Monday, May 16, 2016

MAY 7, 2016, BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING


 HARRIS POND LAKE ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
MAY 7, 2016
DRAFT
President, Kent Pfeifer, called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. It was held outside at the Town Hall parking lot.  Kent welcomed and thanked all those that were present.
Board of Directors present:
President – Kent Pfeifer
Vice-President – Joe Helmin
Treasurer – Randy Tutaj
Secretary – Sue Tutaj
At-Large Board Member – Tim Frank
Sportsmen’s Club Representative – Mike Mittelstedt (Absent)                             
Town of Harris Representative – Phyllis Ingram
Quorum Set.
REVIEW AND APPROVE PRINTED AND POSTED MINUTES FROM THE MARCH 12, 2016, BOARD MEETING AND APRIL 9, 2016, BOARD INFORMATIONAL MEETING.
It was motioned by Joe Helmin and seconded by Randy Tutaj, “to approve the posted and printed minutes from the March 12, 2016, Board of Directors meeting.”  Motion carried.
It was motioned by Joe Helmin and seconded by Kent Pfeifer, “to approve the posted and printed minutes from the April 9, 2016, informational meeting.”  Motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT:  REPORT ON LATEST FINANCIAL AND MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL ACTIVITY THROUGH APRIL, 2016.
Randy Tutaj, Treasurer, stated we are 25 members strong.
It was motioned by Phyllis Ingram and seconded by Sue Tutaj, “to approve the Treasurer’s Report of March 2016 and April 2016 as follows:
For the month of March, 2016, the starting balance as of March 1, 2016, of $14,834.08; Income of $300.00; Expenses of $5,000.08; leaving an ending balance as of March 31, 2016, of $10,134.00.
For the month of April, 2016, the starting balance as of April 1, 2016, of $10,134.00; Income of $690.00; No Expenses; leaving an ending balance as of April 30, 2016, of $10,824.00.”  Motion carried.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT:  TALK ABOUT A LINK TO THE BOARD ON OUR FACE-BOOK ACCOUNT.
Kent stated Face-book accounts are for people to interact with groups of friends or organizations to share their stories and connect with friends.  It allows people to share thoughts on a common venue so everyone in a particular group can see what is going on and how everyone is thinking.
The Harris Pond Lake Association has an account, puts postings on it, and a person monitoring it to see the opinions of our face-book friends.  If the board wanted to be contacted or have a link, each board member would need a face-book account and to be truly effective, a smart phone to know if a friend was trying to contact them.
VICE-PRESIDENT REPORT:  REPORT ON NEW PIER INSTALLATION AND DISCUSS AND VOTE ON ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR OLD PIER AXLE REMOVAL.
Joe Helmin, Vice-President, stated the new pier has been installed.  There was an article and pictures printed in the Marquette County Tribune (page 26).  Shoreline Marine built the pier and installed the pier in two (2) days.  Joe along with Jeremy Albright helped out by taking out the old axle that was stuck.   Because the project took two (2) full days to install, there was additional labor costs involved which totaled $211.00.  It was motioned by Tim Frank and seconded by Sue Tutaj, “to approve the additional fee of $211.00 for labor by Shoreline Marine to install the pier.”  Motion carried.
Joe stated O’Malley-Foss provided us with the flowers and plants for our flower/brat sale that was held earlier today.  We thank them for their help with this fund-raiser for the 4th of July grand finale fireworks display.
NEW BUSINESS
VOTE ON PURCHASE OF CANDY FOR JULY 4, 2016, HARRISVILLE PARADE.
It was motioned by Tim Frank and seconded by Randy Tutaj, “to approve purchasing $100.00 worth of candy for the 4th of July parade.”  Motion carried.
REPORT ON LATEST FACE-BOOK ACTIVITY
The face-book account is being monitored and there is nothing new to report at this time.
REPORT ON LATEST ACTIVITY REGARDING THE MILLER FAMILY AND THE TOWN OF HARRIS
Everything was settled in April; although there are permits to get and the process could take up to two (2) years to finalize.
MARQUETTE COUNTY LAKES ASSOCIATION MEETING ON THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016, AT 6:30 P.M.
Kent stated the Marquette County Lakes Association meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.in the Marquette County Service Center. 
LAKE PLANNING STEERING COMMITTEE:
PLAN FURTHER ACTIVITY ON HANDLING OF PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE AND CURLY LEAF.  KRISTA KAMKE, AIS COORDINATOR MAY BE AT MEETING TO GIVE MORE INPUT AND ANSWER QUESTIONS.
Krista Kamke, AIS coordinator, was introduced.  Krista spoke about the purple loosestrife and brought along an example of how it looks right now.  Krista stated beetles used on the plants have been very effective.  This would be a viable option for us for the East-side of the lake.  Beetles are about the size of a grain of rice and are lt. brown to reddish brown in color.  They are put in pots, about 10 to a pot, and the pots are then put by plants that we are able to reach.  The beetles will eat only the purple loosestrife and once the beetles are on the plants, a netting goes over it to contain them.  Krista commented that Green Lake has used beetles for a long time.  Purple loosestrife does not go away in one Season, it is an on-going problem that needs to be addressed each year. 
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO START ACTIVITY ON JERMITT KRAGE’S PROPOSAL TO HAVE A GROUP OF HARRIS POND STAKE HOLDERS SHARE THEIR VISION ON HOW THEY SEE THE FUTURE OF HARRIS POND.  (HARRIS TOWN BOARD; SPORTSMEN’S CLUB; LOCAL BUSINESS’S; LAKE ASSOCIATION)
No further activity at this meeting.
ANY OTHER ITEMS NOT PREVIOUSLY ADDRESSED
A member asked about receiving something from Wisconsin Lakes Association needing updated financial status from us, as they want to establish a data-base.  It was suggested that we bring this up at the Marquette County Lakes Association meeting on May 19th to see if other lake association/districts also received this.
PLAN DATE FOR NEXT BOARD MEETING
The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in the Firehouse Community Room.
MOTION TO ADJOURN
It was motioned by Joe Helmin and seconded by Randy Tutaj, “to adjourn.”  Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by,
Sue Tutaj, Secretary







