Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Public Hearing - Weyauwega Lake Drawdown Permit

Today was the Public Hearing for Weyauwega Lake. We had 22 people from the community attend. Most of the people who spoke, spoke in support of the plan. We had one person who was worried the drawdown might harm his well but since his well is 22 ft and the drawdown will be 10 ft the DNR doesn't think there will be a problem but they will confer with their expert. All in all a better than expected outcome.

There was a meeting with the board and NEW Hydro to iron out the last details. We went through the punch list of things that need to be done. Everything was addressed with the exception of the final sign off by the State Historical Preservation Officer. We anticipate this will be a formality because the DNR already did the search and the Lake was drawn down in 1972 and that drawdown would have triggered the preliminary archaeological survey.

If everything goes without a hitch, we will set the date for the drawdown as September 1

Monday, July 5, 2010

Update since the last meeting July 5, 2010

Since the last meeting we have a Public Hearing set. The requirements are that it be published in the local paper and that registered letters be sent to the following groups by North American Hydro. At this writing - We and not North American Hydro have sent the notice to the paper. We have contacted the group of municipalities that are required to be contacted via registered letter, and found that none of them have received said letter; we will send them out tomorrow. There is a leaflet being circulated that explains the work Weyauwega Lake Restoration, Inc. has done so far and details the lake restoration plan that will be discussed in the hearing. The hearing date is:
July 14th 10:00 am Gerold Opera House

Please go to the website to find the documentation discussed in this post.

Weyauwega Lake Restoration Regular Meeting Minutes June 10, 2010

MEETING OF June 10, 2010 6:00 P.M.

1. Introduction of those in attendance – Name, Address Sign in Sheet.

Jim Tolfa
Howard Quimby
Bob Van Epps
Joy Van Epps
Dave Werth
Connie Abert
Tom Schneider
Lynn Ponto
Ron Wiesman
Sheryl Scheremann
Terry Gerlach

2. Present the Co-Chairpersons & Recorder Board members were presented by Bob Van Epps

New Officers:
Bob Van Epps – President
Bob Radtke – Vice President
Ron Wiesman – Treasurer
Holly Martin – Secretary
Howard Quimby – Member
Ray Schalkowski – Member
Jim Tolfa – Member
Dan Stearns – Member
David Werth – Legal Counsel

3. Approval of May 13, 2010 minutes Ron W. Howard Q. to accept the minutes Minutes amended to reflect how the grant will be reworked.
4. Financial Report – Ron Weisman:

May closing balance $4,742.31
income $8,050.
Ending Balance $12,792.31 Howard Q Joy V report approved

5. Report, Project Status (drawdown of the lake) - Bob Van Epps: - Progress; Education piece is in place. Environmental study. Still waiting on Scott K to complete this piece. NAH does not have our lake plan and neither does the FERC. These plans need to be forwarded. Holly will forward them.

UPDATE: Hearing Date is July 14th 2010, 10:00 AM at the Gerold Opera House 136 E. Main Street Weyauwega, WI

Another development: Zebra Mussels are now in the chain
We are hearing from NAH and observers on the Crystal River behind Bethany that the Dam above the Weyauwega pond is continuing to dump the ponds at regular intervals. This causes the Crystal River to become a mud flat and NAH must dispatch personnel to the Weyauwega dam in the middle of the night to regulate the pond level as they are required by their FERC license.

Resolution: Bob V. We send our plan for Weyauwega Lake to NAH.Ron W. passed

Resolution: we provide Scott with the numbers (cost) and strongly encourage the August Drawdown Jim T. Dave W Passed
6. Report, Fundraising (Raffle Tickets) - Bob Radtke: 170 tickets sold. Get something in the papers. Selling the rate of 30 per week. Steve Thomas will put and ad on his sign. Posters We can make posters and postcards. Jim will take the posters around - passed

July 16 – 18 fundraisers for Weyauwega Lake

7. Report, 501(c)3, Incorporation status, By Laws – Howard Quimby:

Motion to repeal the old By-Laws and replace them with the new By-Laws with the revision that proxies and ballots be removed from the Article II. Passed.

8. Report, Education – Lynn Ponto, Connie Abert or Carrie Esch:

Education Plan Lynn Ponto see attached plan. Lynn wants to coordinate with the DNR more closely Ted will do dissolved oxygen. Web site will be developed by the students. and linked to our website.
Any changes to the grant will need to be addressed. Matt Harp will provide all the scientific testing equipment.
Cameras will be purchased for not more than $400. We shall purchase two . Motion passed.
(Send email to matt harp. Get hard cost for his involvement (holly))
Education piece needs to be defined in a meeting with Ted, Matt, Al, Lynn, Connie and someone from the group

9. Public Comment and discussion

New Business

1. Dues - $10 per year - passed
2. Fundraising Ideas and Grants to seek Holly Martin – We need to start the process now.
3. Next Meeting July 8, 2010 Weyauwega Fremont High School Library 4:00 pm
4. Adjourn.