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
Marialice Arndt, Temporary Secretary