Monday, May 9, 2016

PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE

THIS IS PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE AS IT LOOKS NOW.  (SEE PICTURE BELOW).  IF YOU SEE IT ON YOUR PROPERTY, REMOVE IT BY DIGGING IT OUT BY THE ROOTS AND BURNING THE ENTIRE PLANT IN YOUR FIRE PIT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT THE HARRIS POND LAKE ASSOCIATION AT:  harrispond @ gmail.com





Friday, April 29, 2016

Agenda for May 7, 2016

HARRIS POND LAKE ASSOCIATION
  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING AGENDA
   May 7, 2016
    Approx. 2:00 PM, In the Firehouse Community Room, following the flower/brat sale     
 (All members and interested persons invited.)

Call to order
Welcome all members and guests. 

Review and approve printed and posted minutes from the March 12, 2016, Board meeting & April 9, 2016, Board Informational Meeting.

Treasurer 's Report:   Report on latest financial and membership renewal activity through April 2016.

President's Report:  Talk about a link to the board on our face book account.  
  
Vice President Report: Report on new pier installation and discuss and vote on additional costs for old pier axle removal.   

New Business:

Vote on purchase of candy for July 4, 2016 Harrisville Parade.
 
Report on latest Face Book activity

Report on latest activity regarding the Miller family and the Town Of Harris.

Marquette County Lakes Association Meeting on Thursday May 19, 2016 @6:30 PM

Fund Raising Committee:   

Lake Planning Steering Committee:
Plan further activity on handling of Purple Loosestrife and Curly Leaf. Krista Kamke, AIS coordinator may be at meeting to give more input and answer questions.    

