​Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Annual Meeting Minutes

August 31, 2019

The meeting was held at Jeff Swenson’s and was called to order by Chairman Roger Volden at 8:35 a.m. 

Roll Call: Roger Volden, Randy Rucks, Dave Paulick, Michael Kapp, Chris Sorenson, Dale Singer, Ed Sheppard.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes from the September 1, 2018 meeting: Those minutes appear on the website and copies were present at the annual meeting. Chuck Johann made a motion to accept the minutes and it was seconded by Nona Koivula and approved by a voice vote.

There were no public comments at the beginning of the meeting.

The treasurer’s report was presented by Randy Rucks.

Checkbook balance of $30,529 as of 8/31/2019.

Water Quality fund balance is $90,000.00 in CD's and $10,963.25 in checking account. as of 8/31/2019.

Randy indicated all bills have been paid as of August 31, 2019.

At this point Roger Volden indicated that there had been a question as to how the account’s annual audit is done.  Roger explained that when the December meeting at which the audit is done there are no longer many property owners from the lake around to ask them to conduct the audit and the fact that there are only a small number of transactions per year the officers of the PRD have conducted the audit.  The alternative would be to hire someone to audit that small number of transactions which would be costly.  Roger asked those at the annual meeting if they had any issues with the way this was done?  After the explanation of the audit procedure there was a motion by Murray Bryan, seconded by Gary LNU that the board continue to audit the accounts as they have done in the past or enlist the support of other people if possible.  The motion was passed by a show of hands.

At this point in the meeting there was discussion at the annual meeting regarding the continuing high water at Pearl Lake.  Pearl Lake elevations (see attached chart that was presented at the meeting) continue to be high and as recently as August 2nd the elevation of 819.44 was measured.  Mike Kapp noted that the county continues to be concerned with issues regarding high water and he is still hopeful that they will place a measurement stake at each lake to give a clearer indication of lake levels. 

Ron Lungwitz then produced a document that he had been circulating prior to the meeting and he took the floor to discuss his concerns with the high water. He made a proposal to create a permanent no wake area, in essence between the two points or narrows, as he described it.  He completed his presentation to the annual meeting by making a motion to create this permanent no wake between the narrows.  The motion was seconded by Ron Mass.  Lengthy discussion occurred regarding this proposal with many conflicting opinions being voiced.  Chuck Johanns then moved to table this motion until such time as we are considering the reverting back to the long-standing rules on wake of 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Motion to table was seconded by several people (Ed Sheppard, Debra Semrad others.)  Motion to table Mr. Lungwitz proposal of a permanent no wake was passed until such time as we are considering removing the current temporary no wake ordinance.

Roger Volden discussed the Pearl Lake Elevations chart that was presented to the annual meeting and asked for guidance from the members on what level should be the trigger of when the long standing 11a.m. to 4 p.m. wake ordinance go back into effect.  Several potential levels were discussed, and several were even proposed as the gauge however none of them had the support of a majority of those at the PRD meeting and finally a motion by Jeff Swenson, seconded by Nick Thomas to table this discussion until the Memorial Day meeting. This motion was passed by a show of hands. 

Currently the temporary no wake ordinance for Pearl Lake with the town of Leon is set to expire on September 30, 2019. A motion to ask the Town of Leon to extend the current temporary no wake ordinance until the Friday after Memorial Day 2020, which would be May 28, 2020 was made by Roger Volden and seconded by Jeff Swenson.  (This will give the Town of Leon time to deal with the temporary no wake ordinance if it needs to be changed or modified for the remainder of the summer of 2020.)  This motion was passed by a show of hands and a letter will be drafted and sent to the Town of Leon.

Chairman Volden then went through the proposed budget as prepared by the PRD Board. Copies of the budget were mailed out to property owners, made available on Pearl Lake website, and posted at the three meeting notice locations around the lake.  Roger gave a line by line explanation of the budget and then offered several changes/amendments due to more current information at hand.  Several questions and comments were offered by those in attendance including keeping $1,200.00 in budget for the water patrol.  Synopsis of changes/amendments of budget was discussed/stated.  Motion made by Dave Paulick, seconded by Ed Sheppard to approve the amended 2020 budget in the amount of $14,375.00.  Motion approved with a show of hands by those in attendance.

Also, in regard to the budget, there is often monies not used in each budget.  These funds have been used in the past to go into a non-lapsable Water Quality Fund.  Now that we have reached the goal for the Water Quality Fund, it is suggested to use any budget balance to be used to offset future budgets. Roger Volden made a motion to utilize any unused yearly budget funds to offset the budget in the second year after each budget, done in the second year because the balance of the current budget is not yet established at annual meeting time frame. The unused 2019 budget monies to be used to offset 2021 budget and so on. Motion seconded by Dale Singer.  Motion approved with a show of hands by those in attendance.

The election of a new commissioner to the PRD was the next item on the agenda and an explanation of the ballot was presented by Chairman Volden and he noted that the current terms of Ed Sheppard and Roger Volden are expiring.  One nomination has thus far been received, that for Ed Sheppard prior to the meeting and that name appeared on the ballot.  He asked for additional nominations for Commissioners of the PRD that would be included as write-in candidates.   Dave Paulick then nominated Roger Volden for commissioner and that nomination was seconded by Ed Sheppard.  There were no other nominations made at this annual meeting and Chuck and Gloria Johanns were asked to distribute and then pick up and count the ballots.

The results were then reported by Mr. Johanns that Ed Sheppard and Roger Volden were elected as commissioners.

Motion by Roger Volden, seconded by Rucks to adjourn the PRD Annual meeting with the understanding that the commissioners will reconvene a short PRD Commissioner’s meeting immediately after the adjournment of the annual meeting.

