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Minutes from the Last Meeting

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Sage Lake Association
Minutes of the August 25, 2018 Meeting
Green Briar Cart Barn

In attendance:  President Patti Rogers, Vice President Marvin Bartal, Secretary Janet Kitamura, Treasurer Mary Ellen Parrott, Trustee Ron Carpenter, Trustee Randy Stump, Trustee Betsy Miner-Swartz and 51 members and guests.

President Patti Rogers called the meeting to order at 10:00 am.  She welcomed everyone to the meeting and then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion was made by Beth Stump and supported by Betsy Hubbard to accept the proposed minutes of the July 28, 2018 meeting as sent by email and posted on the Association website.  Motion carried.

Treasurer Mary Ellen Parrott gave the Treasurer’s Report.  She reported the Balance in the Fish Fund is currently $3,300.74, in Neighborhood Watch $6,390.89, in the Fireworks Fund $21,355.76 and in all funds $57,338.73.  She reported there are 205 Memberships paid to date.  A motion was made by Carolyn Boles and supported by Jacque Nuijten to accept the Treasurer’s Report as given.  Motion carried.

Debbie Holloway won 18 Holes of golf with cart in the golf raffle donated by Green Briar Golf Course.

Pam Kaczanski won $115.00 in the 50/50 drawing.

Pat Clark, Bill Parrott and Janet Kitamura won tee-shirts courtesy of the Firecracker 5K.

Committee Reports       

Sage Lake Firecracker 5K:  Betsy Miner-Swartz reported that this event held on Saturday, June 30 was very successful again this year.  She thanked everyone who volunteered and helped in any way.  She reported that next year’s walk/run will be held on the Saturday after July 4th, July 6th 2019.

3rd Annual Paddleboard & Kayak Race:  Elizabeth Maxwell was not present to report on this event.

Annual Fishing Tournament: Ron Carpenter reported that this event held on July 21 had 21 participants.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.  He is hoping to get more kids involved next year.

Area Wide Garage Sales:  Patti reported that there were 25 participants in the area wide garage sales and lots of people shopping.  She reported there was not much business on Sunday and suggested that next year it be advertised for just Saturday.  Discussion followed.  There was also discussion about indicating on the map which days each sale would be open as well as discussion on distribution of the maps.  It was decided that next year the sale will be advertised for Saturday only.

Neighborhood Watch:  Patti reported that a member suggested to her that the crime in the area be listed on our website.  Tom Unangst responded that there would be little if any to list and gave credit to the NHW Team for their work patrolling the area.  It was suggested that a letter of appreciation be sent to the Lupton Fire Department for their presence at our events, like the 5K.  Patti will take care of this.

Wildlife:  Beth Stump had nothing new to report at this time.

Volunteer Appreciation:  Patti announced that the party will be held at her house today for 4 to 8 pm.  All volunteers at any Sage Lake event and sponsors are invited to join in.

Fish Stocking:  Brian Hassel reported he has talked with DNR Biologists who do not recommend stocking Sage Lake with Walleye.  He also attended a meeting at Lake Ogemaw where a professional study they had conducted was discussed.  That study concluded to discontinue the stocking they have been doing since 1996.  Lengthy discussion followed.  Brian recommended that we hold off stocking for a year and give time for more research.  Patti announced that anyone else interested in working on this should contact Ron Carpenter or Brian Hassel.

Scholarship:  Patti reminded the group that it had been suggested that SLA sponsor two $500 Scholarships, one for a Hale High School Senior and one for an Ogemaw Heights High School (OHHS) Senior.  She introduced Tom Kish, President of the Educational Support Partnership (ESP), a volunteer committee that solicits and administers scholarships at OHHS. He informed the group that grants can be given year to year or continuously through an endowment.  It can be based on almost any criteria for a college, community college or trade school.  The sponsoring organization establishes the criteria and can be involved in selecting the recipient or can let ESP do it.  Brief discussion followed.  Beth Stump, Pat Clark, Wendy Bartal and Robin Miner-Swartz volunteered to serve on a committee to establish the criteria.  Patti thanked Tom for attending the meeting.  The group also showed their appreciation with a round of applause.

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CPR Training:  Patti introduced Mike Bower, Paramedic and CPR Instructor, who conducted a 15 minute course on “Hands Only CPR”.  Brief discussion followed about EMS response time and Fire Department backup.  Patti thanked Mike for conducting this training which was emphasized by applause from the audience.

Lake Maintenance: Guy Savin from Savin Lake Services was present to report on Lake Maintenance for this year.  He distributed several handouts “Eurasian Watermilfoil by John D. Madsen: Mississippi State University”, aerial map of Sage Lake showing where milfoil was treated this year, “Wild Celery by the Minnesota DNR”, Sage Lake grid map and “Risks Versus Benefit Information for Pesticide Applications by Savin Lake Services”.  It was decided later in the meeting to have these handouts placed on the SLA website.  Guy informed the group that on May 29, about 270 acres of milfoil was treated with a contact herbicide.  Applied herbicides do not work well on celery so they bring in harvesters.  Both methods have pluses and minuses.  The total budget for 2018 was $110,000.  After the milfoil, there is enough money left to do about 70 acres of celery with one round of shore cleanup.  Last year we did 138 acres with continuous cleanup.  They are pulling all but one harvester off the lake on Tuesday and the last one on Thursday along with the cleanup crew.  The following Tuesday they will conduct a study of algae in the canals and lily pads.  Discussion and questions followed.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Janet Kitamura, Secretary

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