Blue Lake Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
Held June 16, 2018
Call to Order: President Pete Tuomisto called the meeting to order at 9:05
Topic: Ice Ridges Presented by Pete Tuomisto
Explanation of Ice Ridges also known as Ice Jacking, Ice Berms. Tends to form when there is not much snow for insulation and very cold temperatures. Unrelated to water levels. Subject to Mother Nature.
Hubbard County allows one year to repair damage. Contact Environmental Services for instruction including what to do with trees.
4. Bryon Dahl is maintaining our website at no charge – Thanks to Bryon. Send pictures through Pete Tuomisto to put on the website.
5. Approved 2017 minutes as written.
6. Treasurer’s Report: Jim Peterson As of 12/31/2017 checkbook balance at $181.00 2017 paid members - 32. Biggest expense as usual was $850 for boat inspections for Aquatic Invasive Species. COLA water monitoring and COLA dues took up the balance.
7. Coalition of Lake Associations – COLA
Secchi Disc (measures clarity) slight decrease in the last 3-4 years. Possible reason includes ice berms crumbling into the water. (Although 6 days after this meeting the Reading was 23 feet 3 inches.)
Phosphorous levels have been decreasing.
Boat Inspections: There have been no drain plugs left in boats for the last 3 years – same for vegetation attached to trailers and boats. Continuing education for boaters and fishermen. Blue Lake inspections (100 hours) are centered around the opening fishing weekend, Memorial Day weekend, July 4th weekends, Labor Day weekend.
8. New Business
Offices Pete will be starting the first year of a three year term as President in 2019. This will be his third three year term. He will be actively looking for interested candidates. Secretary position still unfilled. Jim is in the 1st year of a three year term. Anybody interested in any of these positions including the V.P. please contact Pete.
9. Boat Ramp is getting maintained on a regular basis with gravel being brought in and grading being done to divert the runoff to the rain garden through the culvert. Big issue is the rock piling up in the water where boaters Power Load their boats on the trailers. This causes damage to other boats and trailers – especially pontoon trailers- as they back up and hit the underwater pile of rocks. DNR has no solution but to repair the area.
10. Importance of AIS vigilance Portage Lake continues to pay over $16k every year to control 52 acres of Curly Leaf Pondweed. Zebra Mussels still undetected in Hubbard County.
11. Next year’s meeting date: June 15, 2019
12. Upcoming socials to be announced.
13. Adjournment: 10:05 am
DNR lake survey results and info: lake finder
RMB Lab results: click here