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April 21, 2021

1/29/2021 2:12:00 PM
LID annual meeting, absentee balloting Feb. 1

If you had plans to attend the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District annual meeting held every February— you are being encouraged to do so by Internet rather than in-person.  The LID is holding its meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. February 1 at the Government Center in Center City as usual— but due to covid-19 distancing constrictions space is limited.

There will be a link posted on the LID’s county website closer to the actual meeting date in order to participate virtually, according to LID Director Jerry Spetzman.
The annual meeting agenda calls for reviewing work done in 2020 and looking over what’s planned in 2021.  Spetzman said one of the highlights is the vegetative clearing in the new channel and there’ll be an update on what the County Board has just authorized to be done in 2021.  The LID will contract in 2021 for a not to exceed $14,650 to have the channel bog clearing completed, by Lakes Aquatic Weed Removal.  (LID expenses greater than $5,000 get Board authorization.)

Fact sheets on road salt analysis and other information are also being distributed at the annual meeting.

The invasive phragmites weed(reed) has also been a LID eradication project.  

Spetzman said local lake associations have done site inspections and populations of the reed have been curtailed by 85 percent over the years of local effort in which the LID has helped to support cutting, burning and containment of seed spread.  “It is likely the LID will continue to fund treatment into 2021,” Spetzman added.

There are two incumbents slated for term expirations, as of 2021, and both incumbents are the only candidates who filed.  Monica Kinny represents District 5 (Green, Little Green, Martha, Mattson, Lake Emily area)  and Todd McBride is an at-large board member.  Voting was taking place by written absentee ballots, with your request for a ballot needing to have been received at the Govt. Center Environmental Services by Jan. 25.  

Ballots can be filled out in person at the department offices Monday, Feb. 1 Hours to do this are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  In a change from past years, there won’t be ballots available at the annual meeting.

Other LID Board members are Jill Behnke, whose term expires in 2022;  Mike Mergens and Gary Schumacher, with terms expiring 2023 and Steve Paquay and Margaret LeVasseur, whose terms are to 2024.

If you are residing in,  or own property within,  the LID you will see a line item on your property tax statement showing this and the amount you are contributing.  As a special taxing district not all county taxpayers are involved.


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