Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 Annual Meeting Update

2018 Annual Meeting

The 2018 annual meeting was a success! A couple of quick updates from the meeting:

Velvet/Flannery Lake Directory -We are putting together a Flannery/Velvet Lake Directory that will be available to association members who have submitted the form. If you would like to be included in the directory, please use this short survey: https://goo.gl/forms/J1c1lDF1WpT2ZxWF2

Association Membership Dues - Reminder dues are $25 for a single membership and $50 for a family membership. Dues can be paid to the Flannery/Velvet Lake Association, P.O. Box 1582, Rhinelander, WI 54501 

2017 Lake Survey Information is found here:
Velvet Lake: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18GiVR_ixNk1XGXoWibOOMLTmpdbD3O8-/view?usp=sharing

Treasurer's Report is found here: 

Association Meeting Minutes:

Flannery/Velvet Lake Association Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 26, 2018

President Diane Jones called the meeting to order at 9 am at the Newbold Town Hall.  Nearly 20 people were in attendance.

Secretary Linda Boyd read the minutes of last year's annual meeting.  Mike Barber moved to accept the
report, Elizabeth Alderton seconded the motion and it passed.

Treasurer Dave Boyd reported a current treasury balance of $14,170.62 which includes dues and donations totaling $2325 and expenses of $3,553.58.  Expenses included $3,300 to Matt Berg for conducting our plant survey last August, batteries for the boat landing camera, expenses for copying and mailing postcard meeting notices and the newsletter, and coffee and donuts for our meetings.  J.R. Barttelt  moved to accept the treasurer's report, Linda Boyd seconded, and the motion passed.  

Committee Reports
Plant Survey Report—J.R. Barttelt reported that our lake survey last year indicated that there were 24 native aquatic species in Flannery Lake, 21 aquatic species in Velvet Lake, and no aquatic invasive species in either lake.  One land species, yellow iris, was reported in the same area that the last survey, five years ago, found reed canary grass, but that the plant was located and removed by J.R. and the property owner shortly after the survey was completed last August.  The plant is and looks like a yellow iris and blooms in June, so be on the look out for it on land this June.  Matt Berg gave our lakes high marks for their water quality and the degree of protection of the water quality that residents are practicing.  Those practices include: keeping a buffer zone of natural vegetation between the lake shore and lawns, using rain gardens to catch water run off, bagging lawn clippings, and not using fertilizer or at least using phosphorous-free fertilizer. 

Water Quality Report—Dave Boyd, who does the chemical water testing of our lakes reported that he was able to do the testing within two weeks of ice out this year.
Clarity—this early testing resulted in a secchi disk reading of 10 feet in both lakes.  The secchi disk is used to measure water clarity by indicating how deep into the water the secci disk can be seen.  This reading indicated a dramatic change from our usual readings of 16-18 feet deep and is due to the fact that the waters are turning over after ice off and thus, are stirred up.  When the turnover is complete, we can expect deeper clarity readings.
Water temperatures were 63 degrees at the surface of Flannery and 43 at the bottom of Flannery with a thermocline at about eight feet.  Water temperatures in Velvet Lake were 63 at the surface and 55 degrees below the thermocline. 
Phosphorous levels last year were low in both lakes—9.8 mc/lt in Flannery and 12.5 mc/lt in Velvet Lake.  At levels above 20 mc/lt algae blooms can begin.
Chlorophyll levels last year were 3.6 mc/lt for Flannery and 5.1mc/lt in Velvet Lake.  7.9 mc/lt is the average reading for our region.
Lake Classification--Because of these readings, both our lakes are considered mesotrophic which is defined as moderately clear water but having an increasing chance of low dissolved oxygen in deep water in the summer. 
     A question was raised as to whether old septic systems on the lake might be an issue in our water quality.  Dave said that when properties are sold they have to meet current septic standards and per Oneida County Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Ordinance section 13.53-- “an existing system inspection is required for all property transfers in which a real estate transfer fee is collected.” So, although there may be inadequate septic systems in existence on our lakes, eventually most will be covered by these provisions for land transfer inspections.
History—Mike Barber said he will revive the history committee and will contact several people on the lake who have history knowledge and information. 

Loons-Loon Ranger Linda Boyd reported that two loons have been seen peacefully feeding on the lake but have not nested as yet.  Others have reported seeing three loons, so if the pair does nest, we have an intruder loon possibility.  Stay tuned.

