These are the meeting minutes from last Wednesday. I didn’t write down who said what as hard to do in a teleconference, so just look at content. If you like me to add something or adjust please let me know. Once approved, I’ll post them on our website.
Teleconference Wednesday April 14th at 4M. Those that called in: Bruce Bowden, Colin Rayford, Doug Crane, John Kannard, Bob Winat, Dennis Green, Mike Hess and Tony Gromacki
Topics that were discussed:
Lake Bed Issue: It was discussed that if a Lake was not meandered during the Original Survey of the State that the underlying fee of the Lakebed was owned by the Riparian owner. We discussed that the DNR’s Attorney opinion is that the State was given all Lakes at the time of Statehood. Someone brought up that we must check back to the original patent to check this. The opinion that the public received the right to use the Water not the bed of the Lake in Trust was brought up. We thought that with the new Administration in Power now would be a good time to ask for a Attorney General Opinion on this Issue.
Meandered Rivers and Streams: It was discussed that Just because a River was meandered that the Riparian owner may still own to the centerline of the River. Again it was brought up that you should check the Patent of the Property
Severability Issue: We discussed that we should contact Renee Power to get DOA opinion of if an intermittent stream or perennial stream would have to severe a property. Someone brought up it doesn’t matter if it is one of the two, a stream is a stream. The real issue was if the stream was deemed Navigable. Again we discussed the issue of bad determination from the DNR on Navigability. It was discussed that some communities or Municipalities and a Statement in their ordinances to make it clear they don’t recognize the severability issue.
CFM: It was brought up that the Association of State Floodplain Manager’s is started up a Certification program. We just wanted to find out how this would affect Land Surveyor’s.
Position Paper: We felt we had discussed alot of good topics. It was brought up that we should start a WSLS Water Issues Position Paper on these items and posts them on our website. I’ll start a Position Paper and send it out, after I get the meeting minutes approved. Also to back up the Positions we need to check into case law or other determinations to back up our Positions.
While we have not yet received a draft of the surveyors bill from the LRB, there have been a number of meetings with some of the other parties who expressed concerns over the draft in the last session. Francis Thousand attended a SAGIC (State Agency Geographic Information Committee). Jimmy Rein attended the WLIA regional meeting. Rich Eberhardt attended a WIGICC (Wisconsin Geographic Information Coordinating Council) meeting in Milwaukee. WSLS representatives are meeting this week with other business who opposed the bill last session.
In addition, the Legislative Committee is reviewing a proposed bill. Comments from the committee have not yet been recieved.
Membership Committee Report
June 2, 2011
The Committee has contacted all the new members approved at the last Board of Directors meeting. They were encouraged to become active in their local chapters and also at the state level.
John S. Baudhuin
Membership Committee Chairman
Greetings - I hope that everyone is has plenty of work, good health and great summer.
Plat Review has not met, we are waiting for a draft of the LRB Draft to review and react to.
Keep up the good work!