53rd ANNUAL MEETING
Tan-Tar-A Resort - Salon A
Osage Beach, Missouri
November 27, 2001
The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts was called to order by President Eli Mast at 1:30 p.m., at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.
Roll call and establishment of a quorum, 71 districts were present.
The minutes from the 52nd Annual Meeting held November 28, 2000 were approved as mailed. Motion was made by Livingston 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, 2000 through October 31, 2001, in order for it to be included in the registration packets. A motion was made by Cole County and seconded by Livingston County to approve the treasurer report as presented. Motion carried.
Roger Hansen gave the NRCS report. He gave an update on the Farm Bill legislation. Roger also stated that the expected funding in 2002 for watershed construction is $5 million. He expressed appreciation for the partnership with DNR and the districts.
Steve Hopper gave a report on NACD Executive Board activities. He followed up on the Farm Bill legislative work emphasizing the role NACD played in making sure conservation is a prime consideration and adequately funded. Bill Horvath, NACD North Central Representative, stated this was the 26th Missouri Annual Meeting he had attended. He emphasized that NACD is the only voice for private lands conservation in Washington, DC. He stated that NRCS technical assistance is consistently the top legislative priority for NACD. He stated that his office is building a relationship with the Forest Service, which will provide funding opportunities for districts. He is also developing a closer relationship with EPA, working with them to soften the TMDL approach and emphasizing non-regulatory.
Elizabeth Brown gave a Commission Report. She stated that this was the 8th year she has addressed the MASWCD body on behalf of the Commission. She stated the program has come along way in the past few years. Liz said she greatly appreciates the cooperation of NRCS with DNR. One of the goals in the Commission's plan for the future was the completion of the soil survey. She encouraged everyone to attend the effective presentation training that is available. She also stated that she regretted the tight economic state we find ourselves in. She indicated there was a new Commissioner filling the vacant spot left by Peter Hofherr. She named the rest of the Commission members: Phil Luebbering, Kirby VanAusdall, Larry Furbeck, John Aylward, and Leland Burch.
Eli Mast gave a President's Report on the activities and accomplishments of the past year. He stated a list of these could be found on the MASWCD web page. The NACD Regional Meeting will be held in Branson, July 7-10, 2002 and invited all to attend. The Urban Committee that was appointed at last year's Training Conference continues to work on urban issues. He reported on the status of the requested district assistance increase. The Commission did adopt the committee recommendation on how to allocate the funds if received. This is basically to make the minimum flex fund at $44,000 and increase the matching grants to $5,000. This should be sufficient funding for all offices to hire 2 full time staff persons. The committee will continue to work on recommending a new formula to be used for the district assistance allocations. MASWCD will pursue legislatively to get the $500,000 budget expansion included in the DNR budget for FY2003.
Resolutions to be brought from the floor were asked to be brought forward so they could be put on the screen for discussion. Steve Oetting reminded those in attendance of the vote required for actions on the resolutions. He also introduced parliamentarian Matt Biddle.
#01-01 from Johnson County concerning cost-share funds carryover. Johnson County moved to adopt this resolution as written. This was seconded by Livingston County. Johnson County explained the purpose of this resolution. The vote on the resolution passed with 52 votes in favor and 6 opposing votes.
#01-02 from Warren County concerning a statewide streambank erosion practice. Warren County moved for adoption of this resolution. This was seconded by Daviess County. Warren County explained the purpose of the resolution. The vote on the resolution passed with 50 votes in favor and 13 opposing votes.
Resolutions from the floor.
#01-03 from Boone County concerning removing the four-year limitation on the DSP-3 practice. Boone County moved to bring this resolution from the floor and discuss it. This was seconded by Monroe County. The vote was 42 votes in favor and 21 opposing votes, approved for discussion.
