PRD Board and Annual meetings are held Saturdays at 8:30 am.
In Jeff Swenson's garage at 4655 South Pearl Lake Rd.
Waushara County Representative
Ex officio Member
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
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
Pearl Lake, Wisconsin
2015/2016 New Shoreland Zoning Information
Memorial Day Weekend Board Meeting
Sat. May 26, 2018. Read Agenda HERE
Independence Day Weekend Board Meeting
Sat. July 7, 2018.
Labor Day Weekend AnnualMeeting
Sat. September 1, 2018.
Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Annual Meeting Minutes
September 1, 2018
The meeting was held at Jeff Swenson’s and was called to order by Chairman Roger Volden at 8:38 a.m.
Roll Call: Roger Volden, Randy Rucks, Dick Fjellman, Michael Kapp, Chris Sorenson, Ed Sheppard.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
The updated changes in the bylaws which were sent to all PRD members prior to this meeting and which were also made available on a table prior to the meeting were reviewed by Chairman Roger Volden and as requested were read to the members at the meeting. Once they were presented a motion to approve the changes in the bylaws to bring them up to date was made by Roger Volden and seconded by Nona Koivula. Motion was passed with a show of hands.
The minutes from the September 2, 2017 meeting had some corrections made and were put on the website as well as the July 7, 2018 minutes which were also reviewed and changes were made to those. Those amended minutes also appear on the website and copies were present at the annual meeting. Randy Rucks made a motion to accept the amended minutes and it was seconded by Sheppard and approved by a voice vote.
The treasurer’s report was presented by Randy Rucks.
Checkbook balance of $12,826.47 as of 8/26/2018
Water Quality Fund has a balance of $97,130.66 as of 8/26/2018.
Randy indicated all bills have been paid as of August 26, 2018.
In addition Rucks noted that Donna Volden and Connie Paulick had also conducted an audit of the 2017 books on 2/23/2018 and found them to be in proper order.
Motion by Sheppard to accept treasurer’s report as presented. Motion was seconded by Barb Gosenheimer and the motion passed on a voice vote.
Chairman Volden then went through the budget as prepared by the PRD however he did note there were a few additions after the printing of the budget that was presented to the annual meeting. They are as follows:
There is $600.00 that needed to be added to a line in the budget for securing insurance for workers comp and liability for the PRD.
$600.00 has been reduced from the Water Safety Patrol budget and should read $1900.00 instead of $2500.00.
Prior to finalizing the budget there were assorted topics discussed including the fact that recently some of the property owners had found out that Silver Lake had imposed a no wake order for Silver Lake for the Labor day weekend and they cited the fact that the state of Wisconsin had declared a state of emergency and that was why the action was taken by Silver Lake.
Town of Leon Chairman Chris Sorenson spoke to that issue and indicated that while the town of Leon could declare a state of emergency it would have to be justified as being declared due to a major event such as storms etc. and he did not believe the town could simply take the action to single out one lake such as Pearl Lake. Ed Sheppard, who indicated that he currently works for Wisconsin Emergency Management in Madison, noted that the Town Chair was correct in his assessment. There was a lengthy discussion regarding the current high water status due to all of the rain we have received. Discussion on what property owners might be able to do to protect their property from the high water was also part of the discussion. Some options were discussed and some of the members referenced a study done by Waushara County a couple of years ago. After a lengthy discussion there was a motion to create a committee to not only review the previous study but perhaps work toward development of another study on shoreline protection. A motion was made by Elaine Williams, seconded by Sue Beeze to allocate $2500.00 for possible use to find a consultant to do a study or make recommendations and to create a committee to work on this project. This resulted in a change to the budget. Motion carried by voice vote.
Ed Sheppard asked for comments on the feelings of the PRD members on the success or lack of success on the water patrol for this past boating season. Comments were favorable regarding the water patrol and a motion by Roger Volden and seconded by Elaine Williams to keep the water patrol in 2019. Motion passed by voice vote.
