Sunday, September 13, 2009

Lake Weyauwega - Minutes - August 10, 2009



Amend Agenda to reflect the correct date of August 10th, not the 13th.
Those in attendance at this gathering were: Ron Weisman, Joel Bohringer, Bob Radtke, Tom Schneider, Holly Martin, Paul Paulson, Wilbur Robison, Jim Tolfa, Melissa Kepler, and Bob Van Epps.
Minutes of July 13th 2009 were approved.

     Financial report was given by Ron Weisman. We have a balance of $3,360.41. (See Graphic at end of post)
Old Business

     Bob v. reminded everyone that the County Fair is only weeks away. We really need to try to sell these “Ultimate Tribute” to Elvis tickets. Bob V. & Mary Jane have set up 12 different distribution outlets throughout the county. Anyone needing tickets contact Bob V. or Mary Jane for tickets or more into.
     Paul P. gave an update on the boat/motor/trailer raffle. This seems to be taking off well, however, Bob V wondered how the Conservation Club was responding to John H. Paul P. was concerned that we may need more tickets as the boat is being taken around the area to parades, fairs, etc. with the “WIN ME” banner.
     A Technical Sub-committee was formed to address the monitoring effort on the lake & Waupaca River. Anyone else who may be interested or is willing to contribute ideas, please contact bob V. at (715) 258-7789 or email:
     Bob R. will be picking up the “Help The Lake” shirt before the County Fair. We decided to use a different cartoon.


     Wilbur r. gave an overview on his experience with lakes. This will be presented in more depth at the next meeting.


Monday, September 14, 2009, 6 P.M. Regular monthly meeting – Hitching Post Weyauwega

Financial Report August

Lake Weyauwega Minutes July 13, 2009




     Those in attendance at this gathering were: Ron Weisman, Bob Radtke, Tom Schneider, Jim Tolfa, Dave Werth, Ray Hutchinson, Jim Hlaban/Trout Unlimited, Mike Koles/UW Extension, Howard Quimby, Bill Jonely/Town of Weyauwega, Mary Jane Baehman, Angie Landsverk/Wega Chronicle, Mill Mallo, Holly Martin, and Bob Van Epps.

Minutes of June 13th, 2009 were approved.
     Financial report was given by Ron Weisman. We have a balance of $870.42. A copy of the report is attached.


     Mike Koles gave us an excellent overview on the two major lake surveys which we did on the Waupaca River Corridor from Weyauwega to Wolf River on down to the County Line. The results of this survey will have a very significant effect on the management plan that we are developing. If you haven’t already received copies of the surveys, and would like a set, contact Bob V. at 715-258-7789 as he still has a few copies left. We will also try to post them on our website at Thanks, Mike, for going that extra effort for us!
     Bob V. gave a quick update on the DNR research activities below the Wega Dam. There are some property concerns and endangered wildlife species we need to take into consideration. There are two different types of endangered turtles, a red sucker, and a species of mollusk. Scott Koehnke from the DNR had stated that below the dam we are looking at three different, distinct river systems, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. Some food for thought, the first stretch below the dam is turbulent with a gravel bottom, the second, has deep pools of water with extensive bank shaded with a gravel bottom, the second, has deep pools of water with extensive bank shaded with trees which is an excellent winter habitat for endangered turtles, and the third stretch is slower water spreading out and is ideal habitat for all of the endangered wildlife. We need to learn more about the potential effects that the opening of the dam may have on this environment.
     Jim Hlaban was moved up on the agenda to make his presentation next. He talked about his involvement with research on the Tomorrow river going west from Waupaca by working with Trout Unlimited, and doing research of his own on the North Branch of the Little Wolf. He suggested that as a first step, we become involved with what is called the “Wave Program” and then progress to a more ambitious research program next year. We were hoping that Scott Bleck, Principal of the Weyauwega-Fremont High School or one of his staff would have been available to meet directly with Jim, as this would have been an ideal platform for our young adults to learn and take off from. Thanks Jim, for your generous offer to give us further direction! With Jim’s experience, it’s an offer too good to refuse.
     Bob V. and Paul P. went to Minneapolis to pick up the boat so that we could, finally, resolve the transportation issues that we were having getting it to the local dealer. We are URGENTLY trying to get it titled and in our possession so that we may personally take it to various events around the area and let people see the real thing that the raffle tickets are being sold to win. We need volunteers to help in this effort, such as the Scandy Corn Roast, etc. (even a couple hours would greatly help). Contact Paul P. at 920-867-2650 if you can help out.
     Due to time constraints, we only briefly touched on the Waupaca County Fair event which by no means say that it is of any less importance. It will be covered at the next meeting (the tickets may now be purchased on line by going to either or Kay will handle the transactions. On line purchasers may pick up their tickets at Gate 3) Remember it’s only a month away! There is an organized effort in place for selling tickets look for the “Tribute to Elvis” posters popping up everywhere, as well as on our website! This may be a main topic of the next meeting.


