PO Box 342
Webster, WI54893

Minutes of YLRA Board Meeting May 10, 2014 at Zia Louisa

(To be reviewed and approved at the July 12, 2014 Board Meeting)

President Jon Papke called the meeting to order at 8:05 AM. A quorum was present.


Jon Papke, President
Ed Collova, V.P.
Ken Schultz, Secretary
Marie King, Treasurer

David Guay
Chuck Eifler
Tony Rutter
Dennis Kruger

Nancy Lewis Pat Amundsen, Alternate

Ken gave the Secretary's report covering the board minutes from the April 12, 2014 meeting. Ed made a motion for approval of the minutes, seconded by Dave, and the motion carried.

Marie's Treasurer's report showed a checking balance of $92631.18 on May 2, 2014 with the last check written as 5798. Marie has completed the yearend financial report and it is in to the accountant. The tax return for 2013 will be completed by Wednesday and will be mailed by Thursday so that an extension request will not be necessary. The required annual report filing is due in June for non-profit organizations. Dennis made a motion for approval for the Treasurer's report, seconded by Dave and the motion passed.

Marie said a mailing for the picnic on June 7, 2014 needs to go out shortly so that we can plan on the number of attendees. The newsletter will include a message from the President, Minutes from our last two board meetings and a note from Dave on what will be discussed at the picnic regarding Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Marie will purchase dessert type items for the picnic and Ken will install the YLRA banners. Volunteers will be needed to serve at the membership and clothing tables.

Dave gave a report on the progress on AIS. We requested and received from Cheryl Clemens of Harmony Environmental a proposal for consultant help on YLRA Aquatic Plant Management Plan update and recommendations on qualified companies for harvesting and managing curly leaf pondweed. The proposal is on an hourly basis with a cost estimate of $6120. Ken made a motion that YLRA agree to this contract with Harmony, seconded by Tony, and the motion carried.

Ed reported on the email received from Garmin International requesting that Garmin be allowed to use the Yellow Lake information on our website in their informational products. Ed made a motion that we approve their request, seconded by Chuck, and the motion passed. Ed will notify Garmin of this approval.

Ken reported that information on Wisconsin Lakes is posted on the dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing website. For Yellow Lake contact information they have listed YLRA with Carole Schjei and Bob Albright as the people to contact. Dave made a motion, seconded by Tony, that Ken request that this site be updated by deleting the listed names and referring people instead to the ylra.org website. The motion carried.

Rick Doering reported to the board by email on the spring meeting held by Renewable World Energies on dam operations and lake level issues. The winter draw down of the lake level went as planned. Even with the heavy winter snow levels the 2014 summer lake level of 929.7 was achieved at the same time as the ice went out on the lakes. Rick reported again, after the 4 inches of rain that fell from May 7 to May 9, 2014, that the lake level has risen to 930.4 which is about 9" above the desired goal. The level will probably rise another inch or so from the run off. The dam operators have all three generators running at 100% capacity and a spillway open to help bring the water level back down. Rick felt that the dam operators are doing everything possible and phone calls to the operators are not necessary. Tony will make certain the people involved in these meetings have his phone number and email address.

Ed reported that the heavy rainfall has created a dangerous current level at the narrows and bridge between the two lakes. Ed made a motion that we purchase and install, by the Gate House, a warning sign that says "Caution Strong Current – Low Bridge Ahead" to help prevent accidents. Dennis seconded the motion and the motion was passed. Ed will look into getting the sign made and installed. Ed also reported that the dock has been installed on the public landing close to Ike Walton's.

The board discussed the YLRA By-Laws and a written review of them prepared by Jon. It was decided that a committee will review potential changes at a separate meeting and have them prepared for consideration of the membership at the Fall Meeting. Committee members will be Jon, Chuck, Marie, Dennis and Ken. If Nancy and Pat are interested in being involved they should contact Jon by email. A tentative meeting date has been set for Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Chuck's house.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:10 AM.

Respectfully submitted,
Kenneth Schultz, Secretary