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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

You are invited to virtually attend the Wednesday May 20th board
meeting at 7 PM.  

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1. Approval of Agenda
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Status Reports
     a. VLAWMO update 
     b. Harvesting update
          Permit issued 4/23/2020
     c. Aerator update
5. Action Items

     a. Keys made?
     b. Aerator fixed, signs out of lake, orange signs down?
     c. Amend action calendar for 2020
     d. Update and approve 2020 budget. Work on 2021 budget.

6. Discussion
7. Adjourn

Date of next meeting June 17 th , 2020

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Birch Lake Improvement District Newsletter
April 15, 2020

Hello fellow Birch Lake Improvement District Members,

This is Steve Laliberte, the BLID Board Chairman. I want to give you an update on the activities for this year and on harvesting.

Harvesting Update

During the harvesting operation last year we were informed that the harvester had a leak.  During the cutting, it began to list to one side and ride lower in the water.   Our contractor, Aspen Outdoor, inspected the floats and found that they were full of water.  They pumped them out and we were able to complete the cutting for the year.

When Aspen pulled the harvester, they inspected the floats and discovered that there were several soft spots where the steel had rotted away.  During the fall, the Board met several times and performed an analysis on the options for continuation of harvesting.  We looked at three options: repair the harvester; buy a new one; or contract with a full service vendor who would use their own equipment.

Repairing the harvester proved to be expensive and risky.  We had several potential vendors look at the harvester and estimates ranged from $20,000 to $40,000+ with no guarantees.

Purchasing a new harvester was even more expensive.  Similar models ranged from $200,000 to $300,000.

Outsourcing to a vendor who would provide a harvester, conveyor and dump truck, along with a week's worth of cutting.  After contacting several vendors, we obtained a bid from Lakes Aquatic Weed Removal.  Their bid was within the allocated budget and they guaranteed us the second week of July.  They also offered to buy the harvester for $2,000 to use it for parts.  They agreed to haul it away at no charge.

On November 17, 2019, the board unanimously approved a motion to contract with Lakes Aquatic.

Calendar of Events
Friday 04-24-20 – Open Boat Launch for residents 10:00 AM to 2:00
Saturday 04-25-20 – Open Boat Launch for residents 10:00 AM to 2:00

Friday 05-01-20 - Open Boat Launch for residents 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Saturday 05-02-20 – Lake Clean Up 10:00 AM meet at Speedway.  We will social distance and divide up sections of the lake perimeter.

Saturday 05-02-20 - Open Boat Launch for residents 10:00 AM to 2 PM.

Annual Meeting – Moved to Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM City Hall Expansion Room.

If you would like to be added to the BLID email or Nextdoor site please send an email to

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

BLID Quarterly Board Meeting Minutes

February 19, 2020

7:00 pm, White Bear Lake City Hall

Call to Order at 7:20 PM. 

Members present Dale Bacon, Terry Huntrods, Steve Laliberte, Ryan Hoops, Jorge Vega, and Deb Vernon

1.      Approval of Agenda

Motion (Huntrods / Bacon) Move to approve.  Motion carried.

2.    Approval of Minutes

Motion (Bacon / Huntrods) Move to approve.  Motion carried.

3.    Treasurer’s Report

Budget needs to be amended since we no longer have a harvester. Cost for harvesting is $2650 for a 10 hour day plus $1000 for setup and launch.  Expect it to take 3 to 5 days.

4.      Status Reports

a.)   VLAWMO

Successful bid for filter on Otter and 4th, hoping for approval soon and done this summer. Goal is to reduce the phosphorous going into the lake.  Cloisters is starting on a 5 year plan to improve the lake front.

b.)   Harvester update

Harvester was sold for $2000.  Signed a contract with Lakes Aquatic Weed Removal. Dale will apply for 2020 permit.

            c) Aerator update

Had to replace the aerator.  Ryan will have the old one rebuilt.

5.      Action Items

a.)    Secretary position

            Jeff Klosner has moved.  Jorge Vega offered to fill the position until the next annual meeting.

b.)    Calendar review.  Calendar for 2020 was reviewed

6.      Discussion

a.)    Samatha Crosby started the meeting with the proposed change to zoning.  Biggest change is to encourage residents not to use retaining walls or riprap or terraced landscape. This is only for new projects.  Setback from lake is 75’. Preferred method is to use natural landscape.

b.)    Goose Lake is going to do ALM treatment.  They also want to try to get the city to get a harvester.

c.)    Dale recommended we spot treat with a chemical to stop the spread of the milfoil.  He also things we should try not to cut those areas.  Dale will talk to DNR about this.

d.)    Dawn Tanner, Program Development Coordinator, from VLAWMO would like to talk at the annual meeting.  Terry will talk with her.

7.      Adjourn at 7:58

Motion: (Huntrods /Bacon) Move to approve.  Motion carried

Next meeting is April 15, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

Board Meeting Agenda

February 19, 2020

7:00 pm, White Bear Lake City Hall

Expansion room

1.      Approval of Agenda

2.    Approval of Minutes

3.    Treasurer’s Report

4.      Status Reports

5.      Discussion

a)      Samantha Crosby City of WBL - SHORELAND ALTERATIONS Zoning Code

b)     Harvesting Update

c)      Goals for 2020

6.      Action Items

A)    Review Calendar

7.        Adjourn

Next meeting is April 15, 2020

Saturday, August 24, 2019

BLID Board Meeting Minutes

June 19, 2019

8:00 pm, White Bear Lake City Hall

Call to Order at 8:03 PM. 

Members present Dale Bacon, Steve Laliberte, Ryan Hoops, Jeff Klosner and Deb Vernon

1.      Approval of Agenda

Motion (Hoops / Bacon) Move to approve.  Motion carried.

2.    Approval of Minutes

Motion (Bacon / Hoops) Move to approve.  Motion carried.

3.      Action Items

A)     Election of officer

Chair Steve Lailberte

Vice Chair Ryan Hoops

Treasurer Terry Huntrods

Secretary Jeff Klosner

At large Dale Bacon

B)     Determination of Bank and Paper

We will continue using White Bear Press and Lake Area Bank

4.      Adjourn at 8:15

Motion: (Hoops /Bacon) Move to approve.  Motion carried

Next meeting is Aug 21, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019


Annual Meeting Agenda

June 19, 2019

White Bear Lake City Hall

7:00 PM

  1. Approve Agenda.
  2. Approve Minutes of 2018 Annual Meeting.
  3. Treasurers Report
  4. Year in Review
  5. Approve 2020 Budget
  6. Board Member Election
  7. Presentation – Connie Taillon Environmental Specialist, City of White Bear Lake
  8. Adjourn