Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Commissioners Meeting
March 13, 2016
Committee Meeting Minutes
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm by Chairman Rodger Volden.
Commissioners present: Mark Leissring, Randy Rucks, Dave Paulick and Shelly Tobiasz
Commissioners absent: Chris Sorenson
Treasurer’s report: Checking balance - $9753.23 Water Quality $63,835.32
Discussion on the Lake Management Plan. Goals needed to be added before submitting to DNR. Goals discussed: minimize or eliminate invasive species, revise boundaries, ensure shoreline habitat. Motion to approve plan with discussed corrections. Motion passed.
Discussion on expanding PRD boundaries. The current boundaries were established in 1968. Phase one would be to incorporate both sides of N and S Pearl Lake Rd and both sides of County Rd EE. Rodger Volden will get maps of the PRD and Watershed boundaries.
Eurasian Milfoil permit and notification: the application for permission to treat 2 acres on Pearl Lake will be sent to the DNR. Shelly Tobiasz will mail notification of the 2016 treatment to property owners within 150 feet of the treatment sites. Treatment will occur after the ice is out and the milfoil begins to grow. There was a diver in 2012, so a diver should be set up for 2017. DASH divers, divers with suction, will be looked into. Cason will test for Hybrid milfoil during the fall survey.
Motion to donate $50 to the Waushara County Land Conservation “Field Days”. Motion passed.
Discussion to support the Central Sands Water Action Coalition with their ongoing education and commitment to watch over high capacity wells. No fees at this time.
Discussion on boat launch fees. Fees would be paid the township and it would be hard to enforce. Still looking into ideas. Improvements for the launch will be looked into. Grants are available from the DNR to pay between 50% to 80% of launch projects.
Waushara County meeting will be held at the Fish Hatchery on May 14th.
Submitted by Shelly Tobiasz
Recent Secchi Disk reading for the lake as reported by Chuck Johanns are:
May 17, 2011 25.0 feet
June 13. 2011 18.25 feet
July 13, 2011 17.25 feet
August 15, 2011 19.25 feet
October 18, 2011 17.25 feet
May 1, 2012 27.5 feet
June 13, 2012 26.5 feet
July 2, 2012 16.5 feet
May 8, 2013 24.5 feet
August 20, 2013 16 feet
June 24, 2014 26 feet
New Waushara County Lake Level information and Chart Click Here
Lake Level Map ClickHere
Special and Annual meetings are held Saturdays at 8:30 am.
In Jeff Swenson's garage at 4655 South Pearl Lake Rd.
(920) 427-2029 (C)
Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Meeting July 1, 2017
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Roger Volden at 8:34 am.
Roger introduced Sheriff Jeff Nett from Waushara County for a brief question and answer session.Topics covered included the various pistol and rifle ranges in Waushara County and the fact that shots occasionally can be heard from Pearl Lake.There was some question about whether those shots being heard were from the prison range.
Sheriff Nett also discussed the noise ordinance in Waushara County which is on the books and can be enforced from 10 pm to 7 am. The sheriff encouraged that if residents felt that they were needed officers should be called and they will respond. With this being the 4th of July there was some discussion on fireworks being shot off late at night also falling under the noise ordinance.
The Sheriff also noted that ATVs are not allowed on the town of Leon roads. That would have to be approved by town ordinance and DNR approval.
Sheriff Nett also discussed that there is no $$ in the budget for Boat Patrol as it has been removed from the budget. They are currently trying a plan involving Long Lake where their lake association is paying $1000.00 per season for patrol.There was some discussion on if this program continues whether Peal Lake could be included and when they would have to sign on. It would have to be 2018 if that trial program this year continues.More information will be available by December for 2018.
Many people felt self-regulation on the lake is the key.
The minutes from the Memorial Day 2017 meeting were distributed, read, and approved.
Roger spoke briefly that Chris Sorenson, Town Chairman, was not able to attend but that he could report that speed signs have not yet been posted and the town is concerned over some properties that are filling in the ditch to create parking areas.
The treasurer’s report was prepared by Randy Rucks, Vice Chair and Treasurer.
Currently there is $4578.36 in checking and we are still waiting for of $4380.41 to be received for the Water Quality Fund. The Water Quality Fund is at $95873.19. The goal was established to have approx. $100,000 in the Water Quality Fund so we have been doing well.
Roger noted that the Labor Day meeting will include the budget for January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
Motion to approve treasurer’s report made/seconded/approved
There will be the election of 3 commissioners also at the Labor Day meeting.
Mark Leissring’s position has 1 year remaining and needs to be filled.
Dave Paulick’s 3 year term and Randy Rucks 3 year term need to be filled as well.
The Secci disk report on June 18th was at 18’ and was 71 degrees at 3 feet and 47 degrees at 40 feet
The roughly 20 inches of rain this summer has affected some of the water clarity.