Motion carried by a show of hands; annual meeting adjourned.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:25 a.m. on August 31, 2019.

Ed Sheppard, Secretary, Pearl Lake PRD


Click on the Dates below for minutes of Previous PRD Meetings










Waushara County Representative

​Mike Kapp


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 

Anyone who is interested in a fish habitat or shoreline project, please contact Nick Thomas for assistance and possible funding.

nick@spsroofing.com or call/text 262-385-1525

Eurasian Water Milfoil

The PRD will be continuing its efforts in 2015 to control the invasive species Eurasian Water Milfoil. The district has budgeted $9400.00 for the work.  Our consultants have advised us to budget this amount for years going forward and it is likely that we will have to levy additional money in future budget years.  

It is believed that there is approximately 5.5 acres of area in the lake that will need treatment. Eurasian and Hybrid Milfoil has been found by divers in water as deep as 21 feet.  This compares favorably to the 6 acres that were treated as recently as October of 2007, and the 13 acres that were treated in the summer of 2000.  

We are making progress, but your commissioners will remain vigilant in fighting this invasive species in order to keep Pearl Lake the healthy lake that it is.  Property owners near the affected areas will be notified about the treatment by mail.

Learn more about Aquatic Invasive Species Here

Protection and Rehabilitation District Last updated 9/25/2019

Pearl Lake, Wisconsin


Randy Rucks


920-572-8521 (C) 


Ed Sheppard




Roger Volden


(920) 427-2029 (C) 

​1/1/2019 to 12/31/2019 PRD Budget
$2500.00  Fish Stocking/Habitat
$100.00   BUOY REPLACEMENT         
$200.00  EDUCATION
$3000.00  Clean Boats Clean Waters

$50.00  Bank Charge Check Image Fee

$150.00 Bank Charge Online Bill Pay Chrg

$1900.00 Private/Sheriff Lake Patrol

$2500.00 Shoreline Erosion

$600.00 Workers Comp & Liability Insurance

$21,375.00 Total Planned Expenditure

$17,300.00 Tax Levy Requested

$4075.00 Shortfall to be used from Reserve Fund


​Dave Paulick


(920) 420-0784(C) 

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

PRD Board and Annual meetings are held Saturdays at 8:30 am.

In Jeff Swenson's garage at 4655 South Pearl Lake Rd.

 Water Clarity

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

May 24, 2017  28 feet

May 24, 2018   21 feet

New Waushara County Lake Level information and Chart Click Here

Lake Level Map  ClickHere

Memorial Day Weekend Board Meeting

Sat. May 25, 2019. View Agenda HERE

Independence Day Weekend  Board Meeting

Sat. July 6, 2019.  

Labor Day Weekend Board & AnnualMeeting

Sat. August 31, 2019.


Dale Singer


(414) 852-2333 (C)

Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Commissioner Meeting Minutes
August 31, 2019

Chairman Volden called the commissioner’s meeting to order at 10:27 a.m.

Roll Call: Roger Volden, Randy Rucks, Dave Paulick, Dale Singer, Chris Sorenson, Ed Sheppard.

Motion by Paulick, second by Singer that the officers held by the current commissioners remain the same for the coming year.  Motion approved.

The current positions on the PRD will stay as currently aligned:

Roger Volden, Chairman, Dave Paulick, Vice Chair, Randy Rucks, Treasurer, Ed Sheppard, Secretary.

Minutes and treasurer’s report were waived as they were previously approved at the annual meeting a few minutes ago.

Nick Thomas gave an update on the fish habitat efforts.  He also thanked those who have donated to the fish and habitat committee. This year they will hope to stock Perch and Crappie.  He noted donations from Nick Stark, Roger and Donna Volden, Jeff Swenson and Trent Jezwinski thanking them all.  " The crappie or perch stocking of $2,500.00 per the 2019 budget, and stocking of $800.00 of forage minnows. from donations, will done in the fall of 2019."

Clean Boat Clean Water Program will continue in effect for next year.  A formal report will be received from them soon on the year’s activities.

No new business was brought before the PRD Commissioners at this meeting.

Secchi Disk results are as follows:

July 24, 2019               August 13, 2019       August 2018                      

 20’                              20’                           15’

Water Temp:

3 feet                           79 degrees                   78 degrees               74 degrees     

10 feet                         79 degrees                   78 degrees               74 degrees

Bottom                        46 degrees                   46 degrees               44 degrees

Roger asked the commissioners if there was any new business. No new business presented.

A motion by Roger Volden, seconded by Ed Sheppard to adjourn the commissioner meeting was made.  All commissioners voted to adjourn the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m. on August 31, 2019.

Ed Sheppard, Secretary, Pearl Lake PRD​


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2015/2016 New Shoreland Zoning Information

Ex officio Member  

Chris Sorenson


(920) 987-5495(H)

Important Links

DNR RIP-RAP Information and check list Here

July 2, 2018 District Attorney Letter  Here

Summary of Lake Studies in Waushara County Here

PRD Bylaws including 2018 Revision  Here

2019 CBCW Report  Here

2018 CBCW Report Here

2018 Mid Year Report Here

2017 CBCW Report Here

2017 Mid Year Report Here

2016 CBCW Report Here

2015 CBCW Report Here
2014 CBCW Report  Here

Zebra Mussels in Pearl Lake? Here

2019 Boat Patrol Report  Here

2019 Aquatic Plant Survey ResultsHere

Fall of 2016 Milfoil Map  Here

Local Zebra Mussel information Here

Water Quality Columnaris Report Here
2, 4-D Hebicide Fact Sheet Here