3/19/18 Board Meeting Notes

The Morse Waterways Association Board of Directors held a meeting on Monday evening, March 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm. A summary of the topics discussed at that meeting is as follows:

The meeting opened with approval of the minutes from the previous board meeting, held on January 22, 2018.

The first item of business was a report from Jim Schneider regarding the progress of the L.A.R.E (Lake And River Enhancement) Grant. The grant has received conditional approval and will be finalized when the state of Indiana commits the funds. The next step is to procure 3 bids for the continued excavation. Jim also stated that the White River Alliance has provided assistance in the grant application process.

President Dave Vanette announced that the Morse Waterways Association received a letter from the Cicero Parks Department for the donation to the Kayak Launch that is planned for Red Bridge Park. The launch will include a walkway, lighting, electricity and signage. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, with completion targeted prior to July 4th.

Matt Clark began the discussion on the new MWA website by stating that it was nearly complete and that he was awaiting clarification on only two small issues before it would be ready to be presented.

A subsequent discussion was started regarding information to be provided in the new website such as information and progress on the dredging, the inclusion of pending events, and the addition of an enhanced calendar.

The next topic was the initiation of activity for a mailer to be sent to all Morse Reservoir residents that will notify them of the next Morse Waterways Association General Meeting which is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 22 at Red Bridge Park. A meeting was arranged with Jim Schneider, Dave Vanette, Art Hall and Jeff Derda to determine the design of that mailer.

The next phase of the island “cleanup” was discussed. Activity will be scheduled later in the spring when boats are available to access the island.

The MWA has been receiving inquiries for assistance with the removal of trees that have fallen onto the banks of the reservoir or will soon reach that condition. The MWA can provide assistance with the removal of “logs” during the Lake Cleanup but cannot be involved with trees that have fallen into the water or onto the banks.

The Lake Cleanup is schedule for Saturday, July 14th, from 8:00 am to noon. The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 pm.