5:00 PM November 5, 2013 Fossil & Prairie Center
Members: Hicok, Paulus, Uetz, Schneckloth, Wendland
Meeting was called to order at 5:01 PM by President Hicok
Motion by Schneckloth, 2nd by Uetz to approve the consent
agenda (October meeting minutes, staff reports, claims) MC
Citizens: Doug Kamm,
Floyd Co. Supervisor.
· Mussel Survey—A fall survey was
completed 1 1/2 weeks ago as a part of the FWS Environmental Assessment
report. The survey was done by staff,
DNR and Federal personnel. This survey
had to be done within 90 days prior to removal of the dam. Only approximately 100 mussels were found. Reasons for that include: previous survey and
relocation, low water levels, and mussels already in areas to over winter. Question received by Hicok regarding concern
for mussels when taking out the dam in Dec. as planned may affect walleye in
the pool below the dam. Schroeder answered
that the walleye are highly mobile while mussels are not and that there are
other wintering holes near Marble Rock dam.
· Shop—On track with contractor to
start pad work next week. Electrician
has been here looking at distances to bore in utilities. We have received an amount for septic
(original bid did not include that), $7500 for a 1250 gal. tank (vault) and 300
feet of line.
TAC report—Hicok also attended the meeting to clarify some
points of confusion by the committee.
Schneckloth reported on that the Committee has broken down User groups
and five criteria to basis needs for each group. They will meet to report back on Nov. 20th.
Discussion continued as to compromise between user groups that may wish
to utilize Tosanak Recreation Area.
Directors report continued . . .
· REAP Grant agreement – We received
the official grant agreement from State of Iowa. Will return with necessary paper including:
Yellow book appraisal being completed shortly although we have until December
2015 to complete. Motion by Wendland
2nd by Paulus to accept the REAP grant of $269,275 under the conditions stated
in the agreement. MC
5:45 PM Recessed for dinner
6:25 PM Resumed meeting
· Grant/Acquisition History—Hicok had
requested this report be done by Staff to bring an awareness to the Board of
the amount of acres and grant wards that staff has acquired since 1994.
· Hunting at the Fossil & Prairie
Park Preserve & Launder Nature Preserve. Schroeder commented on how last
year was successful with no incidents or complaints and this would be brought
up to the Board annually to approve. Motion
by Uetz 2nd by Wendland to approve hunting in these areas for the deer season
as was done last year. MC
· Tosanak Recreation Area
camping/rental policy. Reams presented
information regarding rental rates and forms that interested parties would use
to reserve/rent facilities in the future.
The only changes in the previously approved rates was the addition of a
modern cabin rate and a change in primitive camping after utilizing those areas
this fall with Scout groups. Also
included was staff recommendations for Tosanak policies. Motion by Wendland 2nd by Schneckloth to
accept the rates and policies with the addition of need to be 21 to rent and
the exception of the alcohol restriction to be reviewed further. MC
· Tosanak Months of
Operation—Schroeder commented on how our other county camping facilities close
on October 1st and that staff would like to focus on some of the facilities at
Tosanak Recreation Area during the winter.
Motion by Schneckloth 2nd by Paulus to have Tosanak Recreation Area
closed effective Dec. 1st allowing only walk in users and Conservation sponsored
· Trail grooming areas
determined—During previous years it was the intention to groom trails at the
Fossil & Prairie Park, Wentland Woods, and have worked with Charles City
Parks to groom Wildwood. Discussion was
held on having trails on both the west and east sides of the county. Motion by Uetz, 2nd by Wendland to groom
trails at Tosanak Recreation Area, inquire into Wildwood, and Fossil &
Prairie Park and Wentland Woods as time allows.
· Ford Ranger bids— Received bids for
the Ford Ranger from Denny’s Recycling $350 and Chatfield’s $300. Motion by Wendland 2nd by Uetz to accept
bid from Denny’s Recycling for $350. MC
· Tosanak Roofs/Heat/Sewer—received
bids regarding new roofs on the Ranger House, former First Aid building, and
West shower house. Motion by Wendland
2nd by Uetz to accept the bid from L & C Builders from New Hampton of $11,950. MC Schroeder
was asked to inquire into the cost of having the Director’s Lodge roof added.
· Dam progress—Schroeder commented
that discussion with the Engineer is ongoing.
The schedule is to have it go out for bids this month with removal in
December. Board Ok’d the writing of a
Fish Habitat Stamp grant for the Dam project.
· Enabnit vs. Floyd County—The
temporary injunction was granted.
Next meeting– December 10, 2013 5 PM at the Fossil & Prairie Center
8:10 PM adjourned