Looking for Volunteers to start activity on Jermitt Krage’s proposal to have a group of Harris Pond stake holders share their vision on how they see the future of Harris Pond. ( Harris Town Board, Sportsman’s Club, Local Business’s, Lake Association )        

Any other items not previously addressed

Plan date for next Board Meeting


Motion To Adjourn

Thursday, April 14, 2016

FLOWER/BRAT SALE

FLOWER/BRAT SALE
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016
8 AM TIL 2 PM
HARRIS TOWN HALL PARKING LOT
FUND-RAISER FOR JULY 4TH 
GRAND FINALE FIREWORKS



MINUTES OF APRIL 9, 2016, BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

HARRIS POND LAKE ASSOCIATION
 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
APRIL 9, 2016
 DRAFT

President, Kent Pfeifer, called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. in the Firehouse Community Room. He welcomed all present at the meeting.

  Board of Directors present:
 President – Kent Pfeifer
 Vice‐President – Joe Helmin
 Treasurer –Randy Tutaj (Absent)
Secretary – Sue Tutaj ( Absent )
At‐Large Board Member – Tim Frank  ( Absent )
 Sportsmen’s Club Representative – Mike Mittelstedt ( Absent )
Town of Harris Representative – Phyllis Ingram ( Absent )

 Not enough for a quorum, but enough members to have an informational meeting.

  REVIEW AND APPROVE PRINTED AND POSTED MINUTES FROM THE March 12, 2016, BOARD OF  DIRECTORS MEETING.
The minutes from the March 12, 2016, meeting were reviewed by the board members on‐line  but were unable to be approved due to the lack of a quorum.

 TREASURER’S REPORT:  REPORT ON THE LATEST FINANCIAL AND MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL ACTITIVY  THROUGH MARCH, 2016.
 Randy Tutaj submitted the following financial information prior to going on vacation.

Balance as of March 1, 2016, of $14,834.08
Deposits of $300.00
Expenses of $8,660.11 (Town of Harris ‐ $5,000.08 & Shoreline Marine ‐ $3,660.03)
Balance in our check book as of today ‐ $6,473.97 (March 30, 2016)
Our membership stands at 22 members.
Approval was not asked for because of lack of a quorum.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Kent Pfeifer reported on information received from Joan Ballweg on shoreline  legislation.
 All bills were authored by Rep. Adam Jarchow of Polk County and were part of the 2015‐2017 Budget.
  Bill AB 582- Is about flat roof of a dry boat house to be used as a deck not living space.                              ( On  Governors Desk )
 Bill AB 600‐459- Is about the construction and use of a boat house. Changes must be cleared with  DNR and /or permits. ( Not Signed )  
  Bill AB 603-  Shoreline setback was 75 feet from water now will be the average of adjoining or other  properties on the lake.   ( Signed  Act 167 )

  The Marquette County Lakes Association has been involved in state shoreline zoning changes and as part  of that larger organization, we are also involved.
 One of our lake association members asked about our position on boat houses.  The board members present  said because that has not been a problem on Harris Pond it is not something we considered. The member said maybe we should, so the board members present said we would ask for an opinion at our  annual meeting as to if we should focus on items like this.
 Discussed the link that is presently on the blog that will allow members to comment about lake  association business back to the board. Gmail address is:  harrispond@gmail.com. Kent sent an email to that  address to make sure we have someone monitoring it. The email was responded back that day, so it is  working. We can say members of the board will know a members concern and will react the day of the  mailing.
 One of our lake association members asked if we could also have that link on our face book  account. Joe Helmin said he would look into the possibility of that option.

 VICE‐PRESIDENT’S REPORT:  FURTHER INFORMATION ON INSTALLATION OF A NEW PIER AT THE BOAT  LANDING.  

