Marquette Town Hall, Marquette WI
June 1, 2013
35th Annual Meeting
The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Phil Malsack, at 10:04 AM.
District Commissioners in attendance were: Phil Malsack (chairman), Clayton Masters (treasurer), Paul Gettelman (secretary), Randy Schmidt, Margaret Whirry, Rich Pergande and Roger Swanke,
Comm. Malsack explained that notices of this annual meeting
were sent out to 1101 district members. The
notice was also posted in the Marquette Trib. and the
The proposed agenda was reviewed. A motion Phil Anastasi 2nd by Richard Berndt to adopt the agenda as submitted. Motion Passed
A motion by Larry Loeffler and 2nd by Gina Loeffler to accept the 2012 annual meeting minutes as distributed with corrections at the meeting. Motion Passed
Comm. Masters distributed the Treasurer’s Report for review. He also summarized the report. 1/1/2012—12/31/12 [See the report for a complete summary] A motion was made by a Comm. Gettelman and 2nd by Ginia Loeffler to accept the treasurer’s report as submitted. Motion Passed Comm. Masters gave a summary on the damage to the buoys that appear to be intentional. Suggestions came from the people in attendance to take some action against any individual that have been found to destroying the buoys.
Up for (re)election: Phil Malsack & Rich Pergande
Phil Anastasi nominated Rich Pergande 2nd by Larry Loeffler. Comm. Masters nominated Phil Malsack 2nd by Rich Kushman. Comm. Masters moved that the nominations be closed 2nd by Ginia Loeffler. Motion Passed A unanimous ballot was cast for Comm. Pergande and Malsack.
Fish Hatchery Report-- Comm. Gettelman and Swanke gave a summary of this year’s hatchery results and answered questions following summary. High lights were: Collected 1,326,279 eggs, released 1,216,000 fry for 2013; have collected 7,492,315 eggs in past 4 years and released a total of 4,374,400 fry during that time. This is a 58.3% hatch success rate; All fry are released into Lake Puckaway; Have added an inline water heater and a water filter to remove iron in 2013. This process has produced healthier fry and fry that hatch a week or so earlier than in the past. All are invited to the hatchery next year. It will start operation when the ice goes off the lake. Also check the web page as Comm Masters keeps an update as to when we will start.
Andrew Sabai-Lake Plan Implementation Coordinator Report— Andrew gave a power point presentation on the Water Quality, Fish and Wildlife projects. Water level summary of how it has been done in the past and the new gauges. Dam efforts; Shore line restoration; Vegetation monitoring; Threatened and endangered species projects. Current projects: Emergent Vegetation loss and restorations; EPS (Emergent Plant Stabilization); Possible transplanting of canes; Water Quality Monitoring (Secchi Disk), total phosphorus, chlorophyll a (alge biomass), Dissolved Oxygen, H2O temperature, Conductivity, pH of the lake; Endangered Terns, Common Terns and Forster’s Tern, nesting platforms have been put on Pancake Island for the Forster Terns and 2 nesting rafts have been built and put out by the dredge bank and out from the village of Marquette for the Common Terns. All these programs/projects are part of the lake grant that we have from the DNR. This is a 3 year grant that also pays for our Lake Coordinator. It was asked by a district resident if the lake was safe to swim in. Andrew indicated that it was safe at this point, but when there is an algae bloom in late summer it may not be advisable to swim in that at that time.
Open Public Comment: (there were 18 district members from Green Lake Co. [4 were from the village of Marquette], 6 from Marquette Co. and 5 non-district people). The following are questions and answers to topics brought up by people in attendance. A resident brought up the topic of the low water levels especially during the drought. The individual questioned if there was any way to control the water level. At this time there is no viable way to control the water level during the drought or low water. Puckaway will go up and down depending on the water coming into the lake either by rain or high flow rate. A representative from the clean water Gretchen Chier gave a summary of what she will be doing in checking for invasive species and making sure that water is emptied from the live wells. This is more of education of people to the invasive. It was asked who makes the decision as to when the boards go on and come off. Chairman Malsack noted that it is with a MOU with the DNR. Next year is the last year of this MOU and will be renegotiated. It was asked as to where is the fishing area that the commercial fisherman can go. It was noted that it is from dam to dam and 100 yds below the Princeton Dam. How long is the DNR grant good for? It is for 3 years.
Chairman Malsack reviewed the budget and asked for any questions from the floor. The total budget for 2014 was proposed at $55,000. Tax levy recommended at $32,400. A motion by Phil Anastasi and 2nd by Larry Loeffler to adopt budget as presented for 2014. Motion Passed .
A motion by Genia Loeffler and 2nd Joe Vaccaro to adjourn. Motion Passed
Meeting Adjourned at
Paul Gettelman, Secretary
Documents to accompany the minutes in the official record:
Treasurer’s Report:[ Annual Report for the year 2012]
Summary of proposed budget
Tax Levy Report