2023 Annual Meeting

Minutes

Long Lake Improvement District (LLID) Isanti County Annual Board Meeting Minutes

Date: 07-19-23
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Bradford Township Hall

DirectorsOfficeAbsent/Present/Conference Call
Larry AndersonDirectorP
Leslie DeLisiVice ChairP
Donna GeisingerSecretaryP
Deb KregerTreasurerP
Chris LawsonChairP
Fred PawelkDirectorP

Guests: Judy Schaubach, Jerry Schaubach, Jeannine Anderson, Deb Kviz, Dave & Melanie Ringstad, Don & Karen Hansen, Tom & Judy Nelson, Shawn Lidberg & Tamra Kramer

Call to Order: A quorum was determined and a call to order was made by Chris Lawson @ 6:30 p.m. Motion by Fred Pawelk. Second by Donna Geisinger. Motion carried.

Appointment of Parliamentarian and Tellers:

Judy Schaubach will be serving as parliamentarian for the Annual Meeting. Chris appointed Jerry Schaubach, Dave & Melanie Ringstad, and Jeannine Anderson as Tellers for the Annual Meeting. There were zero objections.

Total BallotsTotal CastTotal Write Ins
25240
BallotsCastWrite Ins
Larry Anderson200
Don Hansen20Greg Myer/1
Sean Lidberg190

Adopt Agenda:

Agenda was delivered. Motion by Dave Ringstad. Second by Fred Pawelk. Motion carried.

Adopt Rules:

LLID Bylaws are governed by Robert’s Rules of Order. Motion by Larry Anderson. Second by Dave Ringstad. Motion carries.

Announcements:

Monthly LLID meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at Bradford Township City Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. The election of three Board Members will be held tonight.

Reports of Officers:

Donna Geisinger presented 2022 Annual Meeting Minutes for approval. Motion by Larry Anderson. Second by Deb Kreger. Motion carried.

Chairman’s Report:

Chris Lawson recognized the 2022 LLID Board Members thanking all for their hard work and commitment to the goals established this and every year since the inception of the Long Lake Improvement District

Goals and Comments:

  • Control the infestation of invasive species.

The LLID has continued early and aggressive treatment of Curly-Leaf Pondweed in cooperation with the MN DNR Invasive Species Organization. In 2023, we completed the 16th year of managing Curly-Leaf Pondweed. The 2022 survey indicated 31.9 acres of Curly Leaf in the lake. Our vendor surveyed the entire lake in late June when the weed was at its maximum. This survey was accepted by the DNR for 2023 treatment, completed in April of this year. Based on experience, the Board recommends we continue to participate in this program, and we plan to budget $14,000.00 for 2024 to control Curly-Leaf Pondweed and other identified invasive species.

  • Improve natural aquatic vegetation.

The LLID continued to offer a Shoreline Buffer Program, providing grants to property owners of Long Lake, defraying costs of installing vegetation buffers on their shorelines and/or rain gardens to reduce the storm water runoff into the lake. Buffer zones incorporate unique native plants with deep root systems designed to minimize nutrient run-off into the lake and provide stability to the shoreline to minimize erosion. Some of the plants are natural grasses while others are flowering. Since 2009, we have installed vegetation buffer zones on 38 properties around Long Lake. We have one application for 2023. LLID Board is working with the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Long Lake Improvement Association to apply for a 50% matching grant to renovate the West Landing in late summer, 2024. This is in collaboration with Bradford Township. The Board has budgeted $10,000.00 in 2024 to continue this program.

  •  Improve the overall water quality.

The major project of replacing the Water Control Structure (a.k.a. the Dam) was completed August, 2022. Everything was completed under the watchful eye of the DNR local Hydrologis. The Contractor protected an endangered plant downstream of the Water Control Structure. The LLID made the first Bond payment of $21,436.13 December, 2022.

  •  Improve fisheries.

In the fall of 2022, the Board contracted with a Commercial Fisherman to remove rough fish. The catch was approximately 14,000 pounds. The majority were Bullheads with some Carp. The few game fish caught were thrown back into the lake. The Board plans a donation to the Long Lake Improvement Association who are actively involved in fish stocking. The Board planned another netting of rough fish in the fall of 2023, budgeting $6,850.00.

  • Continue to search for methods (volunteers, grants, and cooperative funds) to reduce annual operating costs.

We’ve had remarkable success in raising funds via grants with an eleven-year total of $145,608.00 in treatment grants for Curly-Leaf Pondweed. Grants like these have helped us in the past to pay for our budgeted expenses. They have reduced the cost of Curly-Leaf treatment by about 50%. However, the funds from the DNR are limited and many more lakes are applying for them. The grant amounts we have received declined and are never guaranteed. LLID did not receive a grant in 2023, but 2024 is looking hopeful. On a positive note, Isanti County continues to provide funding for Boat Inspections. They have contracted with our vendor, WaterGuard LLC, to supply inspectors for four hours, three mornings each weekend, which reduces LLID costs. In addition, both Bradford and Stanford Townships have provided a grant of $3,500.00 each to the LLID.

The Board will continue to monitor our income and expenditures so that we can achieve our mission and provide services, maintaining the welfare of Long Lake.

