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September 26, 2019 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF

THE MINNEHAHA CREEK WATERSHED DISTRICT

BOARD OF MANAGERS

 

September 26, 2019

 CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District was called to order by President Sherry White at 7:00 p.m. on September 26, 2019, at the MCWD office, 15320 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, Minnesota.

MANAGERS PRESENT

Sherry White, William Olson, Richard Miller, Kurt Rogness, Arun Hejmadi, and Eugene Maxwell.

MANAGERS ABSENT

Jessica Loftus.

DISTRICT STAFF AND CONSULTANTS PRESENT

James Wisker, Administrator; Becky Christopher, Policy Planning Manager; Cathy Reynolds, Operations Manager; Tom Langer, Aquatic Ecologist; Chris Meehan, Consulting Engineer; Louis Smith, Counsel.

MATTERS FROM THE FLOOR

Mr. Joe Schneider, Shorewood, appeared before the Board of Managers and introduced Mr. Todd Erickson as the new president of the Christmas Lake Homeowners Association.  Mr. Erickson reviewed the association’s recent support of inspections for aquatic invasive species, and successful introduction of weevils to combat Eurasian water milfoil.  The managers thanked Mr. Schneider and Mr. Erickson for their presentation.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Mr. Wisker requested that an item be added as 11.3 to the agenda, appointment of acting administrator.  It was moved by Manager Olson and seconded by Manager Miller to approve the agenda with this addition.  Upon vote, the motion carried 6-0.

CONSENT AGENDA

Manager Miller asked about the need to purchase replacement components for the electrofishing boat.  Mr. Tom Langer explained that the boat has had problems with the generator control box malfunctioning, and so replacement components are required.  It was moved by Manager Miller, seconded by Manager Olson to approve the Consent Agenda consisting of the following items:  approval of the September 12 Board Minutes; approval of the Check Register consisting of checks 39931 through 39980 totaling $ 456,789.34; payroll direct deposits totaling $ 240,135.62;  electronic fund withdrawals- general checking totaling $41,217.45; for total expenses of $738,142.41; and approval of Resolution 19-084: Authorization to Attend 2019 North American Lake Management Society Conference as follows:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers authorize two (2) staff to attend the 2019 North American Lake Management conference for a cost not to exceed $3,900 for registration, travel, and accommodations.

and Resolution 19-085: Authorization for Replacement of Electrofishing Board Components as follows:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers hereby authorizes the District Administrator to purchase a replacement control box for the electrofishing boat control box from ETS for $9,780.00.

Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

BOARD, COMMITTEE AND TASK FORCE REPORTS

President’s Report:   President White noted that she attended the 50th anniversary reception for the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District.

Policy and Planning Committee Report:   Manager Miller reported that the meeting included a briefing on the District’s strategic communications research, and the Board issue identification process for planning initiatives.

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND PRESENTATIONS

None.

ACTION ITEMS

Resolution 19-086: Approve Bank and Terms for Refinance of 2012 Note

Ms. Cathy Reynolds appeared before the Board of Managers to review the request for board action.  She explained that the District had a variable rate five-year note maturing November 1, 2019, with Wells Fargo for the purchase and renovation of the District’s office building.  The District issued an RFP and received proposals from Bremer and Old National.  Staff recommends proceeding with the Bremer proposal, but is seeking the Board’s direction on whether to finance on a ten-year or fifteen-year term.  Manager Miller stated that the building has a useful life well beyond fifteen years, and interest rate is favorable.  President White noted the overall interest savings with a ten-year term; Manager Maxwell stated that he agreed with the rationale of a longer, fifteen-year term.  Following discussion, it was moved by Manager Miller, seconded by Manager Maxwell to adopt Resolution 19-086 to specify a fifteen-year term as follows:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers, authorizes the District Administrator to negotiate a note in the amount of $1,300,000 with Bremer Bank, for a term of 15 years;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers hereby authorizes the President and District Administrator to execute the note and related loan documents with Bremer Bank upon final review and approval of the District Bond Counsel.

Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

Resolution 19-087: Approval of Wayzata Local Water Plan

Ms. Becky Christopher appeared before the Board of Managers to review the request for board action. 

It was moved by Manager Olson, seconded by Manager Hejmadi, to adopt Resolution 19-087:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the MCWD hereby approves the City of Wayzata Local Water Management Plan; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board approves the associated coordination plan and adopts it on behalf of the MCWD; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the City is to adopt and implement its LWMP within 120 days, and to notify the MCWD within 30 days thereafter that it has done so.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the MCWD Board of Managers hereby adopts the attached CIP.  

Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

Appointment of Interim Administrator

Mr. Wisker noted that he would be traveling out of the country for the next several weeks, and would designate Ms. Becky Christopher as the interim administrator in his absence.  Following discussion, it was moved by Manager Miller, seconded by Manager Maxwell to confirm the appointment of Ms. Christopher as acting administrator.  Upon vote, the motion carried, 6-0.

Administrator’s Report

Mr. Wisker reported on the following items: 

  1. The Board of Water and Soil Resources has issued its watershed-based funding policy has addressed some of the issues raised by comments in guidance for the funding allocation formula;
  2. The District has offered a policy planning position to Ms. Kate Moran.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting of the board of managers adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kurt Rogness, Secretary

Minutes Type: 
Board of Managers