Esmann Island Board Meeting 6-23-18

Esmann Island Owner’s Association

Board Meeting

June 23, 2018

Board Members Present:

Meeting called to order at 11:05 am by President Terry Denner. Board members present: Tom Reimer,  Bruce Copeland, Bob Buhrow, Jane Ertl, Chip Flory, Tony Reyerson  Also present were Helen Schwietert (Treasurer) Laurie Helling (Secretary)

1st Order of Business:  Bruce Copeland made motion to retain current President Terry Denner and Vice-President Jane Ertl. Bob Buhrow 2nd the motion. All in favor and motion passed.

Minutes:

  • Motion made to approve the board minutes of 5-19-2018 by Tony Reyerson  2nd by Bruce Copeland.  All approved. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurers Report had been presented in Annual Meeting so no additional motion was made.

Bills:

  • Bills Presented:  Utilities, Mowing, Final Ramp Invoice.
    • Bids for  2019 Lawn Mowing will begin.
    • Discussion on current Lawn Service and check on current contract. Tony will be sending him a letter on expectations.
    • Tony Reyerson will contact Roger Moen about getting a new Island plot map.
    • Next meeting, the board will tour the island to check common grounds.
  • Tom Reimer made motion to approve bills,  Bruce Copeland 2nd. All in favor.  Motion carried.

Building Permits:  None at this time

Property Ownership Changes:

  • Board has heard of a few ownership changes ongoing.
  • Helen will email Laurie changes.
    • McCullick buying Carpenter lot.
    • Hansen sold to David Coon but will remain using the property.
  • **Reminder: Please let a board member know if you buy/sell/transfer property so we can keep our records current. Thank you.

Road Report:  Discussed at annual meeting

Boat Storage Committee:  Discussed at annual meeting

Ramp Committee:   North Ramp Work has been completed and open for use.

Pond Committee:  **See under New Business

 OLD BUSINESS:

  • Association Insurance.
    • Jane Ertl will get a review of our current policies and get an opinion as to whether our coverage and policies are sufficient for our needs.
    • Depending on that opinion, we may possibly seek new insurance bids as our renewal will be in August.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • REMINDER: POND CLEAN UP- JULY 21st (8-12) Clean up cart trail, rake sand, rake algae away from shoreline. Possibly add additional landscaping. Bring bug spray, gloves, rakes, shovels and a can do attitude.
  • If you can’t physically help, it would be awesome to have some water/soda donations to the clean up crew! *If there is a change in date/time, you will see a notification on the website, email list and Facebook. Thanks!
  • Reminder to Pet/Dog Owners to abide by leash and dog ordinances. Clean Up after your dogs! Thank you.

Next Board Meeting is July 21, 2018 at 8:00 am

Terry Denner asked for motion to adjourn. Motion by Tony, 2nd by Bob Buhrow.  Motion approved.  Adjourned at 11:35. am.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Laurie Helling, Secretary

Esmann Island Annual Meeting Minutes June 23, 2018

Esmann Island Owner’s Association

Annual Meeting Minutes

June 23, 2018

Call to Order:  The Annual Meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by President Terry Denner. Terry made note that the Annual Meeting notice was mailed two weeks prior to meeting.

Board Roll Call:  Present were President Terry Denner, Vice-President Jane Ertl Root, Board Members Tom Reimer, Chad Williams, Tony Reyerson, Bruce Copeland, and Bob Buhrow. Treasurer: Helen Schwietert and Secretary Laurie Helling also present.

The Board wishes to thank all members who have helped out this past year. With volunteer cooperation, we again have been able to keep our association dues in line, and have been able to continue improving and enjoying our community!

Annual Meeting Minutes of 6-24-2017 were announced.

  • Terry Denner asked Ken Root to proceed with reading of last year’s minutes. Terry also asked if any members present if the minutes to be read aloud. There were no requests or questions regarding minutes by members present, so therefore a motion was made to waive reading of minutes aloud.  Terry Denner made motion, Ken Root 2nd .  All approved. Motion Passed.

Treasurer’s Annual Report:

  • Cash Flow and Balance Sheet presented by Terry Denner.
    • Terry Denner announced change in Annual Report to the accumulated depreciation.
    • Correction was made and recorded in the Association QuickBooks reports.
      • Question was raised from floor, member Bob Gilkes, asked about the final cost of the new north boat ramp.
      • Terry Denner addressed that we did come in under budget, and will refer to this improvement again in Old Business.
    • Terry asked for a motion from the floor to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Motion made and 2nd by   All approved. Motion Passed.