Old Business
Fish Cribs—Elizabeth Alderton contacted the DNR about using fish sticks and said the DNR does not want them used.  They are a man-made material and the DNR prefers natural materials, and suggests we let the trees that fall on the shoreline remain there to form natural cribs to shelter fish. 

Bladder wort—Elizabeth Alderton contacted the DNR about our bladderwort situation and their position is unchanged.  We can do nothing about it except remove a 30-foot portion of it when it impacts our shorelines. 

Lake Residents Directory—Elizabeth Alderton is compiling a directory of area lake residents with information on their address, phone numbers, etc.  We will send out the form via e mail again and, once completed, Elizabeth will send the directory document to people via e mail.  For more information or to receive a form to fill out, contact Elizabeth at aldertone@uwosh.edu

2018 Pontoon Party Date—Saturday, July 21, at 5 pm will be the time for our next Pontoon Party.  As usual, the party will dock at Mike Barber's pier at the south end of Velvet Lake. A boat is not required to attend this party.  Mike has a big parking lot at his house located at 3779 Velvet Lake Road, so come by land or by sea.  In case of rain, the party will be at Rick Rustad's pole barn at 4154 Flannery Lake Road.  If you are unsure about the weather and location of the party, call Mike at 715-282-6079. 
     As always, bring your favorite beverage and an appetizer to pass. 
WWW.flanneryvelvetlake.blogspot.com is our website.  If you want information on our lakes and association, log on to that site.  If you want to put something up, contact Elizabeth Alderton at aldertone@uwosh.edu. 
     Information and news about our lakes is also available for Facebook users at Flannery/Velvet Lake Association. 

New Business
floating logs—people have reported seeing partially submerged logs and a section of a pier floating in Flannery Lake, so take care when boating. 

Camera—JR Barttelt reported that the camera that monitors our boat landing is no longer operational.  The board will replace it and look into solar power to help power the batteries. 

Election of Board Members--Todd Dessain was elected and Dave Boyd and Lou Wilhelm were re-elected to the Flannery/Velvet Lakes Association Board.  J.R. Barttelt did not run for re-election and was thanked for his 15 years of work and involvement in the lake association. 

Lou Wilhelm moved to adjourn the meeting, J.R. Barttelt seconded and the motion passed. 
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Boyd, secretary   

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes:
Minutes of the Flannery/Velvet Lake Association, Inc. Board of Directors Meeting

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Present: Elizabeth Alderton, Mike Barber, J.R. Barttelt, Dave Boyd, Linda Boyd, Gregg Curry, Diane Jones, Dale Larson, and Lou Wilhelm

Absent: Christy Aggens, John Ahlstrom, and Shawn Frick

President Diane Jones called the meeting to order at 8 am. 

Secretary's report:  last years minutes were read.  J.R. Barttelt moved to approve the minutes, Elizabeth Alderton seconded, and the motion passed.

Treasurer's report:  Current balance of $14,170.62 includes dues and donations totaling $2325 and expenses of $3,553.58.  Expenses included $3,300 to Matt Berg for conducting our plant survey last August, batteries for the boat landing camera, expenses for copying and mailing postcard meeting notices and the newsletter, and coffee and donuts for our meetings.  Mike Barber moved to accept the treasurer's report, Dale Larson, seconded, and the motion passed. 

Committee Reports:
Plant Survey—J.R. will report fully at the annual meeting of the membership to follow.
Water Testing—Dave Boyd will report fully at the annual meeting of the membership to follow but said that the testing so far shows the water quality is identical to last year with clear water and low levels of phosphorous and chlorophyll.
Loons—Loon ranger, Linda Boyd reported that she has seen two loons who appear to be a pair but they are not as yet nesting.  Board members indicated they have seen as many as three loons on the lake setting up a potential for an intruder loon situation should the pair establish a nest. 

New Business
Boat Landing Camera—J.R. Barttelt reported that our camera is not longer working so we need to decide if we want to continue the camera surveillance of the boat landing or not.  After discussion it was decided that we would buy a new camera and continue surveillance of boat landing activity.  Mike Barber will research what type of camera to use and will monitor the photos if and when there is a need to check on boat landing activity.  Elizabeth Alderton moved that the board allocate up to $250 for the purchase of a new camera for this purpose.  Lou Wilhelm seconded, and the motion carried.  Further discussion suggested that solar panels might help with battery power for the camera. 

