2018 Objectives & Activities

Membership PLA Lead Director: Tom Conzemius

  • Continue to increase membership with a 2018 goal of 150. Focus on getting all new residents to be PLA members. (In 2017, our Lake Association had 120 members)
  • Continue the launch of the Neighborhood Captain’s Program. This program has been instrumental in increasing year over year participation and remains a key method in reaching our residents
  • Work toward being a more welcoming organization by engaging with new and inactive members for opportunities to participate in PLA programs
  • Identify new lakeshore owners and provide them with information about the Lake and the Association
  • Release 2018 membership dues/AIS donations letter and form by mid-February

Neighborhood Captain’s Program: PLA Lead Director: Mike Vold

  • Expand on our Neighborhood Captains Program to insure we visit with each lakeshore owner before the annual meeting
  • Deliver the hard copy of the Potato Laker within 30 days of publication to those lakeshore owners who do not receive one via USPS
  • Insure Neighborhood Captains have knowledge about PLA plans and objectives and can answer most questions from lakeshore owners
  • Work in conjunction with the membership committee to insure we reach our 2018 membership goal

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Efforts PLA Lead Directors: Bob Berdahl, Dale Kunz, and Ken Grob

  • Complete 1267 hours of watercraft inspections per established plan and schedule
  • Secure funding from townships consistent with 2018 efforts
  • Conduct AIS early detection including vegetation, Zebra mussel veliger, and spiny waterflea monitoring
  • Complete the Rapid Response plans for the lake and build the needed PLA people support network
  • Work to have an organized AIS lake monitoring program with committed and trained monitors

Lake Management Plan PLA Lead Director: Ken Grob and Chuck Diessner

  • Form a committee of PLA directors and members to review the Lake Management Plan developed in 2006
  • If new information supersedes the content of the current plan, modify it as appropriate
  • Communicate contents of plan and results over the years at our annual meeting

PLA Charitable Fund PLA Lead Director: Chuck Diessner

  • Continue to support donations to the fund; both for AIS inspections and for the general fund
  • Recruit additional Fund members to insure we are at full staff
  • Develop a pre-approved AIS Rapid Response fund request in conjunction with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Improve the process for obtaining AIS watercraft inspection funding to assure annual funding in a timely manner each year

Communication PLA Lead Directors: Kolt Ringer and Tom Conzemius

  • Continue to provide timely information to our members via newsletter and through informal communication
  • Maximize the capability of the Neighborhood Captains program
  • Publish one hard copy, multi-colored Potato Laker annually
  • Insure our website has both timely and accurate information
  • Expand the use of social media

Fisheries PLA Lead Director: Kolt Ringer

  • Communicate with DNR staff so that we understand the fisheries plan for the lake
  • Insure fisheries plan is available to members via website and other communications
  • Sponsor a 2018 fishing contest similar to that in 2017 including communicating it to members prior to the commencement of the opening of the season.

Loon Program PLA Lead Director: Bob Berdahl coordinating with Jerry Olsen

  • Place loon nesting platforms in lake at ice out
  • Monitor loon activity including numbers, nesting sites and chicks
  • Complete annual DNR loon survey and communicate it to members via website and newsletters.

Land Use PLA Lead Director: Exec Committee coordinating with Chuck Diessner

  • Seek to protect the environs of the lake using best practices of land use management
  • Monitor various land use applications and make recommendations to the PLA board regarding input to applicable government groups
  • Proactively consult with resort owners considering a transition to a Planned Unit Development (PUD).
  • Seek out potential conservation opportunities including the purchase of property or conservation easements

Social PLA Lead Director: Organization and effort provided by Jan Vold

  • Plan and organize PLA social events
  • Encourage direct participation of PLA Directors
  • Encourage inactive or non-member participation
  • Publish and communicate via website, newsletters and email

Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) PLA Lead Director: Ken Grob

  • Actively support the work of COLA
  • More effectively communicate the focus, programs and activities of COLA to PLA members.
  • Insure we have attendance at all COLA meetings.
  • Proactively communicate COLA information to the Water Quality Monitor (Rich Rothermel) and AIS Veliger Monitor (Dale Kunz)
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