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November 7, 2009 MEETING The proposed amendment to our by-laws to increase the number of trustees from four to six was read for the second time – voted upon and passed, so it will be incorporated into our by-laws. Election of officers will take place at the December meeting. Is there anyone willing to assume the office of Sgt. At Arms? The only duty is to maintain order at the meetings – please consider assuming this position.

  • Trustees: Dave Meyer and Jeff Vossler have one year remaining on their two-year term. The ballot:
  • President: Tim Lovett
  • Treasurer: Pat Lovett Theresa Howick
  • Trustees: Tom Rampe
  • Vice President: Sharon Galbreath Bob Grimm Mark Piening Matt Tebbe Mark Utrup
  • Secretary: Christine Grimm
  • Sgt. At Arms: no willing candidate

Watershed Coordinator Laura Walker indicates the geotextile tube project near Windy Point is progressing; the bags are gradually filling with sediment. Any certified water data collectors interested in monitoring a particular spot, call Laura for an assignment at 419-586-3289. Tom Rampe reports that our objection to development of Watercolor Estates continues to be considered, as the OEPA did not follow protocol when approving construction of the development without proper mitigation of wetlands. A hearing will be August 2010. The lovely hand-made quilt from Susan Reed will be awarded at the next meeting, ending the silent auction; current high bid is $310. Call Jeff Vossler at 419-394-7324 to bid on a great Christmas gift. The L.I.A. website is about to undergo a complete makeover!! The big unveiling will take place at the February 2010 meeting – don’t miss it! Due to low attendance in the past at the January meeting, there will be no L.I.A. meeting in January 2010. After next month’s election meeting, we’ll meet next Feb. 7, 2010. Guest speaker Milt Baker, CEO of Blue Water Satellite, Inc. of Bowling Green, Ohio, presented an informative view of satellite imaging with the objective of helping protect the world’s water supply. The EPA has requested that our watershed be scanned in an effort to determine the source of the excessive phosphorus in the lake.

Park Manager Craig Morton reports the big dredge is finished pumping for this year; the little dredge will be used for the geotextile tube project. Stump removal continues on the south side of the lake, heading east. More than forty stumps and an equal number of logs have been collected thus far. Algae testing of the water in the lake will continue throughout the winter. Water in all park buildings has been shut off for the season. Planting of memorial trees will take place very soon, after several delays. New construction of a historically correct lock-keepers house on the canal in New Bremen near the corner of routes 66 and 274, is planned to house the Miami-Erie Canal Corridor Association, the New Bremen Chamber of Commerce as well as public facilities and historical displays.

WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!!! Next L.I.A. meeting – Saturday, December 7, 2009 – 10:00 a.m. – Celina Moose Lodge Belinda Froning, Secretary (send address changes to: rfroning[at]woh.rr.com)