Old Business
Bladderwort—Elizabeth Alderton spoke with the DNR about our bladderwort situation.  The DNR sees no way to remove it and  would not allow pesticide treatment of the lake. So, people can only remove a 30 foot wide swath from their lake shore. 
Fish sticks—Elizabeth Alderton spoke with the DNR about methods to increase our fish population and said the DNR does not want people to use fish sticks, which are not made of natural materials, and prefer that downed trees along the shore be left in place to become shelters for fish. 
Lake Association Directory—Elizabeth Alderton is compiling a directory of contact information on lake residents.  We will send out another request for information for the directory and then distribute it via email.

Meeting was recessed in order to hold the annual lake association membership meeting.   After the membership meeting the board reconvened with newly elected board member Todd Dessain and reelected members Dave Boyd and Lou Wilhelm. 
The Board elected officers as follows:

President:  Mike Barber
Vice President: Elizabeth Alderton
Treasurer: Dave Boyd
Secretary: Linda Boyd

Meeting adjourned at 11 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Linda Boyd, secretary

Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring Greetings, 
     It may not look like it around our lakes today, but in six weeks, we will be at the beginning of summer, maybe; looking at waves lapping the shores of our beautiful lakes, hopefully; and, for sure, holding our annual Flannery/Velvet Lakes Association Membership meeting on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 9 am in the Newbold Town Hall, located on Hwy 47. 
     The agenda will include a report from last summer’s lake survey, old and new lakes business, committee reports, election of board members, and setting the date for our lakes’ residents annual summer party. 
     Coffee and donuts will be served. See you there. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Flannery/Velvet Lake Association 2017 Annual Meeting

ATTENTION: The decision has been made to hold the Pontoon Party for Velvet/Flannery lake at the Rustad's barn, 4154 Flannery Lake Road.
A reminder to bring your lawn chairs, beverage of choice, and an appetizer to pass. Please also leave your furry friends at home.
Thank you to the Rustads for holding the party!

Flannery/Velvet Lake Association
2017 Annual Meeting
9 amSaturday, May, 27 (Memorial Day Weekend), 2017
Newbold Town Hall, 4590 Hwy 47N

Once again, we'll be serving coffee and donuts

Water quality, lake plant survey, fish stocking, loon updates will be presented, and new board members will be elected. This is our 12th year as a lake association, and some of our board members and officers have been on the board for all 12 years—it's time for new blood. 
We will also set the date for our annual Pontoon Party
You must be present and be a lake association member to vote on any issues. Single membership (one vote) is $25. Family membership (2 votes) is $50. You can pay your dues at the door.

Don't miss out on fresh coffee, donuts, and the latest lake information...Plus, meet your neighbors!

Flannery/Velvet Lake Association Annual Meeting Minutes
Saturday, May 27, 2017

President Diane Jones called the meeting to order at 9 am, at the Newbold Town Hall.  Nearly 40 people were in attendance

John Kubisiak, Fisheries Supervisor, Eastern Treaty Fisheries Assessment Team, was the guest speaker today and spoke about the fishing and stocking situation for our lakes.  He said that our lakes are a small body of soft water which is typical of seepage lakes.  There are not a lot of nutrients, and  there is very clear water.  The last fish survey in 2011 showed that there were lots of large mouth bass and blue gills, a moderate amount of perch, and a small amount of northern pike and crappies. 
     The DNR does not approve of stocking fish on top of adequate populations already in the lakes or fish that are not native to the lake with the exception of muskies. 
     In our lakes the DNR does not have a good stocking recommendation.   Stocking perch on top of our present population would not result in large perch in our lakes.  Trout need oxygen below the thermocline which does not happen in our lakes. Muskies could be stocked because they have been stocked in our lakes in the past, but would not serve to control other fish populations and might result in more activity in the lake, i.e. muskie fishermen, which would increase the danger of AIS on the lakes.  Small mouth bass could be stocked because they have been here in the past.  Northern pike, blue gills, perch could be stocked but are not recommended because they are here in adequate numbers.
     Fish cribs, fish sticks, and tree falls along the shore would be helpful in allowing our fish population to thrive.  Anyone looking to put in fish sticks or cribs can get a DNR permit and proceed.  All cribbing and fish sticks must be made of natural materials and placement must occur only after receiving approval from the shore land property owner.  

