AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
60TH ANNUAL MEETING
December 2, 2008
Annual Meeting of the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation
Districts was called to order by President Fred Feldmann at 8:30 a.m. at the
Tan-Tar-A Resort in
Roll call: Roll call and establishment of a quorum, 76 of 107 possible paid districts were present. Introduction of Area Directors and those on the podium. Sharon Oetting is taking minutes in the absence of Peggy Lemons. Ronny Margason will be the Parliamentarian.
Minutes: Motion was made by
Report: Treasurer’s report was
presented and moved to accept by
Commission: There was no Commission report.
NRCS Report: Roger Hansen gave the NRCS report. He noted that with the changes in administrations there would be change. At this point we would have to wait to see where the new appointees would decide to put their focus. 2009 will hold new policies and new budget priorities. NRCS is currently funded through March 6, 2009. They will be looking at the 2010 budget. There will also be new competition for budget dollars. NRCS has 400 employees with most office having 1 less employee that previously. Whether the current level can be maintained is something we will have to wait to see. Ten employees will retire January 3, 2009 and at present NRCS will stay put until they can see what the remainder of 1009 and 2010 budgets will show. There was a lot of flooding in 2008.
There have been five major flood events since March 2008. Most of the state had 50-60” of rain resulting in much damage. The Emergency Watershed Fund will provide $40 million for damage repair. That money was received in mid-October. Those dollars will help pay staff while it will take more than a year to do necessary repair and remove debris.
A big challenge facing NRCS at present is their first fullscale audit. There have been many small audits but with a national budget exceeding $4 billion, OMB has seen the need for a large annual audit. For 2008 everything will be looked at. An error rate of 58% has been found and NRCS has 30 days to go through 7000 contracts, double checking signatures and other requirements. District staff may be asked to assist with contacting landowners and obtaining information and signatures required. NRCS can rent office to state agencies only which includes district staff but must include a copy of legislation with that information stating they are a state agency. The Auditor also wants a hard copy of electronic signatures. Most errors were missing or incomplete documentation.
He noted that the training conference theme was “Building Something Great Together”. This is something that has been done over the year with the passage of the Soils and Parks Tax. He felt that NRCS has worked well with districts. Be proud of what has been done so far.
Conservation on the
land is a reality in
agenda: Motion was made by
President’s Report: In the essence of time, President Feldmann elected to forego his report.
NACD Report: Deb Bogart, NACD staff from
#1: #01 from
#2: #02 from
#3: #03 from Buchanan County would
urge the Commission to allow land under an expiring CRP contract, which will be
brought into cropland production, to be eligible for state cost share funding
during the first year out of the CRP program.
Buchanan Count presented this resolution and moved to accept.
#4: #04 from MASWCD would request
that DNR provide an itemized financial report each fiscal year by August
#5: #05 from MASWCD would request
the Commission and DNR to use the available reserve funds to allow continuous
operation of the cost-share program.
#06: #06 was brought to the floor by
The meeting recessed for a 15 minute break.
The Parliamentarian explained the function of the bylaws. They should be use friendly by the organization. Ms. Margason read through the suggested changes noting that the majority of them were of a “housekeeping” nature. These changes are considered amendments as a revision must encompass more than a 50% change.
Gasconade County moved that
“The revision of the Bylaws be postponed until the next annual meeting under the order of New Business.”
The rationale was that he did not receive the proposed amendments until the previous Saturday and they would be well advised to send out such changes in the appropriate and proper time frame.
The Parliamentarian stated that if delegates did not receive the bylaws amendments in the time required, they are invalid and cannot be voted on. A show of hands was requested of those that did not receive the bylaws amendments at all or 10 days ago.
Jefferson County moved to amend the
motion by removing the date and
Had a motion to close debate. Took a standing vote with 2/3 needed to close debate. Passed with 66 voting in favor of closing debate.
Call to vote on the amendment to the motion: “to remove the date”. Vote was 20 to remove and 38 to leave the date. Amendment failed.
Ben Gordon was welcomed as the new Director for Area VI.
The reorganizational meeting will be held this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The meeting was adjourned.