Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District
Special Meeting-Princeton Dam
July 25, 2013††† 1PM
Mecan Town Hall
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Malsack at 1PM. (Prior to the meeting starting, introductions were made and background info was shared with all commissioners)
The Certification of the open meeting law was met with it being posted on the web district web site and other areas around the lake.
District Commissioners in attendance were: Phil Malsack (Chairman); Clayton Masters (Treasurer); Paul Gettelman (Secretary); Roger Swanke; Randy Schmidt and Margaret Whirry.† Commissioner excused: Rich Pergande.
Guests: Andrew Sabai (Lake Puckaway Coordinator); Derek Kavanaugh (Green Lake County Land Conservation Dept.); DNR Staff: Dave Bartz (Fisheries Biologist-Green Lake Co.); Jim Tomasko (Wildlife Technician); Tom Joestgen (Risk Management Team, Section Chief-Central office); Ted Johnson (Water Resources Management Specialist); Aaron Buchholz (District Land Program Manager).
District Members in attendance; Robert Moore; Randy Schultz; Roger Schultz; Phil Anstasi.
The Secretaryís Report and Treasurerís Report were dispensed from this meeting as this is a special meeting to discuss the LPPRD MOUA and the Princeton Dam with representatives from the WDNR.
Chairman Malsack gave a quick summary of the reason for the meeting and touched on the document that we received from the Risk Management Team of the DNR.
Tom Joestgen, Section Chief for DNR Risk Management, gave a summary of the study they did of the Princeton Dam on 4/16/13.† He gave a background of the hazards at the dam as they observed.† He noted that they (the DNR) used to put the boards on and are familiar with the dam and procedure.† It was asked how/why this (the Princeton Dam Hazard Assessment document/study) was started.† Jim Tomasko said that he got a call from someone regarding the individual that fell in the water while taking the boards off last fall (October 2012).† It was noted by a commissioner that the person was only in the water for 10 seconds or less and that he went back out to continue to take the boards off after the incident.† Chairman Malsack gave a summary of what had happened and how things went as he was told.† There appears to be a contradiction from what some of the commissioners were told as to what happened and what is documented in the Hazard Report.† He also noted that there is a difference as to when the boards were being put on and taken off by the DNR in comparison to the way they are being done currently.†† The time of year for going on is later than when the DNR did it.† He also noted that the boards have been going on for over 100 years and not just starting in the 1970ís as the report might lead you to believe.† Chairman Malsack noted that the LPPRD is in favor of putting in a fix crest dam (similar to the structure that has been built at Eureka and currently being constructed in Montello) as recommended in the Princeton Dam Hazard Assessment report on page 3.† Chairman Malsack noted that we canít suddenly stop with the boards not being put on as the Hazard Assessment suggests.† He questioned why it took so long to get this report to us (Chairman Malsack received the notification of the report on 7-3-13 and received the actual report on July 15th).†† We need to do something in the meantime until the possibility of the fix crest dam is constructed.† He suggested that we address individually the Princeton Dam Hazard Analysis as noted in the report (page 3).† [The following is a summary of the analysis from the report with the suggested comments/ideas highlighted that could reduce or eliminate the Hazard at the dam during the board installation or removal]
Water velocity/ force††††††††† River current. †Undertow/force from roller dam. Comm. Masters noted how and when we normally put the boards on; i.e.: opening the gates for 4 or 5 hours and wait for the water level to lower.† This isnít started until the water level at the dam is at 7.3 feet or less.† The DNR would like us to use the Cubic feet per min. rather than water level at the dam.†† The Cubic ft./min. can be obtained from the Princeton gauges downstream from the dam itself.†††††††††††††††††††
†Electrical† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† Carp barrier. Exposed wires from conduit. No Lockout Tagout plan.† This was noted as a DNR problem with the poor wiring.† The issue of it being locked would be looked into by either the DNR or LPPRD or both.
† Slippery surface/footing†† †Metal sheeting over electrical wiring (carp barrier)on river bed. Slippery concrete and boards covered with algae.† This needs to be noted in the contract so all individuals are aware that the dam surface is slippery.† They may have to have shoes that reduce slipping on slippery surfaces to reduce this problem.
Visibility/fluctuation of depth†††††††† Cannot see underwater to identify surface changes. Cannot identify pockets, holes, dips etc.† This isnít a problem when the water is low on the dam.† (Drawn down as noted above) You should be able to see the bottom if the water is low enough.† It should be noted as to where they can and cannot walk on the dam surface.† The cable should be installed and the safety harness wouldnít let them go to the danger area.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Cold Water Temperature ††††††††††††River water temperatures in spring and fall.† We wonít be putting the boards on when it is too cold.† Currently we wait for the lake water temp to be at approx. 45o and all the ice is off the lake before the DNR puts the nets in for the walleye hatchery.† When the water temp is at 45o on the lake it is usually warmer in the river.† Currently we donít know exactly what the water temp is at the dam when the boards go on or come off, but with our new gauges we will be able to determine this in the future. With our current MOUA, the boards donít go on until May 15 in normal years and the latest of June 22 in EPS (Emergent Plant Stabilization) years.† They are removed on or before (depending on weather conditions) by October 31st each year.
Unregulated current††††††††† Water levels and current force are unpredictable.†††††† Refer to above†††††††
Ergonomics†††††††††††††††††††††††† Difficult material handling lifting, reaching, bending to perform job tasks.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Emergency action††††††††††† †††††††††††† Trained rescue team availability unknown. No written emergency action plan on file. Not sure if the LPPRD ever knew that an emergency plan of action was needed to be on file.† The LPPRD noted that they will contact the EMS and possibility the dive rescue team or members to be present during board placement and removal.† The DNR would like to have them on land and in a boat.† We were told that we canít have the cable up all the time.† The DNR will look into this and load rating for the cable and cable foundations that secure it to the ground.
Load rating†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Footbridge is not designed for vehicle traffic.† It was agreed that truck traffic should not be allowed on the footbridge.
†† Public safety†††††††† †††††††††††††† †Warning buoys and signage is missing upstream from dam.††††††††† The buoys and signage will be taken care of by the DNR.
The issue of liability insurance was discussed and the amount of coverage.† Tom Joestgen Section Chief for the Risk Management Team said he would look into this and get back to us early next week.† Aaron Buchholz said he would take this to his administration and go over some of the long term solutions and if they are comfortable with them.† Comm. Gettelman questioned as to when the fixed crest dam could be addressed as it was noted in the report as a recommended solution to the board problem.† It was noted that this will take time to get this in the DNR budget.† When further questioned on the progress of getting the dam installed Aaron Buchholz suggested that we start with a meeting in September to get the ball rolling on the type of dam and the time frame for completion.† This was agreed to and a September meeting will be scheduled at our August lake tour/meeting.
We will be meeting the applicable Hazard Analysis as noted above when the boards are installed.
Comm. Whirry moved to adjourn the meeting; 2nd by Comm. Schmidt.†† Motion Passed† Meeting adjourned at 2:50 PM
Paul Gettelman, LPPRD Secretary
The ďPrinceton Dam Hazard Assessment 4/16/13Ē is part of the official minutes of this meeting