Yellow Medicine River Watershed District
122 North Jefferson Street P.O. Box 267
Minneota, Minnesota 56264
507-872-6720 Fax 507-872-6958
November 12, 2007
Regular meeting minutes
The regular meeting of the Yellow Medicine River Watershed District board of managers
was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Board managers present were Donald Oerter, Jeff
Hoffman, John Boulton, Tim Buysse and Richard Jelen. Also in attendance were
Cindy Potz, office manager, and Terry Renken, administrator.
#1. Approval of Agenda
The agenda was presented to the board for review and approval. Renken asked for the
addition of a request from Mike Fier.
01-11-2007 Motion was made by Boulton, seconded by Jelen, to approve the agenda,
with the addition . All voted aye. Motion carried.
#2. Approval of Previous Minutes
The previous minutes were presented to the board for review and approval. After
02-11-2007 Motion was made by Boulton, seconded by Jelen, to approve the
previous minutes. All voted aye. Motion carried.
#3. Approval of Treasurer's Report
The treasurer's report was presented to the board by Renken. He presented the monthly
budget report, and the profit and loss statement for the past month. He also presented a
comparison report of the previous month compared to this past month.
03-11-2007 Motion was made by Hoffman, seconded by Buysse, to approve the
treasurer's report. All voted aye. Motion carried.
#4.Approval of Submitted Warrants
The submitted warrants were presented to the board for discussion and approval.
04-11-2007 Motion was made by Boulton, seconded by Hoffman, to approve the
submitted warrants. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The approved warrants are as follows:
6090 James Wambeke rent $400.00
6091 Century Tel telephone $160.76
6092 Netpoint internet $8.95
6099 Northern Business Products supplies $8.08
6093 Davis Typewriter supplies $15.01
6089 managers per diem Oerter $482.33
6088 Hoffman $73.45
6086 Boulton $407.28
6087 Buysse $552.48
6083 staff Potz $1,946.44
6085 Renken $2,637.55
6106 PERA employee retirement fund $740.44
6105 Bank of the West payroll taxes $1,193.78
6107 Schuler Environmental CWP Phase II $4,457.00
6094 Stearns DHIA Lab phase II CWP $485.66
6096 Ron Citrowske ditch 1 repairs $59.18
6101 Rinke Noonan Alta Vista legal $5,648.00
6100 Troy Thompson beaver $60.00
6098 Wenck Associates, Inc ditch 21 $658.22
6095 Mn Assocation of Watershed Districts dues $2,000.00
6103 Dale Fier phase II CWP $4,020.00
6104 Tom Fier phase II CWP $16,000.00
6097 Quarnstrom and Doering PA Ditch 21 $472.50
6102 Russell Mahlum phase II CWP $3,991.00
6109 Mn Assocation of Watershed Districts registration $375.00
#5. Approval of Submitted Tiling Permit Applications
Discussion was held on the submitted permit applications. Dave Driessen and Chuck
Streff met with the board to discuss the matter of a project installed by Driessen, without
a permit. Renken had met with Driessen and viewed the project, but asked Driessen to
wait until he had time to visit with Streff about working together on the project. Renken
stated that after he determined that Streff indicated he would be interested in working
with Driessen, Renken drove to the Driessen farm, where he informed Dave’s brother,
Steve, that Streff does wish to cooperate with the project. Dave stated that Steve instead
told him that the project was approved and Renken had said go ahead. In the process of
he said and he said, misassumptions developed, and the Driessen project was installed
without a permit. During the meeting, Dave stated that he was of the understanding that
his project was approved, so he and the contractor proceeded. The board asked who the
contractor was, and whether the contractor asked for a copy of the permit approval form.
Dave said that Kevin Citrowske did the tiling, and didn’t ask for a copy of the permit
approval. Streff asked whether that is permissible, or whether the board will impose a
fine on the contractor and/ or Driessen. Renken stated that a fine will be imposed on the
landowner, but that the board is yet developing a plan to deal with contractors, in
enforcing the watershed rules pertaining to unapproved drainage projects as stated in the
watershed rules and regulations handbook. Dave showed a map of the tiling, and agreed
to work with Streff, whenever Streff decided to do it. Renken asked Streff if that
satisfied him, and Streff said no, that he feels that Driessen is getting off too easy, and
that a stiffer penalty than a small fine should be enforced. Streff also feels that Driessen
should be forced to pay for the Streff tiling project, as well. Streff was not interested in
cooperating at this time, and was not satisfied with the watershed board’s dealings with
this problem. He asked if anyone else can do a drainage project without a permit, and
simply pay a drainage fee of $250.00 after the fact. After more discussion, the board
approved the Driessen permit and requested the after the fact permit fine for unpermitted
05-11-2007 Motion was made by Boulton, seconded by Jelen to approve the Driessen
permit. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Mike Fier met with the board and Renken on a proposed tiling application, trying to
obtain adequate drainage, and meeting with opposition from neighboring landowner Ken
Jeremiason, whose tiling system cannot handle more water. The board discussed
alternative options for Fier. The board recommended that the outlet be installed two
hundred feet or more from the Jeremiason property.
06/11/2007 Motion was made by Boulton, seconded by Hoffman, to approve the Fier
tiling permit request as agreed. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Renken presented an alternative permit application from Leon Halling, due to the denial
of the previous permit submitted in October. The previous permit was designed to cross
over into another watershed, in order to avoid a conflict with neighbors who stated that
their tiling and a drainage ditch system cannot handle more water. At the October
meeting, that application was denied, as the board did not approve of the direction of the
flow of the water. Excerpt from October 8, 2007 reads as follows: A permit application
from Leon Halling requested permission to tile in an area that would cross into the
Yellow Medicine River Watershed from the Redwood watershed. Another catch is that is
was not accessed into the Yellow Medicine ditch number 8, where the proposed tiling
would outlet. After discussion,
06-10-2007 Motion was made by Jelen, seconded by Buysse, to deny the Halling permit.
Buysse and Jelen voted aye, Boulton abstained. Motion carried.
After discussion, the board requested that Leon return for the December meeting, and
that landowners Don Oerter and Darryl Oerter should attend as well, in order to discuss
07/11/2007 Motion was made by Boulton, seconded by Hoffman, to table the application
until the next board meeting. All voted aye. Motion carried.
08/11/2007 Motion was made by Boulton, seconded by Hoffman to approve all other
tiling permits. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Permit applications approved are as follows:
11107 David Driessen YM O shkosh 34 SW 1/4
21107 Arnold Thooft Lincoln Lake Stay 31 NE 1/4
31107 Doug Anderson Lincoln Alta Vista 19 NW 1/4
31107 Doug Anderson Lincoln Alta Vista 21 W 1/2 of NW 1/4
31107 Doug Anderson Lincoln Alta Vista 29 W 1/2 of SW 1/4
E 1/2 of
31107 Doug Anderson Lincoln Alta Vista 17 SE1/4
S 1/2 of NE
41107 Keith Hennen YM O shkosh 33 1/4
51107 Barb Schum acker Lincoln m arble 10 NW 1/4
S 1/2 & NE 1/4 of SW
61107 M ike Fier Lincoln Alta Vista 22 1/4
