Kyle Parkhurst, President (2026), called the meeting to order at 4:00pm which was held at the water plant.  Members in attendance were Harlan Horst (2026), Gary Buck (2024), Mike Lammers (2025), and Mark Closterman (2024). Also in attendance were Zack Morrison, Water Superintendent, Gary King, Water Operator, and Diane Hulett, Clerk.

Mike Lammers made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 19, 2023 Board Meeting.  Harlan Horst seconded.  All members were in favor; motion carried.

There was no public comment.

There was no old business.

Financial Report:
The financial reports and bills were reviewed and discussed. Harlan Horst moved to approve the December financial reports as submitted and approve the bills and transfers. Mike Lammers seconded.  All members voted to approve; motion carried.

The 2024 Equipment Rental Agreement from VVA was submitted for review.  Gary Buck made a motion to approve the contract followed by a second from Mark Closterman.  All members voted in favor; motion carried.

Superintendent Report:
Zack informed the board that the 4th quarter THM results came back good and that he is still waiting for approval from DNR on the pilot study to feed permanganate, plus add the GAC units back to the treatment process.  Bartlett & West has submitted the required paperwork and expects to obtain approval before much longer.  Zack reported that the insulation has been installed above the office and lab areas.  He also noted that during the recent cold spell, the pump house heater quit, causing the pumps to freeze.  The system alarm alerted Zack of the issue so he and Gary were able to fix the problem quickly by replacing the heater unit.  Fortunately, there was no damage to the pumps.  Zack reported that the meters had been read on a couple different occasions looking for leaks after the temperatures dropped so low.  The board felt this type of customer service was worth noting so Diane will contact Lake Viking News about placing an article in the paper.  Zack also thanked Gary for bringing his tractor over to push snow after the 8” snowfall the lake received.  Hiring a contractor was discussed but the board decided to pay Gary as needed to finish out the season.  A motion was made by Mike Lammers and seconded by Harlan Horst to pay Gary King $50 for recently pushing snow and, going forward, the rate to be paid will be $50 if done on company time and $100 if on personal time.  All members voted to approve; motion carried.

Kyle Parkhurst, President, announced the next meeting would be February 27, 2024 at the water plant.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:00pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Mark Closterman