MINUTES

58th ANNUAL MEETING

Tan-Tar-A Resort - Salon A

Osage Beach, Missouri

November 28, 2006

 

 

 

 

The 58th Annual Meeting of the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts was called to order by President Steve Oetting at 8:30 a.m., at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. 

 

Roll call and establishment of a quorum, 74 districts were present.  Introduction of guests Don Fisher, Elizabeth Brown, Roger Hansen, Doyle Childers, Mike Wells and Brad McCord..

 

The minutes from the 57th Annual Meeting held November 30, 2005 were approved as mailed.  Motion was made by Daviess County to suspend with the reading of the minutes and they be approved as sent out, seconded by Newton County.  Motion carried.

 

A treasurer report was given.   The report covered the period of November 1, 2005 through October 31, 2006, in order for it to be included in the registration packets.  Steve Oetting reported an internal audit was completed Sunday night and everything looked great.  A motion was made by Carroll County and seconded by St. Francois County to approve the treasurer report.  Motion carried.

 

Elizabeth Brown gave a Commission Report.  She thanked Steve for including the Commission on the agenda.  Ms. Brown reported the Area Meetings in May emphasized how to talk to the media and press on the sales tax renewal, and that it must have worked.  She stated that it is difficult to make a policy that fits the whole state because of the amount of diversity we have.  Ms. Brown also recognized recent awards to 5 districts by DNR.

 

Roger Hansen gave the NRCS report.  He stated he wanted to recognize the accomplishments of the field staff, they have exceeded many of the goals set for the past year.  In 1982 Missouri's erosion rate was 10.9 ton/acre/year.  This was the second highest in the nation.  By 1997 this was down to 5.6 ton/acre/year.  The FOSA system was implemented shortly after he came to Missouri.  This FOSA system was evaluated this year, some places this is working well and some places it is not.  They are trying to identify why it is not working.  It may be that some of the FOSA's need to be sub-divided if the size and magnitude is part of the problem.

 

Gary Mast gave a NACD report.  He discussed NACD's situation with the proposed budget deficits and the quota payment system.  Eli followed with comments to thank those who have paid NACD quota and ask that those who have not paid to please consider paying.  He emphasized that NACD is the only voice for private lands conservation.

 

Resolutions to be brought from the floor were asked to be brought forward so they could be put on the screen for discussion.

 

By-Law Amendments

 

#00-1  proposing changes to create a procedure for Area Director elections.  Livingston County moved to adopt this amendment.  This was seconded by Daviess County.  Amendment passed with 5 votes in opposition.

 

#00-2  proposing changes in the required quorum to conduct business from one-fourth to a majority.  Livingston County moved to adopt this amendment.  This was seconded by Daviess County.  Jackson County questioned for clarification on majority of who, explanation of what is now required.  The amendment proposes a majority of all member districts at state-wide meetings and a majority of member districts in the Area at Area Meetings.  Now requirements are for one-fourth of the member districts at state-wide meetings.  The parliamentarian pointed out that the Are level rules or policy can be different than the state level policy.  Wright County offered and amendment to the proposed by-law amendment which would exempt Area Meetings from the majority quorum.  This was seconded by Perry County.  The vote on the amendment passed with 8 votes opposing.  The vote on the by-law amendment as amended passed with 10 opposing votes.

                       

Resolutions

 

#00-01 from Livingston County concerning support for farmland protection legislation.  Livingston County moved to adopt this resolution as written.  This was seconded by Jackson County.  Livingston county proposed an amendment to the resolution, this was seconded by St.Charles County.  Livingston County explained the purpose of the proposed changes.  It was questioned if this would jeopardize the MASWCD 501c3 status, which it would not.  Representative Ridgeway explained the need and purpose of this type legislation and the new proposed bill which will be introduced in the legislature in January.  Livingston County and St. Charles County withdraw the proposed amendment and second.  Livingston County offered a new proposed amendment.  This was seconded by Macon County. 

 

Whereas, the Livingston county Board believes that important legislation which would give each county protection for farmland from urban encroachment will be introduced in the legislature in January 2001;

Therefore, be it resolved:  That the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation  Districts work with the legislative sponsors to develop legislation to protect private property rights of landowners, provide additional protection from eminent domain, and strengthen Missouri's right-to-farm provisions.

 

Cole County called for question on the amendment to the resolution.  The amendment passed with 1 opposing vote.  The vote on the resolution as amended passed with 1 opposing vote.

 

#00-02 from Boone County concerning adding cleaning out old ponds as a component in DFR-5, DSP-3 and DSP-33 practices.  Boone County moved for adoption of this resolution.  This was seconded by Howell County.   Boone County explained the purpose of the resolution.

Vote on resolution passed with 15 opposing votes.

 

#00-03 from Boone County concerning increasing DFR-5 fencing rates to the county average cost.  Boone County moved to adopt this resolution as written.  This was seconded by Audrain County.   Boone County explained the need for this resolution.  Scott County questioned who determined the county average cost, answer is it would be the county average cost on the FSA docket.  Vote on resolution passed.

 

#00-04 from Boone County concerning cost-sharing on woodland protection through livestock exclustion on all woodlands of two acres or more and to all riparian corridors.  Boone County moved for adoption of this resolution.  This was seconded by Lafayette County.   Boone County explained the need for this resolution.  Questions were asked concerning the size of the acreage and how it was determined to use 2 acres.  Cole County moved to close discussion.  This was seconded by Daviess County.  Vote on resolution failed.

 

#00-05 from Lewis County concerning making districts be responsible for the county average cost instead of FSA   Lewis County moved to adopt this resolution as written.  This was seconded by Howell County.  Lewis County explained the purpose of the resolution.  Vote on resolution passed with 6 votes in opposition.

 

#00-06 from Lewis County concerning putting unused loan-interest share funds in the cost-share funds.  Lewis County moved for adoption of this resolution.  This was seconded by Cooper County.  There was no discussion on this resolution.  Vote on resolution resulted in a tie.  The Resolutions Chair declared division of the house and a revote.  Revote resulted in a tie.  The Resolutions Chair was the voting delegate from Webster County and did not vote, therefore the resolution failed.

 

#00-07 from Lewis County concerning elimination of the maximum cost-share limit on the DSP-3 practice.  Lewis County moved for adoption of this resolution.  This was seconded by Jasper County.  There was no discussion on this resolution.  Vote on resolution passed 27 in favor and 25 opposing.

 

#00-08 from Lawrence County concerning MASWCD upholding resolutions passed by the membership.  Lawrence County moved for the adoption of this resolution.  This was seconded by Taney County.  Taney County discussed the purpose of this resolution.  Vote on resolution passed with 15 opposing votes.

 

#00-09 from Cooper and Howard Counties.  Howard County moved for the adoption of this resolution.  This was seconded by Osage County.  Howard County explained the purpose and need for the resolution.  Vote on resolution passed with 6 opposing votes.

 

There were no resolutions from the floor.

 

The Area Directors from Areas 2-4-6-8 were inducted.  These are:  Area 2—Richard Morgan, Area 4—Steve Oetting, Area 6—Kathryn Braden, and Area 8—Steve Huber.

 

Meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.  The MASWCD reorganizational meeting is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

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Peggy Lemons, Executive Director