Julia Association, Inc.
Board of Directors
Meeting of July 5, 2008
The annual meeting of the Board of Directors came to order at 12:00 noon at the Don Read home. Present were Directors John Snell, Bette Drought, Susan Munkwitz, David Mitzner, Frederic A. Mayer and Jay Franke. There were no Directors absent.
Nominations for Director
The bylaws provide that the Directors serve for staggered terms of three years. Consistent with this rule, it was resolved that the terms incumbent Directors would end as follows:
John Snell reported that Gail Lewis and Steve Zellmer have expressed interest in serving on the Board. It was resolved that they would be the nominations of the Board to the membership as new directors. It was noted that the Board will need to designate a new Secretary for 2009, and a new President to assume office following the 2009 annual meeting.
(At the following Members' meeting, Gail Lewis and Steve Zellmer were duly elected to serve as Dicrectors for terms of three years, ending in 2011.)
Treasurer's Report; Expenses
Treasurer David Mitzner reported that 20 lake homes had paid 2007-08 dues of $15.00, out of a total eligible population of about 40. The only expenses of the Association during the past year were reimbursement for the cost of beer and soft drinks at last year's meeting ($99.46). The balance in the treasury is presently $263.41. In the event that some of the programs noted below are undertaken, there are likely to be incidental expenses chargeable to the Association.
It was resolved to continue the annual dues level at $15/household, and to renew collection efforts toward those who have not participated. Dues may be sent to Dave Mitzner at: 144 South Ulster St., Denver, CO 80230
Water Quality Monitoring
John Snell also reported that it is possible to undertake periodic water quality monitoring of the lake water, to identify changes over the course of time. This can be easily done be anyone, with DNR support and state testing of resulting water samples. The main requirement is that it be done consistently over at least the summer months. It was resolved to seek volunteers for such an effort at the following Member's meeting.
There was also discussion about the possibility of a "lake shore monitoring program", such as is undertaken elsewhere, to encourage property owners to maintain the natural shoreline vegetation and habitat. It was noted that we do not have the level of organization necessary for this function now, and that, with a couple of exceptions, the Lake Julia shoreline has largely remained in a natural state.
Boat Landing; Boat Noise
It was noted again that the "public" boat landing is not, in fact, owned by the public, but rather is part of the Starke parcel. The Starke's have permitted public access to the lake at this location for many years. During the past year there have been some disturbances at the landing created by off-lake users, and the landing has been periodically closed. However, the situation has resolved itself and the landing has been reopened at this point.
It was discussed that there is a possibility to establish a private, fee-based landing. This would provide some control and some revenue to reimburse the Starkes for the cost of maintenance. However, some believe that, in the event that free public access to the lake were denied, the state (through the DNR) would sooner or later create public access elsewhere on the lake, if necessary by buying land.
It was discussed that, in the absence of a public landing, the DNR may take Lake Julia off the list of supported lakes. The affect of such a reclassification is not entirely clear, except that DNR would no longer stock the lake (with muskie and walleye?), regarded by some as an important benefit.
Secretary's note: Stocking report for Julia Lake
(There was discussion, at the Members' meeting, of where on the lake shoreline there may now exist a public land holding or easement. It is believed that there is a publicly-owned parcel between Kurtz and Sefter, on the northeast shore. It was also suggested that there may be some public land around the Bradford Lane area in the southwest.)
It was discussed that the traffic generated by the boat landing creates significant noise and wake issues at the northwest corner of the lake, particularly on busier days. In addition, there are new large boats resident on the lake as a result of the Puelicher Bay development. All are encouraged to observe common sense courtesy in the operation of larger and noisier boats.
Bette Drought reported that the mosquitos in her area of the lake are more numerous than she ever recalls. (Susan Munkwitz noted that they are even worse in Waukesha). Bette suggested that a commercial "release" of dragonflies might be considered to control the mosquito population. She will investigate this possibility and report back to the Board.
Jay Franke reported that the beaver dam on Furbush creek has reached monumental proportions, and that the beavers may be building a secondary dam downstream. There was discussion about the means of removing the beaver dam, or the beavers. There is an assumption that the beaver dam reduces the "natural" flow of water into the lake, affecting lake water levels. However, once the beaver pond behind the dam is full, it is not clear why this would be so. Also a factor: the desirability of beavers as consumers of excess vegetation. The overall question of what to do about the beaver dam --if anything -- was not resolved.
Jay Franke also reported significant damage to a number of spruce trees caused by (it has been tentatively deduced) piliated woodpeckers. This was not viewed as a source of concern by others -- unless the woodpeckers are eating the house.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 pm, whereupon the Board members joined the
... Annual meeting of the Members of the Association, which followed immediately after the Board meeting. A total count of 68 persons attended. On behalf of the Association, the Board expresses its thanks to Don and Virginia Read for the use of their home for these events.
Tthe annual meeting next year is tentatively scheduled to be held at the home of Rick and Paula Mayer, on Koten's Bay (subject to exotic plans that may develop for the celebration of Paula's birthday on July 2). The 4th of July falls on Saturday, so the actual date and time of the meeting are still in play.
Jay R. Franke