Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District Meeting

January 23, 2014    1:00PM

Good Old Days Restaurant

The meeting was called to order by Acting Chairman Gettelman at 1:00 PM.   

The Certification of the open meeting law was met with it being posted on the web district web site and other areas around the lake.

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

Guests: Andrew Sabai (Lake Puckaway Coordinator); Derek Kavanaugh (Green Lake Co)  Dave Bartz (WDNR); Jim Tomasko (WDNR).

District Members in attendance; Richard Kushman

Secretary’s Minutes:    A motion by Comm. Masters and 2nd by Comm. Schmidt  to accept the minutes as emailed and posted.  Motion Passed

Treasurers Report:  Comm. Masters handed out a summary of the Treasurer’s Report from 1/1/2013 thru 12/31/2013 & 1/1/14 – 1/23/14      Comm. Schmidt made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented, 2nd by Comm. Swanke.   Motion Passed   Comm. Masters handed out and explained the Cash flow Report for 2013.  This will be available for the annual meeting. Comm Masters asked that the books be audited and this will be done after the meeting by Comm. Gettelman and Schmidt. (Books were audited after the meeting by Comm. Schmidt and Swanke—All balanced and checked out)

District Members input; Rich Kushman asked if we are making progress with the fixed crest dam.  Jim noted that there is an engineer hired.  The DNR has a lot of historic data to assist with this process.  They are looking for the reports from the Corps when they did the dam samplings in about 2006.

 Old Business:

A)   12/5/13 Malsack Motion Correction:  No one wanted to change the motion as written in the 12/5/14 minutes. (the motion correction submitted by Chairman Malsack was basically the same motion just worded differently)

B)    Commercial Fisherman update: Some reports have been sent to Dave Bartz.  Jed needs to get all of his stuff into the WDNR.  Cold weather has slowed down his operations.  We don’t have the weight slips so we can’t pay his carp allotment from the LPPRD.  It was also noted that Jed’s father had a heart attack last fall. He is doing okay now.






New Business

A)    Discussion on District Boat(s); Comm. Swanke noted that Jed would let us rent a boat.  Dave said that you need at least two people run the boat with nets.  The boat we currently have is too small for our Hatchery needs.  Bottom line is that we will need a boat.  Dave said he will be here or someone will be here to help/train us put the nets out and get the walleye’s this spring. 

B)   Water Level Monitoring:  Andrew gave a summary of his Grant extension Project deliverables and what he is planning to do with the individual topics.  Andrew would like the LPPRD to approve this report.  The only $ coming from the district would be for the boat gas.  Comm. Masters questioned some of the $ amounts as he has in his report.  He wanted to know how the in kind will be put on the grant paper work.  Comm Masters noted that for the past 3 years we have purchased (expenses) $42,000.  He questioned why we have to pay for the boat/gas under this proposal as this is different from the first part of the grant.  Now we would be contracting with Lake  & Wetland Ecosystems LLC. Of which Andrew is the operator.   It was felt that the $35,000 is a little excessive.  Basically noted that previously we spent $22,000 per yr for the first 3 years. Andrew noted that his expense is approx... $23,000.  In kind will include the boat/gas.  There is a summary of the grant for the first 3 years and Andrew will be getting that to us by the first week of Feb.  Comm. Masters made a motion to tentatively approve Andrew’s extension request pending Andrew making modifications/corrections that we discussed.  We will have a meeting the 2nd week of February to go over all the corrections/detailed explanations that Andrew will get back to us with prior to the scheduled meeting.  2nd by Comm. Swanke.   Motion Passed    Feb 12, 2014 at 1pm Marquette Town Hall.

C)   Northern Study & Equipment 2014;  Dave is planning on doing the Northern tagging here early as normal and will help and do the radio tagging.  Ryan Koening will be a contact person to assist us.  Dave mentioned he wanted to put tags in various sizes of Northern.

D)   Town of Marquette office space Rental 2014;  It was noted that Comm Masters received a letter dated Dec. 22, 2013 indicating that the Town of Marquette at its November 14, 2013 meeting voted to raise the rent $20 to $420.  Comm. Masters had sent the $400 in thus prompting this letter.   The LPPRD board noted that it was never notified of the increase prior to the Dec. 22 letter and it wasn’t mentioned by the Town chairman when he attended our 12/5/13 LPPRD mtg.  The 12/22/13 letter from the Town noted that our rent was covering the use of the hall, office space and internet access.   It was noted that the LPPRD wasn’t notified prior to the expiration of the “rental agreement” of any sort if increase in the agreement for the upcoming year.  Comm. Schmidt made a motion to cancel the agreement with Marquette Township for the office space at the Town Hall.  2nd Comm. Masters.  Motion passed  [Comm Masters will request that the $400 check that was submitted for 2014 be returned and we would pay for the month or 2 that we use the hall and office space until we clean out all of our equipment/materials.]

E)   Buffalo Lake Dam Project update; the contractor has fallen behind but they will fill the lake around the end of May.  All is going good and it looks good.

F)    Hatchery Needs; DO Meter—Andrew brought the one he uses’ and we will get trained on the use of it after the meeting.  As far as an aerator for the boat and fish tank, Dave Bartz (WDNR) noted that they use a Bilge pump with the walleyes.

G)   Any other new business: Derek has been working with the FWS for a grant for eastern dredge bank, rip/rap the island the tip and the opening.  Putting in where the opening is in the island.   Also on the dredge bank and some in bluebill bay.  The FWS is also interested in the tern rafts.  Derek will let us know of the date of the meeting for this project. (Derek will forward a summary of what he is doing and it will be part of the official record for todays meeting)

Aaron Bucholtz sent an email to the LPPRD regarding dredging and the regulations for dredging. He noted that the Water Management Staff would be willing to come to the Annual meeting to explain the state laws and regulations if we were interested. It was suggested we invite them to our annual meeting. 

Comm. Gettelman asked Andrew if he will have the final summary of the Grant for our review.  He noted that he would have it by the first week of February.


Comm.Masters moved to adjourn the meeting; 2nd by Comm. Pergande.   Motion Passed  Meeting adjourned at 3:05 PM


Respectfully submitted,

Paul Gettelman, LPPRD Secretary


 Part of the official minutes will include:

Treasurer’s Report 1/ 1 /2013—12/31/2013

2013 cash flow Report

Malsack motion correction proposal

Town of Marquette letter to Comm. Masters

Lake Grant Extension Project Deliverables 1-20-2014

Ryan Koenigs email; RE; tracking Northern assistance

Derek Kavanaugh reports

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