At this point Roger Volden asked for a motion on the 2019 proposed and amended budget, no additional discussion, and a motion by Elaine Williams and seconded by Mike Getchuis to accept the 2019 budget as amended, with a tax levy of $17,300, was made and passed by voice vote.
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 there were two candidates who had been nominated to the positon for PRD commissioner: The candidates were Debra Semrad and Dale Singer. Hearing no other motions from the floor for this position Debra Semrad and Dale Singer were given time to address the PRD annual meeting prior to the voting.
The results of the voting were as follows: Dale Singer 48 votes, Debra Semrad 9 votes—Mr. Singer was elected to the PRD board.
Final things covered in the annual meeting were a motion by Nona Koivula and seconded by Tammy Hecker to voluntarily ask boat owners for compliance of a no wake over the Labor Day weekend. Motion was passed by a voice vote.
Roger noted that Dale Singer, the newly elected member of the PRD, would be the point person to work with the committee that was created to study shoreline erosion and the previous study that was done by Waushara County and volunteers for the committee were solicited. Chuck and Elaine Williams, Sue Beeze, and Judy Solarz volunteered to serve on the committee along with Dale Singer.
Motion by Roger Volden, seconded by Sheppard to adjourn the PRD Annual meeting.
Motion carried, annual meeting adjourned.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 a.m. on Sept 1, 2018.
Ed Sheppard, Secretary, .
Click on the Dates below for minutes of Previous PRD Meetings
(920) 566-0402 (H)
(414) 852-2334 (C)
(920) 427-2029 (C)
1/1/2018 to 12/31/2018 PRD Budget
$25.00 WAUSHARA COUNTY WATERSHED LAKES COUNCIL DUES
$2500.00 Fish Stocking/Habitat
$300.00 OFFICE EXPENSES
$400.00 NEWSLETTER PRINTING AND MAILING
$500.00 WISCONSIN LAKES CONVENTION
$100.00 BUOY REPLACEMENT
$10,500.00 INVASIVE SPECIES WEED CONTROL
$250.00 WISCONSIN LAKES PARTNERSHIP DUES
$100.00 FACILITIES FOR PUBLIC NOTICES
$200.00 WEBSITE EXPENSE
$2500.00 Clean Boats Clean Waters
$50.00 Bank Charge Check Image Fee
$150.00 Bank Charge Online Bill Pay Chrg
$3580.00 Private/Sheriff Lake Patrol
$21,355.00 Total Planned Expenditure
$16,200.00 Tax Levy Requested
$5155.00 Shortfall to be used from Reserve Fund
View 2019 Approved Budget Here
Pearl Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Commissioner Meeting Minutes
Sept 1, 2018
Chairman Volden called the commissioners meeting to order.
Roll Call: Roger Volden, Randy Rucks, Dale Singer, Michael Kapp, Chris Sorenson, Ed Sheppard.
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 indicated that there will be another fundraiser and that some donations have been made. He hopes to spend another $1500.00 for forage minnows later in the fall.
Motion by Roger Volden, second by Randy Rucks to allocate $1,500.00 for forage minnows for fall of 2018. Motion passed by unanimous vote.
Clean Boat Clean Water Program report will be submitted after this weekend and will be placed online. Chairman Volden did mention that Spring Lake may be making a proposal to share the boat inspectors for this program and it will be reviewed by the commissioners once it is finalized.
Secchi Disk results are as follows:
August 2018 August 2017
3 feet 74 degrees 76 degrees
15 feet 74 degrees 76 degrees
40 feet 45 degrees 49 degrees
Roger noted the clarity issue was probably a result of the rain and runoff that we have had this year.
Roger asked the commissioners if there was any new business to be brought before the Board at future meetings. 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 9:50 a.m. on Sept 1, 2018.
Ed Sheppard, Secretary, Pearl Lake PRD
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.
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July 2, 2018 District Attorney Letter Here
Summary of Lake Studies in Waushara County Here
PRD Bylaws including 2018 Revision Here
2018 CBCW Report Here
2018 Mid Year Report Here
2017 CBCW Report Here
2017 Mid Year Report Here
2016 CBCW Report Here
Fall of 2016 Milfoil Map Here