     We would like to thank First national Bank for their contribution of $500 to our cause! It is especially important because it highlights the importance that they place on restoring Lake Weyauwega.
     We will be setting up a Technical Sub-Committee at the next meeting. Anyone interested in helping with the effort contact Bob V


Monday August 10th 2009 6PM Regular monthly meeting. - Hitching Post, Weyauwega

Weyauwega Lake Meeting Minutes May 11, 2009

Minutes - Weyauwega Lake Restoration, Inc.
Tomorrow/Waupaca River/Lake Weyauwega Initiative

Meeting of May 11, 2009  6:00 P.M.  Hitching Post, Weyauwega

Those in attendance at this gathering were: Ron Weisman, Mary Jane Baehman (Weyauwega Chamber of Commerce), Paul Paulson, Howard Quimby, Bill Jonely (Town of Weyauwega), Bob Radtke, Tom Schneider, Joel Bohringer, Holly Martin, Mike Krueger (Clintonville – Pigeon Lake District), Rick Waite (Clintonville – Pigeon Lake District) and Bob Van Epps.

Approved April 13, 2009 Minutes

Old Business:

     The Not For Profit Foundation has been established as noted in the April 13th minutes, but the 501 (c)3 (tax exempt status) is still being looked into.
     The Lake Survey has been completed and copies will be available upon request. Mike Koles (UW Ext.) has confirmed that he will be at our July meeting to provide an overview of the results. If anyone of the DNR personnel would like Mike’s take on the two surveys, this would probably be a great opportunity to add/present your comments for us.
     We hope that John Young can make the next meeting to give us his feedback on the surveys, too!
     Hopefully the outstanding balance of $1,602.58 that was due to Matt Harp (Lake & Ponds Solutions) will somehow be addressed this month.
     We worked on deciding just how to approach the raffle for the boat, motor & trailer. A complete update will be given at the June meeting, and hopefully we will be on the “starting line.” Bob V. & Holly will try to devise & design tickets.

John H & Holly M will pursue the possibility of an auction.
     We would like to thank John Hildebrand on presenting us with a complete update on the efforts of the Weyauwega Lake Conservation Club (WLCC), not just recently, but also in past years. They have been spending a lot of time, effort, and money to get things done for the lake. Ron W. and Holly M will cooperate completely6 with John to give the history of the WLCC’s projects, not just on Lake Weyauwega, but also in many other areas. We need to welcome them on board, support them, and encourage them, as without their solid support the Weyauwega Lake restoration will not be successful. Thanks to John, Jerry, and the rest of the WLCC.

Next meeting there will be an update on the T-shirt & the Waupaca County Fair efforts.

     Thanks to Mike Krueger & Rick Waite for visiting us from Clintonville’s Pigeon Lake District. They had some really great ideas that they shared with us and it was a pleasure to have them here. We hope to be working with them on a continuing basis.

New Business

     Howard & Bob V. will be attending the next meeting of Black Otter Lake to compare/share notes & info with Bill Curtis. They will have an update at the June meeting.

Next Meeting Dates

Monday, June 8, 2009, 6 P.M. Hitching Post, Weyauwega