N 1/2 of NE
71107 W allace Hoffm an YM Burton 11 1/4
81107 Lam bert Abraham YM Burton 11 W 1/2 of SW 1/4
91107 Jeff Jerzak Lincoln Ash Lake 29 NW 1/4
101107 Frank Rem erowski Lincoln Royal 15 NW 1/4
101107 Frank Rem erowski Lincoln Royal 16 NE 1/4 of NE 1/4
111107 Ronald M adsen Lincoln Lake Stay 16 SE 1/4 & NE 14
121107 Bill Behnke Lincoln Lake Stay 4 E 1/2
121107 Bill Behnke Lincoln Lake Stay 10 SE 1/4
131107 Stanley O tto Trust Lincoln m arble 21 SE 1/4
141107 Dick Anderson YM Burton 31 NE 1/4
151107 John Appelen Lincoln Lake 9 NE 1/4
161107 Henry Van Uden YM Burton 3 W 1/2 of SE 1/4 & E 1/2 of SW 1/4
161107 Henry Van Uden Lyon Lucas 32 SE 1/4
171107 G ary Vanhyfte YM Norm an 36 NE 1/4
N1/2 of NE
181107 Dennis Swedzinski Lincoln Alta Vista 24 1/4
E 1/2 of SE
191107 David Twedt Lincoln Hendricks 23 1/4
201107 W illiam O chocki Lincoln Hendricks 23 W 1/2 of SE 1/4 & E 1/2 of SW 1/4
201107 W illiam O chocki Lincoln Hendricks 25 NW 1/4
211107 Citterm an Lincoln Royal 8 NW 1/4
221107 G len Johnson Lincoln Hendricks 23 NE 1/4
231107 Allan Velde YM Sandnes 12 NE 1/4
E 1/2 of SE
241107 Kevin W yffels YM Burton 3 1/4
241107 Kevin W yffels YM Burton 36 SE 1/4
251107 Overbeke Lincoln Alta Vista 19 SW 1/4
261107 Joe Popowski Lincoln Royal 13 SW 1/4 of NW 1/4
261107 Joe Popowski Lincoln Royal 22 SE 1/4
N 1/2 of NE
271107 Dale Sovell Lincoln Royal 31 1/4
271107 Dale Sovell Lincoln Royal 32 SW 1/4
281107 Dorothy Citrowske YM W ergeland 8 NW 1/4
291107 Dan Doom YM Om ro 20 SW 1/4
301107 Brian Doom YM Om ro 18 SW 1/4
Part of SW
311107 Todd Pesek YM Burton 4 1/4
#6. Ditch 21
Attorneys Paul Goode and Bob Gjorvad, representing the YMRW District, and Dennis
Simpson, representing landowner Terry Renken, and Dennis Johnson, engineer with
Wenck Associates, Inc. met with the board to discuss the comments of BWSR and DNR
to the Ditch 21petition for a lateral drainage project. Discussion was held as to which of
the landowners in the area are opposed to the project, and therefore which direction
should the project be focused towards. Boulton asked Gjorvad for his suggestions on the
options available to the board. Gjorvad stated that he feels the board has three options-
one- to dismiss the project as not cost effective, two- that the board could amend the
project by adding the additional landowners to the project, and three- approve an option
of the proposal which calls for tiling 30 ft deep, 100 feet long.
Boulton stated that he wants to see the proposal and the project handled correctly, to
avoid future problems.
Gjorvad stated that the board would need to obtain a unanimous vote to initiate the
Dennis Johnson stated that after the viewers are commissioned and return their reports,
they will offer the larger picture of all the landowners benefiting from the project, and the
estimated cost of the project.
Oerter stated that the landowners in the proposed area are against the project. Boulton
stated that if the board makes this a public system, the landowners do not have a voice in
the matter, and the board makes the decisions.
Further discussion was held, at which Oerter proposed to ask all the landowners to attend
the next board meeting for a discussion.
Hoffman questioned what that would accomplish.
Boulton asked what decision the board could make today. Dennis Johnson and Gjorvad
stated that they felt the board could dismiss the project. Dennis Simpson stated that such
could not be done until after the viewers report, at which time the project could then be
deemed not feasible, not cost effective, etc. At this time, the proposal can not be denied,
09/11/2007 Motion was made by Oerter, seconded by Hoffman, to request the
attendance of the landowners at the next board meeting. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The meeting will be scheduled at 10:00 a.m. at the December 10, 2007 meeting.