Secretary's report was read.  J.R. Barttelt moved to approve the minutes, Gregg Curry seconded and the motion passed.
The treasurer's report was as follows:  With income of $1900 this year in dues and expenses of $282.37, the treasury balance is now $15,399.20.  Paul Kern moved to accept the treasurer's report, Lou Wilhelm seconded and the motion passed.

Committee reports:
History—no report
AIS—J.R. Barttelt gave a short history of the plant surveys on our lakes.  Ten years and five years ago we had our first and second plant surveys.  Now this summer we will have our third survey.  The survey will take place on or about August 1 and 2, the same dates as the last survey.  The first survey showed a total of 17 plants in our lakes and no AIS, and the second one showed 32 new plants including a small patch of a land-based AIS in one location.  The property owner was contacted and agreed to eliminate the AIS. 
     After the survey is complete and before the end of the year, we will receive a report from the research biologist conducting the survey who will also include photos of any new species discovered. 
     Elizabeth Alderton requested a copy of the plant survey reports and will post them on our lakes web site (www.flanneryvelvetlake.blogspot.com). 
Water chemistry testing—Dave Boyd reported on the water testing of our lakes done last summer.  He reported that for the first time in 12 years there was a significant difference in results from both lakes, which is unusual in that they are all the same body of water.  Velvet Lake's chlorophyll average last year averaged 3.8 ug/lt versus Flannery's average of 2.1 ug/lt.  This is still well below the average for our Northeast Geo-region  Velvet Lake's phosphorus average was 12.6 ug/lt versus Flannery's average of 11.3 ug/lt (readings over 20 ug/lt may experience noticeable algae blooms). 
     Because of this these readings the DNR now categorizes Velvet Lake as a mesotrophic lake, meaning it has moderately clear water and an increasing chance of low dissolved oxygen in deep water during the summer.  Flannery is still considered an oligotrophic lake.  In previous years both lakes were oligotrophic which is the category for clearest and lowest chlorophyll and phosphorus average lakes. 

Loons—Linda Boyd reported that there was no loon nest on our lakes as of Thursday, May 25. 
     This is the second year after the dramatic summer when our loon chick “Houdini” survived multiple attacks by an intruder loon.  Houdini may come back north as a mature loon this summer so if you see a loon with banding white over white on the right leg and pink over silver on the left leg, that is Houdini.  Please let us know via the blog-spot, FVLA Facebook page, or email Linda at lkb292@yahoo.com if you do see him.

Boat Landing—J.R. Barttelt reported that the board decided to reactivate the motion-detection camera at the landing but not to check the thousands of photos it records unless there is a need to check on activity at the landing. 

Old Business

No-Wake Sign—the no wake sign posted at the entry of Velvet Lake which is a no-wake body of water is now semi-submerged and needs to be re-positioned.  Mike Barber volunteered to fix it. 

Fish Stocking—After the earlier presentation by John Kubisiak it was generally agreed that it is not in the interest of the lakes fish population to stock any fish at this time.  Further, Hugh Jones made a motion for the lake association to go on record against any muskie stocking in the lakes.  J.R. Barttelt seconded, and the motion carried.
     The idea of installing fish cribs and/or fish sticks to provide more and better  habitat for fish was generally agreed as the best next step to enhancing our fish population.  Elizabeth Alderton and  Shawn Frick agreed to explore this effort.  Gregg Curry made a motion that Elizabeth and Shawn co-chair a fish habitat committee to this end and that up to $1300 be available to fund any DNR fees involved and other expenses for this effort.  Lou Wilhelm seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. 
     Anyone who is interested in possibly having fish sticks in front of their property, please contact Elizabeth Alderton at ealderton@new.rr.com. After Shawn and Elizabeth talk with the DNR, they will put out more information and a call on the website and Facebook for those interested. 

Pontoon Party—The 2017 FVLA Pontoon Party will be held Saturday, July 22, starting at 5:30 pm at Mike Barber's dock in Velvet Lake (3779 Velvet Lake Road for those who want to arrive by land).  In the event of inclement weather, the party will take place at Carol and Lou Wilhelm's home at 3933 Velvet Lake Road.  Pontoon, paddle, motor, or row boats; kayaks, canoes, and water bikes are all welcome as is arriving by car or foot at either location.  Everyone should bring their favorite beverage and an appetizer. 