Committee Reports:

  • Road Report:
    • Tom Reimer said roads are in pretty good shape. However it was brought up to the members present of vehicles ignoring the Road Closed signs on the back road during high water this spring. Vehicles were going completely around the signs into the field even knocking the signage over.
    • Because of these continued actions, the board has proposed putting up a bar gate to go across back road during high water at the entrance and at the bulletin board on the north end.
    • The board has already addressed Bard and other cement companies NOT to clean out their trucks on common ground. It should be done at the property where work is being done or off the island.
  • Beautification & Pond Committee Updates (to be discussed under Old/New Business)
  • Boat Ramp: North Ramp is finished
    • Dennis Winders Jr. requested a tree be removed near the entrance of the new ramp as it could be a hazard when backing up trailers and vehicles.
  • Boat Storage: Don Niosi reported there are a few spots open, and as always first come, first serve. There is usually a waiting list so please contact Don with any questions.
    • Summer Trailer Storage: Room for up to 10 trailers for summer months, immediately following annual meeting.

As reported in the May minutes:

  • Effective August 1, 2018, new pricing. See below & May Minutes.
  • Boat Storage fees from August 1st until spring – 6 mo. minimum.
  • Length is measured from rear of motor to front of trailer
  • Runabout: length X $1.50 per foot per month
  • Example 21’ x $1.50 =$31.5 x 6 months = $189
  • Pontoon boats: $2.00 per foot per month
  • Example 29 x $2.00 =$58 x 6 months = $348
  • Storage Garage (concrete floor): Length X $2.50 per foot per month.

ELECTION of Board Members:

Terry Denner explained there are 2 Board positions, both 3-year positions open.

There is also a 1 year term position open, which Tom Reimer has agreed to continue in this position if so voted.

There are 3 nominees for the two 3 yr positions. Terry asked each candidate to stand and give everyone a little background bio.

  • Anthony Lumetta
  • Chip Flory
  • Tony Reyerson

Ballots were collected and counted during the meeting. Results were added at end of meeting.

  • Tom Reimer will continue in 1 yr position
  • Chip Flory and Tony Reyerson will fill the two 3 yr positions.
  • Votes were very close and we thank all the nominees for stepping up to participate on the board!

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Storage Building Update. Last year, a proposal was brought forward to the members about the possibility of building a storage facility on the island. After a close vote at the 2017 annual meeting it was agreed to research the viability of such a project.
    • Terry Denner told everyone that initial bids were researched and collected by various board members but were very expensive. After all the bad storms and national hurricanes in 2017, building materials cost and labor have really increased in cost. High cost is also associated with the County dues & assessments, taxes and insurance.
    • Based on the high cost and limited interest, the board will not be moving forward with this proposal unless circumstances and viability change in the future.
  • Golf Cart Drivers: PLEASE abide by the 15 MPH Speed Limit. This is for ALL vehicles! If you have guests, please inform them of the island road rules.
    • PLEASE NOTE: There have been many reports of very young children driving carts unaccompanied.
    • 12+ is recommended age. This is member responsibility for safety on the roads with golf carts and other recreational vehicles.
    • PLEASE place your Lot Number on your cart (sticker-decal)
    • Will repost the Esmann/Abel Island Road Recommendations and rules.
  • Tree Trimming:
    • Members were reminded to trim the tree branches, shrubs, vines etc. that hang or encroach into the road.
    • 6 ft of easement —Member responsibility
    • Island crew (board and member volunteers) will take care of the back road and common grounds.
    • Island Clean Up Day—JULY 21st. (see Additional Info under Beautification/Pond info New Business.)
  • High Water Gates (as mentioned by Road Report) will be constructed for back road. To be gated & closed on North & South end when water covering back road.
  • Taking Bids for Lawn Mowing—Common Grounds 2019
  • Bard Concrete-No clean out on common grounds
  • Dog Ordinance: As recorded in the May 2018 Board Minutes, a dog ordinance has been posted for all members. Dogs need to be kept in control, have their proper shots etc.
    • It is Members’ responsibility to maintain control of dogs & pets, clean up after them, and make sure they are not a nuisance on the island.
    • If someone’s dog bites anyone on the island, the dog (or pet) will need to leave the island immediately.

North Boat Ramp: Is complete. Terry Lubbers brought up the concern of the raised concrete at old ramp.  The old ramp will stay open for use as needed. We will most likely be positioning the island dock close to the old ramp.

