This is the Official Mount Morris Lakes Management District Website
We are a Lake District, not a Lake Association. This website provides straight-forward, factual data and information to District electors and stakeholders about the District's plans and activities. Through this site, District residents can are updated as to what is important for them to know as a property owners.
The District is located in the Town of Mt. Morris in Waushara County, just 7 miles northeast of Wautoma off of State Highway 152. Those who reside in the District are referred to as "electors" or "stakeholders."
Please preserve the quality of the lake system through responsible boating, fishing, and water activity that is respectful of the lake environment. A lake is a precious resource that must be cared for by all.
Always check the shoreland zoning regulations that may impact your property before implementing construction or improvement plans. Click to see: Wis. Admin. Code. NR 115-2015 changes.
NOTE: AS OF TODAY, JULY 17... THE ANNUAL MEETING IS STILL ON AND WILL BE HELD FOR LIVE ATTENDANCE ON SATURDAY, JULY 18. 2020, AT THE WWII VETERANS MEMORIAL HALL, 440 MAIN ST. DOWNTOWN WAUTOMA.
SCROLL DOWN THIS SCREEN TO VIEW THE ADDITIONAL MEETING DETAILS AND TE RESULTS OF THE MAY 9 TELECONFERENCED BOARD MEETING.
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL DISTRICT MEMBERS
Special Lake AIS & Silt Reduction Research Committee Established
Lake Drawdown Vote Tabled to Next Year's July 17, 2021 Annual Meeting
This committee was charged at the Annual Meeting in July 2019, to investigate and report information that would allow for a plan to address the increasing aquatic vegetation and silt accumulation problem in our lakes. This plan will involve one of two options listed below. The partial year or full year drawdown of the water levels of all Mt. Morris Lakes can compress the silt accumulation on the bottom of the lakes and freeze out the rapid development of aquatic vegetation. Details of this plan can be found at this link: (Presentation Link). This information was developed by the sub-committee chaired by Dave Murphy, supported by our consultant, Onterra, LLC, and by Ted Johnson, the DNR Regional Lakes Biologist. Through 2020-2021, significant data gathering and base level measurements will be taken of the lakes to allow for a proper plan to be implemented. At this time, the vote on these acttions has been tabled until next year (2021). At the Annual Meeting of July 17, 2021, there will be two options that will be voted upon by the District electors:
A full 1 1/2 year lake drawdown (October 2021 through May 2023)
A partial year lake drawdown (October 2021 through May 2022)
44th ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING: SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020 - 9:00 am
BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED FROM 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
The meeting will be held at the WWII Veterans Memorial Hall, 440 West Main St. Wautoma.
The meeting has only two agenda items and is intended to be short. We need at least 20 people to attend to meet the required quorum to conduct and pass a budget to elect commissioners, and to set an work agenda for the 2020-2021 budget year.
This meeting will definitely be held as a live audience meeting. There is room to allow for social seating distance between audience members. No plans at this time have been made to change the meeting, but that is always dependent on the status of the COVID-19 situation. There is no requirement to wear a face mask, although masks will be provided if needed.
A discussion at the May 9 quarterly commissioners' meeting led to a decision to continue to schedule this meeting as planned. The draw down vote will not be held at this meeting. It will be tabled until the 2021 Annual District meeting. Check this website for continuing updates & details.
MAY 9, 2020, 9:00-9:40 AM MEETING RESULTS
COMMISSIONER'S REGULAR QUARTERLY BUSINESS MEETING (not a special meeting)
WAS HELD VIA ZOOM COMPUTER AUDIO-VIDEO WEB LINK TELECONFERENCE
The May 9 meeting was not a special meeting, but was held as an open meeting via ZOOM computer teleconference. It lasted 40 minutes. The draw down issue was only minimally discussed, and a decision was made by the Board to postpone the draw down vote to the next Annual District Meeting Iin 2021. There is an active Q&A section in the DRAW DOWN tab to submit your questions... just go to the Q&A section in the DRAW DOWN tab and submit them. The meeting was open to the members of the Mt. Morris Lakes Management District.