#8. Schuler Environmental Engineering
Dave Schuler of Schuler Environmental Engineering met with the board to discuss the
writing and the submission of Clean Water Legacy grant applications for the South
branch TMDL implementation plan, and a TMDL report, which is the next step towards
an application for implementation funding for the Lake Shaokatan TMDL. The board
agreed with Schuler, and approved of the submission of the application and report.
The board approved a resolution to submit an application for a Clean Water Legacy grant
for $238,000.00 for the South Branch TMDL. An additional Clean Water Legacy grant
for $35,000 on a Lake Shaokatan Wetland Treatment protection project was discussed
and approved for submission as well.
10/11/2007 Motion was made by Boulton, seconded by Hoffman, to approve the
submission of the Clean Water Legacy grant applications . All voted aye. Motion
Schuler discussed the writing of the Water Management Plan with the board. Discussion
was held on the goals and focus of the ten year plan.
Several topics were discussed and accepted as goals.
Some of those were the research of our tiling projects, the adequacy of tiling, and it
affects the flow of water in our watershed, doing assessments on the value of drainage
projects, on the volume of flows in the streams and ditches, and how sediments and
erosion can affect the depth of the river bed, for example- three additional feet of silt can
cause overflow and flooding, increasing the erosion of the banks.
The board and Renken agreed that we need to focus on a justification and evaluation of
the benefits of the dams, and all flood control projects, and the benefits of downsizing
bridges and culverts, and focusing on strategic locations for such. We also resolve to
support 638’s basins, waterways and filter strips. In addition, we plan to use GPS
technology to map all future tiling projects. We plan to continue addressing water quality
goals as well.
#9. Board Managers Reports
Boulton gave a report on his attendance at the monthly Area II meeting, at which there
was discussion on the Lake Stay dam repair project, with Area II voting to contribute
$4000.00 towards the soil boring acquisition. Discussion was also held on the Lac Qui
Parle River overflow problem, and completing the survey of the area. Discussion was
also held on the Alta Vista 36 Fier project, with the easements now being settled.
#10. Administrator's Report
Renken reported that while doing a Van Uden tiling permit request, Henry submitted a
complaint on an approach that was installed by Virgil Grengs, that doesn’t have culvert in
it, and is blocking drainage as is. He would like to board to look into this, and resolve the
matter. Jeff Hoffman will view the location, and report back to the board.
Don Peterson, landowner in section 13 of Nordland township, submitted a request to the
board to remove the unauthorized dike on the property line between his property and the
neighbor, that prevents adequate drainage.
Discussion was held on a complaint from Gary Vanderostyne concerning a crossing that
was installed on Barb Schumacher property, that he felt would affect access to water for
his livestock downstream. Renken met with both parties and determined that the crossing
was not a detriment.
Renken reported that Paul Otto has submitted a complaint on the neighboring landowner
Dale Lozinski, alleging the Dale has reconnected tile that he had been ordered to
disconnect several years ago, due to an unpermitted and unapproved project. Discussion
was held on how to determine whether the tile has been reconnected. Schuler Engineering
offered a solution, which the board and Renken felt might work well, to determine the
flow from the tiling system. This method will be attempted this spring, when the tile
begins running again.
#11. Phase II Clean Water Partnership Report
Data from the 2007 sampling season has been entered and is being sent to the project
managers and data managers from MPCA. Mega data sheets are also being sent to
Storet, for access on EPA’s website.
This month all monitoring sites are being pulled in for the season, with no vandalism or
loss of data noted this season.
#12. Upcoming events
Area II Legislative Breakfast December 08, 2007 Jackpot Junction, Morton, MN
#13. Adjourn the Meeting
Oerter asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
11/11/2007 Motion was made by Hoffman seconded by Boulton, to adjourn the
meeting. All voted aye. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned.
John Boulton, secretary of the Yellow Medicine River Watershed District
Minutes prepared by CMP
The next regular meeting of the Watershed District board of managers will be held
on Monday, December 10, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at the office of the Yellow Medicine
River Watershed District.