing the Little Lake and secretary positions will be up for election. Scott Gronseth of Pequaywan Lake First Responders will be presenting the informational program.

Renters: A lake resident expressed concerned about those who are renting their cabins out and allowing renters to launch their boats. These boats could be bringing invasive species into our lakes and endangering the quality of our lakes, which are currently free of such AIS now. Such practices are discouraged or at the very least, rental owners are asked to make sure the rental boats have been out of the water for more than a week and are thoroughly clean. Property values can be substantially lowered if lakes become infested as well as infestations negatively affecting boating, fishing and swimming.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn at 11:00. Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,
J .Strom, substituting for Marialice Arndt, Secretary

10 Jun

Association Meeting Minutes

Saturday June 10, 2017

Meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. by President Phyllis Mead. Approximately 27 members were present.

Secretary minutes were read for approval. Motion made and seconded to approved May minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer Jim Guldseth reported that the Association’s balance was $19,042.19 There has been income of $100 in dues and expenses of $194.32, Today’s balance is $19,047.87. Motion was made and seconded to approve treasurer’s report. Dues are $10 per household.

New Business

July 22 Summer Celebration: Some of the details being finalized were discussed. A 5k (3 miles) walk run will start at 10 a.m. Activities behind the Pequaywan inn will begin around noon with music, an ice cream social, ongoing drawings for door prizes and games for kids and adults. The Inn is working on a special menu for that day.

Any local talent that wishes to sign/dance/recite are welcome to participate. And craft and vendor tables are welcome. No fees.

Volunteers needed to help out for the various activities. And if anyone has a flatbed trailer could be used for the bank, please let us know. Contact Phyllis Mead or Marialice Arndt.

Program speakers: Ideas are needed for topics and/or speakers for the upcoming Association meetings.

Clarity report: The Big Lake is at 9 feet and the Little Lake at 18 feet.

Program: Jeff Forester from Minnesota Lakes and Waters was the featured speaker. Jeff stressed the importance of protecting the quality of our water. Docks, boats and boat lifts that are moved from lake to lake are major contributors to the spread of invasive species.

Please be mindful of this and do not allow friends or renters to bring in their boats until they have been thoroughly cleaned or out of the water for several weeks. Jeff said that an infection of invasive species can lower property values by up to 30 percent. Since all of the lakes around the Twin Cities are infected, any boats coming from that area are a real risk.Our lakes are currently clean. Let’s keep them that way.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn at 11:00. Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,
J .Strom substituting for Marialice Arndt, Secretary

13 May

Association Meeting Minutes

Saturday May 13, 2017

Meeting was called to order at 10.10 by President Phyllis Mead. Approximately 11 members were present.

Secretary minutes were read for approval. Motion made and seconded to approved September minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer Jim Guldseth reported that the September balance was $18,684.56 There has been income of $860.00 There has been expenses of $502.37 Today’s balance is $19,042.19 Motion was made and seconded to approve treasurer’s report. Dues are $10 per household.

New Business

Road Pick-up: As walkers have done some of the road pick-up, it is suggested that anyone that wishes to do individual pick-up can do so. Bags of trash can be left at the driveway entrance of the fire hall.

Brush Day: Brush Day will be June 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The brush/branches that will be allowed are to return to the original size, not larger than 8 inches in diameter.

Donation to Minnesota Rivers and Lakes: Motion was made by Scott Mead and seconded by Chuck Kuttle to donation $150 to Minnesota Rivers and lakes, a leader on lake and cabin issues. Motion carried

July 22 Summer Celebration: As an opportunity to utilize some of the money donated to the Lake Association for the benefit of the community, a Summer Celebration is being planned to get together for a good time and to raise awareness of our organization. Motion was made by Dick Arndt and seconded by Diana McDonough to authorize a preliminary expense budget of $2,500. Motion carried. Initial expenses to be covered are t-shirts for 5K run/walk, two canopies, and race and door prizes. Plans are for a 5K run/walk Skeeter Skoot, music by Glen’s Neighbor (local band Blake Shippe),and an ice cream social. Any local talent that wishes to sign/dance/recite are welcome to participate. We encourage members to patronize the Pequaywan Inn for lunch and refreshments as she has graciously provided space/electricity for this event.

Volunteers needed for the Summer Celebration
• 5K timers, parking, registration, water stations
• Planning and supervising children’s activities (Lisa and Paul Classen)
• Race/Door prize administrator
• Tree giveaway (Forester Beth Peterson)
• Ice Cream Social coordinator and volunteers

Craft/Vendor tables are welcome.

Minnesota Lakes and Waters executive director Jeff Forester willl be the speaker at our next meeting, June 10. Motion was made and seconded to adjourn at 11:00. Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,
Marialice Arndt, Secretary