It's hard to believe that July is almost over already. This summer seems to be flying by. It was a great turnout at the meeting and picnic. Thanks to Bea Hanson for hosting the picnic and getting the band. We couldn't have asked for a better day!
I was excited to see some more new members at the July meeting. There have been a few properties that turned over this last year and it was great to see the new owners at the meeting and picnic.
Let's continue to have a safe and fun summer and I look forward to seeing everybody hanging out the lake and at the August meeting.
French Lake Improvement Association July 2018 Meeting Minutes
Josh Engelmann, FLIA President, called the meeting to order at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
Secretary's Report- Previous meeting minutes approved; 1st motion by Andrea Berard, 2nd motion Kristin Engelmann
Treasurer's Report- Membership at the beginning of the meeting was down. After this month's meeting, numerous lake shore owners renewed their memberships along with several new memberships; we have more members this year than last. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and will continue to contribute.
Aquatic Invasive Species Account (AIS)- $5,553.20 PLM has done milfoil control for the lake for the year and has been paid by the association with check # 8701. Possible grant money from the county may offset some of our cost for this year's expense.
Membership dues/general- $3,872.26
Motion to approve the Treasurer's Report approved; 1st motion Gretchen Nelson, 2nd Andrea Berard.
Ditch Update (Oliver #19)
The county will not spend any money on the cleaning out of any ditches until they do an assessment of landowners that would benefit from the clean out. Each owner will then have an assessment fee placed on their property tax statement. The drainage ditch clean out is for the entire flowage and not just our surrounding area. If and when the drainage ditch is cleaned out, it is possible that the level of French Lake could drop up to 21 inches. Time frame for county ditch clean out is a minimum of 2 years. Contact information for County Commissioner Charles Borrell will be put in the newsletter and on our web page. (Editors note: Commissioner Charles Borrell can be reached at 763-682-7685)
PLM treated 15 acres of Eurasian Water Milfoil in different locations around the lake on July 11th. These areas were marked with floating markers that may be removed by lake owners after ten days.
Several members had questions about other possible invasive species they are finding in the lake. We will request a list of all invasive species from PLM and place that on our web page.
By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation for Non-Profit Status
Personal Shoreline and Aquatic Plant Management
Suggested minimum for fire pits from the lake per DNR regulations is 10 feet. Because French Lake can raise so quickly after a heavy rain, we are requesting that all lakeshore owners try and maintain a minimum of 50 feet.
The president received a complaint of parties cutting weeds from their lakeshore, bringing the weed out into the middle of the lake and dumping them. According to DNR regulations, this is considered transporting and is illegal. Control of weeds taken from lake must be maintained on property surrounding the area where weeds were taken. Permits are required by the DNR for any type of removal, be it chemical or by hand.
New Signs for FLIA Meetings
Thank you to Chuck Muehlberg and Susan Leaf for their very generous gift of 6 new signs that will be used to announce our monthly meetings. These will be put up at the main entrance areas of the lake the Thursday before our monthly Saturday meeting.
It was brought up that Dockside used to list our meeting dates in the magazine. Gretchen Nelson will contact them with dates. (Editor's note: Dockside magazine is mailed to all lake owners free of charge.)
August meeting date
For the 4th of July boat parade next year, it was suggested that people use super soakers instead of water balloons. This would reduce the amount of garbage that enters the lake.
There are several Facebook pages out there for French Lake and it was mentioned that we should combine these pages into our official Facebook page. This would prevent confusion and help to streamline our efforts.
Thank you to Bea Hansen for allowing us to used her lake place for the meeting and for providing an awesome band for a great afternoon of fun.
Meeting adjourned 12:14 pm; 1st motion Kristin Engelmann; 2nd motion Char Dixon.
Dan Pommerenke, Secretary