Chair, Chris Lawson thanked everyone in advance for their continued support of the Long Lake Improvement District inviting all to attend the regular meetings, scheduled the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at Bradford Township City Hall.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m. Respectfully submitted by Donna Geisinger, Secretary.

Chairman's Report

Long Lake Improvement District (LLID) has completed another year in line with our mission:
“To serve as a steward of our community to protect and improve the quality of Long Lake.” The LLID Board has worked hard, and feedback remains positive.

Goals and Comments

To control the infestation of invasive species.

  • The LLID has continued early and aggressive treatment of curly-leaf pondweed in cooperation with the MN DNR Invasive Species Organization. In 2023, we completed the 16th year of managing curly-leaf pondweed. The 2022 survey indicated 31.9 acres of curly leaf in the lake. Our vendor surveyed the whole lake in late June when the weed is at its maximum. This survey was acceptable for the next season by the DNR for 2023 treatment which was done in April of this year.
  • The LLID continued our “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers” program. LLID has employed DNR trained Level 1 inspectors since 2013 to monitor boat traffic at the northeast MN DNR access. They also educate boat owners of “Aquatic Hitchhiker” risks, their responsibilities as boat owners, and then conduct inspections.


To improve natural aquatic vegetation.
The LLID continued to offer a Shoreline Buffer Program, providing grants to property owners of Long Lake to help defray costs of installing vegetation buffers on their shorelines and/or rain gardens to reduce storm water runoff into the lake. Buffer zones incorporate unique native plants with deep root systems designed to minimize nutrient run-off into the lake and provide stability to the shoreline to minimize erosion. Some of the plants are natural grasses while others are flowering. Since 2009, we have installed vegetation buffer zones on 37 properties around Long Lake. We have one application for 2023.
LLID Board is working with the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Long Lake Improvement Association to apply for a 50% matching grant to renovate the west landing in late summer of 2024. This is in collaboration with the Bradford Township

To improve the overall quality of the lake.
The major project of replacing the Water Control Structure (Aka the Dam) was completed in August of 2022. Everything was completed under the watchful eye of the DNR local hydrologist. The Contractor protected an endangered plant that was downstream of the Dam.

The LLID made the first Bond payment of $21,436.13 was made in December 2022

To improve fisheries.
In the fall of 2022, the board contracted with a commercial fisherman to remove rough fish. We contracted for two weeks. The catch was about 14,000 pounds. The majority were bullheads with some carp. The few game fish that were caught were thrown back into the lake. The board plans a donation to the Long Lake Improvement Association who are actively involved in fish stocking.

Continue to search for methods (volunteers and grants) to reduce our annual operating costs.
We have had remarkable success in raising funds via grants with a ten-year total of $145,608.00 in treatment grants for curly-leaf pondweed. Grants like these have helped us in the past to pay for our budgeted expenses. They have reduced the cost of curly-leaf treatment by about 50%. However, the funds from the DNR are limited and many more lakes are applying for them. The grant amounts we have received have declined and are never guaranteed. LLID did not receive a grant in 2023, but 2024 is looking hopeful.
On a positive note, Isanti County continues to provide funding for Boat Inspections. They have contracted with our vendor, WaterGuard LLC to supply inspectors for four hours, three mornings each weekend, which reduces LLID costs.
In addition, both Bradford and Stanford Townships provided a grant of $3500.00 each to the LLID.

We will continue to monitor our income and expenditures so that we can achieve our mission and provide services that maintain the welfare of Long Lake.

Respectfully submitted,

Chris Lawson – LLID Chairman

2023 Amended Budget

Long Lake Improvement District (Isanti County)

Amended Budget for 2023

Revenues
Tax Assessment of current owners:
222 property owners at $200.00
98% collection rate
$44,400.00
Collection of Back Taxes$500.00
Grants from Bradford and Stanford township$7,000.00
Total Revenue$51,900.00
Expenditures
Lake Weed Treatment$18,000.00
Survey for Lake Treatment$2,750.00
Fish Management$6,850.00
Invasive Species Awareness & Boat Inspections$18,000.00
Communications Plan (mgmt of web site, mailings, pub. notices, etc.)$3,000.00
Insurance$1,760.00
Training & Education (DNR seminars, etc.)$300.00
Miscellaneous & Emergency Expenses$500.00
Shoreline Buffers/Storm Water Runoff Grants$15,000.00
Total Expenditures*
*Water control structure in not included in the operating budget
$65,700.00

2024 Budget

Long Lake Improvement District (Isanti County)

Amended Budget for 2024

Revenues
Tax Assessment of current owners
222 property owners at $200.00
98% collection rate
$44,400.00
Collection of Back Taxes$500.00
Grants from Bradford and Stanford township$7,000.00
Total Revenue$51,900.00
Expenditures:
Lake Weed Treatment$18,000.00
Survey for Lake Treatment$2,750.00
Fish Management$6,850.00
Invasive Species Awareness & Boat Inspections$18,000.00
Communications Plan (mgmt of website, mailings, pub. notices, etc.)$3,500.00
Insurance$1,760.00
Training & Education (DNR seminars, etc.)$300.00
Website Development$4,950.00
Miscellaneous, Emergency & Administrative expenses$1,500.00
Shoreline Buffers/Storm Water Runoff Grants$10,000.00
Total Expenditures*
*Water control structure is not included in the Operating Budget
$63,610.00