NEW BUSINESS:

POND:  Restoration continues in the Pond area

  • The committee continues to raise funds through various ways.
  • Volleyball poles and Tether ball pole are installed
  • Sheppards have very generously donated a concrete slab for a picnic shelter to be built.
  • Cart path maintenance and beautification continue.
  • Tom Lynch mentioned there is a steep drop off spot along the path that will be addressed.
  • Beach area is looking great and being used quite often. Signage is in place regarding swimming at own risk. No lifeguard, etc.
  • Can Collection & Redemption will continue at Assoc. building site.
    • Boxes for sale for collecting your cans. Contact Stacy Zearley.
    • Cans only. NO bottles.
  • Tony Reyerson raised the question to Pond Committee about property lines and proper permissions from DNR, Corps etc. Kari Winders answered for committee and ensured proper channels and contacts have been made regarding shorelines, and any land activities at the pond common ground.
  • Terry Denner will check to make sure Island Association Insurance is sufficient to cover accidents, injuries and liabilities.
  • A few members recommended even more signage for the area (more is better) to cover our responsibility.
  • A member was very appreciative of other island members commenting how well her kids were behaving at the pond area and encourages more people to “catch kids being good” and tell them how appreciated it is when they are respectful of property and the island. Holds true for adults too!

Events Calendar—Cindy Miller encouraged new members or anyone is isn’t on email list to get info or any updates to her or secretary, Laurie Helling, so the events calendar is getting to everyone.

Sign Up for Island wide Garage Sale July 27-28  Contact LaDonna Nagel

Fireworks donations can be made to Terry Denner or Chris & Cindy Miller

Beautification Committee:  Gail Scherr, Cindy Miller, Mary Eulberg

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who donated plants and flowers to be planted along the cart path or back road. A HUGE thank you to Mary Eulberg who planted all of them! Looks beautiful!

Please feel free to drop off your grass clippings and leaves (this fall) for mulch. North end of back road to the pond.

Request for large landscaping rocks (approx.. 6 or so) for the cart path area and pond common grounds.

Flag Project: Members cut new poles and donated 15 flags. The plan is to have the flags on display Memorial Day through July 4th holidays.

NEW SHELTER: To help fund the building of the pond shelter, plaques will be given in return for a donation of certain amounts. These will be memorial plaques. See Kari Winders for donation details.

We’d really like to also recognize Steve & Mary Shepherd for their donation of time and heavy equipment. Also the Perrinjaquets, Chris & Cindy Miller, Terry & Terri Denner and so many more!

JULY 21 CLEAN UP:

  • Volunteers very welcome to participate!
  • If you can’t physically help, please consider donating water or refreshments to the workers.
  • Bring gloves, shovels, rakes
  • Be very careful of playing children in the pond area, common grounds.
  • Could use help raking the algae along the shoreline.

Chris Miller made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 11:00 am. Doug Hintzman 2nd. All in favor.

Meeting ended at 11:00. New Board commenced to office for monthly board meeting.

Thank you very much for your participation and input in our Annual Meeting!

Have an ENJOYABLE & SAFE Summer!

Respectfully submitted,

Laurie Helling, Secretary

 

Esmann Island Board Meeting 5-19-18

Esmann Island Owner’s Association

Board Meeting

May 19, 2018

 Board Members Present:

Meeting called to order at 7:58 am by President Terry Denner. Board members present: Tom Reimer,  Bruce Copeland, Bob Buhrow, Jane Ertl, Chad Williams, Tony Reyerson  Also present were Helen Schwietert (Treasurer) Laurie Helling (Secretary)

Members Present:  Don Niosi, Ken Brandel, Cindy Miller, Teri Denner

Minutes:

  • Motion made to approve the board minutes of 4-18-2018 by Tony Reyerson  2nd by Chad Williams.  All approved. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer’s Report & statement presented
  • Lot 201 was paid-$191.75
  • Motion made by Jane Ertl to approve Treasurer’s report. 2nd by Tony Reyerson.  All approved. Motion carried.

 Bills:

  • Bills Presented:  Utilities, Mowing, taxes, Bi-County
    • Discussion held on Mowing duties, weed trimming, picking up debris left from high water/storms.
    • Tony will call mowing contractor and remind to trim weeds along common ground.
    • Big debris, sticks etc. will be removed by island members.
    • Thank you to those who have already done clean up without being asked.
  • Bruce Copeland made motion to approve bills, 2nd by Tom Reimer. Motion carried.

