The Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Board of Directors met at the Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center. President John V. called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Directors in attendance were, Bob Henkel, Larry Quamme, Jerry Boardman, John Mitchell, John Verdon, Darus Spingler, Bruce ReVoir, Kevin Quillin, Alex Galema and Blake Schoh. Also attending Brandon Jones and Dean Peterson.
Approve Minutes – 12/03/19 – On motion by Bob H. second by Darus, the minutes were approved as written.
Financial Report – Larry presented the final 2019 financial report from 1/1/2019 to 12/31/2019. Income totaled $35,983.98, expenses totaled $35,455.35. Cash as of 12/31/2019 was 56,559.45. A second report for 01/01/2020 to 03/06/2020 was also presented with income of $1,962.70 and expenses of $2,459.37. Cash on 3/9/20 was $56,062.78. On motion by Jerry, second by Kevin, both reports were approved as presented.
Correspondence – Larry noted a letter from WI Senator Jen Schilling indicating that she was introducing a bill in the next session allowing a person to walk directly across the tracks or railroad right-of-way to gain access to public lands in Wisconsin. Second a communication was received regarding the multimedia gallery the FOP9 supported financially at the Genoa Fish Hatchery. During a 53 day period last fall 806 visitors used the machine and a programming change had occurred giving the donors much more attraction to the users. Also, notes of appreciation for the FOP9 efforts were shared from the NWRA and the District people at the FWS in Minneapolis.
USFWS Information -Brandon provided an up-date on the several projects occurring in the district indicating that Conway Lake work would begin this year. He noted other projects are in the planning stages. He indicated that the dredging of the Cold Springs Landing on the Northside was awaiting the WDNR habitat study. He indicated that maintenance of current trees was approved and he or Wendy needed to be advised of activities. He also discussed his role as acting Region Hunting & Fishing Chief and task force meetings with David Bernhart, Secretary of the Department of Interior. He is one of 8 FWS people on the task force exploring many activities. He ended by stating that a long awaited appropriation of funding impacting the refuges is expected to occur this year.
Refuge Anniversary Project Up-Date – Ric reported on a meeting with Sabrina Chandler, Reggie McLeod, and Hallie Rasmussen as well as Larry Quamme on March 5, 2020. Sabrina is very supportive and will commit resources to the 2024 event to the extent permitted by Federal agencies. Reggie floated an idea of his BIG RIVER magazine doing a major special edition in 2024 dedicated to the refuge anniversary. Ric indicated many ideas were shared and also indicated that one of the other friends groups in the refuge (Stewards of the Upper Miss River Refuge) were interested in the project. The group, with Sabrina, will meet again in May to continue planning. It was noted that $11,850 is being held in the FOP9 treasury and there is another $5,000 pledge.
Committees – President John announced the following Committee assignments
Scholarships – Bruce, Sue & Darus
Newsletter – John V. (help from others for articles)
Beach Cleaning – Kevin & Blake
River Clean-Up – Bob H., Jerry, Alex & Bob S.
MRAD – Lisa, Mandi, & Andrea
Fish Days – Bob S. & Sue
Annual Meeting – Larry, Blake & Sue
Island Tree Maintenance – Jerry & Alex
No Wake Zone – Blake
By-Laws Review – Larry & John M.
Fish Line Collection - Jerry
Lansing No Wake Zone – Blake provided a package of material providing information on the petition to create a no wake zone from 800 feet North of RMM 662.2 North to the Lansing City Marina Dike. A petition has been prepared noting approval from adjoining land owners, the City of Lansing City Council and Jared Landt, DNR Conservation officer. The no wake zone would involve 300 feet out from the Lansing shoreline. The FOP9 would purchase 5 Marker Buoys with a cost of under $2,000. Also the FOP9 would pay and erect signs on both ends of the zone, costs to be determined. On approval, the petition would be forwarded to the IDNR and action is expected at an April, 2020 meeting. On motion by Blake, second by John M., the FOP9 approved forwarding the petition to the IDNR. Follow-up on signs and other matters will commence as well.
River Clean-Up Day – The Board set the date for the clean-up to occur on APRIL 18, 2020. The committee will meet and start planning.
Eagle Day – Ferryville – Larry presented a report on the event noting that largest attendance in 12 years was enjoyed with over 500 people participating. The Ferryville Tourism Council (FTC) extended their thanks for the FOP9 co-sponsorship and financial support of $750.00. The total cost of the event was $2,565. Larry indicated that $1,065 for FOP9 donations ($265) and clothing sales ($800) was deposited to the treasury. The FTC also thanked all the FOP9 volunteers that helped and assisted at the event.
Other – Blake indicated that spring boating and outdoor activity shows were coming. He would have booths and could have FOP9 brochures & canoe route information. He was also wondering if the FOP9 might offer to have someone do a presentation on the canoeing and the routes. A suggestion was made to contact Ross at the Driftless Center. He will follow-up.
Next Meeting set for TUESDAY, APRIL7, 2020 at 7:00pm at the Driftless Center.
ADJOURN – On motion by Bob H, second by Alex. the meeting adjourned at 8:45pm.
Larry Quamme, Secretary