TOWN OF GENEVA
LAKE COMMITTEE MEETING
TOWN OF GENEVA HALL
N3496 Como Road
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Date of submission: 1/15/13 Meeting Day: Monday, August 6, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
MINUTES approved 1-14-2013
All Agenda Items Are Considered for Discussion and Possible Action
1. Call to order - 5:30 pm
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll call - Chairman, Steve Kukla, Jim Pody, Bob Johnson, Don Woelky, Trish Fahey; Kurt Wagner-on way from work/will be late – arrived 5:36pm; Larry Kulik absent/excused.
4. Approval of Agenda – Motion by Don Woelky/seconded by Jim Pody; 5/0 – approved.
5. Approval of Meeting Minutes from March 12, 2012 - Motion by Jim Pody/second by Bob Johnson; 5/0 -approved
6. Public Comments – at the discretion of the Chairman:
Gene Decker: lake level low; 250 dead Northerns picked up ~3-5 lbs; 1 carp. Discussion re any steps required or necessary to cope w/ ‘drought’ & low lake levels – Steve K stated trouble will be if insufficient rain to replenish lake and ground water when winter arrives; no action at this time.
Bob Johnson - questioned if anyone aware of State, DNR, County rules & regulations re issue of ice houses on lake in winter; concern re irresponsible owners with structures that are too big and/or don’t remove them at end of season - one was size of 2 car garage, not removed, left on ice, came apart, parts sunk & remains on bottom of lake. Discussion ensued; Bob J would like issue put on next meeting agenda to consider Lake Committee recommendation to Town Board for municipal ordinance to regulate ice houses. Trish F will prep Agenda item.
7. Old Business
A. Update and Revised Pricing on Pier for Schofield Boat Launch:
Steve K - discussion in 1/12 meeting re Schofield Launch needing to have wider (6 ft) ramp & decking to safely accommodate wheelchairs - per DNR current 4 ft is inadequate for wheelchair manuevering; Town Board took action in 3/12 mtg in approving $6000.00, but that was for the 4 ft w; 3 new bids were received by Lake Committee to comply with the DNR recommendations/requirements, to satisfy need for the wider decking & address ramp drop off is also a problem per Steve report.
Bids currently are: 1) Austin Pier from Walworth: wheeled unit; (2) 6 x 16ft sections (1) 6x8 section, 48 ft length, 6x8 ft ramp - $9276.00; 2) McHenry Piers (FLOE): wheeled unit; 3-12 ft sections, 1-8 ft ramp, 42 ft length; includes delivery & set up - $8248.63; and just received (scanned doc by email) this evening from Action Marine: wheeled Northern Lights product; 3-6x12 ft sections, 1- 4x6 ft ramp; 15 yr warranty; $6500.00. Discussion: amount of additional monies if needed for diamond plate on ramp (estimate ~$300-$500 from outside source) for safe footing on approach; Gene Decker stated that he has a Northern Lights pier; satisfied w/ deck sections, but has had problems at section junctures - has had to have welded “a couple of times”. Further discussion re amount of traffic anticipated for launch; difference in materials needs to be actually seen and compared – Bob Johnson offered to do w/ assist by Don Woelky - possible visit to south shore resident, Connie Bognacki, who has new FLOE pier so could see product in place already. Steve Kukla questioned what to be brought to the Town Board this evening for action so entire issue not delayed to next Lake Committee meeting in October, etc.; Don Woelky raised question if this project is time sensitive considering only 4 wks left to summer season, however, issue of launch is left in water for use by duck hunters & fishermen - discussion; result - members agree to go forward now…
Motion by Don Woelky: Chairman Steve Kukla to report to Town Board this evening re full extent of issue; to request increase from $6000.00 to $9000.00 to cover wider deck and approach ramp width and safety diamond plate on ramp if needed; further, barring need for further discussion by calling a special meeting, acceptance of one bid will be carried out by email response by lake Committee members, and designated action will be taken by the Lake Committee. Seconded by Bob Johnson; 5/0 approved.
8. New Business
A. Presentation of July’s Water Test Results:
Steve Kukla read lake water test results (see attached) conducted by Bob Johnson; discussion re consideration that “1300 e coli” results at north shore beach area near In The Drink tavern may be erroneous; Bob Johnson stated that he compared to readings done in Geneva Lake and found similar reading disparities. In addition to email notification to Lake Committee members, specific results were emailed to Lake Como Beach Property Owners Association (LCBPOA) representative, Gene Decker, since area with those results is under riparian ownership of LCBPOA; Gene Decker reported that no action was taken since - through ongoing observation - “no one swims from that beach“; Steve Kukla stated that another testing is due in 10 days; Gene Decker suggested he check w/ Neal, manager of Lake Como Beach Sanitary District, who is certified to test Town of Geneva well systems; Gene doesn’t think Neal is certified to do for the State, but can do to see if reading was in error; Bob Johnson will still have to pursue official testing through established process of sample drop-off in Madison which has been doing since doesn’t trust mail system/process to get samples to Madison lab within required 24 hr deadline. Depending on outcome, Gene Decker will report back to Lake Committee; if reading is accurate, he will take steps to close the beach in question immediately.
9. Adjournment – Motion by Don Woelky/seconded by Jim Pody; vote 5/0; adjourned at 6:25pm.
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