2022 Objectives and Activities

Membership PLA Lead Director: Laurie Conzemius

  • Continue to increase membership with a 2022 goal of 160. Focus on getting all new residents to be PLA members 
  • Continue 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
  • Continue working toward being a more welcoming organization by engaging with new and inactive members for opportunities to participate in PLA programs
  • Release 2022 membership dues/AIS donation letter and registration form by end of January
  • Electronically inform/thank members when we receive their dues/AIS donation

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

  • Identify new lakeshore owners and provide them with information about the lake and the association 
  • Expand our Neighborhood Captains Program to insure we visit with each lakeshore owner before the annual meeting
  • Mail hard copy of Newsletter to all lake residents.  Hand deliver hard copy of the Potato Laker  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; Emphasize AIS prevention actions and lakeshore protection
  • Work in conjunction with the membership committee to insure we reach our 2021 membership goal 

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

  • Complete 1500 hours of watercraft inspections per established plan and schedule
  • Secure funding from Lake Emma Township and Hubbard County consistent with 2022 inspection plan
  • Secure supplemental funding from lake residents and NMF to support 2022 inspection program
  • Conduct AIS early detection including vegetation, Zebra mussel veligers, and Spiny Waterflea monitoring
  • Work to have an organized AIS lake monitoring program with committed and trained monitors. Enroll some members in COLA AIS ID Monitoring program.
  • Participate in COLA/State  Starry Trek monitoring for Starry Stonewort
  • Communicate current AIS information from DNR and COLA to lake residents 

Lake Management Plan PLA Lead Directors: Ken Grob 

  • Review the Lake Management Plan developed in 2006; If new information supersedes the content of the current plan, modify it as appropriate
  • Update members at Annual Meeting

PLA Charitable Fund PLA Lead Director: Chuck Diessner

  • Continue to support donations to the fund; both for AIS inspections and for the Endowment fund
  • Provide AIS Watercraft Inspection funding, as needed, to supplement PLA supplemental funds

Communication PLA Lead Directors: Kolt Ringer and Laurie 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
  • Continue to promote the electronic lake resident directory

Fisheries PLA Lead Director: Jim Miller

  • Continue to communicate with DNR staff so that we understand the fisheries plan for the lake
  • Insure fisheries plan is available to members via website, newsletter, and other communications

Loon Program PLA Lead Director:  Bill Gorrilla  (Bob Berdahl)

  • 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 newsletter.
  • Participate in Hubbard County Loon Monitoring/Reporting Progarm

Land Use and Zoning PLA Lead Director: Exec Committee 

  • 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 who may be considering a transition to a Planned Unit Development (PUD).
  • Seek out potential conservation opportunities including conservation easements

Social PLA Lead Director:  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, newsletter and email

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

  • Actively support the work of COLA
  • Participate as members of COLA Executive Board (Ken Grob)
  • 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  (Bill Gorrilla)
  • Proactively communicate information from DNR, MAISRC, and COLA “Eyes on Water” Initiative
  • Participate in Wave monitoring program with US Corp of Engineers (if selected by COLA)

PLA Administrative Initiatives:  PLA Board

  • Complete annual registration of  PLA with State of Minnesota (Non-profit) by December 2022
  • Maintain Kiosk signs at watercraft accesses
  • Conduct Hwy 40 clean up event in May and September
  • Provide Outreach to lake residents as needed
  • Organize and conduct annual PLA Meeting in August
  • Establish President position succession plan 

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