Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association

Spring Meeting: May 26, 2012

Vice President Mike Foster called the meeting to order at 9:30am.

The secretary's report was approved as written. The treasurer's report was approved as written.

Pam Nelson reported that our milfoil treatment area this year is 7.1 acres, the increase perhaps caused by low water levels last year. We have $66,000+ left in our grant, which can be used through June 30, 2014. Although we have been operating with grants since 2007, this will probably be our last grant. Since the milfoil will never completely go away, we need to start making plans for after that. One suggested solution is forming a Lake District, which would spread the coast among all owners, not just association members. Another is sending an "invoice" to non-members, asking for their $50 (dues) support, or a membership drive.

We ask everyone to do their homework on forming a lake district; there are links on the website with information in plain English. Read, discuss among yourselves, and come prepared to discuss at the fall meeting.

Our public meeting (in place of last year's Education Fair) will be Saturday, June 9 at 9:00 AM at the boat landing. Caitlin Holm will do a 1-hour presentation on boat inspections and the law update. This is a grant requirement; wear your shirts to show support. Our attendance counts as volunteer hours.

Volunteer hours, including $200/day use of boat) other than those at the landing, should be kept on a calendar sheet and sent to Pam. She had copies available at the meeting.

Jack Sullivan reported on staffing the landing with volunteers. There are 2 hour shifts on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You can sign up in the box on the side of the Beaver Town hall, or on the website. Fishing tournaments under 15 boats do not need DNR permits, and we have no notice of when they will occur.

The loosestrife bug-collecting team has not been out yet…if you see Purple Loosestrife, pull it!

We are expecting 8 divers from Grantsburg about mid-June and we can pay them through the grant. Any Snuba divers should contact Craig Nackerud. Another invasive species in our lake which can be pulled is Curly Pondweed: it has "lasagna noodle" leaves.

Our water clarity was 22' in April and 18' in May.

Most of the buoys are out. The "No Wake" buoy in the narrows is for jet skis only.

A reminder: No mowing is allowed in the lake. You can hand pull a 20' clearing. Fines for violations can be up to $1500.

Phil Dorn says the bass limit in our lake is 5 bass at least 14" long.

A member asked about putting a dock at the landing to help those launching and retrieving their boats. Pam Nelson will check on it.

Our directory needs an update. To cut down on man-hours and respect privacy we will e-mail an update on PDF. Please let us know of changes.

Watch for the "open book" on your property taxes. You may want to make a case for changing them.

Meeting adjourned at 10:42 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Sam Lindquist, Secretary


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