MINUTES

USDA Service Center

Jefferson City, Missouri

April 19, 2004

 

 

Present

Steve Oetting, President

Eli Mast, Past President

 

Bill Wilson, DNR Program Staff

Roger Hansen, NRCS

Donald Jordan, Area I

Tom Lambert, Area II           

 

Jim Hubert, Area III

Beverly Dometrorch, Area IV

Kathryn Braden, Area VI     

 

Ernie Calvert, Area VII         

 

Steve Huber, Area VIII         

 

David Dix, Treasurer

 

Peggy Lemons, Exec. Director

 

 

                                                           

President Steve Oetting called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.  Roll call for attendance. 

 

The minutes from the February 17, 2004 meeting were approved as mailed.  The motion was made by Kathryn, seconded by Donald.  Motion carried.

 

David distributed a treasurer report.  He stated the funds from the trade show of $1666.67 have been received.  19 districts have not paid dues yet, and 5 districts have paid partial dues for 2004.  The Area Directors asked for a copy of the list of those who had not paid.  A motion was made by Kathryn, seconded by Tom, to approve the Treasurer Report as presented and file for audit.  Motion carried.   David also stated that new signature cards were needed for the checking account.  A motion was made by Kathryn, seconded by Ernie, to remove Eli and Roy and put Steve Oetting on the account.  Motion carried.  Then a motion was made by Donald, seconded by Kathryn, to have Dave Braun, Cole County SWCD Chairman, listed also on the account for emergency purposes.  Motion carried.  The $750 donation to the Missouri Envirothon was approved as well.  There were also copies of the financial reports for the MOCREP and CRP-BOB funds for the Board.

 

MDC Report:  Bob Miller has announced his retirement effective August 1, 2004.  Brad McCord will probably replace Bob in MDC’s representation to the MASWCD Board.

 

 NRCS Report:  Roger Hansen reported that the NRCS voice mail ysstem is only for NRCS employees and will discontinue any voice mailboxes for partners currently in use effective this Friday.  This Wednesday Chief Bruce Knight will be in Missouri for a tour near Dexter.  They are expecting 75 to 100 people included the press.  A motion was made by Eli, seconded by Kathryn, to have Steve Huber represent MASWCD at this tour with his expenses paid by MASWCD.   Motion carried.

 

COMMISSION Report:   Bill Wilson reported the next Commission Meeting is May 19.  the budget is currently in the Senate, they are not aware of any changes in the DNR part of the budget.  The Governor has recommended Leon Kreisler of Salem to replace Leland Birch on the Soil and Water Commission.  He has not yet been confirmed, however, there is a conflict in the Senatorial District as it is the same as Phil Luebbering’s.  Bill stated the sales tax revenue is looking good, it is up for the year about 5.8% and for the month of February 4.5%.  This is the last year on the bid for the Training Conference, next year we will be looking at new bids and will need to decide on the particulars for the bid such as location in the state for the Training Conference.

 

Employee Association Report:   Livingston County has agreed to handle the administration of the informational brochure being developed by the Employees Association to be used for education purposes during the sales tax renewal time.  A letter of support was requested from MASWCD for this project.  Steve Oetting indicated he has sent the letter of support to Livingston County.

 

A list of districts that have paid NACD quota for 2004 was distributed.  A new list will be sent to the Area Directors the first of June so they can follow up with their districts that have not paid.  An e-mail will also be sent around the same time to remind Districts if they have administrative funds remaining for the fiscal year, paying NACD quota is an option for the use of the funds.  Eli reminded that he was available if anyone had questions or they could call Steve Oetting or Peggy as well.  The Area Meetings in August is another time the NACD quota payment could be mentioned.

 

Peggy gave an update on the legislative bills we have been following.  The Senate Joint Resolution 49 that would automatically put the sales tax renewal on the ballot may possibly be heard in a hearing either this coming Thursday, April 22 or the following Thursday, April 29.  The legislative information on the web page is updated every week to keep everyone current on the progress.  The Citizens Committee that will oversee the renewal of the sales tax will have its first meeting on April 29 at 3:00 p.m. at the Conservation Federation office in Jefferson City.  We are hoping the hearing for the SJR49 will be on this day also so there will be a larger attendance at the hearing since everyone will be here for the Citizens Committee Meeting.