Joe Helmin,  stated the old dock was successfully removed by Jeremy Albright; however the old  dock axle snapped off and could not be retrieved.  Efforts will be made to remove the axle prior  to the installation of the new dock.
  
NEW BUSINESS

Joe Helmin reported the Town Board met with the Miller's on Saturday April 2, 2016, to finalize  an agreement on the old dam.  The agreement will include the transfer of the water rights, the filling in of the raceway, and the repair / replacement of the Water Street culvert pipe. The  agreement should be signed in the very near future.

DISCUSS THE MAY 7, 2016, FLOWER SALE

  Volunteers should meet in front of the Harrisville Town Hall at 6:00 a.m. to begin  setting up.  The Flower / Brat sale will be held from 8:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.  Volunteers:  Joe Helmin – Tancy Helmin ‐ Phyllis Ingram – Tim Frank – Chris Pfeifer – Kent Pfeifer

 REPORT ON LATEST FACE BOOK ACTIVITY
There was nothing new at this time to report.

 FUND‐RAISING COMMITTEE:
 Nothing to report

LAKE PLANNING STEERING COMMITTEE:

 Kent Pfeifer will ask Krista Kamke to attend our May 7, 2016,  board meeting and give us  further direction on the removal or handling of the Purple Loosestrife & Curly Leaf.

    Further discussion was held on the plan that Jermitt  Krage purposed for a group of Harris Pond stake holder to  share their vision on how they see the future of Harris Pond.  No further activity at this meeting.

 PLAN DATE FOR NEXT BOARD MEETING

The next Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, following the Flower/ Brat  Sale. It will be held in the Firehouse Community Room.

 MOTION TO ADJOURN
Meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
 Chris Pfeifer, Acting Secretary


Thursday, March 31, 2016

AGENDA FOR APRIL 9, 2016

                                           
 HARRIS POND LAKE ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
APRIL 9, 2016
1:30 PM IN THE FIREHOUSE COMMUNITY ROOM
(ALL MEMBERS AND INTERESTED PERSONS INVITED)                                                                             
                                                              
 Call to order
 
Welcome all members and guests. 
 
Review and approve printed and posted minutes from the March 12, 2016, Board Meeting.
 
Treasuer's Report:  Report on latest financial and membership renewal activity through March 2016.   
 
President's Report: Report on information received from Joan Ballweg on shoreline legislation.
Discuss the link that is presently on the blog that will allow members to comment about lake association business back to the board.
 
Vice President's Report: Report on old pier removal and new pier installation.   

 New Business:
Report on latest Face Book activity
 
Report on latest activity regarding the Miller family and the Town Of Harris.
 
Fund Raising Committee:  Finalize plans for  people and activity for the May 7, 2016, Flower/ Brat fund -raising event.
 
Lake Planning Steering Committee: Looking for Volunteers to start activity on Jermitt Krage’s proposal to have a group of Harris Pond stake- holders share their vision on how they see the future of Harris Pond. ( Harris Town Board, Sportsman’s Club, Local Business’s, Lake Association )       
 
