Crystal Lake Improvement Association Board Meeting

July 6, 2022 – 7pm 


Present: Jeannine Currie, Brooke Fox, Bob Johnston, Dave Perron, Mike Robole, Tom Harmening,
Cheryl Leitschuh
Absent: Brian Carlson, Paul Hillmer

  • Meeting called to order at 7:10pm
  • Committee Updates & Ongoing Business
  • Governance
  • Secretary’s review of prior meeting minutes & vote – unanimously approved
  • Treasurer’s report & vote -unanimously approved 
  • Reminder to read/review Bylaws
  • Neighborhood updates & member feedback – weed control has received many positive comments
  • New houses up for sale/sold
    • 1212 Bluebill Bay Rd (sold)
    • 1404 Bluebill Bay Rd (sold)
    • 140 Oak Shore Drive and 357 Maple Island Road for sale
  • Upcoming Calendar Updates (Jeannine)
      • Blue Water Science survey of lake weed and algae conditions will occur in August
      • New calendar updates are posted in the shared directory with additional discussions below
  • External Relations (Tom)
      • Caleb Ashling (City of Burnsville) reported that curbside lake weed pickups had been completed for households requesting the service
      • Aquatic plant harvesting by City contractor was completed June 9th & 16th
  • Communications (Jeannine/Tom/Paul)
  • Newsletter topics for this month: boat parade results, clarification that modifications to the outlet did not impact lake levels, fish stocking plan for fall
  • Algae, Weeds & Aquatic Invasive Plants (Mike/Dave/Paul)
      • Aquatic plant harvesting completed (see above)
      • Eurasian Milfoil treatment still unknown pending results of Blue Water Resources survey and grant approval (Mike to check on status of grant)
      • Algae treatment for bays 50% completed with remaining treatment expected week of July 13th
  • Fish & Aquatic Invasive Animals (Bob/Dave)
      • DNR has confirmed plans for stocking of 288 Muskie fingerlings in the fall and the low bidder selected by CLIA for walleye fingerlings has confirmed that he has reserved 135 lbs for delivery some time in October. 
  • Social (Brooke/Jeannine)
    • Winners of the boat parade were announced and gift cards will be distributed
    • The park cleanup on June 11th was successful with about 30 participants cleaning Crystal Beach Park, Piknik Island, the boat launch area and small beach at Crystal Lake West Park.
    • Another park cleanup is tentatively set for October 15th
    • A Lake Association picknick is tentatively planned for September 11th or 18th.
  • New business & topics for future meetings (Brian)


    • CLIA role in lake level management (Bob)
      • There was general discussion about a series of emails initiated by a lake resident who was questioning whether the recent modifications to the outlet had resulted in lower lake levels.  Clarification was made that the outlet had not changed in elevation but rather was made larger in diameter to allow faster emptying of excess water during high rainfall or snow melt events.  Outlet elevation and target lake level is set by the DNR and the current target level has been in place since 1970.
      • Given the 2-year summer drought conditions and lower water levels, it was agreed that CLIA representatives should meet with the City of Burnsville to learn more about their views of lake level management.  Tom agreed to contact Darryl Jacobsen to set up the meeting.


    • Other items from previous meetings- nothing noted


  • Motion to adjourn at 8:20 unanimously approved

Minutes respectfully submitted on 7/12/22 – Bob Johnston, Secretary