Lake Commission holds September meeting

Are updated on golf course sediment pond, plunge pool, culvert projects



The Lake Commission held its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, September 11, at Mountain Lake City Hall.

Here is a rundown on the meeting’s agenda:

Lake Commission Project updates

+ Mountain Lake Golf Course Project:

  • Lohrenz Construction of Mountain Lake would like to finish the sediment pond by the end of September. Lake Commission Member Dave Bucklin will coordinate a meeting with the engineer and Brett Lohrenz of Lohrenz Construction to stake the boundaries.

+ Plunge Pool:

  • Nickel Construction will be making the repairs to the storm sewer plunge pool.

+ Culverts on Yoders’ property and at Lawcon Park:

  • No surveying has been done as of yet.
Mountain Lake Beach

+ Mountain Lake Clerk/Administrator Wendy Meyer is communicating with Stephen Funk, Mountain Lake Public High School ag instructor, regarding the pergola project.

Mountain Lake Trail

+ Lake Commission Chair Jason Kruser is planning to patch the holes and dips on the trail.

+ In addition, Kruser will contact Bargen Inc. of Mountain Lake to get an estimate on crack filling.

+ Discussion was held about applying for an Odell Wind Farm Community Fund Grant for crack filling. The deadline is October 15 for the first round of grants. The decision was made to wait to make an application until an estimate is received from Bargen Inc.

+ Bucklin and Lake Commission Board Member Jim Peterson will be working to attempt to level the walking bridge.

+ The Lake Commission commended Travis Martin for his good work on the trail during the summer. It was recommended he get paid for his harvesting hours with grant money.

+ A hunting notice was placed in the Observer/Advocate. There will also be a notice included in the next utility bill.

+ A letter from Jay Schied was read. Schied has concerns about dogs being off leash, people riding bikes across the walking bridge and motorized vehicles on the trail. He is wondering what can be done about these issues. Kruser suggested reported such events to the Mountain Lake Police Department. Schied also noted that there was poison ivy by Heppner’s Point. Bucklin will spray the weed. Schied has removed 600 units of buckthorn this month.

+ The Active Living Committee submitted and received a $2,000+ grant for new trail maps and new benches for the trail.

Mountain Lake

+ The aluminum can bin was emptied on Wednesday, August 23 by Lake Commission Board Members Bucklin, Peterson, Kruser, Jean Haberman and Mike James.

+ Board Member Peterson, and the City Parks/Streets Crew, removed the weed harvester from the lake on Monday, September 11.

+ Peterson will speak to Doyle Janzen about removing the circuit board and sending it to Inland Weed Control to diagnose the problem.

+ Clerk/Administrator Meyer needs the the number of acres covered for her report.

+ The decision was made to install a heavy-duty garbage can close to the lake dam near where people fish along the shore.

+ The aeration permit is ready to submit. Peterson explained the permit process, and Kruser will take it from there.

Fishing Pier

+ Lake Commission Member Jason Honkomp had e-mailed the group and informed them at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails is willing to provide lumber for bench seating that would be placed on the back side of the T-section of the fishing pier. Kruser will find out if there are specific bench plans, and then, possibly the City Crew could construct it during the winter.

Open Forum
+ As Ken and Rachel Yoder occasionally hunt on their property near the lake trail, Rachel reported that they would like to put up a caution sign along the trail informing trail users. Bucklin suggested putting up a sign that reads, “No hunting without permission.”




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