Any other items not previously addressed
 
Plan date for next Board Meeting
 
Motion To Adjourn

Friday, March 18, 2016

March 12, 2016, Board of Directors Meeting

HARRIS POND LAKE ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
MARCH 12, 2016
DRAFT
President, Kent Pfeifer, called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. in the Firehouse Community Room.
He welcomed all present and commented on the great turnout.
Board of Directors present:
President – Kent Pfeifer
Vice-President – Joe Helmin
Treasurer –Randy Tutaj
Secretary – Sue Tutaj
At-Large Board Member – Tim Frank (Absent)
Sportsmen’s Club Representative – Mike Mittelstedt (Absent)
Town of Harris Representative – Phyllis Ingram
Quorum Set.
REVIEW AND APPROVE PRINTED AND POSTED MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 13, 2016, BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING.
It was motioned by Joe Helmin and seconded by Phyllis Ingram, “to approve the printed and posted minutes from the February 13, 2016, Board of Directors meeting.”  Motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT:  REPORT ON THE LATEST FINANCIAL AND MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL ACTITIVY THROUGH FEBRUARY, 2016.
Randy Tutaj, Treasurer, reported that as of today, we are 21 members strong. 
It was motioned by Sue Tutaj and seconded by Joe Helmin, “to approve the Treasurer’s Report of February, 2016, as follows:
Starting Balance as of February 1, 2016, of $14,859.08; No Income; Expenses of $25.00; leaving an ending balance as of February 29, 2016, of $14,834.08.”   Motion carried.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Kent had nothing to report at this time.
VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT:  FURTHER INFORMATION ON INSTALLATION OF A NEW PIER AT THE BOAT LANDING.  VOTE ON LATEST PRICE AND INSTALLATION OF BUMPERS ON THE NEW PIER.
Joe Helmin, Vice-President, stated Shirley Rosanske and Jeremy Albright will take the old dock and pull it out at no expense to Harris Pond Lake Association.  They plan to take the dock out within a month and Joe will take pictures of the event.
Concerning the extra bumpers added to the new dock; a new plan showing a total of sixteen (16) bumpers was presented at the meeting. These bumpers will protect the L-section of the dock and areas where boats will potentially tie up to the structure.  Bumpers will not be required on the dock near the shoreline.  The pier will not need to get taken out during winter. Shoreline Marine should have the dock installed by the end of April.  The additional cost of adding these bumpers will be $506.40 which includes the tax and will be added to our final bill. 
It was motioned by Sue Tutaj and seconded by Phyllis Ingram, “to approve the sixteen (16) bumpers to be added to the new dock at a cost of $506.40, which includes tax and will be added to our final bill.”  Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS
DISCUSS AND VOTE ON HELPING WITH THE GROWING AMOUNT OF LAWYER FEES FOR THE TOWN OF HARRIS.  THIS LITIGATION WAS BROUGHT ON BY THE MILLER FAMILY AND THEIR PLAN TO POSSIBLY DRAIN HARRIS POND.
It was stated the Town of Harris has growing legal fees due to litigation with the Miller Family over issues with the now defunct Harris Hydro Dam and their desire to possibly drain Harris Pond.  It was further stated the purpose of Harris Pond Lake Association is as follows:
The purpose of the Association is to preserve and protect Harris Pond and its surroundings, and to enhance the water quality, fishery, hunting, boating safety, and aesthetic values of Harris Pond, as a public recreational facility for today and for future generations
Our Mission statement follows:
Our mission is to improve Harris Pond using the latest most cost effective technology, while still working toward the preservation of the future tranquility and habituate for fish and wildlife in the area.
Our objective is to work with all resources including, but not limited to, the Wisconsin DNR, the Montello Lake District, the people that occupy the property that make up the present shoreline, the sportsmen who enjoy the waterway for recreation, and the residents of the Town of Harris,. 
Our challenges are the amount of tributary water that feeds the pond, the dam that limits the level, the sediment that has filled in the bottom, the plant life that limits the water flow, and the controlled but no attempt to maintain any water siphoning, on a regular basis.
Our goal is to maintain the water quality, add to the esthetics of the area, and improve the water level that will allow a person to float a small type of row boat, from any portion of the present shoreline.
Because we are committed to our Mission statement, it was motioned by Randy Tutaj and seconded by Joe Helmin, “that Harris Pond Lake Association will commit $5,000.08 to the Town of Harris for litigation fees brought on by the Miller Family.”  Motion carried.
DISCUSS AND VOTE ON USE OF MAY FLOWER SALE REVENUE FOR JULY 4, 2016, HARRISVILLE FIREWORKS SUPPORT.
Joe stated our Flower/Brat Sale will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, by the Town Hall parking lot, rain or shine.  It was motioned by Phyllis Ingram and seconded by Sue Tutaj, “to use all profit from our Flower/Brat Sale, less money used to purchase incidentals and food for brat sale, to be given to the Sportsmen’s Club to be used for the grand finale fireworks display on July 4, 2016.”  Motion carried.
REPORT ON LATEST FACE BOOK ACTIVITY
 Joe stated we have 336 followers on face book.  There was nothing new at this time to report.
TALK ABOUT HOW INVOLVED IT WOULD BE TO HAVE HYPERLINKS TO ALL BOARDS MEMBERS ON OUR BLOG.
A member had questioned whether there could be a hyperlink to all board members emails or phone numbers from the blog-site.  All board members present were vehemently opposed to having their e-mails and phone numbers out on the web where anyone could find them.  It was suggested that we set-up an HPLA Gmail account.  Jermitt Krage volunteered to look into this idea. 
After the meeting, it was discovered that we already have a Gmail account on our blog-site.  The Gmail address is:  harrispond@gmail.com.
FUND-RAISING COMMITTEE:  PUT A PLAN TOGETHER FOR A BAKE SALE DURING THE APRIL 5, 2016, PRIMARY ELECTION.
It was the general consensus of the Board members present, to forgo this fund-raiser.
LAKE PLANNING STEERING COMMITTEE:  FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE PLAN THAT JERMITT KRAGE PROPOSED FOR A GROUP OF HARRIS POND STAKE HOLDERS (HARRIS TOWN BOARD, SPORTSMEN’S CLUB; LOCAL BUSINESS’S; LAKE ASSOCIATION) TO SHARE THEIR VISION AND HOW THEY SEE THE FUTURE OF HARRIS POND.
Frank Buress stated he spoke with someone from the Sportsmen’s Club and they expressed interest.  Since the HPLA is already very involved in lake matters, we would have a representative at some point. 
It was stated there is legislation pending about dredging; putting up houses near shorelines; and the contact person to find out more information about this is State Representative Joan Ballweg. 
PLAN DATE FOR NEXT BOARD MEETING
The next Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 1:30 pm in the Firehouse Community Room.  Randy & Sue Tutaj will be unable to attend this meeting.
MOTION TO ADJOURN
It was motioned by Sue Tutaj and seconded by Joe Helmin, “to adjourn.”  Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 2:34 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Sue Tutaj, Secretary











