April 20, 2017 4:00pm Marquette Village Hall


The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gettelman at 4:07 PM.

The Certification of the Open Meeting Law was met, with it being posted on the District’s website, and in the Markesan and Princeton papers, posted in  Markesan Regional Reporter & Marquette Co. Tribune, & Face Book

District Commissioners in attendance were:   Gene Weber, treasurer, Jeff Kimber, Kurt McCulloch and Roger Swanke; Excused:  Dave Richter,    Absent: Gary Wilson


District Members/ guests in attendance:    

2. Minutes of September 14, 2016 meeting – Gene/Jeff; M/S to approve the minutes from the Sept 14, 2016 meeting.  Motion Passed.

3. Treasurer’s report—Gene gave a summary of the yearend report.  He also emailed out the first Quarters report to everyone. Roger/Jeff; M/S to approve the Treasurer’s report for the year end as sent out by treasurer Weber via email.  Motion Passed

4. District member’s inputNone at this time.


a.    HATACHERYWe released 2,050,000 fry which was a 76% hatch rate.  The big 28” female had approx. 60% of her eggs as non-fertile.  We are still looking into purchasing a boat for the hatchery.  Rich Pergande is looking into one now.   We also need another trailer for storage.  Looking at a mobile home trailer type.  Jeff said that he know of a few people that might have one and be interested in donating it to the District/Hatchery.  He will check into that.

b.    Tern Rafts:  Rafts went out yesterday.  Pancake Island is underwater with some cattails piled up on the Island and Cormorants trying to nest on them.  We don’t have a Cormorant permit this year.

c.      Princeton Dam:  Chairman Gettelman went to the Joint Finance hearing in Berlin and spoke on behalf of the District to support the Princeton Dam in the State Budget.  Also meet with Joan Ballweg on the following Monday at her listing session in Montello and also asked for her support of the Princeton Dam.  Talked with Missy Vanlanduyt of the DNR who is handling the Princeton Dam and she informed me that it is currently in a part that is the all Agency Programs.  We are hoping that the money in here for the Dam stays put and not latched onto by another program. 

d.    District Secretary’s positionIt was suggested to hire and individual.  The person would have to write the minutes and keep the records in order.  Also get all past minutes, documents and whatever in proper order.  If we do hire someone we would still need a person that is on the Board to be the “secretary” for official purposes.  We need to put this in the annual meeting for action.

e.    Cormorant Permit—We will not be getting one this year as they have held back on that .  I did apply for the permit in the event that the permit becomes available.

f.      Any other old business


a.     Insurance carrierThe treasurer got a notice that our public official insurance coverage has been cancelled.  This is not due to anything we did but rather the company didn’t have an agent in the area any more.   We will check in on this with other companies and take action when we can.

b.    Create a budget for 2018 to submit to the members at the annual Meeting:




ANTICIPATED REVENUES                                                                                                                                ANTICIPATED EXPENSES


Projected Unexpended Revenues                                                                                                             Administration………………………….….6,000

From FY 2017…………………………...….15,000

Anticipated Donations…………….….…….500                                  Hatchery 2,000

                                                                                                                    Rough Fish 10,000

Lake Projects                  25,000

Anticipated Interest……………….....…..500                                    Dam Donation                                                                                                5,000


Lake Management                      42,000


Tax Levy Recommended……..……35,000                               Dam Operations   3,000 Operation 

TOTAL REVENUE                            51,000                                        TOTAL EXPENSES                                                            51,000


Kurt asked what our plans are when we have the money spent on the dam.  Do we have any ideas for projects to address in the future.  Something we need to think about down the road.  We may want to consider putting in Bluegills in the lake.  Keep looking into the future of what project(s).  What type of things should we be doing or making available for residents when the water level is down during dam construction.  Motion by Jeff/Roger to accept the budget as presented (note above).  Motion Passed.

Treasurer Gene presented the mill rate for 2018 based on the budget. It dropped from last year.

c.     Newsletter:--Summarized what will be in the newsletter

d.    Agenda for Annual mtgNoted that Roger Swanke’s position is up for election.  He indicated that he would run again.  Commissionaires’ Report—In the past Phil has given a report on this.  Chairman Gettelman would like to have each commissionaire give a report or comments. 

7. ADJOURN---Gene/Jeff  M/S  Motion Passed.   5:30 PM