Whereas, the current Commission policy states that applicants have a four-consecutive year period to make multiple applications for Planned Grazing Systems (DSP-3/33) that begins the day the Board approved the initial claim, and
Whereas, Planned Grazing Systems are most effective and efficient when fine-tuned and/or expanded with time and experience;
Therefore, be it resolved: That the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts urge the Soil and Water Program Commission to remove the four-year limitation on DSP-3 applications while keeping the maximum state cost-share allowed at $60 per acre and $9,000 cost-share per farm and/or landowner.
Boone County explained the need for this resolution and moved for its acceptance. This was seconded by Monroe County. The vote on the resolution failed with 14 votes in favor and 54 opposing votes.
#01-04 from Gasconade County concerning gravel removal from streams. Gasconade County moved to bring this resolution from the floor and discuss it. This was seconded by Daviess County. The vote was 44 votes in favor and 12 opposing votes, approved for discussion.
Whereas, Missouri Soil and Water Commission has had a pilot project to address streambank erosion using cedar tree revetments and rock revetments,
Whereas, gravel accretion and vegetation growing in the stream channel is an extreme problem in Missouri streams and causes the erosion of stream banks,
Whereas, streambank erosion was identified as the top priority in Gasconade County in the town hall meetings in 1996;
Therefore, be it resolved: that MASWCD urge the Missouri Soil and Water Commission and Missouri Department of Conservation to add to their streambank erosion guidelines the removal of gravel and obstructions from the existing stream channel to prevent stream bank erosion. Further, this material can be used to repair the eroded streambanks greatly reducing the material costs of those projects.
Gasconade County explained the need for this resolution and moved for its acceptance. This was seconded by Franklin County. Scotland County moved to close discussion. This was seconded by Perry County. Vote on ending discussion passed with more than 2/3 vote in favor. The vote on the resolution passed with 39 votes in favor and 27 opposing votes.
#01-05 from Monroe County concerning cost-share on small hog or feed lots. Monroe County moved to bring this resolution from the floor and discuss it. This was seconded by Osage County. The vote was 35 votes in favor and 17 opposing votes, failed to meet the 2/3 votes required for discussion.
#01-06 from Gasconade County concerning the structure of the soil and water district boards. Gasconade County moved to bring this resolution from the floor and discuss it. This was seconded by Daviess County. The vote was 45 votes in favor and 8 opposing votes, approved for discussion.
Whereas, the Soil and Water Commission has commissioned a study by the Department of Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri to study the structure of the state Soil and Water Commission, and of the local soil and water district boards, and
Whereas, at the focus group meetings held as a part of the study, there was material presented by the researchers and considerable discussion of restructuring the state Commission and the local district boards to reduce the farmer requirement and/or expand the state Commission and local district boards to include representation from the general population, and
Whereas, the composition and responsibility of the state Soil and Water Commission and the local soil and water district boards are clearly defined in current Missouri State Statutes, and the 1/10 cent sales tax for Soil and Water Conservation was passed with that structure in place;
Therefore, be it resolved: That MASWCD urge the Commission not to change the structure of the state soil and water district boards in order to ensure that the programs and their delivery conform to the statutory requirements and also fulfill the intent of what the voters passed.
Gasconade County explained the need for this resolution and moved for its acceptance. This was seconded by Jefferson County. Atchison County moved to close discussion. This was seconded by Perry County. Vote on ending discussion passed with 68 votes in favor and 2 opposing votes. The vote on the resolution passed with 56 votes in favor and 5 opposing votes.
By Law Amendments from the Floor.
#01-01 from Monroe County concerning nominating committees for Area Director positions. Monroe County moved to bring this by-law amendment from the floor and discuss it since it had already met the 10-day notification rule. This was seconded by Macon County. The vote to bring from the floor and discuss was 27 votes in favor and 26 opposing votes, failed the 2/3 vote required to bring from the floor.
The Area Directors from Areas 1-3-5-7 were introduced. These are: Area 1—Brenda Ebersold, Area 3—Henry Heinze, Area 5—Bill Hollenbeck, and Area 7—Robert Thornsberry.
Meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m. The MASWCD reorganization meeting is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Eli reminded everyone to attend the Wednesday morning workshops.
Peggy Lemons, Executive Secretary