Lakes & Parks Committee Minutes: March 8, 2017

Hidden Valley Lake Lakes & Parks Committee
Meeting Minutes
March 8, 2017

Meeting called to order in the lower level by Dave Patterson at 7:37 pm.

Members Present: Bill Cox, Tom Derrick, Eric Fox, Jill King, Alan Kohlhaas, Dave Patterson, Dave Ryberg, Joe Stocker, Gerald Young

Members Absent: Dan Beckman

Community Manager: Bruce Keller – Present

Board Liaison: Pat Hawkins – Present

Guests Present: Jenna Bumgartner, Tim Maupin, and about a dozen additional guests who were present primarily for Mr. Maupin’s presentation.

Minutes from the February meeting were presented by Dave Patterson.

  • Corrections required: None.
  • Motion to accept by: Bill Cox;  Seconded by: Alan Kohlhaas.
  • Vote count: for 9, against 0, abstain 0.

Guest Issues: Jenna Bumgartner was present to request an update on the sluice gate bridge widening and the possibility of a Dog Park in HVL. Dave gave her the update on the sluice gate bridge. Casey Kennedy is donating his time and some materials to assist. We hope to have it completed this summer.

Jenna also wanted information on the status of a Dog Park in or near HVL. This is a project that has been smoldering for many years. The most often mentioned location is by the Fairway entrance, often referred to as the Greendale Dump. The project is starting to get support from Greendale and also some from the county. Tom Biedenhorn, an HVL resident, has been pushing this project as an individual for the past several years. It is not a dead idea at all.

The Little Free Library is a project whereby individuals can use special containers to drop off books they have read and/or no longer want, and can pick up a book that someone else has left in the box. More information is available at The cost for a box is between $295 and $600. Jenna said her husband could build one for the cost of materials, around $150.00. The box would have to be registered and have a plaque added. The cost of that is $42.50. We were thinking about sponsoring 2 locations, one by the shelter on the 77 acres and another one at a site yet to be confirmed, possibly the POA office or the pool area. They can be outdoors and freestanding. The committee voted unanimously to support this project. Funding could possibly come from the Lakes and Parks budget or from the board.

Tim Maupin was present to discuss the rationale behind the current boat length limits and whether or not we should re-evaluate the current regulations. He had an extensive power point style presentation based on significant research on his part. He has many years of experience in the field. The information presented was excellent, and the committee will be reviewing it and discussing it extensively over the next several months. We will not be making a change to the length rules without significant study. IF a change were to be recommended, the implementation and transition would be key elements of any proposal.

Board Meeting Report: Bruce and Pat briefly reported on the February meeting.

Fish & Game Club Comments: Tom Derrick and Dave Ryberg were present representing the club. The club has voted to put $800 to $1000 worth of fathead minnows into the main lake to enhance the food chain for the bass. They requested additional financial assistance from the L & P Committee. This request was denied by the committee.

They are going to attempt another slot limit tournament and possibly open it up to the community. The committee stated we would much prefer to support that than the addition of minnows.

Lake Patrol Report: There won’t be any reports until Paul returns.

Lake Statistics Report: Gerry Young – No report.

Small Lake Maintenance report: Bruce Keller – The overflow that needs to be built at Crystal Lake has been approved by the Army Corps., but we are still waiting on the DNR.

Current/Active Business Updates –           

  • Sluice Gate Bridge Widening: Covered above.
  • Property purchase: A member asked about the recent property acquisition by HVL. Pat reported that the board did recently approve the purchase of the 21 acres between the HVL Golf Course and Georgetown Rd. They are in their due diligence period at this point.

New Business:

When Paul gets back, probably around mid-April, he and Bill Cox will be putting together a short course on boat safety for new boaters in Hidden Valley.

Community Manager’s Report:

  • Floating Docks at the marina: Peter Soltys has agreed to re-design the docks in the marina to come up with a new layout that might give us a couple of additional docks.
  • Floating Docks: Bruce has found a new material that can be used to replace our existing wooden docks and eventually our existing floating docks. They are a plastic type and are air filled and practically indestructible. If a piece is damaged, it can be replaced easily. A cut out section was displayed at the meeting.

Motion to adjourn by Alan Kohlhaas; seconded by Joe Stocker. The motion passed unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:32 p.m. Thanks to all for their time and dedication.

Respectfully submitted by Dave Patterson, Chairman

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