Saturday, March 5, 2016

AGENDA FOR MARCH 12, 2016

                                                      
     HARRIS POND LAKE ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING AGENDA                                                                           March 12, 2016
 1:30 PM, In the Firehouse Community Room    
   (All members and interested persons invited.)
Call to order
 
Welcome all members and guests. 
 
Review and approve printed and posted minutes from the February13, 2016, Board of Directors meeting.
 
Treasurer's Report: Report on latest financial and membership renewal activity through February 2016.   
 
President's Report: Nothing at this time       
 
Vice- President Report: Further information on installation of a new pier at the boat landing. Vote on latest price and installation of bumpers on the new pier.
 
NEW BUSINESS

Discuss and vote on use of May flower sale revenue for July 4 2016, Harrisville fireworks support. 
 
Discuss and vote on $100.00 charge for removal of old pier at boat landing.
 
Discuss and vote on helping with the growing amount of lawyer fees for the Town Of Harris.
This litigation was brought on by the Miller family and their plan to possibly drain Harris Pond. 
 
Report on latest Face Book activity
 
Talk about how involved it would be to have Hyperlinks to all board members on our blog.
 
Fund Raising Committee: Put a plan together for a Bake Sale during the April 5, 2016, primary elections.
 
Lake Planning Steering Committee: Further discussion on the plan that Jermitt Krage proposed for a group of Harris Pond stake holders ( Harris Town Board, Sportsman’s Club, Local Business’s, Lake Association ) to share their vision and how they see the future of Harris Pond.         
 
 
Any other items not previously addressed
 
Plan date for next Board Meeting

Motion to Adjourn