Trash Pick-Up—We have had a good effort at trash pick up already this year and it was agreed that earlier pick up before leafing out is best and will happen next spring on the third Saturday of April which is April 21.  Everyone interested in helping at this event can meet at the boat landing at 9 am.  We did this as a lake association activity a few years ago and it was a great way to spruce up our surroundings. 

Election of Board members—Current board member Gregg Curry was nominated for another term and Christy Aggens, Elizabeth Alderton, and Shawn Frick were nominated.  All nominees were elected. 

New Business--
FVLA directory—Elizabeth Alderton expressed an interest in creating an association directory and others welcomed the idea. She will create a form to collect information from association members. The form will be sent by email and through the Facebook group. If anyone has suggestions for what information should be collected, please contact her at ealderton@new.rr.com with ideas.

Bladderwort Control—Elizabeth Alderton volunteered to meet with Kevin Gauthier of the DNR to discuss bladderwort control/eradication possibilities for our lakes now that the plant is no longer listed as “a species of special concern” and therefore is no longer protected.

Jim Winkler—Oneida County Board member Jim Winkler introduced himself at the meeting and said he was a resource for lake associations and available to help with lake association issues. 

Paul Kern moved the meeting be adjourned.  Sue Gohl seconded and the motion passed.   

Respectfully submitted,
Linda Boyd, secretary

Minutes of the Flannery/Velvet Lake Association, Inc. Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Present: Mike Barber, J.R. Barttelt, Dave Boyd, Linda Boyd, Gregg Curry, Diane Jones, Paul Kern, Dale Larson, and Lou Wilhelm
Absent: John Ahlstrom

President Diane Jones called the meeting to order at 8 am. 

Secretaries report was read.  Paul Kern moved to accept the minutes, Dave Boyd seconded the motion and the motion passed.

Treasurer's report was as follows.  Current balance of $15,399.20 which includes dues of $1900 and expenses of $282.37.  Dave said we will incur expenses of $3,300 this year when we pay for our lakes survey scheduled for this summer.  Linda Boyd moved to accept the report and J.R. Barttelt seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Committee Reports
History—no report
Fish stocking—no news since last year's meeting, but John Kubisiak, Fisheries Supervisor, Eastern Treaty Fisheries Assessment Team is scheduled to address this subject at the membership meeting this morning. 
AIS—J.R. Barttelt reported that the plant study is scheduled to take place on or around August 1 and 2 which is close to the dates the study took place five years ago.  He stated that the contract indicated that a report was due to us by the end of 2017.  Last time, the report came well ahead of that deadline and he expected it might be even faster this time as the DNR only requires photos of new plant species that might be found rather than actual dried samples. 
     The last report indicated an invasive species located on the shore of a property in Back-of-the-Moon Bay and the owner of the property had been informed and said he would remove the plants. 
     How important is it to monitor our lake shore especially on either side of the boat landing was discussed.  Lou suggested that we see if other lakes want to hire someone who knows and can identify invasive species who could be paid to monitor all our lakes for AIS on a regular basis.  Dave Boyd suggested he contact Oneida County AIS coordinator Stephanie Boismenue to see if other lakes are interested.
     There is no boat inspection at our boat landing, and the surveillance camera is no longer at the boat landing.  It was decided to reinstate the camera but not monitor the thousands of photos unless there was a specific need to know about boat launch activity. 

Water Testing—Dave Boyd reported that most years both lakes have close test results which is to be expected as it is one body of water.  However in 2016, the numbers varied.  Velvet Lake had Chlorophyll  levels of 3.8 ug/lt versus Flannery's 2.1 ug/lt.  Velvet Lake phosphorus levels were 12.6 to Flannery's 11.3,  For this reason, the DNR has classified Velvet as a mesotrophic lake while Flannery is still categorized as an oligotrophic lake.

Loons—no nest yet but little signs of problems such as fights for territories. 

Newbold Lake Association Committee—no report

Old Business—Linda Boyd reported that the no wake sign positioned at the mouth of Velvet Lake is now partially submerged and needs to be re-positioned. 

Meeting was recessed in order to hold the annual lake association membership meeting.

After the annual membership meeting, the board reconvened with newly elected board members—Christy Aggens, Elizabeth Alderton, Shawn Frick, and reelected board member Gregg Curry.
The board elected officers as follows:
President—Diane Jones
Vice President—Dale Larson
Secretary—Linda Boyd
Treasurer—Dave Boyd

Meeting adjourned at 11:10 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Linda Boyd, secretary