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February 24, 2020

2/7/2020 10:33:00 AM
LID meeting seats members; at-large seat needs filling

About 80 people voted in the Lake Improvement District election Monday this week. Current at-large member, Steve Paquay was seated to represent Area 4. This creates an empty at-large post.  

The LID Board voted to advertise for applicants through February, and the Board will appoint someone from these applicants at the regular March Lake Improvement District Board meeting.  

To apply go to the county website or contact the LID offices at the County Government Center, Susanna Wilson, water resource manager, at 651-213-8380.  

The seat Paquay won was vacated by resignation of longtime LID Board member Joyce Anastasi.  Paquay’s challenger for the Area director’s seat was Shawn Dunne. Votes were 57 to 31.

In Area 3, Margaret Levassuer won with 72 votes to 13 votes for Jeff Fink.  This seat was empty due to LID member Rob Sandgren choosing not to file for re-election.

There are five “areas” in the watershed taxing district with two seats for at-large membersmaking a total of seven members.
Mike Mergens remains chair with Gary Schumacher as vice chair.

LID Engineer Greg Graske reported the district has a permit from the Department of Natural Resources effective for this summer,  to maintain the channel between North Center and North Lindstrom lakes. This allows for bog cutting and moving but there will be no dredging authorized.

Graske said the lake level regulation system of channels and weirs is not flowing this winter due to water levels of lake basins. The LID is prepared for opening weirs to allow for outflow come spring, if feet above sea level are reached, triggering a release of water downstream through the chain of lakes.
A citizen asked for the channel between North Lindstrom and South Lindstrom (under Hwy 8) to be better-patrolled because wakes from boat motors are causing issues on the shoreline.  Narrows such as this are supposed to be traveled through at no-wake speeds.

Casey Thiel, with Chisago County Soil & Water Conservation District,  spoke about water quality projects and the outside environmental and agriculture related funding that has made about 10 years of projects possible.

She described increased street sweeping practices in urban areas, and welcomed citizens who have shoreline stabilization,  erosion or other concerns to contact the LID or SWCD for project consultation and possible cost-sharing.

And, Big Green and Little Green Lake are being looked at by a commercial carp harvester for feasibility of netting, Graske reported.  The actual carp harvest is undetermined as of last week’s meeting.

LID Board members will have a booth at the Chisago Lakes Home Show Feb 29 and March 1, at the new high school community center,  in Lindstrom and hope to see you there and talk with you about questions and suggestions.

The lower St Croix River is the object of protection in a coordinated effort called One Watershed One Plan” and there’s a public workshop in North Branch at the library explaining this Thursday, February 20.  The evening workshop is from 4 to 6 p.m.

Pine, Isanti and Washington counties are involved with Chisago County.  More information is on the Internet search lower saint croix, or www.lsc1w1p.org.

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