Building Permits:

  • None at this time

Property Ownership Changes:

  • Board has heard of a few ownership changes ongoing. Will confirm at next Board meeting.
  • **Reminder: Please let a board member know if you buy/sell/transfer property so we can keep our records current. Thank you.

Road Report:  

  • A few cracks have opened up. Board members will do a tar and cold patch those spots.
  • REMINDER: IF you have a large piece of equipment, concrete truck, concrete pumper, members need to put down a road deposit. Property owners are responsible for the road and any repairs that would occur from work being done on your lot(s).
  • Discussion held on BARD cleaning out trucks on the common ground. A large cement pile has formed again! Tony Reyerson will call BARD and let them know, again, any cleaning should be on the property owner’s lot or off the island property. Not in common grounds.
  • Discussion held on many people ignoring Road Closed signs this spring when back road was underwater, even to point of driving through the farm field.
  • Tony Reyerson made motion to fabricate a simple bar gate for both entrances to back road during high water. Cost not to exceed $2500. Jane Ertl 2nd All in favor. Motion passed.

Boat Storage Committee:

  • Don Niosi reports there will be an opening in the attached garage to the Association building, however there is a waiting list. Discussion held on the storage of boats and trailers and charges related to storage.
  • Motion made by Tony Reyerson, 2nd by Tom Reimer to adjust pricing for boat storage  **See Addendum
  • Effective August 1, 2018, new pricing. See below. All approved. Motion passed.
  • Boat Storage Storage fees from August 1st until spring – 6 mo. minimum.
  • Length is measured from rear of motor to front of trailer
  • Runabout: length X $1.50 per foot per month
  • Example 21’ x $1.50 =$31.5 x 6 months = $189
  • Pontoon boats: $2.00 per foot per month
  • Example 29 x $2.00 =$58 x 6 months = $348
  • Storage Garage (concrete floor): Length X $2.50 per foot per month.

 Ramp Committee:   The new boat ramp approach will be poured within next two weeks, weather permitting.

  • We were hoping to have it done before holiday weekend, but unlikely. Will place signs not to use/block the new ramp way.  Regular old North Ramp IS OPEN for use. Dock is not in water yet.
  • Board member will connect with Friedlein to move process forward & complete asap.

Beautification Committee:   New trees have been planted along common ground parallel to the sand pit.

If you have plants to divide and wish to donate to committee, please place at the end of the cart trail just before the pond. Thank you all for the great donations so far!

Pond Committee:  **See under New Business

 OLD BUSINESS:

  • North Ramp-see above
  • Pond: see New Business

 NEW BUSINESS:

Discussion held on the importance of getting and having continuous representation regarding County Taxes.

We know how everyone on the island has been affected by Clayton County tax increases the past couple years. Will mention it as an agenda point at the annual meeting and how we might continue to have our voices heard on current & future taxing situation.

  • Don Niosi shared a published article in the Des Moines Register on April 20th for reference:

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/investigations/readers-watchdog/2018/04/20/high-property-taxes-limits-appeal-process-iowa/528335002/

  • Discussion held on preliminary Annual Meeting Agenda and inserts for the mailing to be sent out the week of June 7th.

 REMINDER:  3–BOARD MEMBER OPENINGS  Need to be Voted on by/at Annual Meeting!

VOLUNTEER NAMES NEEDED by June 3rd  for inclusion on ballot to go in annual mailing.

  • If interested, please see current board member to get ballot approval form or email Laurie Helling Secretary: lahelling24@gmail.com
  • If you are new to running for the board, you need a ballot approval form and 25 member signatures prior to being placed on ballot!

Pond Recreation Area:  Input needed and welcomed for the ongoing improvement of pond recreation area.  Teri Denner and Cindy Miller presented preliminary draft to include with annual meeting mailing.

POND WORK DATE:  **Tentative  June 2nd 9-12.  Clean up cart trail, rake sand, pickup any remaining debris from spring high water. Bring bug spray, gloves, rakes, shovels and a can do attitude. (Possible work day in July)  *If there is a change in date/time, you will see a notification on the website, email list and Facebook. Thanks!

  • Reminder to Pet/Dog Owners to abide by leash and dog ordinances. Clean Up after your dogs! Thank you.

 Annual Meeting will be held June 23, 2018 at 10:00

Board Meeting immediately following conclusion of Annual Meeting.

