Call to order at 7:04PM with the following board members were present: Dale Bacon, Ryan Hoops, Tom Merritt, Steve Laliberte, and Jim Grisim.
A total of 22 members were in attendance constituting a quorum.
Motion (Grisim/Merritt) Move to approve agenda. Motion carried.
Motion (Hoops/Grisim) Move to approve the minutes of 2013 Annual Meeting. Motion carried.
Merritt presented the Treasurer Report and proposed budget.
Motion (Krueser/Bacon) Move to approve the Treasurers Report. Motion carried.
Year In Review:
Bacon reported on state of the BLID.
Water level is at a record high. There is an 8 inch depth of the outflow to the overflow wet land in Rotary Park. There was a partial fish kill.
The cold winter with early ice and heavy snow plus the wet spring has slowed the weed growth.
Wildlife is booming. The loons are back, swans are present along with herons.
BLID attended the review of the Memory Care building planning and suggested improvements of set back from water level, native plants, and light covers.
Board members presented at the shallow lakes conference and the Conservation Minnesota waters conference. The BLID has paid to be a member of Conservation MN.
The BLID is certified as a Lake Service Provider, a requirement for moving and renting the harvester.
The annual lake cleanup day was held the first Saturday in May. It was a success but we need more member participation for the clean up to be more successful.
Published the newsletter quarterly.
Blue Water Science completed the lake plant survey in 2013. Birch Lake continues to be a very clear and relatively clean metro lake. There is a healthy balance of plant life. There is an abundance of Fern Pond Weed.
Fish stocking was completed in early 2013. One Thousand bass and several hundred crappies.
The harvester has been rented to Aspen for use on Goose Lake. This will generate revenue and assist a neighbor, Otter Ski Team.
Plan to increase the use of electronic communications for ease of communication and to reduce postal and copy costs to BLID members .
Aquatic plant management will continue with low-level weed cutting to maintain a balance between having healthy plant existence, allow for navigation on the water, with trying to minimize floating algae.
Initiate and complete the invasive species of buckthorn, removal project.
Complete another lake sediment testing program for the continued monitoring the sediment content of our lake.
Continue the water testing/monitoring program on conjunction with VLAWMO and the DNR. Vlamo now increased their allocation for lake restoration, rain garden, or erosion control funds. They will now contribute up to 75% of the cost up to $2,000.
Motion: (Krueser /Auger) Move to conduct a fish survey right away this year (at the same time as when the last one was done) to measure the severity of the fish kill. Motion carried.
2015 Budget Review:
Motion: (Merritt/ Krueser ) Move to amend the proposed budget to increase the Special Project line item from $2,500 to $4,000 to include $1,500 for fish stocking next spring. This will be taken from the reserve and not change the levy. Motion carried.
Motion: (Kueser/Grism) Approve the 2015 budget. Motion carried.
There are two position open for board members. Bacon and Hoops seek to be re-elected.
Motion (Krueser/Grism) to elect the board members. Motion carried.
Motion to adjourn (Hoops, Grisim) Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 8:38 PM
Minutes prepared by Steve Laliberte