 

The Benefit Committee will be making a written recommendation to the Commission at their May 19 meeting on the desired parameters for the use of the health insurance benefit funds.  This has been discussed in length by the Benefit Committee and they have come to a consensus that these funds need to be handled as other businesses and public entities handle their benefit funds to keep them accountable and credible.  The basic recommendation will be that district employees will be offered health insurance through the local district with the premium paid by the district to the insurance company.  All other business offer their employees their health insurance policy, they either take it or they don’t, there are no other arrangements made.  Steve Oetting stated he has indicated to the Commission that MASWCD supports the decision of the Benefit Committee.

 

Steve Oetting stated he has used the information he has gathered from the Area Directors to decide on assignments for contact person with various agencies and organizations.  The following list was developed:

 

Soil & Water Commission

Steve Oetting

Conservation Federation

Kathryn Braden

Department of Natural Resources

Steve Oetting

Farm Bureau

Steve Huber

MO Department of Conservation

Steve Oetting

MO Cattlemen Association

Beverly Dometrorch

USDA-NRCS

Steve Oetting

NACD

Eli Mast

Urban Committee

Kathryn Braden

Pork Producers

Steve Oetting

Corn Growers

Steve Oetting

Soybean Association

Steve Huber

Corps of Engineers

Beverly Dometrorch

TMDL Committee

Eli Mast / Steve Oetting

State Technical Committee

Jeff Otto

Forestry

Steve Oetting

Missouri Envirothon

David Dix

 

 

A motion was made by Beverly, seconded by Kathryn, to approve David’s travel and expense to attend grant writing training.  Motion carried.

 

Area Meetings will be the weeks of August 16 and 23.  The time being looked at is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the business part of the meeting being first.  The remainder of the meeting will be the planning process where the long range plans and priorities from the counties in the area will be brought together to develop a regional plan.  Plans are to use the nominal group process which may require the locations of some meetings to be changed from their location last year.  The draft schedule is to start in Wentzville, Sikeston, Rolla and then to Area 6.  The following week would be Macon, Chillicothe, St. Joseph and then Sedalia.  Bill stated they have received a few of the district long range plans so far.

 

Steve Oetting discussed with the board the need to use nominating committees for the elections this summer and discussed how to follow the procedure set up in the MASWCD by-laws.  Some guidelines will be developed to be made available to the nominating committees to help them with the process.  These guidelines will be sent to the Area Directors where elections will be held this summer for them to forward to their nominating committee chairman.

 

Steve Oetting reported on the Leadership Task Force Report.  He has met with Rose Marie Hopkins and Gary Fak and was updated on what was planned and has been accomplished of this plan.  There is still more to be done in the Leadership plan, we will need to look for grant funds to accomplish these items.

  

The North Central Regional Meeting will be held July 11-14, 2004 in Springfield, Illinois, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  A motion was made by Donald, seconded by Tom, to send Eli, Steve Oetting and Peggy to this meeting.  Motion carried.

 

Kathryn Braden reported on a meeting held in Area 6 where a representative of MOPERM gave a presentation.  She stated there were counties in her area who do not have MOPERM coverage and that she was not aware of that.  She stated that MOPERM has offered to have their attorneys work with DNR attorneys to develop a sample contrct for equipment rental that would protect the districts from as many loopholes as possible.  A motion was made by Tom to have Kathryn purse this issue.  Due to no second the motion died.  Kathryn stated she intended to pursue this for Area 6.

 

Beverly Dometrorch reported she had been attending county annual meetings and board meetings for the districts in her area.  She asked for assistance in responding to some of the issues raised by some of the counties she has visited.

 

Kathryn Braden stated that she has met with Ken Bruene of the Urban Committee and there are new faces coming on board the committee.  The committee intends to continue working through this year to develop assistance for urbanizing counties.

 

A letter was received from the 2004 Women in Ag Committee asking for sponsorship of their meeting this coming September.  After discussion, a motion was made by Kathryn, seconded by Donald, to send $100 in support of the meeting.  Motion carried.

 

The next meeting is tentatively set for July 20, starting at 1:00 p.m. with the Soil and Water Commission Meeting scheduled for the following day, July 21.

 

A motion was made by Tom, seconded by Jim to adjourn.  Motion carried, meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

 

Respecftully submitted:

 

             Peggy Lemons                Steve Oetting

 

Peggy Lemons

 

Steve Oetting

 

Executive Director

President