Terry Denner asked for motion to adjourn. 2nd by Tom Reimer.  Motion approved.  Adjourned at 9:25 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Laurie Helling

Secretary

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**ADDENDUM: BOAT STORAGE UPDATES 

Boat Storage   Storage fees from August 1st until spring – 6 mo. minimum.

Length is measured from rear of motor to front of trailer

Runabout: length X $1.50 per foot per month

Example 21’ x $1.50 =$31.5 x 6 months = $189

Pontoon boats: $2.00 per foot per month

Example 29 x $2.00 =$58 x 6 months = $348

Storage Garage: Length X $2.50 per foot per month.

 CURRENT BOAT STORAGE (for winter season 2017 to 2018)

Linda Friday Lot 448R, pontoon                         winter 17/18   Paid

Mert Duffy Lot 352R, boat                                 winter 17/18     Paid

Henry Bud Martin Lot 328R, pontoon               winter 17/18   Paid

Jeff Heising Lot 412 H                                        winter 17/18    Paid

Doug Hintzmann Lot 352 3rd Ave,                     winter 17/18    Paid

Tom Lynch Lot 393R, pontoon                           winter 17/18   Paid

Phil Brant Lot 314 RV, boat new                        winter 17/18   Paid

Eugene Huber Lot 408R, boat & jet ski             winter 17/18  Paid

WAITING LIST:   Jeff Brown, Garry  Ganson, Crissy Huber, Dan Vegter, Chris Morris

TRAILER STORAGE:  fees from end of annual summer meeting until fall $30.00

Current trailer storage :

Don Niosi,  Ken Brandel,  Mike Shaffer

Bob Gilkes, Mark Mather, Dan Vegter

Submitted by Don Niosi  05/20/2018

Esmann Island Board Meeting 4-21-18

Esmann Island Owner’s Association

Board Meeting

April 21, 2018

 Board Members Present: Meeting called to order at 8:03 am by President Terry Denner. Board members present: Tom Reimer,  Bruce Copeland, Jane Ertl, Chad Williams, Tony Reyerson  Absent: Bob Buhrow Also present were Helen Schwietert (Treasurer) Laurie Helling (Secretary)

Members Present:   Doug Hintzman, Chris Miller, Cindy Miller, Wayne Jensen, Steve Sheppard, Don Niosi, Kari Winders, Earl Burkle

Minutes:

  • Motion made to approve the board minutes of 10-21-17 by Tony Reyerson  2nd by Chad Williams.  All approved. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer’s Report & statement presented by Terry Denner.
  • Motion made by Tony Reyerson to approve Treasurer’s report. 2nd by Chad Williams.  All approved. Motion carried.

 Bills:

  • Bills Presented:  Utilities, snow removal & sanding, taxes, Bi-County
  • Tony Reyerson made motion to approve bills, 2nd by Chad Williams. Motion carried.

Building Permits:

  • **Update: Max Smith completed requested changes
  • Sheppard : Submitted permit for garage/building, all proper permits in order
  • Allyn: Paved drive to road
  • Harbaugh: Waiting on DNR permit

Property Ownership Changes:

  • Lot 75 & 76, 338 & 340 River Road from Gifford to Ken Root/Jane Ertl

Road Report:  

  • Nothing to report at this time.

 Boat Storage Committee:  Don Niosi reports there is only 1 new opening at this time for boat storage.

 Ramp Committee:   The new boat ramp approach will be poured within next two weeks, weather permitting.

  • It was brought to attention of board to possibly block off 2nd Ave ramp next winter with a rope or chain. A visitor to the island accidentally drove down and got stuck this winter.

Beautification Committee:  Nothing new to report at this time

Pond Committee:  **See under New Business

OLD BUSINESS:

North Ramp-.

  • The new boat ramp approach will be poured within next two weeks, weather permitting.
  • Pond fund is now just under $1000
  • Tony Reyerson suggested Assoc. pay for a survey of back lot lines by pond/common ground
  • Discussion on placing large rocks or landscaping to prevent cars/trucks from driving through common grounds to by pond to back properties. Accessible by carts only.
  • We now have donated swings, basketball pole

 NEW BUSINESS:

