District Meeting

Good Old Days

January 23, 2013 1:00 PM


The meeting was called to order by Chairman Malsack, at 1:04 PM.


 The certification of the open meeting law was met.


District Commissioners in attendance were Phil Malsack (Chairman); Clayton Masters, Treasurer; Roger Swanke, Rich Pergande,  Randy Schmidt, Margaret Whirry and Paul Gettelman, Secretary,  


Guests: Dave Bartz, Scott Bunde, Ted Johnson all of the WDNR.  Also in attendance was Andrew Sabai, Lake Puckaway Coordinator. Jedd Monsoor, Commercial Fisherman; Derek Kavanough, Green Lake Co. Land Conservation Dept.


Secretary's Report: Comm. Swanke moved to approve the December 6, 2012 minutes as sent out to commissionaires & Summarized by Chairman Malsack   2nd Comm. Whirry  Motion passed        


Treasurer’s Report: Comm. Masters reviewed the Treasures report 1-1-12 through 12 -31-12. (not much of a change from the last meeting).  He also handed out a Treasurer’s Report for Jan 1, 2013 through 1-23-13.   Comm. Schmidt made a motion to approve the treasures report as presented and explained..  2nd by Comm.  Pergande   2nd     Motion Passed


 District Members input:  Non in attendance


Old Business


  1.  Shoreline Restoration Projects 2013:  Chairman Malsack called the Marquette Co person, Pat Kilby,  and they will be finished with the remain projects by ice out this spring.
  2.  Hatchery Plan 2013:  We will be filtering the water to take out the iron.  Chairman Malsack noted that we will be using a mixing valve with our water heater.  He has found a good mixing valve but it is manual for $114.95.  We have an inline water heater.  This should make our water temp more consistent for the eggs to hatch.  He explained how all this will work.   The DNR will be doing the netting for the last time in 2013 and then we will be doing this on our own.  Dave Bartz noted that we will not be doing the OTC any more (not even this year, 2013).  Dave noted that they may not do the Northern this spring.  He noted that if we had the sonic tags and the commercial fisherman caught some northern in the seins, they would come and tag the fish for us.  Dave noted that we had a 68% success rate for our walleye fry last fall from the walleye fry we released in the spring.
  3.  Any other Old Business  No other old business


New Business


1.    Endangered Species Plan for 2013- Andrew and Ted Johnson:  There are 2 endangered species terns; Forsters Tern and Common Terns.   Both nest in 2 different habitats.  Forsters in a floating mat type and the Common in a beach type area.  There is a possibility of building floating nesting boxes (like large floating sand boxes) for the Common Tern.  Andrew is suggesting building one for the lake. (There were pictures of what he has in mind passed around and part of these minutes).  He said that an old pontoon boat could be used.  He suggests that it would be by the haystack area.  There are funds available for this from the Grant.  We could use either plastic barrels or a pontoon boat to build the nesting “island”.  Permits are needed.  Estimated cost would be $1500.  We have $3500 available in the grant.  

  1. Water Level Monitoring- Purchase of automatic loggers for fish camp and Princeton Dam:  Andrew has an example of a Water Level Logger and passed it around.      There would be a data shuttle that works with the data from the system.  The cost is $2,327 for the equipment.  There would be one on each side of Princeton Dam and one at fish Camp.  Need a total of 4 loggers;  3 for water level and one for barometric level monitoring.  We have money in the grant for all the loggers  Comm Gettelman Made a motion to pursue the endangered species and water level monitoring projects as noted above in 1 and 2 of New Business.  2nd  Comm. Whirry  Motion Passed
  2. Carp Study 2013- Dave Bartz;   Dave noted that the person who started the study is no longer with the program.  They are trying to determine what to do with the continuance of the program.  There is $13,000 in the grant for the carp study.   They are still trying to determine of the otoliths is the proper way to age the carp.  They have the olitis from last year in jars. This whole thing is still up in the air.  They are thinking to take another sample of otoliths in carp either next year or the following year.  We may purchase more carp sonic tags and northern tags
  3. Funding for EPS Plantings 2013; Andrew would like to do more planting.  We would need to move some $ around in the grant to cover this.  Plants this year will be $1.25/plant.  He would like to hold off for having them from May through Aug.  He is anticipating on spending about $5825 for plants. The total plants would be 4500.  He would like to move $ from the shoreline restoration projects to this category.  Comm.  Masters is concerned to finish his shoreline projects.  Comm. Masters noted that we can move this along as Ted Johnson approves the move.
  4. Water Quality Monitoring 2013; Extend from April through November instead of June, July and Aug.  Money isn’t budgeted for this.  Money could be taken out of watershed modeling. ($20,000) with the cost to be determined.
  5. Re-allocation of Grant Funds Request for 2013 and beyond;  We will go with an extension for the carp study  Andrew would like to do some work with squaw Island Dredge bank on the east end of the lake.  $’s coming from the other categories that would fund this.  This funding would not be specific to “Squaw” Island.  For example Pancake Island could be included.   Comm. Masters made a motion to allow the moving of money with in the grant from shore land restoration to EPS planting from watershed modeling to water quality monitoring and from other unexpended funds to habitat restoration projects.  2nd by comm. Schmidt.  Motion Passed
  6. Any other new business


a.    Yearly Calendar for LPPRD Meetings Comm. Gettelman presented this.  The dates are as follows: 1/23/13; 4/18/13; 6/1/13 (annual mtg); 8/13 or 14 or 15/13 (lake Tour); 10/3/13; 12/5/13.  There were no objections at this time.

b.    Mick talk with Gary Erickson, WDNR regarding the grant $ for us.  We need something on record to show that we own the boat.  We also need something from Green Lake county to justify Derek’s time.  We don’t need it this year but will for 2014.

c.    We need to discuss what we are going to do for the commercial fisherman for this year.  Jedd noted that it cost him $25,000 for the permit.  Comm. Gettelman moved that the district pay the commercial fisherman, Jedd Monsoor,  $10,000 after he catches the first 400,000 # of Carp (yellow) (Cyprinus carpioand  an additional $15,000 if he catches a total of 1 million # of Carp (yellow) (Cyprinus carpio) in 2013  2nd by  Comm.  Whirry  Motion Passed

d.    Ted Johnson noted that there is concern with the removing and adding of the boards on the Princeton Dam.  This is due to the accident that happened last year.


Comm. Swanke moved to adjourn the meeting.  2nd by Comm.  Pergande.  Motion Passed.  The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 PM


Respectfully Submitted,

Paul Gettelman, Secretary


Documents to accompany the minutes in the official record:


Photos of Common Tern Nesting Island

J & J Transplant costs for bulrush plant this year

Water Level Data Logger cost summary

LPPRD Treasurer’s Report 1-1-12 through 1-31-12

LPPRD Treasurer’s Report 1-1-13 through 1-23-13

Monsoor carp totals from buyer





[As with all minutes, these are in draft form until approved at the next LPPRD meeting.]