LIA Membership Meeting

10:00 a.m. August 4, 2018 Celina Moose Lodge


Nick Rentz welcomed everyone to the members meeting and stood for the pledge of allegiance.

Ted Bertke gave the treasurers report.   The LIA has $41,497.34 in its checking account and $12253.00 available for projects in the St. Marys Civic Foundation.

Nick Rentz expressed the LIA’s discontent with WHIO TV Ch. 7’s recent coverage of GLSM. Nick then showed pictures and stats which refuted Ch.7’s claims. Nick gave a shout out to Lake Rat Brewing for collaborating with the LIA to brew a beer for Lakefest and give all proceeds to the LIA. Nick also spoke about a new event with Boardwalk Grill in August.

Keith Westrick updated members on the Bar Stool Open coming up on August 11th. Keith asked that folks come out and support the local bars and LIA.

Jeff Vossler spoke about the Kids Fishing Derby to be held on September 12th. Jeff said the derby brought 160 kids last year and hopes to continue the tradition.

Dave Faler (ODNR) gave the lake update. Dave said lake level is at -.69. Dave said other than one weekend, there has been a full camp ground with a lot of the success coming from the addition of the pool. Dave talked about boater safety especially at night. Dave then thanked the LIA for hosting the Kickoff to Summer and Lynn Edwards for planting many annuals around the state park. Dave then gave the dredge update for Tom Grabow. Dave noted on the projects completed by the individual dredges with 15 weeks of dredging left in the season.

Tom Knapke spoke about the LRC’s plans to begin the 2nd beach project.  He said the project is being held up by permitting evaluation.

Dr. Steven Jacquemin with Wright State University gave a report on his efforts on water quality. Dr. Jacquemin spoke abot the water quality and microsystem levels. He spoke about the process in which the levels are tested and the points in which they are dangerous to humans. Dr. Jacquemin said that toxin levels had been on the rise for 3 consecutive years until now. He said the average level has gone down this year.

Teresa Dirksen with Ag Solutions gave an update on projects she is working on. Teresa said she has received over $700,000 so far this year. She noted on potential projects and research to be funded by the grants received.

Nick Rentz presented the membership with the new Stan Wilker Memorial Playground to be placed at Windy Point. Nick talked about Stan’s legacy with the LIA stating Stan’s huge impact on the lake and Windy Point especially. Due to Stan’s contributions, the LIA has decided to erect a playground at Windy Poing in his name.

Nick Rentz opened the floor for membership’s questions.  Jeff Vossler read the 50/50 winner.

Submitted by,

Eric Morris


Lake Improvement Association