  • Neal property last year payment and pro-rated until end of May is paid.
  • Insurance payments have now all been moved to August
  • FYI: Alliant Energy will be redoing some of the overhead lines, burying new lines and added a new transformer to boost the power for back road area of island. No expense to association.
  • A proposal was raised to contact Black Hills to remove the gas meter on Island building and look at alternative for the furnace. Approx. $400 yr for the meter that rarely is used.
  • It was brought to board’s attention of dogs running loose on the island this winter and early spring.
    • Dog waste was not being picked up
    • Island members were startled and scared as unleashed dogs have suddenly run out while they’ve been walking or just appearing in their yards.
    • Discussion held on leash policy which is already in existence, and also an additional policy should be posted on “Owner Responsibilty” and owner’s own liability.
  • Terry Denner made motion to post the following as a guideline to abide for island dog owners, and guests of Island members abide by leashing pets, control of pets on your property. Clean up after them.
  • All Approved, motion carried.

Current State Laws:

351.25. Dog as property

All dogs under six months of age, and all dogs over said age and wearing a collar with a valid rabies vaccination tag attached to the collar, shall be deemed property. Dogs not provided with a rabies vaccination tag shall not be deemed property.

351.26. Right and duty to kill untagged dog

It shall be lawful for any person, and the duty of all peace officers within their respective jurisdictions unless such jurisdiction shall have otherwise provided for the seizure and impoundment of dogs, to kill any dog for which a rabies vaccination tag is required, when the dog is not wearing a collar with rabies vaccination tag attached.

351.27. Right to kill tagged dog

It shall be lawful for any person to kill a dog, wearing a collar with a rabies vaccination tag attached, when the dog is caught in the act of chasing, maiming, or killing any domestic animal or fowl, or when such dog is attacking or attempting to bite a person.

351.28. Liability for damages

The owner of a dog shall be liable to an injured party for all damages done by the dog, when the dog is caught in the action of worrying, maiming, or killing a domestic animal, or the dog is attacking or attempting to bite a person, except when the party damaged is doing an unlawful act, directly contributing to the injury. This section does not apply to damage done by a dog affected with hydrophobia unless the owner of the dog had reasonable grounds to know that the dog was afflicted with hydrophobia and by reasonable effort might have prevented the injury.

351.33. Rabies vaccination

Every owner of a dog shall obtain a rabies vaccination for such animal. It shall be unlawful for any person to own or have a dog in the person’s possession, six months of age or over, which has not been vaccinated against rabies. Dogs kept in kennels and not allowed to run at large shall not be subject to these vaccination requirements.

351.36. Enforcement

Local health and law enforcement officials shall enforce the provisions of sections 351.33 to 351.43 relating to vaccination and impoundment of dogs. Such public officials shall not be responsible for any accident or disease of a dog resulting from the enforcement of the provisions of said sections.

351.37. Dogs running at large–impoundment—disposition

A dog shall be apprehended and impounded by a local board of health or law enforcement official if the dog is running at large and the dog is not wearing a valid rabies vaccination tag or a rabies vaccination certificate is not presented to the local board of health or law enforcement official.

—————————————————————————————————————————————Next Meeting will be May 19, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

Annual Meeting will be held June 23, 2018

Terry Denner asked for motion to adjourn. Jane Ertl made motion, 2nd by Chad Williams. Motion approved. Adjourned at 8:51 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Laurie Helling

Secretary

Road Embargo Lifted

The temporary road embargo has been lifted. However, please keep in mind, at any time of the year, if an island member (or any of their contracted work) damages the road, the member will be assessed any repair cost.

Thanks for your help in maintaining our roads. Any questions or concerns, contact your board members.

Keep thinking warm thoughts and cross our fingers the next “winter” storm misses us!

 

Temporary Road Embargo for Heavy Vehicles/Equipment

Hello islanders!

It’s that time of year again.  Due to the ground frost going out– we are closing roads until further notice to heavy equipment, large trucks, trailers, etc. to protect the roads. We will post when it is OK to allow them resume once the soil stabilizes.  Note– if an island member (or any of their contracted work) damages the road, they are assessed any repair cost.  

The garbage container will stay at the south end of the island until the embargo is lifted. * There will be no garbage pick up at individual residences during this time.

Thanks for your help in maintaining our roads. Any questions or concerns, contact your board members. 

Let’s hope for a nice (and faster) transition into spring.  Think warm thoughts!

Esmann Island Board Meeting 10-21-2017

Esmann Island Owner’s Association

Board Meeting

October 21, 2017

 Board Members Present:   

The meeting was called to order at 8:06AM by President, Terry Denner. Board members present include; Bruce Copeland, Jane Ertl and Tom Reimer.  Absent:  Chad Williams, Bob Buhrow, Tony Reyerson , Laurie Helling.  Also present was Treasurer, Helen Schweitert.

