As of September 11, 2020 the Public Hearing is rescheduled for Thursday, October 1, 2020 as both virtual and in person. Here is the NFCRWD announcement as a PDF document and as a MS Word document.
While online attendees will be able to ask questions by typing in the “Chat” box, it is preferable for questions to be submitted prior to the meeting. See the official notice available at the NFCRWD Public Notices page and in the NFCRWD announcement mentioned above. Documents pertaining to this meeting are available here.
Comments? Please read the following:
By now affected property owners should have received their note from the Watershed District showing the potential benefits for the continuation of the petition submitted in 2019 by the Koronis Lake Association to the North Fork Crow River Watershed District on your behalf to manage the Aquatic Invasive Species problems related to Lake Koronis. In that letter were instructions as to how to attend the virtual public hearing, how to participate, and how to submit comments in advance of the virtual public hearing to assure that their voice is heard. The Koronis Lake Association wants to encourage you to get your comments into the North Fork Crow River Watershed District on time so they may be recorded in the official hearing record. It is important to have both positive (for) and negative (against) comments. Note that the Engineers Report and the Appraisers Report with the full list of property tax assessments around the lake are available as public documents on the North Fork Crow River Watershed District website. (On the NFCRWD website, under Lakes, under Koronis Lake Project, under Documents the three reports can be found.)
To assure that all comments are made a part of the public record, presentation by email or letter mailed to the Watershed District by the close of business on Tuesday, September 29th is requested. Letters may be addressed to NFCRWD, P.O. Box 40, Brooten, MN 56316. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
We understand there is some concern with the potential fifteen year project time span. The project has the goal of bringing the intrusion of Starry Stonewort under control. The annual cost is projected to be approximately $171,180 (accounts for annual inflation). The annual property assessment is based on this annual amount. There will be periodic project reassessment based on amount and type of treatment and revenue adjustments made accordingly. Section 3.1 of the engineer’s report states treatment alternatives were “evaluated for a 15-year life-cycle cost for long term comparison and budgetary planning.” The actual project length could well be shorter..