Clean Boat Clean Water report thus far this summer is:
47 boats checked at the landing, 27 were from Pearl Lake, while 20 were from out of the area. There were no issues and no weeds discovered. The boat owners were cooperative.
Tammy Chier made a comment that she feels those numbers show that the PRD has done a good job on education of boaters especially with the Clean Boat Clean Water.
Roger reported on the survey to determine if residents on the non-lake side want to become members of the PRD. Approx. 100 letters were sent out and as of right now 47 responses were received. Of those 47 there were 29 no and 18 yes. Because 75% yes response would be needed to move forward this seems to be a moot point. There was discussion regarding why the negative response, mostly tax issues and there was also discussion on what if a person wants to voluntary become a member of the PRD. A letter could be sent requesting to join the PRD.
After more discussion there was a motion to develop a form letter that could be sent to all of those that replied in the affirmative as to wanting to become a part of the PRD.They would simply need to just sign the letter and return it.A copy of the form letter could also be put on the PRD website with instructions.
Nick Thomas volunteered to send this letter.
The fish stocking was then given by Vern Bertzyk
He noted that the budget for fish stocking is $2500.00 and depending on the size of the fish it will determine how many we can purchase. 3 inch fish are $.65 per fish 4 to 6 inchers are more expensive but survival rate may be better. These fish would be Crappie or Perch as DNR will not approve stocking of Bluegills.
There was discussion and a motion made by Nick Thomas that we should buy 2000 larger fish and the cost for that would be $3800.00. The budget of $2500.00 from the PRD would be spent and Mr. Thomas pledged to pay the remaining amount of the $3800.00.
Regarding fish habitat Nick Thomas also indicated that the Post Office Bar in Redgranite is still planning to have a fund raiser and raffle along with a corn roast on August 19th. It’s hoped that many of the people on the lake will support it as profits from the August 19th event will go toward a donation for fish habitat on the lake.
The current dumpster that Nick Thomas has located across from the campsite is still there and it’s not clear yet if people who dump garbage are making the donations that are requested to keep it viable.For the time being it will stay as a convenience.There was one comment made asking if it could be moved back a bit from its current location and Nick said he would look into that.
One final comment from some of the members was regarding the 4 pm. no wake rules. On occasion some people seem to be pushing the time and going over the time.Boaters are asked to be mindful of this long standing rule.
Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend!!
Motion made to adjourn/seconded and approved to adjourn the meeting.
Next meeting scheduled for September 2, 2017 at 8:30 am at Swenson’s garage.
Click on the Dates below for minutes of Previous PRD Meetings
Summary of Lake Studies in Waushara County Here
PRD Bylaws including 2015 Revision Here
2017 CBCW Report Here
2017 Mid Year Report Here
2016 CBCW Report Here
Fall of 2016 Milfoil Map Here
Waushara County Representative
Memorial Day Weekend Special Meeting
Sat. May 27, 2017.
Independence Day Weekend Annual Meeting
Sat. July 1, 2017.
Labor Day Weekend Special Meeting
Sat. September 2, 2017. Read Agenda HERE
The Wisconsin Legislature has made major changes to shoreland zoning in 2015-16. These changes are described in three short video presentations:
Introduction to shoreland zoning and recent changes to required shoreland lot sizes Click Here
Changes to shoreland setbacks, vegetation protection and impervious surface standards Click Here
Changes to standards for buildings located close to the shoreline Coming soon
Tree Drops make great fish habitat.
Read all about tree drops HERE
Tree Drop Exemption Check list HERE
Sample Tree Drop Diagram HERE
Tree Drop Permit Application for those not exempt under the Checklist prodedure above. HERE
Tree Drop Contact in Wild Rose. Approx. $50.00 to $75.00 cost. Call 715-281-3828
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1/1/2017 to 12/31/2017 PRD Budget
$25.00 WAUSHARA COUNTY WATERSHED LAKES COUNCIL DUES
$2500.00 Fish Stocking/Habitat
$500.00 OFFICE EXPENSES
$400.00 NEWSLETTER PRINTING AND MAILING
$1000.00 WISCONSIN LAKES CONVENTION
$100.00 BUOY REPLACEMENT
$6000.00 INVASIVE SPECIES WEED CONTROL
$250.00 WISCONSIN LAKES PARTNERSHIP DUES
$200.00 FACILITIES FOR PUBLIC NOTICES $200.00 (3) MAINTENANCE
$200.00 WEBSITE EXPENSE
$2500.00 Clean Boats Clean Waters
$36.00 Bank Charge Check Image Fee
$144.00 Bank Charge Online Bill Pay Chrg
$1500.00 Weed mapping by Diver
$300.00 Lake Management Plan Survey
$2000.00 Legal Expenses
$18,855.00 Total Planned Expenditure
$14,700.00 Tax Levy Requested
$4155.00 Shortfall to be used from Reserve Fund
View 2018 approved budget Here