Members Present:

Don Niosi, Teri Nelson Denner,  Bob Sims, Ken Brandel, Tom Nagle and Ken Root.

Minutes:

After review of the minutes, Bruce Copeland made a motion to approve, Tom Reimer second. Motion Passed.

Treasurer’s Report:

One homeowner account is delinquent; Lois Neal.  Discussion was held concerning a Mechanic’s Lien on the Neal property. No action was taken.  Details concerning the Treasurer’s Report included:

  • Lawn maintenance is paid in full.
  • One additional 2017 garbage invoice is expected from Bi-County Disposal.
  • Mark Short Concrete invoice for ramp concrete was presented. $4800 partial payment was made today.
  • Boat Storage deposits of $420 were given to Helen Schweitert to be deposited.
  • A premium adjustment ($52 credit) was received due to moving our insurance renewal month from February to August.
  • Approval was given for re-occurring known expenses, requiring payments, such as the Bi-County Disposal 4th quarter invoice.

Bruce Copeland moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Tom Reimer, second. Motion Passed.

Building Permits:

  • No committee members were present.
  • No ownership changes are known.

Road Committee:

  • Earl Burkle property – Tom Reimer noted that stability pads from concrete trucks compromised the road. All road repairs will be addressed in Spring 2018.
  • At the April 2018 meeting we will publicize to the owners the opportunity to make personal driveway repairs when road vendor is here in 2018.

Pond Committee:

  • Jane Ertl gave positive feedback on pond swimming and the water quality. Jane contacted Alliant Energy for an opinion on swimming in a pond with aeration.  The response was no swimming recommended due to the possibility of electrocution. Jane will continue to research.
  • Trenching for electricity will take place, hopefully this fall.
  • An aerial map of the pond is desired. This would assist with placement of future structures.
    • Playground equipment donated has been donated.
    • Basketball hoop has been donated but a concrete (other otherwise) court has not been discussed.
    • An additional boat dock is available for donation.
    • A shelter is desired but no designs developed nor budgeted costs discussed.
    • The Can Drive has deposited $279 in the Rec Fund at Fidelity Bank & Trust. The total fund is $960.47.  Two bills have been paid: purchase of checks for the account; and one load of rock for the south side path.
    • Private donations are always accepted. Contact Fidelity B&T to donate.

Boat Ramp:

  • Jeff Freidlein will remove the trees necessary for the new ramp. The trees will be relocated to the sand pit for future destruction.
  • Old concrete ramp will be removed soon.
  • New ramp to be set when water level drops.
  • Boat ramp dock removal will take place this weekend.

NEW BUSINESS —

Snow Removal:

  • Jeff Freidlein will continue snow removal service on an ‘as needed’ basis.
  • $70/hour (complete island estimated at 1.5 hours)
  • Services will include snow removal and deposit of sand, if sand is needed on icy roads.

Exterior Lighting:

  • Jane Ertl will inquire with Alliant Energy concerning the two light invoices, combining them into one invoice. Also will inquire into the location of the Entry to Island light and if it is property of Esmann Island or Clayton County.

Security:

  • Discussion was held on the recent thefts on Abel Island. A black truck, without headlights, has been spotted driving the island between 2:00 – 3:00AM.  This is a reminder to Homeowners to keep possessions locked, at all times.
  • Likewise, our storage building door has been repaired with new bolts, etc.

Donations:

  • $250 was approved as a 2017 donations to the Guttenberg Fire Department. The check will be delivered this week.  Approved by Tom Reimer, Bruce Copeland, second. Motion passed.

Next meeting:  April 21, 2018, 8:00AM

Annual meeting:  June 21, 2018, time TBD

A motion was made by Tom Reimer to adjourn the meeting at 8:51AM.  Bruce Copeland, second.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jane Ertl Root (on behalf of Laurie Helling, (Secretary)

Vice-President

 

Esmann Island Board Meeting 9-16-2017

Esmann Island Owner’s Association

Board Meeting

September 16, 2017

 

Board Members Present:

Meeting called to order at 8:04 am by President Terry Denner. Board members present: Tom Reimer,  Bruce Copeland, Bob Buhrow and Jane Ertl   Absent:  Chad Williams, Tony Reyerson  Also present were Helen Schwietert (Treasurer) Laurie Helling (Secretary)

Members Present:  Kyle Pittman, Bob Sims, Teri Denner, Doug Hintzman, Chris Miller, Cindy Miller, Wayne Jensen. Ken Root

Minutes:

  • Motion made to approve the board minutes of 8-26-17 meeting by Bruce Denner  2nd by Bob Buhrow.  All approved. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer’s Report presented by Helen Schwietert.
  • Motion made by Jane Ertl to approve Treasurer’s report. 2nd by Bob Buhrow.  All approved. Motion carried.

