Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District Meeting

April 23, 2015    1:00 PM

Mecan Town Hall

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

1.     Call to Order Certification of Open Meeting Notice

2.     Amend agenda to include Jed Monsoor for first on the Agenda  Comm. Pergande made a motion to amend the agenda, 2nd by Comm Schmidt  MOTION PASSED

The Certification of the Open Meeting Law was met, with it being posted on the District’s website, north shore kiosk, Mecan Town Hall and other areas around the lake.

District Commissioners in attendance were:  Phil Malsack (chairman), Clayton Masters (Treasurer), Paul Gettelman (Secretary), Randy Schmidt, and Rich Pergande.  Excused:  Roger Swanke.    

Guests:   Jed Monsoor

District Members in attendance:  Faye Pergande,

2.  Secretary’s Minutes:

A motion was made by Commissioner  Masters to accept  the minutes from the February 19, 2015 that were posted on the web page.  2nd by Comm Schmidt.  Moton Passed.   Comm Masters made a motion to approve the minutes from March   Special meeting 2nd by Comm Schmidt.  Motion Passed.  

3.  Treasurers Report:

 A motion was made by Commissioner Schmidt and 2nd by Commissioner Pergande to accept the Treasurers Report from Jan. 1, 2015 thru April 23, 2015 as presented.  2nd Comm.Schmdt. Motion passed.

4.  District member’s input:



A.   Jed Monsoor noted that they took 100,000 # of Sheephead last winter.  They got a total of 471,000 # of carp in 2014.  We will pay them the $10,000 upon verification of the slips by the DNR.

B.   Discussion of the scope presented by Onterra for large scale Planning Grant.  The grant had been signed by Treasurer Masters.  Chairman Malsack had some concerns with the scope as presented.  Chairman Malsack noted that we don’t have to accept all or part of the grant.  There are mixed thoughts on a Draw Down.  Some other concerns were: Gathering more water quality data—we have been doing this for the past 4 years with the previous grant; Nothing noted on the vast numbers of carp in the lake and the problem they cause with the sediment suspension and aquatic plant growth; any work on the Dredge Bank was not mentioned and we should consider construction of a North/South structure from the west end of the dredge bank; The grant and our MOU does address the possibility of drawdowns, but that shouldn’t be thought as the only tool for lake management. We are aware that there will be some sort of drawdown with the dam reconstruction.         

B.   Motion weather to accept Lake Planning Grant for $21,940    Not applicable at this time.

C.   Cost sharing with Village of Marquette for the repair of the landing at Charlevoix.  Chairman Malsack noted that the village is waiting for the permit.  They are taking bids for the landing.  We will assist with the repair up to $3,500 as requested.

 D.  Motion by Comm. Gettelman and 2nd by Comm. Pergande to Pay Daryl Christenson a max of $1,200 to take care of and do the endangered species survey for Lake Puckaway. (specifically Forester and Common Terns).  MOTION PASSED


A.  2016 BUDGET DISCUSSION  After a brief discussion Comm Schmidt made a motion to accept the proposed budget as presented by Comm. Masters.  2nd by Comm. Pergande.  

B.  Discussion of new MOU  Skip—no action taken

C.  Request from Comm. Swanke to have DNR fly the lake in search of the tagged Northerns.  No action taken

D.  Discuss request from Comm. Gettelman that the board consider hiring a paid Clerk.  Comm. Masters indicated what the duties of a clerk were and that it wouldn’t be of any help to the treasurer.  After some discussion on this, Comm. Gettelman indicated that he wished to withdraw the idea of a clerk type person (not necessarily a clerk but that was used for lack of a better name).  Then some commissioners commented on the method the minutes were taken and suggested a change in the method.  Most didn’t like the idea that the current Secretary used a computer to take notes and suggested that a recorder be used and that the secretary listen to the tape after the meeting and take the minutes from that.  Comm. Gettelman noted that he would not sit through “2 meetings” and type up the minutes from the recording.  This issue will need to be discussed at the Directors meeting following the Annual meeting.


Motion by Commissioner Schmidt to adjourn and 2nd by Commissioner Pergande.  Motion passed . Meeting adjourned at 3:15 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Paul Gettelman