LIA Members Meeting

10 a.m. October 5, 2013


Celina Moose Lodge

Board Members Present: Vice President Mark Piening, Treasurer Ted Bertke, Trustees Tom Rampe, Seth Brigham , Dave Meyer, Brian Morris, Tom Rampe & Stan Wilker. Absent were: President Tim Lovett, Sgt. Of Arms Dave Eyink, Secretary Eric Morris and Trustee Jeff Vossler.

Mark Piening welcomed everyone and led the pledge of allegiance.

Ted Bertke gave the treasurers report:

Beginning of September         $51565.76

Income                                    $725

Expenses                                  $22,638.42

October 1 Balance                  $29,652.34


Seth Brigham offered an update on the new Zombie Fest event that is to be held on the East Bank in the 2nd shelter house on October 26, 2013. The event will begin at 6pm with a 3/4 mile zombie walk to the 3rd shelter house and back. He said there will be trivia, beer, and food. Mark added that food will be provided by Dockside grill and 92.1 The Frog will be doing trivia. Also there will be prizes for best costumes, first place being $100, $50 for second and $20 for third place.

Dave Meyer spoke about the fishing derby held last month. He said that it was very successful with 135 children participating and 125 adults there to assist.

Dave Meyer updated the membership of the upcoming board elections in December. He said that if anyone is interested in running or nominating someone they should see him after the meeting or see Trustee Jeff Vossler.  Dave also informed the membership and the board that he would be relinquishing his spot as a trustee as of this week.

Tom Rampe Spoke about the bylaws specifically relating to elections. Tom referenced the below excerpt from the bylaws and explained to the membership that the board is considering removing the part highlighted. This topic was brought up at the September members meeting and he reminded members of it by saying the goal is to change the requirement for members to attend an entire membership meeting in order to vote. Tom justified the reading by saying that small business owners and members are sometimes not able to attend a full meeting and the LIA believes that those members should still be able to vote.  Mark Piening called a motion to pass the changes. The 1st motion was made by Roberta Weaver and seconded by another member. The motion passed unanimously.


The elections of the LIA will be conducted through the following process:

  1. The President will establish a Nominating Committee consisting of three members of the Board of Trustees.
  2. The Nominating Committee will present its slate of Officers and Trustees at the November Membership meeting.  The President will call for additional nominations from the floor at the November Membership meeting so that additional nominees can be considered.  Nominations for Officers and Trustees will be closed at the end of the November Membership meeting.
  3. The election of LIA Officers and Trustees will take place at the Annual December Business Meeting and will be decided by a simple majority of votes cast by the Members present at said meeting.  Distribution of ballots will begin 30 minutes before the start of the meeting to members present at the meeting location.  Members may cast their ballots when they receive them or they may wait until after the candidates have had an opportunity to speak during the meeting. After the candidates have spoken, the outstanding ballots will be collected and tallied. After the ballots are tallied, the President will announce the winners.  The Nominating Committee will provide ballots for the election.
  4. The term of elected office is one year for Officers and two years for Trustees.
  5. Three Trustees will be elected to two-year terms on the Board each year.  Trustees’ terms can be extended by a majority vote of the Members.

Newly elected Officers and Trustees will assume office at the close of the Annual December Business Meeting.

Alan Baskett and Myron Buxton with the Governor’s Cup Regatta Spoke about history of the Governor’s Cup Regatta started in 1959 on St Mary’s side of lake until 1970. Started again in 1995 in Celina to promote the area, and at that time also had issues due to algae. Myron Thanked LIA for the $20,000 donation Mr. Baskett explained how tough it was to cancel due to not seeing the money coming in. He said that if it were not for LIA the event would not have been able to happen. He said that he heard time after time that the racers appreciated the support from the LIA. He said that there were a lot of boats come in to watch the Regatta. Alan talked about other sponsors, he explained that a lot of other businesses stepped up after the LIA contributed. Alan said that the committee has an estimated 17k carryover for next year. Mark Piening thanked the Regatta Committee and said that the LIA would give support next year as well. He then thanked the members for their commitment.

Milt Miller with the LRC gave a report. Milt said that there will be an open house of the Prairie Creek treatment train over the next couple days at 1p-5p each day. Milt also said that Coldwater Creek will be the next treatment train project.

Tom Grabo spoke about dredging, he said that they put a bid in for the new dredge on September 24th. He reminded members that buoys are being taken out soon and to call Brian Miller if they had in issues with it.

Brian Miller State Park Manager gave the Lake Update. Brian started by saying that the lake level was down 8.5 inches. He said that the Fall Festival was a great success. Brian mentioned that next week some facilities that are not being used as much will start to close for the year around the state park.

Terry Mescher gave an update on soil and water. Terry talked about a number of things including manure violations. He said that there were no valid complaints yet about runoff. Mark Piening added that if anyone sees violation that there is a place on the LIA website that explains how to report them.

Mark Piening explained to the membership that the LIA is holding off the guardian of the Lake Award until the November meeting.

Mark Piening opened the floor for questions and comments.

The Members Meeting concluded at 11:05am

Submitted by,

Eric Morris

LIA Secretary