Due to the COVID-19 crowd assembly guidelines issued for large meetings, it was determined that the draw down issues could not be discussed and voted upon in an effective or legal manner at this year's Annual Meeting. We were not able to conduct the essential member educational session we had planned to inform the electorate of the District about the details of the draw down process. That vote has been tabled to next year 2021.
2020 ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA
The Agenda for the meeting will be limited. The District business has to elect two commissioners for 2020-2021, and approve an operating budget for 2020-2021. These actions can only be implemented at a live Annual District Meeting. By State law, If the Annual Meeting has to be cancelled for this year, then the existing commissioners will continue in their current roles and the same operating budget for 2019-2020 will be in effect for 2020-2021.
Lake research data will continue to be collected by our Onterra LLC consultant this summer, and more information will be posted in the DRAW DOWN tab about how silt build-up and AIS can be controlled on our lakes.
Please view this Onterra LLC You Tube video presentation before the Annual July 18, 2020 meeting:
44th Annual Lake District Meeting Agenda:
Call to Order
Public comments and questions
Approve Meeting Agenda
Introduction of Board Commissioners and District Membership
Approval of Reports:
- July 20, 2019 43rd Annual Meeting Minutes - Joe Slezak
- 209-2020 Treasurer’s Report: Peggy Thiel
- FOMML Endowment Fund Report; Bob Jozwowski
- Chairman's Report: Tim Dahlstrand
A. Brief discusssion and review of Board decisions on the following actions:
1) Postpone drawdown options vote until 2021
2) Continuation of drawdown research and eductation into 2021 and vote at the 2021 District Annual Meeting
3) Q&A on Onterra LLC Drawdown presentation on the website
A. Discuss and Approve District Budget for 2020-2021
B. Elect Commissioners for 3 year term for 2020 - 2023:
- Elect MMLMD Commissioner Nominees – Karen Tschurwald and Joe Slezak.
- No other nominees have been submitted at this time.
- Accept any other nominees to be submitted at this Annual Meeting
- Conduct and conclude election of nominated commissioners
C. Other topics for discussion
- Committee needed to revise District By-Laws
D. Mt. Morris Township & Waushara County news – Paul Jarvis and Randy Loehrke
ADJOURNMENT; 44TH ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING
NOTICE ON TRAVEL ADVISORY TO WAUSHARA COUNTY:
SUGGESTS...BUT DOES NOT REQUIRE OR ENFORCE...THAT RESTRICTING YOUR TRAVEL TO THE COUNTY FOR TOURISTS & OWNERS OF SECOND HOMES IN THE COUNTY BE CONSIDERED. Click on this link for further details.
MMLMD LAKE ENDOWMENT FUND:
The "Friends of Mt. Morris Lake Endowment Fund" was set up by the District Board. You can donate tax-deductible money to the fund to preserve the future quality of our lakes. The fund is managed by the "Oshkosh Area Community Foundation." Make a contribution online at: https:///fund/friends-of-the-mount-morris-lakes-endowment-fund/ or you can mail in the official contribution form. To read the letter or get more information, go to the Endowment Fund page. This fund is important for future funding of lake projects. The committee has developed a brochure to explain the fund's purpose.
SPRING & SUMMER NIGHT SKY ENJOYMENT:
People like to enjoy the night sky! Are your property lights directed downward from the sky to the land? Consider installing side shields so that the light does not spread out from the sides and distract from night viewing.
BY-LAWS REVISION COMMITTEE:
Committee appointed at the last Annual District Meeting in July, 2019. Need additional members to review District By-Laws before the 2021 Annual Meeting. Contact Joe Slezak if interested in joining the committee.
WAKE BOAT LEGISLATION BEING PROPOSED:
District shore owners have been asking questions about how to prevent shoreline erosion. One of the topics mentioned was boat wakes as a cause of the problem. Please review these 2 links to learn about how some boats are designed to produce large wakes that can damage shorelines: https://www.minnpost.com/environment/2020/03/the-battle-over-wake-surfing-has-made-its-way-to-the-minnesota-legislature/