 Bills:

  • Bills Presented:  Utilities, Lawn Mowing
  • Tom Reimer made motion to approve bills, 2nd by Bruce Copeland. Motion carried.
    • Ramp Bid: To be discussed under Old Business

Building Permits:

  • Lot 144 & 153 Permit submitted for new house structure. Roger & Jodi Weiss 488 River View. Approved Pending DNR & county permits.
  • Burco-Permit submitted for garage on Lot 23 across from his home. Approved Pending DNR Permits.
  • Checking on completed projects and current progress with open permits.
    • Brodigan DNR & County permits received.
  • Tom Pittman Lot 57, 360 Second Ave. Owner would like permission to add screened in porch. However an issue with set backs. Discussion held as property is a non-conforming size but board will not allow any allowance to set back by-laws. After looking at plans and discussion, Jane Ertl made motion if Kyle P. can change the porch design to comply within setbacks he can alter drawing and resubmit to building committee.  2nd by Tom Reimer. Motion passed.

Property Ownership Changes: Nothing new reported at this time.

Road Report:  

  • Check road condition by E. Burkle property from sea wall construction and cement truck activity
  • ISLAND MEMBERS NOTE: Please DO NOT DRIVE through Common Grounds with cars or regular vehicles to get to your homes. Specifically the common grounds on north side of Pond.  Kids now have tether ball and volleyball court located there now. Use the Island roads.

Boat Storage Committee:  Boats already on list for winter storage should be able to start moving in after Sept. 23. The shed is at capacity at this time. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Don Niosi, 364 River View.

Ramp Committee:  See updated discussion points under Old Business

Beautification Committee:  Nothing new to report

Pond Committee:  

  • Pond Committee members have contacted Alliant Energy about possibly running power from a nearby lot power pole (with lot owner permission). Discussion held by Board & members present. It may run approx. $500 and would need a 2 week window. Members/volunteers could help trench the line if needed. Would need to get an electrician to help finish setting power at the end location.
  • Jane Ertl made a motion “contingent” upon lot owner’s permission to run line from pole-ti bury the Alliant power line from that lot to pond location.
  • Island would pay for monthly Alliant bill (anticipated low usage)
  • Tom Reimer 2nd. All Approved. Motion passed.
  • New bank account for ESMANN REC FUND at Fidelity Bank in Guttenberg. Can Money will be deposited into fund. Purchases for pond improvement etc. will come from this account.
    • Members can make donations to this fund if they so wish. *Teri Denner & Kari Winders contacts!
  • CAN REDEMPTION FUND:  The can collection area is set up by the Assoc. shed. CANS only, no plastic or glass. All the funds collected from cans collected will be donated to Esmann Rec Fund. We will get $12 per full bag.  **Again, if possible, empty completely or even rinse. Thanks!
  • Please DUMP LEAVES or Composted leaves along the side of sand pit leading to the new Pond Cart Path.  There is a pile started there already. The leaves and mulch will be used around the cleared trees along the path to the pond to combat the poison ivy & oak from growing back in the spring. Thanks!

Old Business:

  • North Ramp-. Terry Denner shared the bid from Friedlein Excavating which will be awarded the ramp repair.
  • Cannot start until we receive the go-ahead from the DNR. Shouldn’t take too long.
  • Discussion on when to set the slab on site in the north ramp area will proceed then.  It will need at least 3 weeks to cure.
  • Once cured, it will be set at an angle alongside the current ramp. The old ramp will still be usable.
  • Storage Unit Building-All discussion tabled until Spring meetings resume.

New Business:

  • Jane Ertl brought up a topic to add to 2018 annual meeting agenda—Possible donation to the Guttenberg Municipal Pool. So noted.

Next (and last for the season) Board Meeting will be October 21, 2017 at 8:00 am.

 Terry Denner asked for motion to adjourn. Jane Ertl made motion, 2nd by Bruce Copeland. Motion approved.  Adjourned at 8:51 am.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Laurie Helling

Secretary