Lake Improvement District
Annual Meeting and Election of Area 3 and Area 4 Board of Directors Positions
The Annual Meeting of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District will be Monday, February 3, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., in conference room 150B, lowest level, Chisago County Government Center, Center City. The Annual Meeting will include a presentation showcasing 2019 projects and activities.
In addition, there will be an election for Area 3 and Area 4 Board of Directors positions. Click here to view the map showing Board Member areas.
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District solicited applications for the Area 3 and Area 4 Board of Directors positions. Publication and notice of candidate filing opportunities occurred in December 2019 issues of the Chisago County Press. The notice was distributed among area lake associations and posted on the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District website. The candidate application deadline for Area 3 and Area 4 Board of Directors positions expired on January 3, 2020.
Area 3 Board of Directors Election
Area 3 is bounded on the west by County Road 24, to the south by Highway 8, crosses the channel between South Lindstrom and Chisago Lakes at the public access and continues to the east at Mentzer Trail and 295th Street, and on the east at County Road 25 and County Road 20. This includes the area to the north central border of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District. North Lindstrom, South Lindstrom, and Wallmark Lakes are included in this area.
Candidate(s) that have submitted an application include: Jeff Fink and Margaret LeVasseur.
Area 4 Board of Directors Election
Area 4 is bounded on the west by County Roads 24/23/91, to the north by Highway 8, crosses the channel between South Lindstrom and Chisago Lakes at the public access and continues to the east at Mentzer Trail and 295th Street, and to the south at County Road 25. This includes the area to the south central border of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District. Chisago, Kroon, Boo and Spider Lakes are included in this area.
Candidate(s) that have submitted an application include: Shawn Dunne and Steven Paquay.
Absentee ballots are available to any eligible voter requesting one. Eligible voters include all of the property owners residing in the District. Each property owner, including owners of more than one property, is entitled to one vote. Property owners names must be identified on Chisago County property tax records as owners of property. The list of property owners residing in the District will be updated from the Chisago County records within 30 days of an election.
Absentee ballots must be delivered to the Chisago County Government Center, Environmental Services office, 313 North Main Street, Center City, MN 55012 by 3:00 pm. February 3, the day of the annual meeting. Absentee ballots received after 3:00 p.m. are void and will not be counted.
To receive an absentee ballot, please contact Jerry Spetzman, LID Administrator, 651-213-8383, firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to receive and return an absentee ballot by US mail it is recommended your request be received by January 27, 2020. Absentee ballots may be returned in person up to 3:00 p.m. on the day of the election.
The regularly scheduled Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District (LID) Board meetings are held:
- 6:30 p.m.
- The 1st Monday of each month, unless that date is in conflict with a major holiday
- In those instances, the meetings will be held on the following Monday
- Chisago County Government Center, Room 150B in Center City
- 2020 LID Board Meeting Calendar (PDF)
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are ready for review before the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
- Area 1: Mike Mergens Term: 2019 - 2023
- Area 2: Jill Behnke Term: 2018 - 2022
- Area 3: Rob Sandgren Term: 2016 - 2020
- Area 4: Joyce Anastasi Term: 2016 - 2020
- Area 5: Monica Kinny Term: 2017 - 2021
- At Large: Steve Paquay Term: 2017 - 2021
- At Large: Gary Schumacher Term: 2019 - 2023
The mission of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District is to restore, preserve, protect and enhance the water resources of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
The goals of the Lake Improvement District are to:
- Preserve, protect and enhance water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
- Maintain the ditch and weir system in order to control water levels during high water events.
- Encourage environmentally sound land use practices for urban and agricultural areas to protect water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
- Support safe and balanced recreational use of surface water.
- Restore, improve and maintain navigation channels between the lakes.
- Protect, encourage and restore native shoreline to improve fish and wildlife habitat.
- Promote environmental education, awareness and stewardship within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
- Promote the reduction of non-native aquatic invasive species.
Water Resource Management
The activities of the Lake Improvement District are guided by a Water Resource Management Plan (PDF). The plan includes the Mission, Goals, and Objectives of the LID. Each year the plan is reviewed and modified by the LID Board. The plan is used as a budgeting tool to prioritize the use of limited funding.
Lake Improvement District By-Laws
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District was first established on April 21, 1976 by Resolution of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners and was reactivated by Resolution of the County Board on August 21, 1984.
The Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed is about 10 miles long and 9.3 miles wide. Maps of the lakes are available below. The major lakes in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed (PDF) are: